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Curt Schilling's Bloody Sock From Game Two Of The 2004 World Series Expected To Bring $100,000+

Curt Schilling: he Bloody Sock"The Bloody Sock" worn by pitcher Curt Schilling in his profoundly gutsy performance in Game Two of the 2004 World Series, consigned by Schilling himself, will be sold as part of Heritage Auctions' Feb. 23 Platinum Night Sports event at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America), in New York, at 2 E. 79th Street (at 5th Ave.). It carries a pre-auction estimate of $100,000+.

"This historic Red Sox relic serves as the physical incarnation of the exorcism of 'The Curse of the Bambino just as the 'The Buckner Ball' is the curse's embodiment," said Chris Ivy, Director of Vintage Sports Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. "Since we sold 'The Buckner Ball' in April of 2012 for almost $420,000, we thought this was a great opportunity to balance the scales and give collectors a chance to decide which moment is worth more."

Curt Schilling's world famous Bloody Sock is arguably the most hallowed artifact in Boston Red Sox lore and has been on display in the Baseball Hall of Fame since 2004. It is the perfect distillation of the amazing effort of the 2004 Red Sox. Reminiscent of Roy Hobbs' climactic scene from The Natural, a wounded Curt Schilling ignored the advice of the physician who had pieced back together the ragged tendons of his right ankle and took to the mound, first in a crucial Game Six to stave off American League Championship Series elimination against the hated New York Yankees and then again in Game Two of the World Series to claim the second victory in a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.

In each television broadcast, the cameras repeatedly locked onto the growing red stain at Schilling's sutured push-off ankle as the star battled to victory over two elite batting line-ups and his own remarkable threshold for pain. By the time the Sox had completed their extraordinary eight-game run to turn the tide from a three-game ALCS deficit to a World Series sweep, "The Bloody Sock" was firmly implanted in American sports history as the main prop of an unbelievable script.

"Boston could win every World Series for the next hundred years, but 2004 will still be the one that everybody remembers," said Ivy. "So I think we're only just beginning to understand how important this piece is to the legacy of the Red Sox."

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World Class Signed Baseballs To Take Center Stage At Our February Platinum Night Auction

The Finest 1927 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball on Earth
The Finest 1927 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball on Earth

Estimate $100,000+
As the years go by in the sports memorabilia hobby, one thing seems to remain the same — high-grade signed baseballs representing legendary players are always near the top of most collectors' want lists, and they continue to appreciate in value. Sure to turn the heads of most discerning hobbyists in search of the "best of the best," our February 23 Platinum Night Auction will present an impressive selection of some of the rarest and most sought-after spherical treasures ever to hit the auction block. Of course, no highly-anticipated auction would be complete without an offering of one of the nicest Babe Ruth singles ever presented, and this auction will be no different, but we are also excited to present numerous signed baseballs from additional Hall of Famers, as well as one-of-a-kind exemplars from rarely-seen notables from the diamond.

Below are a handful of highlighted signed baseballs that will be included in the Platinum Night Auction, with bidding to go live in early February.

Late 1930's Lou Gehrig Single Signed Baseball
Late 1930's Lou Gehrig Single Signed Baseball

Estimate $50,000+
A Pristine Jimmie Foxx Single Signed Baseball
A Pristine Jimmie Foxx Single Signed Baseball

Estimate $40,000+
Early 1960's Wally Pipp Single Signed Statistics Baseball, PSA/DNA NM-MT 8
Early 1960's Wally Pipp Single Signed Statistics Baseball, PSA/DNA NM-MT 8

Estimate $10,000+
1960's Jackie Robinson Single Signed Baseball
1960's Jackie Robinson Single Signed Baseball

Estimate $10,000+

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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: How to Bid

1. Log onto www.HA.com/Sports.

2. Search or browse for the lot that you're interested in. You can do this from the www.HA.com/Sports home page, from the Auctions home page, or from the home page for the particular auction you wish to participate in.

3. Click on the link or the photo icon for the lot that you want to bid on.

4. On the left, you'll see a small image of the lot in question. Right below the header is the bid box, which we'll cover in a bit. You will also see the name of the auction, the number of bidders, the time remaining, a note about sales tax, and buttons that will allow you to share the lot, track the lot, or, if the item is in a live auction, choose to receive a text before item comes up for live auction. The time remaining to bid is dynamic; go to any item page and you'll see it counting down to zero.

5. In several places on this page, you'll see the icon. Click on the icon and you will receive an explanation of the Buyer's Premium, the number of bidders, or the Reserve Status.

