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More Than 10,000 Comic Books from One Collector to Be Auctioned

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. -- Maltz Auctions, a premier full-service auction company serving the Continental United States and Caribbean, has announced it will auction more than 10,000 comic books owned by a single collector, with online bidding commencing March 28, 2022, at 10 a.m., and concluding March 31, 2022, at 10 a.m.

"Although an auction of comic books is not in itself rare," stated Maltz President and CEO, Richard Maltz. "The fact that the collection was compiled by a single owner and includes more than 10,000 issues is noteworthy. It includes well-known titles with the superhero archetype produced during the Silver Age of 1956-1969 and the Bronze Age of 1970-1985. Just a few highlights in this auction are Tales of Suspense #39, Amazing Spider-Man #1, Fantastic Four #48, Daredevil #1, and X-Men #1."

A selection of titles includes but is not limited to:

* Action Comics (396 Issues)

* Adventure Comics

* Amazing Spider-Man: Including #1, 4, 6, 8-19, 21-17.

* Aquaman: Including #1-13, 17, 18, 19, 35.

* Atom: #1-44

* Avengers: 300+ Issues Including #1-80.

* Batman: 500+ Issues Including #130-132, 140, 142, 144, 146-150, 171, 181.

* Blackhawk: #131, 139, 143, 144, 166

* Blue Beetle: #1, 2, 3

* Brave & the Bold: Including #42-44, 47, 51, 54.

* Captain America: #100-133.

* Daredevil: 200+ Issues Including #1-68.

* Defenders: #1, 3, 4, 12, 13.

* Detective Comics: 200+ Issues Including 254, 274, 298, 359.

* Fantastic Four: 200+ Issues Including 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19.

* Flash: 200+ Issues Including #115, 117, 119, 120, 122.

* Ghost Rider: #1-7

* Green Lantern: Including #2, 4, 9, 11-13, 76.

* House of Mystery

* Incredible Hulk: Including #6

* Iron Man

* Justice League of America: #1-92, 94-136.

* Marvel Team-Up

* Metal Men: #1-32

* Mystery in Space

* Silver Surfer: #1-18.

* Star Wars: Including #1

* Strange Adventures

* Sub-Mariner: Including #1-41, 43-46.

* Superboy: 200+ Issues

* Superman: 800+ Issues

* Tales of Suspense: Including #39 & 52

* Tales to Astonish: Including #44

* Teen Titans

* Thing: #1-18

* Thor: 200+ Issues Including #165

* World's Finest: 200+ Issues

* X-Men: 200+ Issues Including #1-66, 71, 72, 75, 76.

* And Many More Including Annuals, King Size, Magazines & Special Editions

Viewing: Monday, March 28, 2022, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Asset Location: 39 Windsor Place, Central Islip, NY 11722.

Pre-Registration Required to Bid:

You must send in signed Terms & Conditions of Sale, signed Online Bidding Form and a 25% deposit (you will be approved to bid up to 4x your deposit amount) to be approved for bidding. Acceptable forms of deposit are cashier's check, cash, postal money order, and wire transfer (funds must be received at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled end time of the auction or you may not be approved to bid prior to the scheduled conclusion of the auction).

Auction Date:

Online Bidding Will Open Monday, March 28, 2022, at 10 a.m. and scheduled for the first lot to close on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 10 a.m.

Visit https://remotebidding.maltzauctions.com/ or download the Maltz Auctions App on the Apple Store or Google Play.

Bidding Process:

If a bid is placed with less than one minute remaining, the bidding period will be extended so one minute remains for competing bids to be entered. If any further bidding occurs, the extension timer will reset to one minute. If/once no further bidding activity occurs, the sale closes when the time runs out.

Terms & Conditions of Sale: Assets sold "as-is" and "where-is", and free and clear of all liens, claims or encumbrances. To register to bid, all prospective bidders must deliver a cashier's check, cash, postal money order or wire transfer in the amount of 25% of your maximum total bid amount made payable to "Maltz Auctions", signed Terms & Conditions of Sale, and signed Online Bidding Form to Maltz Auctions at 39 Windsor Place, Central Islip, NY 11722 twenty-four hours prior to the scheduled close of bidding. Please download the complete Terms and Conditions of Sale. Learn more: https://maltzauctions.com/

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Commemorative Coin Debuts to Celebrate Juneteenth National Independence Day

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Juneteenth Unlimited, LLC is excited to introduce the release of a commemorative coin to celebrate a new Federal holiday - Juneteenth - inspired by the African Diaspora, Black American history and the fight for freedom. Made of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver, this inspirational coin is for anyone who wants a valuable keepsake to memorialize this significant new holiday.

