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Only A Few Days Left To Consign To The May 15-17 Sports Catalog Auction
Mark Pavelich "Miracle on Ice" Olympic Gold Medal To Be Featured in Upcoming Catalog Auction
Heritage Auctions Teams Up With Pro Football Hall of Fame For May 3-4 Fan Fest And Appraisal Event
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March 21, 2014
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Only A Few Days Left To Consign To The May 15-17 Sports Catalog Auction
By now, most hobbyists are as excited as we are for our highly anticipated May 2014 catalog auction that is slated to take place at HA.com/Sports on May 15-17. Once again, the World's Largest Collectibles Auctioneer will be hosting a high quality assortment of game-worn items, cards, autographs, awards and much more, and we are happy to announce that there is still time for potential consignors to ship their items for inclusion in what promises to be one of the most memorable hobby events of the year. Anybody that is still interested in consigning to our May auction should contact us immediately at Sports@HA.com or call (214) 528-3500.

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Mark Pavelich "Miracle on Ice" Olympic Gold Medal To Be Featured in Upcoming Catalog Auction
One of only two medals from United States' famed 1980 victory offered publically!

1980 U.S. Hockey Miracle on Ice Olympic Gold Medal Presented to Mark Pavelich
They finally made a movie about it in 2004. It had to be done, and it's frankly surprising that it took almost a quarter century for "Miracle" to hit the big screen, Kurt Russell providing star power as coach Herb Brooks. If it hadn't actually happened, Hollywood screenwriters should have dreamt it up, the archetypical David vs. Goliath story, a ragtag band of American amateurs facing the Soviet elite, set against the backdrop of the Cold War. But one wonders if the audiences could have possibly suspended disbelief during the glorious third act if it wasn't actually a true story.

Everybody knows that the 1980 US Olympic Hockey round-robin match between the USSR and the US was expected to be a painfully lopsided affair. Of the twenty players who made the final roster of the US team, only one had prior Olympic experience. The rest were primarily college kids, nine of them (including Pavelich) members of Herb Brooks' University of Minnesota team. Four more were from Boston University. The Soviet players were classed as amateurs, but were effectively supported by the Soviet government which provided them with world-class training facilities and unlimited professional-level team play. Three of the Soviet team members, goalie Vladislav Tretiak and forwards Valeri Kharlamov and Viacheslav Fetisov, are today enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Not a single player on the American team can boast that distinction.

1980 U.S. Hockey Miracle on Ice Olympic Gold Medal Presented to Mark Pavelic
Three times the Soviets took the lead, and three times the Americans battled back to even footing. The game-winner would come with ten minutes left to play, when Mike Eruzione, left undefended in the high slot, scored the fourth goal for the home team, sending the Lake Placid crowd of 8,500 into hysterics. But nothing could match the decibel level as sportcaster Al Michaels gave his famous, game-closing call:

"Eleven seconds, you've got ten seconds, the countdown going on right now! Morrow, up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles?...YES!"

Though the United States team would need one more come from behind victory, against Finland, to clinch the top level of the Olympic podium, their victory over the seemingly invincible Russian juggernaut is widely recognized at the greatest moment in American sports history. Never before has the ultimate symbol of that victory been made available to the collecting public before now, as Heritage Auctions proudly presents the 1980 Olympic Ice Hockey Gold Medal presented to twenty-one year old forward Mark Pavelich for his contributions to the historic cause.

1980 U.S. Hockey Miracle on Ice Olympic Gold Medal Presented to Mark Pavelich
Crafted by the illustrious "Tiffany & Co.," the extraordinary prize offers world class aesthetics befitting its historic importance. The obverse provides a raised torch framed between the words "XIII Olympic Winter Games" and the Olympic rings. The reverse utilizes conifer imagery at right to balance the raised text "Lake Placid 1980" and the engraved lettering "Ice Hockey, Mark Pavelich." The original presentational case is included.

