FIRST RUNNING OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY (1875)
FIRST RUNNING OF THE PREAKNESS (1873)
FIRST RUNNING OF THE BELMONT STAKES (1867)
This unique set of original and complete newspapers report the inaugural runnings of the Triple Crown–the three iconic thoroughbred racing events. In my thirty-seven years in original historic newspapers, I have never before seen a complete set, and simply cannot put another together at any price! This truly is a one-time opportunity for owners, stables, enthusiasts, and anyone else with interest in one of the greatest sporting events in American history.
The New York Herald
May 18, 1875
The exciting report reads, in part: “The great event of the day was the Kentucky Derby, which was won by Aristides, making the fastest time on record by a three-year-old.” The value of the Stakes in the first Derby to the winning horse was a grand total of $2,850!
The Kentucky Derby is arguably the most recognizable horse race in the world, attracting the the finest three-year-old thoroughbreds, as well as millions of spectators. It is frequently referred to as the “Run for the Roses,” in that a huge blanket containing 554 red roses is draped over the winner. First run in 1875, the year the Louisville Jockey Club (later known as Churchill Downs) was opened by Colonel M. Lewis Clark, the winning entry was a chestnut colt named Aristides, ridden by African American jockey, Isaac Murphy. A statue of Aristides now stands in the garden behind the clubhouse. (Click on above image to view the full First Kentucky Derby report).
The New York Times
May 28, 1873
The Preakness, second jewel in the Triple Crown, has a longer history than even the Kentucky Derby. First run on May 26, 1873, it was named for the horse that won the Dinner Party Stakes in 1870. There were but seven horses running that day at Pimlico in Northwest Baltimore, Maryland, a racetrack considered far more important than Churchill Downs at the time. The winner of the inaugural race was a colt called “Survivor” who won by a huge ten lengths over the other contestants, a record that remains the longest winning distance in Preakness history. (Click on above image for complete details of the first Preakness).
The New York Times
June 20, 1867
The Belmont Stakes is the oldest Triple Crown event, predating both the Preakness and Kentucky Derby. The first running took place on Thursday, June 19, 1867, at Jerome Park in the Bronx, New York. The new race was financed by August Belmont, Sr., for whom the race was named. The grueling 1 5/8 mile run (1 1/2 miles today) was known as the “Test of the Champion” for its long distance. The surprise winner was a filly named “Ruthless,” who defeated a field of stronger male horses thus becoming the first filly to win a major race like this one. She just edged out “DeCourcey” by a head in an exciting race in which the lead changed hands numerous times according to the in-depth newspaper report in The New York Times. (Click twice on above image to read the full exciting report–it’s like being back in time at the race!)
This truly one-of-a-kind trio of complete and original newspapers reporting the inaugural races of each Triple Crown leg is a major coup for thoroughbred owners, stables, and racing fans alike.
Price: $27,500 for all three original issues (includes lifetime letters of authenticity signed by historian and appraiser, Mark E. Mitchell)
The enormous front page 3 1/2″ letters say it all:
“Dies at His ‘Command Post in Berlin’ Nazi Radio Informs Reich”
“DOENITZ TAKES HELM; ‘WILL CONTINUE FIGHT’”
This truly remarkable newspaper contains pages and photos of the stunning news–Der Fuehrer has finally been killed. Of course, we know from history that he apparently committed suicide in his command bunker below the streets of Berlin as the bombed out capital of the Third Reich was being overrun by Russian soldiers. Admiral Doenitz, the genius behind the German U-Boat campaign, took overall command of remaining Nazi forces.
Couldn’t scan it, but there is a phenomenal two-page centerfold spread of thirteen photographs showing Hitler’s rise and fall in Nazi Germany including his younger days, his parents, the adoring crowds and more. It was difficult to take my eyes off these rare images. This is the complete 28-page issue that came out on May 2, 1945 in New York City announcing the glorious news to all Americans. A superb historical issue you’ll read many times over…and I’m certain show to your friends. It’s that graphic!
March 8, 1846
Here is the only copy of the Pensacola Gazette we have ever located, and in outstanding, nicely-preserved condition to boot! But, what shocked us even more was the ink subscriber’s signature (written at the top of the front page at the newspaper office)–this issue was the personal copy of one of Florida’s first two senators, James D. Westcott (1802-1880), and was actually sent to him overland in his Washington, DC office. Westcott helped write the Florida’s first Territorial constitution, and was Florida’s Secretary of State from 1830-1834, performing the duties of Governor. Upon the admission of Florida as a state in 1845, Westcott was elected senator serving until 1849.
