Auction News – June

Hunt MLB All-Star FanFest Auction open for absentee bidding

Hunt Auctions, Inc. July 11, 2006 MLB All-Star FanFest Live Auction online catalogue is open to absentee bidding until Sunday July 9, 2006 at 5pm EST. To view the online catalogue and results please go to the “Current Live Auction” section of our website at http://www.huntauctions.com . All auction items will be on display for preview at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh from July 7th-11th. We will be conducting complimentary appraisals of sports memorabilia during the show hours.

NOTE: We are also pleased to announce several fine late addition items to include a Honus Wagner single signed ball, Cy Young single signed ball, and a fine Bill Mazeroski game worn fielder’s glove. The glove has been consigned by Mr. Mazeroski directly with the proceeds to benefit the Bill Mazeroski Scholarship Foundation. The late addition lots may be viewed in the online catalogue from Lot #’s 1a-1g. Call 610.524.0822 or e.mail info@huntauctions.com with any auction related questions. Thank you and enjoy!

Martin Luther King III leads auction to raise $ for Realizing the Dream

New York, June 28 – Celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment and public service will offer unique personal experiences or memorabilia in an auction to benefit “Realizing the Dream,” the charity overseen by Martin Luther King III, eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Imagine a private tour of the Yogi Berra Museum conducted by Yogi himself, followed by lunch with the baseball immortal in the company of your family or friends.
 
That will be one of what is expected to be celebrity offerings in the hundreds, all to be conducted this fall in online bidding. The announcement of this unusual and worthy event was made today by “Realizing the Dream” at Salute restaurant in New York by Martin Luther King III.
 
The online auction will be conducted through the website provided by Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show, a sports auction house based in Timonium, MD.
 
“Realizing the Dream” seeks to continue the legacy and work of Dr. and Mrs. King and to help with the building of the Washington, D.C. National Monument for Dr. King.
 
Already aboard for the auction are Tiki Barber, who will make a winning bidder his guest at a Giants game and the recipient of his game jersey; the same for a Jets game as the guest of the Jets’ Jonathan Vilma; and for a New Jersey Devils game, courtesy of Scott Gomez; a luncheon with former UN Ambassador and Dr. King colleague Andrew Young; a suite at a New York Islanders game, donated by the Islanders; an opportunity to ring the opening bell at the New York Mercantile Exchange; personal gifts from Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and Willie Randolph; lunch, tickets and backstage passes for hip-hop artist Rakim; lunch with Run DMC’s Joey Simmons; a portrait of Dr. King painted by the artist Peter Max, along with a tour of his studio, and a host of others waiting in the wings as the process of gathering auction lots begins.
 
“I greatly appreciate the work that so many have put into this effort to honor the legacy of both my father and mother,” said Mr. King. “The donations made by celebrities across the worlds of sport, entertainment and public service are a real testament to the power of that legacy. Because of their commitment and generosity, we will be able to continue the important work toward realizing my father’s dream.”
 
Brandon Steiner of Steiner Sports, and Bert Padell of Padell, Nadell, Fine, and Weinberger & Co. are among those helping to secure celebrity offerings.
 
Steve Geppi, Presideent of Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show, said, “We’re happy to donate use of our Website for this fine cause. ‘Realizing the Dream’ is a perfect metaphor for those in the public eye, and this chance to help benefit this fine charity is an opportunity we welcome proudly.”
 
“Realizing the Dream” is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Dr. King’s dream a reality by improving the lives and helping make the American dream a reality for all of our nation’s citizens, through research, education, and community/economic development programs. Monies raised from the auction will be used directly to carry out these programs.
 
FFI: Marty Appel Public Relations (212) 245-1772 
Marty Appel Public Relations
100 W. 57 Street
New York NY 10019
212 245-1772
212 245-6353 (fax)
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Mike Gutierrez Joins Heritage

DALLAS, TEXAS:  Heritage Auction Galleries is pleased to announce the addition of veteran sports memorabilia expert Mike Gutierrez to the staff.  He brings with him decades of hobby experience and a wealth of knowledge of the sports market.  “This signing represents a major step forward for the department,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Auctions.  “Mike will be an integral player in our ascent to the top of the industry.”

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Gutierrez is recognized as one of the foremost sports autograph authenticators in the hobby, and is currently a consultant for PSA/DNA, the hobby’s most respected third-party authentication service.  Though certainly a household name within the sports collectibles industry, Mike has achieved even greater celebrity through numerous appearances as an expert for the popular PBS television program “The Antiques Roadshow.”  His appraisal skills have been called upon for the estates of Bruce Lee, Pete Rozelle, Babe Herman, and Muhammad Ali. In addition, many top auction houses have relied upon Mike’s rock-solid authentication credentials.  Mike was lead authenticator of the autographs in the Barry Halper Auction, the largest personal collection of sports memorabilia ever sold.
 
“Mike is one of the most trusted and respected figures in the hobby,” noted Ivy.  “His fine reputation is yet another reason he was an obvious choice for the Heritage family.”

Heritage Sports Collectibles specializes in rare and collectible sports cards, autographs, uniforms, equipment, and related vintage sports memorabilia. Gutierrez is actively seeking consignments for the Fall Signature Auction and prospective consignors or sellers of quality material are encouraged to contact Mike at 800-872-6467 ext 183 or MikeG@HeritageAuctions.com.

