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FEATURED AUTOGRAPHS OF THE MONTH
Apache Chief - Known for His Guerilla Warfare GERONIMO. (1829-1909). Chiricahua Apache Chief famous for his guerilla warfare in resistance to reservation life. He gained the status of legend for decades of his defense for his native land against the United States government. Geronimo surrendered to General Nelson A. Miles at Skeleton Canyon, Arizona on September 4, 1886. After years of imprisonment, followed by military confinement, Geronimo became a celebrity appearing at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis where he sold his autograph to curiosity seekers. He appeared in Theodore Roosevelt’s 1905 Inaugural Parade. He dictated his autobiography. He died of pneumonia at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Scarce, extremely bold pencil signature on a portion of a cream-colored album page. Note at the bottom in ink “Dec.12, 1908, Ft. Sill, Okla” in an unknown hand. Geronimo’s genuine signatures are amongst the most elusive and desirable signatures from the old west. Together with a limited-edition card #12 of only 100 copies which contains dirt from his grave site in Ft. Sill. In addition is a fine photograph of Geronimo. The three pieces. $5,900.00
The King of Pop
JACKSON, Michael (1970-2009). American singer, songwriter and dancer. Best known as The King of Pop. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. He was a global figure in popular culture. His 1982 album “Thriller” is credited with breaking the racial barrier. He sold 300 million records worldwide. Fabulous Backstage Guest Pass for the Dangerous Tour, June 1992-November 1993. Produced by the Perri Corporation, Reno, NV maker of Back Stage Passes. Circular Pass, in color portraying Michael Jackson. Boldly hand signed “Michael Jackson.” Along with a copy of a Certificate of Authenticity from Michael Jackson, MJJ Productions, Neverland and a color photo of Jackson taken during the “Dangerous” tour. In mint condition. Very rare as such. $1,495.00
Nine Billionaires on One Item FORBES, Steve (1947- ) American publishing executive. Twice candidate for nomination Republican Party for president. TRUMP, Donald J. (1946- ) American business executive, CEO Trump Organization, founder of Trump Entertainment, President of the U.S.
REDSTONE, Sumner M. (1923- ) Chairman of the Board of CBS Corp. Global Media Businessman. PICKENS, T. Boone (1928-2019) American business magnate, Chairman and CEO of BP Capital. PEROT, Ross (1930- ) Self made billionaire by the age of 38 with his computer service company. BUFFETT, Warren (1930- ) World’s second richest man who turned his fortune over to the world’s richest man in 2006 to Bill Gates. COOKE, Jack Kent (1912-1997) Owned Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Redskins, and New York’s Chrysler Building. He financed the first Ali/Frazier fight. GATES, William (1955- ) Chairman of Microsoft. KLUGE, John W. (1914-2010) One time the richest person in the U.S. TV industry mogul. Founder of Metromedia.
First Day Cover commemorating the Andrew Carnegie US 4 cent stamp and the 125th Anniversary of his birth. Cancelled, New York, Nov. 25, 1960. Fine engraved portrait of Andrew Carnegie. Hand signed by nine billionaires. Unique and in fine condition.... SOLD
Photograph from Prison Hospital sent to her Dad BARROW, Blanche ( -1988). American robber. One of the five members of the Barrow Gang that also consisted of Clyde Barrow, Bonnie Parker, a gas station attendant William Daniel Jones and Blanche’s husband Buck Barrow. This gang pulled off many holdups of banks, stores, federal armory and gas stations. They killed police and marshals. Known for their wild shootouts with lawmen using shot guns and machine guns. This gang killed two lawmen while fighting their way out of a trap in April 1933. In July 1933, a hundred-man posse surrounded the Barrow Gang while they were having a picnic in Dexter, Iowa. Buck died of six bullet wounds, Blanche was wounded and captured, and Bonnie and Clyde escaped wounded. Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed the following year and died in a hail of bullets. The Barrows were well known as snapshot fanatics and at one point taking a photo of a captured Marshal. After the movie Bonnie & Clyde was produced Blanche Barrow sued the studio as she was being generally portrayed as a simpleton. Photograph, Brownie camera type, 2.5”x3.5”, full length of Blanche Barrow wearing an ankle length dress. Blanche is still living in the prison hospital where this photo was taken. She spent 7 years in prison. On the hedge near her hip she writes: “Love you Dad.” On the verso Blanche writes: “These are not very good, but you can tell I am well and getting along fine. So dear don’t worry this was taken beside the hospital where I live. I will have some more taken soon and send you a good one if I can take a good one ha ha. Now cheer up dear and get well so you can see your big fat baby girl some of these days before long. Always with love, B.B.” In fine condition.... $2,750.00
HITLER, Adolf (1889-1945). Born in Austria. German Army veteran of WWI. During the war’s end he became involved in art and was an extremist in politics in Munich. Because of his ability to be a successful orator, he promoted a radical program based on anti-Semitism and anti-communism. Shortly after, he was the leader of what is known as the Nazi Party. In 1923 with a small group of supporters he tried to seize power in what was called the “Beer Hall Putsch” but it was easily broken up by the police in Munich. Hitler was arrested, tried and sentenced to five years in prison. In prison he wrote “Mein Kampf” (My Struggle). By 1930, the Nazis became the second largest party in the Reichstag. During 1933, Hitler was sworn in as chancellor and turned Germany’s parliamentary democracy into a totalitarian state. During the next decade he conquered most of Europe. His life ended in suicide on April 20. 1945. Arguably, Adolf Hitler’s name is the most known and feared in history. Photograph, postcard of Hitler, full length pose with soldiers and officers in the background. Hitler is smiling while looking at a young boy in military uniform. Photo by Otto Hoppe Verlag, Berlin. Hitler has boldly signed his name on the lower white margin. A beautiful signature. Hitler’s most attractive signatures were between 1933 and 1940. On the verso of this card someone wrote “1938” in pencil. In very good to near fine condition.... $2,350.00
HITLER, Adolf (1889-1945). Born in Austria. German army veteran of WWI. During the war’s end he became involved in art and was an extremist in politics in Munich. Because of his ability to be a successful orator, he promoted a radical program based on anti-Semitism and anti-communism. Shortly after, he was the leader of what is known as the Nazi Party. In 1923 with a small group of supporters, he tried to seize power in what was called the “Beer Hall Putsch” but it was easily broken up by the police in Munich. Hitler was arrested, tried and sentenced to five years in prison. While in prison he wrote “Mein Kampf” (My Struggle). By 1930, the Nazis became the second largest party in the Reichstag. As the Russian Army approached Berlin, Hitler and his wife committed suicide on April 30th,1945. Postcard photograph by Hitler’s favorite photographer Hoffmann in Munich. Photo of Hitler kneeling down wearing his swastika armband in front of a young girl, said to be Helga Goebbels (1932-1945), oldest child of Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister. She was killed at the age of twelve along with her sisters and brother by her parents. They killed their children so they could die pure Aryan. So enthralled were Joseph and Magda Goebbels with Hitler they gave all their children names starting with “H.” A day after Hitler committed suicide, the Russians buried the bodies of the children. Fifteen years later the bodies were disinterred and were burned. Their ashes were scattered in a river. Fantastic bold, fountain pen signature of Adolf Hitler with excellent contrast. In near fine condition. $2,375.00
Only Known Signed Photograph of Blanche Barrow BARROW, Blanche ( -1988). American robber. One of the five members of the Barrow Gang that also consisted of Clyde Barrow, Bonnie Parker, a gas station attendant William Daniel Jones and Blanche’s husband Buck Barrow. This gang pulled off many holdups of banks, stores, federal armory and gas stations. They killed police and marshals. Known for their wild shootouts with lawmen using shot guns and machine guns. This gang killed two lawmen while fighting their way out of a trap in April 1933. In July 1933, a hundred man posse surrounded the Barrow Gang while they were having a picnic in Dexter, Iowa. Buck died of six bullet wounds, Blanche was captured and Bonnie and Clyde escaped wounded. The Barrows were well known as snap shot fanatics and at one point taking a photo of a captured Marshal. After the movie Bonnie & Clyde was produced Blanche Barrow sued the studio as she was being generally portrayed as a simpleton. Photograph, Brownie camera type, 3”x4.5”, full length of Blanche Barrow wearing an ankle length dress. On the verso is a lengthy A.L.S. written to “Mother” (Connie T. Barrow) Clyde and Buck’s mother who Blanche always referred to her as Mother. Blanche writes: “Taken the next day after the bandage was taken off my eye, the 17th October (1934). Am sending this with love to all the family. Mother I wish you would send me all the negatives to my pictures so I can have them developed and put in a book while I am here to look at. It will help pass the time away but be sure to address it to Mrs. Blanche Barrow, Box 47, Reg.#43654. Farm One.” The bottom white margin of the photo has been very slightly trimmed otherwise in fine condition. This is the first time this Rare photograph has been offered on the market as it comes directly from the Barrow family. Included is a photocopy of Blanche in prison with the bandage over her eye and a copy of a sworn affidavit of facts dated 19 November 1993 which bears signatures of Marie Barrow and two grandchildren. $5,900.00
Uncommon Original James Earl Ray Painting from Prison RAY, James Earl (1928-1998)/ American fugitive, felon, on April 4, 1968 convicted of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr in Memphis, Tennessee. He was also convicted of armed robbery, burglary and prison escape. Ray joined the U.S. Army near the close of WWII, served in Germany but he could not adapt to military life. He was discharged due to ineptness. Later he was convicted of mail fraud and served four years in Leavenworth. In 1959 he was caught stealing in an armed robbery. He was sentenced to twenty years for this being a repeated offence. He escaped from Missouri State Prison and spent time hiding in Mexico. During this time, he established himself as a pornographic film director photographing local prostitutes. Ray was prejudice against black people and was attracted to the George Wallace campaign. He volunteered at the Wallace Campaign Headquarters in North Hollywood. In 1968 he underwent facial reconstruction and on March 30, 1968 he bought a Remington Model 760 Gamemaster 30-06 caliber rifle, a scope and a box of cartridges. Just days later on April 4, 1968 he killed Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a single shot in Memphis, Tennessee. After fleeing the United States, Ray was arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport. He was sent to Tennessee and on his 41st birthday he was sentenced to 99 years in prison. On June 10, 1977 Ray and six other inmates escaped Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary. They were captured 3 days later. Colorful acrylic painting on artist board consisting of a farmhouse, barn, a large field, trees, huge rock, blue skies and a white cloud. On the verso Ray has signed his name in full, in ink and has added his prison umber: “65477” and writes the address of the property: “7475 Cockrill Bend Ind. Rd. Nashville, Tennessee 37209, State Prison, 1994.” For the purpose of framing, the framer has attached a matboard to the back of the frame. They cut an opening in the mat so Ray’s signature and writing can easily be seen. Overall size of the frame is 17.5”x21” In excellent condition. Few original Ray paintings have appeared in the market, one estimated in an auction $8,000-$12,000. There is one presently on eBay for $9,500.00. Some of his paintings have been reproduced in prints and lithographs which were made to satisfy collectors. Our price: $2,900.00
Very Rare Signed Photograph of Adolf Hitler with his 1936 Olympic Team
HITLER, Adolf (1889-1945). Born in Austria. German army veteran of WWI. During the war’s end he became involved in art and was an extremist in politics in Munich. His ability to be a successful orator, he promoted a radical program based on anti-Semitism and anti-communism. Shortly after he was the leader of what is known as the Nazi Party. In 1923 with a small group of supporters he tried to seize power in what was called the “Beer Hall Putsch” but it was easily broken up by the police in Munich. Hitler was arrested, tried and sentenced to five years in prison. In prison he wrote “Mein Kampf” (My Struggle). By 1930, the Nazis became the second largest party in the Reichstag. The 1936 Summer Olympic Games was held in Berlin. Nazi Germany won the bid over Barcelona. This was more than just a worldwide sporting event. It was a show of Nazi propaganda. For the first time in history of the modern Olympic Games, people in the U.S. and Europe called for a boycott of the games. The movement failed. The 49 nations who sent teams to the games legitimized the Hitler regime. With the conclusion of the games, Germany’s expansionist policies, the persecution of the Jews accelerated culminating in WWII and the Holocaust. Photograph signed adding “Olympischen 1936” in his hand. Photograph, B&W, measures approx. 4.25x6” of Hitler in a white suit wearing an armband with a swastika. He is totally surrounded by over 3 dozen members of the German Olympic Team and one German officer. In excellent condition, in original frame, sealed on verso just as purchased in Germany over 30 years ago. Adolf Hitler during the Olympic Games was on meth and cocaine. See video. The first signed photograph of this type we have seen $6,900.00
Possibly the Finest Signed Charles Lindbergh Photo
LINDBERGH, Charles (1902-1974). American aviator, military officer, author, inventor and explorer. COOLIDGE, Calvin (1872-1933). 30th President of the United States. (1923-1929). DAWES, Charles G. (1865-1951). 30th Vice-President of the United States (1925-1929). Co-Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (1925). LONGWORTH, Nicholas (1869-1931). Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1925-1933). Married to President Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice Lee Roosevelt. Large portrait of the four (full length) with notables in the background. Overall size 11”x14”, image size 9.5”x12”. At The White House, President Coolidge has just presented and placed the Medal of Honor around the neck of Charles A. Lindbergh. Vintage signatures of all four signed during the time. Top left corner is a label describing the Lindbergh Air Mail Stamps. A block of four are affixed to the top right of the portrait. The label also describes that President Coolidge is presenting the Congressional Medal of Honor. The first signed portrait of this type we have seen. Signatures and portrait in excellent condition. Framed, a museum piece. $3,750.00
FRANKLIN, Sir John (1986-1847). English Arctic explorer, explored the present day Northwest Territories of Canada, the Yukon and Alaska.. Discovered the Northwest Passage. Franklin was given command of the HMS Terror in 1845. He was lost in the Arctic with his whole crew in 1847. His icebound ships were abandoned and his entire crew died of starvation, hypothermia and scurvy. Between 1819 and 1822 he lost 11 of his 20 men. Most died of starvation, there was at least on murder and there was suggestion of cannibalism. The survivors attempted to eat their own leather boots and Franklin gained the nickname of “the man who ate his boots.” The town of Deline in the Northwest Territory is built on the site of Fort Franklin considered to be one of the birthplaces of the sport of hockey. In September 2016, the wreck of Franklin’s HMS Terror was discovered in pristine condition. DS, full page, legal folio, thirteenth day of February 1839. A scarce financial document , signed at Government House Hobart Town as Governor of the Island of Van Diemen’s Land [Tansmania]. Franklin directs the Deputy Assistant Commissary General to pay from His Majesty’s Treasury to “F.C. Smith... coroner, the sum of two pounds and two shillings... for attendance at the inquest held as per account annexed...” In very good condition with a fabulous signature of John Franklin. Anything signed by John Franklin can be considered scarce $595.00
Sheriff of Deadwood, U.S, Marshall for South Dakota BULLOCK, Seth (1849-1919). Western legend, one of the wild west’s finest lawman. Member of the Montana Territorial Senate (1871-72). Sheriff of Lewis and Clark County, Montana Territory (1873) where he killed his first man, Clell Watson. Watson stole a horse and engaged in a gunfight with Bullock. Bullock was slightly wounded in his shoulder. Watson was taken in custody and prepared to be hanged. A mob appeared and scared off the executioner. Bullock climbed the scaffold and pulled the lever, sending Watson to his death. Bullock then held off the mob with his shotgun. Deadwood was a lawless and rowdy camp. The day after bullock’s arrival, Wild Bill Hickok was murdered by being shot in the back of his head.
