In the Heat of the Night (1967) Movie Poster & Lobby Card Values

Norman Jewison's sizzling In the Heat of the Night burst into American movie theaters in 1967 starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, an unlikely pair who team up to investigate a murder in redneck Sparta, Mississippi. Lee Grant, Warren Oates, William Schallert and Beah Richards also appear. Valuable In the Heat of the Night memorabilia includes movie posters, lobby cards, pressbooks, first edition books and publicity stills.

In the Heat of the Night blazed its way into movie theaters in 1967. Sidney Poitier plays Virgil Tibbs, a black homicide police detective from Philadelphia who assists a small-town southern sheriff in a murder investigation in racially-charged Sparta, Mississippi. Directed by Norman Jewison, In the Heat of the Night also stars Rod Steiger (Chief Bill Gillespie), Lee Grant (Mrs. Colbert) and Warren Oates (Sam Wood). In the Heat of the Night premiered in New York City on August 2, 1967, eventually collecting seven Academy Award nominations: Best Picture (won), Best Actor (Rod Steiger, won), Best Screenplay (Stirling Silliphant, won), Best Film Editing (won), Best Sound (won), Best Director and Best Sound Effects.

Here are ten valuable In the Heat of the Night movie posters, lobby card sets and other artifacts that are sure to ignite movie memorabilia collectors. "They call me Mister Tibbs!" - Sidney Poitier

In the Heat of the Night One Sheet Movie Poster

A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine condition sold at auction for $107.55.

In the Heat of the Night one sheet poster $107.55

In the Heat of the Night Three Sheet Movie Poster

A big three sheet movie poster (41x81-inches) in fine condition brought $53 at auction.

In the Heat of the Night Academy Awards Style One Sheet Movie Poster

An Academy Awards style one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in fine+ condition fetched a reasonable $15 at auction. "Winner of 5 Academy Awards," the poster trumpets. 

In the Heat of the Night Lobby Card Set

A complete set of eight lobby cards (11x14-inches) in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $59. Moviegoers in 1967 might have glimpsed these cards on display in movie theater lobbies. 

In the Heat of the Night lobby set $59

In the Heat of the Night Pressbook

The movie's pressbook is valued at $15-20. The pressbook contains the film's entire promotional campaign. 

In the Heat of the Night Australian Daybill Poster

An Australian daybill poster (13x30-inches) in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $51.

In the Heat of the Night First Edition Book

In the Heat of the Night by John Ball was first published by Harper & Row in 1965. A 184-page first edition with original dust jacket in fine condition brought a top bid of $310.70 at auction. 

John Ball's In the Heat of the Night first edition $310.70

In the Heat of the Night Publicity Stills

A collection of 25 8x10 black-and-white movie stills in mint condition sold at auction for $143.40. These stills were sent to movie theaters and the media for publicity purposes. 

In the Heat of the Night Half Sheet Movie Poster

A half sheet movie poster (22x28-inches) in fine condition sold at auction for $50. 

In the Heat of the Night Japanese B2 Movie Poster

A Japanese B2 movie poster (20x28-inches) in very fine condition brought $83.65 at auction. 

In the Heat of the Night Japanese movie poster $83.65

In the Heat of the Night Movie Memorabilia Credits

  • All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
  • Top image: In the Heat of the Night half sheet movie poster $50

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Ten Valuable Old Historical Newspapers

Valuable old historical newspapers include Dewey Defeats Truman, the Pearl Harbor attack, Al Capone, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the John F. Kennedy assassination, the sinking of the Titanic, the Lincoln assassination and the San Francisco earthquake.

Old newspapers have value in the collectibles marketplace. Attracting the greatest attention are the vintage papers with the big historical headlines. Also of interest are your regular newspapers – called "atmosphere" papers – which contain no significant events of the day but do provide a glimpse into a bygone era.

Here are ten valuable newspapers featuring some of history's most famous headlines. They are an eclectic bunch, giving readers a general idea as to collectibility and values. Bear in mind that condition plays a major role in determining value and that newspapers must be original, and not reprints.  

Chicago Daily Tribune, November 3, 1948, Dewey Defeats Truman

The 1948 presidential election, as predicted by opinion polls, projected Thomas A. Dewey the victor. During the wee hours of the night on November 2, 1948, after voting had ceased, the Chicago Daily Tribune rushed this famous headline into print in the midst of a typesetter's strike. Later, after realizing their error, the Trib sent its employees out into the streets to retrieve as many copies as possible. The Tribune was not the only newspaper to get it wrong – just the most infamous – with President Harry S. Truman gleefully posing with the paper's embarrassing "Dewey Defeats Truman" banner headline. In excellent condition, one surviving example of this paper – bearing the stamp "Hickey Brothers Cigar Store" where it was sold – brought a top bid of $1,392.

