UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 09/23/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   09/23/14 - Travers Auction...   09/22-23/14 - William H. Bunch Auctions Appraisals...   09/23/14 - Wehrlys Auction Service, Inc....   09/24/14 - Diefenderfer Auction Co., LLC...   09/25/14 - Bodnars Auction Sales...   09/25/14 - Lawrence Antique Gallery...   09/25/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   09/26/14 - R. A. Arner...   09/26/14 - Carl E. Ocker...   09/27/14 - Adams Auction Sales Service...   09/27/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   09/27/14 - Horst Auctioneers...   09/27/14 - Ken Reed Auction Company...   09/27/14 - Robert G. Flickinger...   09/27/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   09/27/14 - Conestoga Auction Company, Inc....   09/27/14 - Ron Rhoads...   09/27/14 - Mott Parks Auction Services...   09/26-27/14 - Richard D. Hatch & Associates...   09/27/14 - Maurer's Auctions...   09/27/14 - George H. Wilson...   09/27/14 - Dan Hershey Auctioneering Service...   09/27/14 - Cindy Fenton...   09/27/14 - Scott Younkin & Associates...   09/27/14 - Roy D. Shirk...   09/27/14 - Hardy's Auction Service...   09/27/14 - Probst Family Auctions...   09/27/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   09/27/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   09/27/14 - Fontaine's Auction Gallery...   09/27/14 - Stuart Kingston...   09/27/14 - Keystone Auction LLC...   09/28/14 - The Renaissance Auction Group...   09/28/14 - Costea's Auction Gallery...   09/27-28/14 - Material Culture...   09/29/14 - Doerner Auctions...   09/29/14 - Toomey Auction Service, Inc....   09/29/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   10/01/14 - Wilsons Auction...   10/01/14 - Embassy Auctions International...   10/02/14 - Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction & Realty Service...   10/02/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   10/03/14 - Garth's Auctineers & Appraisers...   10/04/14 - Dotta Auction Co., Inc....   10/04/14 - Bob Brenner...   10/04/14 - Leaman Auctions Ltd....   10/04/14 - Blums Auctions...   10/04/14 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   10/04/14 - Les Longenecker...   10/04/14 - Wehrly's Auction...   10/03-04/14 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   10/03-05/14 - Showtime Auction Services...   10/05/14 - Dean R. Arner...   10/06/14 - J. Kent Lenahan Auction Gallery...   10/09/14 - Barr Davis Auctioneers LLC...   10/10/14 - Briggs Auction, Inc....   10/11/14 - Ed Shoop...   10/11/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   10/11/14 - Rentzels Auction Service, Inc....   10/10-11/14 - Bryan D. Imes & Sons...   10/12/14 - John Pfeiffer, Jr....   10/11/-12/14 - Morphy Auctions...   10/18/14 - Fontaine's Auction Gallery...   10/25/14 - Crocker Farm...   11/01/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   11/22-23/14 - Fontaine's Auction Gallery...   
  • 09/23/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   09/23/14 - Travers Auction...   09/22-23/14 - William H. Bunch Auctions Appraisals...   09/23/14 - Wehrlys Auction Service, Inc....   09/24/14 - Diefenderfer Auction Co., LLC...   09/25/14 - Bodnars Auction Sales...   09/25/14 - Lawrence Antique Gallery...   09/25/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   09/26/14 - R. A. Arner...   09/26/14 - Carl E. Ocker...   09/27/14 - Adams Auction Sales Service...   09/27/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   09/27/14 - Horst Auctioneers...   09/27/14 - Ken Reed Auction Company...   09/27/14 - Robert G. Flickinger...   09/27/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   09/27/14 - Conestoga Auction Company, Inc....   09/27/14 - Ron Rhoads...   09/27/14 - Mott Parks Auction Services...   09/26-27/14 - Richard D. Hatch & Associates...   09/27/14 - Maurer's Auctions...   09/27/14 - George H. Wilson...   09/27/14 - Dan Hershey Auctioneering Service...   09/27/14 - Cindy Fenton...   09/27/14 - Scott Younkin & Associates...   09/27/14 - Roy D. Shirk...   09/27/14 - Hardy's Auction Service...   09/27/14 - Probst Family Auctions...   09/27/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   09/27/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   09/27/14 - Fontaine's Auction Gallery...   09/27/14 - Stuart Kingston...   