not only members of the Cuban and Negro League Halls of Fame, but also five players inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The lot estimate is $75,000-$100,000.
The auction also contains early Cuban baseball memorabilia from the fabled Richard Merkin collection. The selection includes news service photos of teams and players; a few signed documents, a broadside, scorecards and other rare ephemera.
Comic character toys from the estate of children’s book author/illustrator Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) were among the top sellers in Hake’s November sale. Now collectors will have a chance to bid on Part II, which includes some real gems. Lot 2038, a 1930 Mickey the Musical Mouse tin toy was made in Germany for the English market under license to Ideal Films Ltd. The toy features Mickey and Minnie Mouse pushing a stroller with a horn-tooting baby Mickey in tow. The lot could reach $20,000-$35,000 at auction. Other Sendak highlights include Lot 2046, a figural Mickey Mouse painted cast-aluminum doorstop, est. $10,000-$20,000; and Lot 2668, an SGC-graded complete set of “Mickey Mouse with the Movie Stars” gum cards. Each card has a comic scene of Mickey Mouse interacting with a Hollywood celebrity, such as Charlie Chaplin, Mae West, Groucho and Harpo Marx, etc. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000.
Two consecutive lots feature original pen-and-ink artwork by legendary comic book artist Jack “King” Kirby. Lot 1859 is the original art for page eight of the November 1965 issue of Marvel’s Fantastic Four #44, with a Stan Lee storyline that introduced Gorgon of the Inhumans. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000. Lot 1860 comprises a pair of pages of Kirby artwork from the January 1969 issue of Marvel’s Captain America #109. For the issue’s story written by Stan Lee, Kirby reinterpreted the origin of Captain America, which he first drew with Joe Simon in 1941’s Captain America Comics #1. Lot 1860 is estimated at $20,000-$35,000.
Lot 1844, featured on the cover of Hake’s catalog, is a special framed artwork of Superman drawn in 1941 by the character’s co-creator Joe Shuster as a gift for MLB Hall of Famer Louis “Lefty” Gomez. The depiction of the Man of Steel, with legs astride and hands on hips, is described by J.C. Vaughn of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide as “the single finest Joe Shuster Superman I’ve ever seen.” The work was personally inscribed by Shuster and collaborator Jerry Siegel: “Best personal regards to Lefty Gomez from one SUPERMAN to another.” It carries an estimate of $20,000-$35,000.
Leading the comic books to be sold is Lot 1711, a CGC 3.5 VG copy of Amazing Fantasy #15. Issued in August 1962, the comic has a Jack Kirby cover, Steve Ditko art and a Stan Lee storyline that introduces readers to The Amazing Spider-Man (Peter Parker), as well as Parker’s Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000.
A small archive of material by/from legendary concert poster artist Mark Arminski has been entered in the sale. The grouping includes posters he designed – that subsequently were signed