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  • 6
    Nov

‘Stay Extraordinary’ Coke Bottles may be Unique, but are they Collectible?

[caption id="attachment_2521339" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Coca-Cola recently launched a Diet Coke ad campaign in Israel with two million unique bottle designs in a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns. Are these automatically collectible or valuable?[/caption] When Coca-Cola of Israel announced it was packaging more than two million bottles of Diet Coke, each in a differently patterned shrink-wrap coating, I thought...

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  • 3
    Jan

How to Identify an Early Production Steiff Bears (1892-1929)

[caption id="attachment_2501712" align="alignright" width="300" caption="An early Steiff Teddy Bear, circa 1909."][/caption] Nothing is more exciting for a Teddy Bear enthusiast than discovering or owning an early Steiff (button-in-ear) brand cub. Steiff launched its charter catalog of playthings in 1892, but it was not until around 1902 that the “modern” five-ways-jointed Teddy Bear as we know it was introduced;...

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  • 3
    Jan

Fighting Against the Misuse of the Rare, the One-of-a-Kind and the Antique

[caption id="attachment_2501706" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This ring, made from a piece of silverware, may be rare, if you are considering it only as a piece of jewelry, made by a specific person. But the pattern was mass-produced and there may be hundreds or thousands of these rings out there. You just don’t know."][/caption] How can you tell a true...

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  • 29
    Dec

Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Dec. 26-30, 2011

In the final roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles of the year, we learn that Russia is seeking to recover works of art, including paintings and collectibles, through Interpol’s online database of stolen cultural property items, that the auction of Michael Jackson’s household items tallied more than $1 million in sales, and that artifacts from Occupy Wall Street...

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  • 28
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/28/2011

[caption id="attachment_2501656" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Ducktales #1 (8-Bit SDCC 2011 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...

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  • 27
    Dec

Thrift Store Shopping for Antiques, Collectibles and Bargains

[caption id="attachment_2501644" align="alignright" width="300" caption="While some people believe themselves above shopping in a thrift store, I have found that you can find great antiques and collectibles for great prices."][/caption] Oh, how I love the thrill of the hunt in a thrift store. It is almost as good as a big church rummage sale. My multiple decades of thrift-store...

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  • 27
    Dec

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Ray Harryhausen Animation, Vietnamese Bank Notes & More

QUESTION: I was born in 1944. During my elementary school years, between 1950 and 1956, we watched film cartoons shown on an 8mm or 16mm projector. One I remember was about a man who loved gold, somehow managed to turn his daughter into gold, and then gave up all his gold to bring his daughter back to life....

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  • 27
    Dec

The Appraiser’s Roadmap: Navigating the World of Marks

[caption id="attachment_2501624" align="alignright" width="297"] Is it a genuine Tiffany iridescent glass vase? Tiffany marks are no guarantee of authenticity unless the design of the piece itself matches known documented examples.[/caption] Many might wonder, when watching appraisers on the “Antiques Roadshow,” just how they can determine so much information by simply flipping a porcelain cup, silver platter or glass...

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  • 22
    Dec

Antiques Auction Forum: Noel Swift on Japanese Tin Space Toys

This week Martin interviews avid antique & vintage toy collector Noel Swift, who has a passion for Japanese tin space toys. Noel discusses how important research can be, plus a great attic find. Listen in to find out what is hot in today's collectible toy world and where to look for them. Listen here: Noel Swift on Japanese...

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  • 22
    Dec

Try Your Local Antique Store for Last-Minute Gift-Giving Needs

[caption id="attachment_2501576" align="aligncenter" width="492" caption="Do you have a daughter or niece who is in college or just starting out? A dinner set of mismatched china is a fun way to help her get started on her own and might also get her started as an antiquer or collector."][/caption] I know it’s getting late, but if you still have...

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