The newspaper itself contains important news from Texas (the legendary Sam Houston was elected a senator) and Mexico (Mexican War), a new mail route listing numerous Florida cities and towns, and also several Runaway Slave notices with illustrations. I especially like the early Florida advertisements and businesses, and of course, the many ads for “cure-alls” – pills and potions that would supposedly cure every known disease from coughs to cancer!
As far as we can tell from our resources, this is probably the sole surviving issue of this particular date. The ultimate early Florida newspaper for a collector, or one of the best and most thoughtful gifts anyone could give to a family member, friend or business associate. And, a priceless conversation piece? Your friends will be absolutely astonished!
INCREDIBLE FRONT PAGE HEADLINES AND GRAPHIC PHOTOS OF THE LEGENDARY PLAY!
The Boston Post
October 6, 1941
Of all the rare newspapers we have EVER owned (and this includes Babe Ruth’s 60th Home Run), this complete issue of the Boston Post is one of our personal favorites. One glance at the scans will convince you–it is simply chilling! My father told me a great deal of Major League Baseball lore, and Mickey Owens muff of what should have been the final strike in the 9th inning was the one I really remembered. But, to actually see it in print as those did back in 1941 when this newspaper was put out on the stands–priceless!!
As the beginning of the front page report opens, “It could have happened only in Brooklyn.” Mickey Owens couldn’t catch pitcher Hugh Casey’s low curveball to Tommy Henrich (who had swung and missed for the third strike and final out of the game), who ended up on first base. Casey never recovered after this play as the Bronx Bombers, starting with Joe DiMaggio, belted the Dodger hurler for four runs to win the fourth game of the 1941 World Series, 7-4. The front page contains two huge graphic photos of the play while the Sports page continues the massive game coverage with three additional photos, big headlines and even a large cartoon. The complete story of the game is included plus the box score and composite WS box score. The hapless “Bums” never recovered from the 9th inning debacle as the Yankees would go on to win the Series, 4 games to 1.
This remarkable issue has other news and features as well including the Death of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, a great photo of Shirley Temple and a huge (3/4 of a page) Oldsmobile advertisement (it just leaps out at you)!
This is the complete 18-page newspaper as printed back in 1941 - one of the top sports newspapers (for my money, that is) I’ve yet seen. Condition is very fine with no problems or tears noted. I’d recommend reading it cover to cover a few times, show my friends, and then have it framed!
MANTLE BECOMES FIRST PLAYER IN BASEBALL HISTORY TO HIT HOME RUNS
BOTH LEFT-HANDED AND RIGHT-HANDED….IN ONE GAME!
YANKEE SLUGGER ACCOUNTS FOR ALL FIVE RUNS IN VICTORY OVER DETROIT TIGERS
ALSO…TED WILLIAMS SIGNS WITH BOSTON RED SOX FOR $75,000
The Detroit Free Press
May 14, 1955
The Sports Page headlines say it all: “MANTLE PUTS SLUG ON TIGERS, 5-2.” “3 HOMERS TOO MUCH FOR GROMEK.” The Free Press publishes both the fantastic achievement from Yankee Stadium in New York, the complete box score, PLUS a great photo of “The Mick” handling three bats at one time!
Also in this issue is a report that the great Ted Williams is glad to be “back to work” with the Boston Red Sox for 1955. “The Splendid Splinter” had considered retiring, but decided to come back once again. During the season, he appeared in 98 games hitting an amazing .356 with 28 home runs. Nice photo of “Teddy Ballgame” practicing a bunt of all things!
The complete issue contains 24 pages and is in nice shape. The paper has some pages wholly or partially separated at the spine apparently when the issue was disbound from a 1955 volume years ago. The only damage I see is to the last unimportant page (23-24). With Mantle rookie cards selling for $5,000 up to $280,00+ (and there are a great many around), this historic issue is quite the bargain to say the least! I seldom, if ever, see a newspaper on Mickey Mantle.
May 22, 1923
The World reports the historic sale of the New York Yankees to Colonel Jacob Ruppert for $1.25 million–a price that included the new Yankee Stadium (and, of course, Babe Ruth)! The Yankees were at that moment poised to become the greatest baseball franchise in history as they would begin to pile up American League Pennant and World Series championships. The front page contains a small photo of Col. Ruppert while the report continues on to page 10 (Sports) with the headline: “Ruppert Buys Out Huston’s Interest In Yanks for $1,250,000.” There is a photo of Col. Huston, one of the former owners. But, perhaps best is Col. Ruppert’s formal statement on the sale in which he talks some about the history of the New York Yankees. “In 1915 our attendance was 256,000. During the past four years it has averaged annually over a million and it is not at all improbable that the attendance this year will be one and one-half millions.”
