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March 21st Consignment Deadline Nears, Plan a visit with a Consignment Director Today!
'Shoeless Joe' Jackson, Muhammad Ali and Babe Ruth Lead $7.6+ Million Auction
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March 21st Consignment Deadline Nears, Plan a visit with a Consignment Director Today!
With the May Catalog Auction Consignment Deadline Nearing, Heritage Sports Reps Aim For Busy Month of Shows and Conventions.

Fresh off our highly successful February Platinum Night Auction, Heritage Sports is showing no signs of slowing down, as representatives will be traveling to five shows and conventions in March. While offering free appraisals on all vintage cards and memorabilia, our sports experts will also be on hand to accept high quality consignments for our 2014 May catalog auction. The consignment deadline is March 21, so please stop by one of the following shows to bring in your treasures, or for larger consignments and collections please call one of our representatives for an appointment.

Visit Heritage on the road


New York City office


In addition to the shows Heritage Sports will be attending, Calvin Arnold will be in our Beverly Hills office Friday, March 7 between 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Wednesday, March 12 between 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For more information, please contact Calvin at CalvinA@HA.com or (214) 409-1615. Lee Iskowitz will be in our New York City office meeting with potential consignors Wednesday, March 26 between 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. For more information, please contact Lee at LeeI@HA.com or (214) 409-1601.

Beverly Hills office


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'Shoeless Joe' Jackson, Muhammad Ali and Babe Ruth Lead $7.6+ Million Auction
"Shoeless Joe" Jackson's game-used bat from his 1911 rookie season brought cheers and applause from the assembled audience at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion in Manhattan on Saturday night, Feb. 22, as it realized $956,000 to set a Heritage house price record for Sports Collectibles.

Shoeless Joe Jackson's game-used bat


"There can be no argument that 'Shoeless Joe' is one of the most intriguing and compelling of all major league players, of any era," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles at Heritage Auctions, "and there can be no argument that this is the most significant piece of Jackson memorabilia and one of the hobby's great treasures."

The bat is a signature model Hillerich & Bradsby that leading expert John Taube confirms to be "the only Joe Jackson bat in existence that is factory documented as being game used by Jackson during his Major League career." While this distinction alone would be more than enough to justify the claim, the factory sidewriting assigns use to the greatest rookie season in the Major League record books, the only one in history to conclude north of the fabled .400 mark.

1964 Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) Fight Worn Gloves from First Liston Bout
The boxing gloves that Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) wore as he faced Sonny Liston in the ring on Feb. 25, 1964, and subsequently won his first Heavyweight Championship, brought $836,500 in the auction, bringing another round of applause from the gallery.

"These are the very gloves that Ali wore when he claimed his first Heavyweight Championship 50 years ago," said Ivy. "Given the attention these received from media and fans all over the world, and the spectacular price they achieved, it's clear that Ali is just as loved and respected today as he's ever been."

1923 New York Yankees World Championship Watch Presented to Babe Ruth
The 1923 New York Yankees World Championship Watch presented to Babe Ruth, the most iconic American athlete of all, realized $717,000 in the auction as the centerpiece of the auction, after attracting massive worldwide media interest.

Also of significant interest was the barrel of the baseball bat thrown at Mike Piazza by Roger "The Rocket" Clemens on Oct. 22, 2000, which realized $47,800, almost five times its' $10,000+ pre-auction estimate.

"The Piazza-Clemens incident is one of the most infamous in modern baseball history and this bat shard was central to the entire episode," said Chris Ivy. "The Rocket lost his cool in the game and hurled this at Piazza in what is likely the most famous throw of his entire career."

The bat was consigned by Yankees strength and conditioning coach Jeff Mangold, who retrieved it from the corner of the clubhouse steps after it had been tossed by a bat boy. A significant portion of the proceeds will be donated by Mangold to a charity benefitting families that have survived the death of child due to SIDS.

Shoeless Joe Jackson's game-used bat
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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.

203 Lots Ending Sunday March 9
1933 Cleveland Indians Signed Team Sheet With Walter Johnson
1933 Cleveland Indians Signed Team Sheet With Walter Johnson
Chuck Connors Single Signed Baseball
Chuck Connors Single Signed Baseball
1962 Green Bay Packers Team Signed Football - World Championship Season
1962 Green Bay Packers Team Signed Football - World Championship Season
185 Lots Ending Sunday March 16
1981 Topps Baseball Rack Pack Collection (71)
1981 Topps Baseball Rack Pack Collection (71)
1939 Jimmie Foxx Signed Cut Signature
1939 Jimmie Foxx Signed Cut Signature
1993 Nolan Ryan Official Lineup Card from his Final Career Win
1993 Nolan Ryan Official Lineup Card from his Final Career Win
154 Lots Ending Sunday March 23
1909 E91B American Caramel Christy Mathewson SGC 30 Good 2
1909 E91B American Caramel Christy Mathewson SGC 30 Good 2
1967 Topps Baseball Collection (800+) With Mantle
1967 Topps Baseball Collection (800+) With Mantle
1952 Fred Clarke Signed Hall of Fame Plaque Postcard
1952 Fred Clarke Signed Hall of Fame Plaque Postcard


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Website Tips: Shipment 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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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
  • Coin Buyer
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: (New York)
  • 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
  • Fine Jewelry Cataloger
  • Interns
  • Jr. Photographer
  • Maintenance Assistant
  • Operations Assistant
  • PHP Web Developer
  • Web Content Specialist (part-time)
  • Web Remarketing Specialist
  • U.S. Coin Cataloger Needed
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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Around Heritage Auctions
Royal Oaks Country Club Estate To Be Auctioned

Heritage Auctions Luxury Real Estate is proud to announce an upcoming auction on April 8th in Houston, Texas.

