Hake’s 207th memorabilia auction offering rare ‘Americanize America’ button

With a diversity seldom matched in other venues, Hake’s Americana & Collectibles, now in its fifth decade, has been gathering things collectors love and finding them new homes through its auctions. Holding nearly 3,000 items in more than 200 collecting categories, Hake’s 207th auction closes Nov. 13-15, 2012. Bidders can participate through the firm’s website with real time bidding or by using their latest, 400-plus page catalog, available free to first-time customers by calling 866-404-9800.

McKinley and Roosevelt 10-inch diameter jugate button in Near Mint condition, with hanger. Photo courtesy Hake’s Americana & Collectibles

Some of the major collectible categories represented include presidential campaign items, including a 10-inch diameter jugate button featuring William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt; the rare “Americanize America” 1920 jugate button for James D. Cox and Franklin D. Roosevelt and many more.

Holiday items include many Santa Claus buttons and a German Belsnickle Santa.

Hundreds of advertising items range from soda to beer to tobacco and more; another high quality section devoted to baseball, including more baseball cards and photos from the Richard Merkin Collection, such as a 1924-1925 Aguilitas #846 John Henry Lloyd card and an amazing panoramic photograph featuring the historic Philadelphia Royal Giants line-up in addition to a Babe Ruth signature and a Hank Aaron “714” game signed baseball.

The World War II category includes a nice selection of posters, toys and games and anti-Axis collectibles.

Other major categories include toys such as Hubley cast iron toys in exceptional condition, a nice selection of tin cars, trucks and tractors and wind-up and battery toys; movies, including an array of classic movie exhibitor books and personal effects from Hollywood greats Errol Flynn, John Barrymore, Clark Gable, Great Garbo, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner and Bette Davis; pin-ups, including a Marilyn Monroe signed photo and personal effects and two pieces of original art by modern pin-up artist  Olivia de Berardinis.

Comic books of all types and titles are offered, including EC Horror, Avengers #1, a diverse offering of Silver and Bronze Age Marvel comics including gold armor Iron Man, the first issue of Daredevil, and the first three issues of Silver Surfer; BLBs, including G-Men/G-Man, The Shadow, Green Hornet, Western heroes and comic characters; original comic art including a Bernie Wrightson Swamp Thing page, and an EC Comics collection cover and Joker art by Brian Bolland.

Comic characters include The Yellow Kid, Felix the Cat, Betty Boop, Dick Tracy, Popeye, Underdog, Bullwinkle and The Jetsons; cowboy heroes, including a rare Roy Rogers Rodeo Lariat store standee display.

Space heroes include Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, and an extremely rare boxed example of the classic Lost In Space Roto Jet Gun/Weapons Set; superhero collectibles are well represented with a Near Mint example of the Superman Secret Chamber ring, and items for Batman, The Phantom and Mego action figures; extensive offerings for Captain Action and 1960s GI Joe; several items for beloved television character Howdy Doody, including a high grade example of the Howdy Doody Phono Doodle record player.

Hake’s world famous reputation for offering the best vintage Disney character collectibles continues with this auction including an exceptional Charlotte Clark doll trio consisting of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto; a girls model Donald Duck bicycle by Shelby; a large and impressive Mickey & Minnie mechanical Old King Cole 1930s store display pair; a Marx Mickey Mouse Delivery motorcycle wind-up toy prototype; an original Carl Barks painting of the Duck Family; a rare Brayton Laguna Coachman from Pinocchio cookie jar and an exceptional selection of original art from films such as Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia and several Disney cartoons.

This auction also includes Hake’s second offering of fossils and minerals, including the fossilized remains of a Diplomystus fish in the act of eating a smaller fish, petrified wood and fern slices, crystals, carvings and other fossils.

One final item of note is an historic, one of a kind button collection. 485 buttons covering a vast array of subject matter that were used in the color section of “The Price Guide To Collectible Pin-Back Buttons 1896-1986”. Many buttons in this collection are unique examples in the hobby. This item is fully detailed in the “Featured Collections” section of our homepage.

Hake’s 207th auction is now online and closes Nov. 13-15, 2012. Bidding can be done online or via phone at 866-404-9800.

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