09/27/14 - Keystone Auction LLC...   09/28/14 - The Renaissance Auction Group...   09/28/14 - Costea's Auction Gallery...   09/27-28/14 - Material Culture...   09/29/14 - Doerner Auctions...   09/29/14 - Toomey Auction Service, Inc....   09/29/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   10/01/14 - Wilsons Auction...   10/01/14 - Embassy Auctions International...   10/02/14 - Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction & Realty Service...   10/02/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   10/03/14 - Garth's Auctineers & Appraisers...   10/04/14 - Dotta Auction Co., Inc....   10/04/14 - Bob Brenner...   10/04/14 - Leaman Auctions Ltd....   10/04/14 - Blums Auctions...   10/04/14 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   10/04/14 - Les Longenecker...   10/04/14 - Wehrly's Auction...   10/03-04/14 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   10/03-05/14 - Showtime Auction Services...   10/05/14 - Dean R. Arner...   10/06/14 - J. Kent Lenahan Auction Gallery...   10/09/14 - Barr Davis Auctioneers LLC...   10/10/14 - Briggs Auction, Inc....   10/11/14 - Ed Shoop...   10/11/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   10/11/14 - Rentzels Auction Service, Inc....   10/10-11/14 - Bryan D. Imes & Sons...   10/12/14 - John Pfeiffer, Jr....   10/11/-12/14 - Morphy Auctions...   10/18/14 - Fontaine's Auction Gallery...   10/25/14 - Crocker Farm...   11/01/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   11/22-23/14 - Fontaine's Auction Gallery...   
  • 09/23/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   09/23/14 - Travers Auction...   09/22-23/14 - William H. Bunch Auctions Appraisals...   09/23/14 - Wehrlys Auction Service, Inc....   09/24/14 - Diefenderfer Auction Co., LLC...   09/25/14 - Bodnars Auction Sales...   09/25/14 - Lawrence Antique Gallery...   09/25/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   09/26/14 - R. A. Arner...   09/26/14 - Carl E. Ocker...   09/27/14 - Adams Auction Sales Service...   09/27/14 - Cordier Auctions & Appraisals...   09/27/14 - Horst Auctioneers...   09/27/14 - Ken Reed Auction Company...   09/27/14 - Robert G. Flickinger...   09/27/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   09/27/14 - Conestoga Auction Company, Inc....   09/27/14 - Ron Rhoads...   09/27/14 - Mott Parks Auction Services...   09/26-27/14 - Richard D. Hatch & Associates...   09/27/14 - Maurer's Auctions...   09/27/14 - George H. Wilson...   09/27/14 - Dan Hershey Auctioneering Service...   09/27/14 - Cindy Fenton...   09/27/14 - Scott Younkin & Associates...   09/27/14 - Roy D. Shirk...   09/27/14 - Hardy's Auction Service...   09/27/14 - Probst Family Auctions...   09/27/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   09/27/14 - Gilbert & Gilbert Auctioneers, Inc....   09/27/14 - Fontaine's Auction Gallery...   09/27/14 - Stuart Kingston...   09/27/14 - Keystone Auction LLC...   09/28/14 - The Renaissance Auction Group...   09/28/14 - Costea's Auction Gallery...   09/27-28/14 - Material Culture...   09/29/14 - Doerner Auctions...   09/29/14 - Toomey Auction Service, Inc....   09/29/14 - John M. Hess Auction Service...   10/01/14 - Wilsons Auction...   10/01/14 - Embassy Auctions International...   10/02/14 - Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction & Realty Service...   10/02/14 - Alderfer Auction & Appraisal...   10/03/14 - Garth's Auctineers & Appraisers...   10/04/14 - Dotta Auction Co., Inc....   10/04/14 - Bob Brenner...   10/04/14 - Leaman Auctions Ltd....   10/04/14 - Blums Auctions...   10/04/14 - Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers...   10/04/14 - Les Longenecker...   10/04/14 - Wehrly's Auction...   10/03-04/14 - Pook & Pook, Inc....   10/03-05/14 - Showtime Auction Services...   10/05/14 - Dean R. Arner...   10/06/14 - J. Kent Lenahan Auction Gallery...   10/09/14 - Barr Davis Auctioneers LLC...   10/10/14 - Briggs Auction, Inc....   10/11/14 - Ed Shoop...   10/11/14 - Concepts 1 Auction House...   10/11/14 - Rentzels Auction Service, Inc....   10/10-11/14 - Bryan D. Imes & Sons...   10/12/14 - John Pfeiffer, Jr....   10/11/-12/14 - Morphy Auctions...   10/18/14 - Fontaine's Auction Gallery...   10/25/14 - Crocker Farm...   11/01/14 - Howard B. Parzow...   11/22-23/14 - Fontaine's Auction Gallery...   
