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Original Piece of Goal Post Signed by Knute K. Rockne

ROCKNE, Knute K.  (1888-1931).  American football player and coach at the University of Notre Dame. Regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history.  Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.  Original piece of the goal post from the Nov.13, 1926 Notre Dame/Army game played at Yankee stadium.  In this game, the Fighting Irish handed the cadets their first defeat. Autographed by Knute K. Rockne.   On the other side of the piece of goal post is written “N.D. 7 -  Army 0, 11/13/26.”  Wood measures appx: 1”x3”.  Together with a handwritten letter from the woman who I purchased this relic. The original envelope is enclosed postmarked 8 April 1994.  She writes in part: “This is an authentic autograph of football coach Knute Rockne on a piece of the goal post from the Notre Dame/Navy game as indicated. These little mementoes were given to each girl attending the Victory Dance over Navy. As I was dating one of the players at that time, I had been to the dance and had the privilege of meeting the great Knute Rockne. He was truly a wonderful person…”  Included is the original Notre Dame button Mrs. Burns wore to the game.  After I received the letter from Mrs. Burns, I called her on the phone and asked her why she wrote “Navy” instead of “Army.”  Her explanation was that game was almost 70 years ago and she just mis-wrote the team.  This signed goal post is one of only two we had from that game. Her girl friend also sold us one at the same time.  That one we sold years ago. This one has remained in my personal collection since 1994. $3,900.00

Extremely RARE Movie Poster for Stephen King’s
Horror Anthology CREEPSHOW

KING, Stephen  (1947-      )  American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy.  His books sold more than 350 million copies. He published 55 novels and written almost 200 short stories. He is the winner of numerous awards.  CREEPSHOW  was based on a short-story work which includes five tales of horror inspired by the series of E.C. Comics in the 1950’s.  CREEPSHOW  is a 1982 horror anthology where Stephen King not only wrote the original screenplay but also starred in the movie.Original movie poster for CREEPSHOW measures appx. 27”x42”, printed in color. Very boldly signed by Stephen King along the bottom white margin.  In nearly fine condition except for one small tear on left margin, barely worth mentioning. A magnificent item for framing. $1,500.00

Two Rare Signatures
The First Colored Member of the Senate
The First Colored Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

REVELS, H(IRAM) R.  (1822-1901).  First colored U.S. Senator, elected in 1870 in Mississippi.  Popular Minister in the North.  Organized the first colored regiment in Maryland and Missouri.  He accompanied the Missouri Regiment as a Chaplin to Vicksburg.  Choice signature: “H.R. Revels, Mississippi.”.

RAINEY, Joseph F.
  (1832-1937). First colored member of Congress. Very scarce autograph letter signed, one page, Washington, DC, Feb. 5, 1871 to Mr. John J. Brown, Jr.  Excellent content: “At your request I send you this autograph letter not believing that I am yet distinguished but simply to gratify your curiosity, Respectfully, J.F. Rainey.”
Rainey was admitted to the U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 12, 1871. Together with a portrait of both men, clipped from a magazine.  A rare combination of autographs. $1,250.00

Apache Chief - Known For His Guerilla Warfare

GERONIMO. (1829-1909).  Chiricahua Apache Chief famous for his guerilla warfare in resistance to reservation life.  He gained the status of legend for decades of his defense for his native land against the United States government.  Geronimo surrendered to General Nelson A. Miles at Skeleton Canyon, Arizona on September 4, 1886. After years of imprisonment, followed by military confinement, Geronimo became a celebrity appearing at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis where he sold his autograph to curiosity seekers. He appeared in Theodore Roosevelt’s 1905 Inaugural Parade.  He dictated his autobiography.  He died of pneumonia at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.  Scarce, extremely bold signature on a portion of a cream colored card.  Geronimo’s genuine signatures are amongst the most elusive and desirable signatures from the old west. $5,900.00

Joan River Highlights 60+ Autographs Of Female Broadway Stars

NOTHING LIKE A DAME, 2000.  Poster, measuring appx. 16”x24” to Benefit The Phyllis Newman Woman’s Health Initiative Of The Actors’ Fund Of America/Produced By Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.  Monday, March 6 (2000)  8PM, Richard Rodgers, 226 West 46th St. (NYC).  All Singing, All Dancing, All Talking Women.

