Holabird’s massive, four-day American History and Hall of Fame Showcase

Holabird's massive, four-day American History and Hall of Fame Showcase

Reno, NV, USA, May 31, 2024 — Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC greets the warm weather with a little warmth of its own, in the form of a massive, four-day American History & Hall of Fame Showcase Auction, 6 through 9 June, online and live at the gallery at 3555 Airway Drive in Reno, every day at 8 a.m. Pacific Time. No fewer than 2,335 lots will be offered.

“This auction features categories from several major collections, some of which have been more than fifty years in the making,” said Fred Holabird, owner of Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC. “This auction follows closely on from a timed online auction from last month which saw a lot of action, with some good rarities and some great buys. The timed auctions are becoming more popular by the month.”

But the upcoming auction promises to be a blockbuster in every sense of the word. It starts with Day 1, on Thursday, June 6, with 590 lots of Native Americana, jewelry and watches, collectibles, books/antiques, medical collectibles, promotional items, toys and children’s items.

Native Americana will feature 19th century photographs and signatures of Native American leaders, Native American history books and more than 30 baskets from the Wedertz-Bridgeport-Bodie Collection. Lot 1135 is a beautiful Panamint butterfly basket made by Molly Bellas of Lone Pine. It took her ten years to complete this work, the sides of which adorn four large butterflies. The tightly woven basket was a prize in the Wedertz collection (est. $1,000 – $4,000).

Day 2, on Friday, June 7, features 550 lots of maps, transportation and railroad lines (including two major railroad pass collections, including the Ron Lerch Collection of Western Railroad Passes), and stocks (including bank, railroad, and other). Lot 2097 is a railroad pass for the Bodie and Benton and Commercial Co. of 1887. The pass, No. 131, issued to W. H. Jones, Arizona & New Mexico Railroad, was signed by Thomas Falk, Gen. Supt. (est. $800-$2,000).

Day 3, on Saturday, June 8, will be super busy, with 595 lots of Wells Fargo & Express, outlaws and lawmen, autographs, Rev War and early military men, President Lincoln, the assassination of JFK, Black Americana, Civil War, Gen. George A. Custer, presidential, firearms and weapons, sports/Hall of Fame, baseball and basketball, boxing, football and other items.

Black Americana will feature an important discovery of a ferrotype by the founders of the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee and the Anti-Slavery Society (the Underground Railroad). Lot 3253 consists of two bills of sale for southern plantations, containing items that included retained slaves, with the price for humans listed, in addition to items such as wheat husks and horse harnesses (est. $300-$500).

The Civil War will be an active category, with an original correspondence archive of Union soldiers, original correspondence of Confederate sympathizers on the Union side, a collection of notables on both sides of the war (including the execution of Lieutenant Wirz), and Union and Confederate illustrated covers, stamps and letter sheets – a treasure trove for collectors.

Lot 3303 is an exceptional historical account of Union prisoners of war at Columbia, SC, compiled by Captain AA Taylor of the 122nd Reg., Ohio Volunteers. The book contains more than 470 signatures of Union officers identifying regiments and other anecdotal material (est. $8,000 – $20,000). There is also an autograph book of Confederate officers held in a Union prison.

Day 3 will also include major collections on President Abraham Lincoln, politically and in relation to the assassination. Lot 3180 is a rare carte de visite of John Wilkes Booth, signed and inscribed by him on the reverse around 1859: “J. Wilkes Booth to James W. McDerman”. James McDerman was manager of the Merchant Hotel in Baltimore, 1859-1866 (est. $5,000 – $10,000).

There is a large collection of General George A. Custer’s personal materials and a collection of Custer officers who died at Little Big Horn. Lot 3336 is a cabinet card signed by Sioux Chief Rain-In-The-Face, the man who personally murdered Custer, as confessed to a missionary on his deathbed. The photo was taken in preparation for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair (est. $10,000 – $20,000).

There are many original documents and photographs of famous Western bandits from the 19th century. These include signed documents from several brothers of the infamous James Gang; a large collection of documents related to Billy the Kid and the man who killed him, Pat Garrett; and a collection of documents signed by various members of the outlaw family, the Dalton Gang.

There is also a collection of many 19th century California wanted posters from various counties. They include an original wanted poster for Bill Minor (the Gray Fox); a collection featuring two of three different original Pinkerton wanted posters/circulars for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (est. $20,000-$40,000); and the absolute best Western wanted poster of them all – the 1882 Black Bart Poet Stage Robber, a four-page circular and wanted poster (est. $10,000-$30,000).

Not everyone knows about the Lincoln County War, an Old West conflict between rival factions that began in 1878 in Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory (later the state of New Mexico), and continued until 1881. The feud became famous for the participation of William H. Bonney (“Billy the Kid”), Sheriff William J. Brady and other notables. A collection of 17 rare Lincoln County War documents, lot 32069, estimated at $8,000-$20,000 is up for bid.

Day 3 will also feature John F. Kennedy material, including a collection of everything related to the assassination and a collection of Kennedy political figures; a large library of rare Western history books; and baseball-related items, including documents and a program from the 1919 World Series setback known as the Black Sox Scandal (est. $5,000-$10,000); and an autograph of Hall of Famer Roger Connor, the “Homerun King” of the dead-ball era (est. $5,000 – $20,000).

Day 4, on Sunday, June 9, will also be active, with 600 lots of mining, numismatics, tokens, World’s Fair memorabilia, bottles, saloon, tobacciana, gaming, cowboy, entertainment, music, photographs, ephemera and philatelic items, an appropriate end of a four-day auction full of beautiful things.

Notable lots on Day 4 include a purple bottle of your choice for “AB Stewart / Druggist / Bodie, Cal.”. The bottle, never washed, is beautifully displayed, with only a very small vessel (est. $500-$1,000); and a rare territorial token for “The Antlers / Prescott / AT (Arizona Territory) / LA Rub. Stamp Co. / Good For / 12 ½ Cents / At The Bar”, round, 21mm, R9 (est. $400-$800) .

Online bidding is provided by, and Anyone who owns a collection that could potentially fit into a Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC auction is encouraged to reach out. The company travels across the US to view and collect collections. The company has agents across America and will travel to inspect most collections.

For more information about Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC and the four-day American History & Hall of Fame Showcase Auction, June 6-9, every day at 8 a.m. Pacific Time, visit

Fred Holabird
Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC
3555 Airway Actuator (Suite 308)
Reno, NV 89511
[email protected]

Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC is always looking for new and major collections to bring to the market. It prides itself on being a major source for selling Americana at the best possible prices, and has sold more than any other comparable company in the last ten years alone. The company will soon have its entire sales database online at no charge – nearly 200,000 lots sold since 2014. To consign a single piece or a collection, call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or you can send an email to [email protected]. For more information about Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, please visit

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