Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last autograph offered at Hake’s Nov. 14-15

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YORK, Pa. – Hake’s brings possibly the last autograph given by Martin Luther King, Jr., to market as the star lot in its next auction, planned for Tuesday, November 14 and Wednesday, November 15. The catalog is now live and available for preview or bidding at LiveAuctioneers (Day 1, Day 2).

Political memorabilia opens the 1,909-lot sale with a March 31, 1968 church program book from Washington Cathedral, signed by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who delivered his last Sunday sermon at that service. Four days later, King lost his life to an assassin’s bullet. The autograph was obtained by a then-18-year-old college student who went on to become a Washington attorney. He treasured the memento for 55 years before making the decision to part with it.

According to Hake’s research, no other MLK-autographed item ever to come to auction was signed at a later point in King’s life. A framed presentation, the signed book comes with a JSA LOA and a letter from the consignor detailing the circumstances leading up to his fortuitous encounter with the civil rights icon. The program is estimated at $35,000-$50,000.

An 1856 hand-painted folk art parade banner designed in Spencerian style promotes the ultimately unsuccessful Republican presidential ticket of John C. Fremont and William L. Dayton. Hand-inked by artist F. W. Wells onto two vertical sections of unglazed cotton joined at the center, it is attached to a horizontal wooden pole with 31 handmade square nails. The textile measures 57 by 77in and is estimated at $20,000-$35,000.

A Jackie Robinson baseball card offered exclusively as an incentive for subscriptions to Our Sports magazine in 1953 is another top lot in the Hake’s auction. The image used is the same from 1953’s Topps colorized baseball card of the legendary player, and the publication, which lasted for five issues, was an African American sports magazine that Robinson edited. The lot comes with a copy of the magazine and is CGC-graded 2.5 Good+. It carries an estimate of $5,000-$10,000.

A mint-in-sealed-box Hasbro Transformers Jetfire set comes complete with its original factory tape to the end flaps still intact. Graded NM+/Mint, the set is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.
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The last autograph given by Martin Luther King, Jr., estimated at $35,000-$50,000 at Hake’s.
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John C. Fremont and William L. Dayton Republican presidential ticket banner, estimated at $20,000-$35,000 at Hake’s.
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Jackie Robinson baseball card offered exclusively in Our Sports magazine in 1953, estimated at $5,000-$10,000 at Hake’s.
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Mego World’s Greatest Super-Heroes 1977 Iron Man figure, estimated at $10,000-$20,000 at Hake’s.
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Hasbro Transformers Jetfire set, estimated at $10,000-$20,000 at Hake’s.
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Lincoln pre-election note a top contender at University Archives, Apr. 19

A handwritten note twice signed by Abraham Lincoln days before winning the 1864 presidential election, most likely to his eldest son Robert, estimated at $40,000-$50,000
A handwritten note twice signed by Abraham Lincoln days before winning the 1864 presidential election, most likely to his eldest son Robert, estimated at $40,000-$50,000
A handwritten note twice signed by Abraham Lincoln days before winning the 1864 presidential election, most likely to his eldest son Robert, estimated at $40,000-$50,000

WILTON, Conn. – A handwritten note twice signed by Abraham Lincoln just days before winning the 1864 presidential election, ship’s papers from 1794 signed by both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and a 1748 handwritten note signed by Benjamin Franklin are among the highlights of University Archives’ online-only auction slated for Wednesday, April 19. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Basketball, baseball showcased in Jasper52 Sports Memorabilia sale, Jan. 4

1953 image of Jackie Robinson, as he appears on his Topps baseball card from that year, estimated at $26,000-$31,000
1969 Topps Lew Alcindor rookie basketball card, signed by the player as ‘Abdul-Jabbar,’ estimated at $3,500-$4,000
1969 Topps Lew Alcindor rookie basketball card, signed by the player as ‘Abdul-Jabbar,’ estimated at $3,500-$4,000

NEW YORK – An iconic Jackie Robinson portrait photograph, a Lew Alcindor basketball rookie card, and a press pass to Philadelphia home games for the 1915 World Series will battle for top lot status at Jasper52’s Sports Memorabilia auction, which will be conducted on Wednesday, January 4 at noon Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Pop culture rarities, Americana drive Hake’s auction total to $2.4M

Encased Star Wars (1978) 3.75in Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi 12 Back-A double-telescoping lightsaber action figure with SKU on footer denoted earlier production, AFA 75 Ex+/NM. Extremely rare and only the third carded specimen of its type ever to be offered by Hake’s. Sold for $79,178. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions
Encased Star Wars (1978) 3.75in Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi 12 Back-A double-telescoping lightsaber action figure with SKU on footer denoted earlier production, AFA 75 Ex+/NM. Extremely rare and only the third carded specimen of its type ever to be offered by Hake’s. Sold for $79,178. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions

YORK, Pa. – Financial markets may be taking a breather, but there’s never a time out for those who pursue investment-grade vintage collectibles. Hake’s, the auction house that lit the fire for America’s pop culture obsession 55 years ago, rang up yet another high-flying auction total on November 15-16, achieving excellent prices across many specialty categories and closing the books at $2.4 million.