Over 60 women who participated in this Broadway Production have signed this poster. To name a few,  Phyllis Newman, Florence Henderson (The Girl Who Came To Supper), Sandy Duncan ((Chicago), Rosemary Harris (Nothing Like A Dame), Heather Headley (Aida), Nancy Opel (Triumph of Love), Melisa Enrico (High Society), Caitlin Carter (Swing), Dee Hoty (Played Donna in Mamma Mia), Rita Moreno (West Side Story, film version and Nothing Like a Dame) and a fabulous signature of Joan Rivers (Fun City 1972, Broadway Bound and Sally Maar).  Presently the poster is framed but will be sold and shipped unframed. In excellent condition. $235.00


THE BEATLES. George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Their fantastic and colorful album “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.”  Capitol Records, 1978.  Hand signed by Harrison, McCartney and Starr on the record. Record comes complete with the record cover.  Album in excellent condition, cover shows light wear. Together with a one page handwritten letter of provenance from long time and well known “in person” collector Pete Connolly. Pete writes about obtaining each autograph, the place and date each signature was obtained. We purchased this album in the mid-90’s directly from Pete Connolly. A modern rarity $4,950.00

Jimmy Carter and Saint, Pope John Paul II

CARTER, Jimmy (1924-   ) 34th President of the United States
JOHN PAUL II, Pope (1920-2005). Pope from 1978-2005. Blazed the fastest path to Sainthood in the History of the Catholic Church. His canonization was held April 27, 2014.

Official Program for The White House in honor of the visit of the new Pope.

Booklet/program with a large gold embossed seal of The President of the United States on the front cover. The title page states: “The President and Mrs. Carter Welcome You To The White House On The Occasion Of The Visit Of His Holiness John Paul II”.  Saturday, October 6, 1979. Turn the page and it is hand signed by Joannes Paulus PPII and a full signature of Jimmy Carter.

Printed on the next page: “Remarks by THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES - HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II”.  Selection by the United States Marine Band.

Pencil notations on the back of this page read: “Pope John Paul at first did not sign autographs however after his remarks and when the band stopped playing he began to sign these programs for several dignitaries. I estimate he signed 15-20 programs. President Carter signed many more. B.A.” Below in pencil: Purchased at New York U.A.C.C. show from autograph dealer Paul Hartunian, Stephen Koschal, Verona, N.J.” In very fine condition.
Together with Rosary Beads, that appear to glow in the dark. Contained in a packet labeled  “This Rosary Has been Blessed For You By The Holy Father Pope John Paul II, July 28, 2002 - Toronto, Canada”. There is a picture of Pope John Paul with his hand raised as in a blessing.  Created for “World Youth Day, Toronto, Canada, 2002”. In excellent condition. $2,750.00

Captain of the Carpathia
Saved the Lives of 700 Titanic Passengers

ROSTRON, Arthur Henry (1869- ?).   Captain of the Carpathia, who received the Titanic’s distress signal on the night of April 14, 1912.  Although he was 60 miles away, he immediately set course for the Titanic braving dangerous ice fields and running the risk of damaging or even sinking his own ship. The result was he saved the lives of over 700 persons.  Readers of the New York Times gave him an award of $10,000.00 and he was showered with honors/ He was awarded the Medal of Honor by Congress and it was presented to him by President Taft. During 1914 he took command of the Lusitania and in 1926 was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.  In 1931 he wrote his life story Home From The Sea.
Autograph letter signed, one side and signed once again on the verso. Piece of lined paper measuring appx. 3”x6”:  “Montreal, 7/8/14, Dear Sir, Overside, I sign as you wished. Have been extra busy. Best Wished, Yours truly, A.H.R.”  On the verso Rostron has signed  with the finest full signature one can imagine. For those who would think of it, the page could be trimmed so that one could end up with the closing of the letter signed with initials from one side and the other with a full signature. The letter has one punch hole barely touching the word “extra” and some burn marks from a fire not touching any of the writing. Together with this letter is a Underwood & Underwood magazine photo of Captain Rostron and also several original newspaper articles regarding the Titanic sinking and about a painting sold by Frank Millet who was lost on the Titanic.  This letter of Rostron is extremely rare and may be the only letter ever offered containing two signatures $2,950.00

