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  • 13
    Feb

The Postcard Time Machine: Vintage Valentine Postcards have Heart

The first mailed valentine was postmarked in 1806 in England. By the end of the 1800s, fancy valentines adorned with lace, ribbons, hearts and Cupids were all the rage. Mass-produced greeting cards, then postcards, followed. And, as they say, the rest is history. Before we get to postcard valentines, let’s review the history of the tradition. The origin...

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  • 12
    Feb

WorthPoint’s Worthopedia Grows by 5 Percent, adds 11 Million New Pieces of Sales Data

WorthPoint, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has announced that it has just added more than 11 million pieces of art, antiques and collectibles sales results to its Worthopedia™ database, bringing the total to more than 240 million. The new sales data—11,122,354 individual sales records collected during the...

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  • 12
    Feb

Personal Property Appraisal Professionals to Head to Philadelphia for Annual ISA Conference

CHICAGO – Hundreds of personal property appraisers from across the United States and Canada will meet in Philadelphia for the International Society of Appraisers’ annual conference—Assets 2015—on March 20-23. Taking place at the newly restored Radisson Blu–Warwick Hotel Philadelphia, the 2015 conference will feature a broad range of distinguished antiques and fine art speakers, special events, optional tours...

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  • 12
    Feb

WorthPoint Named to AlwaysOn OnCloud’s annual 50 Companies to Watch List

The WorthPoint Corp.—which offers the largest database of art, antiques and collectibles values on the Internet—was named to the sixth annual AlwaysOn OnCloud 50 Companies to Watch (formerly OnDemand 50 Companies to Watch) list, it was announced Feb. 12,. 2015. . AlwaysOn’s 50 Companies to Watch list companies are different from the more established OnCloud Top 100 companies...

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  • 11
    Feb

58¢ Thrift Store Sweater was Vince Lombardi’s, could net $20,000 at Auction

I thought I had made a good thrift store sweater deal when I turned a $2 purchase into a $60 sale. Well, compared to a Tennessee couple, my little score is chump change. Sean and Nikki McEvoy, shopping at a Goodwill in North Carolina, found an old West Point sweater and paid 58 cents for it. Now, the world...

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  • 9
    Feb

Evaluating an Antique American Piano Part One: Uprights – Finding a Diamond in the Rough

Old pianos are everywhere: in homes, institutions, churches and schools. Many of them are junk, but a fair number of them are marvelous instruments from the “Golden Age of the Piano (1890-1919) and are worthy of preservation. Old pianos can be purchased cheaply (compared to new pianos), and if you know what to look for, you can find...

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  • 6
    Feb

Selling Your Gold: What You Should Know About the Process

As a professional independent appraiser, people have come to me over the years to sell their gold. During the consultation, I would sort their gold items into what should be sold for gold weight and what should be sold as jewelry (usually antique). This article is to help educate you on how to sell your gold and optimize...

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  • 4
    Feb

The Comics Speculator: The Purple Man and Hellcat Cometh to Netflix

If you’ve never heard of the Purple Man, don’t fret. Dr. Zebidiah Killgrave—a.k.a. The Purple Man—has never been an A-list Marvel comic book villain. But he’s about to get his big break on the original Netflix Marvel series “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” along with cult favorite Patsy Walker, Hellcat. The upcoming series, set to begin filming next month, follows...

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  • 4
    Feb

WorthPoint adds Updated Edition of Chinese Export Silver & Marks Book to its Online Library

A little less than a year after WorthPoint added Adrien von Ferscht’s important book, “Collector’s Guide to Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940”—the largest information reference resource for this unique collectible silver category—to its Marks and Library product, Mr. von Ferscht has completed an update, boosting the information contained in the volume by some 300 percent. This new edition of...

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  • 2
    Feb

That ‘Doggone’ Rug: How Some Typos can be turned into Collectible Gold

There are times when attention to detail seems to have gone to the dogs. At least, that’s the opinion of Bob Gualtieri, the sheriff of Pinellas County, Fla., who ordered a large green rug from American Floor Mats. The rug was to feature the Sheriff's Office logo: a black, gold, and blue star emblazoned with the office title...

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