This marathon, nearly 1,000 lot event offered an A to Z listing of top-tier temptations from collecting categories including coin-op, premiums, cards, toys, comics, popular culture, and others.
Chicago, IL, June 29, 2020 — Potter and Potter’s comprehensive Eclectible Collectible Auction promised something for everyone, and truly delivered! After a nearly 10 hour sprint to the finish, 93 lots realized between $400-1,000; 24 lots realized between $1,001-2,500; and 4 lots broke the $2,501 mark. Prices noted include the company’s 20% buyer’s premium.
Coin-op machines, including gaming and jukebox examples, took several of the top slots in this exciting sale.
• Lot #355, a Mills 5 Cent slot machine in the likeness of Ulysses S. Grant made $2,640. This astonishingly realistic 72” tall figure was bearded, wore a black hat, and carried a sword much like his namesake.
• Lot #362, a c. 1940s era O.D. Jennings Club Chief 5 Cent slot machine realized $2,400. This fantastic example featured its original, electric light-up mechanism and retained its original cord, plug, and keys.
• Lot #371, an AMI Continental 2 jukebox, model XJHA-100, brought $2,040 on its $1,000-1,500 estimate. This unrestored machine was recovered from long-term storage and was sold for parts or restoration.
This auction’s fine offering of ephemera and paper collections also caught the eye and interest of collectors worldwide.
• Lot #600, an archive of c. 200 pieces of jazz, blues, ragtime, and African American sheet music from the 1900s-50s timeframe was estimated at $1,000-1,500 and delivered $3,600. This collection featured subjects, songwriters, and composers including Scott Joplin, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, and numerous others.
• Lot #731, a group of Walt Disney / Disney memorabilia traded hands at $2,160 — over 8 times its high estimate. The collection included a Walt Disney signed album leaf; two pieces of 1930s Mickey Mouse sheet music; Snow White sheet music; and a few clipped advertisements.
• Lot #714, a 1970s Sex and the Vampire Poster for an English release of the French vampire/sex film realized $540 on its original $60-90 preauction estimate.
• Lot #945, a framed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows cast signed movie poster cast its spell at $900 on its $100-200 estimate. It was autographed by Daniel Ratcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, among others, and included a COA from Art of Music.
Collectible sports and entertainment cards also held the upper hand in this auction.
• Lot #412, a complete set of 55 Topps Batman Black Bat cards from 1966 made $840 on its $100-200 estimate. This nice, clean set consisted of the first 40 in soft sleeves and card saver holders and the remainder in soft sleeves.
• Lot #428, a complete set of 50 Superman Primrose Confectionery trading cards from 1967 scored $960 on its $100-150 estimate. This crisp set was ungraded and printed on thin paper.
• Lot #546, a 2011-12 Topps New York Yankees baseball card collection was a grand slam at $840. It was housed in a 15 x 13” hobby box and included examples from the Silk Collection, Historical Stitches, All-Star Stiches, Retired Rings, Commemorative Gold Pin, Championship Material, Inkable Accolades, Archive Autograph, and other inserts.
• Lot #548, a collection of 40+ premier sports cards, sold for $840 — more than four times its high estimate. Highlights of this grouping included a 2004 Jackie Robinson Playoff Prime Cuts jersey (16/25); a 2004 Soriano Playoff Prime Cuts (14/35); a Giambi Playoff Prime Cuts (14/25); a 1976 SSPC Thurman Munson (Beckett 9.5); a 2004 Playoff Prime Cuts Yogi Berra signature/jersey (21/42); and others.
Vintage premiums related to popular midcentury TV, radio, and comic personalities were also well represented in this sale.
• Lot #484, 69 fine c. 1930s-1950s entertainment premiums in a display case racked up an astonishing $3,360 on its $200-300 estimate. The collection consisted of pinbacks, badges, and buttons issued by various sponsors, and featured subjects including the Archie Club, Tarzan Radio Club, Speed Gibson, Popeye, World’s Fair St. Louis, Tarzan Signal Club, Frank Buck, Texas Centennial, Ted Williams, Brockton Fair, and Buck Jones Rangers Club.
• Lot #453, a set of Lone Ranger Gum Inc. premium pictures from c. 1938 made $660 on its $80-125 estimate. These four images measured 8 x 10” each.
• Lot #507, a collection of 33 assorted premium and novelty rings rounded out at $420 on its $50-100 estimate. This grouping included examples from The Shadow Club, Melvin Purvis G-Man/Secret Operator, Superman, Secret RinGun, Rescue Ring, Have Gun Will Travel, and others.
Comic books, musical instruments, toys and playthings, and other rarities that bridged traditional collecting categories brought this sale full circle.
• Lot #13, a Steiff Peter Rabbit pre-production sample of the company’s 1904 replica leapt to $660 on its $80-125 auction estimate. This 9 ½” tall prototype, wearing a topcoat and slippers, retained its button and “not for sale” ear tag as its Steiff IDs.
• Lot #629, a Fender Precision bass guitar from 1974 was estimated at $800-1,200 and realized $2,280. This instrument included its original case and featured a three -color sunburst, split pickup, a bolt on maple neck, and a maple fingerboard.
• Lot #233, a group of 35 Fantastic Four comics from the 1960s was estimated at $600-800 and made $2,280. These ungraded copies varied from poor to good, and included the very rare numbers 45 and 48 amongst the collection.
• Lot #765, a c. 1920s Harry Houdini wooden signature printing block more than quadrupled its high estimate to score $1,080. This 4 x 1 ¾” block read “Good luck/Houdini” and was sold along with three other printing blocks, including a quotation by John Mulholland.
According to Gabe Fajuri, President at Potter & Potter Auctions, “Our eclectic sale set a brisk pace and produced good results across all the categories represented, from coin-op to Steiff animals, comic books to circus posters. We’re heartened that even now, in challenging times, collectors are as acquisitive and inquisitive as ever, all across the board. My personal thanks go out to all of those bidders — and there were literally thousands that signed up for the sale — who stuck with us over the course of a day packed with banter and bidding.”
Potter & Potter, founded in 2007, is a Chicago area auction house specializing in paper Americana, vintage advertising, rare books, playing cards, gambling memorabilia, posters, fine prints, vintage toys, and magicana — antiques and collectibles related to magic and magicians. The company’s next sale, The Magic Collection of Jim Rawlins IV, will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020. For more information, please see www.potterauctions.com. Follow us on Facebook (potterandpotterauctions) and Instagram (potterauctions).
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