This is just the second 1980 US Hockey Olympic Gold Medal to reach the hobby's auction block, the first being teammate Mark Wells' representation that commanded $310,700 in the November 2010 Heritage Signature Auction. We believe these to be the only two examples to have reached the collecting hobby, and certainly this is the more significant of the pair. Pavelich rates among the most recognizable figures from Lake Placid, notching two assists in the victory over the Soviets, including Mike Eruzione's game-winner. He would go on to set a still-standing record for points as a rookie (76) for the New York Rangers, and is ranked number eighty-three in John Wiley & Sons' volume "100 Ranger Greats."

The medal carries a pre-auction estimate of $250,000+, with bidding in our May 15 - 17 Catalog Auction to begin on approximately April 25, 2014.

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Heritage Auctions Teams Up With Pro Football Hall of Fame For May 3-4 Fan Fest And Appraisal Event
On May 3-4 at Cleveland's I-X Center, Heritage sports representatives Chris Nerat and Mike Gutierrez will be on hand at the first-ever Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest giving free appraisals on gridiron treasures and various sports cards and memorabilia. Sure to be one of the HOF's most popular events of the year, Fan Fest will also give fans the opportunity of a lifetime to get up close and personal with 100 Pro Football Hall of Famers.

For more information about Heritage's appraisal event, please contact Chris Nerat at ChrisN@HA.com or (214) 409-1615. For additional information about the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Fan Fest, click here.

Pro Football Hall of Fame's Fan Fest


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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.

151 Lots Ending Sunday March 23
1960 Jackie Robinson Signed Check
1960 Jackie Robinson Signed Check
Signed Dazzy Vance Signed Original Artwork
Signed Dazzy Vance Signed Original Artwork
1955 Topps Baseball Near Set (202/206) Plus Extra Killebrew and Kluszewski
1955 Topps Baseball Near Set (202/206) Plus Extra Killebrew and Kluszewski
158 Lots Ending Sunday March 30
1954 Topps Hank Aaron #128 PSA NM-MT 8 (OC)
1954 Topps Hank Aaron #128 PSA NM-MT 8 (OC)
1975 Topps Baseball High Grade Complete Set (660)
1975 Topps Baseball High Grade Complete Set (660)
Signed 1958-1965 Jay Publishing Nellie Fox Picture
Signed 1958-1965 Jay Publishing Nellie Fox Picture
163 Lots Ending Sunday April 6
1921 W551 Babe Ruth SGC Authentic
1921 W551 Babe Ruth SGC Authentic
1963 Topps Pete Rose/Rookie Stars #537 PSA EX 5
1963 Topps Pete Rose/Rookie Stars #537 PSA EX 5
1938 Goudey Bob Feller #264 SGC 35 Good+ 2.5
1938 Goudey Bob Feller #264 SGC 35 Good+ 2.5
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Website Tips: Sorting auction results
When you do a search anywhere on the Heritage website, the results are returned in an order that makes sense according to many different criteria, depending on which of our sites you're on. However, you have the full ability to sort your results.

Sorting auction results


Above all results, on the right-hand side of the page, you will see a number of different ways to sort. Best Match is the default, but you can sort by Price: Lowest First (if you are looking to buy, but have a budget), Price: Highest First (if you want to see really cool stuff), Alphabetical, Lot Number, or any of a number of other criteria. Just choose the way you wish to sort, and the site will sort for you.

The site now remembers your sort preferences, and keeps your preference for the Bid/Buy side of search separate from your Archive searches. So, if you like to view the least expensive items up for auction and the most expensive items that have already sold, you won't have to reset your sort every visit or every time you switch from Bid/Buy to the Archive.

If at any time you want to change back to the default sort settings, just go to the appropriate search page and choose "Best Match".

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Consign Today
Top quality consignments will be featured in publications such as Sports Collectors Digest, Sports Market Report, and Intelligent Collector Magazine, to provide maximum exposure. Generous cash advances are available. Call or email one of our Consignment Directors today to discuss your collection.