Bullock opened a hardware store with Sol Star in Deadwood in 1876, soon becoming the first Sheriff of the town. Portrayed by Timothy Oliphant in the HBO television series “Deadwood.” When appointed sheriff, one of Bullock’s first duties was to confront Dodge City Deputy Marshall Wyatt Earp, who was interested in the sheriff’s job. Bullock told Earp that his services was not needed. In 1881, Bullock was credited with introducing alfalfa farming to South Dakota. Portrayed by Timothy Oliphant in the HBO television series “Deadwood.” Bullock was instrumental in founding the town of Belle Fourche, offering free lots to anyone who would move from Minnesela. Belle Fourche became the largest railroad for livestock in the United States and became the new county seat.
Served as Captain of a Volunteer Cavalry Regiment in Grigsby’s Cowboy Regiment of the Rough Riders. After Theodore Roosevelt was elected president, Bullock organized 50 people including Tom Mix, to ride in the inaugural parade in 1905. Appointed U.S. Marshall for South Dakota by his longtime friend President Theodore Roosevelt (1909). He helped create Yellowstone National Park
Bullock died of colon cancer and was buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, the same cemetery where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are also buried.
Partly printed autograph document signed, 3.5”x8” dated and accomplished by Bullock in red ink. Auditor’s Office, Montana Territory, Virginia City, Received of W,H. Rodgers, territorial Auditor... “Dec[ember] 9th 1871…One hundred and thirty seven Dollars, in full of the amount due me for pay and Mileage as Member of Council. Seth Bullock.” A pay warrant, while serving as a territorial senator. Attractive cachet of a Montana Democrat SOLD
DAHMER, Jeffrey (1960-1994). American serial killer, known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster. Convicted of Murder, rape and dismemberment of 17 men and boys. He had an uncontrollable lust for human flesh. One of America’s most notorious serial killers. One of history’s most hated persons. Dahmer first killed in 1978 at the age of 18, In July 1991 police found three human heads in his refrigerator along with hands, penises, seven skulls and a human heart. During the time he was in the 7th grade when he started dissecting animals. Offered is the Eastview Patriots Yearbook 1972-1973.. Jeffrey Dahmer is listed as being in the7th grade class. This book is just short of the time when Dahmer became a heavy druggie and alcoholic. Jeff Dahmer’s photograph is posted as a member of the 7th grade. This Yearbook belonged to Keith Skowronski whose photo is illustrated as a Seventh Grade student, It is believed that Keith wrote, in ink, on his photo: “Lousy Picture, Handsome person.” Over three dozen students have inscribed and signed their name along with a statement to Keith. Some mentioning he was a drum player in the school band. On the page before the inside back cover, Jeff Dahmer has written: “To a rotten drum player, Jeff Dahmer.” Jeffrey Dahmer was sent to prison. He was serving 15 consecutive life terms. During that time he would fashion severed limbs out of prison food. He would dribble catsup to look like blood on his own limbs. Dahmer was not a writer of letters and wrote very little while he was in prison. Prices for his autographs reflects the scarcity. Jeffrey Dahmer was beaten to death in prison by a fellow inmate in a Wisconsin prison cell. His skull was crushed, This Yearbook is in very good condition and without question a museum piece. SOLD
KOSCHAL, Stephen (1945- ) Professional autograph dealer and dealer in rare signed books. Autograph authenticator, author, world traveler, lecturer, winner of many awards. Two matching large art works each measuring 26”X38.”
Both signed on the lower right bottom “S.Koschal “93”.
The first is of the German Iron Cross (1939). Hand signed (each in person) by 19 German Aces. Those who have signed are: Walter Schuck (206V), Gunther Bahr (37V- 36 at night), Heinz Lange (70V), G. Walter (6V), Ernst Wilhelm Reinhart (174V), Gunther Seeger (56V), Adolf Galland (103V), Guenther Rall (275v), Willi Reschke (26V), Eduard Neumann (13V), Walter Krupinski (197V), Herbert Wehnelt (36V), Wolfgang Spaete (99V), Julius Meimberg (53V), Martin Drewes (52V-43 at night), Gerhard Schoepfel (40V), Wolf Dietrich Huy (40V), Walter Loos (38V) and Arthur Gartner (26V). Total 1,547 victories. For years Koschal knew all of these Aces spending much time with them in the hotels we stayed. In addition enjoying dinners, having drinks, attending their yearly get togethers and cruising down the Rhine. This artwork was signed at the 1994 Gemeinschaft der Jagdflieger held at Oestrich Winkel, Geisenheim, Germany. In fine condition, framed.
A matching item, The Ace of Spades. Hand signed all “in person” of over 85 American Aces. Some of the popular Aces who have signed are: George Chandler, Dick Rossi, Gerald Brown, Bruce Carr, Ed Rector, Alex Vraciu, Jim Morehead, Joe Foss, Jim Empty, Roger Conant, Tom Blackburn, Boots Blesse, Bill Hardy, Jim French, R.E. Galer and many more. For years, Koschal was a friend of The American Aces” and attended many of their yearly reunions. The pair which is without question, one of a kind
Rare War Time Document Signed Twice
RUDEL, Hans Ulrich (1916-1982). Nazi combat pilot that repeatedly risked his aircraft and his life to save his comrades going to any extreme to never miss a mission. Stuka dive bomber pilot, Rudel became an Ace with his slow Stuka. Flew 2,500 missions destroying over 2,000 targets, including 800 vehicles, 519 tanks, 150 artillery pieces, 70 landing craft, 4 armored trains, several bridges, a destroyer, 2 cruisers and sunk a Soviet Battleship. After receiving a wound, his leg was amputated. He continued to fly claiming 26 more tanks Before the end of the war he was awarded a medal especially made for him by the Fahrer, the only soldier in German history to receive the Golden Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds to the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross. Ordered by Hitler to take a medical leave and not to return to the front, he twice disobeyed and returned as he felt his duty was to defend the Fatherland to the death. On April 19, 1945 the day before Hitler’s final birthday, Rudel met with Hitler in the Fuhrerbunker at the Reich Chancellery in Berlin. Following the war, and after release from prison, he settled in South America.. There he befriended Dr. Josef Mengele. Later Rudel was taken to West Germany. Document, signed twice in pencil dated January 6, 1944. This document is for rewarding medals, measures appx.5.5”x8”. hand signed by Hans Ulrich Rudel. On the verso signed by Rudel once again and by Hendrik Stahl an Oak Leaves winner. In fine plus condition except for paper clip indentation top left side
WRIGHT, Frank Lloyd (1867-1959). American architect, interior designer and writer. He designed more than 1,000 structures. Attractive check (6”x2.5”) on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Account of Taliesin Spring Green Wisconsin. Accomplished entirely in Wright’s hand in blue ink. “February 4, 49” Payable to: “James Fletcher $17.44” “Seventeen and 04/100” Check number “4119” and signed “Frank Lloyd Wright.” In very good condition. The original source of the Wright checks have been sold to a handful of dealers. Almost all checks were typed and simply signed by Wright. Very few were accomplished in his hand. The few dealers that purchased checks have all paid about the same price and typed checks are being offered for as much as $3,000. This fabulous example is quite scarce
Rare Collection of 63 Checks Signed by Baseball Hall of Fame Members
Baseball Hall of Fame Members, 63 signed checks. Fifty-three of the checks are signed on the front, ten are endorsed on the verso as they were checks made out to the player. Five checks are described as “unknown” according to the Sports Market report on Baseball Autographs. Lloyd Waner HOF 1967- his checks are unknown. Signed on the front.
Bob Gibson HOF 1981- his checks are unknown. . Signed on the front.
William Harridge HOF 1972- his checks are unknown. Signed on the front.
Donald Sutton HOF 1998- his checks unknown. Endorsed on verso
Eddie Matthews HOF 1978- his checks unknown. Endorsed on verso.
The following checks are all checks signed on the front.
