Hake’s fall auction showcases a massive 3,000 lots of history and pop culture


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One lucky bidder will be able to claim Buffalo Bob Smith's personal Howdy Doody jacket as a prize. Photo courtesy Hake's Americana

Warman’s Political Collectibles opens the door to the wide world of political campaign memorabilia and economic-social ephemera in an innovative historically and photographically rich approach. Find it at shop.collect.com.

YORK, Pa. — “After four decades,” says founder Ted Hake, “we are still evolving to meet the interests of today’s collector. Putting two centuries of America’s fascinating historical and cultural artifacts into a 420-page color catalog intended to facilitate telephone and real time Internet bidding is a challenge my staff and I relish. Auction #201 features greatly expanded sports sections, a doubling of our music/rock section to over 200 items and material of great quality and rarity in some 200 collecting categories from advertising to all forms of entertainment, politics, toys and so many additional collecting specialties that appeal to collectors.”

It is hard to appreciate the breadth of material in a Hake’s auction unless you’ve seen one of their three-pound catalogs or scrolled through the over 200 collectibles categories on their website, www.hakes.com.

Each of the York, Pa.,-based firm’s three annual auctions averages around 3,000 lots in three very broad categories: presidential campaigns and social causes, entertainments of all forms and toy cast iron banks and, third, the broad sweep of American life, which includes advertising, transportation, space exploration, holidays, sports, world’s fairs and military home front items.

Highlighting Auction No. 201’s entertainment sections will be a 1955 Bill Haley concert poster, Disney dolls made by Charlotte Clark the creator of the first Mickey Mouse doll in 1930, Buffalo Bob Smith’s personal Howdy Doody jacket, comic character pin-backs like the rare 1930s Betty Boop, radio premiums in original packaging, seldom seen 1966 Batman toys, mint in package 1977 Star Wars toys and original art by famed comic-related artists Charles Schulz, R. Crumb, C.C. Beck (Capt. Marvel), Frank Frazetta  and several Disney-related pieces.

The political category begins with a metal clothing button from 1789 made to commemorate the inauguration of George Washington. Other early pieces are seven British issued anti-slavery medals from the 1830s and an incredible set of the earliest actual photo campaign label devices showing the four 1860 presidential candidates (with running mates on reverses): Lincoln, Douglas, Bell and Breckinridge.

Jumping to the 20th century, all major candidates and social cause items are covered including 100 pieces related to the four campaigns of Franklin D. Roosevelt from a remarkably advanced collection.

In other areas, numerous lifetime collections with superb material not seen in the marketplace for decades will be presented. A sampling of these collections focus on the Spanish American War, advertising specialty items such as clickers, paper clips and bill hooks, railroad related small collectibles, soft drink signs, and many World War II patriotic items, highlighted by the ultra rare French version of an American designed poster proclaiming “Here is the Enemy.”

For additional information contact Ted Hake at 717-434-1630 or visit www.hakes.com. ?



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Disney dolls made by Charlotte Clark, creator of the first Mickey Mouse, highlight Hake's 201st auction.
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French version of an American designed poster proclaiming "Here is the Enemy."

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