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IPAGE 23I's written

coverage of the


National Sports 

Collectors Convention

Cleveland Ohio 

July 29th - August 2nd




MICHAEL J. MCKEE continued

PoliceFBRibbon.JPG (65376 bytes)Next up was a cool maroon colored silk ribbon inscribed "POLICE FOOT-BALL 1884", in the center was a Victorian style monogram that was largely indistinguishable but may have indicated an "H", 7" tall x 2" wide, $150.00



Next up was a very rare paper bound football rules and referee's book by Wright and Ditson "For the season of 1886 - revised by Walter Chauncy Camp - authorized and adopted by the American Intercollegiate

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title page open

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Association 1886" In the top right corner was an illustration of a period melon style football inscribed "Wright & Ditson imported rugby ball. In the bottom right corner was an illustration of a round ball inscribed "The Association Football", Didn't get dimensions but as I recall it was about 5" tall x 4" wide, $650.00


Red&BlackFBHelmet.JPG (65259 bytes)Next up was a red and black c1930 leather football helmet, no maker or strap, $475.00



NokonaBox.JPG (63997 bytes)Next up was a box made of heavy card stock with a Nokona Leather Goods Company label, Michael said it could have been for a baseball glove or football helmet, 9" tall x 8 1/4" wide x 8 3/8" deep, $100.00


StripedTanLeatherFBHelm.JPG (71969 bytes)Next up was a two tone brown c1930 leather football helmet, no maker, $400.00




HutchBoxGroza.JPG (82352 bytes)Next up was a card stock box for a Hutch brand  football. The box was inscribed "endorsed by Lou "The Toe" Groza" and had a photo of him kicking off. Lou Groza 1924-2000, played for the Cleveland Browns from 1946-1959, and 1961-1967, and was  enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974, $75.00


WaldorfFB.JPG (81464 bytes)Next up was a c1940 Wildcats football in the original box, which was endorsed by Lynn O.  Waldorf, and which extolled his virtues as coach of the North Western University Wildcats football team from 1935-1946. Later known as coach "Pappy Waldorf", he was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966 after coaching from 1929 to 1956. During that time Waldorf coached at Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Northwestern, and University of California. After retiring from coaching he worked for the San Francisco 49er's as head of personnel and scouting from 1956 to 1972, 11 1/2" tall x 6 1/2" wide x 6 1/2" deep, came with book he wrote, forgot to get price.


BoothSign.JPG (88417 bytes)Next were four c1940 white leather football helmets, $175.00 each


LeadFBToysCenter.JPG (55034 bytes)Next LeadFBToysAll.JPG (46990 bytes)were two sets of c1930 miniature lead football player toys, teams of eleven red and eleven blue, 1 1/2" to 1 3/4" tall, $600.00



ClevIndiansPuzzle.JPG (67229 bytes)Last mention in Michael's booth was this Cleveland Indians picture puzzle featuring Joe Vosmik 1910-1962. Vosmik played outfield for Cleveland from 1930-1936. Thereafter he played for three more teams: 

Cleveland Indians (1930-1936)
St. Louis Browns (1937)
Boston Red Sox (1938-1939)
Brooklyn Dodgers (1940-1941)
Washington Senators (1944)




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razors.jpg (75548 bytes)Next we come to the booth of Greg Rudd of Cincinnati Ohio. First up in Greg's booth was a Big League Razors point of purchase stand up display, 12 1/2" tall x 9 1/2" wide, $175.00



TackleChocIC.JPG (68936 bytes)Next up in Greg's booth was a c1930 chocolate fudge ice cream advertising poster featuring a football player down in a lineman's stance, 16 1/2" tall x 10" wide, $125.00



JohnnyCash.JPG (86868 bytes)Next up in Greg's booth was a 1964 Johnny Cash concert poster featuring a photo of a young clean cut Johnny in a coat and tie, 22" tall x 14" wide, $2,500.00





Louis SchmelPup.JPG (75191 bytes)Next up was a pair of hand puppets of Joe Louis and Max Schmeling, each wearing boxing gloves, 8" tall, $275.00

First pair I recall seeing.


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Next up was a vintage three sided bottle, probably for whiskey, that had relief portraits on each side of Babe Ruth, Jim Thorpe, and John L. Sullivan, 8 1/2" tall, $120.00. First example I'd seen


4SpokeFBPHFull.JPG (55392 bytes)Last up in Greg's booth was this 1901 football team photo that had a four spoke head harness clearly 

visible in the bottom right corner. The player seated in the center had a trophy football inscribed "SCHS 01' - Championship Calumet League", Most likely From Calumet Wisconsin, 12 1/2" wide x 8 1/2" tall, $150.00

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