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  Collector News

1951 Mickey Mantle World Series Bat Slated for Upcoming Platinum Auction

With about one month to go before the consignment deadline hits for the Heritage Sports 2012 Platinum Auction, the "World's Largest Collectibles Auctioneer" already has some of its key lots in place for what promises to be the year's best consignment opportunity.

While staying focused on collectibles with key characteristics, such as historical firsts, extreme rarity and unmatched significance, all serious collectors' eyes will be fixed to the highly anticipated event, which will be held Thursday August 2, at Camden Yards in Baltimore, during the week of the National Sports Collectors Convention.

No Platinum Auction would be complete without an extremely important artifact from Mickey Mantle. We are thrilled to offer the only known bat that Mantle was issued during his rookie season for use in the historic 1951 World Series. Graded an impressive GU 8 by John Taube of PSA/DNA. The signature model Hillerich & Bradsby T41 provides a block lettered "World Series 1951, New York Yankees" framing the facsimile signature on the barrel, and heavy use with repaired handle and barrel and scattered ball marks, stitch impressions and cleat marks. We must report that a percentage of this use is not Mantle's — the lumber took on a second career in the sandlots of the Mick's childhood home of Commerce, Oklahoma. It was a gift from Mantle to his high school baseball coach who passed the bat on to his young friend Gomer Evans, a youngster who, like most boys in this small town, idolized the Mick.
This bat must be considered one of the most important and desirable bats of the post-war era. The historic ash relic measures thirty-five inches in length and just under thirty-four ounces in weight. It is accompanied by a letter of provenance from the Evans family, who recounts that Gomer was informed at the time of receipt that this was the bat with which Mantle cracked his only hit of the 1951 Series. Please click here to view the lot preview.

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East and West Coast Heritage Sports Consignment Trips Scheduled for May

We recently had our most successful auction to date, and Heritage Auctions' sports division is hitting the road for two sports card and memorabilia consignment trips this month.

Collectors in the Pittsburgh area will have a chance to visit with Heritage representatives from May 18-20, by appointment, or by attending the "Pittsburgh XXXIV Spring Classic" at the "Charles L. Sewall Center" of Robert Morris University. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Mark Jordan at MarkJ@HA.com or his direct line at (214) 409-1187. In addition, sports card expert Derek Grady will be in attendance at the show and can be reached at (214) 409-1975 or DerekG@HA.com.

Also, Mark Jordan will be taking in quality sports consignments at the "2012 Long Beach Coin, Stamp and Collectible Expo" from May 31 - June 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Mark Jordan at MarkJ@HA.com or his direct line at (214) 409-1187.

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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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Heritage members eligible for free Digital Edition subscription to The Intelligent Collector magazine

Heritage Auctions members are now eligible to receive a free digital subscription to the award-winning Intelligent Collector magazine.

To subscribe to the Digital Edition, Heritage members can visit their MyProfile page and opt in to the digital subscription. Non-members need to join Heritage first at HA.com/Join and then opt-in to the digital subscription. Heritage memberships are free.

"The Digital Edition is a replica of our Print Edition, with all the same informative stories and beautiful photos," says editor Hector Cantu. "It can be viewed online anytime, and it's easily searchable for articles and topics of interest."

Digital Editions are emailed to you immediately upon publication.

The cover price for the Print Edition remains $9.95 and it is available at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide. Print-Edition subscriptions begin at $21 for three issues, or $36 for six issues. To subscribe to the Print Edition, click here.

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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: New York
  • World Coins Director: Hong Kong
  • World Paper Money Expert: Dallas/Remote

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:

  • Cataloger — Currency: Dallas/Remote
  • Cataloger — U.S. Coins: Contract, Remote
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Consignment Director — Currency: Dallas
  • Desktop Support: Dallas
  • Desktop Support Supervisor: Dallas
  • Digital Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • eBay Collectible Sales Specialist: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Graphic Designer: Dallas, Part-Time
  • Graphic Web Designer: Dallas
  • Interns: Dallas
  • Inventory Control Clerk: Dallas, TX
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas, TX
  • Operations Assistant - Coins: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - Fine & Decorative Arts: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - Historical: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - Vintage Guitars: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - World Coins: Dallas
  • Pay Per Click Web Marketing Specialist: Dallas
  • Returns Clerk: Dallas
  • Settlements Accountant: Dallas
  • Settlements Clerk: Dallas
  • Shipping Associate: Dallas
  • Web Marketing Analyst: Dallas
  • Wine Warehouse Manager: Beverly Hills

