Antiques PR Publicity Announcements News and Information
Antiques PR Publicity Announcements News and Information


The single-owner, lifetime gambling and coin-op collection of Richard and Mary Schulte of Michigan, plus three other outstanding collections from other states around the country, will co-headline Showtime Auction Services’ three-day spring auction slated for the weekend of March 31st thru April 2nd, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor.

1930s German cut-a-way school model, one of over 100 in the auction
The other collections include part II of the Tiny Moyer salesman’s sample and child’s stove collection from Maryland, Ron Sturgeon’s German cut-a-way school model car collection from Texas; a fabulous country store and advertising collection of Donna and Bruce Weir from Illinois; and the diverse and eclectic collection of trade signs and many other unusual items from the Don Sayrizi collection in Oregon. In all, more than 2,000 lots will come up for bid over the course of the three sale days.
“Any one of these four fine collections would be able to stand alone and make any auctioneer proud, but to have all four in one sale is like a perfect storm, and I mean that in a good sense,” said Mike Eckles of Showtime Auction Services, based in Woodhaven. “I encourage all serious collectors to come early and bid often.” The venue’s address is 5055 Ann Arbor/Saline Road in Ann Arbor.

Collecting categories will include advertising, breweriana, trade signs, reverse glass signs, trays, country store, general store, medical, quack medical, optical, RX, dental, sewing, millinery, spool cabinets, dye cabinets, shoes, grocery, crocks, coffee, tea, Coca-Cola, soda, soda fountain, ice cream, barber shop, gum, gum machines, popcorn, peanuts, salesman’s samples, toys, cap guns, slot machines, coin-op, gambling, whiskey, saloon, brothel, cigar, tobacco, match holders and match safes, trade signs, express, cars, factory models, automobilia, petroliana, motorcycle, bicycle, advertising and regular clocks, Black Americana, farm, hardware, paint, veterinary, showcases, store counters and more. All items can be previewed on Thursday, March 30th, from 9-5 Eastern time, and each day during the auction.

On Friday morning, March 31st, from 8-10 am Eastern time, about 200 lots will come up for bid before a live audience only. Starting at 10 am, the auction will open up to internet, phone and absentee bidding. On April 1st and 2nd, live bidding, phone bidding, absentee bidding and online bidding, via the bidding platforms and, will be in effect.

To get a 280 page full color catalog for $40, please call Showtime Auction Services at (313) 715-4486 (EST). You can order a full color fold-out flyer for free. The auction will be posted on our website the first week of March. Online bidding will start at that time. Go to and click on the “BID NOW” button to bid.

The host hotel is Weber’s Hotel, at 3050 Jackson Avenue in Ann Arbor. For reservations, call (734) 769-2500 and mention Showtime Auctions for a discounted rate of $99.00 a night.

Showtime Auction Services is always accepting quality items for future sales. To consign one item or an entire collection, you may call Michael Eckles at (951) 453-2415; or, you can e-mail him at [email protected] . To learn more about Showtime Auction Services and the big upcoming March 31st thru April 1st-2nd auction, please visit