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Historical Memorabilia

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Tom Slater
Senior Consultant, Historical
1-800-872-6467 Ext. 1441
Collecting has always been in Tom Slater’s blood. At the age of six he began with sea shells, and soon graduated to coins, the “gateway drug” to so many other fields of collecting. By the age of ten, Tom’s Dad would drop him off at coin shows within driving range, picking him up at the end of the day. All the dealers knew Tom, and they would give him coins to shop around the floor with the hope of making a small commission. Usually he was able to make $50 to $100, no small sum in the early 1960s, which of course was promptly invested in his collection.   When Tom was 12 he rented space in his barber’s shop and set up a display case, selling coins on weekends.  A year later he formed a partnership with one of his customers, and the pair opened their own coin shop. When Tom eventually left for college his partner continued to operate the shop for some 20 years.   But the turning point in Tom’s collecting journey came when as a high school student he by chance discovered the then-infant hobby of political campaign collectibles. An avid reader of anything to do with U.S. history, especially that of the presidents, he was instantly hooked!  Tom published his first political memorabilia sales list at age 19, and founded a major mail order auction at 25.   Somehow he managed to find time to graduate from Yale with honors, and brief experiments with law school and a corporate sales position were but minor detours. In 1976 he became a full-time dealer and auctioneer, and maintained a robust business in political and other collectors’  items until his company, Slater’s Americana, was absorbed by Heritage in 2004. Since that time Tom has served as Director of Americana auctions and Senior Historical Specialist for Heritage Auctions.

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Fort Defiance: 1836 Joseph Chadwick Map of Col. James Fannin's Defenses at the Historic Site of the Battle of Goliad

Fort Defiance: 1836 Joseph Chadwick Map of Col. James Fannin's Defenses at the Historic Site of the Battle of Goliad

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$250,000

Apollo 17 Lunar Module Flown Navigational Star Chart

Apollo 17 Lunar Module Flown "Navigational Star Chart" Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Gene Cernan

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$28,125

Apollo 11 Lunar Module Flown Section of the Wright Flyer's Wing Fabric, Position #176

Apollo 11 Lunar Module Flown Section of the Wright Flyer's Wing Fabric, Position #176

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$81,250.00

Charleston Mercury Broadside: 'The Union Is Dissolved'

Charleston Mercury Broadside:
"The Union Is Dissolved"

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$26,250

Ludwig van Beethoven Autograph Letter Signed

Ludwig van Beethoven
Autograph Letter Signed

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$275,000

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Kinder- und Hausmärchen

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Kinder- und Hausmärchen

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$112,500

John Adams Autograph Letter Signed

John Adams Autograph Letter Signed

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$81,250

Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel Legal Document Signed

Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel
Legal Document Signed

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$45,000

Petrus Apianus.  Astronomicum Caesareum.

[Petrus Apianus]. Astronomicum Caesareum.

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$325,000

Samuel Tilden: Prohibitively Rare Portrait Flag

Samuel Tilden: Prohibitively
Rare Portrait Flag

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$27,500

California Gold Rush: Important From-Life Daguerreotype of John Sutter

California Gold Rush: Important From-Life Daguerreotype of John Sutter

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$30,000

Declaration of Independence: John Binns Version Published in 1819

Declaration of Independence: John Binns Version Published in 1819

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$30,000

Roosevelt & Fairbanks: Wonderful 'Roos-e-Field' Jugate

Roosevelt & Fairbanks:
Wonderful "Roos-e-Field" Jugate

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$18,750

D-Day Landed Camp Flag from the 29th Infantry Division -- Omaha Beach from V Corp Commander Gen. Gerow

D-Day Landed Camp Flag from the 29th Infantry Division -- Omaha Beach from V Corp Commander Gen. Gerow

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$20,000

Apollo 17 Flown MS68 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 159

Apollo 17 Flown MS68 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 159

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$60,000

Neil Armstrong's One and Only Apollo 11 Lunar Module Flown MS67 NGC 14K Gold Robbins Medal

Neil Armstrong's One and Only Apollo 11 Lunar Module Flown MS67 NGC 14K Gold Robbins Medal

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$2,055,000

Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 Flight Plan

Neil Armstrong's Copy of NASA's "Preliminary Apollo 11 Flight Plan AS-506 / CSM-107 / LM-5" Book Date-Stamped April 24, 1969

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$112,500