We're a Chicago auction house specializing in the sale of paper Americana, vintage advertising, rare books, playing cards, gambling memorabilia, posters, prints and magicana - antiques and collectibles focused on magic and magicians. The experts at Potter & Potter use decades of combined experience in the fields of auctions and antiques to bring its consignors outstanding results.
Previous sales have included record-setting results in more than one collecting field, and each auction is complemented by full-color sales collateral, including well-researched and professionally photographed auction catalogs (many of which have become collectibles in their own right); frequent advertisements in trade and hobby journals as well as online; a regular presence at industry events and conventions; international publicity in print, on television, and online; and an outstanding level of customer service on which we pride ourselves. We look forward to hearing from and working with you.
Gabe Fajuri, President of Potter & Potter is widely regarded as an authority on the history of magic. He co-founded the auction house in 2007, after conducting a not-to-be-believed appraisal of Jay Marshall's legendary collection (to read the story of this Herculean task, click here). Since then, he's discovered and brought to market an astonishing variety of material, from original Houdini mementoes, to rare posters, early books, and more. Finding and auctioning rare and unusual objects is his passion.
Recent books include Mysterio's Encyclopedia of Magic & Conjuring, Laurant: Man of Many Mysteries, and Salon de Magie, about Ken Klosterman's legendary collection. Fajuri's writing on history and collecting has also appeared in over one dozen journals and publications, including Chicago Magazine, Magicol (the journal of the Magic Collectors' Association, for which he serves as Associate Editor), Crain's Detroit Business, Genii, and many more. He also serves as columnist for MAGIC Magazine. He has been an inveterate collector since his teenage years.
Sami Fajuri, our managing auctioneer, brings decades of experience in the fields of antiques, paper Americana and collectibles to Potter & Potter. Sami has a strong background in the auction and collecting fields, having operated a wholesale auction firm specializing in philately and cartophily for over 15 years. Other areas of specialty include antiquarian books, tobacciana, antique photography, stone lithography and posters, maps, art and paper ephemera. His acquisition of various properties over the last 20 years have exposed him to collectors throughout the United States and Europe and have cemented his reputation as the person that will close a fair deal when the time comes to bring a collection to market.
Joe Slabaugh is Potter & Potter’s Catalog Specialist, supporting all areas of research and writing for our auction publications. Joe’s primary interests are antiquarian books and vintage sound recordings. Joe assisted in facilitating the sale of the library of Burton Sperber and has played an active role in the sale of books and other printed materials in several other auctions.
Joe earned a BA in English Literature with high distinction from Indiana University. Before joining Potter & Potter he held a tutoring position in literacy education with AmeriCorps St. Louis, and was presented with the AmeriCorps Education Award for his outstanding service.
Larry Lubliner has been in the business of buying and selling antiques since the early 1970s, specializing in coin-operated machines, vintage gambling memorabilia, playing cards and American advertising. In the field of coin-op collecting, he helped establish many record prices and discovered countless unusual and sought-after machines - in short, he helped establish the hobby. Starting in 2012, after reading a Chicago Tribune story about Potter & Potter, he visited the firm for the first time. Larry now works for P&P as its gambling, advertising, and playing card specialist, authoring catalogs and gathering consignments, as well as helping to spread spread the word about upcoming sales.
In his spare time, Larry plays professional tournament poker, holds a masters degree in historic preservation, shoots architectural photographs, and recently authored a book of his unusual collection entitled, Playing Cards in Photographs.