Chicago Daily Tribune, Dewey Defeats Truman $1,392 - Robert Edward Auctions, LLC

The Stars and Stripes, May 8, 1945, Nazis Quit

The Stars and Stripes serves as the unofficial publication for the U.S. Armed Forces. An EXTRA for the European Theater of Operations, Germany edition, dated May 8, 1945, announcing Nazi Germany's official surrender is valued at approximately $215.

The New York Herald, April 15, 1865, Assassination of President Lincoln

Lincoln assassination newspapers are always in demand. One of the most famous is the April 15, 1865, edition of The New York Herald reporting on the death of the 16th President of the United States. Not surprisingly, this edition was saved by many people. Today, it carries a value of over $1,000 in excellent condition.

The New York Herald, Lincoln assassinated $1,000+ -

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 7, 1941, War! Oahu Bombed By Japanese Planes

One of the most famous newspapers of World War II, the first extra of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin of December 7, 1941, reports the sneak attack at Pearl Harbor. A complete edition in excellent condition could top the $1,500 mark. Reprints abound for this coveted issue, including ones made during the war and taken home as souvenirs by American servicemen.

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor $750-1,500 -

The Boston Daily Globe, April 16, 1912, Titanic Sinks, 1500 Die

In the annals of maritime disasters the loss of the "unsinkable" RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York heads the tragic list. A number of Titanic newspapers were printed, with the first report editions carrying the most value. The April 16, 1912, edition of The Boston Daily Globe is worth approximately $200-400.

The Call-Chronicle-Examiner, April 19, 1906, Earthquake And Fire: San Francisco In Ruins

The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 remains one of the worst natural disasters in American history. The San Francisco Call-Chronicle-Examiner – a collective effort by the city's three wounded newspapers – dated April 19, 1906, is a rare periodical. A complete edition could sell for over $700.

The Call-Chronicle-Examiner, San Francisco earthquake $700+ - Library of Congress

The Dallas Times Herald, November 22, 1963, JFK Ambushed in Dallas, President Dead, Connally Shot

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been called the crime of the century. JFK assassination newspapers are legion, as they were saved by many people as historical keepsakes. The most valuable editions are titles from Dallas, Texas, the scene of the crime in infamous Dealey Plaza. The Dallas Times Herald final edition of November 22, 1963, is highly collectible, with a complete edition in excellent or better condition valued at $50-75.

Fitchburg Sentinel, May 21, 1927, Lindbergh Is Reported Over Channel

Aviation pioneer Charles A. Lindbergh's historic transatlantic flight in 1927 is the stuff of legend. The Fitchburg (Massachusetts) Sentinel of May 21, 1927, reported that Lindbergh in his Spirit of St. Louis had been sighted over the English Channel, bound for Paris. This ten-page edition is worth approximately $140.

The Macon Telegraph and News, October 16, 1931, Al Capone Guilty of Evading Taxes

In 1931 Al Capone, the czar of the Chicago underworld, was convicted of income tax evasion. Capone received an 11-year sentence, eventually winding up on Alcatraz. The Macon (Georgia) Telegraph and News of October 16, 1931, headlined Capone's stunning conviction in federal court. This edition carries a value of over $100. 

New York Daily Mirror, February 14, 1935, Guilty Death For Hauptmann

The Lindbergh baby kidnapping horrified the country during the Depression-era 1930s. Bruno Hauptmann was later convicted of kidnapping and murdering Charles Augustus Lindbergh II, the 20-month-old son of aviators Charles A. Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Hauptmann got the death penalty for his crime, dying in New Jersey's electric chair a.k.a. "Old Smokey" on April 3, 1936. The New York Daily Mirror of February 14, 1935, reported Hauptmann's conviction with the bold headline "Guilty Death for Hauptmann." This edition is valued at around $60 today.

New York Daily Mirror 1935 Lindbergh kidnapping conviction $60. Also pictured is the New York Journal, February 13, 1935 - Heritage Auctions

Literally hundreds of thousands of collectible newspapers await both the collector and history buff. It's all there in black and white – wars, assassinations, moon landings, crime and punishment, sports, medicine and you name it...

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Collecting P. K. Silesia Porcelain

P. K. Silesia porcelain pieces are nice vintage collectibles. They were made in Silesia (formerly in Germany and now in Poland) from the 1880s until World War II. But the company was first started in 1860 and its still producing ceramics today. Its vintage porcelain has a lot of antique charm.

