Love of the Game Auctions is proud to present one of our finest auctions to date. More than 900 lots of quality cards and memorabilia, including the Dennis Clotworthy Collection of Detroit Tigers memorabilia, nearly 500 lots of prewar cards and postcards, more than 100 autographed items, and more than 100 lots of baseball memorabilia. Bid, view and register for the auction at loveofthegameauctions.com.
Tris Speaker 1920 Game-Used Bat
A young boy named Ken Robenstine sat behind the Indians bench during Game 7 of the 1920 World Series. He witnessed 15,000 fans storm the field to celebrate the Indians’ first victory, and then the local hero, Tris Speaker, gave the young boy his bat! That bat remained in Robenstine’s possession for most of his life, until he gave it to our consignor fifteen years ago. Now graded GU 8 by PSA/DNA, we are thrilled to present it to the hobby! This Louisville Slugger 250 model was manufactured between 1919 and 1922, measures 35.75″ and weighs 42 ounces. Stitch impressions are visible on the left and back barrel which, coupled with the oral and written history presented by our consignor, have resulted in a grade of GU 8 by PSA/DNA.
The Dennis Clotworthy Collection of Detroit Tigers Memorabilia
We’re thrilled to offer one of the coolest memorabilia collections we’ve ever seen – that of Dennis Clotworthy, former Tigers employee and author of Al Kaline’s Last Batboy. Since his time with the Tigers in the 1970s, Dennis has built a spectacular collection of memorabilia, including material right from Tiger Stadium and Comerica Park, as well as items from individual players collected during his time as team batboy. In addition to Stadium memorabilia you’ll find game-used bats, single-signed balls, signed photos, and tons of mementos from his time working in Detroit sports!
1934 Multi-Signed Baseballs & Snapshots w/Babe Ruth
Dewitt Clinton Amerine built a second home in St. Petersburg, Florida, just so he could watch the Yankees during Spring Training. In 1934, he spent time at Waterfront Park, taking snapshots and getting baseballs signed. The baseballs – and an album of snapshots – have remained in the Amerine family for more than 80 years, and are now coming to the hobby. We’re pleased to present these two baseballs: one boldly signed by Ruth, along with Grover Cleveland Alexander, Ed Roush and Johnny Evers. The second is signed by Joe Tinker, Bucky Harris, Gee Walker, Ed Roush and Clark Griffith. Both have been authenticated by JSA, and we’re also including the snapshot album!
1887 Tomlinson Studios Detroit Wolverines Team Composite
Late in the spring we were contacted by our friend David Seideman of Forbes, regarding the family heirloom of a reader. It seemed that a Michigan-area family were direct descendants of former Detroit Wolverines pitcher Charles Getzein, and were in possession of a photo album containing old tintypes and snapshots, mostly of unknown subjects. Amidst the photos was this, a Tomlinson cabinet composite photo of the champion 1887 Wolverines. David covered the find in his column, and the family was kind enough to consider Love of the Game and consign the piece to us.
Al Kaline’s Last Bat
Dennis Clotworthy’s outstanding book Al Kaline’s Last Bat Boy is a wonderful memoir of his growing up around the Detroit Tigers, filled with warmth and humor, and fascinating anecdotes about his time as the team’s batboy in the early 1970s. One of his greatest memories was that of Al Kaline’s final at bat, on October 2, 1974. At the game’s end, after Kaline took a brief moment for reflection, the young batboy approached the fan favorite. He relates the story in his book: As Kaline slowly got up from the bench and slowly headed toward the dugout tunnel, I asked, “Mr. Kaline, may I have one of your bats as a keepsake?” He smiled, looked at me and simply said “Sure.” Presented here is that bat, the cornerstone of the wonderful Dennis Clotworthy Collection of Detroit Tigers memorabilia. The uncracked bat is in outstanding condition, a 1973-75 Louisville Slugger measuring 34.5″ in length and measuring 31.1 ounces. The bat exhibits outstanding signs of use, including several ball marks and static impressions, along with an impression from a weighted batting donut. The bat itself, coupled with Clotworthy’s written account of the final game, have resulted in an outstanding grade of GU 10 by John Taube of PSA/DNA. Included with the bat and LOA is a signed and notarized letter from Clotworthy, along with a copy of his wonderful book.
1888 Fearnaught Studio Cabinet – Deacon White (HOF)
Fearnaught studio cabinet originating from the estate of Hall of Famer Deacon White, absolutely spectacular in appearance with brilliant clarity and contrast. The image on this card was used to create pose #496-4 in the N172 Old Judge issue, one of the more scarce N172 subjects and certainly among the most scarce Hall of Famers. An outstanding quality image of a recently inducted Hall of Famer, likely produced as a proof and given directly to Deacon White.
1934 Multi-Signed Baseballs
Highlighted by a gorgeous Babe Ruth signature on the sweet spot, this pair of baseballs were signed by multiple superstars in the spring of 1934. Signatures include Grover Cleveland Alexander, Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, Ed Roush, Bucky Harris, and Gee Walker. The provenance is outstanding, as the baseballs have remained in the family of Dewitt Clinton Amerine, the gentleman who obtained the signatures, since 1934 – and they come with an album that contains snapshots of Yankees Spring Training at Miller Huggins Park that spring!
Christy Walsh Legal Releases
Regarded as the first sports agent, Christy Walsh was a tireless promoter who represented Babe Ruth, created a ghostwriting syndicate to author player “autobiographies,” creating the “Bustin’ Babes and Larruping’ Lou” barnstorming teams, and produced an annual wall calendar featuring a variety of sports heroes within the pages. Our Spring auction features a large selection of postcard-sized legal release sent by various players to Walsh, authorizing him to use their photos in the calendar. The majority of the cards were signed and mailed in the early 1950s, and include names such as Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Cy Young, Lefty Grove, and more.
Mickey Mantle Display Pieces
Mickey Mantle is still among the hottest names in the hobby today. We’re proud to present a host of signed Mantle memorabilia, including this wonderful large-format photo measuring 22″x27″, a beautiful Robert Simon print with a 7 1/2″ long Mantle signature, an attractive framed print of Willie, Mickey & the Duke, and a gorgeous, clean, single-signed baseball.
This auction features a few wonderful signed tobacco cards from Hall of Famers, including this gorgeous T206 Zach Wheat graded MINT 9 by PSA/DNA. The auction also features a beautiful signed T205 Ed Walsh, and a T206 Rube Marquard, both authenticated and encapsulated by PSA/DNA.
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