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Historic Miracle On Ice Artifacts, Schilling Bloody Sock Highlight Heritage Platinum Night Sports Auction

1980 Mike Eruzione 'The Miracle on Ice' Game Worn USA Olympic Hockey JerseyMike Eruzione, the leader of the scrappy band of amateur American hockey players that upset the seemingly invincible Soviet Union team at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, is putting his keepsakes from the fabled "Miracle on Ice" on the auction block, the anchor collection of Heritage Auctions "Platinum Night" event, now open for bidding at HA.com/Sports. The auction will conclude with live bidding on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) at 2 East. 79th Street (at 5th Ave).

"Widely considered the greatest moment in American sports history, the 'Miracle on Ice' victory over a Russian team that had dominated international competition for decades came during a particularly tense period of the Cold War," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage, "just months before President Jimmy Carter announced a boycott of the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow. The positioning of the victory in the greater historical context only served to amplify the patriotic response to the 'Miracle.'"

1980 Mike Eruzione Gold Medal Ceremony Worn USA Olympic Team SweatsuitWorld record prices are anticipated as Eruzione's jersey, stick, gloves and pants worn in the February 22, 1980, upset are sold without reserve. Also on the auction block are Eruzione's jersey from the subsequent Gold Medal game victory over Finland and the warm-up suit he wore during the memorable medal presentation ceremony when he famously called his entire team up to the podium to share the moment.

'The Bloody Sock' Worn by Curt Schilling in Game Two of the 2004 World SeriesThe theme of improbable, glorious victory is continued with perhaps the most famous baseball relic of the twenty-first century, the Bloody Sock worn by pitcher Curt Schilling in Game two of the 2004 World Series as he led the Boston Red Sox to the franchise's first championship in 86 years, finally exorcising "The Curse of the Bambino."

A key relic from the beginning of the "Curse" shares space within the Platinum Night auction, two checks made payable to former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee by the New York Yankees franchise for the purchase of a young slugger named Babe Ruth, a transaction that was believed by many to doom the Boston club to decades of failure.

The Ruth checks represent one of several lots that shaped the future of New York City baseball, joined by the 1949 signing bonus check made payable to a 17-year old Mickey Mantle upon the finalization of his New York Yankees contract. Also up for bidding is the silver Tiffany baseball presented to Mayor Robert Wagner in gratitude for his efforts in securing new stadium funding necessary to bring a new National League franchise, the Mets, to New York City.

Early to Mid-1930's Lou Gehrig Game Worn New York Yankees CapOther noteworthy Big Apple offerings include a jersey and cap worn by Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig, the Louisville Slugger used by Mickey Mantle in his final career at-bat, and the jersey Yankees outfielder Chris Chambliss was wearing when he clubbed his dramatic walk-off home run to win the 1976 American League pennant.

The daughter and grandson of Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson, who is second only to Cy Young in career victories with 417, supply the auction with a selection of artifacts from the career of the iconic "Big Train," including his retirement paperwork and his personal Hall of Fame plaque presented to him as a member of the inaugural induction class of 1939. Also offered is a 1927 handwritten letter from Cy Young and one to Walter Johnson from President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Heritage's Upcoming Platinum Night Auction to Highlight Multiple 'Super' Pieces from the Gridiron

1968 New York Jets Championship Ring Issued to Earl Christy
With Super Bowl XLVII right around the corner, Heritage Auctions' "Big Event" is also slated for February, and it includes some of the rarest and most significant high-end items ever to hit the auction block. While it's no secret that the extreme popularity of America's favorite sport has transcended to the hobby and football-related memorabilia, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a selection of impressive football pieces that will be sold in our highly anticipated Platinum Night Auction. The auction is now open for bidding at HA.com/Sports, with the live auction to be held February 23 at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion in New York.

Below are just some of the great football pieces in our 2013 February Platinum Auction:

1971 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Championship Ring
1968 New York Jets Championship Ring Issued to Earl Christy – Est. $20,000+
Click here to view the auction preview to this special piece, which is "guaranteed" to stand out in any collection.

1971 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Championship Ring – Est. $10,000+
The first of its kind ever sold publically and representing the Cowboys' first Super Bowl victory, click here for the lot preview.

1960-61 Green Bay Packers Oversized Promotional Nodder
1960-61 Green Bay Packers Oversized Promotional Nodder (14" tall) – Est. $15,000+
A true "Holy Grail" in the eyes of any high-end Green Bay Packers collector, this amazing Promo nodder is one of only a handful of similar examples ever offered at auction. Please click here for the auction preview.

1987-89 Joe Montana Game Worn San Francisco 49'ers Jersey, MEARS A10 – Est. $10,000+
Originally received as a gift from Montana to the president of the Boston Celtics, hobby experts consider this beauty is as the best Montana gamer ever offered. Please click here to view the auction preview.

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Heritage Sports Taking in Consignments at February Long Beach Show

With our highly anticipated February Platinum Night Auction under way, we are still actively accepting high quality vintage card and memorabilia consignments for our 2013 April Sports Collectibles Auction.

