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Offline JailOJohn

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Topps 1989 Vault Sale
« on: July 13, 2021, 06:56:02 PM »
I Think that was the year. Did anyone on here participate or hear about anyone who did? I know it was before ebay and Heritage, so im guessing it was one of those live auctions, maybe with bidders on huge cell phones…like an early Mecum auction……I have seen some original art pieces from this event on e-bay over the years….

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2021, 07:27:29 PM »
I Think that was the year. Did anyone on here participate or hear about anyone who did? I know it was before ebay and Heritage, so im guessing it was one of those live auctions, maybe with bidders on huge cell phones…like an early Mecum auction……I have seen some original art pieces from this event on e-bay over the years….

There were several hobby bigwigs at the auction, including Roxanne Toser and Robert Foster among others. Most buyers bought multiple lots. For example, Robert was able to get about 100 titles. Most went for less than 100 bucks and immediately afterwards, some could be acquired for 150-200 dollars on the secondary market. I was able to get Pupsi Cola this way for 150 (long since sold, by the way). There's a great auction book that was widely distributed and can still be found on ebay. It shows most of the individual lots for sale, although towards the end of the night, there were a significant number of pieces sold that never appeared in the book. Robert stuck around for the entire auction and said that some of those lots went for 25 bucks because most everyone was tapped out from purchasing baseball art.

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Re: Topps 1989 Vault Sale
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2021, 11:51:32 PM »
I Think that was the year. Did anyone on here participate or hear about anyone who did? I know it was before ebay and Heritage, so im guessing it was one of those live auctions, maybe with bidders on huge cell phones…like an early Mecum auction……I have seen some original art pieces from this event on e-bay over the years….
It was referred to as guernsey auction.  Have you had any luck getting art pieces?  I am chasing the frankenstein art.
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Re: Topps 1989 Vault Sale
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2021, 07:32:02 AM »
I have never been able to buy, but have seen original art pieces occasionally on e-bay over the years. On the rare occasion one pops up, the price is too rich for me.....

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Re: Topps 1989 Vault Sale
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2021, 05:49:59 AM »
I have never been able to buy, but have seen original art pieces occasionally on e-bay over the years. On the rare occasion one pops up, the price is too rich for me.....
So is your quest in this thread to see images of the art?
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Re: Topps 1989 Vault Sale
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2021, 07:25:42 AM »
Not necessarily, just wondered if any of you fellow collectors had attended or subsequently purchased any of the art. I am just happy to have fellow collectors to talk to about Wackies.

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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2021, 08:29:51 AM »
There were several hobby bigwigs at the auction, including Roxanne Toser and Robert Foster among others. Most buyers bought multiple lots. For example, Robert was able to get about 100 titles. Most went for less than 100 bucks and immediately afterwards, some could be acquired for 150-200 dollars on the secondary market. I was able to get Pupsi Cola this way for 150 (long since sold, by the way). There's a great auction book that was widely distributed and can still be found on ebay. It shows most of the individual lots for sale, although towards the end of the night, there were a significant number of pieces sold that never appeared in the book. Robert stuck around for the entire auction and said that some of those lots went for 25 bucks because most everyone was tapped out from purchasing baseball art.

I attended the auction but was poor at the time and didn't bid. As soon as the non-sports day was over, I went up to Bob Foster who was standing in line to pay for his lots and inquired about several pieces of art from several sets (which included Slaytex) I was interested in. We made a deal on the spot... he sold me about 7 or 8 pieces on a payment plan, and doubled his money on every piece, but to me it was worth it. I guess it really was worth it in the long run, as I sold Slaytex back in the art wars days of the late 90's. Wish I still had it though.

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Re: Topps 1989 Vault Sale
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2021, 08:45:44 AM »
Original art of Slaytex sounds sweet!!!Do you regret selling it?

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Re: Topps 1989 Vault Sale
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2021, 05:09:56 PM »
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I attended the auction but was poor at the time and didn't bid. As soon as the non-sports day was over, I went up to Bob Foster who was standing in line to pay for his lots and inquired about several pieces of art from several sets (which included Slaytex) I was interested in. We made a deal on the spot... he sold me about 7 or 8 pieces on a payment plan, and doubled his money on every piece, but to me it was worth it. I guess it really was worth it in the long run, as I sold Slaytex back in the art wars days of the late 90's. Wish I still had it though.

