‘The Cereal History Exhibit’ opens in Battle Creek

1960s Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries cereal box with back-panel ad for collectible Wiggle Figures. Image courtesy of Hake’s Americana and LiveAuctioneers

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) – Those who were born in the early 1990s or before might remember the purple-and-green Reptar Crunch cereal that was released for just a couple months in 1999. It was a Post Consumer Brands cereal released as a tie-in to the popular cartoon series “Rugrats.”

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Grey Flannel offers elite game-used sports memorabilia in auction closing June 27

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Sports memorabilia collectors know that as the weather begins to heat up, Grey Flannel Auctions’ summer auction is right around the corner. Nearly 900 generously illustrated, premium-quality lots are available to preview in the newly published catalog online at www.GreyFlannelAuctions.com. Bidding closes on June 27.

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Original map of Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood up for auction

The original map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood has been unseen for 50 years. Sotheby’s image

LONDON – This July, Sotheby’s will offer for sale the original map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood by E.H. Shepard. Possibly the most famous map in children’s literature, this charming sketch from 1926, has been unseen for nearly half a century and will be offered with an estimate of £100,000-£150,000/$133,476-$200,202 at the English Literature, History, Science, Children’s Books and Illustrations sale in London on July 10.

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Library of Congress receives largest donation of comic books in its history

Steve Geppi, president and founder of Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, shows off his collection, May 22, 2018. Photo by Shawn Miller.

WASHINGTON – The Library of Congress announced today that collector and entrepreneur Stephen A. Geppi has donated to the nation’s library more than 3,000 items from his phenomenal and vast personal collection of comic books and popular art, including the original storyboards that document the creation of Mickey Mouse. This multimillion-dollar gift includes comic books, original art, photos, posters, newspapers, buttons, pins, badges and related materials, and select items will be on display beginning this summer.

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Frank Frazetta painting outshines Superman comic at auction

Frank Frazetta’s ‘Death Dealer 6’ painting sold for $1.8 million. Heritage Auctions image

CHICAGO (AP) – Superman may be the Man of Steel, but he’s no Death Dealer.

Comic books featuring the debuts of Superman, the Joker and Catwoman fetched hundreds of thousands of dollars at a Chicago auction Thursday, but the star was undoubtedly a painting by science fiction and fantasy artist Frank Frazetta.

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Palace unveils collectibles commemorating new royal baby

Selection of items honoring the birth of the new royal baby, son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Courtesy of The Royal Collection

LONDON – Buckingham Palace has commissioned an exclusive range of collectibles to celebrate the birth of the new royal baby, the third child and second son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, born on Monday, April 23, 2018.

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Mint ’52 Topps Mickey Mantle card sells for $2.88M

The iconic 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 baseball card sold Thursday for $2.88 million. Image courtesy PSA

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif – A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 baseball card, graded Mint 9 on a scale of 1 to 10 by Professional Sports Authenticator, sold for a new Mantle card record of $2.88 million at auction on April 19. The auction, conducted by Heritage Auctions, had a total of 21 bids placed on the much-publicized Mantle lot.

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Marvel superheroes show opens at Seattle’s MoPOP museum

Captain America costume worn by Chris Evans in the Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron (2012). Photo by Jonathan Pulley, courtesy of Museum of Pop Culture

SEATTLE (AP) – Marvel superheroes are gathering in Seattle. The Museum of Pop Culture, MoPOP, is opening an exhibit exploring eight decades of heroes created by Marvel Entertainment.

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Trove of author Ray Bradbury’s papers set for preservation

Ray Bradbury (American, 1920-2012), Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. First edition. Sold by Heritage Auctions in 2014 for $14,000 + buyer’s premium. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Heritage Auctions

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Ray Bradbury won over generations of readers to science fiction with “Fahrenheit 451” and other works during a writing career that spanned much of the 20th century and produced a mountain of manuscripts, correspondence and memorabilia.

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Nebraska collector enamored with antique gas pumps

Rare Refiners gas pump globe, original condition. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Mecum Auctions

OSMOND, Neb. (AP) – Along with being an auto repair owner, Adam Rice has a hobby that keeps him busy in his spare time. He restores antique gas pumps.

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