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Interesting array of auctions and sales continue in May

As we are in mid-May, many of us look forward to the coming months of marking American holidays. And while Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season, May 27, we shouldn’t forget about Armed Forces Day, which will be celebrated on May 18 this year. Doing a little research on the national (but not federal) holiday, I learned a little more about Armed Forces Day. Below is some information I found at

“The first official Armed Forces Day took place on May 20, 1950, and was themed “Teamed for Defense.” In honor of the special day, B-36 Bombers flew over state capitals, a march was led by more than 10,000 veterans and troops in Washington, D.C., and over 33,000 people participated in a New York City parade. In addition, the first Armed Forces Day also played an essential part in educating society and expanding public knowledge of the military and the role they play in the community. Therefore, it wasn’t only a means to honor those who serve or who have served in the military, but also a way to showcase its top of the line equipment and abilities used to protect those in our country. Since Armed Forces Day is not a federal holiday, many military installations are available for public viewing for those wishing to take part in the celebration or to learn more about our country’s military. Some other ways to celebrate the special occasion include wearing red, white and blue, flying the American Flag, talking with or writing to a military member, donating to military-based organizations, or sending care packages for those serving overseas. Read more:

Military item collectors can usually find a variety of items at sales and auctions throughout the country. Several auctioneers in the Midwest (and beyond) host auctions where the emphasis is on military items including specialty firearms, uniforms, medals, pins and other related merchandise that is quite collectible.

Shoppers may want to wear some red, white and blue while attending some auctions this weekend. And I’ve also received some e-mail messages regarding upcoming auctions and sales.

A Don't Lose Your Marbles Auction is scheduled for five days, Thursday through Monday, May 16th-20th, by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, online and at the gallery in Reno, Nevada. Marbles are actually just one component of a massive sale that will comprise 4,134 lots in a wide variety of collecting categories, to include Western Americana, mining, railroadiana, stock certificates, Native Americana, art, bottles, postal history, baseball memorabilia, coins, medals, tokens and more. Internet bidding provided by and AuctionMobility.comIf you need additional information about this auction, you may call Fred Holabird at (775) 851-1859 or (844) 492-2766; or, you can e-mail him at

The online auction of a rare and museum-quality Grateful Dead Skeleton and Roses FD-26 concert poster is being offered by Psychedelic Art Exchange, with offices in Baltimore and Park City, Utah. Bidding is open now, at, and ends on Thursday, May 16th, at 9 p.m. Eastern time. The poster, recognized as one of the 'Holy Grails' of the concert poster collecting genre, has been authenticated and graded 9.8 by CGC, the highest graded example to ever come to auction. If you need additional information about this poster or auction, you may call Glen Trosch at 410-218-0228; or, you can e-mail him at

An old-fashioned, three generation century farm auction, by Wears Auctioneering, Inc., is Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and May 19 at 7141 Old River Road in Ely, Iowa. The large auction includes car/truck machinery equipment; tractors; lumber; antique crocks; hayracks; a wringer washing machine and much more. This is from the estate of William J. Novack. More information about this auction is at or via telephone at (319) 624-3779. Auctions Unlimited has an auction on Saturday, May 18 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Appanoose County Fairgrounds at 703 W. Franklin Street in Centerville, Iowa. Included in this auction are guns and sporting equipment; antique furniture and a selection of primitives and musical instruments. Household items include butter churn, bean pot; box cameras and more. More information is at or with David Zaputil at (641) 724-9243.

A Modern Ceramics & Art Glass Auction is planned for Wednesday, May 22nd, by Gray's Auctioneers & Appraisers, online and at the gallery in Cleveland, Ohio. Featured will be works by the Ohio potter, sculptor and teacher George Roby; the noted Cleveland School ceramist Claude Conover; and sculptures by the non-objective sculptor Helen Beling. Internet bidding will be provided by and Gray's website. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Serena Harragin at (216) 226-3300; or, you can e-mail her at

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