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  Collector News

Hurricane Sandy or Not, Heritage Sports Experts to Head Out East for November Consignment Trips

Fresh off Heritage Auctions’ successful October Signature Auction, our sports experts will be traveling to sports card and memorabilia shows in Boston, Toronto and Chicago this month and will be available to view items and large collections that would be suitable for our upcoming 2013 February Platinum Night and May Signature Auctions.

Collectors in the Boston area will have a chance to visit with Heritage representatives Tony Giese and Derek Grady at the New England National in Wilmington, Massachusetts from November 2-4. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Tony Giese at TonyG@HA.com or his direct line at (214) 409-1997 or Derek Grady at DerekG@HA.com or (214) 409-1975.

In addition, Heritage sports representatives Pete Calderon and hockey expert Bill Campbell will be picking up quality consignments at the Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo in Mississauga from November 9-11 at Toronto International Centre. If you have vintage sports cards, autographs or memorabilia please contact Pete in advance at PeterC@HA.com or his direct line at (214) 409-1789 to discuss your consignment and pickup.

Lastly, Heritage representatives Pete Calderon and Mark Jordan will be in the Chicagoland area to visit with consignors and to attend the 45th Annual Chicago Sun-Times Sports Collectibles Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois on November 16-18. To schedule an appointment with one of our sports card and memorabilia experts, please e-mail Pete Calderon at PeterC@HA.com or his direct line at (214) 409-1789.

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Baseball rarities lead the way in Heritage $5.8+ million sports auction

1929-92 Legendary Sluggers Multi-Signed Baseball
Heritage Sports Collectibles' $5.8 million Oct. 25-27 2012 Signature Auction further established the company as the leading auctioneer in the industry, with a record 600 consignors supplying the event with nearly 3,000 lots for the largest bidding audience (2,393) yet to participate in a 2012 auction.

"This event was a true testament to the breadth and depth of the Heritage bidding clientele," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports at Heritage Auctions. "It's no small feat to achieve consistently strong prices for nearly 3,000 lots over a three day period, but the top collectors really turned out in force for this one and were quite enthusiastic about the material."

Early cardboard earned the top spots in this densely packed event, with the world famous "Black Swamp Find" of 1910 E98 candy cards making its second Heritage Auction appearance after debuting in the Baltimore Platinum Night event in August.

"We were pleased but not surprised to see interest remaining very strong in this collection," said Ivy, who reported more than $219,000 realized for the 34 lots offered in this event. "Clearly the enormous exposure our marketing department achieved for the 'Black Swamp Find' has served our consignor well."

The second finest 1970 Topps Baseball set in the hobby soared into rarified air for a modern issue, tallying $112,330 through a combination of single cards and group lots fashioned to maximize financial return for the consignor.

2009 James Harrison Game Worn, Signed Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII Helmet
One of the highest prices ever realized for a 21st Century football piece stunned the gridiron collecting world as the helmet worn by Pro Bowl Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison during his Super Bowl record 100-yard interception return against the Arizona Cardinals in 2009 sold for $53,775.

Recently deceased Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew was fondly remembered by collectors, who battled to a $26,290 result for Killer's 1959 Minnesota Twins uniform.

All that glittered was collecting gold in an auction punctuated by the spoils of athletic war, with notable entries including a 1923 New York Yankees World Championship pocket watch at $33,460 and an Olympic Gold medal issued to a member of the victorious 1924 Uruguayan soccer team, which realized $26,290.

1950 Charles Kid Nichols Single Signed Baseball
Top autograph results from this landmark event included the second offering in Heritage history of an exceedingly rare Charles "Kid" Nichols single signed baseball at $33,460 and an extraordinary ball autographed by Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle and more for an eye-popping $41,825.

"It's been a hectic three months, but all of the hard work has clearly paid off, with well over $10 million in sales since the first of August," said Ivy. "With the addition of the February Platinum Night auction in New York, the outlook for the 2013 auction calendar is very bright."

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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 e-mail your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:

  • Cataloger — Currency: Dallas/Remote
  • Cataloger — Decorative Arts: Dallas/Remote
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas/Contract
  • Comics Grader: Dallas
  • Consignment Director — Currency: Dallas
  • Desktop Support: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Graphic Designer: Dallas
  • Interns: Dallas
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP Accounting Developer: Dallas/Contract
  • Network & Systems Administrator: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - Coins: Dallas
  • Operations Supervisor: Dallas
  • Shipping Associate: Beverly Hills/Part-time
  • Wine Warehouse Assistant: Beverly Hills
  • Wine Warehouse Manager: 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

Tiffany, Rolex, Patek Phillipe And More Top Fine Timepieces Auction

Swiss Rare Gold Minute Repeater With Unique Polo Theme Case & Automaton, circa 1895
More than 300 fine and unique timepieces, led by an array of rare repeater pocket watches, will thrill collectors in Heritage Auctions' Nov. 18 Timepieces Signature Auction, taking place at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) at 2 E. 79th Street (at 5th Ave.).