Collectors in the Long Beach, California area will have a chance to visit with Heritage sports representative Mark Jordan at the "Long Beach Stamp, Coin and Collectibles Expo" from February 7-9. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Mark Jordan at MarkJ@HA.com or (214) 409-1187.

In addition, Lee Iskowitz will be at our New York City office on Thursday, February 7 and Thursday, February 28 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to view potential sports consignments. If you have vintage sports cards, autographs or memorabilia please make an appointment to stop by our 445 Park Ave. office by contacting at LeeI@HA.com or (214) 409-1601 to discuss your consignment.

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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: Tracking Details

Can't wait for your purchase to arrive? We have added a new method of checking the status of your shipment from Heritage.

Each completed invoice in MyOrders contains a tracking link. Click on it, and a new section displays with the brief shipping details, including shipped date and delivery status.

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If you like, you then have the option of viewing the complete shipping information by clicking the "Show Complete Tracking Details" link.

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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
  • Coins Operations Assistant: Dallas
  • Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • Desktop Support Technician: Dallas
  • Graphic Web Designer: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Interns
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
  • 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

Very Important Classic Stamps At Auction Feb. 23-24

Daniel F. Kelleher, America's Oldest Stamp Auction Firm, will conduct A Major Philatelic Public Auction in conjunction with Heritage Auctions on Feb. 23-24 the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion, 2 East 79th Street (at 5th Avenue) New York, NY.

The highlights:

  • The late coin dealer Robert R. Johnson's fabulous "Gold Rush" collection of America's 1847 First Issue stamps highlights the Kelleher Auction. One of the most important collections of its kind ever assembled; full of great rarities including the earliest known on-cover foreign usage of the 5-cent issue.

  • The huge high dollar value Weston Collection featuring every major early 20th century (pre-1940) U.S. rare stamp (including the famous "Orangeburg Coil"), many hardly ever seen in the marketplace.

  • Full of rarities, the giant Towson Collection of Great Britain and British Empire stamps and other major material from Europe, the Middle East, Independent countries of Asia and Africa, Scandinavia, South America and worldwide. A jumbo collection encompassing over 100 large albums dating back to the 1950s!

Session 1: The 'Weston' Collection of U.S. Stamps Session 2: The 'Gold Rush' Collection of the U.S. 1847 Issue

Session 3: The 'Towson' Collection of Worldwide Stamps Session 4: The Robert R. Johnson Stock and Other Worldwide Properties

The complete full-color catalog for this significant public auction is available. Contact the Kelleher firm at 203.297.6056 or at info@KelleherAuctions.com. View the full-color online catalog and bid in this sale at www.KelleherAuctions.com.

More information about Stamps auctions.

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Original Disney, Looney Tunes, Peanuts, Sponge Bob, Jackson Five, Simpsons and more in Heritage's inaugural Animation Art Auction

'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' The Evil Queen and the Old Hag Production Cel with Courvoisier Background (Walt Disney, 1937)Heritage Auctions will hold its inaugural Animation Art Signature® Auction Feb. 21, signaling a major step into the category from the world's third largest auction house. The auction is deep in prime examples of animation art from a wide variety of subjects, including key animation cels from Disney, Warner Brothers, Hannah Barbera, Peanuts, Simpsons, Sponge Bob Squarepants and many other titles from across the spectrum of animation.

"This auction serves as nothing less than a complete survey of the history of animation art from its inception in the 1930s through the turn of the millennium," said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art at Heritage. "Fans of the classics will have choices from Disney to Warner Brothers and everything in-between, while modern collectors will find pop culture classics from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. This is a tremendous opportunity for smart collectors to get in on the ground floor of a resurgence of the category."

Animation art saw a surge in popularity and prices in the 1980s and 1990s before summarily dropping off the radar of major collectors. In that time, however, the landscape of animation and collecting has changed in radical ways.

"Around the turn of the millennium animation became almost completely digital," said Lentz. "Hand-drawn and colored art became the exception, not the rule. In the meantime, an entirely new generation of collectors has grown up and come into the means to buy what they want, and what they want is nostalgia for their youth; specifically for the beloved cartoons they spent their Saturdays and weekdays after school with. The result is the revival we're seeing now."

'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' Snow White and the Old Hag Production Cel Set-Up (Walt Disney Studios, 1937)No conversation on animation art can be had with talking about Disney, and the legacy of the great studio is very much in evidence in the auction with several pieces representing the best the name has to offer, including a pair of original, one-of-a-kind hand-inked and hand-painted production cels of the Evil Queen from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," along with another cel showing the Queen with an image of herself as the Old Hag. All told, this auction has one of the largest assortments of original artwork from "Snow White" ever offered, which includes — besides the cel art — original drawings, concept art, model sheet and in-studio gags.

'Lady and the Tramp' Three-Cel Set-Up With Disney Oil-Painted Art Props Background (Walt Disney, 1955)More Disney highlights include an original black and white production cel of Mickey Mouse from the 1934 Disney short "Traffic Troubles," one of roughly less than 50 black and white Mickey production cels known to exist, and an original production cel set up of one of the most memorable scenes in Disney history, the Belle Notte scene from 1955's "Lady and the Tramp," where the pair are pictured famously eating spaghetti and original concept artwork by legendary Disney Artists Eyvind Earle and Mary Blair.

