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Heritage's Upcoming Platinum Night Auction Highlights Walter Johnson Collection

1939 Walter Johnson Presentational Hall of Fame Plaque
With only a few days remaining before our highly anticipated Platinum Night Auction, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight one of the most impressive collections ever offered from the family of a Major League Baseball legend.

The daughter and grandson of the Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson, who is second only to Cy Young in career victories with 417, have supplied our February 23rd auction with a selection of artifacts from the career of the iconic “Big Train,” including his retirement paperwork and his personal Hall of Fame plaque presented to him as a member of the inaugural induction class of 1939.

1924 World Series Game Seven Full Ticket from Walter Johnson's Personal Scrapbook
Also up for bidding is a 1927 handwritten letter from Cy Young and one to Johnson from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In addition, this amazing collection showcases multiple presentational pieces awarded to Johnson and a full ticket from Game 7 of the 1924 World Series that originates from his personal scrapbook.

The auction is now live at HA.com/7070, and the Live portion will be held February 23 at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion in New York.

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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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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

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

Tony Giese
at 800 872-6467 ext. 1997
or email at TonyG@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
  • Asian Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
  • Coin Buyer: San Francisco
  • European Art Specialist: New York
  • European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Trust & Estates Specialist: New York
  • Western Art Director: Dallas, 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 Services Representative: Dallas
  • Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • Desktop Support Technician: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Interns
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant: Dallas
  • WPF Applications Developer: Dallas

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

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  Around Heritage

Iconic Watchmen #1 cover art in Heritage Auctions Comics & Comic Art event in NYC

Dave Gibbons Historic Watchmen #1 'Bloody Smiley Face/Doomsday Clock' Cover Original Art (DC, 1986)
The original cover art for Watchmen #1 — the issue that began the most influential graphic novel series of the 1980s — is expected to bring $100,000+ as part of Heritage Auctions' Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction Feb. 21-22 in New York. The cover art for issues #2 and #3, along with a color cover guide for issue #1, are also featured in the grouping, which comes to auction from The Shamus Modern Masterworks Collection.

The auction at Heritage will mark the beginning of the sale of all 12 covers from the series in calendar year 2013, with original cover art for issues #4, #5, and #6 in May, #7, #8, #9 in August and #10, #11, and #12 in November.

The 12-issue series by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons was originally published by DC Comics in 1986-87 and revolutionized the medium of comics with its intricate re-examination and deconstruction of the entire concept of the superhero.

Dave Gibbons Watchmen #2 'Cemetery' Cover Original Art (DC, 1986)"This artwork represents some of the absolute best from not only the period, but from all of comics' history," said Steve Borock, Senior Consignment Director, Heritage Auctions. "To be entrusted by the Shamus family to bring the covers to auction is something we're incredibly excited about and we take the honor very seriously."

"The impact Watchmen had on the history of comics cannot be overstated," said Todd Hignite, Vice President and Comic Art expert at Heritage. "Gibbons' artwork for the series is as groundbreaking as Moore's narrative, unprecedented in its seamless use of symbolism, sophisticated layouts, and pacing for brilliantly dramatic effect."

Cover art from the Watchmen series also functioned as the first panel of each chapter, surpassing the artistic expectations of a typical comic book. As a result, Watchmen has come to represent the graphic novel's highest achievement and stands as a touchstone for generations of readers as well as comic writers and artists.

Dave Gibbons Watchmen #3 'Trefoil Fallout Shelter Symbol' Cover Original Art (DC, 1986)Time magazine included the series in its list of the top 100 English-language novels published from 1923 to the present and described it as "a landmark in the graphic novel medium" and a "masterpiece." The series was adapted into a major feature film in 2009.

The three covers to cross the block in New York feature some of the most iconic art from the series:

Cover art for Watchmen #1 is Gibbons' opening shot of a bloody badge, worn by Edward Blake, The Comedian, which also doubled as Moore's "smiley face/doomsday clock" symbolism following Blake's murder, which is the catalyst for the entire story. The cover is widely considered one of the most important covers in comics history and is instantly associated with the Watchmen series.