Did you sell all your pieces, or just Slaytex?  I used to know so much about all the art, but after many years of being sort of distant from Wackys, very little of it remains in my brain.  I seem to remember when Slaytex changed hands, though.  Any time any piece changed hands it was a big deal.  Like 1st edition rare books with pedigrees and all.  I don't have any left, and never did find Hostile Thinkies or pulled/unpublished 8th series Toadal, which were sort of holy grail titles for me.

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Re: Topps 1989 Vault Sale
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2021, 05:18:08 PM »
...although towards the end of the night, there were a significant number of pieces sold that never appeared in the book. Robert stuck around for the entire auction and said that some of those lots went for 25 bucks because most everyone was tapped out from purchasing baseball art.

I just re-read this line & realized that's the first time I ever heard this part of the Guernsey story.  I heard about a group of pieces that were not in the auction catalog being sold much later.  But I never heard that some of the non-listed pieces were actually sold within the auction.  Was anyone ever able to list those?  Obviously, we've all seen various pieces out there that weren't in the catalog, and some that were sold in the Topps Vault thing many years later.  But the "mystery pieces" that we were never able to track back in the late 90s/early 00's could easily have been in this "late sale" group.  It would be cool to know if anyone now has a COMPLETE database of all the OS original art & where it is and came from.  I had a decently accurate one back when I was collecting.  But it's all way obsolete now.  By all accounts, just like the art was mainly in the hands of 2 or 3 people at the time of Guernsey, and then a different 2 or 3 people in the 90s, it seems like it's all in another different 2 or 3 now.  But one day, it would be cool to finally see a "Wacky Museum" exhibit.

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Re: Topps 1989 Vault Sale
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2021, 05:38:41 AM »
https://sportscollectorsdigest.com/news/topps-vault-mike-jaspersen

I found that to be quite an interesting article mentioning the '89 auction, Duryea, the topps vault in the 2000's, etc..,

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Re: Topps 1989 Vault Sale
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2021, 07:01:18 AM »
It would be cool to know if anyone now has a COMPLETE database of all the OS original art & where it is and came from.

Shortly, after the auction, I put together a list based on Robert's feedback, but it might take some serious digging to locate. Anyway, if I find it, I'll certainly post here.

One title on the "missing" list that comes immediately to mind is "Freebee", a parody of "Frisbee". Robert sent me a photocopy of it and it was really cool!

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Re: Topps 1989 Vault Sale
« Reply #12 on: Today at 03:47:17 AM »
Shortly, after the auction, I put together a list based on Robert's feedback, but it might take some serious digging to locate. Anyway, if I find it, I'll certainly post here.

One title on the "missing" list that comes immediately to mind is "Freebee", a parody of "Frisbee". Robert sent me a photocopy of it and it was really cool!

Was that a "Lost Wacky" meant for one of the 1-16 series?  Can't remember if I ever saw that back in the day.  I saw a lot of really rare & secretive stuff back in the late 90s/early 2000's that either Jay showed us at his house, or collectors would come up with & not want the word to get out yet, etc.  It was a Wild West back then, and there were at least 3 collections of artwork that were sort of "taboo" to even talk about in detail.  But so much of it has seen the light of day now. 

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« Reply #13 on: Today at 05:47:58 AM »
Was that a "Lost Wacky" meant for one of the 1-16 series? 

Couldn't say for sure where it was supposed to appear, but it was definitely painted by Norm. Haven't seen it printed anywhere yet...

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Re: Topps 1989 Vault Sale
« Reply #14 on: Today at 06:40:41 AM »
Is there a JPG someone can send me of Freebee, or any other "secret" Lost Wacky painted artwork?

PM me if you can't post it publicly. Thank you!

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« Reply #15 on: Today at 05:59:28 PM »
I posted "freebee" here once before, but that was years ago, so I don't know if it's still available. But I'll do some looking this weekend and see if I can find the print out. If so, I'll post it again.


 

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