Hake’s $ 3.6 million auction breaks house record as company marks best year since launching in 1967
YORK, PA – If records are meant to be broken, then Hake’s has clearly mastered the art of a encore performance. Their June 29-30 auction, which grossed $ 3.6 million, rewrote the company’s history books, becoming their second consecutive auction to break an existing house record. Along the way, a number of new individual record prices were also set.
“The June 29-30 result, combined with the total of $ 2.9 million from our first Premier auction of 2021, puts us at $ 6.5 million so far this year, and that’s without even add our total internet auctions, ”said Hake President Alex Winter. . “On top of that, we have yet another Premier auction scheduled for this year. Needless to say, we’re very excited about the current state of the vintage collectibles market today.
The best lot in the June auction was a 1999 Pokémon Shadowless Holographic uncut proof sheet with 99 cards, including seven coveted Charizard cards, which sold for the sensational price of $ 234,171. This is the first uncut Pokémon proof sheet ever to be auctioned and was previously owned by a Hasbro employee who received it as a gift in 1999.
As the name suggests, “Shadowless” cards lack shade around the images shown. They are rarer than “Unlimited” Pokémon cards due to their smaller mintage. The uncut sheet auctioned by Hake’s attracted 18 bids and easily exceeded its high pre-sale estimate of $ 200,000. In doing so, she set her own auction record. The previous all-time high ($ 117,000) was achieved by another Pokémon sheet (Wizards of the Coast Unlimited Base Set), which sold out in February 2021. *
Ultra-rare Star Wars prototype figures have a long history at Hake. In July 2019, the company sold an AFA 85 NM + rated L Boba Fett slit rocket prototype firing prototype for $ 112,926. There was speculation that the all-time high could last for many years, especially given how few such numbers ever surfaced. But less than two years later, another prototype Boba Fett figure – of the same build and quality – debuted at the Hake sale in June and proved how Star Wars rarities still are. available in the market. It was chased by several serious bidders and ended its race up to $ 165,200.
Two other Star Wars bundles deserve special mention. A 1980 display with six encapsulated figurines of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, unused and AFA rated, surpassed its high estimate of $ 20,000 to land at $ 36,302. Additionally, an AFA-grade vinyl-wrapped Jawa figure encapsulated in a 12 Back-A blister card exceeded expectations at $ 24,245.
The political and Americana category was dominated by one element of great historical significance: a promissory note signed by George Washington in 1767 for four slaves, including his personal valet William “Billy” Lee. One of the most famous African Americans of his time, Lee went to war with Washington, including at Valley Forge and Yorktown, and was the only slave in Mount Vernon to be granted immediate freedom in the will to Washington. The framed document sold for an impressive sum of $ 64,900.
A world record auction price was set with the sale of an extremely rare 1915 American League champions Babe Ruth / Boston Red Sox button sale. The last of three rookie-era Ruth buttons entrusted to Hake de la legendary Paul Muchinsky collection, it sold for $ 70,092, beating Hake’s previous record price of $ 62,980. The latter price was paid at the Hake sale on September 23, 2020 for the only known copy of a Ruth / Alpen Brau beer button.
The articles in Negro League Baseball were on fire, as they have been for some time. Bidders showed particular interest in early team photos, such as the oversized photo of Homestead Grays Baseball Club from 1937. The photo includes Hall of Fame members Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard and Raymond Brown, and is l ‘one of only two known examples representing this year’s lineup. It sold for $ 35,046 against an estimate of $ 10,000 to $ 20,000.
Original art by Charles Schulz for July 3, 1955 Peanuts The Sunday comic book page, starring Charlie Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, and Snoopy, stands out because all three characters appear in all eight panels. The 17 1/8 x 23 5/8 inch countertop, signed by the artist and dated in the last panel, was offered at $ 80,476.
The best lot in the comics section was a copy of Gibberish # 1 (1984), CGC 9.0, signed and sketched by co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Containing the first appearance of the Fugitoid, it has a back cover ad for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles # 1 which precedes their first appearance. The book sold for an incredible $ 71,390, a figure that is undoubtedly a record auction price for this title and issue.
From Bill Byers’ famous pre-production GI Joe collection, a sergeant. Slaughter Series 5 “2-Up Hardcopy” master hand-painted resin painting prototype, created in 1986, has caught the attention of many collectors. Estimated between $ 5,000 and $ 10,000, it declared the win at $ 14,278 – possibly setting the stage for the next figure buying trend.
In keeping with tradition, Hake’s has included a wonderful selection of Disney toys and comic book characters in its June sale. An extremely rare and attractive 1935 Mickey Mouse Sweet Knickerbocker doll dressed as a clown had no shortage of suitors. Estimated between $ 2,000 and $ 5,000, the 15-and-a-half-inch charmer had a winning bid of $ 13,337. “Awards like this are a reminder of the glory days of Disneyana values,” noted Alex Winter.
All prices shown in this report include an 18% purchase premium. To discuss consignment at a future hake auction, call 866-404-9800 (toll free) or 717-434-1600; or send an email to [email protected] Online: https://hakes.com/