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  • 26
    Jun

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Watch for June 26, 2013: Lazarus #1

[caption id="attachment_2513880" align="alignright" width="300"] Lazarus #1 (Image) Forbidden Planet 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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers...

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  • 26
    Jun

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 06/26/2013

[caption id="attachment_2513755" align="alignright" width="319"] Batman Superman #1 (Guillem March Superman Variant Cover), 1:25, ($7-$9). March hits us with a great Supes cover featuring Grant Morrison’s young “blue jeans” Supes.[/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 and the comic...

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  • 25
    Jun

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Shackman & Co. Sleep Baby, Eskimo Ivory Billikens

QUESTION: I found a doll in its period box in my aunt’s room. The top of the lid reads: “SLEEP BABY / A new concept in dolls / a real cuddly sleep head for the first time. / A delight to play with. / Copyright Shackman 1957.” The side of the box includes this information: “Shackman / 2...

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  • 25
    Jun

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Fabergé Revealed at the Peabody Essex Museum

[caption id="attachment_2513742" align="alignright" width="225"] An example of the pieces in the Fabergé Revealed exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum’s Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art about an upcoming exhibition[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis hosts a fascinating discussion with Dean Lahikainen, Peabody Essex Museum’s Carolyn and Peter Lynch...

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  • 25
    Jun

The Rodney Dangerfield of Numismatic Years, 1908 Still Important Date for Coins

[caption id="attachment_2513748" align="alignright" width="300"] 1908 represents the first year that a Mint facility of the United States other than the Philadelphia Mint produced the cent denomination for circulation and collectors. Besides the Philadelphia Mint, the San Francisco Mint was the only other Mint to strike the Indian Head cent. This 1908-S Indian Head cent was graded Mint State...

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  • 24
    Jun

The Stanley Cup: Original Six Match-Up Provides Collectible Options

[caption id="attachment_2513767" align="aligncenter" width="491"] The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate winning their second Stanley Cup in four years on June 24, 2013, coming from behind with two goals in 17 seconds of Game Six. Like all Stanley Cup series, there are many items for hockey collectibles to get their sights on.[/caption] This year’s Stanley Cup Finals—won by the Chicago Blackhawks...

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  • 24
    Jun

Auction at Famed Madison County Mansion to Feature Furniture, Fine Art

[caption id="attachment_2513720" align="alignleft" width="182"] This mahogany C. Lee half-tester youth-size bed, circa 1860, will be one of more than 600 lots during the auction of antiques from the Green Gables in Madison County. The auction is sponsored by Stevens Auction Company.[/caption] JACKSON, Tenn. — The contents of one of Jackson's stateliest and most historic Victorian mansions, Green Gables—will...

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  • 21
    Jun

Teddy Bear Companies Premiere What’s New in 2013

(This article first appeared in the June 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) Aurora With an eye toward heart-tugging gift merchandise and solid, well-crafted collectibles, Aurora is sitting pretty as it enjoys its fourth decade. The Korean company has broadened its creative reach to include headquarters in the United States, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom....

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  • 21
    Jun

Teddy Bear Hospital: The Recovery of a Pair of Bears

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) [caption id="attachment_2513558" align="alignleft" width="244"] This early Farnell bear, dating to the 1920s, looks much better after restoration.[/caption] Early Farnell Bear This rather worn but terribly sweet little 1920s Farnell bear arrived at a teddy-bear fair I was attending in London. I was expecting...

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  • 21
    Jun

The Collector’s Minute: Barzilay Stereo Cases & Cabinets

[caption id="attachment_2513535" align="alignleft" width="300"] Barzilay furniture, made from kits in the 1960s through the 1980s, are usually found in classified ads, not auction houses.[/caption] "Barzilay" is not a name you hear much of any more, but back in the 
1960s to 1970s, it was one well known to audiophiles designing their 
own stereo sound systems. Barzilay produced stereo...

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