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  • 30
    Jan

Chicago’s Randolph Street Market offers a Warm Reception despite Winter’s Chill

[caption id="attachment_2518356" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Worthologist Martin Willis working the valuation table at the January Wonderful Winter Market at the Randolph Street Market in Chicago.[/caption] Just a day before I was to fly out to the January Wonderful Winter Market at the Randolph Street Market for WorthPoint, I got a delightful call from WorthPoint’s Christina Kapusta, who was organizing...

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  • 29
    Jan

Heroquest Kickstarter Controversy Highlights Dungeoncrawl Games’ Collector Value

[caption id="attachment_2518348" align="aligncenter" width="496"] The original, completely legal Heroquest that remains out of print and quite valuable. Most of the art in the real deal was drawn by the legendary Andy Chalk, one of Games Workshop’s top artists.[/caption] There’s been a lot of controversy in the hobby gaming and game collecting world recently due to a Spanish publisher,...

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  • 29
    Jan

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Early Junk’ Chair, Dale Earnhardt Die-Cast Car

[caption id="attachment_2518333" align="alignright" width="190"] This chair in “early junk” style features a rush-seat and spindles featuring twisted rope-like turnings. To repair it would take $150 to $200, more than it would be worth.[/caption] QUESTION: Between 40 and 50 years ago, when my mother was collecting “early junk,” she purchased a rush-seat arm chair that has arms, legs and...

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  • 29
    Jan

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/29/2014

[caption id="attachment_2518321" align="alignleft" width="360"] Serenity Leaves on the Wind #1 (of 6)(Dan Dos Santos Cover), $3.50. Writer Zack Whedon returns to Serentiy for a story that takes place after the last movie.[/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, back issues...

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  • 28
    Jan

The Longest Tea Party the World’s Ever Seen! Part 2

中國出口銀器: 有史以來最長的茶具 之二 [caption id="attachment_2518314" align="aligncenter" width="483"] A rather serene and idealistic vision of Chinese tea being brought to a junk boat that must be moored at Honam Island, with the 13 Factories buildings on Shameen Island of the foreign merchants are directly opposite.[/caption] We continue the story of the inextricable link between the China Tea Trade and...

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  • 27
    Jan

Collectibles of the XXII Sochi Winter Olympics

[caption id="attachment_2518271" align="aligncenter" width="525"] This set of commemorative coins from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics were minted in partnership with the Central Bank of Russia.[/caption] The upcoming Winter Olympic Games, scheduled to begin on February 7, provides collectors with a host of collectible opportunities, some of which are available now. The host city of Sochi, Russia, situated on...

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  • 27
    Jan

J. & J. W. Meeks Rosewood Rococo Marble Turtle-Top Parlor Table Makes $33,350

[caption id="attachment_2518261" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This Rosewood rococo marble turtle-top parlor center table, attributed to J. & J. W. Meeks, realized $33,350 at a multi-estate auction held Jan. 17-18 by Stevens Auction Company. The table was the top lot of the sale.[/caption] ABERDEEN, Miss. – A gorgeous rosewood rococo marble turtle-top parlor center table with cluster carved finial, attributed...

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  • 27
    Jan

Anton Horvat Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Brooch Gavels For $108,000 at Nadeau’s

[caption id="attachment_2518232" align="aligncenter" width="474"] This Anton Horvat platinum, sapphire and diamond brooch sailed past the pre-sale estimate of $4,000 to $6,000 to gavel for $108,000 at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery’s annual New Year’s Day Auction on Jan. 1.[/caption] WINDSOR, Conn. – A stunning Anton Horvat platinum, sapphire and diamond brooch—having at its center a cushion-cut, 6-carat blue sapphire—sailed past...

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  • 27
    Jan

Victorian Trash for Christmas: a Fine Pin Cushion Doll

[caption id="attachment_2518337" align="aligncenter" width="512"] I dug this pincushion doll from a Victorian-era trash site. It always amazes me that these things can survive, often with the original enameling nearly intact.[/caption] For almost 40 years, I have been on my hands and knees, digging through trash. It is to the point where more people know me by my “a.k.a.”...

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  • 27
    Jan

The Great Restoration Debate: Steiff Teddy Bears and Stuffed Animals

[caption id="attachment_2518225" align="alignright" width="224"] This early post-World War Two mohair Steiff Teddy Baby doesn’t have any personal history or significant financial value, but his brilliant color and unusual arrangement of Steiff IDs make him quite rare. As a result, I had him cleaned, his felt foot paw pads recovered and his nose restitiched by a professional restorer.[/caption] Of...

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