Monthly Archives: June 2012

RR Autograph Auction BidTracker

BidTracker is a simple but powerful tool which helps you to keep track of lots that you are bidding on or are watching. Follow these easy instructions to get the most from this tool.

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Logging In
  • When you log in (on our home page) by entering your bidder number and password, you are automatically brought to your BidTracker list. Note: if your list is currently empty, you will remain on our home page.
  • You can return to this list from anywhere on our site by clicking the BidTracker link on our top menu bar, or by clicking the BidTracker tab found on each item’s detail/bid page.
  • The first time you log into our web site, you will be prompted to change your password. Just follow the directions provided.

If you have forgotten your password, click here and follow the instructions provided to receive it via email.

If you have forgotten your bidder number, just give us a call at 1-800-937-3880. We can verify your information and even register you to bid if you have a bidder number on file with us.

Adding Items to BidTracker Online
  • Use the FastTrack box on the home page to enter a list of item numbers.
  • Add items to your list by clicking the button found on each item’s detail/bid page.
  • Searching by name. Select by name on the search menu bar, enter a word or phrase, and click the [Go!] button. Use the check boxes to select the items you want to add to your BidTracker list. Click on
  • Searching By Item Numbers. You can search for multiple item numbers (separated by a commas). The search results page gives you the option to select items and click
  • You can also add items to your list while you browse the Current Auction categories online. Select a category from the left navigation column found on most of our web pages, click the checkbox for any item you want to add to your BidTracker list, then click
Adding Items to BidTracker Over the Phone

Any items you bid on or add to your list over the phone will be immediately available for viewing in your online BidTracker list. This can save you from having to call back every time you want to get an update on your list. Your BidTracker list is updated in real time, but may not reflect bids which have yet to be processed.

Removing Items From BidTracker

It’s simple to remove items from your BidTracker list. Just check the boxes next to the items you wish to remove, then click the button.

Advantages of Using BidTracker
  • Get the latest information on the all the lots you are interested in by refreshing a single web page. No more waiting on hold to speak to someone to get an update.
  • Take as much or as little time as you like to make decisions.
  • Save time when you call to bid for the first time. The list you create online can be viewed by your bid taker when you call to bid.
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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Bidtracker


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RR Autograph Auction Richard W. Sears

RR Autograph Auction Richard W. Sears

Businessman (1863–1914) and the founder of Sears, Roebuck and Company with his partner Alvah C. Roebuck. Essentially nonexistent DS, signed “R. W. Sears,” one page, 8 x 13, 1901. An annual contract of indemnity, which reads in full: “Know all men by these presents, that we, Sears, Roebuck & Company, a corporation, organized and existing under the laws of Illinois are held and firmly bound for ourselves, our successors and assigns to the Maine Central Railroad Company, in the sum of Two Thousand ($2,000) dollars, lawful money of the United States.

The condition of the above obligation is such, that, Whereas, the undersigned from time to time has and shall submit claim papers against the Railroad Company, without furnishing the original Bills of Lading; and

Whereas, the undersigned has heretofore made and shall hereafter, from time to time, make changes in the consignment of good shipped by the undersigned over the lines owned, leased or controlled by the said railroad company, without surrendering the original Bill of Lading for the said goods, whereby claims for loss or damage may have arisen or are liable to arise against the said railroad company caused by the misdelivery of goods so shipped, and resulting from the failure to surrender the original Bills of Lading; and

Whereas, upon request of the undersigned, the said railroad company, has instructed its agents to return to the undersigned, any shipment made by the undersigned, which has been on hand or may be on hand for sixty (60) days and refused or unclaimed, whereon billing or marks, show the said goods, to have been shipped from the undersigned from Chicago, Ill.;

Now, therefore, if for and during the term of two years from the 20th day of November A. D. 1901, as to all claims losses, damages, injuries, rates or charges, arising within the period last aforesaid, the undersigned shall indemnify and save harmless the said Railroad Company of and from any and all damages, loss or injuries arising from the failure to furnish or surrender the original Bill of Lading in submitting claim papers, or in case of misdelivery of goods, shipped by the undersigned shall pay all charges and advances on account of the return of the refused or unclaimed shipments as aforesaid, then the obligation shall be void; otherwise, the same to be binding and of full effect.”

Signed at the conclusion in purple ink by Sears, and also signed by part owner and company vice president, Julius Rosenwald. With Rosenwald as VP and Treasurer, the company’s annual sales climbed from $750,000 to upwards of $50 million. When Sears resigned the presidency in 1908, Rosenwald was named president and remained as such until 1924, when he resigned to focus on philanthropic efforts. In very good to fine condition, with intersecting folds, staple holes to top left corner, a few scattered creases, a uniform shade of overall toning, and a small pencil notation to top left. Accompanied by an original stereoview portrait of Sears seated at his desk.

