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Ed Jaster
Senior Vice President, Heritage Auctions
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From the very beginning, Ed Jaster seemed destined for the art business. His parents met while attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1940s, the same school their son would later attend. Subsequently, for some 20 years, Ed owned his own commercial art firm in Chicago, acquiring, trading, and selling world class collections of American photography, illustration art, and vintage comic books. Ed brought his vast experience and expertise in collectibles to Heritage Auctions in 2002.

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Jim Halperin
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Born in Boston in 1952, Jim formed a part-time rare stamp and coin business at age 16, the same year he received early acceptance to Harvard College. But by his third semester Jim was enjoying the coin business more than his studies, so he took a permanent leave of absence to pursue a full-time numismatic career. In 1975, Jim supervised the protocols for the first mainframe computer system in the numismatic business, which would help catapult his firm to the top of the industry within four years. In 1982, Jim's business merged with that of his friend and former archrival Steve Ivy to form Heritage. In 1984, Jim wrote a book later re-titled "How to Grade U.S. Coins", which outlined the grading standards upon which NGC and PCGS would later be based. Jim is also a well-known futurist, an active collector of rare comic books, comic art and early 20th-century American art (view parts of his collection, venture capital investor, philanthropist (he endows a multimillion-dollar health/education foundation), and part-time novelist. His first fiction book, The Truth Machine, was published in 1996, became an international science fiction bestseller optioned as a feature film by Warner Brothers, then Lionsgate. Jim's second novel, The First Immortal, was published in early 1998 and optioned as a Hallmark Hall of Fame television miniseries. Both are now under development as feature films by Morgan Freeman at Revelations Entertainment. Jim donates all of his book royalties, and his entire annual salary from Heritage, to health and education charities.

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Jim Steele
Chief Cataloger
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Jim's love of comics started at an early age and has never diminished. Over the decades he has been an avid collector, a weekend show circuit dealer, and bookstore owner/manager. The English major brings his grammatical skills and comics expertise to practical use as Comics' Chief Cataloger. 

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Lon Allen
Vice President, Heritage Auctions
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Lon attended Truman State University from 1991-1995, and, while there, entered the comics business part-time. His successful part-time business became a successful full-time business In 2000 when he started J.L.A. Comics. Lon joined Heritage in 2002 and became Director of Sales for the Comics Division in 2005. He is an advisor to both the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide and to

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Todd Hignite
Vice President
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Todd Hignite is a Vice President of Heritage Auctions, with a focus on art consignments across a number of categories. He has managed many of the most important comic and illustration art consignments to be brought to auction, including the world record prices for original American comic art, The Eric Sack Collection: Masterpieces of Underground Art, and The Jerry Weist Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art. Hignite has extensive experience in all capacities of the art world, including working for Pace Gallery, New York, is author of the books The Art of Jaime Hernandez/The Secrets of Life and Death (Abrams, 2010) and In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists (Yale University Press, 2006), and was founding editor of the Harvey Award-winning magazine Comic Art. He holds a Master’s Degree in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis, acted as inaugural curator for that university’s Modern Graphic History Library, and has organized a number of exhibitions devoted to comic and contemporary art, notably the retrospective R. Crumb's Underground, which originated at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and toured US museums, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and the Frye Art Museum, Seattle. 

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Jim Lentz
Director, Animation Art
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Jim Lentz is the former president and owner of the Midwest animation art gallery chain, Stay Tooned Galleries. In the past he has also served as the National Sales Manager for Disney Fine Art and ben a consultant to Walt Disney Art Classics. Jim sat on the Disney Advisory Board of Dealers while he was running his chain of galleries. Jim was a Corporate Sponsor for the Midwest Chapter of ASIFA (Chicago Chapter of the International Animated Film Association) as well as the creator and curator for the 1989 – 1999 Midwest Animation Lecture Series in Illinois and Minnesota. This lecture series was a virtual who’s-who of animation both young and old. Animators, animation historians, directors ,writers, animation “Legends”, voice talent,  studio heads and family members of deceased animation pioneers were all included in this impressive roster of speakers. Jim had an early career with such companies as Chrysler Corporation and Tenneco Automotive before opening his first gallery in Barrington, Illinois. Jim is a graduate of CW Post University in New York.

