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August 19, 2019: Norman Rockwell’s original artwork for “Tough Call” from 1948 hit $1.68 million at Heritage Auctions in Dallas. It now resides in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but the artist signed and inscribed it: “My best wishes to 'Beans' Reardon, the greatest umpire ever lived, Sincerely, Norman Rockwell.” “Tough Call” was painted for the April 23, 1949 cover of The Saturday Evening Post. In 1982, the Turks and Caicos Islands reproduced it on a postage stamp. The work depicts three umpires deciding if a game should be called for rain. ... See MoreSee Less

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August 18, 2018: Mickey Mantle’s game-worn New York Yankees jersey from the 1964 World Series went for $1.32 million. Rated MEARS A9, Mantle hit two home runs during the Series, one that won Game 3. Even so, the St. Louis Cardinals prevailed in 1964. ... See MoreSee Less

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August 16, 1954: Dracula’s alter ego bit the dust. Bela Lugosi (Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó) passed away at the age of 73 from a heart attack, not a stake in the heart. Lugosi came to America from Hungary as a seaman before acting the part of Dracula on Broadway in 1927 and in the movie in 1931. Unfortunately, his accent typecast him for horror flicks, severely limiting his acting career. Yet, the consummate vampire is perhaps having the last laugh. A “Dracula” one sheet movie poster style A, 27 x 41 inches, sank its teeth into $525,800 (including buyer’s premium) at Heritage Auctions in November 2017. ... See MoreSee Less

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August 16, 1948: Babe Ruth succumbed to cancer this day, but his legend continues. His circa 1920 New York Yankees game-worn jersey—his earliest known—reached $4.4 million at SCP Auctions in an Internet auction in 2012. This was the most ever paid for a sports item—until June 15th, 2019 when the Babe’s c. 1928-1929 road jersey smashed the record by hitting $5.64 million at Hunt Auctions. The grey flannel jersey was from the Murders’ Row era of the 1920s and also from the time of the Babe’s 500th home run on April 11, 1929. ... See MoreSee Less

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August 14, 1851: Birthday of O.K. Corral legend John Henry "Doc" Holliday. In April of 2018, his signature on a document went for almost $80,000 at Nate D. Sanders Auction. Doc’s frock coat auctioned for $55,000, his pistol in a case for $50,000 and his dental chair for $40,000 at Guernsey’s in 2013. ... See MoreSee Less

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August 13, 1860: The birthday of Phoebe Ann Mosey who became famous as Annie Oakley. A book, “Annie Oakley of The Wild West,” with her signature on an enclosed note and a penny she’d shot through the center sold for $3,000 on eBay in 2016 by Quinn’s Auction. Her 16-gauge Parker Brothers hammer shotgun hit $293,000 at Heritage Auctions in 2013. ... See MoreSee Less

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August 11, 1919: Steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie passed away after giving away hundreds of millions of dollars. He reportedly funded 3,000 libraries in the U.S. and the world. A Tiffany Dragonfly table lamp from Andrew Carnegie’s collection auctioned for $2,110,000 at Sotheby’s in 2015. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are only 2 months away from the Fall Allentown Paper Show!! Mark your calendars. October 5-6, 2019. Looking forward to seeing you there!! ... See MoreSee Less

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August 7, 2001: Joseph Jefferson “Shoeless Joe” Jackson’s “Black Betsy” bat sold for $577,610 on eBay. His 12-year career (batting average .356) was cut short by the Black Sox scandal in the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. All were acquitted in court but banned from baseball. ... See MoreSee Less

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