June 19, 1865, marks the date that the last known African-American slaves were freed. As a result, it's become one of the most important days in African-American history. This commemorative coin will honor and remember the African-American forefathers and mothers who suffered throughout the history of the trans-Atlantic slavery system.

What makes it a fascinating coin is the use of a Swahili word - Nahuona: "I see you." Careful thought and consideration were put into the use of this word. The concept may present one of the best ways to acknowledge empathy and compassion for all humanity. Juneteenth Unlimited is also delighted to use a West African Kente textile art design. The reverse side has an image of Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became a famed abolitionist.

In addition to the holiday marking the last known day slaves were freed, Juneteenth serves to remind people that humans have an incredible capacity to heal and emerge from their darkest moments with hope and purpose. This coin represents how people had to rise from the ashes and acquire freedom.

Beverly David Robinson, owner, Juneteenth Unlimited, is also the coin's designer and is committed to honoring the past while creating a brighter future. She hopes that all Americans will acknowledge the significance and power that Juneteenth holds.

"Precious metals have proven to have financial stability throughout history," she says. "This coin will hold its value for present and future generations. It's time to rejoice and celebrate history with one of these cherished coins."

For more information: https://nahuona.com/

About Juneteenth Unlimited

Juneteenth Unlimited works to raise awareness in the black community about the importance of owning precious metals as long-term investments.

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Major Part of James Dean’s Infamous Porsche 550 Spyder Heads to Auction – Bring A Trailer

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- More than 65 years after the infamous crash, a major component of the James Dean Porsche 550 Spyder will be offered at auction, Don Ahearn, Owner, announced today. This will be the first time ever a confirmed part of the Porsche 550 Spyder will be offered for sale. The online auction is being held by Bring A Trailer, the largest enthusiast based online auction site for unique automobiles, parts and Automobilia. Bring A Trailer is based in San Francisco, California.

Found in rural Massachusetts, the original and complete transaxle assembly has seen the light of day after being stored in a wooden crate and hidden from public view for over 30 years. An East Coast Porsche collector unveiled this discovery last September from the car that many Porsche enthusiasts consider to be the most famous of the marque.

This assembly may be the only documented and provable part of the James Dean Spyder known to still exist, and it is certainly the only part anyone may be able to see publicly. It is one of three permanently traceable components of a 550 Spyder. These include; the chassis, the engine, and the gearbox/transaxle. This transaxle is stamped with the correct factory serial number #10046.

The history of James Dean and his 550 Spyder has been well written elsewhere so there is no need to repeat it here in detail.

The original body/chassis #550-055 was reported stolen in 1960 while returning from a highway safety exhibit, never to be seen again. There have been rumors in past years of the whereabouts of the lost wreck though none have been substantiated. The original engine #P90059 is reported to still be in California, though it has not been seen nor verified in decades. This gearbox assembly could be the only verifiable part of the famous car that will ever be available to be seen by fans of James Dean.

Now removed from the wooden crate, the transaxle is mounted in a display stand custom fabricated by expert metal shaper Steve Hogue. It displays the assembly exactly as it was in the original 550 Spyder.

The online auction will end on Saturday May 29, 2021 at 2:05 ET.

Questions and inquiries should be directed to Marvin Waters, Auction agent for the owner swiftmotoring@gmail.com or James Dean Historian, Lee Raskin lmr356@aol.com

View photos and documentation https://tinyurl.com/y2chp6td

View the auction https://bringatrailer.com/listing/gearbox/

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Beatles Historical Artifact from The Ed Sullivan Show Hits the Music Collectibles Market

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Music collectors take note. Fifty-seven years ago, on February 9, 1964, The Beatles made history with their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." It had one of the largest viewing audiences ever, changed the course of music and influenced generations to follow. Today, Rockaway Records is proud to present a rare, one-of-a-kind artifact from that historic debut - a fully-signed piece of that stage's backdrop.

Each Beatle penned his autograph on the back of the wall, accompanied by a playful caricature that each drew next to their signature.