The hardest thing about collecting P. K. Silesia ceramics ware is the name.

P. K. stands for Porzellanfabrik Koenigszelt.  Porzellanfabrik is German for “porcelain factory.”  Koenigszelt is the town near the factory’s location, in Silesia in northeastern Germany.

Even the town’s name has a complicated history.  When the railroad was extended into northeastern Germany in the 1840’s, one of the junctions ended up out in the country.  So railroad officials needed to come up with a name for that junction.  Someone suggested Koenigszelt, or “king’s tent” because he thought that Frederick the Great might have pitched his tent nearby during the Seven Years War.  That sounded good, and the railroad went with it.

A town was established near the junction, mostly to provide homes for railroad workers.  Then in 1860 an entrepreneur named Silber built a ceramics factory there, because of access to the railway and because there were clay and coal deposits nearby.  His production costs were so low that he outsold most of his competition.  The factory attracted investors, and grew quickly.

At that time the company was called Porzellanfabrik Silber and Co.  It changed hands a couple of times and ended up as Porzellanfabrik Koenigszelt, or P.K., in 1886.  The company continued to expand and did quite a bit of exporting.  By 1930 it had 1000 employees.

For a while P. K. Silesia had the sole concession to create Mickey Mouse and other Disney images in porcelain.  Hitler apparently was not a fan of Mickey Mouse, and put a stop to the arrangement.  But the factory kept up production throughout World War II.

After the war, Silesia became Polish territory and today the factory is called Zaklady Porcelany Stokowej.  It’s completely modern, of course, and produces dishwasher-safe, microwaveable kitchenware.

P. K. Silesia backstamps have changed a lot over the years, because of changes in the company name, different products, and also the change in the company’s location from Germany to Poland.  The backstamp in the picture below shows that this plate was made between 1914 and 1918.  It’s from the back of the plate in the picture above.

How much are P.K. Silesia collectibles worth?  You can find vintage serving bowls on ebay for between fifteen and twenty-five dollars.  Dinner and dessert plates go for about the same.  Their backstamps mostly indicate that they’re from around World War I. 

P. K. Silesia backstamps from the 1870’s to around World War I tend to have eagles.  For a short time in the early 1920’s backstamps had a tent, and after that many backstamps featured a crown.

P.K. Silesia vintage porcelain has a lot of antique charm.  It isn’t too hard to find, and if you’re like me you can buy pieces in thrift stores for under a dollar and get a real deal.  Then you can turn around and sell them on ebay.  But for now I like just collecting them.

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Ten Valuable Stephen King First Edition Books

Stephen King first edition books can sell for thousands of dollars. Carrie, 'Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Stand, The Dead Zone, Firestarter, Cujo, Christine, Pet Sematary and Thinner are among the top titles.

The prolific Stephen King has long established himself as the undisputed master of horror fiction. Born September 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine, "King Fear" began his literary career while teaching high school English, selling short stories to science fiction/fantasy and men's magazines on the side. His first published novel, Carrie, came in 1974. And the rest, as they say, is history...

Here are ten valuable Stephen King first edition books along with their selling prices at auction. Pay attention, as many of King's first editions and limited editions can show up at second-hand stores, garage sales, flea markets and the like. And one of the most important things to remember? Condition, condition, condition, especially as it applies to the all-important dust jacket. Autographed copies will also bring premium prices.

Carrie (Doubleday, 1974)

This thin, 199-page novel is Stephen King's first published book. It's the story of Carrietta "Carrie" White, an abused, awkward teenage girl who uses her supernatural telekinetic abilities to wreak havoc on her high school tormentors. The book's dust jacket was designed by Alex Gotfryd. The original hardcover edition of Carrie was not a huge success, racking up only 13,000 copies in sales. Carrie was almost the book that wasn't, as King's wife, Tabitha, had rescued the manuscript from the trash after her husband had threw it away in frustration. Auction result in fine condition: $1,439.98.

Carrie first edition (Doubleday, 1974)

'Salem's Lot (Doubleday, 1975)

Stephen King's second published novel, 'Salem's Lot is the author's 439-page take on vampires, who take up residence in the small Maine town of Jerusalem's Lot. The novel earned a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel nomination in 1976. Auction result in near fine condition: $858.01.

'Salem's Lot first edition (Doubleday, 1975)

The Shining (Doubleday, 1977)

This terrifying 447-page novel features the main character of Jack Torrance, a struggling writer and alcoholic who goes insane while serving as the winter caretaker for the spooky Overlook Hotel in Colorado. The novel was inspired by the King family's solitary stay at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, in the reportedly haunted room 217. Auction result in near fine condition and inscribed/autographed by the author: $2,868.

