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Only World Series of Poker Main Event Bracelet Ever Offered Slated for August Platinum Night Auction

2006 World Series of Poker Championship Bracelet Won by Jamie GoldArguably the most significant contest in poker history, the 2006 Main Event remains the largest in tournament history both for total prize pool ($82,512,162) and number of contestants (8,773). Like every WSOP Main Event, the 2006 edition was a $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold 'em format, though the enormous size of the field necessitated four separate starting days, each whittling the field to 800, which were then regrouped and pushed through their paces until just nine men were left standing on August 8th. The final hand came two days later, after popular player Jamie Gold had eliminated seven of the final eight opponents. Gold drew a Queen of Spades and Nine of Clubs, making a pair with the board on the Queen of Clubs. Paul Wasicka's pair of tens was not helped by the Five and Eight of Hearts on the board, nor the Ace of Diamonds on the turn or Four of Clubs on the river, and the young and colorful poker sensation was crowned that year's champion.

Gold's play in his 2006 victory is considered one of the great shows of poker psychology, as he was uncannily successful in goading his opponents into betting strong against his superior hand, or folding when he was weak. His penchant for discussing his hand, sometimes truthfully and others not, ruffled some feathers in the poker community, and he even went so far as to flash one of his hole cards, rattling his opponent into folding a superior hand. When the battle was done, Gold was twelve million dollars richer, at that time the heftiest monetary prize for the winner of any sports or television event in history.

2006 World Series of Poker Championship Bracelet Won by Jamie Gold

Slated for Heritage's highly anticipated August Platinum Night Auction, Gold's 2006 WSOP Main Event bracelet features 259 stones including over seven carats of diamonds and 120 grams of white and yellow gold.

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Experience the Power of Platinum

Heritage Auctions is currently seeking consignments for the premier auction event of 2013, our Platinum Night Auction to be held during the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago on August 1st. Call or email one of our consignment directors today to learn how you can benefit from the market strength that only Heritage can provide.

  • Every lot will be featured in a full two-page spread as part of our award-winning auction catalog with our famous 3-D cover.
  • Every lot will be highlighted in the Official program of the National, sponsored by Heritage Auctions.
  • Every lot will be on display at our corporate booth on the floor of the National.

We are seeking rare and important lots valued in excess of $10,000. Top lots in past Platinum Night events have been featured on NBC's The Today Show, The New York Times, the front page of Yahoo.com and hundreds of Associated Press and UPI affiliates. The top collectors in the world will attend the auction in person, and virtually via our patented Heritage Live bidding software which allows global participation to any bidder with an Internet connection. In addition to the top sports buyers around the globe, the auction catalog is also mailed to the top bidders across every one of Heritage Auctions' 34 collectibles divisions, providing an audience for your consignment unmatched in the sports collectibles industry.

A handful of highlights already in-house for this historic auction event include:

1973 Babe Ruth Original Painting by LeRoy Neiman
1973 Babe Ruth Original Painting
by LeRoy Neiman

Estimate: $150,000+

1883 Cincinnati Red Stockings Trophy Bat presented to Long John Reilly

1883 Cincinnati Red Stockings Trophy Bat presented to Long John Reilly
1883 Cincinnati Red Stockings Trophy Bat presented to "Long John" Reilly
Estimate: $100,000+

1930's Lou Gehrig Game-Worn New York Yankees Cap
1930's Lou Gehrig Game-Worn New York Yankees Cap
Estimate: $200,000+

1969-70 Brian Piccolo Game Used Jersey
1969-70 Brian Piccolo Game Used Jersey
Estimate: $20,000+

And much, much more including the debut of the most significant Hall of Fame Golf Collection ever offered at auction.

Call 1-800-872-6467 x1319 or email today to discuss consigning to the most visible auction of 2013.

Consignment deadline: June 10, 2013

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Heritage Sports Representatives Race to Indy this Weekend

Heritage Auctions will be represented by Mark Jordan and Tony Giese at "Open Wheel Collectibles & Sports Memorabilia Expo" at Indianapolis' Dupont Pavillion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on May 23-25. Mark and Tony will be accepting consignments and will be on hand to answer any questions about the auction process. To make an appointment, or for more information, please contact Tony Giese at TonyG@HA.com or (214) 409-1997; or Mark Jordan at MarkJ@HA.com or (214) 409-1187.

