Hake’s Americana & Collectibles Auction #220 closed this week, achieving several impressive prices among their political and Americana memorabilia. Those items, which closed on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, included photographs, buttons, flags, and badges, among other collecting types.
The top seller on Tuesday was the 1884 Bellaire Globes baseball team photo featuring Negro League legend Sol White, which realized $15,446. The 5-3/4” x 7-5/8” formal studio original photograph depicts all nine members of the club. White, an infielder, manager, and executive was one of the most influential figures in Negro League baseball.
Taking the second highest spot on Tuesday was a rare Hughes/Fairbanks 1-3/4” real photo jugate button on leather watch fob, which brought $6,197. The design features an eagle perched on a shield at the top and a flowing ribbon at the bottom with candidates last names and 1916 framing the oval portraits.
A Grant and Colfax 1868 parade flag closed the top three, selling for $5,711. The 30” x 37-1/2” framed flag has 36 stars and block printed text. It was cleaned and stabilized by a professional textile conservator.
A splendid, rare Lincoln “Wide Awake” shield pin back badge closed at $4,600. The 1” DeWitt 1860-44 is a metal badge in the shape of a shield, featuring 13 stars around the text, with Lincoln’s name in a scroll across the lower two thirds.
A terrific 1880 Hancock rebus ferrotype badge reached $4,059. Measuring 7/8” x 2-1/4”, it has a portrait of the candidate mounted on a shirt cuff with draped American flags at the bottom left and right.
A large, spectacular 1896 McKinley “Republican Barbecue at Greenfield, Ind.” thin paper poster closed at $3,518. A “Welcome John W. Davis” large 1924 cello button ended at $3,141. A rare Ike/Nixon 1952 single day Asbury Park New Jersey mayoral coattail button brought $3,028. A Progressives Roosevelt 1912 Johnson real photo jugate button sold for $2,597. The final item in the top 10 closers on Tuesday was an outstanding high grade example of “Land-On Washington” button Hake #24 that realized $2,427.
All prices include an 18% buyer’s premium. View all of Hake’s Tuesday items on their website.