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This Week in Sports News July 18, 2013
In This Issue:
Historic Eddie Gaedel Bat Featured in Upcoming Platinum Night Auction
Heritage Auctions Teams Up With ESPN "Mint Condition" at The National
Sunday Internet Auction Highlights
Charity KidSwing Golf Tournaments Auction #542
Heritage Auctions launches website redesign of HA.com
Introducing: The Heritage Blog
Consign Today
Employment Opportunities
Around Heritage Auctions
Current Auctions
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Historic Eddie Gaedel Bat Featured in Upcoming Platinum Night Auction Back to Top

In an auction that promises to be equally as exciting as an event promoted by Hall of Fame executive Bill Veeck, Heritage's Platinum Night Auction is now live on HA.com, and it is filled with an array of some of the most impressive pieces of sports memorabilia ever offered. One of the most unique and intriguing pieces in the auction is the actual bat used August 19, 1951, by the most famous little man in Major League history, Eddie Gaedel.

1951 Eddie Gaedel Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10

1951 Eddie Gaedel Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10Proudly presented, for the very first time, is the bat that Gaedel kept glued to his shoulder during the most hilarious episode in Major League history. The eighteen-inch long "Sisler-Hummel, St. Louis, MO." promotional model lumber has remained in the Gaedele family ever since Eddie brought it home from the ballpark and made it a gift to his brother. In fact, Eddie brought home all three bats he had swung in the batting circle, just like a real Major Leaguer, but made a point of giving the "gamer" to his brother who had many times been his protector during countless run-ins with bullies.

The bat is accompanied by two DVD's, one covering the Gaedel event, hosted by Bob Costas, and the other covering the drafting of Kyle Gaedele, Eddie's great nephew and the son of the consignor, by the San Diego Padres. In both DVD's the bat is pictured, and bat expert John Taube has established a grain match between the pictured bat and subject bat. These photo matches, and the Gaedel family provenance that concludes with a signed letter from Eddie's nephew and godson, compel foremost bat expert John Taube to assign the diminutive lumber the highest rating possible, a PSA/DNA GU 10. To view the online lot listing, please click here.

Heritage Auctions Teams Up With ESPN "Mint Condition" at The National Back to Top

Heritage Auctions will be teaming up with ESPN's "Mint Condition" in appraising your treasures at the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention. For the chance to have your memorabilia appraised and potentially aired on Mint Condition, please send us an email at Sports@HA.com and bring the item to the Heritage Auctions corporate booth #818 on Saturday, August 3rd from 10 AM to 2 PM. Filming of the show will commence shortly after.

Mint Condition

Sunday Internet Auction Highlights Back to Top

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.

Charity KidSwing Golf Tournaments Auction #542 Back to Top

Charity KidSwing Golf TournamentsThe 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 2012. Since its inception, KidSwing has raised an astounding $1.4 million for TSRHC.

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Heritage Auctions launches website redesign of HA.com Back to Top

Visitors to HA.com, the homepage for Heritage Auctions, the world's third largest auction house, will be greeted by a cleaner look and content-centric personalization today as part of a top-down redesign. The new look streamlines access to Heritage's 36 categories while retaining its industry-leading functionality for live bidding and collection cataloging services.

"Teams across the country worked for a year to make HA.com an even better starting point to build or sell a collection," said James Halperin, Co-founder of Heritage. "The site is cleaner and delivers a more customized experience, giving visitors and clients more tools to learn about the objects they love to collect."

New features make it easier for Heritage's 800,000+ online bidder members to find events, search by keyword or browse by category or auction and locate personal information such as MyBids, MyTrackedLots and MyCollection. New custom content blocks now serve up news and information about lots collectors are most interested in. Although HA.com may look different, all functionality will remain the same; members may access more than 3.5+ million prices realized — all for free — in Heritage's Permanent Auction Archives.

HA.com resoundingly ranks as the #1 website for fine art and high-end collectibles and started 2013 in the top .01 percent out of more than 150 million U.S. sites, with an ever-increasing number of visits coming from mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, according to data from Compete.com. Heritage was named by Robb Report as one of 'Luxury's 25 Most Innovative Brands' in its August 2013 edition.

Heritage recently enhanced imaging viewing options on the site by giving its 800,000+ online bidder-members the ability to pick between multiple views of high-resolution images and new Pan and Zoom feature and navigation controls are now available for all Heritage lots, including the 3.5+ million lots in its auction archives. The enhancement is one more way Heritage has redefined industry standards to allow anyone who registers on HA.com unlimited free access to high-resolution images, making it the largest free source of high-quality images of fine art and collectibles on the internet.

Members also may now sign in using PayPal, the most popular payment methods used by collectors on mobile devices, in addition to receiving text messages on their smartphones when lots they are bidding on, tracking or consigning are coming up for auction.

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Introducing: The Heritage Blog Back to Top

The BlogThe Heritage Blog begins! Heritage experts, who are collectors themselves, will be writing about their passion, covering a wide range of categories from coins to sports and jewelry! The Heritage Blog gives our volunteer writers an outlet to get creative, to share their thoughts, and to give other collectors a place to go to read about the things they love. Check it out today and connect with the collector in all of us at blog.ha.com.