In other sports news, the Yankees win their eighth straight game 5-0 over the Chicago White Sox with Babe Ruth bashing two doubles. In another sports story, the heading reads: “Cobb’s Hit in Ninth Beats the Athletics.” The great Ty Cobb gets a game-winning single for the Detroit Tigers–story and box score.
This is the complete and original newspaper in fine condition. There are a few small blank pieces missing from the spine area, but they aren’t really noticeable. I might frame pages one and ten – it would make a historic display piece.
The New York Times
March 9, 1948
In a controversial (to this day) 8-1 ruling, the Supreme Court declared that religious instruction in public school buildings was unconstitutional. A mother in Champaign, Illinois, who was an avowed atheist, complained that her son felt “embarrassed” by being the only child in his schoolroom not attending religious classes under a local plan.” Justice Hugo Black stated for the court that the use of tax-supported property for dissemination of religious doctrines violated the Constitutional concept of separation of church and state, first written in an 1801 letter of Thomas Jefferson.–Jefferson was separating the institutions of church and state. However, the 1948 ruling, according to some experts, turned the First Amendment to the Constitution on its head, by separating religion and civil government at all levels including state and local governments.
In other news, there is are large front page headlines announcing, “TRUMAN AND M’ARTHUR WILL ACCEPT NOMINATIONS FOR THE PRESIDENCY, THEY SAY, IF CHOSEN BY CONVENTIONS.” “PRESIDENT READY. HE WILL NOT BACK DOWN ON PALESTINE, CIVIL RIGHTS STANDS.” Meanwhile, General Douglas MacArthur “WOULD MEET DUTY.” “General Says He Would Be ‘Recreant’ to Balk Call of the People.” “DOES NOT COVET OFFICE.” See scans for photos of Gen. MacArthur and President Harry Truman.
This is the complete 48-page special rag paper edition of the Times in near mint condition.
May 23, 1927
Huge headline: “SEEK CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FOR LINDBERGH.” The intrepid flyer, who had just flown solo across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris, tells his own story of the historic flight. “HOW LINDBERGH ACCOMPLISHED N.Y. PARIS TRIP.” Flying partly through a sleet storm, sometimes only ten feet above the water, Lindbergh casually said, “I was lucky…I found a happy medium and flew through the worst of the storm….I was more frightened by the crowds at Le Bourget (airport) than at any time during the trip. If I hadn’t gotten out of the plane they would have broken it up.” In another of many articles headed, “AIRPLANE IS GIVEN MOST CREDIT FOR TRIP BY LINDBERGH,”the pilot praised his famous “Spirit of St. Louis” single-engine aircraft for getting him threw. (The original plane is now in the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington). Also, please see the large bust photo of Capt. Lindbergh smack on the front page! Inside there is an incredible radio photograph sent when “Lucky Lindy” landed at Le Bourget in Paris. (see scans)
The newspaper is complete, contains 18 pages, and is in very fine, clean condition–very well preserved. This one won’t last long!
The Washington Post
Election Special – Commemorative Edition
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
“OBAMA MAKES HISTORY” announces the headline. “U.S. DECISIVELY ELECTS FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT. DEMOCRATS EXPAND CONTROL OF CONGRESS.” Barack Hussein Obama handily defeats Arizona Senator John McCain who was unable to overcome his Republican ties (real or imagined) to the Bush Administration. Senator Obama addressed a crowd of 125,000 in Chicago’s Grant Park saying, “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”
This special same-day Commemorative issue of the Post was printed when all regular editions had been swept off the newsstands everywhere. And, then this special edition was sold out in very short order as well as people were lined up waiting for the delivery trucks!!
You get the complete 26-page newspaper in mint, unread condition. We have less than a handful to sell so please call or email your order!
“Soviet Union is laid to rest”
“Republics form Commonwealth of Independent States”
The Sunday (Washington) Times
December 22, 1991
This historic newspaper makes the startling announcement of the end of the great Soviet Empire. Eleven former republics declare their independence from the great Russian Bear. The United States was expected to recognize the new Commonwealth within a matter of days as were most other nations. The front page contains a photograph of new leader Boris Yeltsin signing the official papers. Events like the war in Afghanistan (Russia’s “Vietnam”), the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, rise of younger Communists, the strength of President Ronald Reagan, Soviet economic collapse, and the rise of Gorbachev, all led to the fall of the Soviet Empire.
This is the complete Sunday edition in virtually mint condition–you’ll think it was delivered this morning! Wonderful historic newspaper.