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Auction PR Publicity Announcements News and Information


The auction will be held by Showtime Auction Services, based in Woodhaven, Mich.

(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) – The lifetime collection of Don and Diane Sayrizi – advanced collectors in many categories, but especially antique advertising – plus consignments from over 100 other advanced collectors from all over the country will be offered Oct. 4-6 by Showtime Auction Services, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor, located at 5055 Ann Arbor/Saline Road.

Campbell's Soups (“21 Kinds – Just Add a Can of Hot Water And Serve”) advertising sign (est. $40,000-$60,000).
Campbell’s Soups (“21 Kinds – Just Add a Can of Hot Water And Serve”) advertising sign (est. $40,000-$60,000).

“By far this is the best collection of antique advertising we have ever had the privilege of selling,” said Mike Eckles of Showtime Auction Services, based in Woodhaven, Mich. “We’ve held big auctions in the past, many of which featured advertising items, but never like this. The antique signs, in particular, are highly desirable and would be fine additions to any collection.”

In all, around 1,800 lots will cross the auction block over the course of the three days – 600 lots on Friday, Oct. 4 (which will be for a live audience only; no phone, absentee or Internet bidding) and 1,200 lots on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6, (which will be open to the live crowd, phone, absentee and Internet bidders). Internet bidding is provided by and

The auction will feature many of the collection categories for which Showtime Auction Services has become renowned in the industry. These will include salesman’s samples, petroliana (gas station) and automobilia, general store, country store, match safes, advertising signs, trays, cast iron toys, pressed steel toys, tin toys, pedal cars, barber shop, tobacciana, cigar lighters and tip cutters, hardware, telephone, store tins, Coca-Cola, Western, Native American, guns, whiskey, primitives, lamps and bronzes.

Additional categories will include drug store, saloon, post office, coin-op, arcade, scales, gambling, cash registers, fishing, folk art, clocks, fine art and Santas. “About the only thing regulars to our auctions won’t find are firefighting antiques and memorabilia,” Eckles said.

Specific collections expected to generate keen bidder interest include a group of around 20 extremely rare cigar lighters and tip cutters, all circa 1890-1910; more than 15 slot machines, including an upright; several Muto-Scopes (vintage arcade peep shows, circa 1900-1920); and a large collection of cast-iron toys, many of them rare, by Arcade and other makers.

Other collections of note will feature over 20 hard-to-find pedal cars; firearms and gunpowder posters and calendars; hundreds of tobacco and cigar tins; a large collection of breweriana; and scarce showcases, country store displays and counters. Also offered will be a fabulous Nickelodeon and three extremely rare Regina music players with discs from the 1890s, all in playable condition.

Individual lots that deserve special attention include a salesman’s sample cigar store showcase with original carrying case by Whitcomb Cabinet Company (Kansas City, Mo., circa 1895). “I feel very strongly that this is one of the top ten salesman’s samples ever offered at auction,” Eckles remarked. “It wouldn’t surprise me to see it sell for $50,000, maybe more.”

Another expected star lot is a Campbell’s Soup embossed tin sign, showing an image of an American flag fashioned from soup cans (“6 Plates for 10 Cents – Just Add Hot Water and Serve”), one of eight known. A similar sign, with a slight variation, was the top lot at Showtime Auction Services’ April 12-14 sale, where it brought $60,000. The one being sold is even nicer.

Other lots to watch include a rare 1958 two-sided petroliana sign for Mobile (not Mobil) Gasoline, 6 feet in diameter, with a graphic of a Bonneville Salt Flats-type car, one of possibly two known and graded 9 out of 10 on both sides for condition; and a complete three-station barber shop back bar, with chairs, occupational shaving mugs, razors and barber poles.

The hours for Oct. 4th live bidding will be 12 noon to 6 p.m. (EST), with previews that day from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Auction hours for Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 5th and 6th) will be from 9-5 (with a preview from 8-9 a.m.). For more information, log on to

The host hotel for this auction is the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, located at 2900 Jackson Avenue in Ann Arbor. Guests are encouraged to book early, because of the many homecoming events at the nearby University of Michigan that could make for a busy time. For reservations, please call (734) 715-4444. Room trading will go on each evening after the auction.

Flyers for the auction will go out around Aug. 8th and catalogs will be mailed out the week of Sept. 2nd. To request a 200-page, full color catalog, call Amy at (734) 558-1145.

Showtime Auction Services is always accepting quality items for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call Michael Eckles at (951) 453-2415; or, you can e-mail him at [email protected] or [email protected] . Their next auction will be held April 4-6, 2014. To learn more about Showtime Auction Services and the upcoming auction, log on to