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Press Release - July 18, 2005

Heritage Sports Collectibles to Offer Early Philadelphia Athletics Artifacts

DALLAS, TEXAS: Heritage Sports Collectibles (HSC) will offer a thrilling assortment of pieces from one of the nation's finest early twentieth century Philadelphia Athletics collections in their upcoming October 29, 2005 Signature Auction.

"This is a grouping that is certain to impress even the most jaded collector," asserted Chris Ivy, Director of HSC. "Some of the pieces have never been seen before in the collecting hobby, and most are so tremendously rare that years can pass between sightings."

Ivy points to Frank "Home Run" Baker's marriage license, dating from 1909, as an example of the rarities contained within the collection. "This incredibly personal piece is all the more noteworthy to baseball historians as it was the death of Baker's wife that caused him to sit out the 1920 season in despair and allow Babe Ruth to take an even larger share of the New York Yankees spotlight in his first season in New York."

Also exceptionally rare and important to Athletics collectors is a high-grade example of a 1910 World Series program issued in Chicago, where Philadelphia closed out its first Championship season against the Cubs. Only a tiny handful of these programs are known to exist today, and this offering represents the finest of that population.

Collectors of impossibly scarce game used items from the Dead Ball Era will be thrilled to find an Official American League (Ban Johnson) baseball clubbed for a home run by "Home Run" Baker himself in 1914.

Also up for bidding will be an oversized cabinet card featuring the exact image used for Eddie Plank's M-116 Sporting Life card, the only known example of this remarkable piece in the hobby. The piece is believed to derive from the estate of a prominent Philadelphia Athletics player.

Venturing from the Philadelphia theme, this splendid collection also features a pair of beautiful panoramic photographs picturing both the 1914 Boston Red Sox and the greatest assortment of early twentieth century baseball talent, including Ty Cobb, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Rube Waddell, Eddie Plank and more, coming together for a benefit game to raise money for fellow Hall of Famer Addie Joss' widow on July 24, 1911.

HSC specializes in rare and collectible sports cards, as well as uniforms, equipment, and related vintage sports memorabilia. Consignments for future Signature Sports Auction are currently being accepted. Prospective consignors or sellers of quality vintage sports cards and sports memorabilia are encouraged to contact:

Chris Ivy at 800-872-6467 Ext. 319 or email:
Stephen Carlisle at 800-872-6467 Ext. 292 or email:
Jonathan Scheier at 800-872-6467 Ext. 314 or email
Sam Foose at 800-872-6467 Ext. 227 or email:

To order the next Heritage Sports Collectibles Signature catalog, contact Nicole Jewell, or write c/o Heritage Sports Collectibles, 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor, Dallas, TX 75219.

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