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Jackson’s fedora, Fab Four photo cards head to auction

A black fedora signed by Michael Jackson and a grouping of Beatles color photo cards are some of the keynote lots in Auctions’ Sports & Americana Auction No. 6.

By Susan Sliwicki


A black fedora signed by Michael Jackson is one of the keynote lots in Auctions’ Sports & Americana Auction No. 6.

The event, which closes at 9:15 p.m. CST Dec. 2, 2010, offers 826 lots in categories including entertainment memorabilia, sports cards, game-used items and more than 100 license plates signed by sports figures and entertainers. For more information, visit

“The Michael Jackson fedora is a very special piece,” said Steve Bloedow, director of Auctions. “There are very few of these in the market, as they are nearly identical to what Jackson wore in performances, and he has signed this one version with ‘Love.’ Other examples of this fedora have brought significant amount of money on the secondary market, and we believe this one will, too.”

The hat (shown at top), comes with a JSA full letter of authentication; it has a minimum bid of $6,000. The inside band of the fedora is embroidered with the name “Michael Jackson” in gold; Jackson signed his name and the word “Love” in white paint pen. Another version of this fedora, also signed, sold for $50,000 with Julien’s Auctions earlier in 2010.

A grouping of Beatles color photo cards that includes an original wrapper (shown at left) is another lot of interest. Topps issued 64 different Beatles cards in 1964, each of which featured a color photograph on its front side. This lot has 65 total cards: 41 of the 64 original patterns are represented, and there are duplicates of one or more cards for 19 of the 41 cards. All of the cards are in very good condition. Minimum bid: $100.


A lot of 27 black-and-white Beatles cards also is available. Topps produced a three-series card set of the Fab Four in 1964. Each card features a photo on the front with a facsimile signature. The third series was comprised of cards No. 116-165; this grouping has 23 of the 46 different versions of the cards from that series, along with a few duplicates. One card in the lot, No. 160, which features Paul McCartney, has been PSA graded in EX condition. The rest of the cards, although unslabbed, are in similar shape.

Lithographs of John Coltrane, Pearl Bailey and Billy Ekstine also are offered. All three are signed by artist Christopher Paluso, and all feature PSA/DNA-certified signatures of select musicians.

Coltrane’s lithograph, which is No. 75 of a limited-edition run of 100, shows the jazz saxophonist in three different poses. It includes signatures of the late drummer Louie Bellson, the late trombonist Al Grey, pianist Junior Mance, bassist Jimmy Woode and flugelhornist Clark Terry. Minimum bid: $250.

A 16-by-20-inch lithograph depicting Bailey in three periods of her vocal career features autographs from bandleader and vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, percussionist Tito Puente, vocalist Cab Calloway, trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison, flutist and saxophonist James Moody, drummer T.S. Monk, vocalist Della Reese, drummer Max Roach and trumpeter Al Hirt, along with Bellson, Woode, Grey and Mance. Minimum bid: $250.

The Ekstine lithograph is signed in pencil by 13 different artists including Reese, Grey, Moody, Mance, Hirt, Bellson, Edison, Puente, Hampton, Terry and Calloway. Miminum bid: $250.
Other pop culture-related lots include:
• A 15-by-22-inch framed display featuring a photograph of and index card autographed by musician, actor and bandleader Rudy Vallee. Authenticated by JSA. Minimum bid: $200.
• An index card signed in black marker by Michael Jackson. JSA full letter of authenticity. Minimum bid: $200.
• Original wanted posters from 1934 for John Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde. Minimum bid per poster: $100.
• A group of six celebrity-signed 8” x 10” photographs, including Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren and Janet Leigh. Minimum bid: $75.
• A 29-inch-tall wood and metal lamp from the 1950s-1960s featuring The Long Ranger, Silver and a saddle, all in ceramic, by Hartland. Minimum bid: $50.
• A California license plate signed by Frankie Avalon. Minimum bid: $25.
• A Pennsylvania license plate signed by “American Bandstand” host Dick Clark. Minimum bid: $25.
• A Nevada license plate signed by entertainer Wayne Newton. Minimum bid: $25.

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