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  Collector News

Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle Featured on Legendary Signed Baseball

1929-92 Legendary Sluggers Multi-Signed Baseball
1929-92 Legendary Sluggers Multi-Signed Baseball
An elite cast of characters, stunning condition and remarkable provenance conspire to create one of the most desirable autographed baseballs ever to get its turn on the Heritage auction block. Currently offered in our October catalog auction, the "Reach Official League" ball enjoyed its first brush with greatness on May 18, 1929, as its original owner Jack Thorp, who was ten years old when he attended his first Major League game with his father at Yankee Stadium, presented Babe Ruth with a cheap dime store ball for signing and then the Babe traded him for a better one, signing the sweet spot and then passing the ball and pen to Lou Gehrig.
1929-92 Legendary Sluggers Multi-Signed Baseball
1929-92 Legendary Sluggers Multi-Signed Baseball
Thorp didn't see the ball again for many years, until it turned up in his father's belongings after his passing. Now living in Texas, Thorp got the idea to add the Rangers' manager to the ball, and made the roster of signers a trio four decades after that day in the Bronx with the addition of Ted Williams in 1969.

The next target, shortly thereafter, was a recently retired superstar slugger who made Texas his home after hanging up his spikes, Mickey Mantle. Thorp tracked him down at the Country Cookin' headquarters and snapped a photo of the Mick as he signed the ball. That photo is included in the lot, dated May 1969 on reverse.

1929-92 Legendary Sluggers Multi-Signed Baseball
Hank Aaron's assumption of Babe Ruth's career home run record in 1974 inspired Thorp to seek him out next, and so he and his grandson made a pilgrimage to the Astrodome on April 19, 1974 for a visit by the Atlanta Braves. And now there were five.

Later that year, an Old Timers Game at the Arlington Stadium brought the great Joe DiMaggio into striking distance. On July 6, 1974, Thorp left the ballpark with six autographs in total.

And, finally, in February of 1992, the baseball claimed its seventh and final autograph at a public signing for Stan Musial. Thorp snapped a photo of The Man as he held the ball in his hand, and that photo is included in the lot.

An absolutely amazing treasure, it's the first we've ever seen with the impressive combination. Bidding is already underway, and it carries the conservative estimate of $20,000+. Click here to view the listing.

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Highlight Video of the October 25 - 27 Vintage Sports Collectibles Auction


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Schedule a Meeting with a Heritage Representative this Fall

With the distribution of Heritage Auctions' October Signature Sports Auction catalogs right around the corner, potential consignors to our February Platinum Night Auction and Spring Signature Auction will have several chances during the fall season to meet with one of our sports consignment directors in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto.

Our sports collectibles experts will be on hand in Toronto from November 9th - 11th, Chicago from November 18th - 20th, and Philadelphia from December 7th - 9th to visit with potential consignors of fine sports memorabilia and trading cards. Click here to schedule your appraisal appointment with Heritage.

Collectors with quality sports cards and memorabilia in the New York metropolitan area can visit (or schedule an appointment) with Heritage representative Lee Iskowitz, who will be in our Manhattan office: 445 Park Ave. on November 1, from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. For more information, please contact Lee at LeeI@HA.com or his direct line at (214) 409-1601.

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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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  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

Rob Rosen
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1767
or email at RRosen@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:

  • 20th Century Design Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Asian Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
  • Comics & Comic Art Specialist: New York
  • European Art Specialist: New York
  • European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
  • Fine Jewelry Specialist: New York
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills and New York
  • Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Trust & Estates 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
  • Client Data & Research Specialist: Dallas
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas Contract
  • Comics Grader: Dallas
  • Consignment Director — Currency: Dallas
  • Desktop Support: Dallas
  • Email Marketing Specialist: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Executive Assistant — Currency: Dallas
  • Filing Clerk - Accounting: Dallas
  • Graphic Designer: Dallas
  • Interns: Dallas
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas, TX
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP Accounting Developer: Dallas/Contract
  • Network & Systems Administrator: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - Coins: Dallas
  • Operations Supervisor: Dallas
  • Shipping Associate: Dallas
  • Wine Warehouse Assistant: Beverly Hills
  • WPF Applications Developer: Dallas

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

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  Around Heritage

Legendary Left-Handed 1959 Les Paul 'Burst', One Of Only Two Known

1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard Sunburst Left-Handed
A 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard Sunburst Left-Handed Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 9 0136 is expected to bring at least $125,000 when it comes across the auction block on Oct. 26 as part of Heritage Auctions' Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction.

