March 1-3 Auction: Vintage Toys, Titanic Letters

Bid Online for an Extensive Collection of Rare Sports Memorabilia, Original Letters from the Titanic and More During a Three-Day Auction Event

Omaha, NE - February 28, 2012 - A massive, three-day auction event featuring an incredible variety of treasured items will be webcast live on Proxibid (, the world's largest real auction marketplace, with the simultaneous on-site auction run by Philip Weiss Auctions. The auction will be conducted over the course of three days, beginning March 1 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, continuing on March 2 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern and finishing on March 3 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. This auction is of enormous value with an incredible range of historical pieces. To view the extensive catalog and to place pre-bids, visit

The auction will kick off Thursday with more than 400 lots of sports-related items, non- sports cards, comics and comic art. With a variety of signed sports memorabilia and additional featured items, it's an auction collectors will not want to miss. Highlights from Thursday's auction include:

  • Lot 1300 - Rare Punch Cigar Store Advertising Figure Cast in Zinc, Circa 1885. Cast into the base is the following: "Wm. Demuth & Co. Manufacturers New York". 18 1/2" Tall. These are exceedingly rare and only three have come to auction prior to this example in recent years.

  • Lot 1098 - Attributed to inaugural Indianapolis 500 racer Lewis Strang. The case lettered uniform shows all the signs of wear and tear you would expect from a worn racing coverall. Label in uniform is from H. L. Sanders the Nation's most prosperous uniform maker.

  • Lot 60 - Original and Scarce Opening Day April 18th 1923 Yankee Stadium Program. This day was highlighted by the first home run ever hit in this new stadium. In the third inning Babe Ruth launched a home run into the right field bleachers. Very few of these still survive. This program is in overall fine condition with minimal restoration to secure a separating cover. Great and rare piece of Yankee memorabilia.

Friday's auction will include more than 600 lots of transportation, military, historical, circus, posters and advertising. This session features several cherished hand-written letters and diaries dating back to the early 1900s. Don't miss the following features:

  • Lot #1153: WW2 Serviceman's Diary of J. Ferris Brogan of Ridgewood NJ. This is a one-of-a-kind, hand written serviceman's diary of a tour of duty in the Pacific Ocean beginning in May 1945 in Pearl Harbor and ending in July 1946 in Guam. The diary is 76 pages long and details his experiences on board the ship USS LSM 465 in the Sea of Japan. As a member of the "initial occupation" after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, Brogen chronicles a chilling eye witness account of the city after the explosion of the Atomic Bomb of August 9, 1945.

  • Lot #1348: Two-page handwritten letter on White Star Stationary "On board R.M.S. Titanic," dated April 11, 1912, four days before the sinking. This letter was written by John Edward Simpson, the Assistant Surgeon aboard the ill-fated Titanic. This letter to his mother gives a first-hand account of how he arrived at the Titanic prior to its fateful trip and is appraised at nearly $50,000.

  • Lot #1349: Titanic original marconigram dating April 15, 1912, 7:45 a.m. from the Olympic. It was sent to Sable Island, Ismay New York. It reads, "have been unable to communicate we are now 310 miles from her. I am under full power will inform you at once if hear anything. Commander."

The Saturday session will include more than 600 lots of toys, trains and toy soldiers. This auction will feature:

  • Lot #2001: Two Dinky #179 Studebaker President Sedans. Each shows very minor wear and comes in original boxes, which show wear with lightly torn attached flaps.

  • Lot #2015: Star Wars Carry Case with figures. All of these figures are mint and from the first series. The case includes 24 pieces.

  • Lot #2016: Twelve vintage Pez Dispensers. These dispensers are presented on a Pez display and include Gorilla, Kin Lion, Scrooge McDuck, Hulk, Spiderman, Clown and more.

"There are an incredible variety of highly valuable pieces featured in this three-day event that collectors of all kinds will not want to miss," said Philip Weiss of Philip Weiss Auctions. "Bidders from all over the world will find this auction enticing. Through Proxibid, bidders can spend hours scouring the online catalog for priceless pieces, and with online bidding, owning a precious piece of history has never been so easy."

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