Holiday Auction: Mining, Philatelic, Americana, & More (December 2020)

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Introduction to the Christmas 2020 Sale!

This sale features a number of important collections. The first is the Ken Prag “Industrial” stock certificate collection, a massive one of a kind collection of American Banks, industries and more. This is some of the last of the main-line Prag Collection, the rest coming in February/March, with duplicates coming later. Within this massive collection are some utterly fantastic sub-collections. Among these are Ken’s Banking collection, American Entertainment, Brewing, Telephone & Telegraph, Turnpikes, Firearms, Printing & Publishing collections and more. A few of these categories are so large that they are split between this December sale and the following sale in February/March of 2021.
Within these collections are pieces signed by famous Americans inclusive of Thomas Edison. The American Entertainment Collection is easily the best ever assembled collection of the history of motion pictures. Several hundred certificates document the financial history of the cinema and movie business from its infancy.

A major part of the all-important Prag Post Card Collection is also in this sale. Hundreds of lots of both themed post cards, such as vintage Christmas cards, as well as geographic gems from all over California. This offering has some of the most beautiful vintage post cards ever made, from artists such as Winsch to the incredible promotional “poster” cards of the Pan Pacific Expo in 1915.

The Paul Franklin Collection of California and Colorado will absolutely throw you into a tizzy. His Bodie mining stocks are among the best collection ever assembled. His California and Colorado mining photographs bare phenomenal. His collections of western assayer documents is also among the best ever. You’ll also see some great mining stocks from California and Colorado to go with the fantastic photos and assay certificates. But wait- there’s more! A great selection of California Gold Rush postal history supplements this group with a crowning glory- a group of 1850s illustrated letter sheets.

Our Railroad section is again full of original badges and passes. The Express section has a large collection of items.

There is such a wonderful variety of Americana that we’re sure you’ll find your own special items.
Don’t forget the Dealer/Bargain Section, where there are deals galore.

Bidding is easy. You can bid in this sale through internet auction platforms Icollector, Invaluable, Auction Zip or Live Auctioneer. You can place bids from your catalog absentee by mail, email or call us. If you don’t have a print catalog, and want to look at it, simply log into our home page and click on the Virtual Catalog Link and click on the December, 2020 sale. Our team is happy and ready to help with all your questions. 775 -851-1859.

Christmas Shoppers. If you need your auction winnings for Christmas delivery please let us know before bidding if possible so that we can make special arrangements for you. We will do our best to get the goods out for those who need it and expedited fees will apply. The rest of the shipments will go out after Christmas.

Consignments! We need important collections all the time. Don’t let folks confuse you about marketing and consignment rates. Our rates are ALL Inclusive! They cover marketing on four or more live internet platforms, and no other company in America does this that we know of. Our customer service is also unparalleled. Give us a call. We have agents all over America!

---Fred Holabird and the Gang.---

Auction Schedule

Session 1 (Lots 1000-1712)
Stocks & Bonds (1000-1712)
Mining (1000-1208)
Railroad & Transportation (1209-1275)
Other (1276-1712)
Agriculture
Banking
Brewing
Entertainment Industry
Express
Firearms
Miscellaneous
Printing & Publishing
Telegraph & Telephone


Session 2 (Lots 2000-2660)
Transportation (2000-2057)
Railroad Passes & Cap Badges
Ephemera
Mining Artifacts & Ephemera (2058-2293)
Geo. Sort
General Americana (2294-2580)
Geo. Sort
Badges
Bottles
Circus
Cowboy
World’s Fair & Exposition
Miscellaneous incl. Jewelry, Fire, Toys
Numismatics (2581-2660)
Coins
Currency
Medals
Tokens

Session 3 (Lots 3000-3761)
Philatelic (3000-3761)
Wells Fargo & Other Express
Postal History incl. California Gold Rush Letter Sheet Collection
First Flight Covers
US
Canada
Postcards
Geo. Sort
Native Americana
Black Americana
Holidays
Political & Military
Miscellaneous
Foreign
Stamps & Ephemera

