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Topic: My most recent purchase
Message: Posted by: MichalAngelo (Jan 18, 2009 05:04PM)
I just recently (this morning, actually) purchased some items from the Blackstone Collection...I bought 27 pieces, including a scarce one-page signed letter from Blackstone (1950s); two autographed sentiments, one bearing a hand-drawn (by Blackstone) caricature of Blackstone; a signed theatre handbill/Christmas Card; eight different cue and prop sheets; a three-page radio script; a real photo postcard; two complimentary passes (one signed); several clippings; color letterhead; and more. Most of this stuff is 1930s-40s). I also got a one-page TLS of Harry Blackstone, Jr. and a convention badge signed and inscribed by Blackstone, Jr.

I also bought some stuff from Henning Collection, too...Old programs, many of them signed, a couple of old photos, signed, theater programs, convention badges, and such. I wanted to get a few more Houdini items, but most of them were programs and playbills, and they're not that rare. Chung Ling Soo's chinese fan he used on stage at the time of his death sold at this auction...brought in $3200.00!!! That's a steal..I thought it would've gone for more than that. I believe Copperfield picked up that litle gem.

Now I have to find space for it all. Ugh!
Message: Posted by: Dr. Delusion (Jan 19, 2009 12:11PM)
Wow !!, neat stuff !!
With items like those I'm sure you won't have to hard of a few spots to display some of it.
Message: Posted by: MichalAngelo (Jan 19, 2009 12:21PM)
Yeah...you'd think that would be the case, however, my display shelves are full, the walls in my office/magic room are full. I may have to put some of it up, display the new stuff and rotate it every now and then.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jan 19, 2009 12:38PM)
I picked-up some of the Houdini programs, so that works for me. Most of the items, including the Houdini items, seemed to bring decent prices. I didn't see the whole auction, but it didn't look-like that there was anything that went off the charts. Many items seemed very reasonable compared to previous auctions.
Message: Posted by: MichalAngelo (Jan 19, 2009 01:31PM)
There were a few photographs that I thought went a little too high. They were original photos but had no signature or anything. One went for almost $2000. I think there were 4 items that didn't get bids at all. Out of almost 200+ items, that wasn't too bad. Did you get the 3 Houdini programs that were sold together? I think one of them was purple or blue... I bid once on those, but didn't really bother with them. I have way too much Houdini items..from programs to letters to a pair of his cuffs and one of his straitjackets. It'sll be a while before I buy any Houdiniana. I needed to broaden my collection a little. All I all, I thought it was a pretty good auction. I think the next one will be in July...I think
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jan 19, 2009 05:40PM)
No, they were two seperate lots of programs. I used to have the general magic collection too, but focus only on Houdini and related items these days. It's more than enough to keep me busy and broke.
Message: Posted by: MichalAngelo (Jan 19, 2009 09:58PM)
I completely understand about the broke part. Ironic..I collected Houdiniana for years and now expanding to others...You collected general magic and now focusing on Houdini. Lol. That's funny.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jan 19, 2009 10:48PM)
I think I always collected Houdini. It's when I didn't find anything at the magic conventions etc. in Houdini, I had to come home with something. That led to about 5,000 books. When the ceiling cracked in my old house, I knew it was time to do something. I put the heavy hitting material in Swanns years ago and sold or traded the rest( most of it).