Heritage Auction Galleries is headquartered at 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor, Dallas, Texas, 76034. For more information, visit their website at www.HeritageAuctions.com

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Rusty Staub Collection joins Rizzuto’s in Geppi’s September auction

Timonium, MD, June 26, 2006 – Rusty Staub, seventh on the all-time list of games played at the time of his retirement, has consigned his personal collection of memorabilia to Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show, to be included with The Phil Rizzuto Collection this September.  
 
Staub, whose career spanned 23 seasons, 1963-1985, was one of the most popular players in the game, and had the unique distinction of “owning the city” at nearly every one of this stops. He was among the most popular players of any sport when he played at Houston, at Montreal, at New York, at Detroit, and even one year at Texas.  The 6-time All-Star batted .423 in the 1973 World Series, and was the game’s 5th youngest player when he broke in, and the 4th oldest when he retired.
 
At Houston he was part of the Houston Colt 45’s, a teenage sensation who helped inaugurate the Astrodome. At Montreal, as an original Expo, he was “Le Grand Orange,” the red-haired favorite of a multi-lingual audience. At New York, he helped the Mets to the 1973 pennant. At Detroit he drove in as many as 121 runs in a single season. At Texas he hit .300 in his only season. And back in New York, he became the game’s premier pinch hitter with the Mets. He played in 2,951 games and had 2,716 hits, including 292 homers. He later became a broadcaster and a celebrated restaurateur in New York, while also establishing The New York Police and Fire Widow’s and Children’s Benefit Fund Foundation, Inc, which became particularly high profile after 9/11. The organization has raised more than $140 million.  In addition to the Fund, a portion of the proceeds from the auction will go The Rusty Staub Foundation  a major program of which is the seven emergency food pantry locations in the five boroughs of New York City that do over 600,000 meals a year.
 
“I’m really pleased to be in this auction with Phil Rizzuto,” he said. “Phil is a great New York icon just like Yogi.  To share the auction with him is terrific.  I was excited to see some of the items he’s put into the auction and I decided if I’m ever going to put mine up,  sharing a catalog with Phil was the way to go.”
 
Among the items in The Rusty Staub Collection will be his first base mitt from his very first Major League game, a game-worn Expos flannel uniform, a 1986 team-signed Mets baseball, many single signed baseballs, several All Star team signed balls, including one with Roberto Clemente, his first Major League home run ball, hit off Don Drysdale, the balls from his first hit, his 1000th hit, his 2000th hit and his 2500th hit, his last outfielder’s mitt, used to make a celebrated catch down the right field line  against the Pirates in a key late season 1985 game, a home run ball he hit from Game #3 of the 1973 NLCS against Cincinnati, a baseball signed by Richard Nixon, his 1969 All Star Game used bat, and his high school yearbook, which he had signed by Ted Williams.
 
Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show specializes in collections consigned directly from players, their families or their representatives. The company is headquartered at 1966 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, Maryland 21093. The telephone number is 877-ROAD-SHW. (877-762-3749) or +011 (410)427-9456 outside the US. The website is http://www.gmrs.com <http://www.gmrs.com/> .
 
Contact: Marty Appel Public Relations (212) 245-1772
 
 
Marty Appel Public Relations
100 W. 57 Street
New York NY 10019
212 245-1772
212 245-6353 (fax)
www.appelpr.com <http://www.appelpr.com/> 
 

Current Mastro Auctions Classic Collector Auction Closes Next Week!

Get Your Bids in Now!

The Classic Collector Auction is closing this coming Thursday!   This is your last week to get your initial bids in before 9 pm Central Time on Thursday, June 22nd!

Remember that you must place a bid on a lot by 9 PM CT to be eligible to bid on that particular lot during the extended bidding period!!! The 30-minute clock starts to tick for each lot at 11 PM CT.  At that time, each lot closes individually after 30 minutes with no bids – so get set to go!

Also, be sure to check out our new Live Internet Bidding Application. Just click on the “LiveOnline” link at the top of a page for information on this revolutionary system. There are several tutorials available on the Application’s Help page. Imagine on auction closing night being able to see the time left and the actual bids change on the screen in front of you without even moving a finger to click your mouse or refresh your page. We invite you to experience it LIVE!

If you are a new bidder with Mastro Auctions or have not bid with us in some time, you may want to review the rules for the auction, especially the “30-minute closing”. Follow this link to review: http://www.mastroauctions.com/index.cfm?Action=DisplayContent&ContentName=Rules%20%26%20FAQs

If you don’t recall your user name and password, go to this address: http://www.mastroauctions.com/index.cfm?Action=DisplayContent&ContentName=Password%20Reminder

To view the auction and place your bids, just visit www.mastroauctions.com

If you have any questions, or wish to contact us – please e-mail us at classic@mastroauctions.com

Good Luck and Enjoy the Bidding!

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Goodwin  &  Co. Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons IX Auction One Week Left

Dear Clients,

I  hope  everyone is enjoying the auction. There is only one week left
to  get  your  bids  in,  as the auction ends next Thursday, June 8th.
There are a few corrections that I would like to point out to you that
are listed below.

* Lot #17 was incorrectly identified as Pete Wood by PSA. It is George Wood
* Lot #23 should read Willie Keeler instead of Johnny Evers
* Lot #90 T207 Stack has one card graded higher, which is a PSA 7
* Lot #92 T207 Scanlon has one card graded higher, which is a PSA 7
* Lot #93 T207 Lennox has one card graded higher, which is a PSA 9
* Lot #94 T207 Gardner has one card graded higher, which is a PSA 7

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Good luck and I hope you have fun with the auction,

Bill 

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