Joe DiMaggio HOF 1955, Monte Irvin HOF 1973, Bill Dickey HOF 1954, George Kell HOF 1983, Buck Leonard HOF 1972, Robin Roberts HOF 1976, Ralph Kiner HOF 1975, Lloyd Waner HOF 1967, Waite Hoyt HOF 1969, Billy Herman HOF 1975, Ferguson Jenkins HOF 1991, Gaylord Perry HOF 1991, George Kelly HOF 1973, Earle Combs HOF 1970, Carl Hubbell HOF 1947, Warren Spahn HOF 1973, Enos Slaughter HOF 1985, Al Barlick HOF 1989, Rollie Fingers HOF 1992, Harry Hooper HOF 1971, Cal Hubbard HOF 1976, Ray Dandridge HOF 1987, Hal Newhauser HOF 1992, Joe Sewall HOF 1977, Ted Lyons HOF 1955, Brooks Robinson HOF 1983, Leon Day HOF 1995, Orlando Cepeda HOF 2000, Hoyt Wilhelm HOF 1985, Ed Barrow HOF 1953, Walt Alston HOF 1983, Rick Ferrell HOF 1984, Lou Boudreau HOF 1970, Mickey Cochrane HOF 1947, Max Carey HOF 1961, Bob Doerr HOF 1986,Eppa Rixey HOF 1963, Zack Wheat HOF 1959, William Harridge HOF 1972, A.. Chandler HOF 1982, W.H. Terry HOF 1954, Steve Carlton HOF 1994, Edd Roush HOF 1962, Bob Gibson HOF 1981, J. Nelson Fox HOF 1997, Lefty Grove HOF 1947, Earl Averill HOF 1975, Branch Rickey HOF 1967, George Weiss HOF 1971, Casey Stengel HOF 1966, Reggie Jackson HOF 1993, Harmon Killebrew HOF 1984, Stan Musial HOF 1969.
The following checks are made out to the player and endorsed on the verso.
Eddie Matthews HOF 1978, Charles Gehringer HOF 1949, Jesse Haines HOF 1970, Duke Snider HOF1980, Gary Carter HOF 2003, Tommy Lasorda HOF1997, Early Wynn HOF 1972, Joe Morgan HOF 1990, Jim Catfish Hunter HOF 1987, Don Sutton HOF 1998. All checks in fine condition. The collection
Rare, Fabulous, Autograph Letter by Annie Oakley Bearing Three Signatures
OAKLEY, Annie (1860- November 3, 1926). Born Phoebe Ann (Annie) Mosey on August 13, 1860 in a log cabin in Ohio. From a very young age she became a sharpshooter. She married sharpshooter Frank Butler in 1876. He was a travelling marksman. The couple joined Buffalo Bills Wild West Show. Annie and Frank lived in Cincinnati, Ohio and she adopted her name “Oakley” from a city neighborhood. While working at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show she was given the name of “Watanya Cicilla” by fellow performer Sitting Bull. This name is translated to “Little Sure Shot.” In 1894 Oakley and Butler performed in Edison’s Kinetoscope film the “Little Sure Shot of the Wild West.” Annie Oakley performed in front of Royalty and Heads of State. Some include Queen Victoria, King Umburto and she shot ashes from a cigarette held in the mouth of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Later on in the same year she shot a cigarette out of a man’s mouth from a moving automobile in order to promote the opening of a hotel in the Midwest. It is believed she taught more than 15,000 women how to use a gun. Annie Oakley died on November 3, 1926. Her death certificate lists her name as Annie Oakley Butler. Her husband Frank Butler died only 18 days later.
Autograph letter signed, 1 1/2 pages, 8vo, 706 Lexington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio. Dated April 8th 1926 (in the same year of her passing). In this most unusual handwritten letter she asks a Postmaster to Forward mail to her under four different names.
“To Post Master, Versailles, Ohio. Dear Sir, Will you kindly forward all mail. Directed to Annie Oakley. or Annie Oakley. Butler or Frank E. Butler. All in c/o RR2- Versailles, Ohio at 706 Lexington Ave, Dayton, Ohio. Until further notice. And oblige, very truly yours Annie Oakley, Butler.” The perfect letter for any gun enthusiast or collector of the United States Wild West. Written on two separate pages therefore can be framed. Together with a color portrait
Very Scarce A.L.S. with full Signature, Choice Autograph Content
Authenticating a sketch of Adolf Hitler & commenting on C.O.A.’s
SPEER, Albert (1905-1981). German architect during WWII. 1st Architect of Nazi Germany (1934-1939). Wartime Architect (1939-1942). Designed the Reich Chancellery, the Zeppelin Field Stadium and much more. Minister of Armaments and War Production. Author of “Inside the Third Reich” and “Spandau.” He was one of a very few men who had the courage to tell Hitler the war is lost. Speer stated that he intended to kill Hitler in 1945 with poison. Albert Speer was found guilty of war crimes against humanity. He claimed he was unaware of Nazi extermination plans which most likely saved him from hanging. Speer accepted moral responsibility during the Nuremberg Trials and received 20 years for his role in the Nazi regime. He served his full sentence and was released in 1966.
Autograph letter signed, one full page, dated 31.12.71. to a Florida autograph collector. Speer writes: “Dear Mr. Baton, We were on Holidays and now my secretary is on vacation. I doubt, that it is a genuine sketch of Hitler. The details are not done with his usual accuracy. Certificates don’t mean much; they are paid and written to easily. Sorry, I can’t advise you to buy. All the best for the New Year and cordial regards. Albert Speer. Enclosed one dollar in return.” Most of Speer’s letter are typed. Fortunately for this collector, who knew and visited Speer in Heidelberg, wrote to Speer while his secretary was on vacation and signed this letter with his desirable full signature. Fine condition.
The Man Who Named The United States
Third Chief Justice of the United States
Document Signed in 1776 for Weapons
ELLSWORTH, Oliver (1745-1807). Member of Congress (1778-83). Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court under Washington and Adams (1796-1800). Attended the Federal Constitutional Convention. SEYMOUR, Thomas (1735-1829). Lt. Col. Who Commanded all the regiments of Connecticut Militia Light Horse at New York in 1776. HOSMER, Titus (1736-1780). Statesman, member of Council of Safety (Conn) during the Revolution, member of the Continental Congress and a signer of the Articles of Confederation.
Manuscript document signed, one page, 5”x8”, April 8, 1776. Payment to Titus Hosmer one of the Committee for providing Arms to be spent for that purpose and charge the Colony. Signed by Ellsworth, Seymour , John Lawrence and on the verso by Titus Hosmer. Signatures of Hosmer can be considered scarce. A 1776 Revolutionary historical document of military association. In fine condition
Outstanding and RARE Combination of Cuban Signatures
CIENFUEGOS, Camilo (1932-1959). Leading figure in the Cuban Revolution. Considered one of the great heroes of the Revolution. Third most powerful man in Cuba after Fidel and Raul Castro. In early 1959 he was promoted to head the Cuban Armed Forces. Che Guevara named his son after Camilo Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos died in a mysterious plane crash. The plane was never found. GUEVARA, Che (1928-1967). Marxist rebel leader who helped Castro seize power in Cuba. Che and Castro’s troops entered Havana and took control of the Capital on Jan. 8, 1959. Che became commander of the Cabana Fortress. Che served several months at La cabana where he oversaw the execution by firing squads of individuals deemed to be enemies of the revolution. He has become an icon whose life and death has been romanticized. Died by execution.
Very rare typed document signed by Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos dated January 15, 1959 just a week after seizing Havana. Department of Military of La Cabana, La Havana. Translated, Che writes: “To Whom it May Concern, By means of the present, the Chief Commander of the Department Mtar of the Cabana. Ernesto Che Guevara wants to record that the companion of the revolutionary struggles Israel Tellez has been named Inspector General of all the Departments of saddlery and shoemaking of the Army. Therefore I ask for all the possible attention to fulfill the mission entrusted with greater effectiveness. Best regards, Cmdteen Head of the Military Department of the Cabana. Boldly signed “Che”. To the left of his signature is the approval of Camilo Cienfuegos. He writes in blue ink: “OK Camilo”. Document is good condition, some wear at corners of the folds, very light scattered foxing. Official rubber stamp next to the signature of Che. On verso is eight very official rubber stamps of the Republic of Cuba two signed by officials the rest hand numbered. A very scarce and extremely early document after the taking of Havana
CHE GUEVARA. Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (1928-1967). Argentine revolutionary leader, trained as a doctor. Marxist guerilla who aided Castro’s Cuban revolution in 1959. He rallied other third world countries to overthrow their corrupt regimes. He was President of the Banco Nacional de Cuba. He left Cuba in 1965 to become a guerrilla leader in South America. He was captured in 1967 during a campaign in Bolivia. He was executed by firing squad. He was transformed into a martyr. Cuban 10 pesos Note, Banco Nacional De Cuba, printed signature of Che as President Del Banco. Above his printed signature he has personally signed his name using a black ink pen. Very scarce as such as only a few of these notes have appeared for sale. Note and signature in fine condition. SOLD
Baseball Hall of Fame
GACY, John Wayne (1942-May 10, 1994). American serial killer who is also known as the “Killer Clown”. He was convicted of sexual assault and murder of at least 33 teenage boys and young men. The killings took place between 1972 and 1978 in the Chicago area. Twenty-six of Gacy’s victims were buried in a crawl space under his home. Three others were buried on his property and the last four were dumped in the Des Plains River. Gacy was convicted of the 33 murders and sentenced to death for 12 of them. He spent 14 years on death row before being executed by lethal injection.
Gacy’s first murder took place on January 2, 1972 during President Richard Nixon’s first term. Three days later, on January 5, 1972 Nixon entered his name on the New Hampshire primary ballot announcing his candidacy for reelection. He was reelected on November 7, 1972 in one of the largest landslides in American history. In January 1972, Gacy killed his second victim just 7 months before Richard Nixon’s resignation.
Oil painting titles “Baseball Hall of Fame” in Gacy’s handwriting on the verso. Gacy has signed his name “John W. Gacy” and identified the painting as “Oil #1014”. At the top of the verso, Gacy has handwritten: “I hope you enjoy this painting as much as I enjoyed doing it. John Wayne Gacy 1990”.
This painting is on a Fredrix canvas panel measuring 16”x20”. The painting is Gacy’s version of the Baseball Hall of Fame logo in red, white and blue paint. Around the logo, 46 members of the Baseball Hall of Fame have hand signed this painting. Some of those who have signed are: Al Lopez, Rod Carew, Joe Morgan, Jim Palmer, Johnny Mize, Yogi Berra, Jim Catfish Hunter, Rick Ferrell, Robin Roberts, Enos Slaughter, Monte Irvin, Bob Feller, Brooks Robinson, Al Barlick, Warren Spahn, Eddie Matthews, Johnny Bench, Ralph Kiner, Harmon Killebrew, Red Schoendienst, Luis Aparicio, Ferguson Jenkins, Willie Stargell, Frank Robinson, Duke Snider, Juan Marichal, Lou Brock, Ernie Banks, Luke Appling, Buck Leonard, Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and Roy Campanella. At the bottom right corner of the painting is a blood red signature of the artist, J.W. Gacy. To the left of Gacy’s signature is a bold large blue Sharpie signature of Richard Nixon. Nixon has dated his signature “9/7/90”.
The painting is in fine condition with just three signatures slightly light but completely readable. Every signature guaranteed 100% GENUINE a they were all acquired “in person”. Worthy of placement in a museum. $27,500.00
Note: Another baseball related painting (one of a kind) painted by John Wayne Gacy and commissioned by Stephen Koschal is recently being offered in an auction. it is signed by Richard Nixon (dated 9/9/90), Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and other members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Opening and current bid is $25,000. Estimated value $75,000. The painting we offer above has been signed by more members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Adolf Hitler’s Personal Monogrammed
Sterling Silver Vanity Mirror and Bristle Brush
HITLER, Adolf (1889-1945). German politician, leader of the Nazi Party. Chancellor of Germany (1933-1945). Fuhrer of Germany (1934-1945). He initiated WWII in Europe. Committed suicide in his Berlin bunker by a gun shot to his head. He was only 56 years old.
Very rare WWII Adolf Hitler curved flat top “AH” monogrammed Sterling Silver Vanity Mirror and Bristle Brush. These were used by Hitler at Obersalzberg. These were found and taken along with many other items in the Obersalzberg area by a member of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division at the close of WWII. Described as a hammered silver vanity hair grooming set with engraved pointed “AH” monogram. The hand mirror measures 12 inches top to bottom and the hair brush 10 inches long. Both the mirror and hair brush are marked “H.B. Sterling.” There is minor tarnish and the original patina from age. There are signs of use but both in very good condition. The find of most artifacts is mentioned in the latest and now out of print First Edition book Treasure Trove, The Looting of the Third Reich by Chase Haddock with Charles E. Snyder, Jr. Major USAF, Retired. The book feature many never before published photographs of some of Hitler’s early watercolors from his Vienna years (1907-1912). There are many descriptions and photographs of his personal items and those of the most notorious members of the Third Reich. The book, 250 pages in length, 1500 digital images and detailed appendices on Hallmarks, signatures, monograms and crests.
