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Civil War Baseball Makes its Auction Debut in Platinum Night
Heritage Platinum Night Auction Launches On HA.com This Month
Sunday Internet Auction
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January 18, 2014
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Civil War Baseball Makes its Auction Debut in Platinum Night
The Most Thoroughly Documented Civil War Soldiers' Game Used Baseball in the Hobby
Heritage Auctions is proud to present the most thoroughly documented Civil War soldier's baseball in the hobby, and it will be featured in our upcoming February Platinum Night Auction. The headline of the included news clipping from the February 18, 1911 edition of the Los Angeles Express reads "Famous War-Time Baseball Will Be Shown at Banquet," and continues on to state, "Members of Loyal Legion Will Fondle Old Sphere and Hear Story of the Part It Took in Army Sport During the Stirring Days of '64." The article's text tells the story best.

"Captain France was a member of the Seventeenth New York zouaves, who were attached to the Sixteenth corps under the command of N.S. Granger. There were a number of good ballplayers in the Seventeenth and when, in May '64, the corps was encamped at Decatur, Ala., the baseball enthusiasts conceived the plan of sending to Nashville, 130 miles north, for a ball and bat.

The plan was executed and many a hot game of baseball was played on the parade grounds. When the call for dress parade came and a game was in progress, it was customary for the man having the ball in his hand at the time to keep it until the next game was played.

In this manner the ball was carried on Sherman's march to the sea, through the Atlanta campaign, its siege and capture, then through the Carolinas campaign to Raleigh, Richmond and finally to Washington. At Washington, while the soldiers were waiting to be mustered out, the last game of ball was played. When it was over Lieutenant Barnett was walking off the field with Captain France. 'Here, France,' he called, and gave the ball an underhand toss into France's waiting hands.
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The Most Thoroughly Documented Civil War Soldiers' Game Used Baseball in the Hobby
The trail of the provenance picks up shortly after the printing of the newspaper article with an undated but clearly very old handwritten letter from Charles H. Pease, a Captain with the 17th New York Veteran Volunteers (Zouaves) who served with France. He writes:

"This ball was used by the Officers of the 17th N.Y. at Decatur, Ala in '62 during the ocupation (sic) by Federal troops and when the 17th received marching orders to go to the front at Atlanta Ga it was in possession of Capt. James S. France who kept it long after the war and finally gave it to my son Harry France Pease in 1915." Pease signs below. The close relationship between these former brothers in arms is apparent in the middle name of Pease's son.

The ball itself is crafted in the lemon peel style typical of the Civil War-era and bears vintage handwritten block-lettered text that reads, "Zouave B.B.C." and "Officers 17th N.Y.V.V.I." The ball is deeply toned but text remains bold and the structural integrity of the sphere is strong with no loose stitching or major defects to the leather. Also in the lot is a modern printed transcript of many of Captain Pease's letters home from the war and a 2011 letter of appraisal from noted Civil War historian Will Gorges. The ball is consigned by the great-great grandson of Capt. Charles H. Pease, with his letter of provenance. Click here to view the auction preview.
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Heritage Platinum Night Auction Launches On HA.com This Month
Now that the holiday dust has finally settled, and the Super Bowl and MLB training camp is right around the corner, we would like to announce that the highly anticipated Platinum Night Sports Auction is set to open for bidding next week. Once again, the auction will take place at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion in New York City, and the Live portion will feature approximately 150 lots consisting some of the most significant sports artifacts in the hobby. Some highlights include:
1922 New York Giants World Championship Ring Presented to Casey Stengel.
1922 New York Giants World Championship Ring Presented to Casey Stengel.
1956 Mickey Mantle All-Star Game Used & Signed Home Run Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10.
1956 Mickey Mantle All-Star Game Used & Signed Home Run Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10.
1927-28 Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig & Christy Walsh Signed Large Photograph.
1927-28 Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig & Christy Walsh Signed Large Photograph.
1974-75 Archie Griffin Game Worn Ohio State Buckeyes Helmet--Heisman Trophy Seasons!
1974-75 Archie Griffin Game Worn Ohio State Buckeyes Helmet--Heisman Trophy Seasons!
1931 Lou Gehrig United States Passport--Signed Three Times!
1931 Lou Gehrig United States Passport--Signed Three Times!
1910 E98 Set of 30 Ty Cobb (Black Swamp) SGC 98 Gem 10 - The Finest Example In The Hobby!
1910 E98 "Set of 30" Ty Cobb (Black Swamp) SGC 98 Gem 10 - The Finest Example In The Hobby!
1980 Phil Verchota The Miracle on Ice Game Worn USA Olympic Hockey Jersey.
1980 Phil Verchota "The Miracle on Ice" Game Worn USA Olympic Hockey Jersey.
1927 Babe Comes Home One Sheet Movie Poster.
1927 "Babe Comes Home" One Sheet Movie Poster.
1920 Babe Ruth Signed Tex Rickard Headin' Home Card, PSA/DNA Mint 9.
1920 Babe Ruth Signed Tex Rickard "Headin' Home" Card, PSA/DNA Mint 9.
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Sunday Internet Auction
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 10:00 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.
159 Lots Ending Sunday January 19
1967 Topps Baseball Near Complete set (601/609).
1967 Topps Baseball Near Complete set (601/609).
1961 Topps Football First Series (#'s 1-132) Complete Run (132).
1961 Topps Football First Series (#'s 1-132) Complete Run (132).
1979 Topps Wayne Gretzky #18 PSA NM-MT 8.
1979 Topps Wayne Gretzky #18 PSA NM-MT 8.
168 Lots Ending Sunday January 26
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #144 SGC 10 Poor 1.
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth #144 SGC 10 Poor 1.
1972 Topps Baseball Complete Set (787).
1972 Topps Baseball Complete Set (787).
Bill Clinton Single Signed Presidential Seal Golf Ball.
Bill Clinton Single Signed Presidential Seal Golf Ball.
160 Lots Ending Sunday February 2
1938 Goudey Joe DiMaggio #250 SGC 40 VG 3.
1938 Goudey Joe DiMaggio #250 SGC 40 VG 3.


