Original Hardeen studio image from a newspaper photo morgue. The image was used for an article published for Thanksgiving in 1932. There is information on the back and printer’s corrections on the image. A nice addition to your Houdini/Hardeen collection. Price: $150.00 delivered in the USA.
This a very early image of Houdini. It’s 4″ X 6″ later copy, probably done in the last 30 years is my guess. It is a photo and not a laser print. Price: $20.00 delivered in the USA.
First, I would like to thank Houdini scholar, David Saltman, for unearthing the letter you see above. It is from a Houdini scrapbook which is located in the Boston Library. For years I have wondered if Houdini even knew that this card existed. I was curious as to whether or not Houdini was aware of other cigarette, cigar or trade cards that were printed in other countries. This letter seems to bear out that Houdini knew about the trade cards of him that were out there. Here is a link to David’s excellent Houdini site:
The card below the Houdini letter is now available to add to your collection. This is most-likely the same type of card Houdini attached to his letter. The card is also from Cuba. If you are interested in this card or have any questions, please email me at email@example.com .
Price:$450.00 Delivered in the USA.
I think it was fair price for such an ephemeral piece of Houdini memorabilia. This piece is made of cardboard and not like one of the old metal and wood printing blocks that could take a beating. The ad mat has few things going for it. I like that it was used by Houdini in his newspapers advertising later in his career. It wouldn’t be too difficult to locate and buy the ad from an original newspaper somewhere online. You can then display them together and have a nice conversation piece. To me, association pieces always seem make an item a little more interesting.
This Houdini “rarity” was just listed on Ebay tonight. The seller has an opening price of $450.00 and a “But-It-Now” price of just $590.00! This is the more common variety number 1 and it does have some condition issues.
For all the people who were moaning and groaning about the high prices of Houdini items at auctions, I have an idea. Instead of being a bidder, be a seller!
After the very successful results of the Houdiniana Auction held by Potter & Potter Auctions, I have a question. Can a new collector amass a desirable Houdini collection without going deep into debt? What do you think?
Houdini threatens to jump if the History Channel broadcasts probably the worst Houdini project, definitely the worst Houdini movie ever, again. Luckily, the many bad reviews for “Houdini: The Stinkeroo Movie” and very low interest and response in the magic world to it, is a blessing.
Not even two horrible nights of watching “Houdini: The Stinkeroo”, can stop the interest in the collecting of Houdini related items. This bust sold today on Ebay for $255.00+, which is most likely a record price for this piece. Luckily, the Houdiniana auction is still fresh in the minds of most collectors. Whereas “Houdini: The Stinkeroo”, is setting its’ own records…. of sorts.