The collection $6,200.00
Remarkable One of a Kind John F. Kennedy Collection
KENNEDY, John F. (1917-1963). 35th President of the U.S., assassinated.
FORD, Gerald R. (1913-2006). 38th President of the U.S. Appointed by LBJ to the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of JFK.
OSWALD, Lee Harvey (1939-1963). American sniper, assassinated President John F. Kennedy.
MCDONALD, Nick (1929-2006). Dallas Police Officer who captured Lee Harvey Oswald.
LEAVELLE, James R. (1920- ) Pearl Harbor survivor, Dallas homicide detective who was handcuffed to Oswald when escorting him through the Police Headquarters basement in Dallas when Oswald was fatally shot.
A red brick from the front of the Texas School Book Depository Building, Dallas, Texas. Affixed to the brick is a plaque stating the brick is from the building. Three persons have signed this brick. The first is Gerald R. Ford who writes: ”Gerald R. Ford, Member-Warren Commission.”
Signing the brick is Officer M. Nick McDonald who adds: “Captor of Oswald 11-22-63.” The third to sign is James R. Leavelle adding “Handcuffed to Oswald.” The brick, signatures and writing are in fine condition. With the brick comes two typed letters signed. The first from Nick McDonald who writes in part: “Thanks for sending the “BRICK”! I was looking more for a Bouquet! HA! Ha! A little humor there. I have autographed the Brick, as you requested... A couple of years ago I autographed the seat Oswald was sitting in when I challenged him in the Texas theater. But, I must say the Brick is the most unusual thing yet. By the way, an ex-FBI agent has the seat and also the Sixth Floor Window frame....I still have a lot of stuff left from my police career in Dallas, but I am not going to part with anything else for awhile...”
In addition is a Typed letter from James Leavelle. He writes in part: “I have had the opportunity to sign many different objects in connection with the assassination of the President but never a brick before....In January of 1996 I had the opportunity to meet with President Ford on his way through Dallas for about 45 minutes. A one on one which was a very enjoyable meeting...I know Robert White very well we have visited several times over the years. He has invited me to visit him in Baltimore and I really intend to do so....”
Kennedy, John F. A menu from the Del Monte Lodge, pebble Beach, California, November 10, 1969. On the verso Kennedy has written: "Dix, Jr. Best of Luck, John Kennedy, U.S.S. Mass." Innlcuded is Dix Humphrey, Jr's business card.
OSWALD, Lee Harvey A book “Facts On Communism.” Government Printing Office, Washington 1960. One hundred thirty-five pages, hard bound. Rubber stamped on the title page are two Dallas Public Library stamps one dated Mar. 9, 1960, the other Sept. 25, 1967. Penned next to the title of the book is the signature “Lee H. Oswald.”
Oswald read many of the books on Communism from the library. Sold in the past are the library cards signed by Oswald, indicating he took the book out of the library. This copy has the pocket in the back of the book but the card is not available, most likely previously sold. Apparently he enjoyed this book enough to sign the title page. Many books if they are not taken out in 2 years in Texas libraries, are sold in their bookstore. This book is in fine condition. The collection. $27,750.00
Purple Rain 45 - Hand Signed
PRINCE Rogers Nelson (1958-2016). American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor. He sold over 100 million records. Winner of the Academy Award for the film Purple Rain. 45 record “Purple Rain”. 1984 Warner Brothers Records. Hand signed on the label “Prince”. Signed by Prince on September 18, 1988 at the Plaza Athena Hotel for his performance for the 15th Anniversary of Saturday Night Live. In choice condition. SOLD
Together With Ronald Reagan’s Pen from his Desk in The White House along with His DNA
MULTIPLE PRESIDENTS AND FIRST LADIES.
Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, JimmyCarter, Ronald Reagan (as President) and George Bush (as President).Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, and Rosalynn Carter. Very attractive color portrait of The White House, measures appx. 8.5”x11”. Gerald R. Ford has added an inscription and sentiment. Jimmy Carter has added a two word sentiment. Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George Bush have signed their names. Jacqueline Kennedy has inscribed this item adding a three word sentiment, Lady Bird Johnson has inscribed this item adding “one of my favorite views”, Betty Ford has signed her name and Rosalynn Carter has inscribed this item adding a two word sentiment. On the verso is a penned statement from Oregon Senator Mark O. Hatfield. He writes: “President Reagan & Bush signed this in my presence. Mark O. Hatfield.” Bush signed this portrait in the Oval office on 3/12/91. This portrait has been removed from a book. On his engraved Senate correspondence card Senator Hatfield has written “November 6, 1987, This pen was used by President Ronald Reagan to autograph the portrait of The White House. The pen was from his White House desk. Mark O. Hatfield”. The tip of this pen has multiple teeth marks from when President Reagan would chew on his pen. Quite a fascinating, one of a kind, collection. $8,900.00
Charles Manson Compact Disk (CD) All The Way Alive. Recorded September 11,
1967 Copy #1 of 1,000
MANSON, Charles (b. 1934). Drifter whose "family" committed the infamous Sharon Tate/LaBianca murders in 1969. Two of his followers, Sarah Jane Moore and Lynette Fromme are in prison for trying to assassinate President Ford. The book Helter Skelter is The True Story of the Manson murders. A movie Manson was also made.
Compact Disk (CD) Charles Manson - All The Way Alive. Recorded September 11, 1967. All songs written and performed by Charles Manson. Produced for this release by Shane Ballard. Inside artwork by Charles Manson. This CD was made in 2003 by People's Temple Records, Columbus, MS and is limited to only 1,000 copies. Songs on this CD are: Devil Man, The More You Love, Two Pair of Shoes, Maiden With Green Eyes, Swamp Girl, Bet You Think I Care, Look At Your Game Girl, Who To Blame, True Love You Will Find, My World, Invisible Tears, This Is Night Life. This CD also contains an interview with Charles Manson. Inside the back of the cassette holder is printed artwork by Manson in color. On the inside of the front cover of the holder is the information about this release. Next to Shane Ballard's printed name Shane has written in silver ink: "Copy #1 S.(hane)B.(allard)"
All The Way Alive's release date was January 1, 2003. Manson had a demo recording session on 9/11/1967. The World Center attack came 34 years later. In this CD Manson sings, plugs his guitar and offers spoken words.
Shane Ballard (January 13, 1981-August 13, 2004) was known as Manson's best friend. He produced this release. He was a native of Columbus, MS and was also an actor. Ballard's mother was murdered in Columbus in 1989. Ballard appeared in the films Cookie Jar (2003), Terror Toons 2, The Silly & Slick Show (2004). He appeared as himself and chronicled his run for Sheriff of Columbus in Citizen Shane (2004). The director of the film, Ron Tibbett was killed in a car crash shortly after finishing the film. Shane Ballard also directed the 2003 film Her Comes Santa Claus. Ballard committed suicide in 2004 at the age of twenty-three. He had a tattoo on his leg of Lee Harvey Oswald being shot by Jack Ruby.
Offered with the Copy #1 of Manson's CD is Manson's Original Artwork that he drew in prison for this CD. The drawing measures appx. 12"x18" and is drawn with crayon, using many colors. At the bottom left corner of the artwork Manson has signed his name, in ink, in full, adding the word "Scrash."
The artwork is extremely colorful and would make a wonderful presentation when matted and framed.
During February 1995, one of Manson's two acoustic guitars that was used to produce the songs in this album was being offered for $30,000. The other guitar came back into his possession after being kept for several years by prison officials.
The above collection of the Copy #1 CD and the matching original artwork is of museum quality. $4,900.00
Mary & Ernest Hemingway’s Xmas Card from Cuba
HEMINGWAY, Ernest (1899-1961). American writer of such notable classics as “A Farewell to Arms” and “The Old Man and the Sea”. He was the recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature.
HEMINGWAY, Mary (1908-1986). American author. She and Ernest Hemingway both wrote for “Time” and “Life” Magazines. She married Ernest Hemingway in Cuba in 1946 becoming his fourth wife. She found his body in their home after Hemingway committed suicide.
Ernest and Mary Hemingway’s Christmas Card for the year 1957, 4 pages, with original envelope with 3 Cuban postage stamps affixed, postmarked, Habana, Cuba, Dec. 11,1957. Envelope hand addressed by Mary Hemingway to Miss Eileen H. Butts, Ormond beach, Florida. Starting on the third panel of the Xmas Card and ending on the fourth, Mary Hemingway writes: “Dear Miss Butts, Nobody ever wrote me a more gratifying or smug-making letter. I’ve saved it all this time, and thank you very much indeed. Of course I’m not such a paragon. Best wishes-Mary Hemingway”. Beneath Mary’s writing, Ernest adds: “It was a fine letter and you were sweet to write it. Thank you very much Ernest Hemingway”. The card itself has a stunning cover featuring what appears to be Arabs delivering gifts, camels and palm trees in the back ground. Both the card and envelope are in fine condition. $3,500.00
Possibly the Finest A.L.S. of Charles Dodgson/Lewis Carroll in Private Hands
DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge (pseudonym Lewis Carroll). (1832-1898). English author, mathematician and photographer. Best remembered for his Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (1865) and Through The Looking Glass (1872)
Autograph letter signed, 4 pages, Christ Church, Oxford, Dec. 15, 1875. To My Dear Magdalen. Carroll writes: “I want to explain to you why I did not call yesterday. I was sorry to miss you but you see I had so many conversations on the way. I tried to explain to the people in the street that I was going to see you, but they wouldn’t listen: they said they were in a hurry, which was rude. At last I met a wheel barrow that I thought would attend to me, but I couldn’t make out what was in it. I saw some features at first, then I looked through a telescope and found it was a countenance: then I looked through a micro scope and found it was a face! I thought it was rather like me, so I fetched a large looking glass to make sure, and then to my great joy I found it was me. We shook hands, and were just beginning to talk, when myself came up and joined us, and we had quite a pleasant conversation. I said “Do you remember when we all met at Sandown?” and myself said “It was very jolly there: there was a child called Magdalen,” and me said “I used to like her a little: not much, you know only a little” - Then it was time for us to go to the train - and who do you think came to the station to see us off” You would never guess, so I must tell you. They were two very dear friends of mine, who happen to be here just now, and beg to be allowed to sign this letter as, Your Affectionate Friends, Lewis Carroll and C.L. Dodgson.”.
Boldly written in his characteristic purple ink. In fine condition. A previous collector has housed this treasure in a protective hard cover binding and by tipping the left margin of the letter to a blank page, There are also blank pages tipped before and after the letter for protection. The book can be opened to display the letter or can be kept on a shelf as a book. A most remarkable content handwritten letter that he ever wrote to a child and with an extremely scarce double signature
In addition we have included Liddell, Henry (1811-1898). Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Author “History of Rome” (1855) and co-author with Robert Scott “A Greek-English Lexicon.” Lewis Carroll wrote “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” for Henry Liddell’s daughter Alice. Autograph letter signed, one page, 1843 to “Dear Jackson.” It refers to a letter that was asking him for help with a book in part: “our Dean forwarded a recommendation of him...” In fine condition. $24,500.00
Very Rare Signature of E.G. Gerard- Original Inductee Hockey Hall of Fame
GERARD, Edward George (1890-1937). Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach. His playing career covered 1910 to 1923. Played for ten seasons for the Ottawa Senators. Manager Coach of the Montreal Maroons for the 24-25 season and the 28-29 season. He was a member of several Stanley Cup winning teams and won his fifth Stanley Cup in 1925-26. He retired as a player in 1923. When the Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1945, he was one of the original 9 inductees. Died at the very early age of 47. RARE, large pencil signature “E.G. Gerard” on an album page. On the verso it is also signed in pencil: “J.G. Lamb, Feby 4/28.”
LAMB, Joseph Gordon (1906-1982). Professional ice hockey player. Played eleven seasons in the National Hockey League with the Montreal maroons, Ottawa Senators, new York Americans, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit red Wings. His playing career was from 1927 to 1940. One of the great Hockey legends.