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

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  Around Heritage

Fine Minerals - A new Department

Celebrating the beauty and complex history of the geologic world, Minerals are a unique collectible with a remarkable association with the rise of civilization and technology. Minerals provide a unique opportunity to rediscover the ancient connection between our history and natural history. ALL other collectibles ultimately derive from this association: we believe it is only fitting that they should take their place among the works of Fine Art.

Many otherwise knowledgeable collectors are unaware that it is possible to personally possess the kind of beautiful objects previously seen only on exhibit in museums. That was not always the case: the explosion of technology and scientific research that began with the Industrial Revolution spawned numerous investigations, both professional and amateur, into the mysteries of Nature. It is these explorations, whether on foot or in the laboratory, that ultimately led to the high technology culture underpinning our modern world. Inextricably bound to the factual discoveries made by these explorers was a profound appreciation for the beauty and order contained within the subjects of their studies. It is no wonder that many of the leading researchers of this period were also passionate collectors as well, amassing private collections that form the core of the great museum collections of today.

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The mission of the Fine Minerals Department is to make these timeless works of natural art available to that new generation responding to the call of a world, older and greater by far, than themselves: a world of truly subtle and complex beauty. In addition, it is to use our passion and our expertise to bring as many facets of that world, to a public unconsciously hungry for this kind of experience: an experience serving to re-connect us with that greater world that we are but a part of.

Fine Minerals is a rapidly growing collectible and we continue to concentrate on finding the best specimens in the world. We will work diligently to ensure that Heritage Auctions is the premier Fine Minerals option in the auction world. We are pleased to introduce Jim Walker & Mary Fong/Walker as the directors of this new and exciting area — they bring over 35 years of mineral experience to the department, including over a decade as natural history consultants to auction houses. We would also like to introduce Craig Kissick who will work with the Walkers to ensure the highest level of service and product.

Our Fine Minerals Auction will take place in New York, on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM CT

Highlights Include

More information about fine mineral auctions.

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

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

How many home run titles did Roger Maris win?

       A) 2
       B) 3
       C) 0
       D) 1
       E) 8



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

Last issue's question:

In what year was the first World Series played?

D) 1903 (61%)

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  Current Auctions
Sports Auctions
Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151221
May 20, 2012
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151222
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151223
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151224
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Other Signature Auctions
2012 May 19 Timepieces Signature Auction - New York Heritage Live Enabled
2012 May 19 Timepieces Signature Auction - New York #5097
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2012 May 20 Natural History & Fine Minerals Signature Auction- New York Heritage Live Enabled
2012 May 20 Natural History & Fine Minerals Signature Auction- New York #6068
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2012 May 22 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction- Dallas Heritage Live Enabled
2012 May 22 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction- Dallas #5099
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2012 May 22 The Boss Star Fine Art Signature Auction - Dallas Heritage Live Enabled
2012 May 22 The Boss Star Fine Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5107
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2012 May 27 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Luxury Handbag Auction 2012 May 27 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Luxury Handbag Auction #516
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2012 May 29 Nestle Girl Scout Cookie Candy Bars Auction Heritage Live Enabled
2012 May 29 Nestle Girl Scout Cookie Candy Bars Auction #514
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2012 May 31 Mercury One & Glenn Beck Charity Auction 2012 May 31 Mercury One & Glenn Beck Charity Auction #517
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2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Heritage Live Enabled
2012 May 30 - June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach #1171
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Other Internet Auctions
Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201220
May 17, 2012
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Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions #241220
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Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction #181220
May 17, 2012
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131221
May 20, 2012
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161221
May 20, 2012
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121221
May 20, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141221
May 22, 2012
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251221
May 22, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction #171221
May 22, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131221
May 22, 2012
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Monthly World Coin Auction Monthly World Coin Auction #231223
May 29, 2012
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