Cover art for Watchmen #2 focuses on the Blake's burial and a series of flashbacks to advance Moore's, tale which deconstructs the traditional superhero mythos in concert with Gibbons' moody and somber art.

Cover art for Watchmen #3 shows Gibbons' evocative and ominous Fallout Shelter trefoil symbol, representing the rising fear of nuclear war while the nation's "heroes" get mired in their own complex relationships, including the imminent exile of Doctor Manhattan, one of the most intriguing comic book heroes ever introduced to readers.

John Higgins Watchmen #1 'Blooded Smiley Face/Doomsday Clock' Cover Color Guide Original Art (DC, 1986)The auction also will feature colorist John Higgins' Watchmen #1 cover color guide original art used during the series' production. The blue line production art was selected for the original color version of the cover.

All four landmark Watchmen works come from the Shamus Modern Masterwork Collection, which has set a number of records in the last year, notably with the sale of Todd McFarlane's cover art from Amazing Spider-Man #328 for $657,250 in August of 2012, the highest price ever paid for a piece of American comic artwork.

In addition to the Watchmen works, Heritage's Feb. 21-22 Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction also features John Romita Sr.'s historic The Night Gwen Stacy Died original cover art from The Amazing Spider-Man #121 and a rare Calvin and Hobbes daily comic strip by Bill Watterson.

More information about Comic auctions.

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Two-Day Estate Event Offers 1,600+ Eclectic Lots Of Art, Antiques And Collectibles

Motorized Scale Model Of A 1933-1936 Bugatti Type 59More than 1,600 eclectic lots — from a limited edition Dunhill-Namiki Motorities Maki-E fountain pen (estimate $35,000+) to a motorized Bugatti model car (estimate $2,000+) to a collection dedicated to the history of ballooning — come together Feb. 23-24 in Heritage Auctions' annual Estate Signature® Auction at our Dallas Design District Annex, 1518 Slocum Street.

The two-day treasure hunt event offers art and antiques across three sessions and all budgets, including Heritage's second annual Gentleman Collector Auction and Part II of The Elton Hyder III, Jr. Collection, which formerly decorated the University of Texas School of Law Library.

Dunhill-Namiki: Motorities Maki-e Limited Edition 25 Fountain Pen"The upcoming Estate Auction is one of the most fun auctions we've seen all year," said Ed Beardsley, Vice President for Fine and Decorative Arts at Heritage. "You never know what's going to show up in it, which makes for a special opportunity for collectors and decorators to find unique pieces of all kinds offered together in one weekend."

A German Silvered Metal, Tortoiseshell, Pewter And Gilt Bronze ClockSession I kicks off Saturday, Feb. 23 with the Estate Auction, 1,700 lots of fine furniture, art and porcelains offered without reserve led by a French walnut and gilt bronze porcelain coffee table, circa 1870, expected to bring $6,000+, in addition to an important selection of KPM porcelain plaques, Meissen and fine Continental porcelain. A circa 1700 German silvered metal tortoiseshell pewter and gilt bronze clock is expected to bring $3,000+.

Additional lots include a Richardson George II-style mahogany long case clock expected to bring $3,000+ and two large illustrated volumes of playing cards, expected to bring $800+.

A Set Of Four Tiffany & Co. Weighted Silver CandlesticksMore than 20 diverse lots of Tiffany Studio objects include a set of four, weighted silver candlesticks from 1907, a three piece French gilt bronze, onyx and enameled clock garniture set, a six-piece patinated bronze and slag glass desk set in the desirable pine needle pattern.

Session II starts at 5 p.m. the same day as Heritage hosts its second annual Gentleman Collector Auction, a collection specially curated for a gentleman's library, den or the classic gentleman's smoking room. The auction is led by a one of the finest single-owner collections of Montblanc fountain pens ever offered at auction, including a 4th of July limited edition 56 Skeleton fountain pen, estimated to bring $25,0000+, a Flag of Texas Antelier Privés limited edition 10 fountain pen is estimated to bring $25,000+ and a Sir Winston Churchill limited edition 53 fountain pen is expected to bring $25,000+.