Chris Ivy Chris Ivy
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1319
or email at CIvy@HA.com

Derek Grady Derek Grady
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1975
or email at DerekG@HA.com

Mike Gutierrez Mike Gutierrez
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1183
or email at MikeG@HA.com

Mark Jordan Mark Jordan
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1187
or email at MarkJ@HA.com

Lee Iskowitz Lee Iskowitz
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1601
or email at LeeI@HA.com

Peter Calderon Peter Calderon
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1789
or email at PeterC@HA.com
Jonathan Scheier Jonathan Scheier
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1314
or email at JonathanS@HA.com

Chris Nerat Chris Nerat
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1615
or email at ChrisN@HA.com

Rob Rosen Rob Rosen
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1767
or email at RRosen@HA.com

Tony Giese Tony Giese
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1997
or email at TonyG@HA.com

Calvin Arnold Calvin Arnold
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1341
or email at CalvinA@HA.com

Mark Anderson Mark Anderson
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1638
or email at MAnderson@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:

  • 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
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  • 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
Fire-Resistant First Edition Fahrenheit 451, Signed By Bradbury, Leads Rare Books Auction

Fahrenheit 451
One of the finest known signed copies of the first edition of Ray Bradbury's seminal 1953 masterpiece — and most famous work — Fahrenheit 451 in the original asbestos binding, no less, to ensure that the book would survive burning — is expected to bring more than $17,500, anchoring the deep selection of fine literature and Americana in Heritage Auctions' April 2 Rare Books Signature Auction.

"Bradbury's 1953 futuristic parable of a world without books is as relevant and readable as ever," said James Gannon, Director of Rare Books at Heritage." We've sold several copies of the first edition of this book, as collectors are always looking for it, but this superb copy is the finest we've yet encountered."

With more than 1,000 lots crossing the block in the auction, highlights from two prominent private collections — one from North Carolina, one from New Orleans — offer works at a variety of price points and genres curated to suit any collecting taste.

[Hovsep Pushman, artist]. Complete set of Twenty-Nine Fine Art Collotype Prints of Masterpiece Paintings by Hovsep Pushman
The auction also features another excellent offering of rare books and unique manuscripts in the Armenian language, including a complete set of 29 fine art collotype prints of masterpiece paintings by Hovsep Pushman (estimate: $40,000+), Pushman's entire output, the first 10 examples of which are very difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. A wonderful Armenian Illuminated Manuscript of the Four Gospels (estimate: $20,000+) contains six miniatures, illuminated concordances, marginal illustrations and ornamented letters to make-up a fantastic offering.

John James Audubon: Great Horned Owl - Plate XLI
A hand-colored plate of the Great Horned Owl by Havell (estimate: $12,500+), from Audubon's double-elephant folio first edition of The Birds of America, is attracting significant collector interest, while an extremely rare 1835 edition of The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Latter Day Saints (estimate: $30,000+), a cornerstone of Mormon theology, carries a direct line of provenance back to an early Mormon family with a contemporary ownership inscription.

A fine private collection from North Carolina both begins and ends the auction, including a fine first edition of Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, Casino Royale (estimate: $20,000+), a series of prints titled Flights: Unforgettable Exploits of the Air (estimate: $5,000+), each signed by a legend of aviation, including Orville Wright, Charles Lindbergh, and Richard E. Byrd, and a limited edition, one of only 10 signed presentation copies of the "Author's Autograph Edition" of Amelia Earhart's first book, 20 Hrs. 40 Min. Our Flight in the Friendship (estimate: $8,000+), with one of the original American flags that was on her plane during her flight affixed to the front pastedown.

[Louis XIV]. l'Office de la Semaine Sainte
A private collection in New Orleans provides Heritage with a special offering of books with important provenance with highlights focusing on French enlightenment and history, French and European royalty, Napoleonic Wars, European and Middle-Eastern travels, and Americana. An example of both French history and fine binding in this collection is a copy of l'Office de la Semaine Sainte (estimate: $6,000+), with a contemporary royal binding and a hand-written note that the copy was presented to Louis XIV at Versailles. Also included are works of English literature including first editions by Dickens and Milton; and American works by Capote and Agee.

More information about Rare Book auctions.

