Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lou Gehrig-1939 Signed NY World's Fair Cards

Pair of Academy of Sport Laurel cards boldly signed by Lou Gehrig and Jim Gleeson. Rare and Outstanding. A great opportunity to acquire a very special piece. Condition: Excellent.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

About the State of Issue

The name of the state in which the stock was issued is almost always listed on the stock. Often the tag line “Incorporated Under the Laws of the State of…” precedes the actual state, or in a few instances, the territory name. It is always a very good policy to check this closely. The state of issue can have either a positive or negative effect on collectibility and market value. For example, a mining stock from Colorado would be desirable in any instance, but especially if it is also issued in Colorado. It is common for a stock to be issued in an eastern state such as New York or Delaware, or a Midwestern state like Illinois, even though the mining company is located in Colorado. In short, it is more desirable to have the company’s place of business physically located in the state of issue.

Carrying this analogy further, stocks issued and incorporated under Western states’ laws are more desirable because of their desirability, and market value of collectible stocks and bonds. Contributing to this situation is the fact that eastern materials tend to be found in far greater quantity and more frequently. In fact, Delaware has the dubious distinction of being the state with the most lenient incorporation laws in the United States. Many companies that are incorporated in Delaware actually do not operate in the state, but maintain a small office there for legal and appearances sake only.

Territorial materials, from states of the Trans-Mississippi River West, are highly desirable and are avidly sought after by collectors. Territorial designations were often quite short in duration. Combining that fact with the lure of the West, territorial stocks are quite desirable.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

State of the Massachusetts Bay Bond - 1777

This vignette has often been attributed wrongly to have been engraved by Paul Revere partly due to the similarity that it has with the sword in hand Massachusetts currency.

"Sword in Hand" Bond engraved by Nathanial Hurd. The condition is excellent and is far superior than normally found.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Jesse Root, Samuel Wyllys, George Pikin, Oliver Wolcott Jr Autographed Document

Payment Order to the Connecticut State Treasurer for “One Pound Nineteen Shillings & 6 Pence Lawful money – being in part of the Bills of Cost taxed against Thomas Bibbs & David Hillman for Counterfeiting dated at Hartford this 6th Day of March 1787. Signed at front by Geo. Pitkin and Samuel Wyllys and at back by Oliver Wolcott, Jr. and Jesse Root.

Jesse Root (1736– 1822) was an American minister and lawyer from Coventry, Connecticut. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress for Connecticut from 1778 until 1782, and sat as chief justice of the state's Supreme Court from 1796 to 1807.

Oliver Wolcott Jr. (1760 – 1833) was United States Secretary of the Treasury from 1795 to 1800 and governor of Connecticut from 1817 to 1827. Wolcott was appointed in 1784 as one of the commissioners to mediate claims between the U.S. and the state of Connecticut. After serving as state comptroller of Connecticut from 1788-90, he was named auditor of the federal treasury, and became comptroller of the Treasury in 1791.He was appointed Secretary of the Treasury by George Washington in 1795 to succeed Alexander Hamilton, but resigned in 1800 due to unpopularity, and a particularly vitriolic campaign against him in the press in which, among other things, he was falsely accused of setting fire to the State Department building.

As Secretary of the Treasury he designed the United States Civil Flag. From 1803 to 1815 he operated in private business in New York City, afterwards retiring to Litchfield. He was elected governor in 1817 as a "Tolera
tion Republican", following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, and serving ten years in the post. His tenure was noted for the economic growth and moderate policies that attended it. Additionally, he presided over a convention that created a new state constitution in 1818.

Wolcott died in New York City and is interred at East Cemetery in Litchfield. Prior to his death, Wolcott had been the last survivng member of the Washington Cabinet.

Samuel W
yllys (1739 – 1823)
  • Connecticut Secretary of State 1796-1810
  • Son of George Wyllys (sec of state)
  • 2nd Great grandson of George Wyllys (governor)
  • 2nd Great grandson of John Haynes
  • George Pitkin (1709– 1806) was a clerk of the superior and supreme courts for many years, was commissioned captain in 1768, lieutenant-colonel in 1774, colonel in 1775, and commanded the 4th regiment of minute-men, with which he marched to Boston on hearing of the battles of Concord and Lexington.