Tommy

September 19, 2014

Tommy "Superman" Graves Wins The 2014 NJSSA Bid-Calling Championship

Tommy “Superman” Graves swooped in and blew away the competition at the New Jersey State Society of Auctioneers (NJSSA) Bid Calling championship at the TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, N.J. The competition was held at the conclusion of the Somerset Patriots baseball game Sept. 7 and featured three auctioneers standing atop the first base dugout with bidders spread out in the box seats behind the dugout.
The charity event raised $1,300 for Operation Shoebox New Jersey, a non-profit volunteer organization that ships personal care packages to members of the U.S. military deployed overseas. Autographed bats, hats, baseballs and limited edition prints were featured in the sale.
True to form, "Superman" wore his trademark red, blue and yellow Superman shirt beneath his civilian clothes, in this case, a parrot green tie and gecko-green shirt. Out of respect for his superhero, he did wear a silver belt buckle with the "S" logo.
"The first time I went to an auction I only had one suit and it was bright blue. It caught everyone's eye, people focused on me and as an auctioneer you want to catch people's attention," said Graves, of New Brunswick, N.J.
"Plus, I'm not afraid of making a fool of myself in public," he added.
His wardrobe has since expanded, the brighter the better. His daily attire usually includes something having to do with Superman.
Graves said "Smallville," a television series broadcast between 2001-11 that chronicled the life of Clark Kent/Superman, is what inspired his admiration for the Superman character.
"With all of his power, he just wants to do good and to help people," explained Graves. "I'm motivated by that, doing what's right. I liked that, and it seemed like something to aspire to.
"You put on that Superman shirt, people expect you to live up to what he stands for and that's something good to put on yourself. It makes me live up to be the best I can be.”
In addition to Graves, auctioneers Bob Dan of Max Spann Auctions in Annandale, N.J., and Alfred Finocchiaro of Finocchiaro Auctions of Hightstown, N.J., did their best to entice bidders to buy. Finocchiaro was the champion bid caller in 2011, and Dan is the former president of the NJSSA.
In the end, Graves was chosen the winner based on the applause from the crowd for each competitor.
Graves is one of five auctioneers that work for Joe Bodnar. Once a month, Bodnar's Auctions hosts a 5,000-lot sale at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center located at 97 Sunfield Ave. in the Raritan Center in Edison, N.J.
Bodnar, a two-time winner of the NJSSA award in 2009 and 2012, also participated in the event, but did not compete.
Graves started working for Bodnar five years ago, going out on house calls and the clean-outs of estates, helping to set up for the monthly auction and working as a runner during the sales.
"I've been working five years for Joe. Before that I was a cook, bartender, cashier, a lot of stuff - whatever paid the bills," said Graves.
He became an auctioneer by chance. Bodnar had recently lost one of his auctioneers and needed to find a replacement. "We were in the truck, driving back from a pickup with Joe and the other guys and Joe threw out the question, 'Any one of you guys ever thought about being an auctioneer?' I didn't say anything, because they all had worked for Joe longer. I didn't want to step on anyone's toes, but no one spoke up. So I did.”
"Like I said, I've never been afraid of doing things in front of people. Being a bartender helped, but even as a young kid, I was in the drama club at school, so I'm comfortable with that," said Graves.
Graves noted that Bodnar was generous with his time and advice.
"He bought me a CD and taught me how to do (call). He gave me lots of tips and suggestions, than he put me up there and gave me a shot."
Graves said he was compelled to participate in the bid calling contest to support Operation Shoebox New Jersey.
"I've gone every time we've had the contest, to go along and just be a part of it, whatever (I) can do to help, but I never expected to win. It was a nice surprise," stated Graves.
"What really helped, though, is that Joe wasn't in the competition and I didn't have to go up against him,” joked Graves. “I'm lucky he wasn't competing because he's really good, the best."
Bodnar, Graves and the other auctioneers will be working "Bodnar's Marathon Auction," an upcoming 14-hour non-stop sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. There is a preview on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The sale will feature over 5,000 lots of quality antiques and collectibles from 60 estates, including a doctor's home that was packed with mid-century Modern signed furniture and accessories. Another highlight is a collection of over 15 Victrolas and talking machines, as well as country primitives and accessories, from a local Lawrenceville estate.
English and European antiques will also be offered, with Part I of a two-part sale of military diecast toys exceeding 500 lots.
For further information, call 866-349-7378 or visit www.bodnarsauction.com.










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