No ordinary Shoemaker fan, the racing collector Lester Stecker followed his hero's every move in the 1970s, 1980 and early 1990s, documenting it all in five scrapbook albums of news clippings, programs, betting tickets, photos, postcards, magazine covers, trade cards, trinkets and more. Literally countless hours went into the compiling and assembling of such an archive. One gets the impression that Stecker devoted all of his time and energy into attending races, studying races and building his collection. Highlights include more than a dozen programs picturing Shoemaker on the cover, with many more racing programs in which he participated, as well as additional Southern California racing programs.
There are also a number of foreign programs (spanning the UK to South Africa to Hong Kong to New Zealand) that feature these intriguing examples: 1) 7/29/81 Princess Diana/Prince Charles program from the "Royal Wedding Race Day to Commemorate the Marriage of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales to The Lady Diana Spencer"; 2) Lester Piggott's last ride; and 3) 1914 Newbury Race.
Stecker's collection extends into the realm of Jim Beam Triple Crown decanters, with the 1969 Kentucky Derby, 1970 Preakness (100th Anniversary), 1970 Kentucky Derby, 1971 Kentucky Derby, 1972 Kentucky Derby, 1974 Kentucky Derby (100th Anniversary), 1975 Preakness (Pimlico 100th Anniversary) and 1976 Kentucky Derby.
Last but not least: An early-1980s 12x16 original painting (framed) of Native Diver—the first California horse to win a million dollars.
Collection averages EX overall.