News-Antique.com - Mar 05,2014 - YORK, PA – Hake’s Americana & Collectibles, the auction house that established pop culture as a bona-fide category of historical memorabilia, has opened the bidding on its Auction #211. As always, there’s an immense array of items that fall under one of two headings: either “I had one of those!” or “I’ve never seen that before – anywhere!” As is the tradition with Hake’s, bidding on the 2,864 lots will close in an orderly consecutive fashion over three days, this time from March 18 through 20, 2014.
The long list of highlights includes pieces from the Julie Powell collection of early political memorabilia, Part II of the Disney character toy and collectibles collection of children’s book author Maurice Sendak (1928-2012), a unique collection of JFK/RFK presidential and campaign items, and a selection of early Cuban baseball ephemera from the Richard Merkin estate collection and other top-notch sources. Additionally, there are several examples of original post-psychedelic-era poster art from a master of the genre, Mark Arminski.
The auction opens with American political relics from the renowned collection of Philadelphian Julie Powell. Lot 20 is a high-grade example of an 1872 “Grant and Wilson” name flag. In beautiful condition, it is expected to make $2,000-$5,000. Another desirable 19th-century survivor is Lot 171, a starburst silvered-brass badge with Abraham Lincoln’s profile portrait and the inscription “EMANCIPATION/JAN 1 1863.” Only the second example ever encountered by Hake’s, this badge comes with provenance from the revered John Ford collection. Estimate $2,000-$5,000.
A modern-era, original-owner political collection includes 40-50 significant pieces from the Kennedy era. “The consignor was a trusted Kennedy senior aide who played an important role in the advance planning of personal appearances and trips for both JFK and his brother, Robert, during their presidential campaigns,” said Hake’s founder, Ted Hake. “His collection includes items that are just never seen, such as JFK staff-only badges. Lot 86 is a laminated JFK “Official Staff” badge issued to the consignor for use during the 1960 presidential campaign. Estimate: $2,000-$5,000. Other items include a JFK election night staff badge, four different sterling silver filigree pens and pencils JFK used as gifts, RFK “Press” badges, two RFK signed photos, and rare tickets and documents provided only to those guests invited to Kennedy funerals in 1963 and 1968.
Lot 1076 is the only complete collection of Cuban baseball cards issued in 1923-24 by Tomas Gutierrez, manufacturers of Diaz brand cigarettes, ever to come to the auction block. There are 84 SGC-graded cards in the set, numbering 1 through 83, plus #85. To Hake’s knowledge, no card #84 is known. “To give you an idea of how valuable this set is to collectors, we sold eight cards from the same series (from the late Richard Merkin’s collection) for $30,000. The cards in this set are in higher grade, and there are 84 of them,” said Hake’s General Manager Alex Winter. The set spans a who’s who of Cuban baseball talent of the 1920s. The players featured in this set include