Legendary Auctions final days of bidding for the Legendary November 28-–29 catalog auction are upon us, featuring 100’s of Singles, Groups and Many Highly-Ranked PSA and SGC Registry Sets . The auction also offers a tremendous selection of other fine memorabilia as well as 100’s of Non-Sports Single Cards, Groups and Sets. Legendary November 28–29 Catalog Auction presents an incredible offering of collections from advanced, long-time collectors and their families.
The Phil Esposito Collection
Spanning from Phil Esposito’s childhood in the 1940s up through his franchise ownership in the 1990s, the collection features heavy emphasis on Espo’s 1969-74 glory years with the Boston Bruins, 1972 Summit Series world championship, and 1979-81 swan-song seasons.
THE ESPOSITO LEGACY
A fiery leader and tough-as-nails scoring machine, Hall of Fame center Phil Esposito played his heart out for 18 NHL seasons (1964-1981). At the peak of his prowess, Espo anchored the Big Bad Bruins to 2 Stanley Cup championships; shattered existing single-season records with an unheard-of 76 goals, 152 points and 550 shots on goal; captured 5 Art Ross Trophies and 2 Hart Memorial Trophies; and tallied a series-high 13 points for Team Canada in their epic 1972 Summit Series victory over the Soviet Union.
“Although it was Paul Henderson’s goal that sealed the victory for Canada in the final minute of the final game,” writes Craig MacInnis in the 2003 anthology Remembering Phil Esposito, “it was Espo who emerged as the team’s spiritual leader, its heart and soul. Its guts.” Never one to hold his tongue, the brash Ontario native even became a global sensation for delivering the famously patriotic post-game oratory lamenting his countrymen’s unsportsmanlike lack of support. Esposito ultimately finished out his playing career with the New York Rangers, before taking on roles as an NHL coach, commentator and general manager, as well as founding the expansion franchise Tampa Bay Lightning.
Reflecting back in his autobiography Thunder and Lightning: A No-B.S. Hockey Memoir (2003), Esposito summed up his experiences, both on and off the ice, by saying, “Through it all, though, I feel if I can have fun every day, I have succeeded in life. I have lived a full life—several lives, in fact.”
All of the fun-filled lives and times of Phil Esposito are on full glorious display in this collection. Click here to read more about the Phil Esposito Collection.
The Satellite Beach Collection- Volume II
When our consignor emailed us notes about his background so that we could incorporate them into an introduction, we quickly realized that he could tell the story better himself! So here is a biographical sketch of the Satellite Beach Collector as told by the man himself…
Growing up in Hudson, Massachusetts, I loved the Red Sox and hated the Yankees. As a kid, I’d trade any Mickey Mantle card for Ted Williams. My mother threw out all my cards when I joined the U.S. Navy.
I began collecting again in the early 1980s. As an adult, I still loved my Red Sox and Ted Williams, but also had read a lot about baseball’s early days of baseball and became intrigued with pre-war thru 1950s cards and memorabilia. My focus quickly zeroed in on Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle… Click here to read the whole story and view The Satellite Beach Collection.
The George Burke/George Brace Original Negatives Collection
The longest-running operation of all the great early photographers, George Burke and George Brace covered baseball in one form or another for the better part of the 20th century—from 1929 to the 1990s. Their tenure had an auspicious beginning, to say the least. In 1929, Cubs manager Joe McCarthy and catcher Gabby Hartnett sought out the ballclub’s previous photographer. They could only remember his last name, Burke, so they looked him up in the phone book. A listing leapt out at them: studio photographer George C. Burke, whose office was located near Wrigley Field. Thus began the baseball photography career of George Burke, who had no prior sports experience, and thus ended the career of photographer Francis Burke—the Cubs’ time-honored official cameraman and an unwitting victim of mistaken identity.
All of the original acetate negatives in this catalog section come directly from the family estate of the George Burke/George Brace Collection. Burke’s negatives center on the 1930s-40s, while Brace’s zero in on the 1950s. Ruth, Gehrig, Johnson, Foxx, Feller, Dean, DiMaggio, Williams, Wagner, Greenberg, Robinson, Mays, Aaron, Clemente—the biggest marquee names of the day are featured…and so many more. Not only are the images quite visually extraordinary across the board, but many of them are also exceedingly rare or one of a kind—not to mention possibly never before seen, since not all of Burke and Brace’s photos would have reached publication. It is important to note as well that historic original negatives of this quality can be both collected on their own worthy merits and utilized to reproduce crystal-clear modern prints. Click here to read more about this collection.
Selections from the Personal Collection of Phil Rizzuto
Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto was a beloved player, announcer and key member of the Yankee family for over half a century. The following offering came directly from the Rizzuto family warehouse. The collection is a cross section that includes everything from vintage team signed balls, awards, original art and other Yankee and Hall of Fame Induction ephemera. Each lot comes with an LOA from the Rizzuto family attesting to its origin. Click here to view The Phil Rizzuto Collection.
