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  • 21
    Jun

More on Novelty Postcards: Attached Add-On Cards

Is simply looking at pictures on postcards becoming humdrum? Maybe it’s time to investigate some more of the many categories included under the general heading of “novelty postcards.” One of the more unusual topics to collect is add-ons. This refers to postcards with material attached to the card itself. You may have seen some of the more common...

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  • 21
    Jun

The Tale of a Hidden Chinese Export Silver Gem

[caption id="attachment_2513617" align="alignleft" width="300"] When I first saw this Chinese Export Silver snuff box, it screamed “Georgian” to me in almost every way other than the obvious decorative motifs employed.[/caption] 中國出口銀隱藏寶石的那些事兒 Being a regular contributor to WorthPoint has its benefits—for me, that is! My main source of research tangents comes from people sharing images of items with me....

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  • 20
    Jun

Lawn Art: The Oft-Overlooked Value in Estates

[caption id="attachment_2513593" align="alignleft" width="300"] Many executors overlook the yard when appraising estates and miss exceptionally valuable works of art. Even vintage pink flamingos can sell for a good price.[/caption] In American popular culture, the kitsch surrounding pink flamingo lawn ornaments appears universal. Mention such ornaments and visions of trailer parks in Baltimore come to mind; perhaps as a...

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  • 20
    Jun

Feller Doll Collection Reflects 50 Years of Passion

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) [caption id="attachment_2513579" align="alignleft" width="185"] A Bengal bride from India, one of hundreds from Feller's lifetime collection, holds a conch shell. (Photo: Irina Makagon)[/caption] Brooklyn grandmother Linda Feller has been collecting dolls for more than 50 years, amassing nearly 3,800 from 157 countries. Surrounded by so many...

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  • 20
    Jun

The Lost Art—and Value—of Early Video Game Manuals

[caption id="attachment_2513570" align="alignleft" width="225"] "Clayfighter: Sculptor's Cut" game manuals sell for more than $1,000 to collectors, and the prices are on the increase.[/caption] I’ve reported on a number of breathtaking auction closes for exceptionally rare video-game paraphernalia and massive collections, but I think this fairly modest $1,377 item surprises me the most. The jackpot find this time is...

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  • 18
    Jun

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 06/19/2013

[caption id="attachment_2513550" align="alignright" width="343"] Fantastic Four #9 (David Yardin Wolverine Costume Variant Cover), 1:20, ($8-$10). Yardin is great and this is another fantastic Wolvie costume 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...

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  • 18
    Jun

Red Wing Pottery ‘Dump Diggers’ will Keynote 2013 RWCS Convention

[caption id="attachment_2513506" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Red Wing ‘Dump Diggers’ (from left) Paul Boudin, Connie Mathison, Dennis Nygaard, and Steve Showers will participate in the Red Wing Collectors Society’s convention keynote address on July 11. (Photo: Ruth Nerhaugen)[/caption] RED WING, Minn. – For decades, the Red Wing Pottery Dump Digger educational seminars have been standing-room-only at the annual Red Wing...

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  • 18
    Jun

Rinker on Collectibles: The Antiques & Collectibles Recovery Has Started

In recent weeks, I have spoken with more than a dozen auctioneers, trade paper editors, dealers and show promoters about the current state of the market. Three universal themes emerged from our conversations: (1) market prices have stabilized; (2) a tentative recovery is underway; and (3) while some regions still have not experienced the turnaround, a spirit of...

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  • 17
    Jun

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Keri Seery & Social Media for the Antiques Business

[caption id="attachment_2513491" align="alignright" width="295"] Keri Seery.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Keri Seery speaks about social media, and the symbiotic relationship it can have in the marketing of antiques. Check out Keri’s Facebook Page. Listen here: [audio:http://www.worthpoint.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/138.-Keri-Seery.mp3]   Martin Willis is Worthologist, auctioneer and director of decorative arts for...

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  • 17
    Jun

You Don’t Have to Get Up Early to Score Great Items at Thrift Store Sales

[caption id="attachment_2513478" align="alignright" width="198"] This vintage picnic basket was a real surprise to find 2 ½ hours into a thrift store sale. Based on the tag, it had been out for a week and was still available for only $11. The bottom divider was still inside, making it more desirable. With some quick research on the WorthPoint app,...

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