Consign Today Back to Top

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
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Lee Iskowitz
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or email at LeeI@HA.com

Peter Calderon
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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

Employment Opportunities Back to Top

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
  • Classic Cars Specialist
  • Coin Buyer: (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
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Housekeeping
  • Interns
  • Maintenance Assistant: Dallas
  • Shipping Associate: Dallas
  • Web Marketing & Social Media Specialist: Dallas
  • Web Marketing Specialist: Dallas

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

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Iconic Crockwell, Elvgren and Rockwell works highlight Illustration Art event

DOUGLASS CROCKWELLGil Elvgren's racy 'Bare Essentials,' a 1957 Brown & Bigelow calendar painting from the peak era of the classic American pin up, is expected to realize $75,000+ in its auction debut as part of Heritage Auctions' July 31 Illustration Art Signature® event in Dallas. Elvgren's iconic image heralds a veritable who's who of 19th and 20th century artists.

Another iconic work also making its auction debut is Up at Bat, The Saturday Evening Post cover, August 10, 1940 by Douglas Crockwell, which is expected to break $40,000+. The charming slice of Americana is considered a treasure among Illustration Art collectors.

"Crockwell's painting is perhaps the best Saturday Evening Post cover ever printed and among the best Crockwell produced during his career," said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. "While planned as a more intimate single-catalog sale, our summer auction is chock full of treasures across the realms of Pin-Up, Paperback, Golden Age & Classic Art, and everything in-between—as collectors have no doubt come to expect."

PATRICK NAGELThe diversity of major artists featured in the sale spans more than a century. Patrick Nagel's Her Casual Pose from 1983, expected to bring $30,000+, and appears on the heels of two straight record-setting results for the artist. Rolf Armstrong's Hello Everybody!, dating to the late 1920s, is considered one of his more iconic works. Originally a Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration, the image was used on a 1929 cover of College Humor magazine as well as a compendium documenting Armstrong's work. It is expected to bring $20,000+.

Art from the Golden Age of Illustration art includes a rare Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post interior illustration from 1947, which may bring $35,000+, a Saturday Evening Post cover by Harrison Fisher, is expected to reach $6,000+ and Howard Pyle's work titled Sunday In Old Catskill, a story illustration from Harper's New Monthly magazine 1879, is expected to realize $10,000+. A number of works by famed children's illustrator Garth Williams may be led by original cover art for the Little House series titled These Happy Golden Years, from 1953, is expected to bring $5,000+.

NORMAN SAUNDERSStanley Meltzoff's cover painting for I Am Legend by science fiction/fantasy author Richard Matheson is expected to bring $5,000+ to lead a particularly strong offering of pulp and paperback book cover illustrations. Norm Saunders' gruesome Dream-Doll of Nightmare City, the cover image for All-Story Detective, December 1949, is expected to fetch $9,000+. The pulp illustration selection offers a heavy emphasis on science-fiction masterworks, including treasures from the estate of pioneering fan and historian Jerry Weist — with rare examples from the likes of Frank R. Paul, Virgil Finlay, Frank Kelly Freas, and John Berkey.

And what Heritage Illustration Art auction would be complete without a strong selection of fetching pin-up art, some of which comes directly from the Charles Martignette Collection. Never-before-offered paintings by Gil Elvgren include Aiming High (Will William Tell?), from 1959, which is expected to bring $50,000+, and Something New, from 1957, which also may realize $50,000+, in addition to examples of his charcoal and pencil works. A+ examples by the likes of Rolf Armstrong, William Medcalf, Pearl Frush, Earl Moran, Zoe Mozert, Olivia, Robert McGinnis round out the selection.

More information about Fine Art auctions.

Current Auctions Back to Top
Sports Auctions
August 1-2 Platinum Night Sports Auction - Chicago #7080
August 1-2 Platinum Night Sports Auction - Chicago #7080

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August 4 KidSwing Golf Tournaments Auction #542
August 4 KidSwing Golf Tournaments
Auction #542

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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151329
Closes July 21
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151330
Closes July 28
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151331
Closes August 4
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151332
Closes August 11
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Signature Auctions
July 27-28 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas #7078 July 27-28 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas #7078
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July 31 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5140 July 31 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas #5140
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August 1-3 Comics Signature Auction - Dallas #7079 August 1-3 Comics Signature Auction - Dallas #7079
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August 4 Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Auction - Dallas #538 August 4 Lomasney Vintage Movie Art Auction - Dallas #538
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August 8-10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont #1188 August 8-10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont #1188
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August 10 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #7081 August 10 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas #7081
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Other Internet Auctions
Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241329
Closes July 18
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201329
Closes July 18
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231329
Closes July 18
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121329
Closes July 21
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131330
Closes July 21
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161329
Closes July 21
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Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction #171330
Closes July 23
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131330
Closes July 23
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141330
Closes July 23
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessory Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessory Auction #251330
Closes July 23
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