Located on the Fred Couples designed signature Golf Course in Royal Oaks Country Club, this stylish, two-story custom home sits at the end of a gated cul-de-sac on the highest point within the community. Featuring 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, panoramic views from nearly every room, gourmet chef's kitchen, formal dining room with butler's pantry, executive study, media/gameroom, and great indoor and outdoor living spaces, the home was built with family and entertaining in mind.

For more information, please visit HA.com/RoyalOaks or call 855-261-0573.

Royal Oaks Country Club Estate


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Very First Wolverine Artwork, Not Known To Exist, Surfaces For Auction

Herb Trimpe and Jack Abel The Incredible Hulk #180 Final Page 32: The First-Ever Appearance of Wolverine Original Art (Marvel, 1974)
The original artwork featuring the first ever appearance of Wolverine, by artist Herb Trimpe, on the final page of The Incredible Hulk #180 (1974), arguably the most important debut of a comic book character in the last 40 years, has surfaced from the private hands where it has resided for more than three decades and will cross the block at Heritage Auctions on May 16.

"This is indisputably one of the most significant pieces of original comic art to ever surface," said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. "Up until the day I actually saw it and held it in my hands, I had a hard time believing it event really existed. Since the consignor isn't a collector, and therefore unknown to everyone in the hobby, it just wasn't even known for sure this survived."

In 1983, on the afternoon that Trimpe handed over the piece of original art to the then-teenaged consignor of the piece as a souvenir of their visit that afternoon, neither had any idea that the ink, graphite and blue pencil drawing would turn out to be one of the most influential comic book images ever created. As the decades drew on, and Wolverine soared in popularity and influence in Pop Culture, it because obvious to the owner of the art that he had something of significant value and importance.

Inspired by Trimpe's generosity to him more than 30 years ago, the consignor has specified that the majority of the after-tax proceeds from the sale of the artwork be donated, including a large portion designated for the Hero Initiative, the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in financial need.

"I'm sure the fruits of this sale will be greatly appreciated by all concerned," Trimpe told the auction house.

This year, 2014, marks the 40th anniversary of the character's first appearance in the landmark story, "And the Wind Howls Wendigo," scripted by Len Wein. In this issue, Hulk heads to Canada, looking for some peace and quiet, when he was mysteriously drawn to a cave inhabited by the sister of the man who became the Wendigo. At the very close of the thriller, the Canadian government sends in its own special agent to take care of a Hulk sighting — a ferocious mutant known as Wolverine.

"Comic art just doesn't get much more exciting than this," said Hignite. "We're anticipating a tidal-wave sized surge of interest in this piece, not only from all of the top comic art collectors, but from bidders all over the spectrum swept away by this piece's unparalleled importance to both Marvel Comics and Pop Culture history. Wolverine is by far the most popular superhero for an entire generation, and the original art for such a dramatic first appearance is just impossible to find."

For more information on the Hero Initiative and how to support the organization visit www.heroinitiative.org.

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One Of The Rarest Bottles Of Wine In The World, A 1934 Vieux Cepage, May Bring $50,000+

bottle of 1934 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Richebourg Vieux Cepages
A single bottle of 1934 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Richebourg Vieux Cépages, one of the rarest and most important bottles of wine in the world, may bring more than $50,000 when it crosses the block at Heritage Auctions on March 21.

The bottle is being offered as the cover lot of the $3.5+ million Exquisite Collection of a Northeastern Gentleman, only the third time Heritage has offered a single-cellar sale. The auction will take place in Beverly Hills and will be simulcast to a live bidding room in Hong Kong.

"Domaine de la Romanee Conti is widely viewed as the most prestigious winery in the world and this is the rarest wine it has ever produced," said Frank Martell, Director of Fine Wines at Heritage. "If Domaine de la Romanee Conti is Ferrari, then this bottle, from this era, would be the 250GT, and this particular bottling, called Vieux Cepages, would be the 1958 steel-bodied 250GT Long Wheel Base, the very rarest of it's already storied breed."

Vieux Cepages was the title afforded Domaine de la Romanee Conti's oldest Richebourg vines, kept completely apart from the regular cuvee during vinification. With only a few hundred bottles produced, this is indisputably one of the most important and rarest bottles that exists in the centuries long history of the winery.

"Even with unlimited resources it would be virtually impossible to find another bottle of this wine, and it would not come with the stellar provenance our example carries," said Martell. "On a rarity scale of 1 to 10, this is a 10. I can't say unequivocally that this is a once in a lifetime bottle, but it's not too far from that. Top collectors will be taking very careful note of this. Given that buying such aged wine is not for the faint of heart, we're also offering a more modern exceptional rarity, a six-liter bottle of 2002 Romanee Conti, which we expect to sell for $90,000 or better."

The Collection of a Northeastern Gentleman features 861 lots, marking what Heritage experts consider the company's finest and most complete offering to date. Among the choice names on offer will be various best in class vintages of Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Haut Brion, Latour, Comte de Vogue Bonnes Mares and Musigny, 18 Jeroboam and 12 Methuselah from DRC, 21 vintages of Roumier Bonnes Mares, Leroy, Ponsot, Coche Dury, Ramonet, Dom Perignon, Krug, Cristal, Philipponnat, Gaja, Araujo, Bryant, Colgin, Insignia and Shafer and much more.

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Instant Quiz
Trivia

What NFL team drafted Bo Jackson in the 1986 draft?

       A) Chicago Bears
       B) Los Angeles Rams
       C) Los Angeles Raiders
       D) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
       E) Detroit Lions



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

Last issue's question:

What team holds the record for the most consecutive wins in NBA history?

E) 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (49%) 18 times 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33 wins in a row)


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