• 10
    Feb

Addition of New Marks grows WorthPoint’s Maker’s Marks Database to 90,000 Entries

[caption id="attachment_2525854" align="aligncenter" width="570"] WorthPoint has just assed more than 10,000 maker’s marks and patterns for china, glass and metals in the latest data infusion, bringing the Marks database to more than 90,000 images. The most recent infusion includes nearly 900 patters for Haviland china, such as Aster D’Or, pictured above.[/caption] Over the last two weeks, WorthPoint.com—the Internet’s...

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  • 8
    Feb

Largest Lock of John Lennon’s Hair Ever Preserved Offered at Heritage Auctions

[caption id="attachment_2525788" align="aligncenter" width="400"] A newspaper clipping and a photo showing barber Klaus Baruck’s hand holding the lock of John's hair and is captioned: “Immediately picked up and tucked away: a clump of hair that had been John Lennon’s, cut yesterday.” This lock of John Lennon’s hair—which was shaved for his 1966 role in “How I Won the...

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  • 8
    Feb

Huge Number of Sports Cards, Coins and Toys Sales Records included in latest Worthopedia Data Infusion

[caption id="attachment_2525781" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A 1968 Topps Johnny Bench rookie card. There are thousands of examples of this card in the Worthopedia, ranging in value from $20 to several hundred. A card with a PSA grading of 8 NM-MT—featuring attractive centering, sharp corners and beautiful registration—sold for $415 last November on eBay.[/caption] WorthPoint.com, the Internet’s largest resource for...

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  • 8
    Feb

How I Overcame my Fear of Consigning Things for Sale at an Auction

[caption id="attachment_2525773" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Rebecca Holly was worried about a couple of items she inherited from her grandfather—including this Nazi-era German Firefighter’s tunic—up for auction. As it turned out, she shouldn’t have worried for much.[/caption] Last year I decided to get into the auction game. I had a couple of items that I thought would bring a nice...

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  • 8
    Feb

How I Overcame my Fear of Consigning Things for Sale at an Auction

[caption id="attachment_2525773" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Rebecca Holly was worried about a couple of items she inherited from her grandfather—including this Nazi-era German Firefighter’s tunic—up for auction. As it turned out, she shouldn’t have worried for much.[/caption] Last year I decided to get into the auction game. I had a couple of items that I thought would bring a nice...

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  • 7
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: The Shelf-Sitter Era has Ended

[caption id="attachment_2525766" align="aligncenter" width="600"] It wasn’t until the 1980 when people began collecting these 1950s and ’60s shelf-sitter figurines, like these three Hummel figurines. Now, there is no market for them.[/caption] A shelf-sitter is an object that rests upon a hanging shelf, mantle, tabletop, bookcase or cabinet with glass doors. It is an object that is meant to...

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  • 4
    Feb

Is the Doll Collecting Market Booming or Busting?

[caption id="attachment_2525727" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A 12-inch marked Barrois French fashion doll in tableau with a friend. These dolls were once hard for collectors to find. Now, with the Internet, it’s not so hard. Has this helped or hurt the doll collecting market??[/caption] “Boom or bust” is a phrase I heard many times growing up in the coalfield region...

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  • 4
    Feb

They May not Look Like Much, but ‘Pete’ Miller’s Rifles are Beautiful

[caption id="attachment_2525710" align="aligncenter" width="630"] Three of Pete's rifles.[/caption] By R. Bruce Moon As the morning began to brighten, I watched the buzzards settle on the hog. I had shot the 180-pound boar two evenings before, taken the backstraps, then dragged the carcass to a clearing 200 yards from the tripod in the hope that a coyote would come...

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  • 2
    Feb

Q and A With Harry Rinker: Mid-Century Die Cast Cap Gun

[caption id="attachment_2525744" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In the early 1980s, the pre-Second World War single-shot, cast iron cap gun was highly desirable. In 2016, collector interest in single-shot, cast iron cap guns is minimal.[/caption] QUESTION: I have a western-style toy cap gun marked “KUSAN, INC. NASHVILLE, TENN. #280.” It is in excellent shape and completely functional. I am interested in...

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  • 1
    Feb

Succeeding in Your Business: Private Labeling and Trademark Infringement Online

[caption id="attachment_2525735" align="aligncenter" width="500"] “Private labeling” with the manufacturer’s consent is OK, but it seems some sellers on eBay and Amazon are taking matters way out of hand.[/caption] Two emails I received this week deal with a recent phenomenon in e-commerce—the so-called “private labeling” of merchandise on Amazon, eBay and other online venues. Here’s how it works: a...

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