Huge Collection of Signatures of
Inductees Into The Baseball Hall of Fame
This Rare collection consists of 229 signatures on 3”x5” cards, government postcards, a few cuts, signed photos and documents of those who have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Willie Mays 3”x5” card, Ted Williams 3”x5” card. Joe DiMaggio 3”x5” card. MickeyMantle 3”x5” slip. Willard Brown 3”x5” card. Roy Campanella vintage album page, Turkey Sterns 3”x5” card with additional info in his hand, Hilton Smith 3”x5” card with additional info in is hand. W.J. Klem 3”x5” card with additional info in his hand. Willie Wells 3”x5” card dated. Satchel Paige 3”x5” card. Charles “Kid” Nichols 3”x5” card. Monte Irvin 3”x5” card. Buck Leonard 3”x5” card. Bill Dickey 3”x5” card. George Kell 3”x5” card. Robin Roberts 3”x5” card. Ralph Kiner 3”x5” card. Lloyd Waner 3”x5” card. Paul Waner “Pirates 38” on a slip. Waite Hoyt 3”x5” card. Billy Herman 3”x5” card. Fergusen Jenkins 3”x5” card inscribed. Gaylord Perry 3”x5” card. George L. Kelly 3”x5” card, Earle Combs 3”x5” card. Carl Hubbell 3”x5” card. Warren Spahn 3”x5” card. Eddie Matthews 3”x5” card. Enos Slaughter 3”x5” card. Charles Gehringer 3”x5” card. Al Barlick 3”x5” card. Rollie Fingers 3”x5” card. Harry Hooper 3”x5” card. Cal Hubbard 3”x5” card. Ray Dandridge 3”x5” card with additional info. Hal Newhouser 3”x5” card. Joe Sewall 3”x5” card. Jesse Haines 3”x5”card. Ted Lyons 3”x5” card. Brooks Robinson 3”x5” card. Leon Day 3”x5” card. Orlando Cepeda 3”x5” card. Hoyt Wilhelm 3”x5” card. Ed Barrow signature cut from a letter. Walter Alston vintage album page. Rick Ferrell 3”x5” card. Duke Snider 3”x5” card. Lou Boudreau 3”x5” card. MickeyCochrane inscribed and signed one cent postcard. Max Carey 3”x5” card. Gary Carter 3”x5” card. Bob Doerr 3”x5” card. Tom Lasorta 3”x5” card. Early Wynn 3”x5” card. JoeMorgan 3”x5” card. Jim Catfish Hunter 3”x5” card. Eppa Rixey inscribed and signed one cent postcard. Zach Wheat 3”x5” card. Will Harridge 3”x5” slip. Albert B. Chandler 3”x5” card. Don Sutton 3”x5” card. W. H. Bill Terry 3”x5” card. Steve Carlton 3”x5” card. Edd J. Roush 3”x5” card. Bob Gibson 3”x5’ card. Nelson Fox 3”x5” card. Lefty Grove 3”x5” card. Earl Averill 3”x5” card. Branch Rickey 3”x5” card. George Weiss signature on a slip. Casey Stengel 3”x5” card with additional info. Reggie Jackson 3”x5” card. Harmon Killebrew 3”x5” card. Stan Musial 3”x5” card. Jocko Conlon 3”x5” card. HankAaron 3”x5” card. Red Schoendienst 3”x5” card. Bob Lemon 3”x5” card. Lefty Gomez 3”x5” card. Jim Palmer 4”x6” card. Warren Giles 3”x5” card. Gabby Harnett 3”x5” card. David Bancroft 3”x5” card. Bucky Harris 3”x5” card. Bob Feller 3”x5” card. Sam Rice 3”x5” card. Jim Bunning 3”x5” card. W.B. McKechnie 2”x4” card. LarryMacPhail 3”x5” card. Lee MacPhail 3”x5” card. Joe Medwick 3”x5” card. Al Lopez 3”x5” card. Ray Schalk 3”x5” card. Pie Traynor 3”x5” card. Joe Cronin 3”x5” card. Burleigh A. Grimes 3”x5” card. Luke Appling 3”x5” card. Johnny Mize 3”x5” card. Charles A. Cominsky signature cut from a letter. Jim Bottomley signature on a slip. Alex. J. Cartwright signature from an A.L.S. Ed J. Delahanty pencil signature on a slip. Fred J. Clarke 3”x5” card. T.R. Cobb signature from return address. Babe Ruth signature on a slip with “Sincerely”. Lou Gehrig signature on a slip. Stanley Covelski 3”x5” card. Jackie Robinson signature across 2 Professional Baseball Stamps. LarryLajoie signature and date on a slip. Dizzy Dean 3”x5” card. Clark Griffith signature on a one cent postcard. Lewis Hack Wilson signature and four lines of stats on a 3”x7” lined sheet. Walter Johnson 3”x5” card. Rube Foster choice signature on a large album page. Rogers Hornsby signature on a one cent postcard. Tom Yawkey on an album page. J. Honus Wagner inscribed, signed and dated on a one cent postcard. Cy Young signature, place & date on a one cent postcard. A.C. Dazzy Vance 3”x5” card. SamuelWahoo Sam Crawford A.N.S. on a 3”x5” card. Chief Bender 3”x5” card. Mel Ott 3”x5”card. Rabbit Maranville signature on a slip. Connie Mack handwritten letter on a once cent postcard. Billy Evans signature cut from a letter. Bill Veeck 3”x5” card. PeeWee Reese 3”x5” card. Don Drysdale 3”x5” card. Freddy Lindstrom 3”x5” card. George Sisler 3”x5” card. Earl Weaver 3”x5” card. Phil Niekro 3”x5” card. FrankFrisch 3”x5” card. Ford Frick 3”x5” card. Chick Hafey 3”x5” card. Larry Doby 3”x5” card. Red Ruffing 3”x5” card. Bill Mazeroski 3”x5” card. Hank Greenberg 3”x5” card. Sandy Koufax 3”x5” card. Tom Seaver 3”x5” card. Ernie Lombardi 3”x5” card. Rod Carew 3”x5” card. Luis Aparicio 3”x5” card. Johnny Bench 3”x5” card. Tris Speaker 3”x5” card. James Cool Papa Bell 3”x5” card. R. Bob Wallace 3”x5” card. NestorChylak signed portrait. Ernie Banks A.N.S. on a 3”x5” card. Bill McGowan vintage album page. Jimmie Foxx on an album page with 12 others 6 HOF’s. Ed A. Walsh on a slip. John J. McGraw on a 4”x6” photo. Eddie Collins 3”x5” card. Tony Lazzeri on a photo. Yogi Berra 3”x5” card. J. Franklin Baker cut from a check. Ban Johnson & JacobRuppert on a Player’s Contract. Willie McCovey 3”x5” card. Lou Brock 3”x5” card. Frank Robinson 3”x5” card. Nolan Ryan 3”x5” card. George Brett 3”x5” card. Tony Perez 3”x5” card. Willie Stargell 3”x5” card. Robin Yount 3”x5” card. Mike Schmidt 3”x5” card. Sparky Anderson 3”x5” card. Rube Marquard 3”x5” card. AlKaline 3”x5” card. Henie Manush 3”x5” card. Kenesaw M. Landis 3”x5” card. HerbPenock signature/date on 3”x5” card. Grover Cleveland Alexander full signature and “A Friend” in his hand on a 3”x5” card. Thomas A. Connolly four words plus signature on a 3”x5” card. Roberto Clemente inscription plus two words/signature on a 3”x5” card. Hazen Ki Ki Cuyler choice interesting note signed/dated on a album page. Chuck Klein cut signature. Elmer Flick signed/date on 3”x5” card. Al Simmons nice signature “The Tigers 1936” on a slip. Judy Johnson 3”x5” card. Joe McCarthy 3”x5” card. Carlton Fisk 3”x5” card. Kirby Puckett 3”x5” card. Ozzie Smith 3”x5” card. Carl Yastrzemski 3”x5” card. H.C. Faber 3”x5” card. Eddie Murray 3”x5” card. Travis C. Jackson signature + stats 3”x5” card. Whitey Ford 3”x5” card. Leo Durocher 3”x5” card. Richie Ashburn 3”x5” card. Paul Molitor 3”x5” card. Dennis Eckersley 3”x5” card. RyneSandberg 3”x5” card. Wade Boggs 3”x5” card. Juan Marichal inscription and note on a 3”x5’” card. David Winfield 3”x5” card. Bruce Sutter 3”x5” card. Phil Rizzuto 3”x5” card. Tony Gwynn 3”x5” card. Cal Ripkin Jr. 3”x5” card. Walter O’Malley 3”x5” card. Bowie Kuhn 3”x5” card. Billy Southworth signature on a large slip. Dick Williams 3”x5” card. Billy Williams 3”x5” card. Goose Gossage 3”x5” card. Rickey Henderson signature on portion of a postcard. Jim Rice 3”x5” card. Whitey Herzog 3”x5” card. Joe Gordon 3”x5” card. Doug Harvey 3”x5” card. Andre Dawson 3”x5” card. HarryHeilmann cut signature. Bert Blyleven 3”x5” card. Roberto Alomar 3”x5” card. PatGillick 3”x5” card. Tony LaRussa 3”x5” card. Ron Santo 3”x5” card. Bob Cox 3”x5” card. Joe Torre 3”x5” card. Gregory Maddux 3”x5” card. Frank Thomas 3”x5” card. George Wright 1917 document signed.
This collection which took decades to build is in fine condition and is housed in a large album containing Ultra-Pro platinum protective sheets.
Price Upon Request
Jimmy Doolittle and 20 of his Raiders
Jimmy Doolittle (1896-1993). American pioneer aviator, WWII aviator possibly best remembered for his bombing raid on Tokyo as captured in the movie Thirty Seconds OverTokyo. On April 18, 1942, General Doolittle led sixteen B-25 bombers from the U.S.S. Hornet for a very daring bombing raid on Japan. This was the first time bombers had been launched from an aircraft carrier. This assault was very important because America struck a significant blow both military and psychologically at the heart of Japan. Doolittle was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor.
Absolutely fabulous huge cover, measuring 6.5”x9.5”, First Day of issue of the B-25s Take Off to Raid Tokyo, 29 cent U.S. Postage Stamp. Cancelled, Indianapolis, In Aug. 17, 1992, the 50th Anniversary of the raid on Japan. In addition a USA 20 cent Medal of Honor US Postage Stamp has also been affixed to this cover. Affixed to this cover is a large label with a map of the world showing the different battles during 1942, including the Raid on Japan by Jimmy Doolittle.
This cover is hand signed “J.H. Doolittle”. also bearing the signatures of twenty “Doolittle Raiders.” Those signing are “Jack Sims” #14 Co-Pilot, “Roy Stark” #10 Co-Pilot, “Dick Knobloch” #13 Co-Pilot, “Jacob DeShazer” #16 Bombardier, Bert Jordan” #4 Gunner, “E.W. Holstrom” #4 Pilot, “H.A. Sessler” #15 Navigator/Bombardier, “Hank Potter” #1 Navigator, “Charles Ozuk” #3 Navigator, “Harry C. McCool” #4 Navigator, “David J. Thatcher” #7 Gunner, “Nolan A. Herndon” #8 Navigator/Bombardier, “Joe Manske” #5 Gunner, “James H. Macia” #14 Navigator/Bombardier, “Bill Bower” #12 Pilot, “Travis Hoover” #2 Pilot, “Doug Radney” #12 Gunner, “E.W. Horton” #10 Gunner, “Dave Pohl” #8 Gunner, and “R.E. Cole” #1 Co-Pilot. The envelope is in very fine condition. A fabulous piece of WWII history, a remembrace of the aftermath of Pearl harbor. $795.00
Jack the Ripper
Two Leading Suspects
H.R.H. Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward of Wales, The Duke of Clarence and Avondale. (1864-1892). The eldest son of the future King Edward VII. Died at the very early age of 28 from syphilis of the brain. The Royal family maintained an unusual discreet silence about “Eddy’s” private activities and destroyed all of his correspondence. Anything signed by “Eddy” is extremely scarce. He is regarded by many criminologists as the #1 suspect of being Jack the Ripper, Dr. Stowell caused something of a public sensation when he published in The Criminologist his solution to the Jack the Ripper mystery that “Eddy” was the brutal murderer. Colin Wilson’s series of articles for the London Evening Standard called “My Search for Jack the Ripper” reached the same conclusions about the Ripper’s identity being “Eddy.” Extremely RARE signature “Eddy” probably cut from an A.L.S. along with several words by his hand on the verso. Together with a portrait of Eddy removed from a book.
