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Pokémon Card, One of Only Seven Made, Could Be Worth $100K+

A pristine copy of arguably the most sought-after Pokémon card in the world could bring $100,000 or more in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction July 9-12 in Dallas, Texas.

Pokémon Super Secret Battle “No. 1 Trainer” Trainer Promo Hologram Trading Card (1999) is one of just seven copies known to exist, and of those, six carry a PSA Gem Mint 10 grade.

“This unique card can easily be the centerpiece of any serious Pokémon card collection,” said Jesus Garcia, Assistant Comics & Comic Art Operations Supervisor at Heritage Auctions. “These cards were given to the winners of regional Pokémon tournaments, of which there were only seven, making this an exceedingly rare prize among collectors. The perfect grade is important, of course, but the sheer rarity of the card is the main reason why it is an inarguable must-have for serious Pokémon collectors.”

The card reads “The Pokémon Card Game Official Tournament’s champion is recognized here, and this honor is praised. By presenting this card, you may gain preferential entry into the Secret Super Battle.”

So secretive was the tournament that the competitors only found out the location of the final round after winning a regional tournament. The finals took place Aug. 22, 1999, in Tokyo.

The Pikachu Illustrator is widely regarded as the most expensive Pokémon card; according to psacard.com, there are 19 Pikachu Illustrator cards certified. But the Super Secret Battle No. 1 Trainer card is even more rare, with just seven copies known to exist.

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Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert To Stream On YouTube On May 15

Queen and Eagle Rock Entertainment have partnered with The Mercury Phoenix Trust to present a Special YouTube Premiere Screening of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.

This Friday, May 15th the Official Queen YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/queen) will be premiering a special stream of the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert as part of the ongoing fight with COVID-19, with all donations supporting the World Health Organisation. Google.org is matching $2 for every $1 donated. This ongoing Google/YouTube UN Foundation campaign fundraiser is running through June 30, 2020. The concert will be available for 48 hours only.

Click HERE to watch on Friday at 7pm (BST) / 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness took place on Easter Monday, 20th April 1992 at Wembley Stadium in front of a 72,000 sold-out crowd and global broadcast audience of over one billion. The concert was a tribute to Queen’s lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS on 24 November 1991. Queen’s remaining members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon were joined on stage by many of the biggest acts in the world including David Bowie, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Robert Plant, Metallica, Liza Minelli, Def Leppard, Seal, Roger Daltrey and many more. The concert was to be the last large scale live event John Deacon performed with Queen.

The profits from the concert were used to launch The Mercury Phoenix Trust. The trust is a core part of Queen and Freddie’s legacy and has gone on to provide in excess of £17m to over 1000 projects in 57 countries in the ongoing fight against AIDS worldwide – www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com

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Kurt Cobain’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Guitar Could Sell For $1 Million

The guitar that Kurt Cobain played during his 1993 “MTV Unplugged” performance is expected to sell at auction next month for at least $1 million. The rare D-18E guitar is listed with a number of other items once owned by the Nirvana frontman, who died by suicide in 1994, approximately five months after the New York show.

“This important guitar has earned its rightful place in Rock ‘N’ Roll history as the instrument played by one of rock’s most influential musicians and icons in one of the greatest and most memorable live performances of all time,” said Darren Julien, President of Julien’s Auctions, in a press release. The auction house is hosting the sale in Beverly Hills, Hollywood.

The guitar was previously owned by Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain, who reportedly gave it up during an acrimonious divorce from her former husband, musician Isaiah Silva.

Just the seventh of only 302 D-18Es built, the guitar was customized by Cobain with a Bartolini pickup. The guitar will arrive in an original hardshell case decorated by Cobain, along with a half-used pack of Martin guitar strings, three picks, and a suede “stash” bag decorated with a miniature silver spoon, fork, and knife. It will be on display starting May 15 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly Circus and at Julien’s Auctions Gallery in Beverly Hills starting June 15 ahead of its auction on Friday, June 19 – Saturday, June 20.