RARE, Two Virgins Album Signed by
John Lennon and Yoko Ono

LENNON, John (1940-1980) and Yoko Ono(1933-   ) Their album Two Virgins.  Apple Records, May 1968.  The record is contained in the RARE  album cover. Boldly inscribed by John Lennon on the album cover, the side which depicts him and Yoko Ono in full frontal nudity. Lennon writes: “To Jule love John Lennon”.  Yoko has added, using the same collector’s pen: “and Yoko Ono NYC 77”.  Also present is the album cover jacket which was issued to cover the nude photos of this famous couple. This highly prized collectible comes with a full page handwritten letter of authenticity from one of the most noted “in person” collectors of musical autographs. His name is Pete Connolly of New York.  Pete, is one of the original “in person” collectors who is very well known in the hobby amongst his peers. He is the collector who supplied many of the legitimate galleries with guitars and other musical instruments signed by many of the rock and roll notables. Many of the Stars know Pete by his first name. Pete’s handwritten letter  of authentication and original envelope comes together with this album.  Pete writes: “John Lennon & Yoko Ono-2 Virgins. This album was obtained in person by myself on Oct. 9, 1977 outside The Tavern On The Green Restaurant in New York for a birthday party for John and his 2 year old son Sean. John was holding something in his hand so he scrawled his inscription and signature ‘To Jule’ which he has done on other occasions for other autograph seekers. Jule may be his way of love for his son Julian or one can use their imagination especially in the case of John. Shortly afterwards Yoko signed: “Yoko Lennon NYC 77”.  I certify that the above is a true statement and both autographs were obtained at that time, place and date and are genuine and signed in front of me.  Sincerely, Pete Connolly.”  The record and album cover are in fine condition. The album jacket shows a little wear. A remarkable collectible. $9,500.00

Uninscribed First Edition, Walt Disney Biography

DISNEY, Walt (1901-1966). American cartoon artist, producer of animated films and film studio founder. The Story of Walt Disney by Diane Disney Miller. Henry Holt & Co. 1957, First Edition. Hardcover with dust jacket. Beautifully signed on the half title page, "Best wishes, Walt Disney." In fine condition, a bright clean copy,  with light wear to the dust jacket. Bookplate affixed to inside the front cover with the written name "Jerry Lewis." The signature of Walt Disney is exceptionally large. Contained in a custom made protective box. $4,950.00

Inscribed to the President of Israel by Yaacov Agam, the Most Noted Israeli Artist

AGAM, Yaakov (1928 - ) Most noted Israeli artist born May 11, 1928 in Rishon, LeZion, then mandate Palestine.  Agam trained at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem before moving to Zurich, Switzerland in 1949.  In 1951 Agam moved to Paris, France where he lives today. He is a world-renowned kinetic artist. He had several gallery and museum exhibitions. Numerous works by Agam have sold at auction including the sale of “New Israel Design” at Sotheby’s in 2010 for $698,500.  Also Agam is noted for his “Star of Love” silver medal (1978) where the Star of David changes shape as the medal is rotated. This popular medal commemorates Israel’s 30th Anniversary.  Agam was voted 195th greatest Israeli of all time. Agam is called one of the most important living artists of our time.

NAVON, Yitzhak, (1921 - ) Served as the 5th President of Israel. He served from 1978 through 1982. He was the first Israeli President to be born in Jerusalem. In 2005 he was voted the 108th greatest Israeli of all time.

Agam’s book: Hommage To Agam - Xxe Siecle,  1980, Printed  in France in French. Plates captions both in French and English.  Book also contains two original color lithographs by Agam.  159 pages, heavily illustrated. Hardcover. Very boldly inscribed to the 5th President of Israel. “To the President of Israel and Mrs. Navon, Agam, 30.7.1981”.  Agam has artistically drawn the Star of David which is incorporated in his initial “A” in Agam.  Most unusual and a choice association item between the great Israeli artist and the President of Israel. Certainly one of a kind. $395.

One of a Kind

POLK, Sarah  (1803-1891).  First Lady, widow of President James K. Polk.  Free frank signature “Free Sarah Polk”, on a mourning envelope addressed in her hand to Maj. Wm. H. Polk, Columbia, Tennessee. A dark ink hand stamp at left corner “Nashville, TN, Aug.11” and “Free” handstamp.  Intact black wax seal on verso. Collector’s note along front left corner of the cover.

Major William H. Polk (1815-1862) was an American politician and brother of James K. Polk. He was admitted to the bar in 1939. He served as Minister to the Kingdom of the two Sicilies (present day Italy). He was Major of the Third Dragoons in the Mexican American War (1847-1848). President Polk died on June 15, 1849, just four months after leaving the Executive Mansion. This cover was signed just two months later.

An auction description in December 2008 stated: "her Franks on Intact covers are extremely rare. There are only three recorded and only one being on a mourning envelope”.  All three were signed Mrs. J.K. Polk.  The cover offered here is said to be the only known cover signed as “Sarah Polk”



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