Souvenirs from the diamond and the “pitch” are plentiful in this lot with international flavor. Highlights include: Publications 1948 World Series (Cleveland Stadium version, VG); (7) 1982 English Soccer (all matches involve Tottenham Hotspur; all are VG); 1991 Hall of Fame induction day program (VG-EX); Ray Boone 1959 Game-Used Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby block-letter model. More on our website.
Game-Used Baseballs there are (19) orbs in all, with most showing game use. Dating from the late-1940s to 1990s, (10) are from minor league play, (4) are OAL Brown, (2) are OAL Budig, (1) is an OAL Cronin, (1) is an ONL Coleman and (1) is an Official 1996 All-Star Game ball. Several of these relics have tiny holes drilled to facilitate previous display. Single-signed balls include: S. Erickson (OAL Budig); Hiatt (OAL Brown, inscribed “#25”); T. John (OAL Brown); McFarlane (OAL Brown); Molitor (OAL Brown); Uecker (OAL Budig); and Cuccinello/Berres (unofficial ball). Note: while no third-party authentication accompanies the autographed items in this lot, they are presumed to be good, as they were originally obtained by a former groundskeeper.
Ray Boone 1959 Game-Used Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby (32.2-oz/34”) block-letter (last name only) bat used by the first of three generations of “Boones” during his 1959 season with the Kansas City Athletics. The uncracked weapon shows moderate use with bat-rack and surface marks throughout and a black marker notation of “30” on the knob (which dates the lumber specifically to 1959). Of note is a nail driven through the lower portion of the handle. This, along with a drilled hole on the knob, was done to facilitate previous display.
1961-1964 Pro Model Multi-Signed Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby (31.8-oz/34-1/2”) “M159” model (no name on barrel) showing evidence of heavy use with bat-rack and surface marks about the barrel, grain swelling and a series of vintage bat boy nails driven to mend a lengthy handle crack. The bat is autographed in black ink (average “6” strength) by (15) early-1960s contemporaries, including Adair, Amalfitano, Battey, T. Davis, Farrell, Lumpe, B. Morgan, O. Pena and Tuttle.
Kansas City Athletics Souvenir Bat issued at Municipal Stadium for an early-1960s “Bat Day” promotion, this 29” souvenir features a red finish with “Coca Cola” and “Support Your Fighting A’s” stampings.