Here is an exceedingly rare vintage sports memorabilia catalog that features sports POSTERS, predominantly posters of World Championship Wresters, and most interesting is the very last poster shown, which features the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs! That would date this catalog to circa 1908 or so--I'm assuming because it's the last poster featured, it was probably the newest one sold by the company Coffey & Herman (or the Illinois Lithographing Company). The catalog runs a nice 68 pages (not counting the cover) and is staple-bound. It's small--only 4 inches by 6 inches--but the posters featured within are true treasures, true works of art. Those who collect sports posters from the earliest 1900s know how scarce they are--imagine how scarce a catalog of them is! There is only one copy located on OCLC, and it is in the Chicago History Museum. At the time of listing this auction, no other copies can be found on the Internet. The posters are as follows: The first ten posters featured are generic wrestling posters. The next two are generic boxing posters. Then we have person-specific posters featuring the all-time wrestling greats of that era: Earl Caddock, Joe Stecher, W. Cyganiewicz Zbyszko, Ed. (Strangler) Lewis, Chas. Culter, Chas. Rentrop, three in a row of Zbyszko, John F. Olin, Marin Plestina, Steve Savage, George Vasell, Ad. Santel, Jim Londos, Johnny Meyers, Mike Nester, Paul Martinson (Klem), Rudy G. Warner, George Sportos, John Freberg, Clarence Eklund, John Pesek, Bill Leon (the Greek Lion), William Demetral (Greek Champion), Youssiff Mussane (Champion Turkish Wrestler), Mort Henderson, Billy Edwards, Waino Ketonen, Tom Draak, Theodore "Ted" Thye, Jack Reynolds, Jack Taylor, Vernon Breedlove, Bernardi (Il-Demonio Italiano), Ben Reuben, Mike Howard, then we turn to a generic poster, five generic auto racing posters, one horse racing poster, one of a horse, one of a dog (bulldog?), one of chickens, one of a cow, three generic football posters, five generic baseball posters, and finally, the Chicago Champion Cubs. So there's a total of 69 or 70 posters featured. This catalog may be the only surviving record that some of these posters ever existed! This is a truly unusual vintage sports publication, and would make a fine addition to any collection!. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: 1908 Sports and Wrestling POSTER CATALOG (...
Publisher: Illinois Lithographing Company
Publication Date: 1908
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Very Good
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