More info HERE.

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Little People Community Champions Special Edition Figure Set

Thank the helpers in your life, or show your child the heroism of helping, with this special edition Little People Community Champions figure set from Fisher-Price. 

This giftable set features 5 community helpers brought down to Little People toy size including a doctor, a nurse, an emergency medical technician, a delivery driver and a grocery store worker. Each of these community champions work hard every day to help us stay healthy, safe and stocked with everything we need.

Beginning April 29, 2020, through May 31, 2020, $15 from each online purchase of this figure set will be donated by Mattel to The Entertainment Industry Foundation, in support of #FirstRespondersFirst, a fund dedicated to providing essential supplies, equipment and resources for protecting frontline healthcare workers and their families.

Order HERE for $20. All orders for this item are expected to ship by 12/31/20.

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The ‘Feeding America Comedy Festival’ Will Feature Numerous Comedy Icons Including Kevin Hart, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Howie Mandel, Kenan Thompson, Brad Garrett, Chris Rock & Many More

Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group television production division – Entertainment Studios – proudly announces a live-streaming comedy event to support and raise money for America’s largest hunger-relief organization, Feeding America.

Co-produced by the Funny Or Die entertainment brand and comedy studio, this comedy event to support Feeding America will live-stream on the Allen Media Group television networks Comedy.TV and The Weather Channel, as well as on the free streaming service app Local Now from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm (ET) on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Dozens of today’s comedy icons will contribute pre-recorded comedy segments to live-stream during the three-hour event. Some of the comedians that have committed to participating in this comedy event include: Kevin Hart, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Marlon Wayans, Howie Mandel, Tiffany Haddish, Brad Garrett, Taraji P. Henson, Louie Anderson, Margaret Cho, Kenan Thompson, Marc Maron, Jon Lovitz, Caroline Rhea, Byron Allen, Billy Gardell, Tim Meadows, Jamie Kennedy, Bill Engvall, Sheryl Underwood, and Chris Rock. Many more comedy icons are expected to announce their participation in the near future. All viewers tuning in to this live-streaming comedy event will be encouraged to contribute/volunteer/donate here: www.feedingamerica.org

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Jim Lee Auctioning Sketches To Save Comic Book Shops

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt daily life around the world, many businesses are suffering, including the comic book industry.

Jim Lee, the legendary artist known for his work on DC’s Justice League, Batman: Hush, and many other iconic stories and characters has decided to help! The DC Comics Chief Creative will draw and post 60 different sketches—one a day over the next two months. He then will be auctioning off the art on eBay with all of the proceeds going to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) to support local comic book stores. The high bidder will get to choose the next DC character that Lee will draw for the next sketch and no character will be repeated.

So far, Lee has raised over $100,000 to aid the ailing shops. If you’re in the market for some amazing original art, head over to eBay and place a bid, and follow along with the campaign’s progress on Lee’s Instagram page.

Here are some of the completed auction pieces:

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Creators4Comics Auction To Benefit Comic Shops & Bookstores Hit By COVID-19

Over 100 comics writers, artists, authors, and other supporters are coming together to provide financial help to comic book retailers and independent bookstores hit hard by COVID-19 with the #Creators4Comics Twitter auction to benefit the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC).

With permission, #Creators4Comics is borrowing the successful Twitter auction format used by #AuthorsForFireys, which raised over $500,000 in less than a week to assist Australian firefighting efforts. The Twitter-based auctions will offer everything from signed comics to artwork to unique events and experiences from Wednesday, April 15, to Monday, April 20, under the hashtag #Creators4Comics.  

