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  Collector News

Heritage Sports Consignment Representatives Head out East in July

With the distribution of Heritage Auctions' Platinum Night Auction catalogs right around the corner, our sports card and memorabilia representatives will be on the East Coast multiple times in July picking up quality consignments to be included in our upcoming October 25-26 catalog auction.

Heritage sports representatives Pete Calderon and Derek Grady will be picking up pieces and evaluating collections at the Show at Chantilly, from July 13-15. If you have vintage sports cards, autographs or memorabilia and are in the Washington D.C. area, please contact Pete in advance at PeterC@HA.com or his direct line at (214) 409-1789, or Derek at DerekG@HA.com (214) 409-1975 to discuss your consignment and pickup.

In addition, collectors in the New York metropolitan area can visit with Heritage representative Lee Iskowitz at our Manhattan office: 445 Park Ave. on July 5, 19 and 26 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. For more information, please contact Lee at LeeI@HA.com or his direct line at (214) 409-1601.

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Babe Ruth's Only Known 1927 Game Used Bat to Highlight August 2nd Platinum Night Auction

1927 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat
Our August 2nd Platinum Night Auction will be open for bidding soon, and we wanted to give you a taste of what is to come. The Ultimate Babe Ruth Artifact, the only 1927 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat in private hands, PSA/DNA GU 10.

Place the true baseball fan/collector/historian in the cockpit of a time machine, his fingers at the keyboard, and you'll find "The Bronx, 1927" the most commonly typed destination. For eight and a half decades, the stories of Murderer's Row have been told and retold, passed from father to son to grandson, the borders between fact and folklore now difficult to discern, turned hazy in the brilliant light of its perfection. Though the christening of the game's finest edifice with the franchise's first World Championship in 1923 put the baseball world on notice, it was the season of 1927 that the Yankees truly became the team that we now know it to be, and that Babe Ruth cemented his personal legacy as the most enduring name in American sport.

Lou Gehrig's American League MVP nod and a four-game World Series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates, monumental achievements in their own right, are today recalled largely as footnotes to a greater history, the Babe's successful assault on his own single season home run record. In the mind of most baseball purists, that 1927 tally of five dozen still holds sway as the last legitimate "apples to apples" elevation of long ball slugging's high water mark.

As the primary tool of the trade that transformed a poor kid from the slums of Baltimore into the most recognizable face on the planet, the Babe Ruth game used bat, in any incarnation, rates as an American treasure. This is as true emotionally as it is financially, the latter borne out by a $1.265M result for his bat used to club the first Yankee Stadium home run and the $537,750 high bid for lumber dating to the 1918 Boston Red Sox World Championship season. Certainly both merit their eye-popping price tags. So how does the only privately owned 1927 Ruth bat measure up?

1927 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat
It's not just any 1927 bat either, but one that leading expert John Taube characterizes as "one of Ruth's favorite bats" from that historic campaign. Taube makes this assertion "based upon the outstanding use pattern on the left barrel and the presence of handle scoring and heavy barrel scoring, both of which are excellent Ruth characteristics." While the Babe had since abandoned his brief practice of notching his home run bats like a gunslinger's wooden grip when those bats started to go missing, but the abundance of use evident in the bat's surface establishes its participation in a quantity of Ruth's record sixty as a mathematical certainty.

The 35.25" length (and Ruthian 40.5 ounce heft) of this signature model Hillerich & Bradsby is a key factor in establishing its optimal vintage. Ruth's factory ordering records finds two model entries for his 1927 season, referenced as "His Lou Gehrig 7-12-26" and "Lou Gehrig's model 4-16-27." For the uninitiated, these terms relate to bats returned to the H&B factory for duplication, the dates noting the time of receipt--these terms served to differentiate the variations prior to the advent of model numbers. Crafted from hickory rather than ash, and measuring 35.25" (with quarter inches always rounded up to halves in H&B records), the presented bat relates to the latter Gehrig model, only ordered by the Babe in this combination of material and dimensions during the season marking Ruth and the New York Yankees' shared historical 1927 apex.

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August 7 KidSwing Golf Tournament

The 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 2011.

Since its inception, KidSwing has raised an astounding $1.2 million for TSRHC.

Highlights Include

No Sales Tax or buyer's premium is due for these Charity items.

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Sunday Internet Auction Highlights

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.

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Topps Hang-Up Original Art by Basil Wolverton in July Comic Auction

>Basil Wolverton Topps Hang-Up Poster
Basil Wolverton Topps Hang-Up Poster #11D Illustration Original Art (Topps, c. 1965).
Known to only a few collectors, the Hang-Ups are perhaps one of Wolverton's most interesting works. It is believed that Hang-Ups, which was supposed to contain 18 different posters, were a 1960s Topps test issue. It is reported that only 12 of the 18 planned Hang-Ups ended up as printed material. This Wolverton original is quite large for comic art at 14.5" x 21". It's being auctioned without reserve in Heritage's July 26-28 Beverly Hills Signature Auction.