"We're thrilled to offer this museum-worthy piece of music history," Wayne Johnson, co-owner of Rockaway Records, says. "In over 40 years in business, this is the most exciting item to cross our path. Music was truly changed forever that day, making this one of the most important pieces of Rock and Roll history."

This 16-inch x 48-inch piece of that plastic wall has only had a few previous owners; its most recent one just consigned it with Rockaway Records. The wall segment is in very good condition, and is professionally mounted in a shadow box display. The signatures and drawings, originally done with black marking pen, have turned brownish over the years, but still maintain a distinctive color.

The wall segment comes with a Letter of Authenticity from Frank Caiazzo, the world's foremost Beatles signature expert, as well as letters of provenance from the original owners. It's offered for sale at $700,000. For more information: https://www.rockaway.com/beatles/1964-ed-sullivan-stage-wall-signed-by-the-beatles-20920 .

In addition to this amazing collectible, Rockaway Records also currently has more than $2 Million worth of Beatles and other music collectibles for sale, not auction. Among the many Beatles rarities are original 1960s promotional posters and store displays, as well as the famous Yesterday and Today "Butcher Cover" LP.

About Rockaway Records

Rockaway Records is well-known and respected, worldwide, for the high quality of its inventory, both online and in its retail store. It meticulously vets what it sells for authenticity - only offering items that it's confident are 100 percent genuine.

For more information, visit: https://www.rockaway.com/

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*Photo Caption: 1964 Ed Sullivan Stage Wall Signed by The Beatles.

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wj@rockaway.com

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A Major Part of James Dean’s Porsche 550 Spyder Surfaces

OAKDALE, N.Y. -- Sixty-five years after the infamous crash, a major component of the James Dean Porsche 550 Spyder has surfaced. Found in rural Massachusetts, the original and complete transaxle assembly will see the light of day after being stored in a wooden crate and hidden from public view for over 30 years. Porsche collector Don Ahearn unveils this discovery from the car that many Porsche enthusiasts consider to be the most famous of the marque.

This assembly may be the only documented and provable part of the James Dean Spyder known to still exist, and it is certainly the only part anyone may be able to see publicly. It is one of three permanently traceable components of a 550 Spyder. These include; the chassis, the engine, and the gearbox/transaxle. This transaxle is stamped with the correct factory serial number #10046.

The transaxle has been in continuous, documented ownership and it has been authenticated by experts as far back as 1984 as being the original component to the Dean 550.

The history of James Dean and his 550 Spyder has been well written elsewhere so there is no need to repeat it here in detail.

The original body/chassis #550-055 was reported stolen in 1960 while returning from a highway safety exhibit, never to be seen again. There have been rumors in past years of the whereabouts of the lost wreck though none have been substantiated. The original engine #P90059 is reported to still be in California, though it has not been seen nor verified in decades. This gearbox assembly could be the only verifiable part of the famous car that will ever be available to be seen by fans of James Dean.

Now removed from the wooden crate, the transaxle is mounted in a display stand that was custom fabricated by expert metal shaper Steve Hogue. It displays the assembly exactly as it was in the original 550 Spyder.

Future plans for this incredible piece of history call for the possible sale to a major collection or museum. The sale will be the first time ever any part of the original Spyder is offered publicly. September 30, 2020 marks the 65th anniversary of the legendary actor's death.

Questions and inquiries should be directed to DAhearn67@gmail.com

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Your Chance to Own the Lasso of Truth! Rare Wonder Woman Comics and Iconic Movie Props Up for Auction

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Wonder Woman, the most popular female superhero, continues her meteoric rise. Her much-anticipated movie sequel, "Wonder Woman 1984," will be released in early fall. But before then, fans and collectors can score a piece of her magic, including original comic books and a one-of-a-kind movie prop, thanks to ComicConnect's August Event Auction. They'll also be able to bid on coveted superhero movie props, which rarely - if ever - come up for auction.

"We've seen again and again that successful superhero movies drive up related comic values-so our winning bidders can expect to see their investments grow," notes Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of the leading vintage comic book marketplace.

And, he notes, Wonder Woman is special. She's not only as popular as Batman and Superman, she's also an authentic feminist icon.

The creation of Dr. William Moulton Marston, the Amazing Amazon first appeared in comics in 1941. Not surprisingly, her character proved popular with little girls - including feminist activist Gloria Steinem, who, in 1972, put her on the inaugural cover of Ms. magazine, a groundbreaking feminist publication. In 2016, the United Nations named Wonder Woman a UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. Her recent movies have brought her even more fans.

