One of the more unusual boxing items is a pair of statues ready to square off: one fighter white, the other black. They supposedly represent the contestants in the first local black-white bout, said Lee, who added that Iorio "paid $1,000 for them 20 years ago."
Today's session also includes a Mickey Mantle autographed game bat; Disney, Star Wars, Barbie and similar collectibles; and several motor vehicles, notably a 1984 Mercedes-Benz and two others that Lee characterized as being for people who like to drive fast, including a Mazda turbo.
Tomorrow's session, also beginning at 10 a.m., will be devoted to selling off whatever could not be sold today.
Preview is from 8 a.m. to sale time today and tomorrow at the sale site, Ah's Garage Sale, 633 E. Main St. For more information, call 610-239-8199.
At 10 a.m. tomorrow, Barry S. Slosberg Inc. will have its final sale of the year at its Port Richmond Gallery, which by tradition features antique toys and trains suitable for gift-giving.
Among the trains are pre- and postwar Lionel and American Flyer boxed sets, individual cars, and accessories. Other collectible toys include key-wind and friction vehicles, many made in Japan in the 1950s and '60s; pressed-steel trucks and cars; slot-car sets and accessories; and Lincoln Logs.
The auction also features cast-iron mechanical and still banks; Aunt Jemima plastic figures; collector's plates and Christmas displays, as well as a more conventional assortment of household furnishings and glassware.
Of special interest is a 2003 Suzuki Grand Vitara that, according to auction officials, had a single owner, is "fully loaded," and carries 1,100 original miles. It will be sold at 1 p.m.
Preview for the toys and trains only is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to sale time tomorrow at Slosberg's 2501 E. Ontario St. For information, call 215-425-7030.
At 10 a.m. Monday, Associated Auctioneers will be offering gift possibilities for the do-it-yourselfer when it liquidates the contents of Sonny's hardware store, a fixture for 50 years in Northeast Philadelphia at 6517 Roosevelt Blvd. The proprietor, Sonny Weisman, is retiring, according to Associated's Ed Berkowitz.
Along with electrical and plumbing supplies and kitchen and bathroom fixtures, the auction will feature tools, housewares, holiday decorations, and garden and seasonal supplies.
"There's well over 1,000 lots," Berkowitz said.
Preview is from 8 a.m. to sale time at the store. For more information, call 215-739-1021.
And, for the true procrastinator, at 9 a.m. Thursday Alderfer Auction Co. will offer coins, Longaberger baskets, Byers Choice figures, and other collectibles at the auction center, 501 Fairgrounds Rd., Hatfield.
Preview is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. to sale time Thursday at Alderfer's. For more information, call 215-393-3000 or 1-800-577-8846.
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