"The variety of lots being offered in this auction is truly outstanding," said Jim Wolf, Director of Fine Timepieces for Heritage Auctions, "with premier examples by the most respected names in modern watch making as well as rare vintage wristwatches, small unique clocks and a wide assortment of complicated pocket watches."

A pocket watch that is already receiving a great deal of attention is a colorful and whimsical Swiss Rare Gold Minute Repeater With Unique Polo Theme Case & Automaton, circa 1895. This scarce and unusual watch represents the popular sport of polo, which became the favorite of the elite at the beginning of the 20th century. It is estimated at $15,000+.

Tiffany minute repeater, with split second chronograph
A very rare and important Tiffany minute repeater, with split second chronograph, is also on the auction block with an estimate of $20,000+. The watch was a gift from infamous Wall Street financier Jay Gould to his right hand man, Giovanni Morisini, in 1884. Another historically important watch is a complicated Grandjean minute repeater with calendar and moon phase, estimated at $10,000+, which was presented in 1888 to the Speaker of the New York assembly, the Honorable Fremont Cole.
Rolex Ref. 6263 Very Fine Oyster Cosmograph
More than 60 Rolex timepieces will give wristwatch collectors a wide array to choose from, including a gorgeous Rolex Ref. 6263 Very Fine Oyster Cosmograph, circa 1974 (estimate: $20,000+), a sleek Rolex Ref. 6263 Rare Steel Oyster Cosmograph Daytona, circa 1979 (estimate: $15,000+), a reference 6202 Tropical dial Turn-O-Graph (estimate: $8,000+), a rare 6538 Big Crown James Bond (estimate: $40,000+) and a stunning reference 1655 Double Red Mark IV Sea-Dweller Submariner (estimate: $15,000+).
Patek Philippe Ref. 5110 Platinum World Time wristwatch
One of the auction's most anticipated highlights is extremely fine Patek Philippe Ref. 5110 Platinum World Time wristwatch (estimate: $25,000+), a timepiece that is widely regarded by collectors as on its way to becoming a classic of horology.
Frank Muller prototype minute repeating wristwatch with perpetual calendar
One fortunate and savvy collector will have the chance to own a very important timepiece in the form of a Frank Muller prototype minute repeating wristwatch with perpetual calendar (estimate: $70,000+).

"This watch is accompanied by a letter, hand written and signed by Frank Muller," said Wolf, "in which he states that he personally made the watch in 1986 for the Vicenza Jewelry and Watch Fair. This represents as prime an opportunity to own a superlative timepiece as any Heritage has presented."

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

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

Who won the first NBA Slam Dunk contest (1984)?

       A) Dominique Wilkins
       B) Spud Webb
       C) Larry Nance
       D) Michael Jordan
       E) Dee Brown



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

Last issue's question:

What team won the first World Series (1903)?

E) Boston Americans (34%)

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  Current Auctions
Sports Auctions
Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151245
November 4, 2012
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151247
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151248
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Other Signature Auctions
2012 October 31 Fifth Annual Celebrity STOMP Out Bullying Auction 2012 October 31 Fifth Annual Celebrity STOMP Out Bullying Auction #526
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2012 November 1 ART + ADVOCACY Auction, Benefiting the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center 2012 November 1 ART + ADVOCACY Auction, Benefiting the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center #523
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2012 November 2 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas 2012 November 2 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas #6082
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2012 November 9 Steaks On The Lake Auction Benefitting Grant Halliburton Foundation 2012 November 9 Steaks On The Lake Auction Benefitting Grant Halliburton Foundation #528
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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 10 American Indian Art Signature Auction - Dallas 2012 November 10 American Indian Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5117
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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 15-17 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction- Dallas 2012 November 15-17 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction- Dallas #7066
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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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2012 November 17 Photographs Signature Auction - New York 2012 November 17 Photographs Signature Auction - New York #5119
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2012 November 18 Timepieces Signature Auction - New York 2012 November 18 Timepieces Signature Auction - New York #5121
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2012 December 3 Jewelry Signature Auction- Dallas 2012 December 3 Jewelry Signature Auction- Dallas #5122
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2012 December 4 Handbags & Luxury Accessories Signature Auction- Dallas 2012 December 4 Handbags & Luxury Accessories Signature Auction- Dallas #5123
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Other Internet Auctions
Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251244
Auction Extended: November 2, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141244
Auction Extended: November 2, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171244
Auction Extended: November 2, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131244
Auction Extended: November 2, 2012
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241244
November 1, 2012
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Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction #181244
November 1, 2012
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231244
November 1, 2012
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201244
November 1, 2012
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161245
November 4, 2012
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121245
November 4, 2012
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131245
November 4, 2012
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