A Rainbow of Collectibles Will Change Hands at Philip Weiss Auction

A group of a dozen original Star Wars figures, all mint on the card, will be sold Saturday, Mar. 5 at Philip Weiss Auctions.

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Vintage toys and trains, dolls, toy soldiers, comics, comic art, animation, Disney, sports memorabilia and estate merchandise can be found among a rainbow of categories up for sale at Philip Weiss Auctions on March 4-6.

Among the featured items is memorabilia pertaining to former heavyweight boxing legend Jack Johnson, including an 18kt-gold and black opal pendant presented to Johnson in honor of his successful title fight against Tommy Burns in Australia on Dec. 26, 1908 and a walking stick presented to Johnson in London in 1911. An accompanying video shows Johnson with the stick.

Other sports items to be sold will include an archive of around 500 T206 baseball cards (not including Honus Wagner), a collection of 1911 T3 Turkey Red baseball cards, a Roger Maris game-used bat and a Yogi Berra All-Star Game-used bat, a rare Lladro FIFA World Cup, a Babe Ruth single-signed baseball, photos, uniforms, cards, many important autographs and more.

This 18kt gold and black opal pendant presented to boxing great Jack Johnson in Australia in 1908.

Comic art will feature a rare find: a recently discovered diary/sketchbook from counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb. Also sold will be numerous vintage comics, to include Marvel, DC, an original-owner Golden Age comic collection, Silver Age comics, Disney items (porcelains, original paintings, limited-editions), and estate animation.

Toy train enthusiasts will not be disappointed on Saturday. Bidders will be treated to rare examples by Lionel, Marklin, Ives, American Flyer and more, to include an original “O” Scale Pennsylvania GG-1 4800 locomotive built by Edwin P. Alexander (circa 1930s), one of only six known to exist and not a machined kit; plus Part 3 of the Kozsey “HO” Brass Train Collection.

The Saturday session will also feature a group of a dozen original Star Wars figures, mint on the card; die-casts, to include Matchbox, early Hess trucks (including the very first Hess truck, in the original box), a nice collection of cast-iron still banks and toys (including Arcade, Hubley, Kenton and more), a large single-owner collection of Steiff animals, high-end porcelain dolls, and many toy soldiers, to include Britains, Durbar, Elastolins, dime-store figures and more.

The Friday session will be a general estate sale, featuring an eclectic mix of merchandise from prominent estates and collections. Of particular note will be the fine selection of original art, to include oil paintings, watercolors and pastels from the estate of the artist and renowned New York City musician Lester Schultz, known for his work in the band the El Street Café.

An archive of about 500 T206 baseball cards (not including Honus Wagner) will be sold Mar. 6.

Other artists of note will include Louis Lozonvick, Kathan Brown, Marion Greenwood, Kyoshi Saito, Paolo Boni, Nicola Simbari, Jacques Potin, Lawrence Beall Smith, Joseph Floch, Raphael Soyer, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Masuo Ikeda, Lili Rethi, Georges Schreiber, Richard Florsheim, Jean Miotte, Alfred Montague, and other known, listed and highly collectible artists.

Decorative accessories will feature a 19th century French tea set by Alexandre-Auguste Turquet (active in Paris, 1855-1888), pieces by silversmiths Gorham and S. Kirk & Son, other sterling silver, a Toby collection, porcelains, pottery, Tiffany pieces, Boehm birds, lithographs, etchings, Art Glass vases (to include Herman Kahler, Loetz, Legras and others), a scarce set of 12 tin folding decoys, a Handel etched glass shade, and a Louis XVI marble and bronze desk.

Previews for the Mar. 4-6 auction will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 2, from noon to 5 p.m.; on Thursday, Mar. 3, from noon to 8 p.m.; and on Friday, the first day of sale, Mar. 4, from noon to 8 p.m. The action will kick off Friday afternoon, Mar. 4, at 4 p.m., with a general estate sale featuring fine art, period furniture, decorative accessories and more. The Saturday session, on Mar. 5, starting at 10 a.m., will be dedicated to toys, trains and dolls. But Philip Weiss Auctions will save the best for last when the gavel comes down on Sunday, Mar. 6, beginning at 10 a.m.

For more information about this auction, call 516.594.0731, e-mail or phil@prwauctions.com or visit the Philip Weiss Auctions Web site.

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