Superb collections of Hank Aaron and Sandy Koufax baseball cards are in Small Tradition’s May 5th auction

ST image 1 Rare 1964 Sandy Koufax Tropicana Motel postcard, large, with facsimile signature variation, graded PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 1, from The K-15 Koufax! Collection (MB: $2,500)

Small Traditions’ internet-only Spring 2018 Premium Auction, online now and ending on Saturday, May 5th, is highlighted by the Cardbull Hank Aaron collection and the K-15 Koufax! Collection. Together they showcase dozens of some of the highest-graded and most coveted baseball cards in existence. The Cardbull Collection features PSA 9 graded copies of every one of Hank Aaron’s standard Topps issues (except for his 1954 rookie card, 1958 Yellow Letter variation and 1960 issue, which are all in PSA 8 condition). Several Pop 1 highest graded Hank Aaron oddball issues are also in the auction.

ST image 2 1955 Topps #47 Hank Aaron PSA 9 Mint Pop 25 highest graded baseball card from the Cardbull Collection, unquestionably one of the finest examples in existence (MB: $5,500).

The K-15 Koufax! Collection includes many of the hobby's rarest regional and oddball issues featuring the legendary southpaw. The "K-15 Koufax!" moniker refers to Sandy's record-setting 15-K performance in Game 1 of the 1963 World Series. The auction also features dozens of Hall of Fame rookie cards in various grades; highly graded Mickey Mantle cards; Derek Jeter cards; a 1963 Kahn's Jim Brown graded PSA 9 Pop 2; the first-ever 1986 Memphis Chicks Bo Jackson Gold rookie card graded PSA 1; and Japanese Calbee cards that feature Ichiro Suzuki from his playing days in Japan (1994-2001). To see more, click here.

ST image 3 Mickey Mantle card, first name not outlined, PSA 9 Mint Pop 2, the highest-grade example known, cards distributed by Exhibit Supply Co. (Chicago), 1947-1966 (MB: $1,000).

 

 

 

Items pertaining to Steve Jobs and Apple Computer, Einstein, Shel Silverstein at University Archives, May 8th

UA image 1 Betamax cassette with Apple Computer’s first TV commercials that aired during Super Bowl XVIII in 1984, signed by the ads’ art director Brent Thomas (est. $10,000-$15,000).

A Betamax cassette with Apple Computer’s first (and now-famous) TV commercial that aired during Super Bowl XVIII in 1984, a large photo of Albert Einstein signed, dated and inscribed by the legendary physicist, and an archive of material pertaining to author, musician and creative powerhouse Shel Silverstein will all come up for bid on Tuesday, May 8th. They’re just a few of the 255 lots of rare, highly collectible autographed documents, photos, manuscripts, books and relics being offered by University Archives, in an online-only auction that will open for live bidding starting at 10:30 am Eastern time.

UA image 2 Albert Einstein signed black and white photo (“to Mr. K.H. Browne, A. Einstein 48”) measures 7 ½ inches by 9 inches (including mat), in fine condition (est. $7,000-$8,000).

As with all University Archives online auctions, this one is packed with important, scarce and collectible signed documents and other items relating to some of the most important names in all of history. These will include JFK and Jackie Kennedy, MLK, Winston Churchill, Fidel Castro, Abraham Lincoln, Greta Garbo, Houdini, Andrew Jackson, Barack Obama and Marilyn Monroe. The Betamax cassette with both Super Bowl ads from 1984 is a dub from a 1983 edit. It’s signed by Brent Thomas, the ads’ art director (the director was Ridley Scott). The cassette tape carries a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-$15,000. For more info, click here.

UA image 3 Archive depicting Shel Silverstein’s life and career as a multi-faceted artist, filled with over 500 pages of manuscripts, poems, lyrics, sheet music, more (est. $60,000-$70,000).

 

 

 

Monster 4-day auction by Holabird Western Americana in Reno, Nev., May 7th-10th, will feature nearly 3,000 lots

HWA image 1 Buffalo Bill/Pawnee Bill Wild West Show poster, 30” by 40”, mounted on linen, “Pawnee Bill’s Great Far East Combined with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” (est. $8,000-$15,000).

Holabird Western Americana Collections’ big four-day sale coming up May 7th thru 10th is being billed as an Americana, Railroad, Mining & More Auction, but those three categories are just the tip of a much larger iceberg. The sale also includes Native Americana, cowboy and Western collectibles, numismatics, tokens, rare soda and medicine bottles and more. “We also have an incredible collection of antique woodworking tools in their original wooden chests,” said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections, based in Reno. “This represents a great opportunity for museums and collectors.”

HWA image 2 Oak-framed broadside poster for California Powder Works, the first American explosive powder manufacturing company west of the Rockies, c. 1885 (est. $12,000-$18,000).

The auction will be held online and in Holabird’s gallery, at 3555 Airway Drive in Reno, Nevada, starting at 8 am Pacific time all four days. The auction also features a few rare, gorgeous antique slot machines, Part 1 of the R. B. Worthington Texas token collection, a marvelous array of Native American collectibles (jewelry, baskets, pots, rugs and more), Continental currency, uncirculated fractional currency, railroad passes, stocks, maps and more. Day 4 will feature 562 lots of entry-level collectibles and large dealer lots that are ideal for resale. Nearly 3,000 lots will come up for bid over the course of the four days. To view all items being auctioned, click here.

HWA image 3 Native American buckskin Pow Wow dress, colorfully beaded both sides and fringed (est. $1,000-$3,000).

 

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