On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, Hake’s Auctions will kick-off their final premier event of 2019, which is their largest for the year. Auction #228 is brimming with 2,388 lots of pop culture and historical memorabilia from presidential items and baseball pieces to Star Wars and comic books. The auction will be open for about three weeks, closing on Wednesday and Thursday, November 6-7.
This event will contain what is practically an auction within an auction of Star Wars memorabilia. There are nearly 400 lots of prototypes, test shots, newly unearthed early production pieces, foreign issues, rare variants, store displays, high grade examples, multi-packs, and more.
A Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype (J-slot) AFA 85+, which is even rarer than the previously offered L-slot varieties, leads the Star Wars material. There’s a trio of double-telescoping 12-back figures of Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and a newly discovered preproduction Ben Kenobi with white footer. Another exceptional newly discovered piece is the Sand People 12-back preproduction figure with no punch on the card and yellow SKU stand. Rounding out the impressive top tier Star Wars lots is the Empire Strikes Back Walrus Man sample card with white cape Bib Fortuna AFA 80.
This auction will feature over 1,000 comic books from the Platinum to Modern Age, with many major keys represented. There’s a Captain America Comics #1 CGC 4.0 Qualified with the origin and first appearance of Captain America, Bucky, and Red Skull, and a Showcase #4 CGC 5.0 with the origin and first appearance of Silver Age Flash/Barry Allen up for grabs. Nearly every Marvel Silver Age key is included, such as Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC 6.0 and a CGC 3.5 copy with a vintage Stan Lee signature and X-Men #1 CGC 7.0 with the origin and first appearance of the X-Men and Magneto.
Auction #228 contains over 500 political and historical items, such as a pair of banners circa 1859 declaring “John Brown was Our Friend” and “Equal Rights for All” and an important Roosevelt Rough Rider “Equal Rights for All” button Hake #266. Some of the baseball highlights are a 1927 Eastern Colored League opening day panorama photo for the Hilldales vs Cuban Stars game and a Babe Ruth single-signed baseball.
A few original art highlights are the Captain America #242 cover by Al Milgrom and “Silly Symphony – The Grasshopper and the Ants” Good Housekeeping page. Leading the concert posters are the Grateful Dead “Skeleton & Roses” FD-26-OP-1 poster from 1966 (signed by Stanley Mouse), and a Bill Haley and the Comets 1955 New Hampshire concert poster.
The variety of desirable material covers many collecting categories with highly sought pieces. Some of those additional highlights are the Mickey Mouse Organ Grinder Hurdy Gurdy boxed wind-up toy, which is one of the most sought after Disney toys and is in high grade, a Supermen of America Member ring from 1940, Captain Action Spider-Man uniform and equipment boxed set, and a Forbidden Planet linen-mounted one-sheet.
Collectors can start bidding on Hake’s Auction #228 on October 15 at hakes.com. The auction will be open until November 6-7.