You could search the rest of your life and not turn up another autograph collection like this. Sure Willie Mosconi is readily available and Jimmy Caras somewhat, and you could shell out some big bucks for Willie Hoppe, but finding another group such as this may well prove impossible. Period signed during the years 1926-1942, this amazing collection was assembled by prominent Pennsylvania billiards player Stewart S. Olewiler. Present are (8) framed “billiards legends” displays featuring (16) signatures, (8) photos and an art scene. (15) Autographs (average “9-10”) appear on four flats housed in two 5-3/4 x 13-3/8” frames including (13) with dates (noted in parenthesis) with: Clarence Anderson (11/4/40), Marcel Camp (11/18/40), Jimmy Caras (3/17/36), William Clearwater, Welker Cochran (2/20/37), Arthur “Babe” Cranfield (12/16/40), Ralph Greenleaf (3/17/33), Willie Hoppe (6/9/26), George Kelly, Ruth A. McGinnis (4/14/36), Willie Mosconi (11/18/41), James W. Moore (12/2/40), “Patsy” Natalie (2/6/37), Joseph Procita (4/2/36), Erwin Rudolph (1/6/42). Auction LOA from JSA. More on our website.
The 16th autograph is that of the collection’s original owner Stewart Olewiler, who rubbed shoulders with the greatest cue stick masters of the day. Olewiler’s signature (“8”) appears on a 9x12 framed award certificate dated “1929” and titled “York County Pocket Billiard League Prize Winner”. This award is countersigned by league president W.E. Schmuck. (9) Of the signers are enshrined in the Billiards Congress of America Hall of Fame, including two of the three members of the 1966 original class with Greenleaf and Hoppe, The other HOFers are Caras, Cochran, Cranfield, McGinnis, Moore, Mosconi and Rudolph. As stated above, (15) of the autographs appear on four flats which are unlined cards with two to a frame, with the signatures grouped as follows: frame 1.): top card: Clearwater, Greenleaf, Caras, McGinnis, Hoppe; bottom card: Cochran, Mosconi, Rudolph; frame 2.): top card: Kelly, Natalie, Anderson, Camp, Moore, Cranfield; bottom card: Procita. Four have “Best Wishes” salutations including one personalized to Stewart by Procita and three others with Caras, Hoppe and McGinnis. The (8) vintage photographs are framed to the same dimensions as the autograph cards, 5-3/4 x 13-3/8”. The art scene is framed to 9-1/2 x 7-1/2”. All of the frames show minor signs of age appropriate wear and remain in serviceable condition.
Frames included with lots: while we make every effort to protect the frames included in these lots during pre-auction storage and post-auction shipping, we are not responsible for any damage to the frames themselves, and no refunds will be given due to frame damage.