Have you checked out the latest Hake’s auction catalog yet? The highlight of this particular auction is the Franco Toscanini Superman collection, but even if Superman isn’t your thing, there is plenty to rev up your collecting engines!
I always set aside a good hour or two to carefully go through the auction, category by category, usually finding items that I normally wouldn’t even think to look for, but that’s the thrill of the hunt. To be honest, my luck at Hake’s auctions has not been that great, but that’s solely due to me sticking to my budget like a good boy. Hake’s is not a place that sells the “ordinary” — everything in their catalog is top-notch, and the prices can certainly get up there, but like with any auction, there are always great deals to be found. I’m curious to see how the various lots of 80’s action figures do this time around. Hake’s clientele usually seems to ignore these lots, choosing to focus their attention on the older items, but those 80’s toys are bound to start creeping into the collective collecting conscious of the bidders soon. I see some great deals there, and in the past, have kicked myself for not focusing on similar lots that sold at a bargain.
In addition to some of those 80’s action figure lots, I’ll also be watching these auctions closely…
“SPIDER-MAN” #29 CHRIS MARRINAN ORIGINAL COMIC BOOK PAGE ART
There’s nothing better on a wall than a great splash page, and this action shot of Spider-Man is excellent.
THE GREEN HORNET QUICK SWITCH BOARD GAME
I have shelves full of vintage board games based on super heroes, and TV/movie characters, and this Green Hornet game would be a great addition.
SUPERMAN AND SUPERBOY BOARD GAME
Speaking of board games, check out this 1967 Superman and Superboy game with a two-sided game board.
“THE BATMAN” LINEN-MOUNTED MOVIE SERIAL POSTER
You knew that Batman was going to show up on this list, right? Mark my words, one of these Batman serial posters will be on my walls one day.
SUPERMAN “OGILVIE MINUTE OATS” CANADIAN STORE STANDEE
From the “Holy Cow” collection, comes this cardboard Superman standee from 1940. How great is that art?
UNIVERSAL MONSTERS JAYMAR FRAMED TRAY PUZZLE TRIO
I do love a good puzzle — they’re easy to store and feature some of the best art ever produced. This set of Universal Monsters puzzles is on the holy grail list of many monster collectors.
JACK DAVIS FRAMED “PG-13” ORIGINAL ART
Being raised on Mad Magazine, Jack Davis is one of my idols, and this original painting features some of my favorite movies of all time — Gremlins, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Red Dawn — I’ll just have to pretend that’s Kelly LeBrock from Weird Science, not The Woman in Red.
“FLASH GORDON’S TRIP TO MARS” MOVIE SERIAL POSTER
I do love movie posters, and a vintage Flash Gordon poster from the 30’s is tough to beat on the coolness scale.
“SUPERMAN” MOUNTED MOVIE SERIAL STANDEE
I realize that three Superman items might be a bit much for one list, but come on! The Franco Toscanini collection is so incredible that Hake’s will be offering items from it for years to come. What we see in this auction is just a small portion of the treasures that Toscanini was able to amass in his short time as a Superman collector, and I can’t wait to see what else is in store!
In addition to the items listed above there is one item that I am REALLY interested in bidding on, but I’m not going to show it here, for fear of tipping off the competition. It’s not cheap, but it is something that I would love to call my own, so I’ve been selling like a mad man on eBay, trying to pull together the funds to place a solid bid or two. Wish me luck!