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April 9 Domain Names Auction Now Open For Bidding

We are proud to announce that our second Domain Name And Intellectual Property Auction is underway, and bidding is open now through April 9th. This auction features 102 domain brands which are ideal for business or personal use.

Highlights include:

We also have dozens of names, priced well, that are ideal for our sports clients including:

The full list of our 100 hand-picked domain brands can be found here: HA.com/1119

If you have any questions, please reach out to Aron Meystedt, director of the Intellectual Property division, at AronM@HA.com or 1-800-872-6467 Ext. 1362. Bidding is open now through April 9th.

More information about Domain Name auctions.

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Rare Dracula Three Sheet Movie Poster May Scare Up Big Results At Heritage Auctions

Dracula (Universal, R-1947). Three Sheet
The only known copy of an almost 7-foot-tall movie poster for the 1947 reissue of Dracula could sell for $40,000 when it crosses the block March 22-23 in Heritage Auctions' Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction in Dallas. The fearsome three sheet poster showing a lecherous Bela Lugosi ready to strike his next victim highlights more than 1,200 unique lots of movie monsters, stunning heroines, and a cache of rare silent movie posters discovered above an Ohio garage.

"This auction has mystery, intrigue, and hidden treasure — and we're not talking about the movies!" said Grey Smith, Director of Movie Posters at Heritage. "Many of the posters offered are appearing at auction for the first time and some were just recently discovered in an attic above a garage in Ohio."

King Kong (RKO, 1933). French Double Grande Style A
A king-sized French double grande for RKO's 1933 classic King Kong vibrantly depicts the hulking super-ape attempting to roll a band of intrepid explorers off a moss-covered log. Fresh, bright colors immortalize one of the film's iconic scenes on a poster that spans more than 5 feet high by more than 7 feet wide and which is expected to sell for $40,000+. It is one of two Kong posters in the auction, the other being a Style B French grande poster, cast in Rene Peron's signature art deco style, which may sell for $15,000+.

Another Fine Mess (MGM, 1930). One Sheet
A rare one sheet for Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's 1930 signature short Another Fine Mess is considered one of the finest known to exist and is expected to sell for $25,000+. "One sheets for short subjects are as scarce as hen's teeth," Smith said. "Most theaters didn't want to spend the money to promote a short that was basically tacked on to a full feature so the one sheets that do exist are extremely scarce and desirable."

A one sheet for Cimarron, RKO's 1931 big budget Western comes to auction with provenance from The Berwick Discovery of Lost Movie Posters, a trove of posters discovered in an attic in Berwick, Pa. in early 2012. The Cimarron poster features glorious art by Frederic C. Madan and is expected to sell for $20,000 as the previous copy sold for more than $100,000.

His Birthright (Haworth Pictures Corp., 1918). One Sheet
Speaking of rare finds, a collection of rare posters that were discovered earlier this year hidden above a garage in Troy, Ohio, are expected to bring more than $12,000. The posters were produced by the Strobridge Litho Co. for a variety of silent films and events between 1895 and 1918. The stash includes two rare one sheets for His Birthright and The Temple of Dusk, both starring Sessue Hayakawa, the first Japanese American actor to find stardom in the United States and Europe. Also in the trove are four, 1890s Barnum and Bailey circus posters, including a rare German language poster, and a crisp promotional poster of boxer James J. Corbett, aka "Gentleman Jim," valued at $1,500.

The auction also features original poster artwork by artist Mike Bryan, whose photo realist paintings breathed life into the signature images used on the poster for Orion's Platoon, in 1986, and RoboCop, in 1987. The art was created using a sophisticated combination of airbrush, ink, and colored pencil on a blueprint ghosted image from a photograph on paper. Bryan's paintings enjoy a solid place in modern pop culture. Both make their auction debut with an $8,000+ and $10,000+ estimate, respectively.

More information about Vintage Movie Poster auctions.

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Instant Quiz
Trivia

What's the most home runs hit by one player in a single major league game?

       A) 7
       B) 3
       C) 4
       D) 10
       E) None of the above



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

Last issue's question:

What NFL team drafted Bo Jackson in the 1986 draft?

D) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (20%)


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