Vintage 8 x 10 cardstock photo of Marciano posing in his championship belt, boldly signed and inscribed in black felt tip “Jim, Keep punching, Rocky Marciano.” Double-matted and framed to an overall size of 12.25 x 14.25. In fine condition, with a few small impressions to top left edge. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from James Spence. The exceptional quality and boldness of Marciano’s signature is much better than usually found. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Monthly Archives: March 2013
Official Reach Ban Johnson American League baseball signed in ink on the sweet spot by Babe Ruth, and on the side panels by legends including Lou Gehrig, Tris Speaker, Eddie Collins, George Sisler, Connie Mack, Heinie Manush, Bob Meusel, and a few indecipherable. Overall toning and moderate scattered surface loss and scuffs to leather (primarily affecting Sisler’s signature, with a few marks to Ruth’s), and most signatures a couple shades light but legible. Luckily, the key signatures—Ruth and Gehrig—have been spared from most damage and are easily readable. Baseballs with such an extraordinary assemblage of stars are highly sought after, especially on the gorgeous vintage red-and-blue stitched Ban Johnson type. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Birthday card, measuring approximately 4.5 x 7, featuring a Gary Larson color image of a frog playing a guitar. Inside bears a short pre-printed sentiment, with Diana writing, “To Mel, Wishing you a very happy birthday, from Diana & the boys.” In fine condition. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope, addressed by Diana, “To Mel,” and featuring a small pre-printed Gary Larson cartoon. A great look at Diana’s lighter side she exhibited to her close friends. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Choice ink signature, “W. F. Cody, ‘Buffalo Bill,’” on an off-white 3.25 x 2 card. In fine condition, with mounting remnants to reverse. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
German poet, philosopher, and playwright (1759–1805) who had a productive relationship with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Very rare ADS, in German, signed “v Schiller,” one page, 8 x 4.5, July 21, 1804. Brief untranslated document in Schiller’s hand, boldly signed at the conclusion by Schiller in Latin script (as opposed to the Gothic German script he usually employed). Scattered toning and several vertical folds, otherwise fine condition. Schiller is extremely desirable in any form, and exceeding rare in all! RR Auction COA.
Vintage matte-finish 14 x 11 portrait of the comedy team posing side-by-side in their bowler hats, signed and inscribed vertically in fountain pen, “With our best wishes Miss Vogel! Stan Laurel, 1932,” and “Oliver Hardy.” Photo bears a Stax photographer’s stamp to the reverse. In fine condition, with a surface impression to Laurel’s hat and the signatures a shade light. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Vintage ballpoint signature and inscription, “To Patsy, Love & Kisses, Marilyn Monroe,” on an irregularly clipped off-white 5 x 3.5 lined sheet. Attractively double-matted and framed with a photo of a theater marquee showing Some Like It Hot to an overall size of 15.5 x 20. In very good condition, with light irregular toning around the signature as a result of previous matting, and the trimmed edges affecting the top of the inscription. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Uncommon glossy 10 x 8 Universal promotional photo for the Blues Brothers, signed in blue felt tip, with Belushi adding a small doodle to the top left of the image. In fine condition, with a few minor edge creases. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Esteemed Czech composer (1841–1904) of orchestral and chamber music, best known for his Symphony No. 9, ‘From the New World.’ Distinguished original 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite photo by H. Fiedler of Prague, inscribed on the reverse in fountain pen and signed “Antonin Dvorak,” and dated January 19, 1879. In fine condition, with some light foxing to background of image and the month enhanced in another hand due to missing ink. Dvorak was in the twilight of his life when he signed this image in 1897, the same year that his daughter married a former pupil of the composer, Josef Suk. A year earlier, he visited London for what was to be the final time to attend the premiere of his Cello Concerto in B minor. An absolutely amazing portrait signed by the great composer whose work was celebrated across the globe during his lifetime.
This item is listed online only and does not appear in our print catalog. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Endorsed check, 6 x 2.75, filled out and signed in another hand, payable to Salinger for $341.95, November 4, 1974. Endorsed on the reverse in black ink, “J. D. Salinger, For Deposit Only.” Light haloing to writing on front of the check, expected bank stamps, scattered soiling affecting his signature, and some rust staining at the top, otherwise very good condition. The check is from a Claremont, New Hampshire woodsman who logged Salinger’s property in the 1970s and paid Salinger for the wood. A most unusual format for Salinger, only one of a scant handful we have encountered. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.