HPB Presents: Featured Collectibles Auction

Welcome to our third Featured Collectibles Auction! We were thrilled with the response to our previous auctions, so we’ve decided to share three more very special collectibles. Read on to see what we’re auctioning off for this round and get information on the bidding process!

Item #1: Avalon Ballroom Poster

Just after the Summer of Love—
Take a trip back 53 years for an original poster produced by Family Dog Productions for an October 1967 show at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom featuring Avalon mainstays Quicksilver Messenger Service, along with Taj Mahal and the Sons of Champlin. It’s in comics style, illustrated by iconic comic-book artist Rick Griffin. Colors are bright, with no fading, pinholes or tears, and only minor edgewear.

Title: Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Avalon Ballroom

Produced by: Family Dog, San Francisco
Additional Info: First Issue, #89-1, October 1967
Condition: Very Good
Minimum Bid: $250
Email your bid to: atbg@halfpricebooks.com

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Item #2: This Is Today: A Window on Our Times

A piece of television history, signed by more than 50 celebrities—
In 2003, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the pioneering morning television news and topical information program The Today Show, NBC published a commemorative book, complete with a DVD. This particular copy is very special. Over the years, thousands of celebrity guests have visited the set in 30 Rockefeller Center. In the pages of this book are over 50 autographs of the Today Show hosts and many of their guests, including two U.S. Presidents, A-Rod, Prince Albert of Monaco, Mary Tyler Moore, Kermit the Frog and many more.

Today signers 1today signers 2

Title: This Is Today: A Window on Our Times
Author: Eric Mink
Additional Info: Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel, 2003
Condition: Very Good
Minimum Bid: $350
Email your bid to: atbg@halfpricebooks.com

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Item #3: The Rise of Mr. Ponzi

Where it all started—
You know the term “Ponzi scheme”—the shady business practice exemplified most recently by Bernie Madoff. Mr. Charles Ponzi has the dubious distinction of giving this scam its generic name. Ponzi was so notorious that he was run out of the United States as his autobiography was being published; hence its title page stating that it was published in New York and Rome. First editions of this classic are extremely scarce in any condition. This copy is worn, with bumping to corners and browning of pages—but may be the only one you’ll ever get an opportunity to own. (In honor of the author, get some friends to contribute to a fund that gets them access to your copy.)

Title: The Rise of Mr. Ponzi
Author: Charles Ponzi
Additional Info: First Edition. New York, Rome: Charles Ponzi, Publisher, 1935-7
Condition: Good
Minimum Bid: $500
Email your bid to: atbg@halfpricebooks.com

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The highest bids received for each offering by 5 p.m. CT on Saturday, July 18 win! Bid on one, or bid on all. Bidders will have the opportunity to raise their bids. Shipping and payment will be arranged with the winning bidder via email once the auction has ended. International shipping not available. If two or more bids are received for the same amount, the item will go to the earliest bidder.

2 thoughts on “HPB Presents: Featured Collectibles Auction

  1. How are items submitted,I have a huge collection of entertainment memorabilia that music,signed posters,and t-shirts just to name some of the catagories.

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