By Kimberley Mathisen


It’s hard to believe, but while we’ve been enmeshed in the global pandemic as well as other weather catastrophes in various parts of the country, we’ve left summer behind and are now welcoming fall. Let’s hope that conditions improve on all fronts as we enjoy cooler weather and colorful, turning leaves.

This issue of Collectors Journal is spotlighting toys and that’s always been a favorite of mine. There are many sub-categories within the toy collectors –trains, dolls, pedal cars –just to name a few. My son collects vintage and specialty Risk games, and I wish I had a few of my games from childhood such as Password, Concentration and a few more.

There are several sales, auctions and shows highlighting collectible and vintage toys listed in this issue. Check out our special pages devoted to toys. I’m sure they’ll spark some memories or maybe even some shopping.

Meanwhile there are quite a few online auctions coming up that cover a variety of items. Here’s a few auctions I received via e-mail:

The ultimate prize from the late Dr. Paul Munchinsky’s legendary trove of baseball buttons, comic books and much more is on at Hake’s September 23-24 pop culture memorabilia auction, which is now open to online bidding. Included in this auction are buttons and pin-backs that are valued in the thousands of dollars due to the rarity of the items. An oversize 6-inch button depicting the 1916 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox is deemed so important, experts believe it could set a new world auction record for a baseball pinback. It is the only 1916 World Series Championship button known to exist, with graphics depicting and identifying the manager and 24 teammates from the winning Red Sox team. Also included will be one of few known 1952 Mickey Mantle Fan Club real-photo buttons, $5,000-$10,000; and a 1915 “Ty Cobb Right Field” button with advertising on verso for Schmelzer’s Sporting Goods of Kansas City, Mo. in this The auction also has 1,500 comic books in total, including nearly 300 CGC-certified issues and two titles that are among the most sought-after books of any title and any era: DC’s Superman #1 and Batman #1. Issued in Summer 1939, Superman #1 is CGC-graded 6.0 Fine. It contains the origin story of Superman and has a Superman pinup on the back cover. Batman #1, which came out in Spring 1940, is CGC-graded 6.0 Fine and introduces both The Joker and The Cat (Catwoman). A Batman and Robin pinup appears on the back cover. Both comics were formerly in the Dan Makara collection and now come to auction with individual estimates of $35,000-$50,000. Marvel Comics fans are sure to zero in on Tales Of Suspense #39 from March 1963. CGC-graded 8.0 VF, it contains the origin story and first appearance of Iron Man (Tony Stark). This high-grade, in-demand Silver Age issue warrants a $20,000-$35,000 estimate. Hake’s Sept. 23-24, auction is now open for bidding. For a free catalog or additional information, call 866-404-9800 (toll-free) or 717-434-1600. Email Online:

An online-only auction is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time, by University Archives, based in Westport, Conn. The auction is filled with rare and highly collectible items from multiple specialty categories — 356 lots in all, many of them signed by such luminaries as Mao Zedong, Edgar Allan Poe, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin and others. Internet bidding will be provided by, and the University Archives website. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111; or, you can email him at

An auction dedicated entirely to NASA, space and aviation collectibles is slated for Thursday, October 1st, by Grant Zahajko Auctions, based in Davenport, Washington, live and online, starting at 9 a.m. Pacific time. The sale will be headlined by the outstanding lifetime collection of NASA films, photographs and slides from the late Bill Endicott. Also up for bid will be a golf ball signed by America’s first man in space, Alan Shepard. Online bidding is through If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Gina Zahajko at 509-725-5600; or, you can email her at

An online-only Fine Art & Antiques Auction is planned for Saturday, October 3rd, by Cottone Auctions, based in Geneseo, N.Y. The fall event is packed with over 250 lots, all fine items pulled from prominent estates, individuals and institutions. These include fine art, Tiffany Studios lamps, 20th century art and design, decorative arts and furnishings, Asian objects, estate jewelry, gold coins, Oriental rugs and more. Online bidding is through the Cottone website:

If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Matt Cottone at 585-243-1000; or, you can email him at

Have a great couple of weeks until our next issue, which is scheduled for Oct. 6. Please contact us with Auction Action news; club and convention news; unusual collections; mystery items and young collectors. We can be reached at; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.