MEARS Auctions expanding from sports into vintage collectibles

Granger cigarettes ad Jimmy WilsonJimmy Wilson enjoyed a fruitful baseball career and tried his hand at managing once he finally hung up the spikes. This 11-inch by 20-inch advertisement (16 1/4 inches by 26 1/2 inches framed) shows Wilson pitching Granger pipe tobacco.

Vintage sports auctioneers MEARS Auctions is growing into traditional collectibles with a call out for consignments due March 10, 2012.

With more than 45,000 square feet of available offsite warehouse space, MEARS Auctions can handle collections of any size.

Recently, a collection of more than 50,000 sports books (more than 47 pallets holding some 200 titles with hundreds of signed leather bound editions) was consigned. These books will be for sale over the next several monthly auctions.

MEARS’ game-worn division is the company’s fastest growing sports-related segment.

The company is actively seeking items with provenance, team letters, or of a rare style to feature in their March auction. For quality items, the MEARS Letter Of Authenticity fee will be waived.

Two major sports card companies will be purchasing game-used products directly from MEARS Auctions, causing an immediate need for modern/vintage baseball, football and basketball game-worn items.

Vintage White Sox Dodgers Pinback1959 Chicago White Sox 3-inch pinback button.

February was MEARS’ single greatest multiple consignor auction to date. Highlighted items in MEARS’ February online auction included: a 1977 Pete Maravich New Orleans Jazz Warm Up Jacket with Provenance; (45) J. Edgar Hoover FBI letter collection; more than 30 game-worn caps; in excess of 50 game-used bats, including the 1977 bat used by Pete Rose in “the Game of the Week”; a 1925-28 Rogers Hornsby Spalding game- used bat, and much more.

The February sale also held many exceptional sports cards and card sets, as well as desirable memorabilia lots including an “ultra-rare” 1974 Vince Lombardi Open pinback button; a 1950s Monte Irvin Coca-Cola die cut full color advertising sign; “A Hard Day’s Night” Beatles die cut oversized full ticket from 1964; and the ultra Johnny Logan for Sheriff full matchbook.

Green Bay Packers vintage pennant“World Champions” Green Bay Packers pennant shows a football player on top of the world. Dating to the 1960s, this full size pennant with references to Bart Starr and Paul Hornung.

MEARS says their professional staff of photographers, graphic designers, writers/researcher, and administrative support is prepared to efficiently process your collection to guarantee you top market value. Their 30-day auction cycle provides for the quickest turnaround in the hobby, and payment is received in 30 days or less.
MEARS Auctions has partnered with many antiques-focused newspapers and websites in addition to their existing marketing relationships.

MEARS Auctions is also planning an aggressive trade show schedule this year, including showings in Ohio, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin during throughout 2012.

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