"Our Gentlemen Collector auctions present a collection of fascinating objects suitable for anyone with a taste for quality," said Nick Dawes, Vice President of Special Collections at Heritage. "This year our auction includes extraordinary items, selected to appeal to all tastes and budgets but with an emphasis on unique gifts and accessories to compliment any gentleman's lifestyle."

Signed And Inscribed Photograph Of A Maharaja Sayajirao Of Baroda In Indian Silver Presentation FrameLikely to capture strong collector interest is a signed and inscribed photograph of a Maharaja Sayajirao Baroda in an Indian silver presentation frame, expected to bring $7,000+.

A stunning array of automobilia and petroliana includes a motorized scale model of a 1933-36 Bugatti Type 59 race car, expected to bring $2,000+, an authentic motorized scale replica of a BMW 328 Roadster, expected to bring $1,500+, a scale model MG pedal car, and a set of two vintage enameled metal pedal cars featuring a tow car with a pedal racer on a custom trailer.

Important And Rare Gorham Sterling Silver Ballooning TrophyThe Gentleman Collector auction continues with a fine selection of nearly 60 lots of ballooning-inspired memorabilia, including an important Gorham Sterling Silver trophy for a celebrated 1912 race in Colorado Springs, Colo., expected to bring $8,000+, a unique and historic silhouette commemorating Jean Pierre Blanchard's first balloon ascent on Paris in 1784, expected to bring $3,000+, and a verre églomisé, or glass gilded painting, of a crowd enjoying a balloon ascent, expected to bring $2,000+.

Session III takes place Sunday, Feb. 24, to feature Part II of the The Elton Hyder III, Jr. Collection. Part I of the Elton Hyder III, Jr. Collection debuted in September of 2012 in Heritage's $1.2 million Estate Auction and Part II offers an equally captivating group of objets d'art, including a portrait of Philip IV, King of Spain, expected to bring $6,000+.

An English Oak Dining TableMeticulously assembled for the library in order to give students there a sense of history within the law, the Hyder family canvassed the United States and Great Britain seeking objects to document the evolution of law.

Part II features additional rarities, such as an extensive collection of fine English oak furniture dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, including a mammoth English oak dining table, expected to bring $4,000, an exhaustive collection of 18th century legal engravings, Kilim tapestry-woven rugs and a fine collection of World War I propaganda posters, led by T. Paul Verrees' 1917 lithograph.

More information about Fine Art auctions.

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

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

Who holds the record for most triples in a single season?

       A) Ty Cobb
       B) Nap Lajoie
       C) Harry Davis
       D) Kiki Cuyler
       E) Chief Wilson

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

Last issue's question:

Who has the most assists in NHL history?

D) Wayne Gretzky (1963 assists) (51%)

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  Current Auctions
Sports Auctions
2013 February 23 - 24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York
2013 February 23 - 24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151307
February 17, 2013
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151309
March 3, 2013
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151310
March 10, 2013
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151311
March 17, 2013
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Other Signature Auctions
2013 February 21 & 23 Animation Art Signature Auction - New York #7052 2013 February 21 & 23 Animation Art Signature Auction - New York #7052
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2013 February 21-23 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7073 2013 February 21-23 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7073
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2013 February 23-24 Estate Auction - Dallas #5129 2013 February 23-24 Estate Auction - Dallas #5129
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2013 March 1-2 Texana Signature Auction - Fort Worth #6097 2013 March 1-2 Texana Signature Auction - Fort Worth #6097
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161307
Closes February 17
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121307
Closes February 17
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131308
Closes February 17
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251308
Closes February 19
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131308
Closes February 19
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141308
Closes February 19
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171308
Closes February 19
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231308
Closes February 21
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201308
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241308
Closes February 21
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