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    Friday, December 18, 2009

    Collectible United States Automotive Corp Stock

    The formation of the United States Automotive Corp. was announced by President, Frank B. Ansted, at the New York Auto Show in 1920. It was a $10 million merger with the Lexington Motor Car Co., the Ansted Engineering Co., and The Connersville Foundry Corp., all from Connersville; plus the Teetor-Harley Motor Corp. of Hagerstown.

    Records show that in 1922, United States Automotive Corporation, Lexington's parent company, owned ten different factories that were building parts for its cars.

    Orange Preferred or Green Common Stock. Hamilton Bank Note Co. New York.

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    Wednesday, December 16, 2009

    J. Pierpont Morgan Signed New Jersey Junction Railroad

    J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), Banker, connoisseur of art, son of Junius S. Morgan. Involved in his early years in a broad range of finance, his company, J. P. Morgan & Co. became one of the most powerful banking houses in the world. He engaged in several dubious pieces of business during the Civil War period, but was essentially an organizer and stabilizing force in business.

    After the failure of Jay Cooke's firm, Morgan's firm became dominant in government financing and in financing railroads. Among his most daring undertakings was the formation of the US Steel Corp. in 1901. Morgan's personal influence was a decisive factor in overcoming the money panic of 1907.

    Superb 100 year bond of the New Jersey Junction Railroad dated 1886, nearly four pages of attractive coupons remaining. The bond is boldly signed at back by J. Pierpont Morgan and H. C. Fahnstock as Trustees. A large impressive vignette of a harbor scene is also at the back. Graphically beautiful both front and back. Includes nice portraits of both Morgan and Fahnstock. Any other type of stock or bond signed by Morgan will sell in the $2,000 or more range. This bond is a great value at this special price!!!

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    Monday, December 14, 2009

    Collectible James Fargo and William Fargo American Express

    James C. Fargo was the younger brother of William Fargo, co-founder of American Express and Wells Fargo Co. He became the third president of American Express after William's death in 1881. James was a co-founder along with William Fargo.

    James C. Fargo (1829-1915), signs as president and William C. Fargo signs as secretary of the American Express Co. Both sign at front of this great stock with slight cancellation affecting the W. C. Fargo signature. Great vignette of the mascot dog. Excellent condition and extremely rare with both signing.

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    Saturday, December 12, 2009

    Thursday, December 10, 2009

    Northern Pacific RR Charles Sanger Mellen Signed

    Railroad executive Charles Sanger Mellen's (1851-1927) early career involved New England Railroads, then the Union Pacific. His close ties with J. P. Morgan obtained him the presidency of the Northern Pacific in 1892.

    In 1904, a serious consultant to President Roosevelt. Later returning to the New Haven, he nearly succeeded in monopolizing the transportation system of New England and became president of both the Boston & Maine and the Maine Central. (Today Guilford Transportation is owned by Timothy Mellon and he now owns both of the same railroads. He is the grandson of Andrew Mellon).

    Due to serious train accidents, the Interstate Commerce Commission called the Mellen management “one of the most glaring instances of maladministration.”

    This beautiful 1896 $1,000 Gold bond with superb vignettes has a nice very slightly cancelled signature of Mellen as President. His signature is very rare on this bond. An important autograph. Excellent condition.

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    Wednesday, December 9, 2009

    Collectible Moulton Mining Co Stock

    William Andrews Clark, (1839-1925), merchant and mine operator. Clark worked in the Colorado and Montana Gold Mines. H e represented mining interests in Montana politics and feuded with his fellow Democrat Marcus Daly.

    A refined but coldly practical man, he built up one of the West’s greatest mining businesses and served as U.S. Senator from Montana, 1901-07.

    This stock of the Moulton Mining Co. dated in the 1880s and boldly signed at front by Clark as President. This stock is slowly becoming scarce, especially with an exceptional signature. Superb blue engravings by American Bank Note Co. Stub at left border. Excellent condition.