The Alan Getz Collection-Volume IV
Legendary Auctions is proud to offer the fourth installment of the Alan Getz Collection in this catalog section.
Our November, 2011 auction featured an exclusive “Alan Getz Collection” catalog which was greeted by the hobby as a rousing success, and posted record-setting prices for a number of the very rare World Series and All-Star Game programs. This offering includes another wide-ranging assortment of World Series and All-Star programs.
We will continue to auction the remainder of Alan’s collection throughout the rest of this year and next, and we again offer our sincere thanks to Lorraine and Monica Getz, who have entrusted us to handle their father’s monumental collection.
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The Immortals by Dick Perez
For the world’s preeminent baseball artist Dick Perez, The Immortals: An Art Collection of Baseball’s Best is literally his life’s work.
Hall of Fame Art Postcards (1980), Great Moments (1985), Celebration (1989), Masterworks (1990), Diamond Kings (1982-1996)—all of these famed Perez classics and more are featured in one of the most lavish luxury tomes ever to hit the shelves of bookstores, libraries and museum gift shops.
Singlehandedly produced, designed and published by Perez himself in 2010, The Immortals showcases more than 1,400 individual artworks in a variety of media (oil, acrylics, gouache, watercolor, pen and ink, and charcoal). It is highlighted by every Cooperstown inductee and over 400 previously unpublished renderings, of which 338 had never been seen before.
To date, the 560-page, 10-pound, limited-edition retrospective has earned distinction as the New York Daily News “Best Sports Gift”; the Casey Award “Baseball Book of the Year” Finalist; and the IPPY Award (Independent Book Publishers) “Best Art Coffee Table Book” Silver Medal Winner.
Now Legendary Auctions proudly presents an exclusive selection of 42 original portraits from The Immortals. Hall of Famers across the board, these time-transcending figures span all seven of the book’s defining eras. Click here to read more about this special offering.
The Kent Feddeman Washington Nationals/Senators Collection
With today’s Washington Nationals enjoying an unforgettable Cinderella season, the original Washington Nationals of yesteryear are more relevant than ever before. Phenoms Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper draw comparisons to forebears Walter Johnson and Goose Goslin. Nationals Park displays historical photos of old Griffith Stadium. For a July 4th “Turn Back the Clock” game, the team even paid homage to the champion 1924 Nats with throwback uniforms, replica World Series scorecards, traditional organ music, period concession prices, video montage tributes, and a special ceremonial first pitch—tossed out by the Big Train’s grandson, Hank Thomas, using an actual game ball from the ’24 Fall Classic.
It’s only fitting, then, that in such a resurgent, renaissance year for baseball in Washington, D.C., the largest and finest collection of elite Nationals/Senators memorabilia ever assembled is reaching auction. The festivities got underway at our August Live Auction in Baltimore, where the Kent Feddeman Collection’s 9 debut offerings generated a hefty total of over $225,000 and an average of $25,000 apiece—highlighted by Walter Johnson’s 1925-31 Game-Used Bat ($66,920) and 1939 Hall of Fame Induction Gold Watch ($56,762). Now Legendary Auctions is proud to open the Feddeman floodgates in the remarkable pages of his first of two stand-alone catalogs.
YOU’VE GOTTA HAVE HEART
It’s been said that “Anyone can love the mountains, but it takes a soul to love the prairie.” So, too, does it take a soul to love the original Washington Nationals.
Known interchangeably as the Nationals, Nats and Senators during a six-decade run from 1901 to 1960, the hometown team of our nation’s capital suffered 33 seasons at the bottom three rungs of the American League leader board, with no less than 10 campaigns in dead last. Hall of Fame heroes like Walter Johnson tended to be few and far between, while talented local stars Joe Judge, Roy Sievers and Eddie Yost languished outside the spotlight. In 1955, the Nationals’ plight was even immortalized in the Broadway musical Damn Yankees, as fictional fan Joe Boyd sells his soul for a pennant and learns an important lesson along the way: “You’ve gotta have heart / All you really need is heart.”
Today, nobody but nobody has more heart and more soul for the Washington Nationals/Senators than Kent Feddeman. Born and raised in D.C., Kent spent every waking moment of adolescence in devotion to his beloved Nats—whether hopping a trolley to Griffith Stadium; sneaking down to the box seats by the dugout; tuning in to radio and TV broadcasts; or emulating his idols, Sievers and Jose “Valdy” Valdivielso, on the Hearst Playground ball field.
Throughout the mid-1950s, Kent’s parents piled him and his brother Dick into their ’53 Buick Roadmaster for Easter Vacation road trips to Nationals spring training in Orlando, Florida. Over time, the family developed a close friendship with Cuban-born shortstop Valdy, who, back up in D.C., would join the Feddemans for dinner at their house, escort the boys home from games, and introduce them to other Cuban standouts like Pedro Ramos and curveball master Camilo Pascual.