Dr. William Gull. (1816-1890). 1st Baronet, 19th Century English physician. Dr. Gull is first mentioned as possibly being Jack the Ripper by Dr. Thomas Stonewall in the November 1970 issue of The Criminologist and again in 1973 by Joseph G. Sickert in the BBC Drama documentary “Jack the Ripper.” He is mentioned once again recently by author’s Stephen Knight in his book “The Final Solution” and in Melvyn Fairclough’s book “The Ripper and the Royals.”
In 1871, Dr. Gull treated the Prince of Wales for typhus and was appointed the Prince’s regular physician. Later, Dr. Gull became the physician in ordinary for Queen Victoria.
A very RARE, closing of a letter: “I am, yours very truly” hand signed by “William W. Gull.” A fine bold full signature. This signature is included along with the “Eddy” items. All items in fine condition. $2,495.00
Very Rare First Edition, First Printing
LEE, Harper (1926-2016). American novelist. Her book, To Kill A Mockingbird became a classic and was adapted into a major motion picture starring Gregory Peck. Peck won an Academy Award for Best Actor. He portrayed a country lawyer named Atticus Finch. After the books publication in 1960 it won the 1961 Pulitzer prize for Fiction. The copy we offer is a rare true First Edition, First printing with the matching very scarce First issue dust jacket. The book is inscribed and signed by Harper Lee on the front endpaper: “To William King with best wishes Harper Lee.” A signature of Gregory Peck is laid in. The book is in very good to near fine condition with a good dust jacket.This book is housed in a special custom made folding box with the title and author’s name printed in gold. There are no restorations to the book or dust jacket. Dust jacket hinges are solid without the usual separation. The $3.95 original publisher’s price is intact. It is estimated that only 5,000 copies of the first Edition were printed with many of them going to libraries. This book is the cornerstone of any major book collection. $24,500.00
Rare Collection of Superman Autographs
COLLYER, Bud (1908-1969). Radio personality. His most memorable role was on February 12, 1940 when he assumed the title role “The Adventures of Superman.” Millions of young listeners sat in front of the radio visualizing the man of steel after hearing Collyer say: ”A strange visitor from another planet who came to earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men….” A choice large pencil signature “Bud Collyer” adding “Superman” on a vintage album page. A former collector has written in pencil “June 15,45”. Not a common signature.
ALYN, Kirk (1910-1999). First actor to play the D.C. Comics character Superman on the screen (1948). Photograph, 8”x10” head and shoulders pose as Superman. Signed with a three word sentiment: “Best wishes, Superman, Kirk Alyn.”
LARSON, Jack (1928-2015). American actor, best known for his portrayal of cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on the Adventures of Superman TV series during the 1950’s. He was the partner/companion of Montgomery Clift. Photograph, 8”x10”, B&W, head and shoulders pose, smiling. Inscribed: “For Bob W- My best wishes, Jack Larson, Jimmy Olsen.” Not common in signed photographs.
BOND, Tommy (1926-2005). American child actor in “Our Gang.” He was the first actor to appear on screen as “Superman’s pal” Jimmy Olsen (1948). He appeared in a total of 73 films. Photograph, 8”x10”, B&W, full length pose of Bond with Superman. Signed: “Tommy Bond, Jimmy Olsen.”
NEILL, Noel (1920- ) American actress in motion pictures and television. Best known for her portrayal of Lois lane in the film series Superman (1948) as well as the television series The Adventures of Superman. Photograph, 8”x10”, B&W, of Noel Neill with Kirk Alyn sitting in their newspaper office. Signed by both: “Noel Neill, Lois Lane” and “Superman, Kirk Alyn.”
Rare Signed Photograph
SHAYNE, Robert (1900-1992). American actor. Best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Henderson in the television series “The Adventures of Superman.” Photograph, 8”x10”, B&W, head and shoulders pose as Inspector Henderson. Inscribed and signed: “To Jim, Best wishes from Inspector Henderson, Robert Shayne.”
REEVE, Christopher (1952-2004). American actor wop was selected for the role of Superman out of 200 aspirants. Reeve played the part of Superman in the 1978 movie and performed his own stunts. During 1995 a horse riding incident broke his neck causing paralysis. Fabulous photograph, 8”x10”, B&W, head and shoulders pose as Superman from the Warner Bros. movie. Boldly signed. Very fine condition.
The collection: $1,195.00
Called “The Angel of Death”
Document Signed by Dr. Mengele While Assigned to Auschwitz
MENGELE. Dr. Josef (1911-1979). He joined the Nazi Party in 1937 and the SS in 1938. German Schutzstaffel (SS) and physician. He was sent to the concentration camp services in early 1943 and was assigned to Auschwitz. He was named SS Garrison Physician at Auschwitz. He performed deadly human experiments on prisoners. After the war he evaded capture for the rest of his life. He apparently died by drowning. Official document signed, very shortly after arriving at Auschwitz. Dated, 7 Aug. 1943 at Auschwitz Birkenau. Translated it originates at the “Hospital for Gipsies” and directed to “The Institute of Hygiene” in Auschwitz. The text states: “Sample for examination regarding dysentery taken 7.8.43 for Lakatost Ziborah, registration #8162.“ Hand signed by “J. Mengele” using a purple pencil. His title is “SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer.” Rubber stamp seal of the “Waffen SS” (Combat SS) which illustrates the Nazi Eagle and swastika. Below the Swastika reads “Konzentrationslager” (concentration camp) “Auschwitz.” Dysentery is the inflammation of the intestines causing severe diarrhea with blood and mucus in the feces. Two file holes not affecting the typing. A notation in green pencil and a red check mark. Documents of a medical nature from Auschwitz signed by Dr. Mengele can be considered rare. $8,900.00
First African-American Player to be Picked First Overall in the NFL Draft
First African-American to Win The Heisman Trophy
DAVIS, Ernie (1939-1963). American football halfback and first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Basketball great who led Elmira Free Academy team to win 52 consecutive victories. He led Syracuse University to the National Championship as a sophomore. Davis was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979.
His college working manuscript that he was preparing to submit to his class, nine typed written pages on the history of Bristol, Vermont. Over twenty lines underlined in pencil by Davis and 3 words and a few notations written in pencil by his hand in the margins. Boldly hand signed “Ernie Davis” in pencil at the top of page one. This manuscript comes from the original collection of Todd Mueller who purchased the papers of Ernie Davis directly from the Davis estate. Occasionally simple signatures from this same estate are selling for as much as $2,500. This nine page signed manuscript is in fine condition. $1,450.00
ACES- AMERICAN AND GERMAN OF WWII.
Vintage wood propeller trimmed in metal. Measures five feet long with blades measuring eight inches wide. One one blade are the autographs of 60 American Aces including great names such as R.E. Galer, Navy’s Top Ace Capt. David McCampbell, Joe Foss, Ralph Parr, Bruce Carr, Ed Rector and Gerald Brown. On the opposite blade some of the greatest German Aces have signed their names including Adolf Galland, Gunther Rall, Walter Krupinski and Heinz Lange. A total of 23 German Aces have signed their names. On the verso an additional 28 American Aces have also signed their names including Dick Rossi, Manny Seigal, Chuck Older (also judge at the Charles Manson trial) C.E. “Bud” Anderson. Roger Conant and Tex Hill. The only person signing this propeller that is not an Ace is Tom Ferebee who has added “Bombardier of the Enola Gay, 6 Aug. 1945”. Every signature on this propeller was obtained by Stephen Koschal “in person”. The autographs of the American Aces were signed during different reunions of the American Aces, the German Aces were obtained during two reunions of the Luftwaffe held in Germany. Signature of Tom Ferebee was signed “in person” during a visit to the home of Stephen Koschal. Thousands of victories are represented on this propeller. This propeller is worthy of placement in a museum or display at an airport.
Shipping Additional. $8750.00
One of History’s Most Famous New Yorkers
First Man to Jump off the Brooklyn Bridge
BRODIE, Steve (1856-1901). 19TH Century Daredevil, Champion Bridge Jumper of the World, popular actor. On July 23, 1886 he jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge and survived. The jump was from a height of 135 feet, equal to jumping from a 14 story building. This stunt was attempted just a year before in May 1885 by Robert Emmet Odlum but he did not survive. Brodie capitalized on his reputation appearing in vaudeville and musicals in the Bowery. In 1933, Brodie was portrayed by George Raft in the film “The Bowery.” Steve Brodie’s very rare business card which depicts his portrait, his name and states that he is the Champion Bridge Jumper of the World. In addition it states: “Will Appear Season 96-97 in Thos. H. Davis’ Sterling Comedy Drama On The Bowery.” Boldly signed and dated : “Sunday, Feb.7, 1897” on the verso of this card. In excellent condition. The expression “take a Brodie” or “do a Brodie” refers to Steve Brodie. Brodie lived to be only 45 years old and his autograph is extremely scarce. SOLD
Founder of Planned Parenthood
SANGER, Margaret (1883-1966). American leader of the birth-control movement; a trained nurse by profession; organized the first Birth Control Conference (1921); indicted for sending pleas for birth control through the mail; founder and first President of American Birth Control League; author of books and pamphlets on birth control. Founder of Planned Parenthood.
Autograph letter signed, one very full page on her name imprinted stationery. New York, April 1st (n.y.) To :My Dear Mr. Guerney." Sanger sends her thanks for sending a book that she has taken to Albany and read it on the train. She goes on to say..."I know so little of the Russian writers and am ever ashamed of this but the psychology of Merejkowski's is most interesting. It must be a tremendous task to translate such thoughts and ideas and to make them read so easily and clearly as you have done." Signed in full. Margaret Sanger's handwritten letters are very scarce and those with content are highly desirable. $575.00
One Of The 19th Century’s Famous Spiritualists
(Houdini) HOME, Daniel Douglas (1833-1886). Spiritualist, super knowledge of scientific investigation. At the age of 17 he became celebrated as a “Medium”. He was presented at the Courts of Russia, Germany, France and the Vatican. In 1863 he united with the Roman Catholic Church but was later expelled because of his practices. In Houdini’s book “A Magician Among The Spirits” he writes an entire chapter on the amazing life of Home. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s book “The Wanderings Of A Spiritualist” refers to Home. Robert Browning attended one of Home’s seances. Sir William Crooks became interested in spiritualistic research and in 1870 spent four years of research devoted to Home who was successful in baffling Crooks. Home stands out in the front ranks of the History of Spiritualism. Very lengthy three page autograph letter signed (1860). In part: “Dear Mr. Coleman, I have this moment heard that you have another guardian spirit to love you in the other life. Well do I know the deep sorrow the poor woman heart is called upon to pass through before it can realize that the change was indeed but a glorious one and the beginning of the only true life... will recall his every action and the heart will throb with pain at the recollection of his every smile. Look upon lone mother he smiles on you now from that bright abode where you on day will go to dwell with him forever. He was good and pure and now he would not return to this cold earth of ours. Let not then your tears seem as if you would with selfish love call him to the material existence again. He lives and memory dieth not, and now with the strength of his love he will twine the pure hands of spirit love about you till they become too strong for this world and you will go forth a spirit. It is so selfish to mourn yet we are but mortal and our affection the brightest and most holy part of our being and when we see flowers of promise fading from before us we are but too prone to forget that they are to be truly happy. The fair flower may have escaped the natural vision but the perfume still remains and with the eye of faith we look up only to find the flower transplanted and sheltered from every harmful influence. Praying God to strengthen and his good angels to protect you.” Home adds an additional thought on page four and dates it “Friday, 7 Dec. 1860”. A true rarity with extraordinary content $3,250.00
Scarce Signed Photograph of the Legendary Comedy Duo
ABBOTT, Bud (1895-1974) COSTELLO, Lou (1906-1959)
American comedy duo who worked in vaudeville, stage, radio and film. At one time they were filmdom's hottest comedy team. Vintage photo of the legendary comedy duo, 8"x10" both smartly dressed with Costello looking over Abbott's shoulder and smiling. Bud Abbott is looking quite serious and dressed in a mafia style looking suit. Inscribed using a fountain pen: "To Our Pal 'Elaine' From Your Pals" and signed by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. The signatures of Abbott and Costello cannot be expected to be nicer. Photo's of the duo in 8"x10" size are quite scarce. Most photo's that have appeared are smaller in size and most have obvious faults such as surface creases, wrinkles and brushing to the signatures. This photo is in remarkably fine condition with only the very slightest minor creases to two of the corners not affecting the image. Also as usual with these vintage photo's this has the usual light silvering to some of the dark areas of Bud Abbott's suit $895.00
From The Memoirs of a Private Detective
HAMMETT, Dashiell (1894-1961). American author of hard-boiled detective novels and a political activist. Regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time. He created Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon) and wrote “The Thin Man” and The Glass Key”. Later in his life he became “a hermit” and his autograph in any form is very desirable and quite scarce. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Typed letter signed, one page on the printed letterhead of “The Lombardy” in New York City. May 31, 1934, he writes to Mr. Groff Conklin: “What ever happened to the Smart Set anthology you wrote me about last winter? Sincerely yours, Dashiell Hammett.”
