Sunday "Peanuts" page hits $67,800 at Weiss auction An original "Peanuts" Sunday page, done in pen and ink in May 1953 by Charles Schulz, sold for $67,800 at a multi-estate sale held September 13-14 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside, New York.
showing Alice came with a certificate of authenticity.
A 19th-century presentation rosewood baseball bat, with a silver engraved circular plaque, was a hit at $4,180. The bat, about 34-3/4 inches long, had been presented in 1888 to the John J. Dunn Base Ball Club for winning the Gillooly Association title. Also, a Coca-Cola Vendorlator VMC upright ten-cent vending machine, 57 inches tall, with the original key and in fine operating condition, hit $2,145.
A boxed, battery-operated Bear the Magician toy, made by Yonezawa of Japan, earned $3,390. The toy was tested and all functions came up positive. The only flaw was an original box with some light edge and corner wear. Otherwise, a great collectible toy. Also, a rare Tonka pressed steel toy truck, made in the 1950s as a company piece and never actually retailed in stores, changed hands for $3,160.
Philip Weiss Auctions has a packed schedule from now through the end of the year. September concludes with a huge stamp and coin auction on Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning with Part 3 of The Newport Stamp Collection. Then, a three-day sale slated for October 24-26 will feature toys, dolls, rock 'n' roll and Hollywood memorabilia, circus material, rare books and more “Peanuts” comic art.
November, however, may hold the blockbuster event of the year, with a date and time yet to be announced. Highlights will include the Holy Grail of sports cards – a T-206 Honus Wagner baseball card, graded SGC 3 – from the original owner; an original owner collection of about 450 T-206 cards, including a Demmitt error; an original Yankee Stadium Babe Ruth photo; and other sports-related lots.
Also to be offered in November: a letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to the Board of Directors at the Guggenheim Museum, critical of the pending museum's design; a rare and beautiful Louis Vuitton trunk; bats signed by Babe Ruth; a bat signed by Ruth and Lou Gehrig; a 1927 Babe Ruth signed ball; a Yankee signed ball with Ruth and Gehrig; and an archive of letters written by baseball legend Ty Cobb.
Also secured for the November sale: three Schulz “Peanuts” dailies; two “Prince Valiant” pages (one by Foster, the other by Murphy); a Herrimann “Krazy Kat” daily; a Sullivan “Felix the Cat” Sunday page; a 1930 “Popeye” daily by Segar; a hoard of '50s comics, including “Superman” and “World's Finest” splash pages; a Jack Kirby “Avengers” page; and a “Famous Funnies” #1 comic book.
Returning for a moment to the September 27 sale, presented will be an outstanding group of scarce and valuable U.S. Plate Block stamps, including #24 1-cent Type V; many 1881 issues to the 10-cent in Plate Blocks of ten and twelve; 90-cent (#229) and 50-cent (#260) Orange Plate Blocks of twelve; a pair of 1907 St. Gaudens $20 gold coins in high relief; and a huge medical stamp collection.
Other featured stamps will include a #277 $2 Madison; Columbians in Plate Blocks of eight to the 50-cent; Trans-Mississippi in Plate Blocks of