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  • 11
    Mar

St. Patrick’s Day: Another Excuse to Collect!

[caption id="attachment_2519307" align="aligncenter" width="555"] The traditional St. Patrick’s Day postcard, dating back to 1910, are quick to find, even online, and will set you back just a couple of dollars. They’ll feature an idealized view of Ireland, featuring scenery, shamrocks, caricatures (red hair and freckles, always) and almost cartoon-y phrases.[/caption] As an Irish person—living in Ireland—let me relay...

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  • 11
    Mar

Muscle Car Music: Collecting those Icons of the ’70s, 8-Track Tapes

[caption id="attachment_2519313" align="aligncenter" width="224"] Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “PRONOUNCED LEH-NERD SKYN-NERD” 8-track tape that contains the “Freebird” track. At one time, it could be 99 cents.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2519314" align="aligncenter" width="224"] But the “Freebird” song was split over two sets.[/caption] To garage-salers and flea market buffs, they seem to be everywhere. Most folks walk right by boxes full of them with...

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  • 11
    Mar

Sports Collectibles News & Notes: More Trouble for ‘King of Sport Memorabilia’

[caption id="attachment_2519300" align="aligncenter" width="441"] Collector Howard Rosing is suing William Mastro alleging that in 1998, 1999 and 2001, he and a business partner deliberately misrepresented the value of baseballs autographed by Baseball Hall of Famers Henry Chadwick, Mickey Welch, Jack Chesbro and Frank Chance. Rosing paid $130,369 through MastroNet Auctions that ended up being forgeries. This Mickey Welch...

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  • 11
    Mar

Collector’s Minute: Cybis Ticonderoga Carousel Horse Bicentennial Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2519296" align="alignleft" width="291"] This Cybis Bicentennial Ticonderoga Carousel Horse currently sells at auction in the $200-$300 range or more.[/caption] Since the mid-1800s, the production of commemorative items to celebrate anniversaries of historical events, births and deaths of celebrities, presidents and kings and queens has been a huge business. During the run-up to and during these events there...

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  • 11
    Mar

Early American Influence on the British Music Scene, U.K. Rock ’N’ Roll Posters

[caption id="attachment_2519327" align="aligncenter" width="530"] “Jailhouse Rock” UK Quad poster 1957. Elvis promoted Rhythm and Blues further with this influential movie. (Photo: rockpopmem.com)[/caption] When we think of iconic 1960s rock bands, the likes of British artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who & Led Zeppelin all come to mind. However, these bands did not just emerge...

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  • 7
    Mar

Wang Hing: Discovering the True Identity of a Silversmithing Genius

宏興: 發現一個天才的真正身份 [caption id="attachment_2519263" align="aligncenter" width="564"] A table centerpiece, done in the high-Chinese style by the Canton silversmithing shop Wang Hing, circa 1880. Until now, the identity of the man or family behind Wang Hing had been lost to history. Now, after receiving an e-mail from a woman in Hong Kong, we know the story.[/caption] The 1842 Treaty...

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  • 7
    Mar

Rare Cuban Baseball Card Set and Ephemera Leads in Hake’s Online Auction

[caption id="attachment_2519255" align="aligncenter" width="518"] A set of Cuban baseball card—which features many Negro League stars, as well as five National Baseball Hall of Fame members—is the only complete collection of Cuban baseball cards issued in 1923-24 by Tomas Gutierrez, manufacturers of Diaz brand cigarettes, ever to come to the auction block. It is expected to sell for $75,000...

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  • 6
    Mar

Rare, Beautiful Examples of Early Glass, Flasks and Bottles Up in Heckler’s Online Sale

[caption id="attachment_2519227" align="alignright" width="260"] This Sunburst Snuff Jar from the Clarissa Vanderbilt Dundon collection of historical flasks, is expected to realize between $20,000 and $40,000 in a compact but potent online sale to be hosted by Norman C. Heckler & Company, beginning March 17 and ending March 26.[/caption] WOODSTOCK, Conn. – Nearly 100 examples of exceptional glass items...

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    Mar

Extremely Rare 1891 Coca-Cola Calendar to Draw Attention at Philip Weiss Auction

[caption id="attachment_2519220" align="alignleft" width="223"] This Coca-Cola calendar from 1891, the first year Coke offered calendars is possibly the only surviving example, will certainly draw attention at an eclectic auction scheduled for Saturday, March 15, by Philip Weiss Auctions.[/caption] LYNBROOK, N.Y. – An extremely rare Coca-Cola wall calendar from 1891—the first year Coke began making calendars and possibly the...

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    Mar

Works by De Kooning, Chinese & Asian Antiques to Headline Elite Decorative Arts Sale

[caption id="attachment_2519212" align="aligncenter" width="480"] This oil on paper work by Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) titled “Abstraction” carried a pre-sale estimate of $50,000 to $70,000 and could be the top lot in an auction slated for Saturday, March 15, by Elite Decorative Arts.[/caption] BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Original works by major listed artists such as Willem de Kooning, Chaim...

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