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  • 17
    Mar

Is It an Antique or Real Treasure? It’s Your Call

[caption id="attachment_2519423" align="aligncenter" width="502"] Is this dining set a valuable antique? No. It is a 20th-century Colonial Revival reproduction. Is it attractive? Yes. Is it useful? Yes. Is it a treasure? Absolutely.[/caption] Assume for a minute that you have just come into the possession of what looks like it might be a valuable piece of antique furniture. Maybe...

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  • 17
    Mar

Estate Executors’ Headaches: How to Open, Price and Sell Residential Safes

[caption id="attachment_2519407" align="alignright" width="300"] Eventually, estate executor will have to deal with a safe, whether is in a wall, in the floor or sitting like a 700-pound gorilla in the basement. To relieve a bit of “executor pain,” here’s my primer on how to deal with residential safes: how to locate them, get them open, deal with the...

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  • 17
    Mar

The Postcard Time Machine: The Dionne’s Miracle Quintuplets

[caption id="attachment_2519442" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The five rosy-cheeked, curly-haired quints, playing like other little girls, brought smiles to tired hearts during the Great Depression. Postcard #4 is from the numbered set of 49 black-and-whites that make up the most common quint cards. Many collect them by number. Generally, $10-$15 is an expected price in excellent condition (though often seen...

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  • 17
    Mar

The Basics of Sports-Card Collecting: Understanding Card Grading

[caption id="attachment_2519471" align="alignleft" width="255"] This 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card was graded by Professional Sports Authenticators as a PSA 8, Near Mint/Mint.[/caption] As with most collectibles, the value of a trading card often comes down to three criteria: condition, condition and condition. This is true whether you are talking about a vintage 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie...

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  • 14
    Mar

It’s Actually Kinda Easy Being Green: Steiff’s Great Green Frogs

[caption id="attachment_2519400" align="alignleft" width="216"] Leaping into the green is an example of an early Steiff Cappy Frog, which can value from $60 to $80 range.[/caption] A good theme for this week around these parts would have to be green. Spring is just about here (I have three tiny crocus flowers showing all their glory on my front lawn)...

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  • 14
    Mar

Chinese Export Silver Offers a Cabinet Full of Charming Curiosities

中國出口銀器: 珍奇百寶屋 [caption id="attachment_2519383" align="aligncenter" width="423"] This pounce was made by Tu Mao Xing of Tientsin (Tianjin) towards the end of the 19th century. Pounce is a fine powder made from powdered cuttlefish bone or very fine pale sand used to dry ink after writing a letter or calligraphy.[/caption] Sometimes I have to pinch myself; I must be...

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  • 12
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/12/2014

[caption id="attachment_2519356" align="alignleft" width="300"] Magnus Robot Fighter Vol 4 #1 Midtown Exclusive Anacleto Variant, $10.[/caption] New Comics Roundup A lot of first issues are debuting this week, beginning with Returning #1 at BOOM!, featuring Zombies in the future. That is followed by the return of Beasts of Burden at Dark Horse, as well as a bunch more DC...

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  • 11
    Mar

Bidders Can Travel around the World of Antiquities at Artemis Gallery’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2519350" align="alignleft" width="300"] This Egyptian Diorite conical offering bowl, circa 3050-2686 B.C., carries a presale estimate of $5,000 to $8,000. It will be up for auction at Artemis Gallery LIVE on March 14.[/caption] BOULDER, CO – Artemis Gallery LIVE will get the jump on the Ides of March with an auction of fine antiquities, Pre-Columbian, Far Eastern,...

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  • 11
    Mar

Rinker on Collectibles: A Tribute to America’s Attics (At Least to those that still Remain)

[caption id="attachment_2519346" align="aligncenter" width="461"] What’s in your attic, um, assuming you have an attic?[/caption] America’s attic as a storage and living space is an endangered species. Although every home has an attic, less than 15 percent of modern homes have an attic with sufficient ease of access to store things, let alone hide, play or live in it....

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  • 11
    Mar

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The $10-Million Gold Coin Hoard Find

[caption id="attachment_2519341" align="aligncenter" width="502"] The finest-known example of the 1866-S “No Motto” Type I $20 Liberty was the gem out of the some 1,400 gold coins found by a Northern California couple buried on their property. The coin could claim more than $1 million at auction. The overall value of the “Saddle Hill Hoard” treasure is roughly $10...

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