Chuck Jones Early Wile E. Coyote Concept Sketch (Warner Brothers, 1950s)From the Chuck Jones Archives, consigned by the Jones family, one of the very early developmental sketches that legendary animator Chuck Jones made of Wile E. Coyote, dating back to within a few years of the character's creation, leads a 30+ piece grouping — with more than 20 pieces that come directly from the hand of Chuck Jones himself — marking the first time since the 1990s that the family has released any "new" work, with none of the pieces in the trove ever having been offered at public auction.

More Looney Tunes greatness is represented in the earliest known artwork to come from the hand of legendary director Robert McKimson, including a beautiful pen and ink drawing for the cover of "Mousetales," a proposed children's book written by his mother. The artwork is illustrated on page 21 of the new coffee table book by Robert McKimson Jr. "I say I say... Son!," a tribute to animators Robert, Chuck and Tom McKimson.

'The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show' Production Cel and Drawing Group (Lee Mendelson/CBS, 1983)Gen-Xers are sure to be keen to get a look at an original hand-painted production cel from the 1983 Saturday morning Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show on CBS depicting Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace, hiding behind enemy lines to avoid a tank, just one of several Peanuts cels in the auction.

Fans of The Jackson Five will thrill to the inclusion of a significant grouping of original production cels from the short-lived ABC cartoon "The Jackson Five," including one spectacular cel from the opening credits depicting all Jackson Five members — Jackie, Marlon, Tito, Jermaine and Michael.

'The Simpsons' Bart and Homer Production Cel with Background From First Episode of First Season (Fox, 1990)Few cartoons in the history of animation are as influential as The Simpsons and original hand-painted production cels from the early run of the show are highly coveted by fans and collectors alike. The auction boasts several important first season cels, including a spectacular cel of Homer and Bart on a cel key master background from the first episode of the show, "Bart the Genius," which ran on Jan, 21, 1990.

'The Jetsons' Publicity Cel (Hanna-Barbera, 1985)The Jetson's is one of the most popular "prime time" cartoons in history and the show is represented in the auction by a fantastic cel, depicting all the characters and signed by the actors who gave them voice when the final episode was recorded, capturing a distinct moment in animation history: George O'Hanlon (George) Penny Singleton (Jane), Daws Butler (Elroy), Janet Waldo (Judy), Don Messick (Astro) Jean Vander Pyl (Rosie the Robot), Mel Blanc (Mr. Spacely) and Frank Welker (Orbity).

'SpongeBob SquarePants' Production Cel (Nickelodeon, 1999)The art of Nickelodeon is quite popular when it comes available and this auction boasts several prime examples from the groundbreaking, and still wildly popular, SpongeBob Squarepants, all with the original background art. It is important to note that SpongeBob was only drawn by hand in the first season of the show; after that point all the shows were done digitally, making these cels even more desirable to modern collectors.

The Art and Making of Toy Story - Signed, Limited, First Edition, with Sketch (Hyperion Press, 1995)While Pixar, and its signature "Toy Story" films are important specifically because they were done in full digital animation, a first edition copy of the book "The Art of Toy Story" signed by many of the artists who worked on the film — as well as Don Rickles and singer Randy Newman — is sure to draw collector attention. The highlight of the lot, however, is a drawing by Pixar President John Lassetter depicting Buzz Lightyear and Woody with the words "To Infinity and Beyond."

One of the most intriguing offerings in the auction will be two of the original 1960s maquettes used to create the "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, few of which — if any — have ever shown up for public sale. The ride subsequently spawned one of the most popular and influential franchises in Disney — and Pop Culture — history, leading to rides at most all of Disney's global them parks and giving birth to the wildly successful movie franchise starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.

More information about Comics auctions.

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

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

Who caught the first touchdown in Super Bowl history?

       A) Boyd Dowler
       B) Drew Pearson
       C) Franco Harris
       D) Max McGee
       E) Bart Star



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

Last issue's question:

Who has the most assists in NHL history?

D) Wayne Gretzky (1963 assists) (50%)

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  Current Auctions
Sports Auctions
2013 February 23-24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070
2013 February 23-24 Platinum Night Sports Auction -
New York #7070

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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151306
February 3, 2013
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151307
February 10, 2013
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151308
February 17, 2013
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151309
February 24, 2013
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Other Signature Auctions
2013 February 7-8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1182 2013 February 7-8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1182
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2013 February 21 & 23 Animation Art Signature Auction - New York #7052 2013 February 21 & 23 Animation Art Signature Auction - New York #7052
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2013 February 21-23 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7073 2013 February 21-23 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7073
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2013 February 23-24 Estate Auction - Dallas #5129 2013 February 23-24 Estate Auction - Dallas #5129
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161305
February 3, 2013
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121305
February 3, 2013
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131306
February 3, 2013
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251306
February 5, 2013
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131306
February 5, 2013
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141306
February 5, 2013
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171306
February 5, 2013
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201306
February 7, 2013
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241306
February 7, 2013
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Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction #181306
February 7, 2013
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231306
February 7, 2013
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