The Shining first edition (Doubleday, 1977)

The Stand (Doubleday, 1978)

This big, sprawling 823-page novel is set in a post-apocalyptic America devastated by the superflu a.k.a. "Captain Tripps." The survivors band together, trying to stop the evil Randall Flagg. The Stand remains one of King's personal favorites. Auction result in fine condition: $179.25.

The Stand first edition (Doubleday, 1978)

The Dead Zone (Viking, 1979)

Johnny Smith is gravely injured in an automobile accident, later awakening from a five-year coma and endowed with the gift of prophecy in this 426-page thriller. Smith envisions an unstable congressman who ascends to the presidency and starts World War III. Auction result in near fine condition and signed by the author: $597.50.

The Dead Zone first edition (Viking, 1979)

Firestarter (Phantasia Press, 1980)

Young Charlene "Charlie" McGee, whose parents participated in a experimental drug trial while in college, is endowed with the ability to start fires at will. The Shop, a secret government agency, learns of Charlie, sending assassin John Rainbird to bring in the girl and her parents in this high-powered, pyrotechnic novel. Auction result for a signed limited/first edition – #465 of 725 copies – from Michigan-based Phantasia Press in near mint condition: $896.25.

Firestarter signed limited/first edition (Phantasia Press, 1980)

Cujo (Viking, 1981)

A rabid St. Bernard named Cujo terrorizes the Trenton family in Castle Rock, Maine, in this sometimes unintentionally humorous dog-bites-man novel. The winner of a British Fantasy Award, Cujo may not be one of King's best efforts, but then the author by his own admission was drinking very heavily at the time and "barely remembers writing [it] at all." The book's snarling dust jacket was the work of illustrator R. Adelson. Auction result in fine condition: $51.

Cujo first edition (Viking, 1981)

Christine (Donald M. Grant, 1983)

High school geek Arnie Cunningham acquires a haunted 1958 Plymouth Fury called Christine, which proves to be a murderous ride in this automotive ghost story. King dedicated Christine to noted horror filmmaker George Romero (Dawn of the Dead) and his wife Christine. Auction result for a signed limited/first edition in original slipcase – #713 of 1,000 copies – from Rhode Island's Donald M. Grant Press in near mint condition: $567.63.

Christine signed limited/first edition (Donald M. Grant, 1983)

Pet Sematary (Doubleday, 1983)

Dr. Louis Creed attempts to resurrect his dead son Gage, digging up his body and reinterring him in an ancient Indian burial ground known for its curative powers. Gage does return to the living, but is hardly the sweet little boy of old. Pet Sematary is obviously King's ode to the classic 1902 short story "The Monkey's Paw" by British writer W.W. Jacobs. The book's dust jacket was the work of Linda Fennimore. Auction result in fine condition: $34.

Pet Sematary first edition (Doubleday, 1983)

Thinner (New American Library, 1984)

Writing under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King delivers a wild tale of obese lawyer Billy Halleck, who runs over an old Gypsy woman but is later acquitted of vehicular manslaughter. Halleck is then cursed by one of the Gypsies – "thinner," he whispers to the attorney – resulting in rapid weight loss which spirals out of control. Auction result in near fine condition with the rare thin white paper band reading "Stephen King/writing as Richard Bachman" wrapped around the dust jacket: $107.55.

Thinner first edition (New American Library, 1984)

Ten More Stephen King Collectible First Edition Books

  • Cycle of the Werewolf (The Land of Enchantment, 1983)/first trade hardcover edition/fine $155.35
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (Donald M. Grant, 1982)/first trade edition/near fine $478
  • The Tommyknockers (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1987)/first edition/fine $36
  • Bag of Bones (Scribner, 1998)/first edition signed by the author/fine $203.15
  • Black House with Peter Straub (Donald M. Grant, 2002)/first limited edition signed by King and Straub/near mint in shrinkwrap $317.87
  • Desperation (Donald M. Grant, 1996)/first limited edition in clamshell box signed by author/fine $334.60
  • The Bachman Books containing the novellas Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork, The Running Man (New American Library, 1985)/first omnibus edition/fine $155.35
  • Night Shift (Doubleday, 1978)/first edition inscribed and signed by author/fine $1,553.50
  • Gerald's Game (Viking, 1992)/limited A.B.A. edition in slipcase/fine $36
  • It (Phantasia Press, 1986)/first German and world edition in red felt slipcase/fine $478

Signed Stephen King book page from 1982


  • All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas
  • Top image: Novelist Stephen King

Copyright © 2013 William J. Felchner. All rights reserved.