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  Collector News

June Heritage Platinum Night Deadline Right Around the Corner - Sports Consignment Directors Head to Southern California and NYC

With only a couple weeks to go before the consignment deadline hits for our highly anticipated August Platinum Night Auction, Heritage sports representatives will be making two consignment trips in June, while eagerly in search of high quality sports cards and memorabilia.

Collectors in the Southern California area will have a chance to visit with Heritage sports representatives Mark Jordan and Derek Grady at the "Long Beach Expo," June 6-8, which will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Beverly Hills Office

In addition, Mark will be available by appointment from June 4-11 to visit collectors in So Cal, and will also be at our Beverly Hills office visiting with collectors on June 10 and 11. 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.

New York Office

In addition, consignment director Lee Iskowitz will be at our New York City office on Thursday, June 6 and Thursday, June 20 to view potential sports consignments. If you have vintage sports cards, autographs or memorabilia, please make an appointment to stop by our 445 Park Avenue office by contacting him at LeeI@HA.com or (214) 409-1601 to discuss your consignment.

Sports Consignment Map
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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: Draggable Image Closeups

If you've been on our website for any length of time, you've probably done a little research into an item or two by looking at closeup images. You have a couple of options on how to do this — the Pan and Zoom feature, usable on all active and upcoming lots, and a simple closeup of an individual image, available on all pages. You can toggle between the two on any lot page for upcoming lots.

We haven't changed Pan and Zoom, but we have made a significant improvement to the closeup image page. Now, if you click on any of the images of a lot (or the Look Closer icon as in the screenshot above), you get a single page where you can navigate back and forth between all images for the same lot. Just click on the thumbnail images in order to view the closeup.

By default, this page allows you to drag the viewable image by clicking and moving the image to the area you wish to inspect. If you wish to scroll the image rather than drag it, click on the "Disable Click and Drag Pan Feature" button below the thumbnails.


The listing of thumbnails can intrude on some images. To get around this, you can close and open this listing at any time by clicking on the Hide Thumbnails/Show Thumbnails buttons.

Best of all, this feature is available for all Heritage lots that have images, including the auction archives.

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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:

  • 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
  • Gallery Coordinator: Beverly Hills
  • Interns
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
  • PHP Web Developer: Dallas

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

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  Around Heritage

Martian meteorite expected to bring $160,000+ to lead natural history selection

NWA 7397 - NOTABLE OFFERING OF A MAGNIFICENT MARTIAN METEORITE, INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR REVEALEDA large end section of a Martian meteorite, packed with olivine and chromite ovoid crystals, is expected to bring $160,000+ as part of Heritage Auctions' Nature & Science Signature® Auction June 2 in Dallas.

The auction includes a strong selection of fossils, insects preserved in amber and meteorites in addition to the landmark presentation of The Hoppel Collection, the finest and most comprehensive mineral collection to come to auction in modern times.

"The specimens in this sale represent some of the finest fossils, meteorites, and natural history items I have had the privilege to handle," said Craig Kissick, Associate Director of Nature & Science for Heritage Auctions. "This auction will appeal to everyone fascinated by natural history and truly has something for everyone — even those new to this collecting genre."

Meteorites from Mars are among the most exotic substances on Earth with less than 300 pounds known to exist. The Martian specimen weighs 1.37 pounds and was jettisoned off the Red Planet's surface after it was struck by an asteroid. The auction also features and polished end piece of a pallasite, formed at the dawn of the solar system and discovered in China in 2003. The specimen has the largest gem-like olivine crystals ever collected embedded in a silver nickel-ore matrix and is expected to bring $40,000+. A 16.86-pound muonionalusta iron meteorite carved and polished to create a modern work of art is expected to bring $18,000+. A similarly large-sized Chondrite meteorite weighing 19.57 pounds and discovered in Morocco's Sahara Desert is expected to bring $15,000+.

SPECTACULAR 'GEM' AMMONITELeading the selection of artistic fossil discoveries is a rare and unusually large Gem ammonite — from Alberta, Canada's famous Bearpaw Formation and prized for its iridescent colors — is expected to bring $50,000+. Additional ammonite specimens include a red gem-quality Ammonite on black shale, which is expected to bring $15,000+ and a sliced ammonite pair, measuring an unusual 43 inches wide containing more than 70 distinct chambers in the shell, which is expected to bring $8,000+.

Additional fossil specimens include an elegant fossil sea lily known as a "Feather Star" and dating to the Lower Jurassic and frozen for eternity in Pyrite, is expected to bring $30,000+. Three fossilized turtle shells discovered in the U.S. Badlands represent the diversity of prehistoric life. The first is an unusually large fossil tortoise shell measuring a rare 23 inches long and expected to bring $3,500+, and the second is coloration, and expected to fetch $800+. The third discovery is a rare baby fossil tortoise shell retaining both the top (carapace) and bottom (plastron) shells and is expected to bring $400.

