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Public domain image of Ty Cobb

1905 Ty Cobb vault-marked, game-used rookie bat sells for $1.1M

1905 Ty Cobb vault-marked, game-used rookie bat. Image courtesy of Grey Flannel Auctions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The earliest known Ty Cobb bat in the hobby, dating back to the legendary baseball player’s 1905 rookie season, sold last week at Grey Flannel Auctions for $1,074,544. Bidding opened at $100,000. The 24th and final bid was placed in the early hours of Monday, November 14.

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Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, photographed in July 2018. The president of an auction house in California has offered $2 million for the baseball that represents Judge’s historic 62nd home run of the season. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Keith Allison. Shared under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Fan who caught Aaron Judge’s 62nd HR ball offered $2M by auction house

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, photographed in July 2018. The president of an auction house in California has offered $2 million for the baseball that represents Judge’s historic 62nd home run of the season. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Keith Allison. Shared under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, photographed in July 2018. The president of an auction house in California has offered $2 million for the baseball that represents Judge’s historic 62nd home run of the season. Photo credit Keith Allison. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Shared under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

TUSTIN, Calif. – The owner of a sports memorabilia auction house said he has offered $2 million to the fan who caught Aaron Judge’s American League-record 62nd home run.

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Antique tobacco tins are smoking-hot collectibles

A rare Continental Cubes tobacco tin sold for $5,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2020 at Dan Morphy Auctions. Image courtesy of Dan Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — Patented in 1875, offset lithography quickly became the preferred way to decorate tin products, and the tobacco industry was a pioneer in utilizing the then-revolutionary technology to advertise its wares.

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Bertoia’s to auction Bill and Stevie Weart antique toy collection, Sept. 8-9 

Hubley cast-iron ‘Say It With Flowers’ delivery motorcycle, 10in long, the book example depicted in Bill and Stevie Weart’s ‘Cast Iron Automotive Toys’ (2000) reference book. Rare all-original toy in excellent to pristine condition. Estimate $15,000-$25,000

VINELAND, N.J. – On September 8-9, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, Bertoia’s will auction the antique toy collection of the late Bill and Stevie Weart, a couple whose contributions to the toy hobby were immense. Anyone who ever had the privilege of visiting the Wearts at their magnificent home in Allentown, Pennsylvania, was left with the impression that they had witnessed something exceptional for these times. Their grand three-story residence, which was situated in a tranquil parklike setting, visually reflected what was most important to them in a home: fine architecture, tasteful furnishings, a garden that beckoned wild birds, and most of all, an interior design plan that prioritized the display of their spectacular toy collection.

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An elementary school-age Mark Zuckerberg pictured on a souvenir baseball card printed in 1992 and signed by the future Facebook founder has been consigned to auction in September, with bidding to start at $1. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.

How much is Zuckerberg worth? Card collector could find out

 

Allie Tarantino, who served as a counselor at Elmwood Day Camp in Westchester, N.Y., when a young Mark Zuckerberg attended and gave him the signed card (inset) as a parting gift, has consigned the unusual souvenir to auction. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.

Allie Tarantino, who served as a counselor at Elmwood Day Camp in Westchester, N.Y., when a young Mark Zuckerberg attended and gave him the signed card (inset) as a parting gift, has consigned the unusual souvenir to auction. Image courtesy of ComicConnect.

NEW YORK (AP) – When camp counselor Allie Tarantino was flipping through a magazine years ago, he came upon a familiar name: Mark Zuckerberg. He rifled through boxes of memorabilia in his basement, running his fingers over old photos, newspapers and bus maps before finding a baseball card featuring a very young Zuckerberg grinning in a red jersey and gripping a bat.

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Market-watchers pounced on rare comic art & action figures at Hake’s $2.7M auction

One of six lots of Al Williamson (1931-2020) original, unpublished concept art that preceded the ‘Star Wars’ daily newspaper comic strip (which was ultimately written and drawn by Russ Manning and ran from 1979-1984). Of 12 proposal strips created by Williamson, the first six were gifted to George Lucas; the other six were given to Star Wars marketing genius Charles Lippincott, whose widow has consigned them to Hake’s. Sold for $46,730

YORK, Pa. – Original comic strip art continues to solidify its position alongside fine art in the collector marketplace, with the latest proof coming on day two of Hake’s July 26-27 auction of pop culture rarities. Amongst the highlights of the $2.7 million sale was a selection of six consecutive lots of original concept art created in the late 1970s for a proposed Star Wars daily newspaper comic strip. Drawn by legendary comic strip artist Al Williamson (1931-2020) as part of a series of twelve strips, the artworks never saw publication.

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Jackie Robinson Museum opens after 14 years of planning

Public domain image of Jackie Robinson from the LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection at The Library of Congress. Photo by LOOK Magazine photographer Bob Sandberg

NEW YORK (AP) – Long dreamed about and in development for longer than the big league career of the man it honors, the Jackie Robinson Museum opened Tuesday in Manhattan with a gala ceremony attended by the widow of the barrier-breaking ballplayer and two of his children.

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Hake’s Nov. 2-3 auction led by Capt. America shield screen-used by Chris Evans

Captain America shield screen-used by Chris Evans in ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions

YORK, Pa. – After two consecutive auctions that broke existing house records, Hake’s is back with a blockbuster November 2-3 Premier Auction that could push the pop culture giant’s 2021 gross beyond the $10 million mark. Between the red-hot state of the vintage collectibles market and an influx of new, investment-minded collectors coming into the hobby, new records are likely to be set not only by the November auction as a whole, but also in a number of pop-culture subcategories, said Hake’s president Alex Winter.

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A scarce set of 1908 Rose Company postcards, one featuring E.J. Coleman, president of the Scranton Miners baseball club, sold for $660 at Robert Edward Auctions’ spring 2018 sale. Image courtesy of Robert Edward Auctions.

Collector seeks rare Scranton baseball cards to complete collection

A scarce set of 1908 Rose Company postcards, one featuring E.J. Coleman, president of the Scranton Miners baseball club, sold for $660 at Robert Edward Auctions’ spring 2018 sale. Image courtesy of Robert Edward Auctions.

A scarce set of 1908 Rose Company postcards, one featuring E.J. Coleman, president of the Scranton Miners baseball club, sold for $660 at Robert Edward Auctions’ spring 2018 sale. Image courtesy of Robert Edward Auctions.

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – In the most fun card game a baseball fan as big as he is could play, Stephen Olson is potentially holding a miracle hand. He just needs to be dealt two more cards to complete it.

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Hake’s $3.6M pop culture auction shatters house record; highest gross in 54 years

Peanuts July 3, 1955 Sunday page original art by Charles Schulz. Features Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy. Fine condition overall. Sold within estimate for $80,476

YORK, Pa. – If records are made to be broken, then Hake’s has clearly mastered the art of an encore performance. Their June 29-30 auction, which grossed a robust $3.6 million, rewrote the company’s history books as it became their second consecutive auction to break an existing house record. Along the way, a number of new individual record prices were set, as well.

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