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  • 21
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: Antiques and Collectibles in the Digital Age

The origin of the World Wide Web began in 1980 when Tim Benners-Lee, an independent contractor for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, built ENQUIRE, a database platform that allowed individuals and software models to use hypertext, a program that linked separate pages to one another. By Christmas 1990, Benners-Lee perfected Hyper Text Transfer Protocol...

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  • 21
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/21/2011

[caption id="attachment_2501534" align="alignright" width="193" caption="Batman #4 (Mike Choi Variant Cover)"][/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week's hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG)...

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  • 20
    Dec

The Stranger Below: Silent Chairs and How to Get Them to Open Up

[caption id="attachment_2501476" align="alignright" width="200" caption="OK, so you stumbled upon a beautiful antique chair. Now, how do you tell when it was made?"][/caption] Some pieces of furniture are like an open book. A casual familiarity with the trade allows you to readily identify the period of a piece of golden oak or to correctly label a Victorian Rococo Revival...

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  • 20
    Dec

Advertisers, Just Like the American Public, Loved the Circus

Not long ago, circus performers were as popular as today’s movie and music stars. Their images appeared regularly in magazine advertisements for non-circus products—everything from cigarettes to musical instruments to insurance policies. The American public has always loved the circus, so it’s not surprising that advertisers would take advantage of the circus’s popularity. Adding circus advertising to your...

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  • 20
    Dec

Shall We Play a Game? An Interview with a Board Game Über-Collector

[caption id="attachment_2501499" align="alignright" width="285" caption="Über board game collector Dan Baden and about $2,000 worth of the board game Jati."][/caption] Dan Baden is a published board game designer who has a multiplayer simulation of United Nations negotiation coming out in 2012 from Stronghold Games. He also owns a lot of board games, and chances are, he owns more board...

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  • 19
    Dec

Using Identification Marks: What’s a Kite Mark? Part II

[caption id="attachment_2501340" align="alignright" width="226"] Here’s an example of what the second version of the “Kite” or “Diamond” mark—used from 1868-1883—looked like. It differs slightly from the 1842-1867 example.[/caption] Two different Kite/Diamond marks were used to identify various patterns that were registered in the United Kingdom, the first set—used from 1842-1867—was covered in part one of this article. From...

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  • 18
    Dec

Hit TV Show ‘Canadian Pickers’ Taps WorthPoint for Collectibles Expertise

[caption id="attachment_250128" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Canadian Pickers’ Sheldon Smithens and Scott Cozens. (photo courtesy Cineflix, Inc.)"][/caption] ATLANTA – “Canadian Pickers,” the most popular collectibles reality TV show in Canada, and WorthPoint, the world’s leading online resource for collectors, have agreed to work cooperatively in bringing additional expert knowledge to the show’s web site. The site will include articles and...

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  • 14
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/14/2011

The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week's hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are...

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  • 13
    Dec

Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Dec. 12-16, 2011

In this week’s roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles, we learn of an auction of artifacts from Germany’s Their Reich, several reports of storage unit auction not exactly going like they do on television and an OK from Santa to give secondhand gifts this year . . . The Daily Mail (U.K.) Murder, He Wrote: Brass Desk Where...

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  • 13
    Dec

The Retrophile Files: A Thrift Shop with a Cure for What Ails You

[caption id="attachment_2501406" align="alignright" width="200" caption="When you walk into the Cure Thrift Shop on East 12th Street in New York City this month, you will be greeted by a Christmas tree placed behind what looks like a child’s tea party waiting to happen."][/caption] This Christmahanukwanzakah season, New York City’s Cure Thrift Shop makes doing good as you shop as...

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