Additional highlights include five separate lots of prehistoric-age insects forever encased in amber, or fossilized tree sap, including a pair of midges trapped in mid-copulation, expected to bring $300, and a 16 inch long tuft of wooly mammoth wool dating to the Pleistocene, expected to fetch $400.

More information about Nature & Science auctions.

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Two U.S. Model Colt Gatling Guns Expected To Bring $100,000+ Each

U.S. Model 1883 Colt Gatling Gun and Rare Limber With AccessoriesA U.S. Model 1883 Colt Gatling Gun and Rare Limber With Accessories. Serial no. 342 with 10 32-inch barrels — for decades the centerpiece of the collection of renowned Michigan Civil war re-enactor and firearms expert Michael Yeck, who passed away last year — is expected to bring more than $100,000 on June 8 as part of Heritage Auctions' June 9 Civil War and Militaria Signature® Auction.

"To call the Gatling Gun one of the most spectacular and evocative weapons ever made understates its impact on the American psyche," said Cliff Chappelle, Consignment Director for Arms & Armor at Heritage Auctions. "The chance to acquire one of these spectacular guns, let alone one as well-preserved, as sizable and from such an impeccable source, does not come around very often, I can assure you that."

Very Rare U.S. Model 1875 Colt Gatling Gun on Original Naval Boarding Carriage Delivered to U.S. Navy February 24, 1881The day before the Model 1883 Gatling Gun is offered, a second, smaller Gatling Gun from Yeck's collection — a U.S. Model 1875 .45 government caliber Colt Gatling Gun, serial no. 293, on its original Naval boarding carriage, delivered to the U.S. Navy on Feb. 24, 1881 — will come across the block as part of Heritage's June 8 Arms & Armor Signature® Auction. It is also expected to bring more than $100,000+.

"He bought the guns primarily to promote himself and his business and to have a goodtime," said Matthew Hand, Yeck's grandson and the executor of his grandfather's estate. "In the 1960s and 1970s he was the largest black powder muzzle loading weapon supplier in the Midwest. In fact, there are still a number of Civil War re-enactment weapons out there made by him and with his equipment on them."

Yeck, a veteran of the Normandy Invasion, was told by his doctor in the early 1960s that he was getting an ulcer and needed to find a hobby to help him relax. Yeck soon found himself drawn into the world of black powder muzzle loading weapons, acquiring a flintlock pistol. Intrigued, and never one to do anything halfway, Yeck soon started acquiring a wide variety of powder and ball weapons, learning about their make and manufacturing them himself.

"He kinda went all out," said Hand, "and decided to start his own antique firearms business, which kept growing and growing through the 1960s, 1970s and in to the early 1980s, when he finally had to slow down."

Yeck became very well known in collecting circles for his extensive militaria, artillery, machine gun, World War I and II rifles and uniforms collections, as well as his impressive grouping of classic and antique cars. Along the way, as he participated in more and Civil War re-enactments, he and his business, Michael Yeck Antique Firearms, became a fixture on the scene at any gathering or demonstrations.

"Anytime there was a big shoot or a show, he would bring the big Gatling Gun along, set it up and demonstrate it," said Hand. "He was a fixture at Greenfield Village in Dearborn (MI) and would take it all over the Midwest."

The most important questions for collectors may well be a) do they work and b) what's it like to fire them. The answer to the first question is obviously yes, as seen in the video linked here.

The second question is best answered in Hand's own words:

"The large gun is just massive, bumps a little every time you fire and gives you a sense of control — you can feel every round," he said. "The smaller one you have to crouch behind it and it literally roars shakes the ground. You can feel the percussion in your face."

More information about Historical auctions.

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  Sports Trivia
Instant Quiz:

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

Famed Boston Celtics guard also played for which Major League team?

       A) Montreal Expos
       B) Seattle Pilots
       C) Milwaukee Brewers
       D) Toronto Blue Jays
       E) Seattle Mariners

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

Last issue's question:

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

C) Michael Jordan (63 Points - April 20, 1986) (38%)

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  Current Auctions
Sports Auctions
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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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151324
Closes June 16
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151325
Closes June 23
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Other Signature Auctions
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 8 Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas #6098 June 8 Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas #6098
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June 9 Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas #6099 June 9 Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas #6099
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June 14 Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5159 June 14 Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5159
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June 14 Silver Signature Auction - Dallas #5127 June 14 Silver Signature Auction - Dallas #5127
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June 15 Decorative Art & European Paintings Signature Auction - Dallas #5139 June 15 Decorative Art & European Paintings Signature Auction - Dallas #5139
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161322
Closes June 2
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121322
Closes June 2
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131323
Closes June 2
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessory Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessory Auction #251323
Closes June 4
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Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction #171323
Closes June 4
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131323
Closes June 4
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141323
Closes June 4
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241323
Closes June 6
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231323
Closes June 6
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201323
Closes June 6
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