Hake's just wrapped up another fun auction. I picked up two things -- neither is super high end, but both are pieces I've wanted for a long time.
The first is an original program from the very first World Science Fiction Convention (New York, 1939). A classic piece of science fiction memorabilia! 1939 was an awesome year for science fiction and genre publishing (and therefore all the things I collect). Not only the World Con, but also the NY World's Fair. It was also the year the first paperback -- Lost Horizon (Pocket Books No. 1) -- was published (it's a story about lost cities, Shangri-La, etc.) I've only seen two of these programs for sale -- one of them sold for three times what I paid. So yeah... I'm pretty happy about this one! :)
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I also won a mint-on-card Ideal Space Solar Watch. It's an odd little toy and I'm not really sure why I like it so much -- but I do! It's very mid-century spacey, just the kind of piece that inspires dreams of interstellar adventure! (Not sure how accurate that sun dial would be on a planet with a different rotational speed, distance from its sun, and orbital velocity... but why be a killjoy? Ha ha.) It'll go nicely with my Ideal Space Goggles and Ideal Futurama Gun. (I've got an old ad sheet with all three on it, too.) I've never seen a carded example before. (I'm sure there are others out there, I've just never run across one.)
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There were some other GREAT items up for grabs -- especially the amazing boxed (with instruction sheet!) Flash Gordon Signal Pistol. By far the best complete example I've ever seen! Wow! Also original comic book art (including preliminary pencils for Alan Moore's "Batman: Killing Joke," one of the finest Batman stories of all time...); amazing Disneyana; an original on-set painting from Rod Serling's "Night Gallery" (drooool...); some rare Buck Rogers artifacts (a glass slide from the serials, transcription records, etc.); and a nice selection of robots. I just wish I had more money! :)
Did anyone else pick anything up? Share your victories here!
(BTW, if anyone picked up the Buck Rogers slide or transcription records, and if you're going to Botstock, I'd love to take a look at them up close if you feel like bringing them along. Fascinating stuff, I've never seen anything like them before.)