Since this is essentially a press release, I don't think they'll mind if I reproduce it in full.
GEM's Inaugural Signing with Ted Hake
Superstars, Scoop, Friday, November 10, 2006
As announced in last week's Scoop, Geppi's Entertainment Museum has developed an author signing series and is proud to announce that Ted Hake will be the inaugural featured guest author on Saturday, November 25, 2006. Ted will be the guest of Geppi's Entertainment Museum Store from 1 to 4 pm on the second floor of historic Camden Station in downtown Baltimore, MD on the Camden Yards campus.
Ted Hake is recognized as the founding father of America's collectibles industry. He began Hake's Americana & Collectibles in 1967, the first auction house to specialize in 20th century American popular culture. His early initiatives in hundreds of collecting areas contributed significantly to establishing collectibles as a major pastime for millions of Americans. Over the years, Hake has shared his expertise by writing seventeen reference/price guides covering such subjects as presidential campaign artifacts, pinback buttons and vintage collectibles in the areas of advertising, comic characters, cowboy characters and television. His lifelong interest in Disneyana culminated in 2005 with the comprehensive (9,000 pictured items) Official Price Guide to Disney Collectibles 1st Edition (Random House). He is a frequent guest on radio, was an appraiser on the first two seasons of the PBS series The Antiques Roadshow and is a featured expert on the History Channel's 2003 program History of Toys. In March 2004, Hake sold his business which is now a division of Diamond International Galleries and he continues as Chief Operating Officer.
Hake's four annual catalogue and internet (www.hakes.com) auctions, sales lists and books are produced at the company's home office in Timonium, Maryland.