Born in Boston in 1952, Jim formed a part-time rare stamp and coin business at age 16. The same year, he received early acceptance to Harvard College. But by his third semester, Jim was enjoying the coin business more than his studies, so he took a permanent leave of absence to pursue a full-time numismatic career. In 1975, Jim supervised the protocols for the first mainframe computer system in the numismatic business, which would help catapult his firm to the top of the industry within four years. In 1982, Jim's business merged with that of his friend and former archrival Steve Ivy to form Heritage. In 1984, Jim wrote a book later re-titled "How to Grade U.S. Coins", which outlined the grading standards upon which NGC and PCGS would later be based. Jim is also a well-known futurist, an active collector of rare comic books, comic art and early 20th-century American art (view parts of his collection www.jhalpe.com), venture capital investor, philanthropist (he endows a multimillion-dollar health education foundation), and part-time novelist. His first fiction book, The Truth Machine, was published in 1996, became an international science fiction bestseller, was optioned as a feature film by Warner Brothers and Lions Gate. Jim's second novel, The First Immortal, was published in early 1998 and optioned as a Hallmark Hall of Fame television miniseries. Both are now under development as feature films by Morgan Freeman at Revelations Entertainment. All of Jim's royalties are donated to health and education charities.
Todd Hignite has extensive experience working in
all capacities of the art world, and as a Vice President of Heritage he has managed many of the most significant art consignments to be brought
to auction. Todd holds a Master's Degree in Art History from Washington
University in St. Louis and acted as inaugural curator for the university's
Modern Graphic History Library, worked for a number of years at Pace Gallery,
New York, and has curated many commercial gallery and museum exhibitions, notably
the retrospective R. Crumb's Underground, which originated at Yerba
Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and toured the US, including the Frye
Art Museum, Seattle, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. He
has also written on art for numerous publications, and is author of the
books The Art of Jaime Hernandez/The Secrets of Life and Death (Abrams,
2010) and In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists (Yale
University Press, 2006). Todd was listed as one of Art + Auction's
2014 Power Game Changers.
Matt Griffin joined Heritage in
2012 as part of the expansion of the company’s comic grading department.
An avowed DC fan, Matt honed his grading skills and general comics knowledge
during his six year stint with Lone Star Comics/MyComicShop.
Jim Lentz is the former president and owner of the Midwest animation art gallery chain, Stay Tooned Galleries. In the past he has also served as the National Sales Manager for Disney Fine Art and ben a consultant to Walt Disney Art Classics. Jim sat on the Disney Advisory Board of Dealers while he was running his chain of galleries. Jim was a Corporate Sponsor for the Midwest Chapter of ASIFA (Chicago Chapter of the International Animated Film Association) as well as the creator and curator for the 1989 – 1999 Midwest Animation Lecture Series in Illinois and Minnesota. This lecture series was a virtual who’s-who of animation both young and old. Animators, animation historians, directors ,writers, animation “Legends”, voice talent, studio heads and family members of deceased animation pioneers were all included in this impressive roster of speakers. Jim had an early career with such companies as Chrysler Corporation and Tenneco Automotive before opening his first gallery in Barrington, Illinois. Jim is a graduate of CW Post University in New York.
Joe’s resume in the field of Comic character collectibles includes but is not limited to: Principal owner along with his wife and partner Nadia of All Star Auctions and Comics and Stories, premier dealers of rare Comic Collectibles for over 30 years. Co-owners of Comic Art Appraisal LLC where they have prepared formal appraisals for well over 1 million items, including the most significant institutions, collectors and professionals in the field. Exclusive Comic Collectibles Consultants for Christie's from 1992 to 1997, where they inaugurated and conducted seven record setting Comic Collectibles sales; representatives for some of the most prestigious artists to have ever worked in the medium, including the Estate of Winsor McCay, Frank Frazetta, Carmine Infantino, Jerry Robinson, Joe Simon, Angelo Torres and Mort Drucker to name a few. They have worked directly with professionals and collectors alike whose careers and interests have spanned the history of the medium to the present day.
Publishers and authors of The Christie's East Comic Collectibles catalogues; perennial special advisors and contributors to The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, the universally acknowledged reference work in the field; charter and founding members of the American Association of Comic Book Collectors Committee for Authenticity Certification and Grading; members of the American Institute Of Conservation for more than 20 years; author of the CAAR rating system as published in The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comic And Animation Art, Gemstone Publishing, Oct. 2013 and authors of the definitive feature on high-end transactions in the Comic Collectibles field, Collecting At The Top, which appeared monthly in Gemstone Publishing Overstreet's FAN Magazine.
Nadia has an extensive background in both marketing and sales promotions. With a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University, Ms. Mannarino was co-owner of Comics and Stories, dealers of rare Comic Collectibles. She was co-owner of All Star Auctions, a firm specializing in auctioning Comic Character related items and was the Comic Collectibles Consultant for Christie’s East from 1992-1997.
In addition, she has been a member of the prestigious American Appraisers Association for over 10 years and is fully certified in the accepted appraisal practices as required by the Association. As such she is the only licensed member of the AAA in the field of Comic Character Collectibles. As agent for some of the most prestigious artists to have ever worked in the medium, including Frank Frazetta, Mort Drucker, Carmine Infantino, Joe Simon, Angelo Torres and Jim Steranko, she has been instrumental in bringing the medium forward focusing also on up-and-coming artists and storytellers.
Alex Miller joined Heritage in 2012 as part of the expansion of the company’s New York-based staff of experts. Alex turned his passion for comics into a full-time job by helping to open and manage the Sunnyvale, CA based comic shop ComicsConspiracy, while in college gaining a degree in Computer Science. He then spent 12 years as a Wall Street consultant in the fields of computer programming and project management until in 2003, he started a business as an eBay auctioneer specializing in Silver, Bronze and Copper Age key appearance comic books and classic cars from the 1960s and 70s.
David Tosh has been with Heritage for over ten years, beginning in 2003 as a part-time Comics cataloger. In October of that year, he came on board full-time, and has since expanded his duties as a Consignment Director, as well as cataloger for Heritage’s Music and Entertainment division. David has been a comics fan since the early 1960s, and a serious collector since 1972. He owned and operated a small collectibles shop, “Mr. Nostalgia,” in Batesville Arkansas, and has a business background in Advertising Art and Client Services. David has written a number of published articles, and has recently edited and compiled a collection of vintage “Henry” comic book stories, published by Fantagraphics in 2014. He is also one of the Heritage Bloggers, and for the past twelve years has self-published Mumbo, a digest-sized magazine about comics, music, and other Pop Culture subjects.
Aaron has been with the Comics division of Heritage since Spring 2008, and he attracted notice in the comic hobby by finishing second in the CGC grading contest held at the Baltimore and New York comic conventions in 2009. Aaron received his BA from the University of Kentucky in 2002. He is also a member of the North Texas chapter of Mensa.
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