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Tom Slater
Tom Slater
Director of Americana Auctions
TomS@HA.com
1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824)  x1441
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Tom Slater began his career in early 1960s Pittsburgh, where he owned and operated half-interest in a retail coin store. In the 1970s he published nationally distributed auction catalogs, specializing in political campaign collectibles. A cum laude graduate with a BA degree from Yale University, Tom also attended Columbia University law school. He became a full-time collectibles dealer in 1976, and operated art galleries in Los Angeles and Indianapolis through most of the 1980s. He ran The Political Gallery throughout the 1990s, which evolved into Slater's Americana. Tom joined Heritage in 2004.

Don Ackerman
Don Ackerman
Consignment Director
DonA@HA.com
1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824)  x1736
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Don worked as an antique dealer in Ridgefield, Connecticut in the late 1970s  and issued mail auction catalogs of Americana in the late 1990s. He was a founder and president of The Association for the Preservation of Political Americana which operated for close to ten years and has maintained continuous membership in the American Political Items Collectors since 1964. In 1995, he helped found “The Rail Splitter”, a hobbyist organization for Lincoln collectors which issues quarterly journals and periodic auctions. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief.  He has written dozens of articles on American political history and collectibles which have appeared in a variety of publications. He helped organize  three public exhibits:  the Dr. John Lattimer Collection at the Metropolitan Book Exchange 1995, Grant memorabilia at the Re-Dedication of Grant’s Tomb 1997, and the bicentennial “Abraham Lincoln in New York” at Federal Hall.


Marsha Dixey
Marsha Dixey
Production Manager
MarshaD@HA.com
1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824)  x1455
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Marsha Dixey has worked in the Americana collectibles business for almost 30 years and is a widely acknowledged expert generalist, handling most anything falling under the "Americana" genre. Her interest in American social history has made her an expert in Woman's Suffrage items and African-Americana. She has dealt in premium antique advertising for years, was elected to serve two years on the Board of Directors for the Antiques Advertising Association of America.

Michael Riley
Michael Riley
Chief Cataloger and Historian
MichaelR@HA.com
1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824)  x1467
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After attending the University of Louisville (KY), Michael worked in the Consumer Electronics industry. In 1983, he joined the Universal Autograph Collectors Club, and became a dealer in a wide range of collectibles in 1985. Adopting the Internet early, he moved into Web site design and development in 1995, an area where he has received numerous awards. Michael joined Heritage in 2004 and has done catalog work for comics, celebrity, music & entertainment memorabilia, and political memorabilia & Americana.

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