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    Sunday, December 6, 2009

    John D Rockefeller Signed Puget Sound Certificate

    Operating from 1889-1904 as a subsidiary of the Northern Pacific Railroad, the Puget Sound and Alaska Steamship Company ran a steamship line from Tacoma servicing Puget Sound and Alaska. A number of prominent investors owned shares in the company.

    We have two in stock, one highly collectible issued to and signed by J. D. Rockefeller and unissued certificates in brown or green.

    Contact George, 1-800-717-9529, for special wholesale prices on unissued certificates.

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    Friday, December 4, 2009

    Historic Stock Certificates Book

    Hardbound book with an historic profile of the United States economy from 1600-1972, including important events in economic history. The three main sections are land & transport facilities, transportation, and banking and finance.

    Fully illustrated with large, beautiful color photographs of exceptional stocks. A great book on American stocks.

    Published by Overflag Hermann Stemmed, Mainz, Germany, 1996, 295pp.

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    Wednesday, December 2, 2009

    Northern Pacific RR James H Hill Signed

    James Norman Hill (1870-1932), Railway Official, first son of James Jerome Hill, famous railroad builder and President of the Great Northern Railway. Known as the "Empire Builder" James N., a Yale graduate in 1893, began his railway career as a clerk. In 1907, Hill was Vice President of the Northern Pacific Railroad as well as President of United Securities Corporation and trustee of Great Northern Iron Ore Properties.

    This 1896, 4% $1,000 Gold Bond of NY is signed by James N. Hill as president and is lightly hole cancelled. Printed by American Banknote Co., NY. Rare! Stocks signed by Hill's father James J. Hill can sell for as much as $10,000! This bond is exceptional and so rich in history.

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    Monday, November 30, 2009

    Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway

    Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway stock. Absolutely superb graphics including great side view of 'America' locomotive and coal car. Another of an eagle.
    State(s): Illinois, Iowa
    Years: 1902

    Saturday, November 28, 2009

    Bluebird Copper-Gold Mining Company

    1903 stock of a company with mines in Utah. A truly charming stock in beautiful condition. Exceptional!

    This is the first opportunity we’ve had to offer this great Classic. Very Rare! Only $35.00!

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    Thursday, November 26, 2009

    Planet Hollywood Collectible Note

    1999, Delaware, uncancelled Planet Hollywood stock.
    Multicolored by American Bank Note.

    Printed signatures of Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sylvester Stallone.

    Fun to own or makes a unique gift!

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    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    Collectible Richmond, VA 1864 Bond

    Richmond, VA, 1864, $1,000 Bond. (Second Series) or (Third Series). With 1 row of coupons. Nice Graphics including an Equestrian Figure of Washington. Large and impressive, and in excellent condition.
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    Friday, November 20, 2009

    Parts Of A Stock: Company Name

    The company’s name invariably occupies a central and visible location on the stock certificate, generally just above its center where it immediately draws the attention of the viewer. Besides its prominent location, the company name often is set in a special font style or interesting bold lettering which stands out on the certificate. Sometimes it is an unusual name that makes the title standout even more.

    The company name provides an important reference point to begin an evaluation of a stock certificate. It also provides a reference point when tracing a company’s name changes, mergers, acquisitions, and such, over a period of time.

    Companies having famous or noteworthy names, as well as unusual or odd names, are more avidly sought, at least on the basis of their name. Collectors do not base their decision to collect solely on the basis of a company name, as there are numerous other variables to consider.

    To view our collection of collectible stocks, bonds authographs, and myriad other items, visit our web site George H. LaBarre Galleries.

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    Wednesday, November 18, 2009

    American Automotive Stock Certificates by Lawrence Falater

    American Automotive Stock Certificates by Lawrence Falater is the collectors' guide with values, many full page photographs, and descriptions of North American automotive stock and bond certificates.

    Quite extensive and very useful in this popular area of collecting. Especially popular with car enthusiasts.

    BR Press, Port Clinton, OH, 1997, 400pp. Hard cover book.