1932 Sanella Margarine-Type 2 Babe Ruth BVG NM 7.
1932 Sanella Margarine-Type 2 Babe Ruth BVG NM 7.


Joe DiMaggio Yankee Clipper Signed Bat.
Joe DiMaggio "Yankee Clipper" Signed Bat.


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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:
  • Asian Art Specialist
  • Automobilia Specialist
  • Coin Buyer
  • 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 part-time
  • Client Services Representative
  • Consignment Coordinator
  • Currency Consignment Director
  • e-Publishing Expert
  • Interns
  • Jr. Photographer
  • Operations Assistant
  • Shipping Associate
  • Web Content Specialist
  • Web Content Specialist part-time
  • U.S. Coin Cataloger Needed
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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Heritage Auctions Over $105 Million of Coins & Currency in One Week

1787 DBLN Brasher Doubloon, EB on Wing, W-5840, MS63 NGC. CAC
1787 DBLN Brasher Doubloon, EB on Wing, W-5840, MS63 NGC. CAC
Heritage Auctions, the world's largest numismatic auctioneer, sold more than $105 million worth of coins and currency Jan. 5-12, 2014, setting records across U.S. Coins, World Coins and U.S. Currency including the most valuable piece of currency on the planet.

"The number of records broken during the first full week of 2014 is unprecedented in the history of numismatics," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "These results show numismatics is a vibrant and thriving hobby and we are grateful to play a leading role in its growth."

1913 5C Liberty PR64 NGC. CAC
1913 5C Liberty PR64 NGC. CAC
Two of America's most famous and valuable rare coins lead the week's auctions when they brought a combined $7.87 million. The first gold coin made for the United States,  a Brasher Doubloon hand-struck in 1787 by George Washington's New York City neighbor, brought $4,582,500, while  a nickel made under mysterious circumstances at the Philadelphia Mint in 1913, and which was famously featured in an episode of the 1970s television show "Hawaii Five-O," realized $3,290,000. 

Both the Brasher Doubloon and the 1913 Nickel were offered during Heritage's Jan. 8-12 FUN U.S. Coin Signature Auction in Orlando, Fla., which, along with Heritage's FUN  Currency Signature Auction and the  Adam Mervis Large Cent Collection Auction (also at FUN) generated a record $90+ million in total sales. This particular Brasher Doubloon had been off the market since it was purchased by a Chicago resident in 1979 for a then-record price of $430,000. It was the subject of a Raymond Chandler book, a Hollywood movie and it was displayed by a previous owner at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City

Additional records for U.S. rarities came as a  1927-D $20 MS66 NGC, the nation's rarest regular-issue coin, set the highest price ever paid for any U.S. coin struck and released for general circulation after 10 determined bidders drove the price to $1,997,500. 

Heritage's Currency Signature Auction set a world record for the most valuable piece of currency ever sold when the legendary  1890 $1,000 Treasury Note, popularly referred to as the "Grand Watermelon note" — due to the design of the large zeroes on the reversed side of the bill, resembling watermelons — sold for an astounding $3,290,000. The last time this note was offered at auction was in 1970, where it brought $11,000.