The letter is hard bound along with “From the Memoirs of a Private Detective” by Dashiell Hammett, four pages. These pages are from “The Smart Set Anthology” edited by Groff Conklin and Burton Roscoe.
Groff Conklin (1904-1968) was a leading science fiction anthologist and editor. In 1934, Conklin and Roscoe published “The Smart Set Anthology”. It was the first collection of stories from the important magazine title “The Smart Set.”
This particular item was bought in March 1945 of the sale of Groff Conklin books at City Book Auction. Some of the letters of Hammett than have reached the market are simply signed with his initials. Letters signed in full can be considered quite scarce. In excellent condition and one of a kind $4,750.00
Unique American Flag that once Flew Over the Nation’s Capitol.
Hand Signed by the First President of the United States to Resign
and the next President who Pardoned Him
NIXON, Richard and Gerald R. Ford. American Flag, boldly signed “in person” by Richard Nixon (December 20, 1990) and by Gerald R. Ford ( a few months later). Together with a typed letter signed from J. George Stewart, Architect of the Capitol, July 24, 1964 to Congressman Peter W. Rodino, Jr. (New Jersey) certifying that the accompanying flag flew over the U.S. Capitol and the flag will be presented to Mr. Jerry Sassone of Newark, New Jersey. Also included is a letter from Congressman Rodino, Jr. dated July 28, 1964, presenting this flag to Jerry Sassone. (Both letters have some water staining along the top but not affecting the text or signatures. Peter Rodino, Jr. chaired the 22 member House Judiciary Committee whose decision to bring impeachment to a House vote that prompted Nixon’s resignation. The signing on this flag comes with the following story. On Thursday, December 20, 1990 I spent some time with my friend former President Richard Nixon in his office at Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Towards the end of the afternoon he was ready to leave his office and go home. I asked him if we could walk down together as I had a large American Flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol that I wanted him to autograph. We went downstairs and walked over to my car. We spread the flag over the hood of my car making it easy for him to sign. Nixon placed his briefcase on the ground and I handed him a Sharpie pen. Nixon had some difficulty starting his signature as the pen would grab the material. After having trouble starting the “R” in Richard the rest of the signature went well as he realized he didn’t need to use that much pressure on the pen to sign the flag. In person, Nixon was very generous with his autograph but on this day this was the only item I asked him to autograph. I put the flag in my car and we both walked over to his own car which his driver was warming up on that cold New Jersey winter afternoon. As they drove away, Nixon looked out his window and waved. I walked back to my car and in astonishment realized Nixon left his briefcase next to my car. I knew Nixon would not be back in his office until Monday so I put his briefcase in my car. I kept his briefcase in my office for the next three days. What a temptation it was to open that case and see what a former president of the United States carries. I never did! On Monday, I drove back to Nixon’s office which was only about a thirty-five minute drive from my home. I can still remember the smile on his face when he saw that briefcase come through his door. At that point I asked Nixon for a special favor. I had with me 8 copies of his full pardon that Gerald R. Ford previously signed for me. I asked Nixon to autograph the pardons below Ford’s signature. Without hesitation, Nixon picked up his own pen and started signing. He signed 6 of the pardon’s and put his pen down.
This flag, signed by both presidents is most likely unique. It has been properly folded and placed in a special frame made for flags. A brass plaque has been affixed to the frame indicating the flag flew over the U.S. Capitol and that it is signed by both Nixon and Ford.. Nixon will always be remembered as the first U.S. President to resign the presidency and Ford will be remembered for pardoning Nixon. A most desirable and historic collectible worthy of placement in a museum or in an extraordinary presidential autograph collection $4,500.00
Exceedingly Rare Signature of John Brallier
First Confessed Paid Professional Football Player
BRALLIER, John Kinport (1876-1960). The first professional football team to be recognized as such played in the township of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. It was sponsored by the local YMCA. Latrobe made its debut on August 31, 1895.
Dave Berry, manager of the Latrobe YMCA Team was searching for a quarterback for the opening game against the Jeanette Athletic Club. John Brallier, a local high school star, about to enter college was asked to be the quarterback. He declined. The manager decided to offer Brallier $10.00 plus expenses. This threw a different light on the proposition, for in those days $10.00 was considered a large sum of money. Brallier agreed to the terms and signed the first professional football contract. Thus pro football was born and history was made.
Latrobe defeated Jeanette 12-0. In 1904 Canton traveled to Latrobe to play what was once the best team in Pennsylvania. When Latrobe kicked off to open the second half of a scoreless game, a botched play on the return resulted in a fumble at the Canton five yard line. A Latrobe player recovered the ball and ran it for a touchdown. John Brallier kicked for the extra point and Latrobe won 6-0.
Brallier had 4X undefeated seasons, 1902,03,04 and 05.
Brallier finished his career in 1907 and was considered one of the best players of his era.
Latrobe was recognized by the NFL as the Birthplace of Professional Football.
Brallier died without seeing the realization of the “Pro Football Hall of Fame” in Latrobe. He was on the original committee which began the movement in 1946. Brallier was the last member of the first professional football team. In recognition of his distinction as the first paid football player he had been awarded the “No.1” lifetime season ticket by the National Football League, which was good for admission to any league game in the nation.
In 1979, John Brallier was voted one of the “Best Pros Not in the Hall of Fame” by the Pro Football Researchers Association.
EXTREMELY RARE, full signature on a card, “Dr. Jno K. Brallier” adding “Latrobe, Penna” in his hand.. On the verso he has written: “1st Pro. Football team Latrobe, PA. 1895”.
Together with a portrait of john Brallier and a sealed set of “Birth of Pro Football” cards. This is a thirty card set, printed in 1983. John Brallier is on card #1,2,3,4,, possibly on card 5, 6, and 7 and also on card twenty.
An extraordinary collection worthy of placement is a sports museum $3,750.00
1,478 +++ Victories
LUFTWAFFE ACES. An Ace is a fighter pilot who has shot down 5 or more enemy planes. Large porcelain Luftwaffe serving platter. Produced by Bauscher, Weiden with their mark/seal on the verso, dated 1937. The German Eagle over a Swastika is above the maker’s mark. Hand signed by 24 German Aces with a total of over 1, 278 victories. All autographs on this platter were obtained in person by Stephen Koschal during the mid 1990's. The autographs were obtained at the Luftwaffe reunions in Rudesheim, Germany. Photograph of Steve Koschal with Adolf Galland the day he signed this platter. All those signing were quite happy to sign and many were excited to see the verso of this platter. According to Gerhard Schoepfel this platter brought back many memories and he asked to have his picture taken with the platter. Those who have signed this platter are:
Ernest Scheufele 18 victories
Gerhard Walter 8 v
Gunther Barr 37 v
Julius Meimberg 53 v
Walter Schuck 206 v
Heinz Lange 70 v
Gerhard Schoepfel 40 v
Hans-Joachim Jabs 50 v
Arthur Gartner 26 v
Hajo Hermann 9 v
Walter Krupinski 197 v
Eduard Neumann 13 v
Guenther Rall 275 v
Martin Drewes 52 v
Adolf Galland 104 v
Wolf-Dietrich Huy 40 v
Willie Reschke 26 v
Wolfgang Falck 8 v
Martin “Tino” Becker 31 v
Guenther Seeger 56 v
Walter Loos 38 v
Heinz Marquardt 121 v
All autographs in excellent condition as well as the platter. A wonderful collectible for display and most likely one of a kind $1,900.00
Amazing 18th Century Vatican Reliquary
Containing Relics of Catholic Saints, Martyrs, Bishops, etc.
This extremely ornate reliquary is enclosed in a shadow box and measures approximately 20”x14.5”x2”. It takes the shape of an alter of eight columns with a Greek styled roof. The columns, roof and base are lined in a gold foil. This reliquary contains actual pieces of bones, first class relics across the top and on top of the columns and in between the columns. Each bone is identified on a small slip. At the top left, just below the roof starts the relics for the months of January and February. There is a relic for each day of the month. The first column on the left is for the month of March. Thirty one relics, one for each day of the month are attached. All the additional months follow to the right and across the bottom of the alter. This reliquary contains a total of 377 relics each identified by name and day and month of the year. In the very center of this reliquary is a sliver of wood in the shape of a cross. This wood is what the Vatican believes is from the true cross that Christ was crucified. At one time during the 1970’s this reliquary was shown to Monseigneur Mulligan from St. Henry’s Cathedral in Bayonne, New Jersey. Upon seeing this reliquary, the Monseigneur got down on his knees and wept.
This reliquary was purchased directly from noted autograph/antique dealer Robert L. White of Baltimore. White handled many first class relics during his career and stated this was the most ornate reliquary holding a record amount of relics he has seen. Robert stated he purchased this reliquary from a noted antique dealer named Bragaw.
This reliquary has a wooden back. A signature on the back reads “Rev. P. Bonaventria”. In addition in two places there is a number “4”. Once it’s written very boldly in pencil and once again the number “4” is written of a very old paper label. Near the center of the back is a wooden trap type door which is behind the wooden cross. Two very old wax seals, one above the box and one below have two red pieces of string which goes over the box to indicate the cross was not tampered with. Robert White did some research and he believed only four of these relics were made, this being number 4. Number one may be in the Vatican. Considering the age which is estimated to be late 18th Century, this reliquary is in very good condition $77,500.00
A Marie Curie Collection
CURIE, Marie (1867-1934). The most famous female scientist in history. She worked with her husband Pierre Curie at the School of Physics and Chemistry in Paris. She discovered radium and polonium. She worked on the new discovery of radioactivity. She was awarded the 1911 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for her work on radium.
Her biography of her distinguished husband: Pierre Curie. Translated by Charlotte and Vernon Kellogg. Blue boards, cloth back, New York, 1923, First U.S. Edition. Limited to ONLY 100 numbered copies, signed. This copy being number 40.
Nice, V/G copy in a custom made slipcase. Ex-Library copy with only one small library stamp on the front free endpaper and remnants of glue discoloration on the rear endpaper from removal of a library pocket. In addition is an ink gift inscription and two former owners signatures on the same front free endpaper.
Together with a solid lead ingot from the Radium Institute in Paris where Marie Curie worked in her laboratory. This ingot measures appx: 1.5”x2”x4” and weighs several pounds. These lead ingots were melted down and used by Marie Curie to help protect herself from radioactive waves. The ingot is currently wrapped in tin foil.
