• 1
    Sep

Salesman’s Samples: Colleting Scale Models of Turn-of-the-Century Merchandise

[caption id="attachment_2523680" align="aligncenter" width="500"] In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, functional salesman’s samples were expensive to make but easy to transport and demonstrate their products features and benefits using the scaled-down functional product sample to potential customers. What do you think a farmer would think when shown this sample hay rake? With its original case, it...

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  • 26
    Aug

Crocker Farms added to WorthPoint’s Worthopedia; Database grows by 8.8 Million Items

WorthPoint.com, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has just added more than 8.8 million pieces of art, antiques and collectibles sales results to its Worthopedia™ database, bringing the total to more than 276 million. The new sales data—8,831,096 individual sales records—is aggregated from WorthPoint’s data partners eBay, Heritage...

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  • 25
    Aug

Ravaged and Rehabilitated, Superhero Steiff Dally Dalmatian heads to Charity Auction

[caption id="attachment_2523625" align="aligncenter" width="400"] This 1960s-era sitting Steiff “Dally” Dalmatian will be auctioned on eBay beginning on Sept. 1, with the proceeds to benefit the Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that trains and provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities, including wounded warriors.[/caption] Christopher Reeve, the actor who played Superman in a series of movies in...

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  • 24
    Aug

Five Tips to Remember when Buying Works by Renowned Artists

Buying a piece of high-quality art by a renowned artist can be a thrilling and enjoyable experience. It is often the best and most-memorable acquisition you ever make. But a hasty purchase can result in a bad case of buyer’s remorse or, worse, the impetus for initiating a lengthy and expensive lawsuit. Luckily, you don’t have to be...

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  • 21
    Aug

The Plastic Case Debate: Who Should Grade and Slab Your Collectible Comic Books?

[caption id="attachment_2523596" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Certified Guaranty Company was the first third-party comic book grading service, which changed the way we comic book nerds looked at collecting. This slabbed example of Amazing Adventures #16 earned a 9.6 grading.[/caption] While sealing a comic in plastic with a label displaying a professionally assigned grade might seem silly to some—after all, how...

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  • 19
    Aug

‘Short Snorters’ and Challenge Coins: A Bar Game and a Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2511906" align="alignright" width="300"] An authentic POTUS/President Barack Obama challenge coin sold for $650 on eBay in 2011.[/caption] Imagine being behind enemy lines, slowly making your way through hostile territory to join up with your allies. There is a distinct possibility that you can be captured by hostiles, but when reaching the allies you also need to convince...

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  • 18
    Aug

The Green Man Tradition: Collecting an Icon that Spans Cultures & Religions

[caption id="attachment_2523579" align="aligncenter" width="400"] A Green Man chair made of mahogany, circa. 1890. It carries an appraised value of $3,000.[/caption] “It's Pagan,” she said, pointing to the image carved into the crest rail of an antique chair. “And I won’t have Pagan symbols in my home.” I let her remark slide. I don’t waste time arguing with someone...

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  • 18
    Aug

My Blue China: A Lesson in Globalization

[caption id="attachment_2523560" align="aligncenter" width="400"] “Culture Repudiated” (2014), by Bouke De Vries, is one of the artworks featured in “My Blue China,” an exhibition at the Fondation Bernardaud in Limoges, France. A superb rendition that is paying homage to the traditional State image of Chairman Mao and, at the same time, demonstrating how even a restricted regime can give...

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  • 13
    Aug

Novelty Postcards offer a World of Collectible Opportunities

According to the dictionary, “novelty” is the quality of being new, original, or unusual. And so it is with novelty postcards. We’re used to seeing pictures on postcards. They can be photographs, artist renderings of familiar scenes or products of their imaginations, holiday or birthday greetings, cartoons or scenes from places around the world. But how about the...

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  • 11
    Aug

Buying and Enjoying Japanese Porcelain & Historic Items; A Collector’s Take

[caption id="attachment_2495754" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Andy Aigner, a collector of Japanese porcelain and other items, started his collection with this set.[/caption] Are you a collector or are you in an accumulating phase? I interviewed Andreas “Andy” Aigner, a program manager for a telecommunications company who lived in Japan in early 2007 and early 2009 for six-month stints, for his...

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