Premier auction features plenty of diversity

One huge consigned collection will lead to endless possibilities for collectors of virtually any niche area as Premier Auctions continues its 1,700-lot September Signature Sale.

“The majority of the items came from one huge collection,” said Matt Palermo, a partner of Premier Auctions. “There’s a heavier emphasis on historical and celebrity pieces with this auction. There’s still a lot of top-quality sports items to go along with it, but a lot of entertainment and old Hollywood stuff. There’s over 1,700 lots in the auction and more than 60,000 signatures. When we had JSA out here, they said volume-wise, it’s the most material they’ve seen in about a year.”

Premier Auctions typically conducts one sale per month on a smaller scale, but the auction company was more than pleased to step up its workload in preparation for its biggest sale of the 2008 season.

“There’s some really unique and interesting items in this auction, and I’m sure I had just as much fun going through it and cataloging it as the person who wins it will.”
One of the featured items in the sports arena will be a Christy Mathewson book. The high-quality in-book signature is accompanied with no personalization, making it an ultra-rare example expected to fetch five figures when the final gavel falls.

The auction also features a huge array of  Yankees collectibles, including signed teamed photos from the 1940s-60s, a wide variety of modern Yankee dynasty items featuring a huge selection of Derek Jeter items and game-worn jerseys of modern great such as David Ortiz, Curt Schilling and several others. A Los Angeles Dodgers game-used jersey from Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm’s final game in 1972 will also be featured.

One of the many non-sport highlights is a Pictorial History of Television, which features more than 1,000 signatures of many of the biggest stars of the early age of television. The auction also features an ultra-rare dinner banquet program from 1954 signed by the likes of President Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, the entire Supreme Court and presidential cabinet members. The program is framed and carries more than 50 signatures in all.
Premier’s September Signature Auction is currently underway, running through Sept. 25.
JSA Auction House LOAs accompany all catalog lots, and the entire catalog can be viewed at

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