Philip Weiss to host collectibles extravaganza auction Oct. 3-4


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Lots pertaining to reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes will be sold, including this signed flight cover.

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Hundreds of quality, fresh-to-the-market items in an impressive array of categories – to include stamps, coins, rare books, autographs, postcards, sports items, comics, comic art, rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, pop culture collectibles and more – will be sold in a two-day, weekend sale slated for Oct. 3-4 by Philip Weiss Auctions, in the firm’s showroom, located at #1 Neil Court.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to secure important collections and prominent local estates for our customers all year,” said Philip Weiss of Philip Weiss Auctions, “but not all of them have had the diversity of merchandise as this one. We can honestly say there will be something for just about everybody at this auction. It promises to be a long weekend. Hundreds of great lots will change hands.”

The festivities will kick off on Oct. 3 beginning at 10 a.m. Stamps, coins, rare books, autographs and postcards will cross the block throughout the day. Highlights include a Salvador Dali book with hand-drawn presentation by the iconic Surrealist; lots pertaining to legendary recluse Howard Hughes (a signed flight cover, a signed photo and a signed letter); and a letter signed by Orville Wright.

Marilyn Monroe items include a signed cocktail napkin, a silver print by Dienes and a group of unpublished negatives of the late goddess of the silver screen. Also sold will be actor Robert De Niro’s public school test papers; a terrific archive of Kennedy family photos; a fabulous run of Playboy magazines, featuring #2 through 1960; a Max Lieberman signed book; and a copy of Lord of the Rings, signed by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Other published works will include an original children’s book of illustrations by Francis Wainwright, a partial set of The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, and a complete 4-page newspaper, Emile Zola L’Aurore. Early maps will feature an example by Blaeu, while a pair of early slavery-related broadsides will also be offered. Ephemera pertaining to slavery has become a hugely popular collectible.

Stamps and coins will be offered in abundance. Sold will be a super Russian stamp collection; U.S. stamps (to include large estate collections of face and better material, as well as individual better items); foreign stamp collections; several collections of Confederate bonds; many U.S. coins (including silver and gold pieces); and a huge collection of currency error notes (including dual denominations).

The Oct. 4 session, starting at 10 a.m., will feature sports-related items, rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, comics, comic art, pop culture collectibles and more. The sports items will include a seldom-offered Ramly Tobacco Walter Johnson baseball card (SGC graded 3); a 1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card (PSA 6 Ex./Mt.); a full ticket to Lou Gehrig’s Memorial Day game at Yankee Stadium in 1941; Yankees’ signed championship team baseballs; and a 1927 World Series baseball program (Yanks at Pittsburgh).

Other sports items will include a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers 14kt gold player’s wife’s heart and stone; loads vintage baseball cards (to include complete sets from the ‘50s and ‘60s); a large collection of PSA non-sports graded cards; a 1950s Bill “Moose” Skowron game-worn Yankees road jersey; mint-in-the-box Hartland baseball statues; a rare Satchel Paige green pennant; and signed bats and baseballs.

One signed ball certain to garner attention has Babe Ruth’s autograph on it (PSA graded 9). Also sold will be a Babe Ruth signed cover. Rounding out the sports category: many hand-painted jerseys by Karen O’Neil Ganei; black-and-white Hall of Fame cards signed by Nap Lajoie, Mel Ott and Grover Cleveland Alexander; and an archive of material from Harry Sparrow, the Yankees business manager (circa 1913).

Over 100 lots of animation art will also be sold Oct. 4, to include vintage Disney production art and an original Dopey animation cel with Courvoisier background. Original comic art will feature two Peanuts strips by renowned illustrator Charles Schulz; a pair of original Hogarth Tarzan Sunday pages; Jack Kirby comic art pages; and original signed Hal Foster Prince Valiant story panels.

Bidders will vie for a piece of history when the original door and stools to Buffalo Bob Smith’s home studio come up for bid. The door is engraved and signed by guests who came to visit the Howdy Doody host at his home. Also offered will be a collection of Little Lulu comics and ephemera; original art for a 1958 Disneyland map, by Sam McKim; and a high-grade Amazing Fantasy #15 comic book.

Pop culture items and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia will appeal to baby boomers in the crowd. Some expected top lots include a collection of Peter Max pop-art posters; a signed John Coltrane album; a signed Jimi Hendrix album cover photo; signed Fender guitars by Steve Winwood, Slash (from Guns N Roses), Willie Nelson and Madonna; and a George Harrison promotional display with 26 unused tickets.

Also sold will be a collection of 1940s cereal box store displays; a Charlie Watts signed first edition; a John Lennon Bag One poster, signed; Beatles tickets and stubs; a 1964 Beach Boys San Jose concert poster with ticket stub; Family Dog and Bill Graham posters (including the Grateful Dead, FD26 first print); and an INXS collage with notes by Michael Hutchence handwritten 11 days before his death.

Philip Weiss Auctions will also hold a three-day extravaganza the weekend of Nov. 13-15, also in Oceanside, N.Y. The Nov. 13 session will be an estate sale, featuring paintings, clocks, a large collection of early stand-up Victrolas, Edison Players, Edison Death Masks and more. The Nov. 14 session will feature toys (many from the Steve Rathkopf collection), toy soldiers, toy trains and more.

The military collection of Edward V. Golaski will be sold Nov. 15. Included will be Civil War-era guns, swords, a huge badge and medal collection, hats, helmets, uniforms and images. Also sold will be the Weaver Circus & Carnival Collection, Ken Schultz ocean liner items, a single-owner Zeppelin collection, a collection of presidential memorabilia, glass and pottery items, and more.

Philip Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them directly, at 516-594-0731, or you can e-mail them at phil@prwauctions.

To learn more about the company and its calendar of upcoming sales, to include the Oct. 3-4 weekend event, visit www.prwauctions.com.

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Bowman 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card, highly coveted by collectors and graded PSA 6 Ex./Mt.
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High-grade copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, one of the rarest comic books, featuring an early Spider-Man.
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Rare green pennant featuring pitching great Satchel Paige, who played in the Major and Negro Leagues.
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Extremely rare Ramly Tobacco baseball card of pitching legend Walter Johnson (SGC graded 3).
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Hard-to-find program from the 1927 World Series, pitting the mighty New York Yankees at Pittsburgh.

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