Featured Wonder Woman Auction Items

ComicConnect's Event Auction #43 kicks off on August 1 and ends August 24-28. Some of the most anticipated items include:

The Lasso of Truth Movie Prop from "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (Warner Bros., 2016)

This incredibly-rare production item was created for Wonder Woman's first movie appearance. It includes a Certificate of Authenticity from Hero Prop, a highly-respected dealer of movie memorabilia.

The lasso, Wonder Woman's signature weapon, compels those in its grasp to tell the truth. (Ironically, her creator, Dr. Marston, also invented the first lie detector.) It's expected to sell for $15-$20,000.

All Star Comics #8, CGC-graded 9.4

Comics featuring a character's first appearance are typically the most valuable. This 1941 comic marked Wonder Woman's first appearance and is the highest-graded copy in existence. In 2017, it sold for $936,223, so this time it may break $1 million.

Sensation Comics #1, CGC 9.6

This issue marked Wonder Woman's second appearance. This is the single-highest graded CGC-certified copy.

Wonder Woman #6, CGC 9.4

Also the highest-graded copy in existence, this comic marked the first appearance of Cheetah, Wonder Woman's archenemy. It's particularly significant because Cheetah, as played by Kristin Wiig, is featured in the upcoming movie.

Featured Movie Props

As superhero movies have triumphed at the box office, movie props have become another sought-after collectible. These storied rarities - all which come with Certificates of Authenticity - will also be up for auction:
* Thor's Hammer, Mjolnir - One of the most recognizable props in movie history, as wielded by Chris Hemsworth in "Thor: The Dark World" (2013). Anticipated sale price: $30-40,000.
* Captain America's Combat Helmet - As worn by Chris Evans in "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011). Anticipated sale price: $20-30,000.
* Captain America's USO Heater Shield - The heroes signature weapon, also from "The First Avenger." Anticipated sale price: $25-30,000.
* Deadshot's Wrist Gun Gauntlet from "Suicide Squad" - The very one worn by Will Smith in the 2016 blockbuster. Anticipated sale price: $5-7,000.
* Wolverine's Claws - Flaunted by Hugh Jackman in "X-Men" (2000). Wolverine is one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe. Anticipated sale price: $10-15,000.

Comics and Collectibles Continue to Increase in Value

According to Zurzolo, despite the COVID-19 crisis, comic and collectibles sales have been brisk, perhaps as collectors find more time to devote to their collections. Because of the heightened interest in Wonder Woman, he expects to see some record-breaking sales.

After all, one 5.0 graded issue of All Star Comics #8 multiplied 450% in value in three years after Wonder Woman's first big-screen appearance, when the sale price increased from $15,000 in 2013 to $67,000 in 2016.

Those who are interested can follow the bidding in real-time at ComicConnect. In addition to vintage comics, original art, and video games, the auction house has recently expanded to offer original movie props, concert posters and pulp fiction.

Learn more: https://www.comicconnect.com/article/wonderwomankeys?tzf=1

About Vincent Zurzolo & Metropolis Comics

Vincent Zurzolo is co-owner of Metropolis Collectibles, the world's largest vintage comic book dealership, and ComicConnect.com, its online auction arm. He is Curator of Metropolis Gallery, a rare comic art gallery in Manhattan. He and his business partner Stephen Fishler hold five Guinness World Records for the most expensive comics and collectibles ever sold. A recognized authority in comics as investments, he appears frequently on television and in print.

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UCC Foreclosure Auction of Sixteen NYC Taxi Medallions Announced

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. -- Maltz Auctions, a premier full-service auction company serving the New York Metropolitan region, announced it will auction sixteen New York City taxi medallions, of which fourteen are individual and one is a mini-fleet pair, at the NY LaGuardia Airport Marriott Hotel, on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. with registration commencing at 9:30 a.m.

"It's important to know," stated Maltz Auction's CEO, Richard Maltz, "that at this auction, the minimum bids for unrestricted medallions are from $130,000 and will be sold free and clear of all monetary liens."

"Individual taxi medallions are one of two main classes of yellow taxi licenses issued by the city," Maltz added. "There are restrictions on ownership whereby no person can own an interest in more than one and owners of each medallion are generally required to personally operate the taxi at least 180 days a year. The other class, corporate or 'mini-fleet' medallions, which are sold in pairs, may be owned in fleets by nondriver owners."