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  Consign Today

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

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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:

  • 20th Century Design Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • American Art Specialist: New York
  • Asian Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
  • European Art Specialist: New York
  • Fine Jewelry Specialist: New York
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills and New York
  • Rare & Collectibles Wine Specialist: New York
  • Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Trust & Estates Specialist: New York
  • World Coins Director: Hong Kong
  • World Paper Money Expert: Dallas/Remote

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:

  • Cataloger — Currency: Dallas/Remote
  • Cataloger — Fine art: Dallas
  • Cataloger — U.S. Coins: Contract, Remote
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Collections Supervisor: Dallas
  • Consignment Director — Currency: Dallas
  • Desktop Support: Dallas
  • Desktop Support Supervisor: Dallas
  • Digital Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Graphic Designer: Dallas, Part-Time
  • Interns: Dallas
  • Inventory Control Clerk: Dallas, TX
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas, TX
  • Operations Assistant - Coins: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - Historical: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - Vintage Guitars: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - World Coins: Dallas
  • Returns Clerk: Dallas
  • Shipping Associate: Dallas
  • Web Developer: Dallas
  • Web Marketing Analyst: Dallas
  • Wine Warehouse Manager: Beverly Hills

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

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  Around Heritage

1947 Academy Award And Marilyn's Last Signed Check Headline Heritage Auctions' July Event

A 1947 Academy Special Award©®™, presented to film pioneer Thomas Armat (estimate: $60,000+), who patented the first American film projector, and the last check that Marilyn Monroe signed (estimate: $10,000+) – and possibly the last signature that she gave – are the top Entertainment-related lots in Heritage Auctions' July 24 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction, taking place at the company's Beverly Hills location, 9478 West Olympic Boulevard.

"While working with Thomas Edison, Armat refined how the film projector worked," said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment & Music auctions at Heritage, "paving the way for the then-new medium of 'moving pictures' to be seen by audiences worldwide. We obtained this amazing piece directly from Armat's descendents, and we are proud to offer it as fewer and fewer Oscars©®™ are coming up on the block.

The last known check signed by Monroe, which anchors a grouping of 15 lots commemorating her fame, glamour and lasting legacy, raises some intriguing questions of the great star's last day and night.

"Dated Aug. 4, 1962 – the day before her death – this $228.80 check was used for the purchase of a white chest of drawers from Pilgrim's Furniture," said Barrett, "but what does it suggest, if anything, about her death, which was ruled a probable suicide at the time?"

A pair of lots relating to Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland provide one of the most interesting wrinkles in the auction. The iconic star is represented with a spellbinding personal diary, circa 1960 (estimate: $4,000+) and Garland's make-up case, sewing basket and travel mirror, circa 1968, left with a friend as she set off for England, just a short time before her tragic death (estimate: $3,000+).

"Garland's 1960 diary is a fascinating, compelling and sad look into the troubled life of a great talent," said Barrett. "There are entries that relate to her business dealings with questionable partners (including her then-husband, Sid Luft) and, most significantly, numerous references to the various 'medicines' that she was taking and trying to manage. Anyone who knows Garland's story, and her eventual death from drug overdose, will find this amazingly interesting and quite heartbreaking."

A sample entry from the diary on topics that the star was disturbed by, along with simple "notes to self" reads: "Pills / who has control / 16 per day, green capsules /4 seconals per/ night..."

The theme of tragic stars continues in the auction with a number of gowns worn in various important television appearances by the late great Whitney Houston. The first and most important is Houston's evening gown from The 36th Grammy Awards, 1994 (estimate: $4,000+), worn by the singer onstage when she received her Grammy for 'Album of the Year' for "The Bodyguard." Houston's evening gown from The American Music Awards, 1994, worn by the singer as she accepted the most AMA awards given to a female artist including ones for 'Favorite Pop/Rock Single' for 'I Will Always Love You,' and for 'Lifetime Achievement' is expected to bring $2,000+, while her gown from the 1994 NAACP Image Awards, worn when she received the 'Entertainer of the Year' award, is estimated at $2,000+.

More information about entertainment & music auctions.

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

Answer this quick question and see how you stack up against your peers.

What team has the most NBA Finals appearances?

       A) Boston Celtics
       B) Philadelphia 76ers
       C) Los Angeles Lakers
       D) Milwaukee Bucks
       E) New York Knicks

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

Last issue's question:

What player has struck out the most times in Major League history?

C) Reggie Jackson (28%) With 2,597 strikeouts

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  Current Auctions
Sports Auctions
2012 August 7 KidSwing Golf Tournament
2012 August 7 KidSwing Golf Tournament #515
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151228
July 8, 2012
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151229
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151230
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151231
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Other Signature Auctions
2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Heritage Live Enabled
2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando #1172
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2012 July 24 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction- Beverly Hills Heritage Live Enabled
2012 July 24 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction- Beverly Hills #7058
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2012 July 25-26 Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction- Beverly Hills Heritage Live Enabled
2012 July 25-26 Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction- Beverly Hills #7060
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2012 July 26-28 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction- Beverly Hills Heritage Live Enabled
2012 July 26-28 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction- Beverly Hills #7063
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Other Internet Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141227
July 3, 2012
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251227
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Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction #171227
July 3, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131227
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Monthly World Coin Auction Monthly World Coin Auction #231227
July 5, 2012
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Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions #241227
July 5, 2012
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Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction #181227
July 5, 2012
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201227
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161228
July 8, 2012
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121228
July 8, 2012
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131228
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