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Tom Slater
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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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L. Frank Baum. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Dec. 16

'Windsor Plaything.' Complete series of twenty-six Bone Alphabet Discs

"Windsor Plaything." Complete series of twenty-six Bone Alphabet Discs

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Dec. 16

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Kinder- und Hausmärchen

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Kinder- und Hausmärchen

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Dec. 16

Beatrix Potter. The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter. The Tale of Peter Rabbit

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Dec. 16

Petrus Apianus.  Astronomicum Caesareum.

[Petrus Apianus]. Astronomicum Caesareum.

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$325,000

J. R. R. Tolkien. The Hobbit or There and Back Again

J. R. R. Tolkien. The Hobbit or There and Back Again

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$60,000

Rex Stout. Fer-De-Lance.

Rex Stout. Fer-De-Lance.

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$31,250

From James Madison, one of the supposed authors | The Federalist: A Collection of Essays

From James Madison, one of the supposed authors
The Federalist: A Collection of Essays

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$312,500

Emma Smith. A Collection of Sacred Hymns, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Emma Smith. A Collection of Sacred Hymns, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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$100,000

Maurice Sendak. moo-reese tabletop cow.

Maurice Sendak. "Moo-Reese" Tabletop Cow.

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$93,750

Dashiell Hammett. Red Harvest.

Dashiell Hammett. Red Harvest.

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$75,000
F. Scott Fitzgerald | The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby

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$162,500
Paper Art Damage 101: Types of Deterioration and Improper Preservation
8.8.2017 Paper Art Damage 101: Types of Deterioration and Improper Preservation

Mat burn, foxing, UV exposure, grime- all of these are incredibly harmful to your art work on paper but they are also rather ambiguous terms sometimes. What exactly is mat burn, how do I protect my piece against it?

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