Additional Details:
* 16 NYC Taxi Medallions
o Fourteen Individual Medallions and One Mini-Fleet Pair
* Fifteen Unrestricted
* One Handicap
* Selling Free & Clear of All Monetary Liens
* Stalking Horse Bidders Considered, Call Richard Maltz at 516.349.7022 x 202 for Details
* Minimum Bids from $130,000 for Unrestricted Medallions

Auction Date & Time: Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. (Registration commences at 9:30 a.m.).

Auction Location: New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott Hotel, 102-05 Ditmars Boulevard, East Elmhurst, NY 11369.

Terms & Conditions of Sale: Sold free and clear of all liens pursuant to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the Medallions, will be transferred free and clear of the obligations relating the Taxi Improvement Fund and MTA Tax on the transfer of the Medallions comprising the collateral by the TLC (collectively, the "Liens"). In order to register to bid, all prospective bidders must present a bank check in the amount of $20,000/Medallion made payable to "Aspire Federal Credit Union". Please download the Notice of Sale and complete Terms & Conditions of Sale.

Buyer's Premium: A Buyer's Premium of six (6%) percent of the highest bid will be added to the Successful Bidder's high bid to determine the contract price to be paid by the Successful Bidder.

Buyer Broker Participation: A two (2%) percent commission may be paid to any properly licensed New York City Medallion Broker who registers a successful buyer in accordance with the Buyer Broker guidelines. Please download the Broker Participation form for details.

Richard B. Maltz, Auctioneer DCA# 1240836
David A. Constantino, Auctioneer DCA# 1424944
Richard B. Maltz, Licensed Real Estate Broker
Phone (516) 349-7022 Fax (516) 349-0105

Auction details: http://www.maltzauctions.com/auction/353078/16-nyc-taxi-medallions/

By delivering their respective Offers, Bids and/or Deposits, all Bidders acknowledge that they have had the opportunity to review and inspect the Assets, the state of title thereof and laws, rules and regulations applicable thereto, and will rely solely thereon and on their own independent investigations and inspections of the Assets in making their bids. Neither Maltz, the Secured Party nor any of their collective representatives makes any representations or warrantees with respect to the permissible uses, quantity or condition of the Assets. All Bidders acknowledge that they have conducted their own due diligence in connection with the Real Property and are not relying on any information provided by Maltz, the Secured Party, or their professionals.

The information contained herein was derived from sources deemed reliable but is not guaranteed. Most of the information provided has been obtained from third party sources and has not been independently verified. It is the responsibility of the Buyer to determine the accuracy of all components of the sale and Assets. Each potential bidder is responsible for conducting his or her own independent inspections, investigations, inquiries, and due diligence concerning the Assets, including without limitation physical attributes of the Assets.

All prospective bidders are urged to conduct their own due diligence prior to submitting an offer or bid. Bid rigging is illegal and suspected violations will be reported to the Department of Justice for investigation and prosecution.

Learn more at: http://www.maltzauctions.com/

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Art and Antiques Lovers Find Bonanza at Event in Pendleton

PENDLETON, Ore. -- The Bonanza Art Antiques & Gourmet Expo is coming to the Pendleton Convention Center on June 7 and 8, 2019. This inaugural event will feature an eclectic mix of artists, antique and vintage dealers, small gourmet food producers, and offer tastes from several Oregon wineries, breweries and other craft beverage houses.

"We are bringing a unique group of antique and vintage dealers, artists and makers to Pendleton, most of them for the first time," says event organizer, Val Anctil. "We have dealers coming from Portland with great Western memorabilia and even vintage Round-Up collectibles."

To round out the event experience for attendees and ensure that everyone has a good time, the organizers have included specialty food and adult beverage tastings as well as over two dozen regional commercial artists. Painters, jewelry makers, wood sculptors, metal and leather workers, and other artisans will be featured.

"It's fun that we mixed in the artists, food tastes and drinks; we even have a car show!"

The Bonanza Retro Rides Car Show, formerly Pendleton's June Cruisin' Car Show, was adopted by Bonanza and will feature vintage cars, retro campers, and even a vintage Bell helicopter. The Retro Rides will be on display in front of the Pendleton Convention Center on Saturday only, and will depart for a downtown cruise at 3 p.m.

