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  Collector News

Four Heritage Sports Consignment Trips Slated for April, Including Edmonton

With our May 2013 catalog auction right around the corner, Heritage Sports card and memorabilia representatives are wasting no time getting ready for our August Platinum and October catalog auctions, as they will be eagerly accepting consignments in four states in April.

Collectors in the Boston area will have the opportunity to visit with Heritage sports representatives Mark Jordan and Derek Grady at the "Boston Show" on April 12-14 at Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington, Massachusetts. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Mark Jordan at MarkJ@HA.com or (214) 409-1187 or Derek Grady at DerekG@HA.com or (214) 409-1975.

In addition, Mark Jordan will be making his way to the Bay Area and will be attending the "San Francisco Collectors Show" from April 19-21 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. If you have vintage sports cards, autographs or memorabilia please make an appointment by contacting Mark Jordan at MarkJ@HA.com or (214) 409-1187 to discuss your potential consignment.

Another show that will take place April 19-21 is the "Strongsville Show" at Holiday Inn Select in Strongsville, Ohio, and Heritage representatives Pete Calderon and Tony Giese will be in attendance meeting with potential consignors. To make an appointment to meet with one of our sports experts, please contact Pete Calderon at PeterC@HA.com or (214) 409-1789 or Tony Giese at TonyG@HA.com or (214) 409-1997.

And lastly, Heritage Auctions will be represented by hockey expert Bill Campbell at the "Summit Collectibles Show" at Edmonton, Alberta's Millennium Place on April 20-21. Bill will be accepting consignments and will be on hand to answer any questions about the auction process. For any questions, please contact Chris Nerat at (214) 409-1615 or ChrisN@HA.com.

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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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Website Tips: Social Media and Following Heritage

Last week, Website Tips talked about social media from a basic standpoint — the desire and ability to share with others through the Internet. If you missed the article, you can see it here.

Social media, however, is not limited to sharing your likes (and dislikes). One of the real attractions of the newer social media is the ability to see what the people in your life — or the people in whom you are interested — are doing. You can "Friend" someone on Facebook, and you might find out that the best man at your daughter's wedding tomorrow has the flu today. Follow someone at Twitter, and maybe you'll find out that a former coworker is going to the same basketball game you're seeing tonight. Network with someone on LinkedIn, and you may find out that they have an open position that your son or your niece is perfectly qualified for.

Companies as well as people have social media accounts. For example, you can follow your favorite sports teams on Facebook, and you will receive official news as soon as the team posts it.

If you've read this far, you probably have an interest in the doings here at Heritage, and yes, we have a company profile on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/HeritageAuctions) and LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/company/heritage-auctions), as well as a Twitter page (@HeritageAuction). You can Like () or Follow () us, depending on the site, and you can receive updates and news simply by going to your own home page.

If you are so inclined, on both Twitter and Facebook, you can get posts or tweets sent as text or RSS feeds directly to your mobile phone. To do this, you will need to click on the cellphone icon on Twitter () or the Subscribe via SMS link on Facebook. Keep in mind that the site will need to have enough information to send texts to your mobile phone; their simple instructions will lead you through this process.

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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

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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Interns
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant: Dallas
  • PHP Web Developer: Dallas
  • Web Marketing Specialist: 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

Tsar Nicholas II's rare vintages highlight March Wine Signature® event

MassandraA rare 1915 White Muscat, bottled for Tsar Nicholas II's summer palace and among the last to appear in his cellar before his assassination, joins a broad selection of 20th century vintages at Heritage Auctions' Signature® Wine Auction event. The March 29 auction starts at 6 p.m. in Beverly Hills with a real-time simulcast to Hong Kong on March 30 at 9 a.m.

Wines from the Massandra Collection, which make up 145 lots of tokays, muscats, sherry and port, were bottled at the winery, which was built in the 1890s. Workers spent three years carving tunnels deep into Crimea's granite mountains, perfecting cellars suitable for aging these unique and treasured wines.

"Massandra's wines are so historically important that sharing them becomes an entirely different type of memory created with friends," said Frank Martell, Director of Fine and Rare Wine at Heritage. "The wines offer spectacular drinking, but they are also thought and conversation provoking, which is just one reason why I love these wines so much."

