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  • 7
    Sep

Fred’s Junk Drawer: Small Tips that don’t Fit Anywhere Else

[caption id="attachment_2493071" align="aligncenter" width="461" caption="Use this method of drilling a small hole and inserting a small Phillips screw to pull a plug or screw cap rather than destroying it."][/caption] This column is intended to be like the kitchen drawer everyone has that is packed with indispensable items (they must be indispensable, or you would have cleaned them out...

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  • 6
    Sep

Hey, Bulldog! A Classic, Collectible Steiff Pattern

[caption id="attachment_2493034" align="alignright" width="225" caption="A modern replica of the pre-war Steiff Bully. Like the original, this Bully has large ears, basic coloring, and a timeless, endearing facial expression."][/caption] One of the most interesting things about following a company and its products over time is watching how its items change and modernize over the years. It is easy to...

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  • 2
    Sep

Carousel Animals, Glass Collectibles Highlight Kansas Consignment Sale

[caption id="attachment_2493005" align="alignright" width="217" caption="One of three unsigned Roseville pottery pieces—this one a 15-inch 2-handled floor vase, circa 1930s, with cherry blossom pattern—that will be among the 700 lots in an auction to be hosted on Sept. 10-11, 2010, by Woody Auctions. "][/caption] WICHITA, Kan. – A pair of premier consignments—the Steve and Gloria Zak collection and the...

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  • 1
    Sep

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/01/2010

[caption id="attachment_2492975" align="alignright" width="277" caption="Fathom: Blue Descent #1 ships Turner variant"][/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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  • 31
    Aug

Tips on Starting an Antiques and Collectibles Business in 2010 – Part I

Historically, when the economy turned sour, the antiques and collectibles business experienced an influx of new dealers based on the premise that all one needed to enter the business was a car trunk and a bunch of old junk. This did not happen during the 2008-2009 Great Recession. Dealer count at flea markets, malls, shops and shows continues...

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  • 31
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – Back Issue Report 08/31/2010

[caption id="attachment_2492990" align="aligncenter" width="467" caption="Darkwing Duck #2 sells out."][/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) and...

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  • 31
    Aug

Weekly News Roundup: August 30 to September 3

Among art, auction and collectibles headlines, we find a price for pork you won’t find in your local Piggly Wiggly, a Ponzi schemer’s flotsam and jettsam and still another celebrity toilet. From the Lexington Herald-Journal: Country ham goes for $1.6 million in charity auction So, the ham that went for $100,000 a pound wasn’t some weird Damien Hirst...

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  • 31
    Aug

Virtually Unknown Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterworks on the Block

[caption id="attachment_2493010" align="alignright" width="237" caption="Childe Hassam’s “Royal Palms, Cuba,” an oil on canvas painting (1895, 25 by 31 inches), was part of an extraordinary and virtually unknown collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterworks amassed by the former president and later chairman of the board of Eastman Kodak. It is estimated to bring between $300,000-$600,000 at an auction to...

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  • 30
    Aug

Rough Stuff No. 2 – Choosing the Right Sandpaper

[caption id="attachment_2492958" align="alignright" width="259" caption="The grit size of sandpaper is prominently displayed on the back of better grades of paper. Don’t use an ungraded paper."][/caption] In any discussion of sandpaper the words “coarse,” “medium” and “fine” always come up. Open any book on finishing or refinishing, or any do-it-yourself home reference book and you will find these terms...

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  • 30
    Aug

The Truth Behind the Famous yet Bogus ‘Ringling Brothers’ Mustache Cups’

“There are a thousand and one stories under the big top . . .” The above is a phrase oft repeated by circus publicists over and over. And those in the know jokingly add “. . . and some of the stories are even true.” [caption id="attachment_2492952" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The Ringling publicity department distributed this photograph to the...

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