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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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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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Apollo 11 Flown MS66 NGC Sterling Silver Robbins Medallion with Special Serial Number Eleven

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Apollo 11 Flown MS66 NGC Sterling Silver Robbins Medallion with Special Serial Number Eleven

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Nov. 1-2

Apollo 11 Flown Crew-Signed 'Type Three' Quarantine Cover

Apollo 11 Flown Crew-Signed "Type Three" Quarantine Cover

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Nov. 1-2

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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Albert Einstein disparages Princeton's practice of not appointing Jewish professors

Albert Einstein disparages Princeton's practice of not appointing Jewish professors

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Oct. 25

John Dillinger Driver's License Application Signed

John Dillinger Driver's License Application Signed "John Dillinger".

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Oct. 25
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
Arthur Conan Doyle Autograph Manuscript The Adventure of the Dancing Men Signed Three Times.

Arthur Conan Doyle's Autographed Manuscript for The Adventure of the Dancing Men

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$312,500

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
A Book of Kiowa Ledger Drawings, Etahdleuh Doanmoe (Hunting Boy)

A Book of Kiowa Ledger Drawings Etahdleuh Doanmoe (Hunting Boy)

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$396,500
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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Heritage Events Calendar

Long Island National
Hofstra University 
100 Hempstead Blvd
Hempstead, NY 11550
https://www.nyshows.org/hofstra-university-guests/
October 20 - October 21
Sat: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Paris Comic Con
Grande Halle de la Villette 
211, Avenue Jean Jaures
Paris, F-75019
http://www.comic-con-paris.com
October 26 - October 28
Fri: 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sun: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Greater Boston Sports Collectors Club
Shriner's Auditorium 99 Fordham Rd 
99 Fordham Rd.
Wilmington, MA 01887
http://gbscc.com
November 2 - November 4
Fri: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Beverly Hills Appraisal Event
Heritage Auctions - Beverly Hills Office 
9478 West Olympic
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
11/9/2018 - 11/11/2018
Fri: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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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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