MARGARETVILLE — It’s been a very long and challenging winter for everyone, including the guys at the Mcintosh Auction Service. Chuck, Roger and Marty are now looking very forward to a busy 2021 auction season, slated to begin on Saturday, May 1 at the American Legion Hall in Delhi.
“We haven’t presented an auction since last October and we are very anxious to get going,” says owner, Chuck Mcintosh. “We had an auction scheduled for late November, but we decided to postpone it, in order to insure the safety of all concerned.”
In 47 years in the auction business this is the longest time that McIntosh Auction Service has ever had between auction sales. It’s not that the guys have not been busy, as they have continued to buy quality antique and collectible items for future auctions, as well as booking several major estate auctions. They have looked at a lot of items, and made an effort to acquire only the best available, with the goal of presenting auctions that their large following of collectors and dealers will not want to miss. They have passed a lot of items that might have formerly been of interest, in order to have things that people are now anxious to buy.
The market is constantly changing, as are people’s wants and needs. Items that used to be highly collectible are no longer desirable, as other items have come into vogue. Highly specialized, small collectible items, items pertaining to local history, and functional accent items continue to remain in high demand. In keeping with their customers’ preferences, the May 1 auction will feature many items from the above areas.
The highlight of this auction will be an almost perfect, all original 1856 Jay Gould Map of Delaware County, along with an original picture card of Jay Gould. Amazing map Chuck commented, “While we have sold many Jay Gould maps over the years, to find on in this condition is truly amazing, and having an original Jay Gould CDV (picture card) is a very interesting, and somewhat rare addition. The map will be complimented by a large collection of late 1950s-early 1960s Topps baseball cards and related vintage baseball items. The cards will be broken up into years and sold in large lots. The auction will also feature US coins, vintage Lionel trains, collectible pottery, antique furniture, lamps, and vintage military collectibles from WW II through Vietnam. Military collectibles continue to be highly desired, and this auction will feature a selection of uniforms, medals, and a large collection of vintage photographs taken by a soldier who served in Viet Nam.
The desire for vintage model railroad items also remains strong, and vintage Lionel and American Flyer trains have become one of the specialities of McIntosh Auction. Diverse items It is interesting to note that the diversity of items to be sold at this auction is highlighted by the age comparison between the 1856 Gould Map and the rare 1956 Blatz Beer baseball advertising statue.
Despite a difference in age of 100 years, both are highly desirable items., and are expected to bring spirited bidding. In addition to the May 1 auction, Mcintosh Auction has already scheduled two major, on-site estate auctions. The first one on May 15 & 16 will feature items from a 100+ year old DeLancey homestead that has been in the family for three generations. July will feature a four-day, on-site auction that will be a dispersal of a lifelong, local collector of high quality antiques. Mcintosh Auction will continue to run a traditionally formatted auction, with no on-line, or computer bidding.
While Mcintosh Auctions are advertised all over the world through the Internet, bidding must be done in-person, through competitively bid absentee bids, or pre-arranged phone bids. It is not unusual to have several phones going at once for highly desirable items, and for phone bidders to be active from as far away as Japan, California, and the United Kingdom. Keeping it fair
The auction has chosen not to accept on-line computer bidding in order to be more fair to their many long time customers, who choose to attend the auctions in person. The May 1 auction begins at 10:30, with a preview on Friday afternoon, and before the auction on Saturday morning at the American Legion on Page Avenue, Delhi. (Please remember masks, and social distancing will remain in effect to keep us all safe). To preview, visit mcintoshauction.com or auctionzip.com (auctioneer 18080).