Also included in this collection is a limited edition card, printed in color, 8.5”x11”. A picture of Marie Curie standing outside her Institute of Radium and a color illustration of the front of the Institute in Paris. A nice printed biography of Marie Curie is printed on the card. These cards were printed in a limited edition of 100 numbered copies hand signed by Stephen Koschal the creator. Each card contains pieces of brick from the Laboratory/Institute of Radium. A very attractive card for framing. The collection $4,850.00
Original Piece of Goal Post Signed by Knute K. Rockne
ROCKNE, Knute K. (1888-1931). American football player and coach at the University of Notre Dame. Regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Original piece of the goal post from the Nov.13, 1926 Notre Dame/Army game played at Yankee stadium. In this game, the Fighting Irish handed the cadets their first defeat. Autographed by Knute K. Rockne. On the other side of the piece of goal post is written “N.D. 7 - Army 0, 11/13/26.” Wood measures appx: 1”x3”. Together with a handwritten letter from the woman who I purchased this relic. The original envelope is enclosed postmarked 8 April 1994. She writes in part: “This is an authentic autograph of football coach Knute Rockne on a piece of the goal post from the Notre Dame/Navy game as indicated. These little mementoes were given to each girl attending the Victory Dance over Navy. As I was dating one of the players at that time, I had been to the dance and had the privilege of meeting the great Knute Rockne. He was truly a wonderful person…” Included is the original Notre Dame button Mrs. Burns wore to the game. After I received the letter from Mrs. Burns, I called her on the phone and asked her why she wrote “Navy” instead of “Army.” Her explanation was that game was almost 70 years ago and she just mis-wrote the team. This signed goal post is one of only two we had from that game. Her girl friend also sold us one at the same time. That one we sold years ago. This one has remained in my personal collection since 1994. $3,900.00
Extremely RARE Movie Poster for Stephen King’s
Horror Anthology CREEPSHOW
KING, Stephen (1947- ) American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books sold more than 350 million copies. He published 55 novels and written almost 200 short stories. He is the winner of numerous awards. CREEPSHOW was based on a short-story work which includes five tales of horror inspired by the series of E.C. Comics in the 1950’s. CREEPSHOW is a 1982 horror anthology where Stephen King not only wrote the original screenplay but also starred in the movie.Original movie poster for CREEPSHOW measures appx. 27”x42”, printed in color. Very boldly signed by Stephen King along the bottom white margin. In nearly fine condition except for one small tear on left margin, barely worth mentioning. A magnificent item for framing. $1,500.00
Two Rare Signatures
The First Colored Member of the Senate
The First Colored Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
REVELS, H(IRAM) R. (1822-1901). First colored U.S. Senator, elected in 1870 in Mississippi. Popular Minister in the North. Organized the first colored regiment in Maryland and Missouri. He accompanied the Missouri Regiment as a Chaplin to Vicksburg. Choice signature: “H.R. Revels, Mississippi.”.
RAINEY, Joseph F. (1832-1937). First colored member of Congress. Very scarce autograph letter signed, one page, Washington, DC, Feb. 5, 1871 to Mr. John J. Brown, Jr. Excellent content: “At your request I send you this autograph letter not believing that I am yet distinguished but simply to gratify your curiosity, Respectfully, J.F. Rainey.”
Rainey was admitted to the U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 12, 1871. Together with a portrait of both men, clipped from a magazine. A rare combination of autographs. $1,250.00
Joan River Highlights 60+ Autographs Of Female Broadway Stars
NOTHING LIKE A DAME, 2000. Poster, measuring appx. 16”x24” to Benefit The Phyllis Newman Woman’s Health Initiative Of The Actors’ Fund Of America/Produced By Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Monday, March 6 (2000) 8PM, Richard Rodgers, 226 West 46th St. (NYC). All Singing, All Dancing, All Talking Women.
Over 60 women who participated in this Broadway Production have signed this poster. To name a few, Phyllis Newman,Florence Henderson (The Girl Who Came To Supper), Sandy Duncan ((Chicago), Rosemary Harris (Nothing Like A Dame), Heather Headley (Aida), Nancy Opel (Triumph of Love), Melisa Enrico (High Society), Caitlin Carter (Swing), Dee Hoty (Played Donna in Mamma Mia), Rita Moreno (West Side Story, film version and Nothing Like a Dame) and a fabulous signature of Joan Rivers (Fun City 1972, Broadway Bound and Sally Maar). Presently the poster is framed but will be sold and shipped unframed. In excellent condition. $235.00
SGT. PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
THE BEATLES. George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Their fantastic and colorful album “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Capitol Records, 1978. Hand signed by Harrison, McCartney and Starr on the record. Record comes complete with the record cover. Album in excellent condition, cover shows light wear. Together with a one page handwritten letter of provenance from long time and well known “in person” collector Pete Connolly. Pete writes about obtaining each autograph, the place and date each signature was obtained. We purchased this album in the mid-90’s directly from Pete Connolly. A modern rarity $4,950.00
Jimmy Carter and Saint, Pope John Paul II
CARTER, Jimmy (1924- ) 34th President of the United States JOHN PAUL II, Pope (1920-2005). Pope from 1978-2005. Blazed the fastest path to Sainthood in the History of the Catholic Church. His canonization was held April 27, 2014.
Official Program for The White House in honor of the visit of the new Pope.
Booklet/program with a large gold embossed seal of The President of the United States on the front cover. The title page states: “The President and Mrs. Carter Welcome You To The White House On The Occasion Of The Visit Of His Holiness John Paul II”. Saturday, October 6, 1979. Turn the page and it is hand signed by Joannes Paulus PPII and a full signature of Jimmy Carter.
Printed on the next page: “Remarks by THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES - HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II”. Selection by the United States Marine Band.
Pencil notations on the back of this page read: “Pope John Paul at first did not sign autographs however after his remarks and when the band stopped playing he began to sign these programs for several dignitaries. I estimate he signed 15-20 programs. President Carter signed many more. B.A.” Below in pencil: Purchased at New York U.A.C.C. show from autograph dealer Paul Hartunian, Stephen Koschal, Verona, N.J.” In very fine condition.
Together with Rosary Beads, that appear to glow in the dark. Contained in a packet labeled “This Rosary Has been Blessed For You By The Holy Father Pope John Paul II, July 28, 2002 - Toronto, Canada”. There is a picture of Pope John Paul with his hand raised as in a blessing. Created for “World Youth Day, Toronto, Canada, 2002”. In excellent condition. $2,750.00
Captain of the Carpathia
Saved the Lives of 700 Titanic Passengers
ROSTRON, Arthur Henry (1869- ?). Captain of the Carpathia, who received the Titanic’s distress signal on the night of April 14, 1912. Although he was 60 miles away, he immediately set course for the Titanic braving dangerous ice fields and running the risk of damaging or even sinking his own ship. The result was he saved the lives of over 700 persons. Readers of the New York Times gave him an award of $10,000.00 and he was showered with honors/ He was awarded the Medal of Honor by Congress and it was presented to him by President Taft. During 1914 he took command of the Lusitania and in 1926 was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1931 he wrote his life story Home From The Sea.
Autograph letter signed, one side and signed once again on the verso. Piece of lined paper measuring appx. 3”x6”: “Montreal, 7/8/14, Dear Sir, Overside, I sign as you wished. Have been extra busy. Best Wished, Yours truly, A.H.R.” On the verso Rostron has signed with the finest full signature one can imagine. For those who would think of it, the page could be trimmed so that one could end up with the closing of the letter signed with initials from one side and the other with a full signature. The letter has one punch hole barely touching the word “extra” and some burn marks from a fire not touching any of the writing. Together with this letter is a Underwood & Underwood magazine photo of Captain Rostron and also several original newspaper articles regarding the Titanic sinking and about a painting sold by Frank Millet who was lost on the Titanic. This letter of Rostron is extremely rare and may be the only letter ever offered containing two signatures $2,950.00
RARE, Two Virgins Album Signed by
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
LENNON, John (1940-1980) and Yoko Ono(1933- ) Their album Two Virgins. Apple Records, May 1968. The record is contained in the RARE album cover. Boldly inscribed by John Lennon on the album cover, the side which depicts him and Yoko Ono in full frontal nudity. Lennon writes: “To Jule love John Lennon”. Yoko has added, using the same collector’s pen: “and Yoko Ono NYC 77”. Also present is the album cover jacket which was issued to cover the nude photos of this famous couple. This highly prized collectible comes with a full page handwritten letter of authenticity from one of the most noted “in person” collectors of musical autographs. His name is Pete Connolly of New York. Pete, is one of the original “in person” collectors who is very well known in the hobby amongst his peers. He is the collector who supplied many of the legitimate galleries with guitars and other musical instruments signed by many of the rock and roll notables. Many of the Stars know Pete by his first name. Pete’s handwritten letter of authentication and original envelope comes together with this album. Pete writes: “John Lennon & Yoko Ono-2 Virgins. This album was obtained in person by myself on Oct. 9, 1977 outside The Tavern On The Green Restaurant in New York for a birthday party for John and his 2 year old son Sean. John was holding something in his hand so he scrawled his inscription and signature ‘To Jule’ which he has done on other occasions for other autograph seekers. Jule may be his way of love for his son Julian or one can use their imagination especially in the case of John. Shortly afterwards Yoko signed: “Yoko Lennon NYC 77”. I certify that the above is a true statement and both autographs were obtained at that time, place and date and are genuine and signed in front of me. Sincerely, Pete Connolly.” The record and album cover are in fine condition. The album jacket shows a little wear. A remarkable collectible. $9,500.00
Uninscribed First Edition, Walt Disney Biography
DISNEY, Walt (1901-1966). American cartoon artist, producer of animated films and film studio founder. The Story of Walt Disney by Diane Disney Miller. Henry Holt & Co. 1957, First Edition. Hardcover with dust jacket. Beautifully signed on the half title page, "Best wishes, Walt Disney." In fine condition, a bright clean copy, with light wear to the dust jacket. Bookplate affixed to inside the front cover with the written name "Jerry Lewis." The signature of Walt Disney is exceptionally large. Contained in a custom made protective box. $4,950.00
Inscribed to the President of Israel by Yaacov Agam, the Most Noted Israeli Artist
AGAM, Yaakov (1928 - ) Most noted Israeli artist born May 11, 1928 in Rishon, LeZion, then mandate Palestine. Agam trained at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem before moving to Zurich, Switzerland in 1949. In 1951 Agam moved to Paris, France where he lives today. He is a world-renowned kinetic artist. He had several gallery and museum exhibitions. Numerous works by Agam have sold at auction including the sale of “New Israel Design” at Sotheby’s in 2010 for $698,500. Also Agam is noted for his “Star of Love” silver medal (1978) where the Star of David changes shape as the medal is rotated. This popular medal commemorates Israel’s 30th Anniversary. Agam was voted 195th greatest Israeli of all time. Agam is called one of the most important living artists of our time.
NAVON, Yitzhak, (1921 - ) Served as the 5th President of Israel. He served from 1978 through 1982. He was the first Israeli President to be born in Jerusalem. In 2005 he was voted the 108th greatest Israeli of all time.
Agam’s book: Hommage To Agam - Xxe Siecle, 1980, Printed in France in French. Plates captions both in French and English. Book also contains two original color lithographs by Agam. 159 pages, heavily illustrated. Hardcover. Very boldly inscribed to the 5th President of Israel. “To the President of Israel and Mrs. Navon, Agam, 30.7.1981”. Agam has artistically drawn the Star of David which is incorporated in his initial “A” in Agam. Most unusual and a choice association item between the great Israeli artist and the President of Israel. Certainly one of a kind. $395.
One of a Kind
POLK, Sarah (1803-1891). First Lady, widow of President James K. Polk. Free frank signature “Free Sarah Polk”, on a mourning envelope addressed in her hand to Maj. Wm. H. Polk, Columbia, Tennessee. A dark ink hand stamp at left corner “Nashville, TN, Aug.11” and “Free” handstamp. Intact black wax seal on verso. Collector’s note along front left corner of the cover.
Major William H. Polk (1815-1862) was an American politician and brother of James K. Polk. He was admitted to the bar in 1939. He served as Minister to the Kingdom of the two Sicilies (present day Italy). He was Major of the Third Dragoons in the Mexican American War (1847-1848). President Polk died on June 15, 1849, just four months after leaving the Executive Mansion. This cover was signed just two months later.
An auction description in December 2008 stated: "her Franks on Intact covers are extremely rare. There are only three recorded and only one being on a mourning envelope”. All three were signed Mrs. J.K. Polk. The cover offered here is said to be the only known cover signed as “Sarah Polk”
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