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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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Swann’s March 24 sale salutes African American icons

Complete run of Our Sports magazine from 1953, edited by Jackie Robinson, est. $800-$1,200
Complete run of Our Sports magazine from 1953, edited by Jackie Robinson, est. $800-$1,200
Complete run of Our Sports magazine from 1953, edited by Jackie Robinson, est. $800-$1,200

NEW YORK — Swann Galleries’ Thursday, March 24 sale of Printed Manuscript & African Americana will feature important material ranging from slavery through the civil rights era and into the current period. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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60-year African Americana collection offered at Guernsey’s, Feb. 28

Joe Louis boxing memorabilia, part of the 20,000-piece Meaders collection, est. $2 million-$10 million
Movie poster touting Lena Horne’s film debut as ‘The Bronze Venus,’ part of the 20,000-piece Meaders collection, est. $2 million-$10 million
Movie poster touting Lena Horne’s film debut as ‘The Bronze Venus,’ part of the 20,000-piece Meaders collection, est. $2 million-$10 million

NEW YORK – Guernsey’s will auction more than 20,000 historic African American objects owned by 90-year old Staten Island resident Elizabeth Meaders on February 28. This important collection will be offered as a single lot on the last day of Black History Month. The lot is estimated at $2 million-$10 million. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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EstateOfMind offers stunning jewelry & Ravenal collection Oct. 2

Art Deco 14Kyellow and white gold dragonfly brooch with diamonds, star sapphires, rubies, emeralds and opals, est. $100-$1,000
Art Deco 14Kyellow and white gold dragonfly brooch with diamonds, star sapphires, rubies, emeralds and opals, est. $100-$1,000
Art Deco 14K yellow and white gold dragonfly brooch with diamonds, star sapphires, rubies, emeralds and opals, est. $100-$1,000

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Items from the living estate of Richard S. Ravenal – the now long-retired purveyor of Asian art and antiques and former owner of Asian Gallery in New York City – will headline a two-session auction planned for Saturday, October 2, by EstateOfMind. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Baseball treasures lurk within AOK May 22 auction

A century of baseball in three baseball cards (left to right): a 1911 Christy Matthewson T201 Mecca cigarettes card; a 1954 Jackie Robinson #10 Topps card; and a 2011 Mike Trout Bowman rookie card (RC) #101. All appear in AOK Auctions’s May 22 sale.
A century of baseball in three baseball cards (left to right): A 1954 Jackie Robinson #10 Topps card; a 1911 Christy Matthewson T201 Mecca cigarettes card; and a 2011 Mike Trout Bowman rookie card (RC) #101. All appear in AOK Auctions’s May 22 sale.

DAMASCUS, Va. – Sometimes, a whole tranche of treasures unexpectedly appears within the lineup of a larger auction. Such is the case with AOK Auction Gallery‘s May 22 sale featuring the Estate of Kelli Martin. Nesting within it is a head-turning selection of scarce baseball memorabilia–autographs, balls, baseball cards, and ephemera. Some pieces are modern, but many are early or vintage. The auction starts at 10 am Eastern time, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Three-day sports memorabilia auction scores $33.5M

Michael Jordan’s University of North Carolina jersey from his 1982-83 NCAA Player of the Year season, which sold for more than $1.38 million
Michael Jordan’s University of North Carolina jersey from his 1982-83 NCAA Player of the Year season, which sold for more than $1.38 million
Michael Jordan’s University of North Carolina jersey from his 1982-83 NCAA Player of the Year season, which sold for more than $1.38 million

DALLAS – One could say there were millions of reasons why Heritage Auctions’ three-day Spring Sports Catalog Auction was a newsmaker, beginning with the final tally: more than $33.5 million, a new record high for the world’s leading sports auction house.

This new highwater mark, set May 6-8, comes just two months after March’s $32.7-million Platinum Night Sports Auction – and only five months after Heritage’s first $22-million sports auction. In fact, December’s total set what was then the all-time record for any event ever held featuring only sports cards and memorabilia.

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