The most famous and sought-after electric guitars in the world are the Gibson Les Paul 'bursts from the first three years of their manufacture, 1958-1960, in which just about 1,600 were created. Of those 1,600, only four were made left-handed guitars – two in 1959 and two in 1960.

"Of the two '59 left-handed 'bursts, only the whereabouts of one of them is currently known," said Mike Gutierrez, Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions, "and it's in the vault at Heritage waiting for a new owner to come and claim it after the auction. Talk about a 'Holy Grail' piece, this one has it all; rarity, beauty, a story and unquestioned value."

1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard Sunburst Left-Handed
The two 1960 left-handed Les Paul 'bursts are of almost equal legend to the 1959s. Of those two, one is known to be in the possession of none other than Sir Paul McCartney. The other 1960 left handed Gibson Les Paul 'burst Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 0 1475, is currently keeping its 1959 counterpart company in the Heritage vault, awaiting its moment in the same auction, where it is expected to bring $60,000+.

"Consider this then," said Gutierrez. "Of the full census of four left-handed 'bursts made in 1959 and 1960, half of them are accounted for in this auction. It doesn't matter how you play guitar, right or left-handed, or if you play at all, these instruments transcend music and qualify as being among the very best collectibles in the world."

The U.S. Marshalls Service is selling these guitars at auction to benefit victims of the Aspen Energy Oil and Gas Investment Scheme.

More information about Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments auctions.

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

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

What team won the first World Series (1903)?

       A) Pittsburgh Pirates
       B) New York Giants
       C) New York Yankees
       D) Seattle Pilots
       E) Boston Americans



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

Last issue's question:

Who was the only player to lead the NBA in scoring and assists in the same year?

C) Jim Thorpe (18%)

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  Current Auctions
Sports Auctions
2012 October 25 - 27 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction- Dallas
2012 October 25 - 27 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction- Dallas #7065
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151243
October 21, 2012
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151244
October 28, 2012
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151245
November 4, 2012
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151246
November 11, 2012
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Other Signature Auctions
2012 October 17-23 ANA Currency Signature Auction- Dallas 2012 October 17-23 ANA Currency Signature Auction- Dallas #3520
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2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas #1175
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2012 October 23 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction - Dallas 2012 October 23 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5113
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2012 October 27 Maritime & Ship Models Signature Auction - Annapolis 2012 October 27 Maritime & Ship Models Signature Auction - Annapolis #5128
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2012 October 27 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Beverly Hills 2012 October 27 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #7071
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2012 October 25 & 27 2012 October 25 & 27 "design for a living world" Auction Benefitting The Nature Conservancy #524
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2012 November 10 Western & California Art Signature Auction - Dallas 2012 November 10 Western & California Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5116
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2012 November 15 Texas Art Signature Auction - Dallas 2012 November 15 Texas Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5114
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2012 November 15 American & European Art Signature Auction 2012 November 15 American & European Art Signature Auction #5118
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2012 November 16-17 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction - New York 2012 November 16-17 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction - New York #5120
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Other Internet Auctions
Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131242
October 16, 2012
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251242
October 16, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction #171242
October 16, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141242
October 16, 2012
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231242
October 18, 2012
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Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions #241242
October 18, 2012
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Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction #181242
October 18, 2012
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201242
October 18, 2012
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161243
October 21, 2012
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121243
October 21, 2012
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131243
October 21, 2012
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