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    Monday, November 16, 2009

    Story of Jay Cooke

    The nation was slowly healing its wounds and recovering from the disastrous effects of the Civil War. Visionaries of the period looked to the future and the opportunities available in a recovering nation’s expansion. Naturally so, men of stout hearts looked West, and so it is no surprise that the man who successfully orchestrated the Union effort in selling bonds to finance the war turned his eye toward his next great challenge, the resurrection of the Northern Pacific Railroad.

    After years of failed attempts at financing the road, the future of the company lie in doubt. Jay Cooke arrived on the scene, successfully lobbying Congress for legislative change which would facilitate his grand plan for financing the construction of the road. Thus the first tracks of what would become America’s second transcontinental railroad were laid. As construction continued, rising costs necessitated the need for constantly growing amounts of capital and Jay Cooke boldly took the lead. His optimism for the costly project exceeded even his firm’s abilities to muster the financial resources to continue in the face of ever-increasing fears of failure by the banking community.

    Ultimately, with Jay Cooke & Company’s fortunes closely tied to the Northern Pacific Project, the firm failed and was forced into bankruptcy and in some part, contributed to the onset of the financial panic of 1873.

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    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    St. Paul and Duluth Railroad Company

    Originally incorporated in 1863 and known as the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad, the road provided the first service between Duluth and the Twin Cities upon its completion in 1870. Serving as the all-important eastern terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad, the road linked the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. A victim of the panic of 1873, the company defaulted on its bonds and was reorganized in 1877 as the Saint Paul and Duluth Railroad. It was absorbed by the Northern Pacific in 1900.

    These exceptional stocks are beautifully printed by American Bank Note Company. The two Steamships and Locomotive scenes are so very impressive. A fine example of engraving of this Golden Era of Financial Printing.

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    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    $1,000 Confederate Bond

    $1,000 Confederate bond with nearly complete coupons, Criswell-138. Vignette of James A. Seddon.
    Signed by Robert Tyler (son of President Tyler). April 30, 1863 Act. Excellent condition.

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    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Ransom Eli Olds - Reo Motors 1916 Stock

    Ransom Eli Olds (1864-1950), Automobile Manufacturer. In 1885 he bought an interest in his father’s machine shop and after much experimentation, he produced his first “horseless carriage,” a three-wheeled, steam-powered vehicle whose first test drive roused a terrible commotion in the neighborhood. He later established the basic pattern for the Detroit automobile industry.

    In 1904, Olds organized the Reo Motor Car Company. President until 1924 and Chairman until 1936.
    Great 1916 stock with Olds signing at front as President. Nice signature, lightly hole cancelled. Excellent condition.

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    Sunday, November 8, 2009

    Cornelius, William Kissam, and Frederick Vanderbilt Autographed Bond

    Cornelius Vanderbilt (1843-1899), Financier, Philanthropist. Asst. Treasurer (1867) of New York & Harlem RR, then President from 1886 until his death. Trustee and benefactor of numerous colleges and universities in New York.

    Also signed by son William Kissam Vanderbilt (1849-1920), Chairman of the board of directors of Lake Shore & Michigan Southern RR (1883-1903); President of New York, Chicago and St Louis Railway (1882-87.) Frederick W. Vanderbilt (1856-1938), Capitalist, PH.D from Yale. He worked in every department of his father’s railroad system.

    This 1882 $10,000 bond is signed by the three important sons of William H. Vanderbilt. Issued as well to William H. Vanderbilt and also signed by Chauncey M. Depew. The three sons include Cornelius, and Frederick, signing at back (with moderate hole cancellations). The third son, Wm. K. Vanderbilt signs at front. His signature and Depew’s are superb and untouched by the cancellation holes. Includes 5 matching portraits. Superb! One of the nicest American autographed bonds ever.

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    Wednesday, November 4, 2009

    Unissured US Treasury Certificate - Al Capp Characters

    This 1949 unissued certificate was given to people who bought savings bonds. The vibrant, multicolored artwork is by the legendary Al Capp, and features his great cartoon characters and encouraging the young with key words like THRIFT, LOYALTY, TRUST, DUTY, TRUTH, etc.

