Pedigreed Collections Highlight Hake’s Auction #194 Bidding has opened for Hake’s Americana & Collectibles Auction #194, which features a diverse and exciting range of items from multiple pedigreed collections of toys and pop culture memorabilia.
When the first wave of Batmania swept across America in 1966 due to the new Batman TV show, Craig Warren was among those children whose imagination got carried away. His interest never left him. Eventually he assembled what is regarded as one of the most impressive selections of Bat-collectibles available, many among them exceedingly rare or unique. Warren focused his Bat-Collecting mainly on items from 1966-1969 and his interest in packaging graphics led him to search for still factory-sealed or Mint in Package items, hence the incredible quality of the pieces being offered. The Bat-items available in this auction include the boxed Batman Play Set by Ideal (1966, widely considered to be among the top Batman collectibles) and a factory-sealed copy of the Batman & Robin Target Game by Hasbro (1966).
Shortly after graduating college, James Gallo opened his first toy store in Wynnewood, PA. The passion for collectibles was not a new thing for him, though. He first started going to toy and train shows with his father (a Lionel Train collector himself) at the age of 12, and was already very interested in comic books and collectibles. A love of Spider-Man and a supportive family made for an easy choice – He became a collector. Over the next 20 years Gallo spent a great deal of time at shows, auctions and going through mail order catalogs looking for Spider-Man collectibles he didn’t yet have. His collecting also branched out to other Marvel superheroes, Ideal’s Captain Action, and other material. Pieces offered Hake’s Auction #194 from this collection include a Marvel Superheroes Poster Set (Personality Press, 1966) and a rare Spider-Man vinyl inflatable pillow (1968).
Andy Levison assembled one of the largest comic character and celebrity hand puppet collections around beginning with his discovery of the Larry Fine (of the Three Stooges) puppet in his father's Bronx apartment in the 1970s. He wondered whether Larry would ever be re-united with Curly and Moe. In law school at the time, he worked through the remainder of his courses and the bar exam and ended up living in Philadelphia and working for a small law firm in 1980. He then began to found Curly at a collectibles show in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Moe arrived from Seattle in 1981, and a pattern was set for him. He built a collection that now includes virtually every cartoon character or celebrity who became famous enough to be presented in puppet form from the 1930s to the present day. Highlights of the items from this collection include a Popeye Puppet Trio from the early 1950s and a Pookie The Lion puppet actually used on the Lunch with Soupy Sales television show.
Items #1-880 in the auction begin closing at 10 PM ET on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, and items #881-2354 begin closing at 9 AM ET on Thursday, June 5. Detailed information on closing procedures is available on www.hakes.com. Bids are accepted by telephone and on the internet. Please call Toll Free