All 145 lots in this sale were hand-selected by Mr. Martell during an intense three-day visit to Massandra, during which all but one wine was sampled so that relevant tasting notes and ratings accompany each lot for the first time in the United States. Included in this selection are a 1901 Tokay Ai Danil, estimated to bring $1,200+, and a 1905 Rose Muscat Livadia, estimated to bring $1,800+, which are among the last remaining bottles that were actually produced for the Tsar and his family. Also highlighted in this collection is a six-pack of 1923 White Muscat, estimated to bring $2,600+ for the lot, and a six-pack of 1954 White Muscat Livadia, estimated to bring $1,400+ for the lot, which received nearly flawless ratings of 98 and 99 points respectively.

"There are 47 Massandra vintages on offer in this auction touching upon almost the entire catalog of what is produced at this legendary estate," Martell said. "My sincere hope is that as many people as possible have the wherewithal to step out of the norm and bring home some of this outstanding wine and share it. With so many individual vintages available, it has never been easier to celebrate milestone birthdays or anniversaries with a wine whose journey begins alongside our own. These bottles have spent a lifetime waiting for your occasion."

Among the leading French offerings, a 1945 Chateau Latour Pauillac, is expected to fetch $24,000+, a collector's choice, 12-bottle assortment of 1993 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti may bring $20,000+.

The auction also features a strong selection of French large format bottles starting with two Jeroboams of 1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, expected to bring $15,000+ each and a single Imperial expected to reach $20,000+.

Two imperials of 1982 Chateau Latour are expected to bring $15,000+ each, while three individual imperials of 1982 La Mission Haut Brion are expected to bring better than $6,000 each.

Additional exceptional lots include a 12-bottle lot of 1970 Chateau Petrus Pomerol, expected to bring at least $15,000+, a 12-bottle lot of 1989 La Tache Domaine de la Romanee Conti, expected to break $11,000, and a six-bottle Magnum lot of 2003 Chateau Ausone, expected to bring $10,000+.

More information about Wine auctions.

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Dr. Francis Crick's Nobel Prize For Discovering DNA Structure To Be Offered

Francis H. C. Crick Nobel Prize Medal and Nobel Diploma
Francis H. C. Crick Nobel Prize Medal and Nobel Diploma

The 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine awarded to Dr. Francis Harry Compton Crick, along with Drs. James Dewey Watson and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins, for "...their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material" will be auctioned with an opening bid of $500,000 when it comes across the block at Heritage Auctions on April 11 as the highlight of the company's Historical Manuscripts Signature® Auction.

The auction of the medal is a historic moment, marking the first time that a Nobel Prize has been sold at public auction. It has been kept in a safe deposit box in California since Crick's widow passed away, and has been consigned to auction by his heirs. It is one of 10 lots consigned by the family, including Crick's endorsed Nobel Prize Check, dated Dec. 10, 1962 and one of his lab coats. The trove also contains nautical logbooks, gardening journals and books from Crick's personal collection.

"This year marks the 60th anniversary of the historic discovery of the structure of DNA and 50 years have passed since Francis Crick was awarded the Nobel Prize," said Kindra Crick, granddaughter of the famous scientist and spokesperson for the family. "For most of that time, the Nobel Prize and the unique personal diploma have been locked up. By auctioning his Nobel it will finally be made available for public display and be well looked after. Our hope is that, by having it available for display, it can be an inspiration to the next generation of scientists."

In addition, the Prize's proceeds will again be used to promote ground-breaking scientific research, as a portion of the sale will be awarded to the new Francis Crick Institute in London set to be completed in 2015.

Francis H. C. Crick Endorsed Nobel Prize Check
"The discovery of the structure of DNA launched a scientific revolution and forever changed human understanding of life," said Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts for Heritage Auctions. "This medal is the embodiment of the respect and recognition that came with that momentous breakthrough."

Crick showed an aptitude toward science at an early age, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physics from University College London at the age of 21. He met James D. Watson (b. 1928), a 23 year-old American postdoctoral zoologist with a background in genetics, in 1951. The two men, discovering a shared common goal of solving the molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, became close friends and partners.

