Advertising, Auctions — March 1, 2011 at 12:02 am

Showtime Auctions Country Store and Advertising Sale April 1-3

ANN ARBOR, MI – Over 1,800 lots of investment grade antiques and collectibles – to include country store and advertising items from the Earl Hagerman collection, many pieces from the Chesapeake Bay Fire Fighting Museum in Maryland, and over 100 rare and vintage toys – will be sold to the highest bidder the weekend of Apr. 1-3 by Showtime Auction Services.

The event will be held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor. The Friday session (Apr. 1) will be an uncataloged, live audience-only sale, with around 500 lots in a variety of categories. Saturday (Apr. 2) will be dedicated to country store and advertising, while Sunday (Apr. 3) will feature fire fighting memorabilia, antique toys and miscellaneous items.

Internet bidding (via and will be in effect Saturday and Sunday. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted both days.

On Sunday, a major pressed steel toy collection out of Kansas will cross the block, with over 100 lots expected to generate great bidder interest. Examples by Buddy L, Keystone, Sturdytoy and others will be featured.

“I’m extremely excited about this auction,” said Mike Eckles of Showtime Auction Services. “It will be the best country store and advertising sale we’ve ever held, thanks to the outstanding lifetime collection of Earl Hagerman out of California. The firefighting memorabilia from the museum in Maryland is just outstanding, and the rare, vintage toys are sure to do well.”

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