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Heritage Auctions Sponsors Marty Turco's 2013 Charity Golf Classic

Heritage Auctions is a proud sponsor of Marty Turco's 2013 Charity Golf Classic taking place June 3rd. Benefits Children's Medical Center.

Marty Turco's Pairing and Poker PartyFormer NHL All-Star and Olympic goalie Marty Turco will be hosting the inaugural Marty Turco Poker and Pairing Party and Celebrity Golf Classic that will help support Children's Medical Center as they celebrate their centennial anniversary. This exciting event will kick off on June 1, 2013, at Museum Tower in the Dallas Arts District and will conclude on June 3rd at the Honors Golf Club in Carrollton.

All registered golfers and a guest are invited to attend the Pairings Party the Saturday night before the Monday golf tournament. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet the participating celebrities and enjoy incredible food, drink, live and silent auction items. The highlight of the evening is the pairing of golf foursomes with sports celebrities. Each foursome will have an opportunity to bid and win the first pick of the featured celebrity participants.

Marty Turco's Golf ClassicIn addition, a celebrity poker tournament will take place at the pairings party. The poker tournament will involve eight tables, each with eight players, including at least one celebrity per table. Space is limited and the "buy in" for a seat at a table is $400. The winner of the poker tournament will have the chance to claim a share of the top cash prize in a "High Hand" draw of$20,000 (half of which will be donated to Children's).

On Monday, June 3, Marty Turco will host the inaugural Celebrity Golf Classic in support of Children's. Participants will enjoy breakfast and tee off at 10:30 a.m. The outing will include a fun-filled day on a championship style course with various celebrities, prizes at different holes, dinner and an awards ceremony.

For more information, please click here.

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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: Do's and Don'ts For Sending Images To Heritage

Every day Heritage receives thousands of emails and phone calls from clients all over the world asking us to evaluate their property. Almost always, our first response is: send us a photograph of the item. The old adage "A picture is worth a thousand words" is very true... but only when the "picture" provides useful information. Here's a list of basic do's and don'ts when sending photographs of your property to our specialists for review.

DO send photographs that are in focus and have enough light to see the item being photographed.
If you can't see what it is, then we can't either.

DON'T email photographs larger than 1MB each.
Larger-sized digital photographs are easier to zoom in and see the details, but too many extremely large photographs in one email completely crashes our computer system. Use a zip file if you need to send more than a dozen images. On the other hand...

DON'T email photographs too small.
Digital photographs less than 100KB are so small that we can't see the item well enough to give an opinion on its age, quality, and value.

DO check your images before you click Send.
More often than you would think, we receive someone's personal photographs attached to the email by mistake. It doesn't take but a second to double check that you are sending the correct images. Some of you sure throw some wild parties!

DON'T send photographs with large glares.
Camera flashes and direct sunlight often produce glares in photographs, especially on pieces that are framed with glass or have very shiny surfaces. If your piece is framed, you may have to remove the glass in order to photograph it.

DO send photographs of the entire front and the entire back.
Close-up photographs are great, but don't forget to send us a photograph of the overall front and back of the piece(s). We don't want to miss anything important because it was cropped out of the photograph. Note — it's generally OK to send photographs of only one side of comic books, sports cards, or movie posters.

DO send a detail of the signature and any other markings, if you are inquiring about any kind of artwork or autograph.
Signatures, dates, titles, inscriptions, labels — they are all important and the detail images that you send assist us in determining the best value for your piece.

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Bidding is now open for the Dallas Bar Association Home Project Auction

Home Project Auction Online bidding for the 2013 Dallas Bar Association (DBA) Home Project Auction ends May 29, 10 PM CT with the auction closing at the live event held May 30th. The live event, the annual Wrap Party, will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Pete's Dancing Marlin located at 2730 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75226.

Everyone is invited to attend the Wrap Party on May 30th and continue bidding in person. We value your participation in our fundraising efforts and want you to enjoy the evening. Thank you for your support for the 22nd Annual DBA Home Project house. Good luck with your bids!

