Vintage Cards and Photography Ending This Week and Next at Heritage Auctions

Impressive Selection of Game Worn Jerseys Highlight Heritage Chicago Platinum Night AuctionOnly 1 day left to place initial bids for The Heritage Auctions – Leon Luckey Collection – Bid Now!  The name Leon Luckey will be familiar to many of the collectors who view this auction. Luckey’s primary collecting directive had been ownership of one of every baseball card “type” ever printed.

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But now Mr. Luckey sacrifices his labor of love for a love even greater, to fund the college education of his daughter. And so we salute Mr. Luckey, for his essential service to our collecting education, for his philanthropy in supplying his child with same, and for his prudence in choosing Heritage Auctions as the vehicle for presenting his peerless collection to the world

Session 1
Lots 79001-79620
10:00 PM Central Time
Thursday, August 13

Vintage Photography Auction (August 14, 2015)

Photography, by its very nature, can transport us to a place in time and space in a way that no other artifact is able. But at its finest, photography is far more than a simple window into the past, and we have carefully curated this special auction with more than a basic recording of history in mind. In this impressive auction, you’ll find the work of Paul Thompson, of Charles Conlon, of George Grantham Bain-masters of the photographic craft that appropriated our National Pastime in the interest of fine art. In these offerings, you’ll find authoritative command of composition, a skillful interplay of light and shadow, all of the hallmarks of photography one might find in private galleries and public museums. The sports photography subgenre has enjoyed a bull market for several years now, but we believe that we are still in the early days of this burgeoning trend. We hope that this auction will inspire more members of the Heritage family to participate in this gratifying collecting pursuit.

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The 1970’s Topps PSA Set Registry Collection (August 20-22, 2015)

It was Yogi Berra who once criticized an old haunt with the statement, “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” There are many in the trading card collecting community who share that opinion of the “modern” market that dawned in the 1980’s, ushering in a flood of new brands and massive print runs that utterly upended the balance of supply and demand. It is arguably the most significant paradigm shift in the history of the hobby.

So there’s a strong affection for the last defenders of the old hobby order, for the days of wax packs and stale gum when collecting was only a labor of love, unsullied by the creeping incursion of capitalist considerations that we report here with full appreciation for the irony. But then, to paraphrase a quotation perhaps improperly assigned to Berra, “Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.”

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In this auction, we revisit the twilight of that golden age, the finest collection of 1970’s trading cards ever assembled. These are sets that come to us from the pinnacle of the PSA Registry, broken down into individual, single-card lots to preserve the unique joy of set building that made us fall in love with collecting in the first place. Nearly half enjoy a Gem Mint 10 rating, with the balance narrowly missing that loftiest assessment. So throw on a pair of bell bottoms, crank up the disco music, and dig in. Remember to bid early and often to afford yourself the widest array of options when the auction reaches the Extended Bidding phase beginning at 10 PM Central time on closing night.

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