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Old 07-16-2007, 05:13 PM
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Posted By: Keith

Do any of you guys out there collect vintage sports figurines?
I collect (in addition to many other things) football nodders, kail statues, and hartlands with a focus on Philadelphia Eagles items.
Are there any prewar sports figurines to speak of?

Here are some photos of my stuff.







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Old 07-16-2007, 10:10 PM
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Posted By: Max Weder

This is the only one I have, but I'll never admit it in public

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Old 07-17-2007, 10:15 AM
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Posted By: Rhys

I know some people collect the Rittgers Statues from the 1940's for display. You can pick them up pretty cheap when they pop up on ebay every now and then and they make for a cool display.

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Old 07-17-2007, 12:16 PM
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Posted By: Mike

I've got the Rittgers set. I also have most of the early 60's hall of fame busts. many still in the original boxes. I also have the bigger Jimmie Foxx ceramic, not the small cheap piece of junk, but the real one. I also a statue of Mathewson and Joe Jackson. And the autographed #7 of mantle. i think they made like 355 of them or something like that. Also have some of the cheaper ceramics of Ruth and gehrig. The 7 inchers. I have more, but can't recall which ones.

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Old 07-17-2007, 05:41 PM
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Posted By: Dan Bretta

Nice stuff Rob. Did you get all that dinnerware just recently or was it only the creamer that you posted about the other day?

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Old 07-17-2007, 05:46 PM
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Posted By: Rob Dewolf

Thanks, Dan.

I picked up my first piece of that about seven years ago. The airbrushed-looking pieces on the right are tougher to come across than the ones on the left, which were used at the Stadium Club at Cleveland Stadium. I'm pretty sure that the only piece I'm missing of the dark-red pieces is a saucer to go with the coffee mug. But that's only a guess, since there's no checklist or anything like that.

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Posted By: Dan Bretta

Rob, on the lefthand side of your shelf are those Mazzolini (Sp?) figurines? And is that unpainted one a prototype? You have a very impressive collection.

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Old 07-17-2007, 06:20 PM
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Posted By: Rob Dewolf

Thanks again, Dan.

Yes, they're all Manzolini (I'm not sure if this is spelled correctly and am too lazy to look it up) figures. The middle two are vintage, albeit with bases of different thicknesses.

The left one simply is unpainted, and I have my doubts it's vintage. There was a run of these produced in the eighties by a gentleman who had similar molds to that of the original. He didn't produce them with the intent to deceive, but unfortuantely I see them being passed off as originals. The painting is the tell-tale sign, as newer ones have a flat finish compared with the originals.

The one on the far right is one of the newer ones that, along with several others, originally was manufactured by the man mentioned above for a native American Indian group that was putting on a presentation to Cleveland Indians management, trying to persuade the club to do away with Chief Wahoo. They ordered a couple figurines painted black, a couple with Asian features, etc. The point being that the club would never use those types of Chief Wahoos because they would be deemed offensive, so why use Chief Wahoo? The man produced a few more than needed and eventually sold them.

I got this one from a good friend who's a very respected Cleveland Indians collector around these parts and bought the extras, so I have every reason to believe the story. In fact, my friend is the person who sold you your most recent Lincoln pin.

Small world, huh?

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Posted By: Dan Bretta

Bud Carter? Super nice guy...he even refunded me some of my shipping. You don't see that on ebay very often.

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