More information about Charity auctions.

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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
  • Coin Buyer: (San Francisco, Dallas, New York)
  • Decorative Arts & Design Specialist
  • European Art Specialist
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: (New York, 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:

  • Building Operations / Maintenance Associate: Dallas
  • Client Data Specialist: Dallas, Part-time
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
  • Consignment Coordinator: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Interns
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
  • PHP Web Developer: Dallas
  • Rare Books Cataloger: Dallas

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

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  Around Heritage

Rare Patek Philippe Platinum Ref. 5004P may bring $250,000+ in Timepiece event

Patek Philippe Ref. 5004P Extremely Rare And Important Platinum Wristwatch With Split-Seconds Chronograph, Registers, Perpetual Calendar, Moon Phases, Leap Year And 24 Hour IndicationA pristine, rare and important Patek Philippe Ref. 5004P Platinum Wristwatch is expected to realize more than $250,000 on May 21 in New York as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions' 361-lot Watches and Fine Timepieces Signature® Auction, taking place at the company's new expanded space at 445 Park Avenue.

"This is definitely an auction for Patek Philippe aficionados," said Jim Wolf, Director of Watches and Fine Timepieces at Heritage. "They'll have a tough time choosing between all the top examples in this impressive collection."

Highlights from the famed watchmaker include a rare, important and never before offered Patek Philippe Ref. 1463 Very Fine 18k Yellow Gold Gentlemen's Chronograph, circa 1949 (estimate: $120,000+), a very fine and rare Patek Philippe Ref. 5146P-001 Platinum Annual Calendar With Moon Phases & Power Reserve Indication (estimate: $50,000+), an important Patek Philippe Minute Repeater With Split Seconds Chronograph & Register For Tiffany & Co., circa 1903 (estimate: $30,000+) and new, very fine Patek Philippe Single Sealed Ref. 5130R-001 Rose Gold World Time Wristwatch (estimate: $27,500+).

Important pocket watches and marine chronometers from a superior estate collection will also be showcased, including an amazing Tiffany pocket watch attributed to Louis Audemars, circa 1873, expected to bring more than $40,000+.

More information about Jewelry auctions.

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Complete Andy Warhol Endangered Species And Ads 1985 Portfolios Expected To Exceed $250,000+ Each At Modern And Contemporary Art Event

ANDY WARHOL (American, 1928-1987) Endangered Species, 1983A portfolio of 10 screen prints from Andy Warhol's Endangered Species, 1983, may bring $250,000 to lead Heritage Auctions' May 22 Modern and Contemporary Art Signature® Auction in Dallas. Each signed and numbered in pencil, the portfolio is presented in a single lot and is one of eight lots featuring the Master of Pop Art, to include Ads, 1985, ($200,000+), Liz, 1967, ($5,000+) and Teddy Roosevelt, from the Cowboys and Indians portfolio, ($12,000+).

"The fine Warhols are just a few of the more than 200 lots of fresh to market paintings, sculpture and photography offered in this auction," said Frank Hettig, Director of Modern & Contemporary Art at Heritage. "This is a powerful selection."

Ed Ruscha's Rustic Pines, 1967, ($150,000) created using gunpowder on paper makes a rare auction appearance from a private collection, as does his color screen print Double Standard, 1969, ($40,000+). It is joined by Old Police Headquarters, New York City, 1984, by Richard Estes ($120,000+) and Mel Ramos' oil on canvas Georgia Peach, 1964, ($80,000+).

Selected as the catalog cover lot to represent the auction's selection comes Karl Benjamin's #43, 1964, ($25,000+), which is offered alongside Roy Lichtenstein's American flag-inspired Forms in Space, 1985, ($30,000+).

American sculptor Robert Longo's Strong in Love, 1986, ($50,000+) leads a selection of fine sculptural offerings which includes Vase deux anses hautes, 1953, ($30,000+) by Pablo Picasso.

