I received this catalog in the mail on Saturday. I vowed I would do a quick review and highlight before the auction starts on July 28th. I'm two weeks early.
The folks at Huggins & Scott have put together another fine catalog. It is full of a variety of sports, entertainment and general history items.
I've selected five items that interest me, although there are many, many more to choose from.
Title: "Big Six" Christy Mathewson Original Game - Framed
Description: Offered is an original 1922 Christy Mathewson "Big Six" game framed to the overall dimensions of 28x39 inches. The graphics are still prominent although slightly faded. The box cover of this Big Six Christy Mathewson Indoor Baseball Game is framed side-by-side with the actual game board with both pieces showing moderate wear and staining. The frame has several screw holes and abrasions, as this seldom-seen relic had hung in Joe Theismann's restaurant. Piroxloid Products out of New York, NY chose wisely by using the great Christian Gentleman as the centerpiece of their product, and the winning bidder can make the same choice by securing this fine piece.
Opening Price: $200
My Thoughts: I like games. Even though this one is framed, it shows that a lot of thought went into the mechanics of the game. I'd probably remove it and try to play. It would be interesting to examine the game and then figure out what the percentages of each possible outcome would be and code it.
Title: 1968 Milton Bradley Win-A-Card Game with Sealed Pack of (100) Cards
Lot #: 124
Description:Featured is an original 1968 Milton Bradley Win-A-Card board game highlighted by a factory sealed pack of (100) cards. The elusive 1968 Milton Bradley set contained baseball, football and hot-rod cards. This assembly depicts baseball players Pappas, Pierce and Stoneman atop three of the 25-card stacks, with a hot-rod card situated on the other. Although not visible, football singles are also possible. These cards grade (NM-MT), barring centering imperfections visible on the four top examples. This jumbo pack may contain coveted cards such as Aaron and Ryan RC along with tougher yellow letter variations. The original board with spinner, box bottom and top (all NM) are included, making for a superlative vintage collaboration between two great American giants, Milton Bradley and Topps.
Opening Bid: $750
My Thoughts: See above. I like games. The cellophane wrapping would be off of those cards in a minute.
Title: 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter Charles Comiskey SGC 50
Lot #: 3
Description: Graded 50 VG-EX 4 by SGC. The pioneering Charles Comiskey is portrayed on the offered 1887 N28 Allen & Ginter keepsake. This mid-grade antique is crease-free, displaying modest corner and edge wear. The checklist reverse has sustained minimal age induced soiling.
Opening Bid: $200
My Thoughts: How can you not love this card? The smile. The cap. The look of optimism. And an original A&G card.
Title: 1921 Wool’s American-Maid Bread Frank Baker (SGC 30)—Only Graded from Set
Lot #: 9
Description: Graded 30 Good 2 by SGC. Presented is a 1921 Wool’s American-Maid Bread Frank “Home Run” Baker Type card. This W551 offshoot is presently the only example to have been judged by the third-party service. The surface projects impressive multi-colored hues, while the reverse is boldly stamped in black ink. A combination of wear including obverse soiling and creasing accounts for the technical grade.
Opening Bid: $150
My Thoughts: I like the fact that this is an image of a Baker on a Bread card.
Title: 1910s Boston Red Sox Porcelain Doll
Lot #: 129
Description: Baseball's juggernaut prior to being felled by the infamous "Curse of the Bambino," the Boston Red Sox were perennial champions before their ill-fated sale of Ruth. During their stellar 1910s decade, appropriate homage was paid to the BoSox in the form of treasures like this vintage doll. Clad in a thin cotton one-piece uniform with "RED SOX" arched across the chest in felt characters, the composite doll stands 13" in height and has a porcelain head and a cotton cap with a felt bill. The body feels to be horsehair or straw stuffed. A crack on the back on the head has been repaired. The uniform shows age-induced discoloration, and the felt lettering has become partially detached with portions of the "E" missing. A unique Carmines heirloom.
Opening Bid: $300
My Thoughts: Chucky's great-grandfather? I don't know that I'd really want to own this, but I found it curious.
Image Credits: all lifted from the Huggins & Scott auction site, as well as the descriptions. Used with permission.
I was getting tired of linking to the lots and finding, months later, that all traces of the auction were gone. This way, if the original disappears, I've still got something.