• Oct 28 2008
    • 28 Oct 2008

    An Archaeologist Who Digs Beads

    Editor’s Note: Dolores Elliott’s background may be in archaeology, but her lifelong love is Iroquois-beadwork antiques and collectibles.

    • Sep 28 2008
    • 28 Sep 2008

    Flags: collectibles that are keys to art and politics

    When seven-year-old Tom Carrier watched the 1963 televised funeral of the assassinated President John Fitzgerald Kennedy what caught young Carrier’s eye was not the black-draped caisson or the rider-less horse, boots inserted backwards in the stirrups, or the color guard – it was the solider marching behind the coffin with the Presidential flag.

    • Sep 23 2008
    • 23 Sep 2008

    Papalexises: Making Their Mark on Collectibles

    John Anderson saw the porcelain figural group on eBay with a mark of crossed swords of a German Meissen collectibles piece at slightly more than $800. The courting scene between a gentleman and a lady made him think it would be a wonderful gift for his wife on their 20th wedding anniversary. The price seemed fair—or was it?

    • Aug 20 2008
    • 20 Aug 2008

    Warlick: Mr. Presidential Collectibles

    In 1980, Jim Warlick arrived at the Democratic National Convention in New York City with a pile of “Jimmy Carter for President” buttons to sell. That was the start of Worthologist Warlick’s career in campaign and political collectibles.

    • Aug 12 2008
    • 12 Aug 2008

    Jim Warlick: From Peanuts to Buttons

    In 1976, a young Jim Warlick was doing campaign fieldwork for peanut farmer turned presidential candidate Jimmy Carter. In addition to the usual campaign wherewithal, Warlick had been given a large carton of Jimmy Carter peanuts. “Each bag had a picture of Jimmy Carter on it and about 15 peanuts. I’d eat the peanuts and drink beer,” Warlick said.

    • Jul 10 2008
    • 10 Jul 2008

    Thom Pattie and the Art of the Auction

    Chief Worthologist Thom Pattie started out as a utility company linesman stringing cable and putting up transformers – clearly a long way and high up from the antiques and collectibles business.

    • Jun 29 2008
    • 29 Jun 2008

    Controversial Housing Bill Includes Provision to Tax E-Commerce

    While both house of Congress have been working with dispatch to pass a massive 630-page bill to aid homeowners facing mortgage default – on June 24 an amendment was slipped into the legislation that would have a marked impact on Internet commerce for collectibles, antiques, as well as for small businesses.

    • May 28 2008
    • 28 May 2008

    Howard Lau: The man who know baseball card tricks

    A mother and her nine-year-old son walked into Worthologist Howard Lau’s Houston Sports Connection in search of baseball cards. The boy hadn’t been much interested in collecting until baseball cards became a major topic of discussion among the kids on his baseball team. How should her son collect cards the mother asked?

    • May 17 2008
    • 17 May 2008

    Worthologist Steve Ellis: Netting rare lures

    A Japanese buyer walked into Steve Ellis’s shop, the Fishermen’s Spot, in Van Nuys, California, looking for fishing collectibles – particularly lures. The buyer came with bait – a half-inch stack of traveler’s checks, the one on top for $1,000.

    • May 11 2008
    • 11 May 2008

    Fred Taylor: The Furniture Hunter

    Fred Taylor’s career in furniture, furniture restoration, antiques and collectibles began when he and his wife, Gail, moved from a one-bedroom apartment to their first home in 1973 – a 2,000-square-foot house in Tampa, Florida. “We didn’t own a stick except a couple of bean bag chairs,” Taylor said. And so the hunt through yard sales and junk shops began.