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This Week in Sports News August 2, 2013
In This Issue:
Heritage Auctions Teams Up With ESPN "Mint Condition" at The National
Platinum Night Auction Kicks Off Heritage's Busy August Show Schedule
Sunday Internet Auction Highlights
Charity KidSwing Golf Tournaments Auction #542
Website Tips: The Way to the Auction Archives
Consign Today
Employment Opportunities
Around Heritage Auctions
Sports Trivia
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Heritage Auctions Teams Up With ESPN "Mint Condition" at The National Back to Top

Heritage Auctions will be teaming up with ESPN's "Mint Condition" in appraising your treasures at the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention. For the chance to have your memorabilia appraised and potentially aired on Mint Condition, please send us an email at Sports@HA.com and bring the item to the Heritage Auctions corporate booth #818 on Saturday, August 3rd from 10 AM to 2 PM. Filming of the show will commence shortly after.

Mint Condition

Platinum Night Auction Kicks Off Heritage's Busy August Show Schedule Back to Top

The National is finally here, and a group of Heritage sports representatives will be visiting with collectors and potential consignors at the biggest show of the year, which will be highlighted by our highly anticipated Platinum Night Auction on Thursday August 1. From July 30 through August 4, the National Sports Collectors Convention will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Anyone interested in a free appraisal by our sports card and memorabilia experts, please stop by the Heritage booth located in the corporate area at the show, and for larger consignments we will also be available by appointment. For more information please contact Chris Nerat at ChrisN@ha.com or (715) 252-9364.

In addition to the big show in Chicago, Heritage Auctions will also be set up at the East Coast National from August 15-18 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. For more information, please contact Lee Iskowitz at LeeI@HA.com or (214) 409-1601 or Derek Grady at DerekG@HA.com or (214) 409-1975 to discuss your consignment.

Lee Iskowitz will also be available to meet with consignors in our New York office on Thursday, August 22nd. Please email him at LeeI@HA.com to schedule an appointment.

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Sunday Internet Auction Highlights Back to Top

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.

Charity KidSwing Golf Tournaments Auction #542 Back to Top

Charity KidSwing Golf TournamentsThe KidSwing Golf Tournament was founded in 2003 by former Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patient, Ben Sater. When he discovered that patients receive treatment regardless of their ability to pay, he decided to use his love for golf to give back to the hospital by creating KidSwing, a 9-hole, best-ball scramble for players ages 7 to 18 of all levels of golf ability.

KidSwing is a unique fundraising concept that is unparalleled. Unlike other charity golf tournaments, KidSwing is all about kids helping kids and gives local businesses and corporations the opportunity to help.

There is no entry fee to play in the tournament, but players are encouraged to raise $100 by asking their friends and families to sponsor them. Building on the tremendous success of the original KidSwing-Dallas, two more tournaments were created — KidSwing-McKinney in 2008 and KidSwing-Trophy Club in 2011. More than 300 players participated in the Dallas, McKinney, and Trophy Club tournaments in 2012. Since its inception, KidSwing has raised an astounding $1.4 million for TSRHC.

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Website Tips: The Way to the Auction Archives Back to Top

1. Click on Auction Results Archives from the Heritage Coins home page, upper left side.

2. Click on the "Sell" tab, then go to the section containing information exclusively for Heritage members:

3. If you're looking through items we're currently offering, just perform your search normally, adding criteria as you see fit. At the top, you will see two tabs — one for items currently up for auction, and the other for the archives. At any time, you can switch between one and the other, simply by clicking on the appropriate tab — and every one of your search criteria will be preserved!

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Consign Today Back to Top

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

Employment Opportunities Back to Top

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:

  • Asian Art Specialist
  • Classic Cars Specialist
  • Coin Buyer: (Dallas, New York)
  • Decorative Arts & Design Specialist
  • European Art Specialist
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: (New York, 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 Data Specialist: Dallas, part-time
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • Email Marketing Specialist: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Graphic Designer: Dallas
  • Housekeeping
  • Interns
  • Maintenance Assistant: Dallas
  • Shipping Associate: Dallas
  • Web Marketing Specialist: Dallas

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

Around Heritage Auctions Back to Top

Original 1978 Jack Kirby 'Argo' Film Artwork, From Collection Of Comic Legend Jim Lee, Readies For Auction

Jack Kirby Lord of Light/Argo Pavilions of Joy Illustration Original Art (1978)

Jack Kirby Lord of Light/Argo Planetary Control Room (Interior) Illustration Original Art (1978)
In 2007, Jim Lee, one of the most accomplished comic book writers and artists of the Modern era, and the Co-Publisher of DC Comics, read a story in Wired Magazine and suspected there was something special about two pieces of Jack Kirby art in his collection: Kirby's Lord of Light/Argo "Pavilions of Joy" illustration original art, 1978, and Lord of Light/Argo "Planetary Control Room (Interior)" illustration original art, 1978.