But those halcyon days soon faded as tragedy struck at decade’s end: The Nats franchise and all of its diamond heroes abruptly left town to begin a new life as the Minnesota Twins. Their surrogate replacement, the short-lived expansion Washington Senators of the 1960s, always seemed like mere impostors to Kent, who focused attention instead on his blossoming high-school and college pitching career—using the wicked curve taught to him by none other than Camilo Pascual!
Only much later, in middle age, did Feddeman’s passion for Nationals collectibles catch fire. Ironically, the spark came from a Yankee foe: Mickey Mantle. Back during the summer of 1956, 11-year-old Kent had seized a postgame opportunity to jump Griffith Stadium’s sideline railing, dash inside the visitor’s dugout, swipe Mantle’s batting helmet, dodge an equipment manager, and then hightail it out of there by using chair backs as stairs. It had been more of a juvenile daredevil stunt than savvy collecting tactic, and so as Feddeman grew older, he innocently put the helmet in storage and forgot about it.
Fast forward to 1987. Feddeman, by now a successful Certified Public Accountant, rummages around in his attic with a close friend, pro golfer Lanny Wadkins, on the hunt for a set of clubs. Instead they come across Mantle’s helmet. As chance would have it, Wadkins knows the Mick personally and has plans to hit the links with him. So he takes the helmet along and eventually returns it to Feddeman with the handwritten inscription, “To Kent – Nice Catch, Mickey Mantle.” Wadkins also recounted how Mantle had smiled and said, “Hell, I remember that game. We were all rooting for that kid to get away.”
Feddeman was elated—and hooked. He started going to collector shows, getting to know dealers, doing his homework, and buying up all the best Nats memorabilia around, from photos to autographs to advertising pieces to game-used uniforms and bats. And he zeroed in on the franchise’s four high-water marks: 1) The 1924 World Series championship; 2) The 1925 American League pennant; 3) The 1933 American League pennant; and 4) The career of the Big Train, Walter Johnson. Over the next two decades, Feddeman amassed not only the far-and-away best Washington Nationals/Senators collection, but also one of the blockbuster world-class collections dedicated to any single team. He also brought his lifelong Nats loyalty full circle by rekindling his friendship with Jose Valdivielso, initiating contact with the WWII-era Washington hurler Walt Masterson, and striking up a close bond with Johnson’s grandson Hank Thomas.
Now, living in Florida, Kent has decided to part with his treasure trove. “The passion hasn’t left me,” he says. “But it’s time for my pieces to be enjoyed by other people—especially those avid fans and collectors in the D.C. area. There’s an important link and lineage between the current Nationals and the old Nats legacy of Walter Johnson, Bucky Harris, Sam Rice and Goose Goslin. There’s a passing of the torch. I couldn’t be happier that young fans these days worship the Nationals just like I did as a kid.”
That next Nats generation came out in droves for the “Turn Back the Clock” game on July 4th. They savored the trip through time, soaked up all the vintage tributes, and relived what many consider one of the greatest World Series battles ever waged. And just as Walter Johnson’s Nationals triumphed over the New York Giants in 1924, Stephen Strasburg’s Nationals easily topped the San Francisco Giants in 2012.
Nats history is alive and well in Washington, D.C., and nowhere does its material heritage reach fuller expression than in the one-of-a-kind Kent Feddeman Collection .
THE DREIER COLLECTION
Legendary Auctions’ first year of offerings from the peerless collection of Chad Dreier is now complete. Between direct sales and auctions – once the final bid has been placed in this sale – we will have placed in excess of $8 million of material from this historic assembly. (The figure rises to more than $12 million when the value of sports cards presented before the announcement of the core collection is included.)
This November, 2012 sale, continuing to draw upon unprecedented reservoirs of fantastic collectibles, has an altogether new “feel.” As we finish the Boxing portion of The Dreier Collection, we’re commencing the introduction of the array’s Football content. This theme is distinguished by a spectacular gallery of “Red” Grange memorabilia, as well as an outstanding presentation of Los Angeles Rams items.
We’ll go forward in additional realms, as well. Prominent among these is the hobby’s most extensive and admirable line-up of Large Leather Tobacco Premiums- featuring more than twenty superb Baseball subjects and numerous Non-Sports entries that have not emerged for public sale in this generation.
As you’ve come to expect from the incredible Dreier holdings, highlights worthy of special mention are abundant. Among the many key elements in this sale are complete sets of 1955 Ashland/Aetna Oil Basketball cards, 1950-51 “Bread for Energy” labels , and PSA-Graded Super Bowl Full Tickets. Game used items include a 1950 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox jersey, a 1972 Nolan Ryan California Angels jersey and Bobby Orr’s Stanley Cup-winning puck from 1970. Several breathtaking single pieces – like a 1933 R306 Butter Cream Babe Ruth card (one of just a very few known) and a Honus Wagner T206 portrait cabinet photo by Carl Horner (one of just two confirmed examples) – are also present in this event.
Yes, it’s been quite a year – and The Dreier Collection is still prepared to yield many more phenomenal treasures!
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