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  Collector News

1959 Drysdale Uniform Slated for Heritage February Platinum Auction

Don Drysdale's jersey and pants
As the holiday season draws near, Heritage Auctions' highly anticipated February 23, 2013 Platinum Night Auction is also right around the corner, and it is sure to be one of the most exciting hobby events of the new year. Coming off our August 2012 Platinum Night event that featured "The Black Swamp" caramel card find and countless other one-of-a-kind pieces, and a $5.8 million October 2012 Signature Auction, the February Platinum Auction promises to set hobby records, and will undoubtedly turn the heads of savvy sports card and memorabilia collectors everywhere.
Don Drysdale's jersey and pants
One of the highlight pieces that will be offered in that very auction are baseball icon Don Drysdale's jersey and pants from one of the most important eras in Los Angeles Dodgers history.

The home white flannel worn on the mound by Hall of Famer during the team's 1959 championship campaign, and possibly during Drysdale's Game Three Fall Classic victory at the Los Angeles Coliseum. As the unimprovable rating from the experts at MEARS would indicate, the garment remains 100% original and unaltered since its time with the iconic beanballer, announcing "Dodgers 53" in classic blue and red felt on the chest, with the digits repeated in blue on verso. Lower left front tail holds proper "Rawlings Hall of Fame Flannel [size] 44" labeling above a blue chain stitched "Drysdale 59," embroidered directly into the jersey body. Interior tail reveals a washing instructions label holding a "Set 1 1959" flap tag at right edge. The jersey exhibits solid wear but none of the staining or moth holes typical of decades-old flannel. The obverse is autographed twice in bold black sharpie.

Don Drysdale's jersey and pants

Also showcased in the same lot are Drysdale's matching white pants that date to the subsequent season, as an embroidered swatch at interior waistband indicates: "Drysdale 60 33 ins." Manufacturer and washing instructions labels are identical to the jerseys, and are joined by a size "38" designator. Like the jersey, the pants show solid, undamaged wear and support a perfect joint display. To view the auction lot's preview, please click here.

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Heritage Sports Experts to Head Out East for November Consignment Trip

Our sports experts will be traveling to sports card and memorabilia shows in 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.

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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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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Website Tips: Get Alerted When Your Lot Is Coming Up For Auction

Now at HA.com, you can receive Text (SMS) reminders on your smartphone, to remind you when a lot you have bid on, tracked, or consigned is coming up for Live Auction.

For any lots you choose, we will send a text message approximately 20 minutes before the lot comes up for Live Auction. This feature gives you the opportunity to not be outbid once the lot you want goes up for Live Auction — or you can choose to watch along with the auction as the hammer falls.

If you haven't already signed up to receive text messages, just go to MyProfile and enter your mobile phone number. We will send you a confirmation text message. To activate this service, just reply to the confirmation message with 'yes'. Heritage doesn't charge for this service, but standard text messaging rates may apply from your carrier.

Once you're signed up to receive text messages, there are two ways you can sign up to receive live bid notifications. As you place your bid, the bid confirmation page contains a link where you can click to enable the live bidding text messages. Once you click on this link, you're set up. The link is also available on the bid results page if you're the high bidder on the lot.

You can also add text alerts from MyBids, MyTrackedLots, or MyConsignments. Click on the checkbox to the left of all lots for which you wish to receive notices. Then, from the Lot Actions dropdown immediately above or below the lot listings, choose "Enable Live Bidding Text (SMS) Alerts" and click "Submit".

If you have Live Bidding alerts enabled, you will see a green icon next to the MyBids/MyTrackedLots/MyConsignments listing.

Live Bid notifications are available for all items in live auction sessions, regardless of whether there is a floor session or not. They are, of course, not available for our weekly Internet-only auctions.

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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
  • Cataloger — Decorative Arts: Dallas
  • Cataloger — Jewelry: Dallas
  • 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
  • Senior Settlements Accountant: 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
One-of-a-kind 1928 Mickey Mouse Movie Poster Readies for Auction in Dallas
Mickey Mouse Stock Poster (Celebrity Productions, 1928).
When a one-of-a-kind Mickey Mouse movie poster from 1928 — the earliest known poster of the world's most famous mouse and a singular piece of pop culture treasure — hits the block as part of a Movie Posters event on Nov. 29, it will represent a once-in-a-generation opportunity for a collector, fan or Disney-aficionado to acquire what many would consider the ultimate piece of Disney memorabilia.

The poster comes to auction from the collection of the late Crowell Havens Beech, a major movie poster collector and dealer who passed away, at age 86, in 2010. He sold a good portion of his collection in the late 1990s at Sotheby's in two highly vaunted auctions, where most collectors thought his key pieces were all sold.

Beech, however, tucked a few gems away for his daughters — without telling them. One of them was this 1928 Mickey poster, which he had acquired in 1988 from the legendary Steve Schapiro Collection. From there, according to Beech's daughter, Terry Leighton, of northern California, he kept the poster secreted away from everyone, laying it flat on top of a dresser, covering it with another piece of wood and then covering that with a tapestry.

"I didn't even know he had it," she said. "He only showed it to very trusted friends and didn't show it to me until around 2005, when he knew his health was declining. He started confiding in me about the important things he wanted me to know in case something happened to him. Among those things was this poster: the crown jewel of his collection."

According to Leighton, Beech was certain that this poster, if he ever decided to sell it, would be the first movie poster to ever bring $1,000,000. Leighton, however, is more sanguine about the prospective prices for the treasure.

Grey Smith, the Director of Movie Poster Auctions at Heritage, has set the pre-auction estimate for the poster at $20,000+, though he knows it could bring considerably more when it crosses the block on Thursday, Nov. 29 in Dallas.

"This is a poster that has everything going for it," said Grey Smith, Director of Movie Poster Auctions at Heritage. "Incredible rarity, great condition and subject matter that is instantly recognizable the world over. It's difficult to say what it will bring because there is simply nothing to compare it to. It's one-of-a-kind. What exactly is that worth? We'll see very soon..."

Leighton and her sister are selling the poster now because they know it's a cultural treasure and that it needs to be in the hands of an individual or institution that will know how to properly care for and display it.

"It seems a shame for us to keep it, as we just don't know what we would do with it," she said. "This really does need to find a home with someone who will treasure it the way my father did."

Disney created Mickey Mouse in 1928. The first 12 Mickey cartoons, including Steamboat Willie — the first sound cartoon and considered by many to be the most important cartoon of all time — were distributed by Celebrity Pictures, between Nov. 1928 and Dec. 1929. Beginning in January of 1930, all of Disney's cartoons would be distributed by Columbia Pictures. It is likely that there were no individual one sheets produced by Celebrity Productions as they were a very low budget distributor (and the country was in a deep depression) and in fact, no individual cartoon one sheets for Mouse shorts from Celebrity has ever been seen.

"This is very likely the only poster created for Mickey until the 1930 era," said Smith, "and this is the only surviving example."

More information about movie posters auctions.

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

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

Who is the oldest person ever to play in the National Football League?

       A) Brett Favre
       B) George Blanda
       C) Dan Marino
       D) Red Grange
       E) George Halas



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

Last issue's question:

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

C) Larry Nance (19%)

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