Plan on attending any of several auctions coming up soon!

As a friendly reminder to our loyal readers, with this issue, Collectors Journal will move to publishing two issues per month for the next few months. Our next issue will be November 12, 2019.

Well, this Thursday is Halloween, when kids of all ages will don costumes of scary monsters, princesses, witches and host of other characters to celebrate the unofficial holiday that’s all about the candy! I’ve had my supply for about a week, and I’m very impressed that my family has not raided the goodies for Thursday’s big day! I wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween.

And to celebrate the day, this issue of Collectors Journal has a few articles related to Halloween, including Roy Nuhn’s article on Halloween blotters and Jeff Figler’s article on witches as popular figures. Terry Kovel also writes about Halloween this week. Enjoy! I also remember reading something about vintage paper decorations for Halloween being back in style. For me, they never went out of style. I’ve said in previous columns that I’ve got quite a few old paper decorations of Frankenstein, Dracula, witches, skeletons, ghosts and other Halloween-themed decorations that I put in my windows each year. Many of my decorations are more than 30 years old. I’m happy that they are coming back into style. Some of mine aren’t in the best shape but I’ve taped up tears, so I can continue using them.  I have sets of paper decorations for several unofficial and official holidays that are marked throughout the year. As soon as Halloween has past, I’ll be changing up my window display for Thanksgiving – and many of those paper decorations are quite old as well.

Anybody who is looking for some great auctions can take a look at a few I’ve received via e-mail:

A toy auction is Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. on both days. Each day will have more than 300 toys including toy tractors, trucks and toy farm equipment. The auction, by Nefzger Auction Service takes place at Oak Gardens in Dyersville, Iowa. More information about this auction is with Randy, at (563) 599-0772; Kristine, at (563) 543-6634; or at home at (563) 875-9230.

Single catalog auctions #134 and #135 are planned for November by Glass Works Auctions, based in East Greenville, Pa. Auction #134, which opens Nov. 4 and closes Nov. 11, is The Colors of Fall auction and features the first offering of the Don Spangler collection of Midwestern glass. Auction #135, which opens Nov, 18 and closes Nov. 25, is The Big Southern Round-Up auction and features Part 1 of the collection of the late Ralph van Brocklin. Both auctions are online-only. All bidding for both sales will be driven thru the website www.glswrk-auction.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Jim Hagenbuch at (215) 679-5849; or, you can email him at info@glswrk-auction.com.

Andrew Jones Auctions' first dedicated sale of meteorites and moon rocks, is slated for Saturday, November 9th, online and in the downtown Los Angeles gallery at 2221 South Main Street. Featured will be a rare Fukang Pallasite meteorite from China (est. $200,000-$300,000); a large and complete specimen of a Sikhote-Alin meteorite (est. $20,000-$30,000); actual pieces of the moon; and a wide array of iron slices from locales such as Australia, Greenland, Russia, Namibia, Nigeria and the U.S. Online bidding will be via LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Alex Galesic at 213-748-8008; or, you can email him at alex@andrewjonesauctions.com.

An auction is slated for November 16th and 17th by Austin Auction Gallery in Austin, Texas, featuring an historic oil on canvas painting by the renowned Texas artist Porfirio Salinas (1910-1973), created to be presented to President John F. Kennedy at Vice President Lyndon Johnson's ranch on November 23, 1963 -- the day after JFK's assassination. The painting has an estimate of $75,000-$125,000. Another work by Salinas is also in the auction. Also offered will be jewelry creations by Frank Patania, Sr., a magnificent collection of sterling silver and New Mexico art, and items from the estate of Alfred A. King, great-grandson of Captain Richard King, founder of the Texas King Ranch. Online bidding is available via LiveAuctioneers.comInvaluable.com, and through the Austin Auction website: www.austinauction.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Chris Featherston at 512-258-5479; or, email him at chris@austinauction.com.

Have a wonderful couple of weeks checking out auctions, sales and shows. We will be back with an issue on November 12, with more interesting stories and features on a host of antique and collectible items. Please contact us with mystery items; club and convention news; unusual collections; Auction Action news; or other antique-related matters. We can be reached at editor@collectorsjournal.com; meego929@aol.com or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.