Weiss Auction Items Run the Gamut: Stamps, Coins, Comic Art and Rock ‘N’ Roll

Lots pertaining to reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes will be sold, including this signed flight cover, will be among the hundreds of items in an impressive array of categories up for auction on Oct. 3-4.

Lots pertaining to reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes will be sold, including this signed flight cover, will be among the hundreds of items in an impressive array of categories up for auction on Oct. 3-4.

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Hundreds of quality, fresh-to-the-market items in an impressive array of categories—to include stamps, coins, rare books, autographs, postcards, sports items, comics, comic art, rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, pop culture collectibles and more—will be sold in a two-day, weekend sale slated for Oct. 3-4 by Philip Weiss Auctions.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to secure important collections and prominent local estates for our customers all year,” said Philip Weiss, “but not all of them have had the diversity of merchandise as this one. We can honestly say there will be something for just about everybody at this auction. It promises to be a long weekend. Hundreds of great lots will change hands.”

The festivities will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 3, as stamps, coins, rare books, autographs and postcards will cross the block throughout the day. Highlights include a Salvador Dali book with hand-drawn presentation by the iconic Surrealist; lots pertaining to legendary recluse Howard Hughes (a signed flight cover, a signed photo and a signed letter); and a letter signed by Orville Wright.

Marilyn Monroe items include a signed cocktail napkin, a silver print by Dienes and a group of unpublished negatives of the late sex goddess. Also sold will be actor Robert De Niro’s public school test papers; a terrific archive of Kennedy family photos; a fabulous run of Playboy magazines, featuring #2 thru 1960; a Max Lieberman signed book; and a copy of “Lord of the Rings,” signed by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Other published works will include an original children’s book of illustrations by Francis Wainwright, a partial set of “The Wilson Journal of Ornithology,” and a complete four-page newspaper, “Emile Zola L’Aurore.” Early maps will feature an example by Blaeu, while a pair of early slavery-related broadsides will also be offered. Ephemera pertaining to slavery has become a hugely popular collectible.

Stamps and coins will be offered in abundance. Sold will be a super Russian stamp collection; U.S. stamps (to include large estate collections of face and better material, as well as individual better items); foreign stamp collections; several collections of Confederate bonds; many U.S. coins (including silver and gold pieces); and a huge collection of currency error notes (including dual denominations).

An example of an extremely rare Ramly Tobacco baseball card of pitching legend Walter Johnson (SGC graded 3).

An example of an extremely rare Ramly Tobacco baseball card of pitching legend Walter Johnson (SGC graded 3).

The Sunday session will feature sports-related items, rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, comics, comic art, pop culture collectibles and more. The sports items will include a rare Ramly Tobacco Walter Johnson baseball card (SGC graded 3); a 1952 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card (PSA 6 Ex./Mt.); a full ticket to Lou Gehrig’s Memorial Day at Yankee Stadium in 1941; Yankees’ signed championship team baseballs; and a 1927 World Series baseball program (Yanks at Pittsburgh).

Other sports items will include a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers 14kt gold player’s wife’s heart and stone; loads vintage baseball cards (to include complete sets from the ’50s and ’60s); a large collection of PSA non-sports graded cards; a 1950s Bill “Moose” Skowron game-worn Yankees road jersey; mint-in-the-box Hartland baseball statues; a rare Satchel Paige green pennant; and signed bats and baseballs.

One signed ball certain to garner attention has Babe Ruth’s autograph on it (PSA Graded 9). Also sold will be a Babe Ruth signed cover. Rounding out the sports category: many hand-painted jerseys by Karen O’Neil Ganei; black-and-white Hall of Fame cards signed by Nap Lajoie, Mel Ott and Grover Cleveland Alexander; and an archive of material from Harry Sparrow, the Yankees business manager (circa 1913).

More than 100 lots of animation art will also be sold Oct. 4, to include vintage Disney production art and a fabulous original “Dopey” animation cel with Courvoisier background. Original comic art will feature two “Peanuts” strips by the renowned illustrator Charles Schulz; a pair of original “Hogarth Tarzan” Sunday pages; Jack Kirby comic art pages; and original signed Hal Foster “Prince Valiant” story panels.

Bidders will vie for a piece of history when the original door and stools to Buffalo Bob Smith’s home studio come up for bid. The door is engraved and signed by guests who came to visit the “Howdy Doody” host at his home. Also offered will be a collection of Little Lulu comics and ephemera; original art for a 1958 Disneyland map, by Sam McKim; and a high-grade “Amazing Fantasy” #15 comic book.

A high-grade copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, one of the rarest comic books, introducing Spider-Man.

A high-grade copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, one of the rarest comic books, introducing Spider-Man.

Pop culture items and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia will appeal to baby boomers in the crowd. Some expected top lots include a collection of Peter Max pop-art posters; a signed John Coltrane album; a signed Jimi Hendrix album cover photo; signed Fender guitars by Steve Winwood, Slash (from Guns N Roses), Willie Nelson and Madonna; and a George Harrison promotional display with 26 unused tickets.

Also sold will be a collection of 1940s cereal box store displays; a Charlie Watts signed first edition; a John Lennon “Bag One poster,” signed; Beatles tickets and stubs; a 1964 Beach Boys San Jose concert poster with ticket stub; Family Dog and Bill Graham posters (including the Grateful Dead, FD26 first print); and an INXS collage with notes by Michael Hutchence handwritten 11 days before his death.

Philip Weiss Auctions plans to hold a three-day extravaganza the weekend of Nov. 13-15, featuring an estate sale, featuring paintings, clocks, a large collection of early stand-up Victrolas, Edison Players, Edison Death Masks, toys (many from the Steve Rathkopf Collection), toy soldiers, toy trains, and the military collection of Edward V. Golaski. The Golaski collection includes Civil War-era guns, swords, a huge badge and medal collection, hats, helmets, uniforms and images. Also sold will be the Weaver Circus & Carnival Collection, Ken Schultz ocean liner items, a single-owner Zeppelin collection, a collection of presidential memorabilia, glass and pottery items, and more.

For more information, visit the Philip Weiss Auctions Web site, call (516) 594-0731, or e-mail to phil@prwauctions. Updates are posted frequently.

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  1. Louann Rogers says:

    How do I find online, copies of Howard Hughes signature? I just came across a post card of my mother’s that is dated March 1968 with a signature of Howard Hughes and I don’t know if this is the aviators signature or someone else with the same name.

    Thanks for any help

    • Doug says:

      Hi,
      If you go on Ebay and type in Howard Hughes Signature you will see some examples. If you want to email me a picture I could probably tell you if it resembled HH’s signature. I am a collector of his things so I would really love to see it.
      My email is Doug@visionlandservice.com