Visitors coming to Bonanza from out of town will find there is lots to do in Pendleton.

The city has been dubbed Oregon's True Western Town, and is home to the world-famous Pendleton Round-Up. Visitors can observe Pendleton Woolen Mills' blanket weaving process, tour the Pendleton Underground, use a phone app to follow the Bronze Trail, and discover the town's colorful history.

The 16th Annual Old Iron Show will be taking place in Roy Raley Park next to the Pendleton Convention Center on the same weekend as Bonanza. Wildhorse Resort & Casino and the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute are both just 10 minutes away.

Proceeds from Bonanza will support Impact Pendleton, a local mentoring program that pairs trained and caring adults with kids who could benefit from their positive influence.

Bonanza hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, and food concessions and refreshments will be available.

Admission is $7 for a two-day general pass and $12 for a craft beverage tasting pass, that provides the opportunity to taste over a dozen Oregon brands.

Event Sponsors: Travel Pendleton, Hill Meats, Pendleton Tire and Lube, Hodgen Distributing and 92.1 Party FM Radio.

For more information online, visit: https://www.pendletonbonanza.com/

More information: Val@pendletonbonanza.com 503.810.0500

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Famed ‘Blue Boy’ Stamp to Be Offered at Auction by H.R. Harmer

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- H.R. Harmer will conduct the sale of the first part of the renowned "ERIVAN" Collection of United States Postal History in New York City. Included in this sale will be the famed "Alexandria Blue Boy" stamp, which last appeared at public auction in 1967. Opening price for the stamp will start at $1,000,000 with industry experts agreeing the final price is likely to go much higher.

Issued in Alexandria, Virginia in the 1840s, before the United States federal government had even issued postage stamps, the "Blue Boy" has long been an icon of American philately. The envelope bearing the "Blue Boy," which once contained a letter detailing a forbidden romance between young lovers of different religions, was supposed to have been burned upon opening. Fortunately for stamp collectors today the young lady disobeyed these orders, as today the "Blue Boy" is the only stamp of its kind in existence.

The "Blue Boy" was featured in Life Magazine in 1954 as one of the "world's rarest stamps." Although it has been exhibited publicly only twice in recent years, it remains one of the most storied and iconic of all postage stamps - not just in America, but worldwide.

The "Blue Boy" is more than merely a postage stamp; it is an icon of American history, on par with a copy of Action Comics #1 (the first appearance of Superman) or the legendary T206 Honus Wagner (the most famous of all baseball cards).

Assembled by German business magnate and philanthropist Erivan Haub over the course of decades, the "ERIVAN" Collection represents one of the most impressive collections of American envelopes ever compiled. From the introduction of the postage stamp in North America in the mid-1840s through the emergence of the United States as a world superpower at the turn of the 20th century, the "ERIVAN" Collection is rife with stories of romance and adventure, expansion and progress.

The "ERIVAN" Collection traces the history of the United States, from the unnatural stillness before the Civil War through the most ferocious conflict ever fought on American soil. It tells a story of constant motion, of perpetual movement westward. It brings to life some of this nation's greatest victories and most crushing defeats. The "ERIVAN" Collection truly is a physical manifestation of America's past.

Included in the "ERIVAN" Collection are many of the most celebrated items in all American philately, including some which have not been on the auction block for decades.

Also, for sale in the first offering from the "ERIVAN" Collection will be one of two envelopes in existence carried by the first eastbound trip of the Pony Express. While the service only catered to the wealthiest of Americans when it was initiated in 1860, its status as an icon of American progress and resilience has grown exponentially over the years. What few people realize is that only a few hundred letters sent via the Pony Express still exist today, and even the most "common" are still highly prized by collectors. The value of an envelope carried on the inaugural trip of the service cannot be measured in merely monetary terms-it is truly a keystone of Americana.

As the sales progress, more icons of American philately will be reintroduced to the market after decades in private hands. The famed "Running Chicken" cover from Waterbury, Connecticut, which features three bold strikes of a fancy cancellation carved from cork by an artistic postmaster, was last offered in 1995. Provisional postage stamps from Lockport, New York and Boscawen, New Hampshire, each of which is wholly unique, will be sold, as will an envelope carried by Pony Express that is addressed to the Honorable Abraham Lincoln in the months leading up to his inauguration.

