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Spring Auction March 31-April 2 at Showtime Auction Services, Ann Arbor MI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Mike Eckles
(951) 453-2415   Mike@showtimeauctions.com

4 MAJOR COLLECTIONS WITH GAMBLING, COIN-OP, GERMAN SCHOOL MODEL CARS, COUNTRY STORE, ADVERTISING, TRADE SIGNS, SALESMAN’S SAMPLE STOVES AND MORE WILL COME UP FOR BID MAR. 31-APR. 2 AT SHOWTIME AUCTION SERVICES IN ANN ARBOR, MICH.

The three-day event, with over 2,000 lots, will be held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The single-owner, lifetime gambling and coin-op collection of Richard and Mary Schulte of Michigan, plus three other outstanding collections from other states around the country, will co-headline Showtime Auction Services’ three-day spring auction slated for the weekend of March 31st thru April 2nd, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor.

The other collections include Part 2 of the Tiny Moyer salesman’s sample and child’s stove collection from Maryland, Ron Sturgeon’s German cut-a-way school model car collection from Texas; a fabulous country store and advertising collection of Donna and Bruce Weir from Illinois; and the diverse and eclectic collection of trade signs and many other unusual items from the Don Sarizi collection in Oregon. In all, more than 2,000 lots will come up for bid over the course of the three sale days.

“Any one of these four fine collections would be able to stand alone and make any auctioneer proud, but to have all four in one sale is like a perfect storm, and I mean that in a good sense,” said Mike Eckles of Showtime Auction Services, based in Woodhaven. “I encourage all serious collectors to come early and bid often.” The venue’s address is 5055 Ann Arbor/Saline Road in Ann Arbor.

Collecting categories will include advertising, breweriana, trade signs, reverse glass signs, trays, country store, general store, medical, quack medical, optical, RX, dental, sewing, millinery, spool cabinets, dye cabinets, shoes, grocery, crocks, coffee, tea, Coca-Cola, soda, soda fountain, ice cream, barber shop, gum, gum machines, popcorn, peanuts, salesman’s samples, toys, cap guns, slot machines, coin-op, gambling, whiskey, saloon, brothel, cigar, tobacco, match holders and match safes.

The list continues with trade signs, express, cars, factory models, automobilia, petroliana, motorcycle, bicycle, advertising and regular clocks, Black Americana, farm, hardware, paint, veterinary, showcases, store counters and more. All items can be previewed on Thursday, March 30th, from 8-5 Eastern time, and every day during the auction.

Featured lots in the advertising signs category will include an extremely rare Quickmeal Stove flange sign, an equally scarce Mennen’s Talcum Powder flange sign with tray, a men’s clothing establishment outdoor trade sign, a reverse glass Kamm & Schellinger brewery sign, a pre-1900 Lansing Wagon Works Company sign (a precursor to the REO Truck Co.), plus many others.

Other top lots will include a complete “FARO” card game setup from the late 1800s, a 1908 Coca-Cola calendar in near-mint condition, a Monarch salesman’s sample range, in near-mint condition and one of over 40 salesman’s samples in the sale, a “Silver Dollar” console Jennings Chief slot machine, and a 1930s German cut-a-way school model, one of over 100 in the auction.

Two related lots certain to attract attention are a gray factory-built model of the 1934 Hudson Eight automobile, and an actual 1934 Hudson Eight sedan, black with a rumble seat and suicide doors. The Hudson Motor Car Company operated in Detroit from 1909-1954, when it merged with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to form American Motors Corporation. The Hudson name continued through the 1957 model year. The Hudson Eight was produced from 1930 to 1935.

On Friday morning, March 31st, from 9-10 am Eastern time, about 200 lots will come up for bid before a live audience only. Starting at 10 am, the auction will open up to internet, phone and absentee bidding. On April 1st and 2nd, live bidding, phone bidding, absentee bidding and online bidding, via the bidding platforms www.LiveAuctioneers.com and www.Invaluable.com, will be in effect.

Flyers will be mailed out in early February; catalogs will be ready to ship out the first week of March. Online bidding will start around March 1st at www.showtimeauctions.com. The host hotel is Weber’s Hotel, at 3050 Jackson Avenue in Ann Arbor. For reservations, call (734) 769-2500. To get a 260 page color catalog, please call Showtime Auction Services at (313) 715-4486 (EST).

Showtime Auction Services is always accepting quality items for future sales. To consign one item or an entire collection, you may call Michael Eckles at (951) 453-2415; or, you can e-mail him at mike@showtimeauctions.com . To learn more about Showtime Auction Services and the big upcoming March 31st thru April 1st-2nd auction, please visit www.showtimeauctions.com.

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FARO card game: Complete “FARO” card game setup from the late 1800s

 

Monarch sample: Monarch salesman’s sample range, in near-mint condition and one of over 40 salesman’s samples in the sale

 

Quickmeal sign: Rare Quickmeal Stove flange sign

 

Mennen sign: Scarce Mennen’s Talcum Powder flange sign with tray

 

Jennings slot: “Silver Dollar” console Jennings Chief slot machine

 

Hudson model: Gray factory-built model of the 1934 Hudson Eight automobile

 

Brewery sign: Reverse glass Kamm & Schellinger brewery sign

 

Lansing sign: Pre-1900 Lansing Wagon Works Company sign (a precursor to the REO Truck Co.)

 

Hudson sedan: An actual 1934 Hudson Eight sedan, black, with a rumble seat and suicide doors

German model: 1930s German cut-a-way school model, one of over 100 in the auction

Clothing sign: Men’s clothing establishment outdoor trade sign

Coca-Cola calendar: 1908 Coca-Cola calendar in near-mint condition

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