Fr. 379b $1000 1890 Treasury Note PCGS Extremely Fine 40


"Collectors knew this was not a chance that was going to come around again anytime soon, and they bid accordingly," said Dustin Johnston, Director of Rare Currency at Heritage Auctions. "The result being that this beautiful little piece of paper is now the most valuable of its kind in the world and has a new chapter to add to its legend."

Also topping the seven-figure mark in the auction was a unique 1882 $500 Gold Certificate, which finished at $1,410,000.

Earlier in the week Heritage's offering of more than  World and Ancient Coins during the annual New York International Numismatic Convention totaled approximately $15 million in sales, led by a stunning and pristine  1822 Pedro I gold 6400 Reis, AU55 NGC realized $499,375. The 1822 Pedro quickly surpassed its $200,000 pre-auction estimate, beating the previous world record for a Brazilian coin at auction two times over.

Additional World Coin rarities include a  1711 Felipe V gold Royal Cob 8 Escudos from Mexico for $293,750, and an  1824 Gold 8 Escudos from Guatemala for $176,250, a record for the type.

More information about coin auctions.

More information about currency auctions.

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Heritage Auctions And RightOfTheDot, LLC Announce Partnership To Auction New TLD Extensions

An exclusive joint partnership has been announced between Heritage Auctions and RightOfTheDot, LLC  to provide live auctioneer and live online auction services for premium domains in new TLD extensions that are being launched over the next several years.

Examples of premium domain names that may potentially be for sale via this new offering could include names like Night.Club, Tour.London, Hotels.NYC, Divorce.Law, Poker.Vegas, Concert.Tickets, and on, across the spectrum of recently created new domain space. The partnership will also continue to provide auctions of existing, established TLDs such as premium .Com domains.

Heritage and RightOfTheDot will also offer additional Contention Resolution Auction Services, such as a customized ascending clock auction service to help competing applicants for new TLDs resolve their contention prior to last resort auctions being offered by ICANN.

RightOfTheDot, LLC was founded in 2010 by Monte Cahn and Michael H. Berkens, Esq., two well-known domain industry veterans. With a combined 30 years of experience, Michael and Monte have participated in more than $350,000,000 in domain sales, advised and assisted in launching many of the existing 22 gTLDs, and pioneered many domain industry products and services. 

"This joint venture with Heritage exponentially expands our footprint for live auction and live online auction services for the domain industry," said Cahn, President of RightOfTheDot, LLC. "Our exclusive partnership provides the industry with a unique, worldwide live auction platform that hasn't existed until now. Heritage's leading technology and long history combined with our industry experience and success is custom made to offer the very best service to the entire domain name industry for years to come."

Heritage Auctions has completed more than $8 Billion in auction transactions since 1976, is the world largest collectibles auctioneer and the third largest auction house in the world. Heritage's website is among the most-trafficked websites on the web and it has offices and buying capability all over the world. The company is licensed in all 50 States and has clients in 186 countries, holding more than 500 auctions in 38 unique categories per year. The Intellectual Property Division is headed up by another domain industry pioneer, Aron Meystedt. 

"Heritage thinks that this partnership with RightOfTheDot is a win-win for all involved," said Meystedt. "Right of the Dot is well-connected and has tremendous experience navigating the domain industry. Both sides in this partnership bring valuable expertise and services."

Meystedt has 10 years of experience in domain name valuations, sales and development. He is credited with owning the first domain name registered on the Internet: Symbolics.com.

For more info on TLD and Contention Resolution Auctions, contact  Info@RightOfTheDot.com  or call (954) 288-6810. 

More information about domain auctions.

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Sports Trivia
Who holds the Super Bowl record for longest field goal?

       A) Adam Vinatieri
       B) Steve Christie
       C) Don Chandler
       D) Jan Stenerud
       E) Scott Norwood



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

Last issue's question:

What former Negro League player is the only pitcher in the Hall of Fame with a losing major league record?

b) Satchel Page (28/31)

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Signature Auctions
January 14 - 16 Selections Fom the Eric P. Newman Collection Part III Signature Auction - New York #3029 January 14 - 16 Selections Fom the Eric P. Newman Collection Part III Signature Auction - New York #3029
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January 20 - 21 World and Ancient Coins Non Floor Session Auction - Dallas #3031 January 20 - 21 World and Ancient Coins Non Floor Session Auction - Dallas #3031
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February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York #1202 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York #1202
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131403
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121403
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161403
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141403
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131403
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction #231404
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201404
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