After this initial sale taking place on June 22, 2019, H.R. Harmer will proceed with nine additional sales of the "ERIVAN" Collection, to be held every spring and fall through 2023.

Please visit https://erivan-collection.com/ for more information and background.

About H.R. Harmer:
Henry R. Harmer, a signatory of the exclusive "Roll of Distinguished Philatelists," founded the company that bears his name in England in 1918. In 1940, the Harmer firm opened its New York auction gallery and quickly ascended to the top ranks of philatelic auction houses in the United States. Now celebrating nearly eight decades in the business, H.R. Harmer has recently relocated from Southern California to Midtown Manhattan, just a stone's throw from their original location.

As a part of the Global Philatelic Network, H.R. Harmer has four sister companies in Europe and Asia; combined, the group provides stamp collectors around the world with exceptional personal service, backed by decades of experience in the marketplace. Learn more about the company at: https://hrharmer.com/.


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Famous Handguns of the World Collection in Miniature Now Available

ROME, Ga. -- Hampton & Weaver, a small firm in historic Rome, Georgia has begun producing a Collection of "Famous Handguns of the World" in one-quarter scale. These mini-replicas vary from 1 1/2-inches to 3 3/4-inches in length, are cast from zinc, electroplated with silver and an antiqued finish is applied to accentuate the features of each miniature. Every model is simply exquisite, with aesthetic detail ingrained into each creation.

Each of the mini-replicas is shown with a detailed description and condensed history on the company's website. Currently, there are three mini-replicas shown, with a fourth in the process of being created.

The first mini-replica is the renowned 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol, that icon of the ages. Second is the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, while the third is the historic P.08 Luger. The fourth - in the works now - is the C96 "Broomhandle" Mauser.

The list of the 12 handgun replicas in the Collection are ranked in order of nostalgia and notoriety. The C96 Mauser is followed by the Webley Mark VI, the Colt Walker .44, Colt Python, Hi-Power, Auto Mag, S&W J-Frame, Beretta 92 and Glock.

"The condensed histories of each replica on the website contain some very interesting facts. The 1911A1 was actually also manufactured by the Nazis in WWII!" says Frank Hindman, founder and president of Hampton & Weaver.

The SAA was first issued to General Custer's 7th Cavalry, but is more recognized as Marshall Dillon's quick-draw revolver on the "Gunsmoke" TV series.

The Luger, mostly associated with the German army in WWI and WWII, is also known as the Pistole Parabellum 1908. The Parabellum means, ironically, "If you want peace, prepare for war." The C96 Mauser is nicknamed the "Broomhandle" because its grip closely resembles a real broom handle.

Each semi-auto pistol replica is housed in a Black velvet presentation box with a Red pre-formed insert in the shape of the pistol. The revolvers are housed in a Red presentation box with a Black insert pre-formed in the shape of the revolver. The presentation boxes for both pistols and revolvers have a Gold-plated panel identifying the handgun in letters inlaid with Black enamel. A 2nd Amendment/Bill of Rights logo is Gold-gilded on the inside of the lid of the presentation boxes.

Roy Huntington, Editor and Publisher of American Handgunner magazine, was instrumental in helping compile the list of the 12 Most Famous Handguns of the World and, upon receiving one of the first 1911A1 production replicas, he described it in the magazine as, "The best I have ever seen!"

The mini-replica line is produced by a small company named Hampton & Weaver. It was started in 1968 by Frank W. Hindman II and manufactured a range of products including mascot pins for high schools, fishing jigs and over a million designer belt buckles. He made the first 1911A1 mini-replica over 25 years ago, but it was one-half scale and retailed for $179, far out of the price range for most Americans. Only a few were made.

With new manufacturing technology, experience and expertise, the new one-quarter scale mini-replicas retail for only $19.95 with the exception of the Colt Walker .44 which, due to its size, 3 3/4-inches in length, will retail for $24.95.

The initial list of the 12 most famous handguns may be extended to 16 or, possibly, more. Even an 8-inch long military version of the Thompson Sub-Machine Gun is under consideration for later production.

The pricing is very attractive considering the excellent quality of the products.

This is a very unusual product line, with a hint of history included, and a choice of a free patriotic gift with each replica purchased.

The mini-replicas can be viewed and ordered and the company contacted by visiting the website, http://www.firearmsassurefreedom.com/.

Media Contact:
Frank Hindman
Hampton & Weaver
orders.faf@att.net

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