Shortly after breaking into comics in 1987, illustrating titles such as Alpha Flight and Punisher War Journal, Lee began collecting original comic art. Among his favorites was the legendary Jack Kirby (1917-1994), whose many co-creations included Captain America, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Avengers and X-Men, the last of which Lee himself would re-define on his way to the top of the comics world.

"Jack isn't called 'The King' for no reason," said Lee. "His work created the visual vocabulary of modern-day superheroes. He established the aesthetics for superhero action."

So when original Kirby artwork went to auction at Sotheby's in 1993, Lee was among the bidders.

The pieces were described as concept drawings for an unproduced movie based on Roger Zelazny's 1967 science-fiction classic Lord of Light.

"I'd been buying Kirby art, loose pages, single pages, here and there," said Lee, "but these particular pages, I thought they looked cool and would look impressive on the wall."

Lee placed the winning bid and added the artwork to his collection, where it remained undisturbed until the 2007 Wired magazine story, titled "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehran."

It told how CIA operative Tony Mendez created a phony movie production company in 1980 to help smuggle stranded Americans out of revolutionary Iran. To set up his ruse, Mendez teamed up with friend and veteran Hollywood makeup artist John Chambers.

"All they needed now was a film — and Chambers had the perfect script," reported Joshuah Bearman in Wired.

Chambers had been hired to work on the Lord of Light movie. By 1980, the project was dead, but Chambers still had the script and Kirby's concept drawings. Mendez retitled the project "Argo," packed copies of Kirby's drawings and was soon on his way to Iran.

"I read that story in Wired," Lee said, "and thought, 'Wait! How can this be unknown for so long?' Well, it was unknown because it was a secret mission for all those years. When I bought them, I thought they were just cool pieces from a failed animation project from the 1970s. At the time, the whole Argo mission was still a top secret."

The rescue was eventually declassified, and the Wired story led to director Ben Affleck's 2012 Academy Award-winning movie Argo. With the movie's release, the real-life exfiltration of U.S. diplomatic staffers was firmly planted in spy-caper lore.

Now, Kirby's artwork, which played a crucial role in the mission, and has been in Lee's collection for two decades, is a highlight of Heritage Auctions' Aug. 1-3 Vintage Comics and Comic Art Signature® in Dallas. Each piece is expected to realize at least $10,000.

"These are not only fantastic examples of Jack Kirby's art, but also pieces of American history and Pop Culture," said Steve Borock, Senior Consignment Director at Heritage. "Kirby was a patriotic American who fought in World War II and co-created Captain America. He would be proud to know his work helped bring those Americans safely back home."

For his part, Lee is happy to have owned "a cool bit of Americana."

"I have four kids going to college, however," he said. "It's time to balance needs and my love for the art. I've always been a collector. I've always bought what I loved. I never intended to have an art collection. It just ended up that way."

More information about Comics auctions.

Sports Trivia Back to Top
In which year was the first National Sports Collectors Convention held?

       A) 1964
       B) 1972
       C) 1992
       D) 1980
       E) 1981



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

Last issue's question:

In what year was the NFL's first overtime game?

D) 1955; The Rams defeated the Giants, 23-17, three minutes into overtime of a preseason contest (33%)
Current Auctions Back to Top
Sports Auctions
August 1-2 Platinum Night Sports Auction - Chicago #7080
August 1-2 Platinum Night Sports Auction - Chicago #7080

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August 4 KidSwing Golf Tournaments Auction #542
August 4 KidSwing Golf Tournaments
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151331
Closes August 4
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151332
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151333
Closes August 18
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151334
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August 1-3 Comics Signature Auction - Dallas #7079 August 1-3 Comics Signature Auction - Dallas #7079
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August 4 Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Auction - Dallas #538 August 4 Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Auction - Dallas #538
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August 4 Doodle for Hunger Celebrity Art Auction #540 August 4 Doodle for Hunger Celebrity Art Auction #540
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August 8-10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont #1188 August 8-10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont #1188
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August 10 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #7081 August 10 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #7081
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121331
Closes August 4
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161331
Closes August 4
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131332
Closes August 4
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131332
Closes August 6
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141332
Closes August 6
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessory Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessory Auction #251332
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Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction #171332
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241332
Closes August 8
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201332
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231332
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Monthly Internet Wine Auction Monthly Internet Wine Auction #221332
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