Medley of Advertising Collectibles to Cross Block in October

This Campbell’s Soups advertising sign, proclaiming “21 Kinds—Just Add a Can of Hot Water And Serve” carries a pre-sale estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The lifetime collection of advertising collectors Don and Diane Sayrizi and consignments from more than 100 other collectors will be offered at a three-day sale beginning Oct. 4.

Showtime Auction Services will host the auction.

The auction will feature many collection categories including salesman’s samples, petroliana, automobilia, general store, country store, match safes, advertising signs, trays, cast iron toys, pressed steel toys, tin toys, pedal cars, barber shop, tobacciana, cigar lighters and tip cutters, hardware, telephone, store tins, Coca-Cola, Western, Native American, guns, whiskey, primitives, lamps and bronzes.

Additional categories will include drug store, saloon, post office, coin-op, arcade, scales, gambling, cash registers, fishing, folk art, clocks, fine art and Santas. “About the only thing regulars to our auctions won’t find are firefighting antiques and memorabilia,” said Mike Eckles of Showtime Auction Services.

Approximately 1,800 lots will cross the auction block over the course of three days. Six hundred lots will be offered Friday, Oct. 4, with an additional 1,200 lots on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6. Friday’s sale will be for a live audience only, with no phone, absentee or Internet bidding available. Weekend sales will allow live, phone, absentee and Internet bidding provided by and

This Commonwealth Distillery of Lexington, Ky. reverse glass painted sign carries a pre-sale estimate of $20,000 to $25,000.

“By far, this is the best collection of antique advertising we have ever had the privilege of selling,” said. “The antique signs, in particular, are highly desirable and would be fine additions to any collection.”

Collections expected to generate keen bidder interest include a group of around 20 extremely rare cigar lighters and tip cutters, all circa 1890 to 1910; more than 15 slot machines, including an upright; several Muto-Scopes (vintage arcade peep-shows, circa 1900 to 1920) and a large collection of cast-iron toys, many rare, by Arcade and other makers.

Other collections of note will feature more than 20 hard-to-find pedal cars; firearms and gunpowder posters and calendars; hundreds of tobacco and cigar tins; a large collection of breweriana; showcases and country-store displays and counters. Also offered will be a fabulous Nickelodeon and three extremely rare Regina music players with discs from the 1890s, all in playable condition.

Individual lots that deserve special attention include a salesman’s sample cigar-store showcase with original carrying case by Whitcomb Cabinet Company, circa 1895.

This salesman’s sample cigar and tobacco store showcase with carrying case, made in 1897 carries a pre-sale value of $15,000 of $25,000.

Another expected star lot is a Campbell’s Soup embossed tin sign showing an image of an American flag fashioned from soup cans—one of eight known. A similar sign, with a slight variation, was the top lot at Showtime’s April sale, where it brought $60,000.

Other lots to watch include a rare 1958 two-sided petroliana sign for Mobile (not Mobil) Gasoline, 6 feet in diameter, with a graphic of a Bonneville Salt Flats–type car—one of possibly two known and graded 9 out of 10 on both sides for condition, and a complete three-station barber-shop back bar, with chairs, occupational shaving mugs, razors and barber poles.

The hours for Oct. 4 live bidding will be noon to 6 p.m., with previews that day from 8 a.m. to noon and Thursday, Oct. 3, from noon to 5 p.m.

Auction hours for Oct. 5 and 6 will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a preview from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

For more information, visit Showtime Action Service’s website.

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