Auction 2017 saw a near record in attendance. Saturday night’s opening featured six tables of would be set collectors. The Reiff’s scored a double win as Bruce and Nicole each were winners. Also picking up heat one wins were; Vassili Kyrkos, Chris Trimmer, Brandon Buchanan and Jeff Mullet.
Sunday morning’s second heat brought 14 players to the tables with Andrew George, Curt Collins, Doug Galullo and Sean McCulloch punching their ticket to the semifinals.
Four tables made up the Tuesday night heat. Steve Cuccaro and Jon Lockwood won hard fought contests to advance. Kevin Collins attended the demo just an hour before the heat and proceeded to win his table easily. In the final game of the heat, Carol Haney took advantage of Bruce Monnin’s “bank refuses to pay” to complete a set for almost nothing giving her the highest single game score in the tournament at $10,170.
The final heat had Kevin Collins collecting his second table win. The other four table winners were veteran Auction players John Schoose, Andy Gardner, Bob Wicks and Rob Kircher.
In the first of the semifinal game, Kevin Collins luck finally ran out as Jeff Mullet ran away with the game, winning by almost $5500. Game two featured Bruce Reiff playing a defensive game. He did his best to keep Bob Wicks from an early win. Bruce fell on his sword but still managed to pound the others into submission and cruise to an easy victory. Former champ, John Schoose found himself in a close fought battle with Nicole Reiff in the third of the semis, winning by less than $600. The last of the semifinals was a free-for-all slugfest. After the auction deck was gone and the smoke cleared, Carol Haney found herself as the victor in the closest match of the day.
The final table was made up of perennial favorite Bruce Reiff, veteran finalists Jeff Mullet and John Schoose, and final’s newcomer, Carol Haney. The finals lasted only 8 turns. Carol schooled the guys by selling 2 rare misc. for 75% and 100%. Then, using a buyers card she bought earlier to pick up two prints off the board to complete the set. Congrats Carol!