Publishing the first Sears Roebuck mail order catalog in 1888, R. W. Sears helped change the direction of the worldwide marketplace by offering individuals a wide variety of products at reasonable prices and delivering those items directly to them. This gave consumers a new, convenient way to shop, and was the precursor to the electronic commerce that dominates the world today. This document is the firm’s annual contract with Maine Central Railroad Company for the delivery services that made their entire wide-reaching business possible. An important document in the operation of Sears Roebuck, this piece holds the only Sears signature that we have ever seen…anywhere. An incredibly rare autograph from a key figure in the history of American business.


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RR Autograph Auctions Samuel B. Webb Revolutionary War general

RR Autograph Auctions Samuel B. Webb

Revolutionary War general wounded at Bunker Hill and Trenton. War-dated LS signed “Sam. B. Webb,” one page, 5.5 x 4, December 21, 1781. Letter to the State Clothier. In part: “The Bearer has been with me for three or four Months & has not had a manner of drawing Clothing with the Regt. I’ll thank you to issue him Two shirts, one pr. Stockings & one pr. Shoes.” In very good condition, with intersecting folds, a couple passing through signature, scattered toning and soiling, and a few edge chips. RRAuction COA.


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RR Autograph Auction Charles P. Stone Union officer

RR Autograph Auctions Charles P. Stone

Union officer (1824–1887) who was in command of the Union forces in the 1861 defeat at Ball’s Bluff, and was subsequently charged with treason and imprisoned for six months without trial. War-dated LS signed “Ch. Stone,” one page, lightly-lined both sides, 4.75 x 7.5, July 4, 1861. Letter to Colonel Tappan. In part: “You will please withdraw your detached companies, as soon as the Quartermaster’s train shall have got past your position…and march to Point of Rocks.” Reverse of second integral page bears an address panel in another hand, as well as docketing. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, scattered toning, a couple brushes to text, and light show-through from writing on reverse. RRAuction COA.

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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Charles P.Stone


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RR Autograph Auctions Louise Brooks

RR Autograph Auctions Louise Brooks

Glossy 10 x 8 photo of Brooks and W. C. Fields in It’s the Old Army Game, signed on the reverse in blue pencil, “Return to Louise Brooks.” Brooks has also made notations on the reverse, “28 July 1967, Copy of It’s the Old Army Game—Para—1926, W. C. Fields—Louise Brooks.” In very good condition, with cropping notations, some mild toning, and mounting remnants to reverse. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Louise Brooks


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RR Autograph Auction Steve Prefontaine American long-distance runner

RR Autograph Auction Steve Prefontaine

Promising American long-distance runner (1951–1975) who was killed in an auto accident at the age of 24. Program from the 14th Annual Sunkist Indoor Track Meet, held on January 20, 1973, 8.5 x 11, 22 pages. Signed inside in blue ballpoint next to his image by Steve Prefontaine and signed on the opposite page by Frank Shorter. Program is also signed on the front and back covers by six others. In very good to fine condition, with ballpoint notations to event pages indicating winners and times, toning to inside pages from scattered news clippings, light soiling, contrast to signatures on the front cover, and expected light handling wear. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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RR Autograph Auction

Every month we offer collectors more than 1,250 quality, fully guaranteed signed items, including photos, documents, letters, and books from a variety of categories—just as we have for more than 30 years.

Each autographed item is accompanied by a full 100% lifetime guarantee of authenticity. We proudly employ not only well-respected, in-house experts to examine every item sent to us, but coordinate with third-party authenticators in various fields including Civil War-era notables, classical and contemporary music, historical figures, sports figures, and space explorers to confirm our opinions. Read more about them here.

Every month, all items are beautifully presented in a full-color catalog, with many full-page displays and numerous benefiting from detailed research descriptions. When you are an RRAuction registered bidder, you will also have access to our company’s auction archives.

You may rest assured that every consignment—and every consignor—is treated with ultimate respect. As soon as you ship us your item, that piece is covered by our own insurance, so there’s no need for you to worry about any extra cost. We offer competitive rates and fast consignor pay-offs.

When you’re an RR Autograph Auction client, you can always buy and sell with the confidence…a confidence that 30 years of experience and customer satisfaction brings with it. Entrust your autographs to professionals who have built a reputation to deliver consistently remarkable results!

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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in RR Autograph Auction


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