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Barry Sandoval
Vice President, Heritage Auctions
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Weldon Adams
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Weldon Adams has over 35 years of accumulated experience in the comic book industry. He has managed three different comic stores and worked for publishers such as Acclaim Entertainment and Ape Entertainment. He is a regular at industry trade show events, where he has often moderated panel discussions with comics creators. Adams is an advisor to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.

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Olivier Delflas
Consignment Director, Comics & Comic Art, Europe
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Olivier’s love for U.S. comics and European “bandes-dessinees” began in the mid-Seventies. A passionate collector of original comic art since the early Nineties, Olivier has accumulated deep knowledge of the hobby and has made contacts with many artists and other high-end collectors over the years. After gaining his degree in Marketing & Management, Olivier held management positions in the corporate world before joining Heritage Auctions as a Consignment Director. He will be responsible for meeting with clients and evaluate collections for Heritage’s upcoming auctions. A native of Belgium who still resides there, Olivier is fluent in English, French, and Dutch/Flemish with a very good understanding of German.

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Matt Griffin
Consignment Director
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Matt has over a decade of experience in the comics industry, and has been with Heritage since 2012. A consignment director, grader, and occasional cataloger at the Heritage headquarters in Dallas, he makes frequent visits to Heritage's Chicago office to meet with clients and evaluate collections. Recently Matt had the pleasure of being one of the Project Managers on the new second edition of Bookery's Guide to Pulps and Related Magazines, by Tim Cottrill.   

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Greg Holman
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After attending Southwest Texas State University and serving a tour in the Dallas art gallery community, Greg Holman turned his love of comics into a full-time career, learning the ins and outs of selling comics from one of the largest comic dealers in the country. Greg's duties at Heritage include Consignment Direction as well as describing and proof-reading catalog consignments. Greg has co-starred on ABC's "Great Big American Auction" with Ty Pennington, he has appeared on "Storage Wars: Texas" as a Pop-Culture Expert, and he is currently co-starring in VH1 Classic's "For What It's Worth," a collectibles-oriented series starring Gary Dell'Abate (Howard Stern's Executive Producer) and Jon Hein (Pop Culture Expert and star of "Fast Food Mania"). He has been a keynote speaker for the International Society of Appraisers and has been a featured expert in Heritage Magazine. Greg is also currently in pre-production on several other Network collectibles/reality-based TV shows.

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Bill King
Director, Animation Art, Chicago
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Before joining Heritage, Bill King was the former Director of Stay Tooned Galleries, a Midwest animation art gallery chain, and was a team member for the long-running 1990s Midwest Animation Lecture Series.  

A graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, he also has 25 years of experience in the graphic design and illustration field both as a Sr. Art Director for Omnicom’s Adpac Corp. and as a freelance artist/consultant to many of Chicago’s top ad agencies. In 2004, Bill and his cousin, Las Vegas Comedy Magician Mac King, created the syndicated Sunday comic feature “Mac King’s Magic in a Minute.” The strip continues to this day, distributed through Andrews McMeel Syndication and appearing online and in newspapers all over the world. He is also a member of the exclusive National Cartoonist Society, a club dedicated to the advancement of cartooning arts. Bill and his lovely wife Joetta live on Chicago’s north side.

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Joe Mannarino
Director, Comics & Comic Art, New York / Consultant
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Joe’s resume in the field of Comic character collectibles includes but is not limited to: Principal owner along with his wife and partner Nadia of All Star Auctions and Comics and Stories, premier dealers of rare Comic Collectibles for over 30 years. Co-owners of Comic Art Appraisal LLC where they have prepared formal appraisals for well over 1 million items, including the most significant institutions, collectors and professionals in the field. Exclusive Comic Collectibles Consultants for Christie's from 1992 to 1997, where they inaugurated and conducted seven record setting Comic Collectibles sales; representatives for some of the most prestigious artists to have ever worked in the medium, including the Estate of Winsor McCay, Frank Frazetta, Carmine Infantino, Jerry Robinson, Joe Simon, Angelo Torres and Mort Drucker to name a few.  They have worked directly with professionals and collectors alike whose careers and interests have spanned the history of the medium to the present day.

