Whether it’s win, place or show, the management and staff of one auction company are hoping there will be a big finish for a rare poster entered in an auction slated to close Friday night.
Depicting a Kentucky Derby Trophy, the 20 by 16-inch poster – which is being auctioned on behalf of Jockeys & Jeans to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund – has been hand-signed by 55 winning jockeys, trainers and owners. Nearly all of the signatures include the year of the signer’s particular Kentucky Derby win.
“This is one of only 16 posters of its type,” said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Pennsylvania-based Stephenson’s Auctioneers, which is conducting the sale. “It took 17 months and more than a dozen airline flights around the country to obtain all of the signatures. All of the names represent horse racing royalty, with connections to some legendary winners, including Secretariat, American Pharaoh and California Chrome.”
“The Kentucky Derby Trophy poster is a historical treasure. We’re very proud that we were chosen to auction it,” said Cindy Stephenson. “It’s estimated at $6,000 to $8,000, but we really hope it will sell for more than that, since 100% of the proceeds will go to the charity.”
Absentee and Internet live bidding are available through LiveAuctioneers.
PSA will offer on-site trading card grading at the upcoming September 7-9 Long Beach Expo. It’s only the second time the company has offered their popular service at the event, which is a show for sports, coin, stamp and other collectibles in Southern California.
Collectors can buy sell and trade all three days and for those interested in grading, PSA Customer Service representatives will be on-site, offering trading card grading and accepting take-home submissions for all service levels. PSA/DNA show exclusive specials will also be available at the booth, including 50% off of regular authentication fees of $49 or less and 25% off of regular authentication fees of $50-$100.
Cut off time for on-site trading card grading is 11 a.m. PST, Friday, September 8.
Attendees will also be able to get a close look at 12 game-used bats from big leaguers both past and present at Memory Lane’s booth inside the Long Beach Convention Center. The impressive collection includes names from Babe Ruth to Mike Trout. During two-hour installments, visitors also have the opportunity to hold the Ruth bat.
The L.A. Kings organization will be setup at the show, exhibiting and offering exclusive, game-used memorabilia.
For more information on the event, visit www.longbeachexpo.com. For free passes, use the promotional code “EXPOPR” during registration on the Long Beach Expo website.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Thursday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.