    Monday, November 2, 2009

    Collectible Cleveland Indians Stock

    Baseball fans....We have a 1998, Ohio, Cleveland Indians Common Stock certificate. Multicolored underprinting of baseball stadium. One of the nicest modern stocks I've seen and it is in mint condition.

    Looking for other collectible sports stocks? Call our office at 800-717-9529 and ask for George.

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    Friday, October 30, 2009

    Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    About Platinum Certificates

    These notes are more commonly referred to as "Million Dollar Special Issue Notes" or "Platinum Certificates." They are non-negotiable collectible notes from a special limited copyrighted art series that were originally sold by a firm in Canada for $1.00 each.

    Such items have no value to the United States government and are not redeemable by the Department of the Treasury since they are not products of this government. In addition, the Department of the Treasury has no interest in recalling any limited art series product manufactured by private concerns.

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    Monday, October 26, 2009

    Collectible Eliphalet Remington Autograph

    Eliphalet Remington (1793-1861), was born in Suffield, Connecticut. He was a blacksmith and at age 23, he hand-made a revolutionary sporting rifle using a firing mechanism bought from a dealer, producing the barrel himself from scrap iron in his smithing shop

    The gun received such an enthusiastic response that Remington decided to manufacture it in quantity, and formed the firm of E. Remington and Sons, which he headed until his death in 1861. What began as a one-man enterprise has become one of the world's leading manufacturers of sporting arms.

    By the mid-1800s the gun had become immensely popular with American sportsmen. The company continued to grow and gradually began the manufacture of other goods such as bicycles, burglar alarms, gasoline-powered engines, and typewriters.

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    Saturday, October 24, 2009

    Andrew Carnegie and U.S. Steel

    Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), manufacturer and philanthropist, began his illustrious career as a bobbin boy at age 13, then became a self-taught telegrapher with the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1853-65, he introduced use of the Pullman sleeping cars, organized the military telegraph department, and was active in transporting troops during the Civil War. After leaving the railroad, he focused on iron and then the steel industry. His policy of “putting all his eggs in one basket, and then watching the basket” was extremely successful.

    By 1889 steel production in the U.S. was first in the world, and in 1901 he sold his company, Carnegie Company to the U.S. Steel Corporation for $250 million. The Carnegie Foundation of New York donated millions to scientific research, the advancement of teaching, the furthering of international peace, and the reward of heroic acts. The foundation is well known for building public libraries.

    This historic bond is dated 1901, the very year that he sold his company. This beautiful $100,000 5% United States Steel Gold Bond is issued to Andrew Carnegie, but not signed. The rarity of Carnegie stocks and bonds is well known. A while back, two signed examples of this bond were sold to collectors at $125,000 per bond! Neatly stamp and hole cancelled. The graphics and cranberry red color are truly exceptional. Fresh, excellent condition. A portrait of Carnegie is included. If I had to pick the top 10 U. S. stocks or bonds of all time, this would be one of our top choices!

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    Thursday, October 22, 2009

    The Enola Gay

    The Enola Gay is the B-29 Superfortress bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb, code-named "Little Boy," to be used in war by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the attack on Hiroshima, Japan on 6 August 1945, just before the end of World War II.

    Because of the bomber's role in the atomic bombings of Japan, its name has been synonymous with the controversy over the bombings themselves. The B-29 was named after Enola Gay Tibbets, the mother of the pilot, Paul Tibbets.

    We have an outstanding print of the Enola Gay with boldly signed autographs of the pilot and Commander-Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, the Navigator-Captain Theodore J. Van Kirk, and the Bombardier-Major Thomas W. Ferebee. Large 18" x 24". Superb and truly outstanding!

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    Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    John Dwan and Henry S. Bryan 3M-Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co

    The five founders of 3M -- Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing -- financed the company to mine mineral for grinding wheel abrasives. Like many others in the early 1900s, 3M's founders incorporated first and investigated later. In the face of failure, they persevered and turned an investment into a lucrative venture.

    John Dwan, 3M Founder and first secretary, and attorney in Two Harbors, Minnesota and Henry S. Bryan, 3M Founder and first president, and Chief of Motive Power at the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad. both sign as officers at front of this 1903 Minnesota stock.

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