Publishers and authors of The Christie's East Comic Collectibles catalogues; perennial special advisors and contributors to The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, the universally acknowledged reference work in the field; charter and founding members of the American Association of Comic Book Collectors Committee for Authenticity Certification and Grading; members of the American Institute Of Conservation for more than 20 years; author of the CAAR rating system as published in The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comic And Animation Art, Gemstone Publishing, Oct. 2013 and authors of the definitive feature on high-end transactions in the Comic Collectibles field, Collecting At The Top, which appeared monthly in Gemstone Publishing Overstreet's FAN Magazine.

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Nadia Mannarino
Senior Consignment Director, Comics & Comic Art, New York / Consultant
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Nadia has an extensive background in both marketing and sales promotions. With a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University, Ms. Mannarino was co-owner of Comics and Stories, dealers of rare Comic Collectibles. She was co-owner of All Star Auctions, a firm specializing in auctioning Comic Character related items and was the Comic Collectibles Consultant for Christie’s East from 1992-1997.

In addition, she has been a member of the prestigious American Appraisers Association for over 10 years and is fully certified in the accepted appraisal practices as required by the Association. As such she is the only licensed member of the AAA in the field of Comic Character Collectibles. As agent for some of the most prestigious artists to have ever worked in the medium, including Frank Frazetta, Mort Drucker, Carmine Infantino, Joe Simon, Angelo Torres and Jim Steranko, she has been instrumental in bringing the medium forward focusing also on up-and-coming artists and storytellers.

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Valarie McLeckie
Consignment Director, Video Games
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A lifelong avid video game fan, Valarie was a collector for many years before bringing her knowledge and enthusiasm to Heritage to help spearhead our vintage video game category. In this capacity, she works with consignors and buyers, catalogs for our weekly and Signature auctions, represents the company at trade shows, and assists in managing our marketing efforts. Since working for Heritage, she has been interviewed by various news outlets including CNN, CNBC, and The Washington Post for her insight on the vintage video game market.

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Jerry Stephan
Grader/Consignment Director
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Jerry Stephan received his BA from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. He became a comic dealer after his time in the Navy, attending shows all over the mid-west. Jerry owned a comic shop from 1985 to 1987, and from 1994 until 2002 he hosted close to a dozen comic shows in St. Louis under the More Fun Conventions banner. In 2002, he moved to Sarasota Florida where he spent the next five years as a grader for Comics Guaranty Company. He joined Heritage Auction Galleries in 2007 and is responsible for grading many of the raw comics you see in Heritage's Sunday night auctions as well as their Signature Auctions!

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David Tosh
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Lifelong animation fan David Tosh has been with Heritage going on fourteen years, working first in the Comics and Entertainment divisions as a cataloger and consignment director. In 2016, David was named Senior Animation Art Cataloger, working directly with Jim Lentz in our Animation Art Division. David has written a number of published Pop Culture articles, and in 2015, a book on collectible comics, Picker’s Guide: Comic Books, published by Krause. He has also edited and digitally restored art for two reprint books, Henry Speaks for Himself (Fantagraphics, 2014), and Walt Kelly’s Fables and Funnies (Dark Horse, 2016). David has been a comics fan since the early 1960s, and a serious collector since 1972. He owned and operated a small collectibles shop, “Mr. Nostalgia,” in Batesville Arkansas, and has a business background in Advertising Art and Client Services. He is also one of the Heritage Bloggers, and for a number of years has self-published Mumbo, a digest-sized magazine about comics, music, and other Pop Culture subjects.

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Aaron White
Consignment Director
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A lifelong comics fan, Aaron joined the Comic and Comic Art division of Heritage in 2008. As a Consignment Director, Aaron has a focus on assisting clients through the consignment process as well as evaluating and grading collections for our many upcoming auctions. Aaron is a member of the North Texas chapter of Mensa and in his free time he is something of a theatre buff.

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