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Silent films, Walt Disney, and Michael Jordan represented at Potter and Potter’s March 28 pop culture sale

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter has announced a 626-lot Entertainment, Toys & Collectibles sale for Thursday, March 28. The sale is topped with lots tied to two iconic American celebrities. The complete catalog can now received presale bids at LiveAuctioneers.

Founded in 1988, Upper Deck was the first sports-related trading card company to address card counterfeiting by affixing a company-logo hologram to each card it made. Upper Deck sold out its entire print runs for 1989 and 1990 Major League Baseball card sets, and began a series of ‘Authenticated’ product releases with licenses with key sports figures. In 1996, Upper Deck released Wings, a panoramic print of Michael Jordan in a run of 500. Each was signed by Jordan; this example is number 282. Measuring nearly 41 by 16.5in, the lot is accompanied by an Upper Deck certificate of authenticity and other paperwork. It is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.

Sharing top-lot status in the March 28 sale is a signed copy of Walt Disney’s Sketch Book of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, estimated at $5,000-$7,000. Printed in London and Glasgow by Wm. Collins Sons & Co. in 1938, this first edition publication is signed by Disney (1901-1966) and is illustrated with Disney Studios sketches of Snow White characters and 12 mounted color plates.

Though largely forgotten today, Harry Langdon (1884-1944) was one of the most famous silent-era movie comedians, ranking with Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. A lifetime collection of 55 Langdon-related items is really the hidden gem of Potter & Potter’s sale. The tranche ranges from incredibly rare one-sheets and lobby cards to a signed contract. The leading one-sheet is for Long Pants, a 1927 First National release starring Langdon and directed by a very young Frank Capra. So acrimonious was their on-set collaboration that Capra was fired at Langdon’s demand. The one-sheet has minor restoration but is otherwise excellent, and is estimated at $1,200-$1,800.

Equal parts creepy and uniquely interesting is a 1970s-era complete Ronald McDonald costume accompanied by a selection of magic tricks that the actor who wore it would perform at birthday parties and promotional events. Made by Milwaukee’s Eder Mfg. Co., the costume has it all – shoes, wig, gown, gloves, and more. Potter & Potter notes that complete Ronald McDonald costumes are scarce. It’s estimated at $2,000-$4,000.