Among the more than 100 well-known creators and authors already committed to participate are Kelly Sue DeConnick, Marv Wolfman, Geoff Johns, Joe Hill, Scott Snyder, Shannon Hale, Tom King, Gene Luen Yang, Danielle Paige, Jason Aaron, Mark Guggenheim, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Gabriel Picolo, Gail Simone, Brad Meltzer, Ryan North, Paul Levitz, Jeff Lemire, David Mack, Greg Rucka, G. Willow Wilson, James Tynion IV, Cassandra Clare, and Mariko Tamaki. The auction effort is being coordinated by Kami Garcia, Brian Michael Bendis, Gwenda Bond, Sam Humphries, and Phil Jimenez. 

Winning bidders will donate directly to BINC, to which Jim Lee, James Patterson, DC and Boom Studios, Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club, and many others have recently contributed. BINC is accepting applications from local comic shops and bookstores for financial assistance now. BINC’s mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families. 

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1907 Ty Cobb Rookie Card

Nicknamed The Georgia Peach, Tyrus Raymond Cobb was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. His importance to the game only elevates the status of his W600 Sporting Life Cabinet rookie card. 

One of the most important cards in the W600 set, which ran from 1902-1911, Cobb’s card was released in 1907, using the same pose as his T206 portrait card. This particular example has been graded as Good 2 by the PSA due to a chip in the lower right corner but is otherwise bright, clear, and in overall Vg-Ex+ condition.

Current bid $200,000.

More info HERE.

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Celebrity Comedians Unite For Laugh Aid: 4-Hour Livestream Benefitting Comedy Gives Back’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

Laughter is healing, and during the COVID-19 public health crisis a renowned group of celebrity comedians, including Ray Romano, Iliza Shlesinger, Howie Mandel, Nikki Glaser, Bill Burr, Marc Maron, Patton Oswalt  and many more will be performing April 4, 2020 at 4pm pst (4/4 at 4pm) via a livestream to lift the nation’s spirits as well as to raise money for an emergency relief fund.

Laugh Aid will be produced in partnership with Comedy Gives Back, Laugh Lounge, Starburns Audio, All Things Comedy, Earwolf and Comedy Central. The goal of LAUGH AID is to entertain the world through technology as we sequester in our homes, while supporting the comedy community that lives and breathes with a live audience.

Comedians will be creating content specifically for Laugh Aid, be it a special edition podcast, an interview, or peak into their family life during this crazy time and we will bring it into your homes, from their homes.

Viewing is donation based and all profits will be donated to Comedy Gives Back’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.The relief fund is now open and taking submissions for grants: https://www.comedygivesback.com/covid-19-grant

Additional celebrity comedians performing include The Sklar Brothers , Tom Papa, Bert Kreischer, Nikki Glaser, Dane Cook, Jeffrey Ross, Jessica Kirson,  Anthony Jeselnik , Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder, and many others. See www.comedygivesback.com for the current lineup.

Laugh Aid will take place on Saturday, April 4, at 4 p.m. Pacific (PST) / 7 p.m. Eastern (EST). The group aims to bring laughter to the world, and relief and comfort to fellow comedians in need during this difficult time when all live performances are banned.

The event will be treamable on the Laugh Lounge app, Twitch, Twitter, Comedy Central’s YouTube channel, and Facebook will simultaneously stream the curated content, powered by Suitespot. Audio version will be available via Spotify and SiriusXM post live stream.

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Movie Poster For The Invisible Man Sold For $182,400 At Heritage Auctions

A rare movie poster for the 1933 classic film The Invisible Man disappeared Saturday night for $182,400 at public auction. The sale coincided with the 2020 remake, starring Elisabeth Moss.

Expectations that it could reach $125,000 were shattered quickly during the bidding at Heritage Auctions. The vintage poster for the famous Universal monster movie is one of just a small handful of examples to exist. 

H.G. Wells’ concept for a crazed scientist turned invisible is holding well with today’s viewers. The 2020 remake of The Invisible Man is popular with fans and critics with Rotten Tomato scores of 92 percent with critics and 88 percent with viewers.

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