Session 4 (Lots 4000-4733)
Art (4000-4050)
Native Americana (4051-4115)
Firearms & Military (4116-4149)
Sports incl. Postcards, Stocks, & Cards (4150-4315)
Bargains & Dealer Specials Part I (4316-4733)
Numismatics (4316-4432)
Stocks & Bonds (4433-4588)
Mining
Railroad
Other
Mining Equipment & Ephemera (4589-4733)

Session 5 (Lots 5000-5680)
Bargains & Dealer Specials Part 2 (5000-5680)
Transportation (5000-5029)
General Americana (5030-5680)
Geo. Sort
Cowboy
Toys
Souvenir Plates
Music Memorabilia
Jewelry
Books
Miscellaneous
General Foreign
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Gold Rush Miner's Memorabilia - Lot of 2  (122328)2100 - Gold Rush Miner's Memorabilia - Lot of 2 (122328)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This lot includes a 22 page leather-bound Hayward Bank book used as a personal notebook by miner John Nicholls in Dutch Flat, California. Nicholls wor
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Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to c****o for (55.00 + 13.75) = 68.75
 
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Dutch Flat, California Hydraulic Mining Stereoviews (123691)2101 - Dutch Flat, California Hydraulic Mining Stereoviews (123691)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Important Collection! If you have ever driven from Reno to San Francisco, you passed right by this place. 1) American Scenery Stereoview #749 Hydrauli
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Estimate : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
Sold to r********3 for (750.00 + 187.50) = 937.50
 
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Forbestown Consolidated Gold Mines (Queen Lease) Monthly Records2102 - Forbestown Consolidated Gold Mines (Queen Lease) Monthly Records
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Payroll log of Miner’s name, time pay rates and monthly pay. August 1912 to August 1913. Interestingly the pay rates varied from $2.50 to $4.
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Handwritten Incorporation Paper and two Wells Fargo Express documents, 1850's  (123736)2103 - Handwritten Incorporation Paper and two Wells Fargo Express documents, 1850's (123736)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) A draft of the Forest Hill Slope Company's stock options: for tunnel mining, $28,000, 10 years, 56 shares, seven trustees named. Unique and O...
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California Water and Mining Company 1880 Prospectus - RARE  (123752)2104 - California Water and Mining Company 1880 Prospectus - RARE (123752)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
A 42-page promotional pamphlet on a company that had the right to over 700 square miles of water rights on the Georgetown Divide in Eldorado County. T
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Estimate : 800.00 - 1,200.00
Sold to L******8 for (375.00 + 82.50) = 457.50
 
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Gold Run J. J. Reilly Stereoview – Views of American Scenery Series - Hydraulic Mining (123753)2105 - Gold Run J. J. Reilly Stereoview – Views of American Scenery Series - Hydraulic Mining (123753)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
The first is a 4½ x 7¾“ by L. Reinhard showing a group of eight miners at the mine location, c1870’s.” L.
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Estimate : 300.00 - 600.00
Sold to r********3 for (150.00 + 37.50) = 187.50
 
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Hydraulic Mining at Gold Run C. P (123696)2106 - Hydraulic Mining at Gold Run C. P (123696)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is quite possibly the same gravel cliff seen near the Gold Run exit on I-80. Reilly #345. J. J. Reilly Stereoview – Views of American S
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"Live Woman in the Mines" by "Old Block" or Alonzo Delano, Extra Rare  (126754)2107 - "Live Woman in the Mines" by "Old Block" or Alonzo Delano, Extra Rare (126754)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
The plot of this Minor Drama was based on a man and woman who came West, fought hard times and eventually success. The characters were all based on pe
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Sold to 8********l.. for (150.00 + 37.50) = 187.50
 
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"The Gold Quartz Veins of Grass Valley, California"  (123679)2108 - "The Gold Quartz Veins of Grass Valley, California" (123679)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
By W. J. Johnstone Jr. 1940. For an eighty year-old paper book, it is in very nice condition. A few minor back cover issues, but the binding is very s
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Panamint and Bishop Area Mines Photo Archive, 1930s  (123501)2109 - Panamint and Bishop Area Mines Photo Archive, 1930s (123501)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Fascinating archive consisting of well over 100 photos and personal documents from three mines, all apparently partially owned by the Flint family of
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Estimate : 300.00 - 500.00
Sold to r********5 for (160.00 + 40.00) = 200.00
 