Crick, alongside Watson and Wilkins, received his Nobel Prize from the hand of King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden at the Stockholm Concert Hall on Dec. 10, 1962. Rosalind Franklin, who also contributed to the discovery, died in 1958 before the Nobel was awarded. It is not awarded posthumously.

"The whole family went to the grand ceremony in Stockholm where the Nobel Prizes were awarded by the King of Sweden." said Michael Crick, Francis Crick's son, "My Dad dressed for the occasion, gave a speech and danced with my sister Gabrielle. It was a great honor to be there."

[Francis H. C. Crick]. Lab Coat
After receiving the medal, however, Crick — never one to rest on his laurels, went right back to work.

"We know he deeply appreciated the recognition by his peers," said Michael, "but he did not talk much about winning the medal after the event. That was the thing about my Dad; he was a very focused scientist and after DNA he went on to work on the mechanism of protein synthesis, deciphering the three-letter nature of the genetic code and determining the origins of life on earth. He was a driven scientist his whole life. At 60, he turned his attention to theoretical neurobiology and for the next 28 years helped advance the study of human consciousness."

Crick's granddaughter echoes those sentiments about his humble nature and attitude of hard work.

"My Granddad was honored to have received the Nobel Prize," she said, "but he was not the type to display his awards; his office walls contained a large chalkboard, artwork and a portrait of Charles Darwin."

Crick's initials are engraved on the reverse of the medal, along with the year of the prize, 1962, presented in Roman numerals: "F. H. C. Crick/MCMLXII." The second piece of the Prize, the Nobel diploma — two beautifully handwritten, vellum pages, 9.5" x 13.5", in Swedish, dated Stockholm, October 18, 1962 — is also included.

More information about Historical auctions.

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Doodle for Hunger auction is now open

Doodle for Hunger"Doodle for Hunger" is a fun online auction of original signed works of art by comic and illustration artists. These artists put their creative skills to good use by doodling to support St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.

The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters supports a network of charitable programs that provide a broad range of services for those in need, including the provision of food, clothing, shelter, and related social services for the poor. The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters also fights hunger through special events for those in need. Each location has customized its program according to the needs of the local community.

John Reiner and Bunny Hoest
Matthew Van Fleet
Matthew Van Fleet

Working together with the staff and volunteers at various locations to promote emotional and physical well-being through programs sponsored by banks, hospitals, social service providers, and the corporate community, the St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters raises awareness of the needs within the community and forges new relationships.

The auction is offered on the internet only. Bidding will open March 24 at 10 PM CT and will close Friday April 14 at 10 PM CT. For more information, contact Jeri Carroll, 800.872.6476 x1873 or JeriC@HA.com.

Shannon Stirnweis
Shannon Stirnweis
Tom Wilson
Jerry Scott
Jerry Scott

More information about Charity auctions.

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

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

What position must college footballers play to receive the Davey O'Brien Award?

       A) Quarterback
       B) Running Back
       C) Kicker
       D) Linebacker
       E) None of the above

If you are on Outlook 2007 take the Quiz online

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

Last issue's question:

What player holds the record for most three pointers in one game?

E) None of the above - Kobe Bryant shares the record with Donyell Marshall who each hit 12 in one game (27%)

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  Current Auctions
Sports Auctions
Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151313
Closes March 31
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151314
Closes April 7
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151315
Closes April 14
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151316
Closes April 21
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Other Signature Auctions
March 29 Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5143 March 29 Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5143
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March 30 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #7074 March 30 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #7074
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April 10 Rare Books Signature Auction - New York #6094 April 10 Rare Books Signature Auction - New York #6094
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April 11 Manuscripts Signature Auction - New York #6093 April 11 Manuscripts Signature Auction - New York #6093
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April 11-12 Beverly Hills Signature Illustration Art Auction #5126 April 11-12 Beverly Hills Signature Illustration Art Auction #5126
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April 18 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas #6095 April 18 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas #6095
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April 18-19 & 22-23 CICF World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago #3024 April 18-19 & 22-23 CICF World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago #3024
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121313
Closes March 31
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161313
Closes March 31
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131314
Closes March 31
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Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction #171314
Closes April 2
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131314
Closes April 2
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141314
Closes April 2
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251314
Closes April 2
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241314
Closes April 4
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201314
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231314
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