Hake’s $ 3.6 million auction breaks the house record as the company marks its best year since its inception in 1967



1999 Pokémon Shadowless Holographic uncut unique test sheet with 99 cards, including 7 Charizard cards. Earliest uncut Pokémon evidence sheet ever offered at auction. Provenance: Hasbro employee who was given it in 1999. Sold at a world record auction price of $ 234,171
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YORK, PA. – If records are made to be broken, then Hake’s has clearly mastered the art of an encore. Their June 29-30 auction, which raised a solid $ 3.6 million, rewritten the company’s history as it was their second consecutive auction that broke an existing house record. A number of new individual record prices have also been set along the way.

“The June 29-30 result, combined with the grand totals of $ 2.9 million from our first Premier auction in 2021, brings us to $ 6.5 million so far this year, and that even without the total of our internet auctions, ”said Hakes President Alex Winter. “We also have another premier auction planned for this year. Needless to say, we are very excited about the current market situation for vintage collectibles. ”

The top lot in the June auction was an uncut evidence sheet from 1999 Pokémon Shadowless Holographic containing 99 cards, including seven coveted Charizard cards that sold for a sensational $ 234,171. It is the earliest uncut Pokémon evidence 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 shadows around the featured images. They are rarer than “Unlimited” Pokémon cards because of their smaller runs. The uncut sheet, auctioned by Hake’s, attracted 18 bids, slightly exceeding its high estimate of $ 200,000 prior to sale. In doing so, she set her own auction record. The previous record price ($ 117,000) was achieved by another Pokémon sheet (Wizards of the Coast Unlimited Base Set) that went on sale in February 2021. *

Extremely rare Star Wars prototype action figures have a long history at Hake. In July 2019, the company sold a Boba Fett L-slot missile launcher prototype figure, AFA-rated 85 NM +, for $ 112,926. There has been speculation that the record price could last for many years, especially considering how few figures of this species have ever appeared. But less than two years later, another Boba Fett prototype – same version and quality – debuted on Hake’s June sale, proving just how much up-trend Star Wars rarities still have on the market. It was followed by several serious bidders and ended its uptrend at $ 165,200.

Two other Star Wars lots deserve special mention. A display stand from 1980 with six encapsulated action figures from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, unused and AFA-rated, topped its maximum estimate of $ 20,000 to land at $ 36,302. An AFA-certified Jawa vinyl-edged action figure encapsulated in a 12 Back-A blister card also exceeded expectations at $ 24,245.

Peanuts July 3rd 1955 Original Sunday Page Art by Charles Schulz. With Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy. Overall good condition. Sold within estimate for $ 80,476
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The Politics and Americana category was headed by an item of great historical importance: a promissory note signed by George Washington in 1767 for four slaves, including his personal valet, William “Billy” Lee. Lee, one of the most famous African Americans of his day, went to war with Washington, including Valley Forge and Yorktown, and was the only Mount Vernon slave to be granted immediate freedom under Washington’s will. The framed document sold for an impressive $ 64,900.

A world record auction price was achieved with the sale of an extremely rare Babe Ruth / Boston Red Sox 1915 American League Champions Button. The last of three different Ruth rookie era buttons entrusted to Hake from the iconic Paul Muchinsky collection sold for $ 70,092, surpassing Hake’s previous record price of $ 62,980. The latter price was paid at Hake’s sale on September 23, 2020 for the only known example of a Ruth / Alpen Brau Beer button.

The Negro League baseball items were on fire, as they had for some time. The bidders showed particular interest in early team photos, such as the oversized photo of Homestead Grays baseball club from 1937. The shot includes Hall of Famers Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard and Raymond Brown and is one of only two known examples to represent this year’s lineup. It sold for $ 35,046, up from an estimate of $ 10,000 to $ 20,000.

Sealed Star Wars Boba Fett missile launch prototype L-slot action figure, AFA 85 NM +, from Kenner’s 1979 Star Wars toy line. Comes with CIB COA. Sold for $ 165,200, above mid-range
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Charles Schulz ‘original art for July 3, 1955 peanuts The Sunday comic page with Charlie Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, and Snoopy is notable for the fact that all three characters appear on all eight panels. The 17 1/8 x 23 5/8 inch artboard, signed and dated by the artist on the final panel, was bid for $ 80,476.

The top lot in the comic book section was a copy of gibberish # 1 (1984), CGC 9.0, signed and drawn by co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It contains the first appearance of the fugitoid and has a reverse display for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles # 1 that precedes her first appearance. The book sold for a staggering $ 71,390, a number that is undoubtedly a record auction price for that title and issue.

From the well-known Bill Byers Pre-Production GI Joe Collection, a Sgt. Slaughter Series 5 “2-Up Hardcopy” hand-painted synthetic resin varnish master prototype, made in 1986, caught the attention of many collectors. Estimated at $ 5,000-10,000, it declared victory at $ 14,278 – perhaps paving the way for the next action figure buying trend.

Traditionally, Hake’s has added a wonderful selection of Disney and cartoon character toys to their June sale. An extremely rare and attractive Knickerbocker soft doll from 1935 by Mickey Mouse disguised as a clown had no shortage of admirers. Estimated at $ 2,000 to $ 5,000, the 15½-inch charmer fetched a hammer price of $ 13,337. “Awards like this are reminiscent of the glory days of Disneyana values,” noted Alex Winter.

All prices mentioned in this report include an 18% buyer’s mark-up. To discuss consignment to 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/



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