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Tom Slater
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Collecting has always been in Tom Slater’s blood. At the age of six he began with sea shells, and soon graduated to coins, the “gateway drug” to so many other fields of collecting. By the age of ten, Tom’s Dad would drop him off at coin shows within driving range, picking him up at the end of the day. All the dealers knew Tom, and they would give him coins to shop around the floor with the hope of making a small commission. Usually he was able to make $50 to $100, no small sum in the early 1960s, which of course was promptly invested in his collection.   When Tom was 12 he rented space in his barber’s shop and set up a display case, selling coins on weekends.  A year later he formed a partnership with one of his customers, and the pair opened their own coin shop. When Tom eventually left for college his partner continued to operate the shop for some 20 years.   But the turning point in Tom’s collecting journey came when as a high school student he by chance discovered the then-infant hobby of political campaign collectibles. An avid reader of anything to do with U.S. history, especially that of the presidents, he was instantly hooked!  Tom published his first political memorabilia sales list at age 19, and founded a major mail order auction at 25.   Somehow he managed to find time to graduate from Yale with honors, and brief experiments with law school and a corporate sales position were but minor detours. In 1976 he became a full-time dealer and auctioneer, and maintained a robust business in political and other collectors’  items until his company, Slater’s Americana, was absorbed by Heritage in 2004. Since that time Tom has served as Director of Americana auctions and Senior Historical Specialist for Heritage Auctions.
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Move On Over... First Poster With Black Panther Imagery

Move On Over... First Poster With Black Panther Imagery

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$7,500

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay | The Federalist

[Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay]. The Federalist

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$187,500

Maurice Sendak. moo-reese tabletop cow.

Maurice Sendak. "Moo-Reese" Tabletop Cow.

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$93,750

Apollo 11 Flown Largest Size American Flag Directly From The Armstrong Family Collection

Apollo 11 Flown Largest Size American Flag Directly From The Armstrong Family Collection

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$275,000

Horace Greeley: Monumentally Important 1872 Portrait Flag Banner

Horace Greeley: Monumentally Important 1872 Portrait Flag Banner

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$38,750

Michael Price Abalone Mosaic California Knife

Michael Price Abalone Mosaic California Knife

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$45,000

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Spring 2019 Austin Record Convention
Palmer Event Center 
900 Barton Spring Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
www.austinrecords.com
May 18 - May 19
Sat: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Amigo Chicago Guitar Show
Odeum Expo Center 
1033 N. Villa Ave.
Villa Park, IL 60181
www.amigoguitarshows.com/chicago-3
May 18 - May 19
Sat: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Dallas Appraisal Event   
Heritage Auctions: Dallas Office   
3500 Maple Ave.    
Dallas, TX 75219
5/31/2019 to 6/2/2019  
Fri 9:00am-4:00pm 
Sat 9:00am-4:00pm 
Sun 9:00am-2:00pm

Impossibly rare large flag flown on the first manned lunar landing mission

Impossibly rare large flag flown on the first manned lunar landing mission

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$187,500

Sitting Bull's Identified Flintlock Carbine with Standing Statue

Sitting Bull's Identified Flintlock Carbine with Standing Statue

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$162,500

William Henry Harrison: A Spectacular Large 1840 Silk Campaign Flag

William Henry Harrison: A Spectacular Large 1840 Silk Campaign Flag

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$87,500

TITANIC: Victim's Pocket Watch Offered By Family

Titanic Timepiece Collector Casts $57,500 Winning Bid for Victim's Pocket Watch

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$57,500
F. Scott Fitzgerald | The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby

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$162,500
George Washington: Pater Patriæ... the Holy Grail of GW Inaugural Buttons

Important George Washington Inaugural Button Sets $225,000 World Record

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$225,000
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Apollo 13 Flown Gold Robbins Medallion Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert

Apollo 13 Flown Gold Robbins Medallion Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert

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