The postcard with Houdini in a suit with his hands in his pockets seemed to attract some good bidding. I remember buying a signed one for $275.00 and saying to myself "Are you nuts?".
Message: Posted by: MichalAngelo (Jan 20, 2009 10:00PM)
Lol. I know what you mean. I bought a pair of his handcuffs for almost $900 and one of his straitjackets for $6500....That one almost caused a divorce...not really, but the wife was NOT a happy camper. I don't have near the amount of books you do, but I do have a few very old ones and some very rare. I'm getting more and more into collecting original posters now, and personal letters.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jan 20, 2009 10:30PM)
Well I'm looking for his pitchbooks or catalogs. I have one of his 3 in 1 posters that I would trade for pitchbooks, catalogs or ephemera. OR if you have anything for sale or trade, I'm interested in hearing about it.
Message: Posted by: MichalAngelo (Jan 20, 2009 10:45PM)
I'll look through some of my stuff and see what I have. I'll let you know if we can work something out. ;-)
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 21, 2009 10:42PM)
I'm always amazed at what some of Uncle Harry's stuff goes for. I've seen it from about $150 to $2000 for basically identical items in similar condition. I have quite a bit which he gave to me in my misspent youth. Fortunately I had to the presence of mind to hang on to it and preserve it well. He signed a lot of stuff and amazingly a lot of it is still in circulation. I've seen a few forgeries, but not many. Some of his actual equipment if it can be documented goes for a pretty penny. I do have a birdcage made by Uncle Pete, that Uncle Pete gave me, but I don't know if Uncle Harry ever used it in his act.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jan 21, 2009 10:57PM)
I had a Blackstone table still in its' orange crate. The table looked-like a piece of furniture. It had a compartment on the table top that looked-like it was used to vanishing something of a large size. I traded it away for a Houdini window card and Hardeen poster.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jan 22, 2009 05:37PM)
Anything to come to the surface yet?
Message: Posted by: MichalAngelo (Jan 22, 2009 10:28PM)
I haven't had the chance to go through anything. Last couple of days have been hectic. I'm hoping I'll get the chance this weekend.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jan 22, 2009 10:51PM)
OK. Let me know when you do. Did you get an invoice or see a prices realized yet?
Message: Posted by: MichalAngelo (Jan 23, 2009 11:15AM)
I got my invoice. Paid it yeterday. I haven't seen a prices realized list yet. They sent me an invoice in my email like 3 times. I caled them yesterday and paid the invoice. My stuff should be shipping out today or tomorrow..and they're sending it Priority Mail. He said they may send it by FedEx...He wasn't really sure...But they KNEW it was going to cost $25.00 for shipping!! That seems a little much.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jan 23, 2009 01:38PM)
I haven't received anything yet. I guess you wouln't need Fed-Ex if they ship tomorrow. They don't deliver on weekends.
Message: Posted by: MichalAngelo (Jan 24, 2009 05:11PM)
Kevin, did you ever get your invoice? I recieved notification this morning that my items were shipping today via USPS Priority Mail. They should be here sometime next week.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jan 24, 2009 06:26PM)
Still zippo on the invoice. I'm going to email him right now. I could use a houdini fix. :)
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jan 25, 2009 10:10PM)
OK. I got the invoice and the prices realized. I must have slipped through the cracks, but Gabe fixed it.
Message: Posted by: MichalAngelo (Jan 27, 2009 03:18PM)
Got my stuff in the mail yesterday. Nicely packaged...safe and secure. Well pleased with the selection. Put some of it up for sale. Out of the Blackstone Lot, I got some rare pieces. Funny thing....I calculated the average cost per piece and I figured it at less than $9.50 per item. This morning I learned that one of the pieces (a hand-drawn self caricature with signature) is has a sale value between $2500 and $3000.

I hope you get your stuff pretty soon. Be watching the mailbox...and they sent it insured with signature required, so make sure somebody is around to get it or you'll have to go pick it up. Ugh.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Jan 27, 2009 04:57PM)
Depends on where you sell it. I've seen the autographed carcicature's of Uncle Harry go for as little as $250 and they were in good condition.
Message: Posted by: MichalAngelo (Jan 27, 2009 05:17PM)
That's true...An item is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. I have no intention of selling it, though. So it really doesn;t matter to me...But I thought it was pretty cool.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jan 27, 2009 05:50PM)
I just sent the check yesterday, so hopefully I'll have it next week. Someday I like to get this stuff all in order. It just seems there is not enough time. Maybe it's me?
Message: Posted by: MichalAngelo (Jan 27, 2009 05:52PM)
No. I have the same problem. I have so much stuff I need to organize...It just never seems to get done.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jan 27, 2009 06:57PM)
Thanks. I was starting to think I had some organizational problem. I do know many collectors who have their whole collections written down or on the computer. The best I have done was to get the books in alphabetical order. Maybe I should hire aguy like Oscar Teale and get it done.
Message: Posted by: MichalAngelo (Jan 27, 2009 10:46PM)
Alphabetical order??!! Are you OCD or what? Lol. I have all mine categorized by magician....but not in any order. I don't' have time to computerize my stuff, gimme a frickin' break! Lol.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jan 27, 2009 11:15PM)
LOL. I only collect one magician! I HAVE to keep them alphabetical! What I really can't get a handle is the ephemera. I know I could lay it all out and sort it all. I just don't want to have it all over the room. It would be a controlled mess for weeks/months.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Feb 2, 2009 09:53PM)
The programs arrived today, so I'm a happy camper. Now on to the next thing. :)

Michal, did you come up with anything yet?
Message: Posted by: MichalAngelo (Feb 3, 2009 02:35PM)
Nothing that would really interest you. I've got some good stuff in my Houdini collection, but nothing that I wouldn't regret parting with. My wife, on the other hand, would probably give you everything I have. Lol. I've got one more trunk to go through...I'll let you know what I find in there. I'm glad you finally got your package! I hate waiting. It's like being a kid on Christmas Eve and having to wait till morning! ARRRGGHH!
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Feb 3, 2009 03:03PM)
Well, if you want to trade for the poster, just let me know. And you never know what might interest me. Try me.
Message: Posted by: mrmagician (Feb 6, 2009 06:04AM)
Got any Houdini?
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Feb 6, 2009 06:17AM)
Some. You? Anything for sale or trade?
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Feb 22, 2009 02:43PM)

Anything Houdini?