• 19
    Jun

18 Million Antiques and Collectibles Sale Records added to Worthopedia™

[caption id="attachment_2520491" align="alignright" width="285"] Among the 18 million new items from the first quarter of 2014 added to the Worthopedia™ is a lot of 40 1-oz. fine gold American Eagle Liberty coins in uncirculated condition. All 40 coins—in 22-karat gold and minted in 2011—sold for $51,000 on Jan. 4, 2014.[/caption] WorthPoint has announced that it has just added...

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  • 17
    Jun

World’s Most Valuable Stamp Sets Fourth World Record at $9.5 Million

[caption id="attachment_2520469" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A humble, dirty and heavily postmarked 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta stamp is set to become the world’s most valuable stamp—for the fourth time—when it goes up for auction tonight at Sotheby’s.[/caption] A humble, dirty and heavily postmarked 1-cent stamp from 19th-century British Guyana has become the world’s most valuable stamp—for the fourth time—realizing...

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  • 17
    Jun

Back on Top: World’s Most Valuable Stamp Expected to Set Fourth World Record

[caption id="attachment_2520469" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A humble, dirty and heavily postmarked 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta stamp is set to become the world’s most valuable stamp—for the fourth time—when it goes up for auction tonight at Sotheby’s.[/caption] Back on Top: World’s Most Valuable Stamp Expected to Set Fourth World Record A humble, dirty and heavily postmarked 1-cent stamp from...

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  • 16
    Jun

Rare World Cup Game Brings Soccer’s Premier Tourney to Your Tabletop

[caption id="attachment_2520461" align="alignleft" width="300"] Shaun Derrick’s The World Cup Game, published in 2006 by Games for the World. The giant referee and penalty flags on the cover symbolize how much bad officiating has influenced the “history of the greatest football tournament.”[/caption] The 2014 FIFA World Cup is underway in Brazil and for fans of the Beautiful Game worldwide—which...

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  • 10
    Jun

Prospecting and the Evolution of Rookie Card Collecting

[caption id="attachment_2520451" align="alignright" width="211"] A rookie card used to be easy to identify. This 1952 Topps card is Mickey Mantle's rookie card, and being so, makes it the most valuable of the Mantle cards.[/caption] Collecting baseball cards of your favorite rookie players has changed drastically over the last several years. Today, a player’s first officially licensed trading card...

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  • 10
    Jun

Dr. Bode Collection of Worldwide Banknotes to Highlight International Paper Money Show

[caption id="attachment_2520386" align="alignright" width="307"] The IPMS Show has been held in Memphis (the Paper Money Capital of the World) since 1977.[/caption] MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Dr. Richard Bode Collection—an astounding compilation of worldwide banknotes ranging from the earliest known currency from China’s Ming Dynasty (1388-1664) all the way up to modern-day polymer notes—will be the featured exhibit at...

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  • 9
    Jun

Jacqueline Kennedy Letters Pulled from Auction Raises Questions of Ethics, History

[caption id="attachment_2520427" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photographs and transcripts of these letters, written by Jacqueline Kennedy from 1950 to 1964, appeared in The Boston Globe on May 13, 2014. (Photo: Sheppard's Irish Auction House)[/caption] When published lots are abruptly taken off the auction block, there is usually controversy involved. That is certainly true of a recent cancellation that involved a...

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  • 5
    Jun

Chinese Export Silver and the Enlightened Renaissance

[caption id="attachment_2520447" align="aligncenter" width="575"] The Empress Dowager Cixi led China through a cultural and artistic renaissance.[/caption] Chinese Export Silver always adapted to the realities of Chinese history. It was, after all, a product of that history, as such, that it has qualities that no other silver category possesses. Viewed in the overall context of China, it is an...

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  • 4
    Jun

Enjoy the Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men Bubble While it Lasts

[caption id="attachment_2520421" align="alignleft" width="217"] The Green Goblin “Gobby” super-rare that I sold for $45 almost as soon as I opened a 79¢ Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men booster pack. The red stripe under the text denotes its rarity.[/caption] Hey kid! You want to buy a Green Goblin card and a single, six-sided die for $45? Sure, I...

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  • 4
    Jun

Gomez Addams was the Original ‘Mantiques’ Collector

After talking with Eric Bradley—the author of the newly released book “Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff”—last week about mantiques and who collects them, I started thinking about who in popular culture had an affinity for the weird, manly stuff that fall in this collectibles category. I have only been able to come up with one character,...

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