Time for another auction post. The latest Huggins & Scott auction will be in full swing next week. The catalog arrived and I've had a chance to peruse it and select a few items that interest me.
Title: Large Collection of Ephemera with Ashburn Concentration
Lot #: 37
Description: Presented are multiple large containers filled with newspapers, magazines, pamphlets and miscellaneous ephemera with most having a connection to the Philadelphia Phillies and Richie Ashburn. More than a hundred 1960s and 1960s newspapers, including Sporting News, are present with each issue having an article or image of Whitey Ashburn. There are large format magazine such as Look, Life, Boys Life and the Saturday Evening Post – all featuring Ashburn in some way. Other highlights include a 1964 Cooperstown yearbook, a Dick Perez Baseball Masterpiece book (incredible artwork on the interior pages), various Phillies team photos, and an unused 1993 Phillies appointment book. There are sure to be treasures unearthed in this lot, so an in-house review is strongly encouraged. The overall weight of the lot is several hundred pounds, and freight shipping or local pick-up is required.
Opening Price: $100
Current Price: $0
My Thoughts: It is ephemera. Why wouldn't I like it? It seems that a Richie Ashburn collector that is parting with his collection. Although if I purchased it I would feel like I'd be sure to end up on a Hoarding: Buried Alive episode.
Title: 1954 Willie Mays "Say Hey!" Baseball Game in Original Box With All Pieces
Lot #: 62
Description: While the origin of Willie Mays’ “Say Hey” moniker is not quite definitive, it caught on fast and stuck. The offered novelty attests to Mays’ immense popularity at an early stage in his career. Marketed by Oliver Toys in 1954, this Willie Mays “Say Hey!” Baseball game pays homage to the Harlem great. In its original cardboard box (VG with creases and separation at the upper left corner), the game is complete with all of its original parts.
Opening Price: $100
Current Price: $150
My Thoughts: I like old baseball games. I don't know that I'd like to play it, but board games intrigue me.
Title: 1934 Schutter-Johnson/Canadian Chewing Gum “Tarzan and the Crystal Vault of Isis” Near Set (46/50)
Lot #: 363
Description: Presented is a 1934 Schutter-Johnson/Canadian Chewing Gum “Tarzan and the Crystal Vault of Isis” near set of (46/50) cards. The serial of this feral apeman is accentuated by (5) professionally graded cards. Included are 1934 Canadian Chewing Gum: (13 cards, average VG, two have paper loss or writing) with #4, 8, 14, 16, 21-23, 29, 33, 34, 39, 42, #50 “The Parting” (VG-EX); 1934 Schutter-Johnson: (34 cards, median VG, two have paper loss or writing) with #1 “The Urge of Tarzan” (FR), 2, 3, 5-7, 9, 10, #11 (SGC 40), #13 (PSA 3), #15 (SGC 40), 17, 18, 20, 25, #26 (PSA 3), 27, 28, 30-32, 34-36, #37 (PSA 4), 40, 41 and 43-49. Missing only #12, 19, 24 and 38 for completion. Both versions of #34 are present.
Opening Price: $400
Current Price: $500
My Thoughts: Cow skulls, flying boys in white summer clothing, Lothar the Pterodactyl, a robot baseball team, a Lou Zocchi GameScience d36, pith helmets. What's not to like?
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