Affordable, entry-level collectibles spotlighted in latest auction

Lots ranging from toys to fine art, vintage photographs and a 60,000-plus hoard of sports cards will be offered up in’s Sports and Americana Auction.

The Internet only auction closes at 9 p.m. Central on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. Click here to view the full online auction catalog, or call 888-463-3063 for more information.

Roughly one-third of the auction’s lots have budget-friendly minimum bids of $25 or less, including a collection of Ford Dealership sales brochures from the 1960s and 1970s that’s sure to please automotive buffs — especially vintage Ford fans. In addition to catalogs that provide an overview of Ford models for 1963-66, there are separate brochures for specific models, including the Falcon (1963-1964 and 1967 model years), Fairlane (1964-65 and 1967); Mustang (1965 and 1967) and Thunderbird (1967). Minimum bid: $10.

All of the lots carrying large minimum bids are artwork. Artist Frank Stapleton has three pieces in the top tier: an autographed Cal Ripken and Sachio Kinugasa framed original oil painting ($3,000), an oil painting of Tom Seaver ($2,000) and an oil painting of Muhammad Ali ($2,000). Also drawing large reserves are a pair of bronze sculptures by artist C. Brown of Bruce Springsteen ($2,700) and Mickey Mantle ($2,400); an autographed painting of Mark McGwire by artist W. Delaney ($2,500); and bronze bust of Babe Ruth by artist P. Murphy ($2,000).

While sports pieces dominate the auction lineup, an eclectic mix of other pieces are available, including:


• An 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition lot that features seven framed tickets to various exhibits and events of the expo, which was held in Chicago. It includes a rare children’s special ticket. The 13-3/4” high grouping is framed with period silk American flag ribbon and cloth leaves. Minimum bid: $500.

• A pair of cast-iron mechanical pieces: one 20th century mechanical bank featuring three football players and a 1920s football kicker on a tin base. Minimum bid: $375.

• A 1939 Skelley Captain Midnight Air Heroes album with 16 mint-condition stamps. Minimum bid: $150.

• A signed 9” x 12” Jimmy Carter engraving. Minimum bid: $100.

• A signed color photograph of the Dalai Lama. Minimum bid: $50.

• A lot of 54 vintage images comprised of assorted tin types, cabinet cards, carte de visites and a glass-plate photograph. Minimum bid: $50.

• A pair of World War II Russian medals and a German cigarette case. Minimum bid: $50.

• A wooden hand-held stereoviewer and 188 slides from circa 1898-1901. Minimum bid: $25.

• A collection of vintage newspapers from the Apollo era of space exploration, including the Apollo 11 manned moon landing. Minimum bid: $25.

• A lot of nearly 250 assorted pins and buttons whose subjects range from sports heroes to politicians and pop culture icons. Minimum bid: $25.

• A 4-ounce Betty Taplin eggbeater set. Minimum bid: $15.


• A museum-quality, original bonded bronze sculpture of rock ’n’ roll icon Bruce Springsteen captured in his on-stage glory by artist by C. Brown. Minimum bid: $2,700.

• A set of early 1970s concert-used metal chimes by Alan White of the progressive rock group Yes. Minimum bid: $495.

• A red and white Fender Squier guitar signed by Chuck Berry. Minimum bid: $300.

• A “Wizard of Oz” Decca sound track album produced in 1939. Features four Mint 78 records. Minimum bid: $250.

• A 36-stamp grouping of National Screen Star Stamps issued in 1932 by E.A.N. Co. Featured performers include Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard and Tallulah Bankhead. Minimum Bid: $150.

• An uncut postcard sheet for The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St. album. This sheet contains 12 different postcards. Minimum bid: $125.

• A lot of 25 paper photos of 1930s movie stars released by the studios. Featured performers include Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Paulette Goddard, Roy Rodgers, Veronica Lake, Shirley Temple, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Ginger Rogers, Barbara Stanwyck, Mickey Rooney, James Cagney and Rita Hayworth. Minimum bid: $100.

• Five untouched sets of DC Vs. Marvel factory master cards from 1995. Minimum bid: $100.

• 1944 Captain Marvel No. 1 issue cover and fully intact picture puzzle. Minimum bid: $75.

• A full voided ticket to The Beatles’ motion picture “A Hard Day’s Night” that features the Beatles figures die-cut on the left side. Minimum bid: $25.

• Two sets (six boxes each, one for each of the six original-cast motion pictures) of Star Trek: The Cinema Collection cards produced by Fleer Skybox in 1994. Minimum bid: $25.

• A 60-piece grouping of pop culture collectibles featuring Peanuts, Dukes of Hazard, Batman and Walt Disney characters. Items range from a set of Snoopy Golf Clubs to wind-up toys, banks, puzzles, watches and Christmas ornaments. Minimum bid: $25.

• A 72-piece grouping of Topps comic heroes stickers and checklists from 1974-1976. Minimum bid: $25.

• A 200-card lot of the 1996 Fleer Batman master series, which includes all chase cards. Minimum bid: $25.


• An excellent condition “The Detectives” vintage board game produced by Transogram in 1961. Minimum bid: $100.

• An excellent to near-mint Parker Bros. Lone Ranger board game, circa 1950. Minimum bid: $100.

• An unused Tyco G.I. Joe train and battle HO-scale train set, circa 1983-1985. Minimum bid: $75.

• A lot of four mint in box “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” 12-inch figures by Mego. Featured characters are Spock, Ilia, Capt. Kirk and Arcturian. Minimum bid: $50.

• A Gund Four-in-One hand puppet set, in the box, featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto puppets. Circa 1960s. Minimum bid: $50.

• A lot of 10 sports-related board games, including Arnold Palmer’s Inside Golf, 1961; All-Star Baseball, 1955; Parlor Football Game, 1891 and Strat-O-Matic Pro Football, 1968. Minimum bid: $50.

• A pair of orange Metal Masters Co. 1930s Lincoln K cars, each 7” long. Minimum bid: $25.

• A Wyandotte metal and plastic target game featuring owls and crows. Minimum bid: $25.

• A lot of three tin toys featuring an M-164 spaceship and two tin tops. Minimum bid: $25.

• A circa 1950 Singer Sewhandy No. 20 youth sewing machine in excellent condition, with the box. Minimum bid: $20.


• A 1967 check signed by baseball great Jackie Robinson. Minimum bid: $700.

• A Brooks Robinson jersey signed by members of the World Series champion 1970 Baltimore Orioles. Minimum bid: $500.

• An autographed, limited-edition framed and matted lithograph depicting Muhammad Ali in a bout against Sonny Liston. Minimum bid: $400.

• A 1976 NFL Pro Bowl team-signed football featuring 37 signatures from team members including Joe Greene, O.J. Simpson, Jack Lambert, Mel Blount and Ray Guy. Minimum bid: $300.

• A Louisville slugger bat signed by Ted Williams. Minimum bid: $300.

• A 60,000-plus hoard of assorted baseball cards from the 1970s and 1980s. Minimum bid: $100.

• A half-dozen 1956 Topps baseball team cards for the Cubs, Phillies, Indians, Redlegs, Braves and Orioles. Minimum bid: $50.

• Complete boxed sets of the first 15 series of Perez-Steele Galleries baseball postcards. The cards are in EX-MT to NR-MT condition. Minimum bid: $10.

Sliwicki is editor of, a Web site that focuses on collectors and the antiques and collectibles they love to buy, sell and own. She can be reached at

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