Just pointing you over to the next big auction that I'm going to be bidding in. I've been a customer of Hake's Americana since back in the 90's and have mentioned them on the site before when talking about some rare finds that have come through my own doors.
Hake's Auction #203 is closing in just a few days, on June 21 and 23, and there's plenty of cool vintage movie collectibles available amongst the more general nostalgia. Hake's offers the kind of stuff I like here, vintage trading and gum cards and oddball premiums. Plus they always have pinbacks (a Hake's specialty), signed items and vintage movie posters and lobby cards and #203 is no exception. They've even got some triple authenticated personal memorabilia of the stars up for bid this time around including cigarette cases owned by icons such as Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart and Errol Flynn! With minimum bids of just a few hundred dollars I'll be watching those with hopes of stealing one!
I haven't won anything on Hake's in awhile now, but I'm really happy that my past wins have kept me on their mailing list--I was actually pretty astounded to receive a free copy of their latest auction catalog, an absolute monster, a few weeks back via FedEx. With just over 3,200 lots covering 440 slick illustrated color pages it kept me busy for hours! As I mentioned on Antique Trader back in the lead-up to Hake's Auction #200 last year, "I still read them cover to cover and am always fascinated by what I find." Check out the size of this thing:
I'm ashamed to admit that I mark them all up and dog-ear the pages as Hake's catalogs have become collectibles in their own right. Maybe I'll do some digging around in anticipation of covering their next auction and try to find some of the old catalogs from the 1990's. Tiny by comparison, but pretty impressive for the time!
Some of the cool vintage movie items being offered by Hakes in Auction #203:
Lot 1623 - Tom Mix Sterling Silver Signature Ring from Ralston 1942, Minimum Bid: $100
Lot 1757 - Charlie Chaplin & Jackie Coogan Umbrella with "The Kid" Graphics Theme, MB: $150
Lot 1761 - Pearl White in "Plunder" Pathe Serial Movie Promo Kit, MB: $200 (I checked, unfortunately Warren William isn't pictured on any of the items in this, his first film)
Lot 1765 -W.C. Fields Personally Owned Homburg Hat, with 2 COA's and a LOA, MB: $400
Lot 1775 - Bette Davis Personally Owned Sterling Silver Monogrammed Eyeglass Case, MB: $300
Lot 1778 - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Signed 1936 Newspaper Supplement Photo, MB: $150 (It's an M23)
Lot 1790 - Nancy Carroll in Child of Manhattan Original 1933 Release Lobby Card Pair, MB: $75
Lot 1801 - Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney Assorted Lobby Cards (6), MB: $100
Lot 2982 - Dixie Movie Star Premium Pictures Extensive Lot (29 premiums plus covers), MB: $250
Hake's Americana Auction #203 is closing next week, the first half on Tuesday, June 21 and the rest on Thursday, June 23. All lots are pictured online and you can bid online as well. Just stay away from the stuff I'm targeting!