DALE CHIHULY (American, b. 1941) Cobalt Chandelier, 2003Among the modern masterpieces in the auction, the magnificent, 7-foot Cobalt Chandelier, 2003, ($60,000+) created by artist Dale Chihuly is one of a handful ever to appear at auction. The Chandelier measures 7-foot tall by 6-foot wide and is illuminated by a neon core surrounded by hundreds of Chihuly's hand-blown glass elements.

The artwork is also externally lit. The Chandelier is offered at auction through the federal court-appointed receivership overseeing the sale of assets previously owned by R. Allen Stanford of Stanford Financial Group. Stanford is currently serving a 110-year prison sentence for orchestrating a multi-billion dollar Ponzi-scheme fraud, one of the largest in US history. The receivership is also auctioning Terrestrial Tale, a 10-piece, 42-foot-long cast bronze ($20,000+) by American modernist sculptor Terence Main.

More information about Fine Art auctions.

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Rare 1929 West, Texas, $10 note selling May 21 to benefit blast victims' families

A rare 1929 West, Texas $10 bill will be offered in Heritage Auctions' May 21 Tuesday Internet Currency Auction to benefit the victims of the April 17 explosion that killed 14 people, including eleven firefighters and first responders. Heritage is donating all proceeds, including the sale price and the buyer's premium from the bill, in addition to producing a limited edition poster featuring the rare note. The collectible poster will be available for $25 each with all of the proceeds donated to the effort. Order the $25 Limited Edition poster here.

West, TX - $10 1929 Ty. 2 The West NB Ch. # 13935 Serial Number 1

"This note is symbolic of the hardworking people of West, Texas," said Dustin Johnston, Director of Currency Auctions for Heritage. "We know the town will pull through this and we know bank note collectors will recognize this as a great way to promote donations that go directly to the victims' families."

This series 1929 Type 2 serial number 1 note is one of only 11 known for this bank and was last sold by Heritage in September 2009 as part of The Lone Star Collection. The first settlers of McLennan County, in which lies the town of West, arrived in the 1840s, by the 1880s, rail transport brought prosperity to the rich farming lands. By the 1890s, businesses were abundant in West, named after land owner, Thomas West. Starting in 1865, banks could place bonds and other securities on deposit with the US Treasury and receive notes bearing their name to circulate in their area. They were known as National Banks and West had three of these banks between 1900 and 1934, each of which issued notes bearing the name West.

The West Volunteer Fire Department has created a fund for donations and will divide revenues equally among the families who suffered a loss. Established in 1894 as the West Hose Company #1, the West Volunteer Fire Department relies on all-volunteer firefighters and is a fire department whose fundraising efforts helped build the current firehouse.

More information about Currency auctions.

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

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

Which player had the most points in an NBA Playoff game?

       A) Larry Bird
       B) LeBron James
       C) Michael Jordan
       D) Wilt Chamberlain
       E) Jerry West

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

Last issue's question:

Which golfer has won the most Masters tournaments?

E) Jack Nicklaus (67%)

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  Current Auctions
Sports Auctions
Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151320
Closes May 19
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151321
Closes May 26
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151322
Closes June 2
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151323
Closes June 9
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Other Signature Auctions
May 16-18 Comics Signature Auction - Dallas #7076 May 16-18 Comics Signature Auction - Dallas #7076
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May 21 Watches & Fine Timepieces Signature Auction - New York #5137 May 21 Watches & Fine Timepieces Signature Auction - New York #5137
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May 22 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5138 May 22 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5138
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May 30 DBA Home Project Auction - Habitat for Humanity - Dallas #537 May 30 DBA Home Project Auction - Habitat for Humanity - Dallas #537
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June 2 Nature & Science Signature Auction - Dallas #5110 June 2 Nature & Science Signature Auction - Dallas #5110
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June 5-9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1186 June 5-9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1186
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June 14 Silver Signature Auction - Dallas #5127 June 14 Silver Signature Auction - Dallas #5127
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161320
Closes May 19
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131321
Closes May 19
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121320
Closes May 19
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141321
Closes May 21
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessory Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessory Auction #251321
Closes May 21
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Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction #171321
Closes May 21
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131321
Closes May 21
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201321
Closes May 23
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241321
Closes May 23
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231321
Closes May 23
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