Batter up! Aaron Judge and Mickey Mantle are both in Small Traditions’ July 8th lineup

baseball2 Aaron Judge’s signed Bowman 2013 rookie card (left) and a Mickey Mantle 1967 Dexter Press Premiums card are both in the July 8th auction. (photos courtesy Small Traditions)

Anyone following Major League Baseball today is aware of Aaron Judge, the rookie phenom on the New York Yankees who’s enjoying such a monster season he may end up winning baseball’s Triple Crown (highest totals for batting average, home runs and RBIs). The sports collectibles industry is well aware of Judge’s heroics. Consider the card presented on the left here: lot #3 in Small Traditions’ auction currently online and set to end July 8th. It’s Judge’s Bowman rookie card from 2013, signed by him and BGS-graded highly at 9.5. The card had a minimum bid of $2,500 and at press time had reached $6,000.

The final figure should go well beyond that, into the five figures, said Dave Thorn, owner of Small Traditions, based in Denver. For baseball purists who prefer more vintage fare, there’s the card on the right: lot #26, a 1967 Dexter Press Premiums Mickey Mantle card, PSA-graded 9. It was one in a set of cards that collectors could receive in exchange for soda bottle caps. The card had a starting bid of $1,000 and a current bid (at press time) of $1,495. Small Traditions holds online auctions every other month and specializes in two areas: unusual regional cards and sports items, and highly graded rookie cards and modern cards.

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Wonderful Chinese artwork, Buddhas at Eden Fine Antiques Galleries, July 15-16

Wonderful Chinese artwork This framed landscape painting by Wu Hufan (Chinese, 1894-1968), 70 ¼ inches by 53 inches, has an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. (photo courtesy Eden Fine Antiques Galleries)

Eden Fine Antiques Galleries is preparing for its highly anticipated, third annual summer auction slated for July 15th and 16th, online and at the firm’s gallery in Marietta, Georgia, located just outside of Atlanta. Up for bid will be items from General Chen Qi’s heirloom collections, to include unpublished Zhang DaQian paintings; additional paintings by FuBaoShi, Qi BaiShi, Wu ChangShuo, Xu BeiHong and many other artists; museum-quality porcelain pieces; and the final offering of Buddhas from the collection of Earl Sorenson, the international businessman based out of Atlanta and a renowned collector of Buddhas.

Lot #102, for example, from the Sorenson collection, is a rare, 15th century Chinese Sino-Tibetan Ming Dynasty gilt bronze Buddha depicting Vajrapani Chitta Mandala from the YongLe Reign Period and one of the most recognizable characters of Buddhist art. The 8 ½ inch tall figure has a pre-sale estimate of $1,500-$2,000. Another lot to watch is #138 (shown here), a framed landscape painting by the Chinese artist Wu Hufan (1894-1968), presented as a gift to General Chen CangQuan. The ink and color painting on paper laid to silk is 70 ¼ inches by 53 inches and has a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$5,000.

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Works by G. Harvey, other Texas artists, and 350+ designer handbags, all up for bid

Works by G. Harvey This painting by noted Texas artist G. Harvey (b. 1933), is titled Flowers for Pat. The work has a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000. (photo courtesy Austin Auction Gallery)

Austin Auction Gallery’s Mid-Summer Estates Auction planned for July 22nd and 23rd, online and at the firm’s gallery in Austin, Texas, will feature an outstanding collection of Texas art consigned by a private Arkansas estate and boasting noted artists such as G. Harvey (Texas, b. 1933, real name Gerald Harvey Jones), Porfirio Salinas, Palmer Chrisman and others. Fall scenes by all three of these artists will be in the auction, as will the painting shown here, titled Flowers for Pat, done by G. Harvey and a nod to his wife, Pat. The painting has an estimate of $15,000-$25,000, with a starting bid of $10,000.

The auction will also feature more than 350 designer purses and handbags, most of them vintage, dating from the 1980s to the 2000s in a variety of styles, sizes and materials by makers such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Celine, Balenciaga, Prada, Cartier and others. Also up for bid will be luxury goods such as scarves and a few jewelry items, plus fine Italian and French antiques, Danish Modern furnishings, Oriental carpets, architectural items and more. Start times both days will be 10 am Central time. Inspections will be held July 20th and 21st, from 10-5, and on both sale days starting at 8 am Central.