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Old 08-20-2014, 06:26 PM
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Default Vintage Detroit Tigers figural ashtray

I'm a collector of vintage pre-1950's Detroit Tigers memorabilia. I was excited to recently add this figural ashtray to my collection.

Would another collector happen to know the approx. time frame this was issued or any other information on it. I'm thinking the 1930's time frame?

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Old 08-20-2014, 06:59 PM
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Great piece. I would agree 30's or 40's. Found one in a Hunt Auction.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:37 PM
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I had seen the offering on eBay myself.. I think mid 30s It looks to be in great condition.

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Old 08-21-2014, 12:37 AM
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Very nice pick up and looks much better the sellers photos. I believe the signature has shown up on a few other chalkware figurals. A tough one for sure and could be from the early 40's. I believe the seller stated this came from an estate of a player in the Tigers organization and he had sa few other items from the person. One would assume this should date from the time he was active with the team. Congrats!!
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:16 PM
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Mine came from Ralph Winegarner who played in the 30's. I always assumed it was from the 30's.
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:26 PM
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Great piece. My snipe didn't go through and I'm sorry I missed it!
Always buying baseball trophies, figural pieces, glassware, as well as Cubs and Tigers pinbacks and pennants.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:01 PM
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There is also an identical Pirates version, which is even neater, IMHO.

In retrospect am very sorry I let mine go about 15 years ago. I'd just started collectong figural baseball pieces, and never realized at the time that these would be so scarce. Seems like one turns up only every 8-10 years!

I was thinking late 30s - early 40s on the timing. Wonderful pickup, yet too bad about the snipe misfire, Mike. I switched to Gixen about 6 years ago, and have never missed a bid. All things considered, I'd like to have seen the real market value of this one!

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Old 08-21-2014, 11:17 PM
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Snipe? What's a snipe?

Great pick up!
if you can help with SF Giants items (no cards), let me send you my wantlist!
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by ooo-ribay View Post
Snipe? What's a snipe?
I've been huntin' for 'em for years, but never managed to bag one of the wiley critters. Apparently they're about as elusive as one of these ashtrays!

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Old 08-22-2014, 02:47 PM
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Cool item. As one unfamiliar of this collecting area, I could see having one on display on my book shelf. And I don't smoke.
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