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  Collector News

Three Heritage Sports Consignment Trips Slated For March

With Heritage Auctions' April 2012 Signature Auction consignment deadline in the books, we are still eagerly seeking high-quality vintage sports cards and memorabilia for the remaining two auctions of 2012. In fact we are just getting started, for what promises to be an exciting year for the "World's Largest Collectibles Auctioneer."

Heritage sports representatives Mark Jordan and Pete Calderon will be picking up quality consignments in the Chicagoland area at the "Sun-Times Show," which will take place March 16-18. If you have vintage sports cards, autographs or memorabilia please contact Mark in advance at MarkJ@HA.com or his direct line at (214) 409-1187, or Pete at PeterC@HA.com at (214) 409-1789 to discuss your consignment and pickup.

Collectors in the Las Vegas area will also have a chance to visit with a Heritage representative from March 18-21, by appointment, as Mark Jordan will be heading to "Sin City" in search of future auction pieces. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Mark Jordan at MarkJ@HA.com or his direct line at (214) 409-1187.

Rounding out the month of March, Heritage Auctions' representatives Mark Jordan and Lee Iskowitz will be hitting the road to "Rich Altman's Boston Show," which will take place March 30-April 1 at the Shriner's Auditorium.

To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Mark Jordan at MarkJ@HA.com or his direct line at (214) 409-1187 or Lee Iskowitz at LeeI@HA.com.

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Sunday Internet Auction Highlights

HA.com/Sports is the place to be every Sunday night for collectors of fine sports memorabilia and trading cards.

Over 100 lots will close to initial bidding at 10 PM CT. On a lot-by-lot basis, starting at 10:00 PM CT, any person who has bid on the lot previously may continue to bid on that lot until there are no more bids for 30 minutes. For example, if you bid on a lot during Normal Bidding, you could participate during Extended Bidding for that lot, but not on lots you did not bid on previously. If a bid was placed at 10:15, the new end time for that lot would become 10:45. If no other bids were placed before 10:45, the lot would close. If you are the high bidder on a lot, changing your bid will not extend the bidding during the 30 Minute Ending phase (only a bid from another bidder will extend bidding).

No other major sports memorabilia auction house provides its clientele this much bidding excitement. It's just another reason why Heritage is the World's Largest Collectibles Auctioneer.

Call or email today to discuss consigning your fine sport collectibles and trading cards to an upcoming Heritage auction.

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HA.com Is By Far The Most Popular Auction House Site

Heritage Auctions' website, HA.com, proved itself the dominant online auction source last month, obliterating its competition with nearly 725,000 unique visitors to Heritage Auctions site in the first month of 2012, according to Compete.com, a website devoted to tracking web traffic. Compete.com ranked HA.com as one of the top 3,000 sites in America (there are over 150,000,000 American web sites) at #2,967.

"Our exact number of unique visitors last month was actually 724,931," said James Halperin, Co-Chairman of Heritage Auctions, "No other major auction house came close to those numbers."

The total number of unique visitors to HA.com is nearly double the combined total number of unique visits the websites of Heritage Auctions' five closest competitors' web sites (Christies ranked as #9093, Sothebys #36,342, Bonhams #36,363, Stacks & Bowers #154,997 and Phillips De Pury #244,256) received in the last 12 months. Christies.com, was the closest, with just more than 238,000 unique visitors:

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"We put a tremendous amount of research and time into making our website comprehensive, customer friendly and easily accessible," said Halperin. "Collectors, historians and art aficionados alike have responded with great enthusiasm. We're humbled and grateful for that support and will continue to strive to make HA.com one of the most useful sites on the web."

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  Consign Today

Top quality collectibles will also be given featured placement in print ads within such trade publications as Sports Collectors Digest, Sports Market Report and Beckett Elite, providing maximum hobby exposure. Generous cash advances are available. Call or email one of our consignment directors today to discuss your collection.

Chris Ivy
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1319
or email at CIvy@HA.com

Derek Grady
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1975
or email at DerekG@HA.com

Mike Gutierrez
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1183
or email at MikeG@HA.com

Mark Jordan
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1187
or email at MarkJ@HA.com

Lee Iskowitz
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1601
or email at LeeI@HA.com

Peter Calderon
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1789
or email at PeterC@HA.com

Jonathan Scheier
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1314
or email at JonathanS@HA.com

Chris Nerat
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1615
or email at ChrisN@HA.com

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  Employment Opportunities

As the fastest growing American-based auction house, financially rock-solid Heritage Auctions continues to grow and seek the best talent in the industry. If you are a specialist or have strong general collectibles knowledge, we want to hear from you. These specialists will, in some cases, head new departments and in others will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown Manhattan and Beverly Hills.

Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in the following categories:

  • Asian Art Specialist: Dallas, Beverly Hills, or New York
  • European Art Specialist: Dallas, Beverly Hills, or New York
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills and New York
  • World Coins Director: Hong Kong

If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:

  • Accounting Clerk: Dallas
  • Bullion Coin Trader: Dallas
  • Cataloger — U.S. Coins: Contract, Remote
  • Cataloger - World Coins: Dallas, TX
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Consignment Coordinator - World Coins: Dallas
  • Desktop Support: Dallas
  • Desktop Support Supervisor: Dallas
  • Digital Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • eBay Collectible Sales Specialist: Dallas
  • e-Commerce Marketing Specialist: Dallas
  • Graphic Designer: Dallas
  • Interns: Dallas, TX
  • Inventory Control Clerk: Dallas, TX
  • Janitor: Dallas, TX
  • Mail List/ Marketing Analyst: Dallas, TX
  • Operations Assistant: New York
  • Operations Assistant - Coins: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - Historical: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - Vintage Guitars: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - World Coins: Dallas
  • Senior Web Developer: Dallas
  • Shipping Associate Dallas
  • SQL Developer Dallas

If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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  Around Heritage

World Record Setting $8.79+ Million Comics Auction Stands As The Greatest Comics Auction Ever

Detective Comics #27Heritage Auctions Feb. 22-24 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction has officially become the single greatest comics auction ever conducted, realizing $8.79+ million over three days, completely obliterating the company's previous world-record total of $6.03+ million set in May 2011. The auction garnered massive international media attention and captured the imaginations – and bids – of collectors all over the world.

"The mix of rarity, value and quality was simply irresistible to collectors," said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President of Heritage. "We knew that we had something special going in to this one, but we had no idea just how special. Now we know and we couldn't be happier with the outcome. Consider this: before Heritage started Comics auctions more than a decade ago, no comic auction had ever exceeded $2.2 million. We've now almost quadrupled that."

Batman #1All told, the auction realized $8.3+ million on 1,854 lots, translating into a mind-boggling 99.9% sell-through rate by total value. All prices below include 19.5% Buyer's Premium.

The star of the auction was, without a doubt, the inimitable Billy Wright Collection, which realized $3.5 million by itself, led by Wright's incredible CGC FN+ 6.5 copy of Detective Comics #27 (DC, 1939). The comic brought $522,813, the third-highest price the Heritage Comics category has realized for any comic book or piece of original art in the comic category's history.

"The Wright copy of Detective #27 was emblematic of the incredible quality of the collection," said Lon Allen, Managing Director of the Comics Category at Heritage. "With just 345 comics in all, it featured fully 44 of the top 100 comics of all time, many in simply superb condition, which the uniformly great prices reflect."

All-American Comics #16Other highlights from Billy Wright include Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CGC VF+ 8.5, which brought close to double the Overstreet Price Guide value when it finished the day at $274,850, All-American Comics #16 (DC, 1940) CGC VF 8.0, the first appearance of Green Lantern, which realized $203,150 on its way to becoming the most ever realized for any copy of this comic and Captain America Comics #2 (Timely, 1941) CGC NM 9.4, which became the rare non-major "Key" comic book to break the $100,000 mark when it realized $113,525.

Calvin and HobbesThe original comic art section of the auction was led by the incredibly rare Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes 1989-90 Calendar Cover Watercolor Illustration Original Art, circa 1988, which brought $107,550 from a determined high-end collector.

"We knew that collectors would love this piece," said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. "Even so, we were impressed when this amazing rarity came in a double its estimate. Comic strip related pieces seldom command anywhere near this kind of money. Except for one Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday strip, this is the highest price something from this genre has ever brought – quite fitting for such an iconic and important piece from the reclusive Bill Watterson."

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3John Romita Sr.'s original cover art for Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3 Spider-Man vs. the Hulk and the Mighty Avengers (Marvel, 1966) was the other piece of original comic art that broke the six-figure threshold, bringing $104,563 when bidding had finished.

"We thought this had the look of a six-figure item," said Hignite, "and it certainly didn't disappoint."


Video Footage From Record-Setting $8.9+ Million February Comics & Comic Art Auction.

More information about comic and comic art auctions.

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

Answer this quick question and see how you stack up against your peers.

What pitcher was taken out of his major league debut in the seventh inning for a pinch hitter named Duffy Lewis, in 1914?

       A) Dizzy Dean
       B) Cy Young
       C) Babe Ruth
       D) Mordecai Brown
       E) None of the above



Look for the answer, results and more details in the next issue of Heritage Sports News.

Last issue's question:

What punctuation mark did baseball clown Max Patkin wear on the back of his jersey?

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2012 March 23-24 Dallas Vintage Movie Poster Auction Heritage Live Enabled
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161210
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141210
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Monthly World Coin Auction Monthly World Coin Auction #231210
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Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions #241210
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201210
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