6. If you wish to place a bid, just enter the dollar amount you wish to bid under Secret Maximum Bid. This header will show you the minimum you must bid; as always, you may bid any amount above the minimum. The reserve status, along with any reserve that has been implemented, will also show here.

7. Once you have placed your bid, click on the "Place Bid" button to continue.

8. If you have not logged in, you will be taken to the login page; you must enter a username and password (or log in via your PayPal account) to continue. Once complete, or if you have already logged in...

9. You will be taken to a page entitled "Please Confirm Your Bid". This page will show you the name of the item you're bidding on, the current bid, and the maximum bid. When you are satisfied with your bid, click on the button marked "Confirm Bid". If you decide you do not wish to place this bid, click on the button entitled "Cancel Bid ". You must confirm your bid here for us to receive it!

10. Some people will see a slightly different page here. If your bid notifications are turned off, you will see a page that looks more like this:

This page will allow you to turn on bid notifications, by clicking the button that says "E-mail me if I'm outbid", or to leave notifications off, by clicking the "Do not notify me if I'm outbid" button. Either of these buttons will confirm your bid.

11. Once you have confirmed your bid, you will be taken to either of two pages. If your bid is the current high bid, you will be notified, and given some information on what might happen with your bid over the remainder of the auction. If you have chosen to receive e-mail bid notifications, you will also receive a Bid Confirmation notice via e-mail.

If your bid is not the current high bid, you will be taken to a page that will notify you of that fact. You always have the option to rebid, and this page contains another "Place Bid" box that will allow you to do just that.

We want your bidding experience to be pleasurable and rewarding. Good luck!

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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

Tony Giese
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1997
or email at TonyG@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
  • Coin Buyer: San Francisco
  • European Art Specialist: New York
  • European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Trust & Estates Specialist: New York
  • Western Art Director: Dallas, Beverly Hills
  • 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:

  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Collections Specialist: Dallas
  • Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • Currency Operations Assistant: Dallas
  • Desktop Support Technician: Dallas
  • Graphic Web Designer: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Interns
  • Shipping Associate: Beverly Hills/Part-time
  • 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

Name the Trillion Dollar Coin!

Name the Trillion Dollar Coin!
As the nation moves closer to raising its debt ceiling, some say the solution can be found in a Trillion Dollar Coin. Minted by the U.S. Treasury and deposited in the Federal Reserve, a trillion dollar coin made of platinum could suddenly fund the nation's debts for the next two years! The Fed says a Trillion Dollar Coin isn't a practical solution but what would the United States' largest single denomination look like? What would it be called? The Deficit Dollar? The Philly Trilly? Who or what should be pictured? What should it say? E Poorhouse Unum?

As legislators debate the debt, let your voice to be heard in Heritage's Trillion Dollar Coin Naming Contest! Enter your best name for the Trillion Dollar Coin in the form to the right. Our panelist of judges will pick the top names. You will then have the chance to vote on your favorite name. The voting period is open from February 13, 2013, to February 20, 2013.

The winner will receive a $1,000 coupon good for any Heritage Auctions purchase, and one runner-up will be awarded a $200 coupon.

Click here to enter!

More information about Coin auctions.

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Heritage Auctions Announces 'Dollars For Dimes' In 2013 To Benefit The March Of Dimes

Heritage Auctions has announced the creation of a "Dollars For Dimes" charitable initiative in 2013 to benefit the mission of The March of Dimes, one of America's most beloved charities. In it, Heritage will donate $1 to the Dallas chapter of the organization for every dime it sells during the calendar year.

"Heritage has a long history of working with various charities, with the March of Dimes chief among them," said Steve Ivy, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Heritage Auctions. "We've made standing donations to the March of Dimes for several years and wanted make it more interactive for collectors. They'll know now that, with their purchase of a dime from us — any year and any grade — will result in a donation to a very good cause."

Heritage estimates the total amount of the 2013 donation, based on the numbers from 2010-2012, will exceed $10,000.

The March of Dimes Foundation is a United States nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies. It was founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 to combat polio. The foundation's annual fundraising event requested that every child donate a dime. Originally known as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, the name "March of Dimes" was coined by comedian Eddie Cantor, playing on the name of a popular newsreel series of the 1930s, "The March of Time."

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

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

Who has the most assists in NHL history?

       A) Bobby Orr
       B) Bobby Hull
       C) Bobby Lobonte
       D) Wayne Gretzky
       E) Gordie Howe



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

Last issue's question:

What year did the National Football League's first championship game take place?

B) 1933 (19%)

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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161303
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