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Kennedy Mining & Milling, Jackson, California, 1891  plus two Grass Valley RPC postcards  (126728)2110 - Kennedy Mining & Milling, Jackson, California, 1891 plus two Grass Valley RPC postcards (126728)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Letterhead to F. Reichling, treasurer of Kennedy. Bar #3 for $6,037 on the way via Wells Fargo. Signed by J. Parks superintendent. 2) 1912 North St
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Estimate : 100.00 - 200.00
Sold to j*******h for (55.00 + 13.75) = 68.75
 
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Kennedy Mine map  down to the 1850 foot level – Shows ore stopes mined before 1890’s (1236632111 - Kennedy Mine map down to the 1850 foot level – Shows ore stopes mined before 1890’s (123663
Holabird Western Americana Collections
Hand drawn longitudinal section map - very rare. Shows the ore bodies of the famous Kennedy Mine. Discovered in 1856 and producing up until 1942 reach
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Bank of La Porte Check Pair  (123718)2112 - Bank of La Porte Check Pair (123718)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) 1882, Dixon Brabbon cashier. To Sam Lewis & Co. for $50. 2) 1884. Signed by Snailesw for Brabbon. $36.43 to W. T. Ellis. Date: 1882, 188...
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Mariposa Book Collection - Lot of Four  (126863)2113 - Mariposa Book Collection - Lot of Four (126863)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
California Journal of Mines and Geology. Volume 53, 1 and 2. 1957. Includes an article on Mines and Mineral Deposits of Mariposa County by Bowen and G
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Estimate : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (50.00 + 12.50) = 62.50
 
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The Mariposa Company, 34 Wall Street, New York. James Hoy, President, 1863  (126724)2114 - The Mariposa Company, 34 Wall Street, New York. James Hoy, President, 1863 (126724)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
New York, Wm. C. Bryant & Co., printers, 1863. 81 pp. 23x14.5 cm. (9x5¾"), plain paper wrappers. Elaborate prospectus for the mining p...
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Estimate : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to 5*****r for (350.00 + 77.00) = 427.00
 
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"Meadow Lake Gold Town" by Fatout, 1969, Hardbound, RARE  (126848)2115 - "Meadow Lake Gold Town" by Fatout, 1969, Hardbound, RARE (126848)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
History of the area. rare hard bound edition. Excellent condition! Date: 1969 Country (if not USA): State: California City: Meadow Lake District
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Estimate : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold to C*****r for (50.00 + 11.00) = 61.00
 
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Gt. Western Quicksilver Mining Camp Photograph, Lake Co. Cala." Rare (123625)2116 - Gt. Western Quicksilver Mining Camp Photograph, Lake Co. Cala." Rare (123625)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
This is an important mine with a RARE fabulous photograph!!! The Great Western Quicksilver Mine was a mercury mine[2] in California, near Middletown i
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Start Price : 150.00 | Estimate : 300.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Two Mokelumne Hill, Adams & Co. Bankers Checks, 1854  (123743)2117 - Two Mokelumne Hill, Adams & Co. Bankers Checks, 1854 (123743)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) # 16! for 249.92. To GN Montgomery. Signed by Henry Eno. 2) #10 for $150.00 to David Thompson. Signed by Wade Manson. Both are from 1854 and are ex
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Estimate : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to 8********l.. for (170.00 + 42.50) = 212.50
 
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Alpine and Mono Counties Books  (126851)2118 - Alpine and Mono Counties Books (126851)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) The Story of Early Mono County by Ella Cain. 166 pages. Photos. Excellent condition. 2) California Journal of Mines and Geology. April 1940. Articl
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Heart of Mother Lode Books including Nevada County Mining Review, 1893  (126862)2119 - Heart of Mother Lode Books including Nevada County Mining Review, 1893 (126862)
Holabird Western Americana Collections
1) Nevada County Mining Review. Published by the Daily Morning Union, Grass Valley. It is a compendium of Mines and the people who work them. Great re
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Estimate : 150.00 - 250.00
Sold to C*****r for (100.00 + 22.00) = 122.00
 
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