• 1
    Apr

Advertising & Country Store Collectibles to pace Huge Showtime Auction

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – More than 2,400 lots from three major collections of country store, pedal cars, toys and firefighting memorabilia will be offered at auction on the weekend of April 12-14 by Showtime Auction Services, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor/Saline Road in Ann Arbor. Internet bidding will be facilitated by […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Toys, Glass, Petroliana Fetch Top Dollar in Auction

RAYMOND, Ill. — A standard-glaze portrait vase bearing the likeness of a cocker spaniel sold for $2,640 on the last day of a three-day auction held Feb. 15 thorough 17 hosted by Matthews Auctions. The 13-inch vase, signed “M. Timberlake,” was in good condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs. It was the top achiever […]

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  • 26
    Sep

125 Years of Coke: An Interview with Coca-Cola Collectors Club’s President

This year, Coca-Cola marks the 125th anniversary of the creation of the famous beverage, first introduced as a fountain drink in Atlanta, Ga., in 1886. The popularity of the sparkling refreshment was aided by a merchandising frenzy, as thousands of mass-market advertising collectibles were produced over the years. Promotional items—such as ice chests, calendars, thermometers, […]

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  • 30
    Nov

Collector’s Minute: White Eagle Statue

Large iron or bronze eagle figures or statuettes like the one pictured left are generally “architectural salvage” from 19th-century buildings and monuments scheduled for demolition. Most date from the 1840s through the first quarter of the 20th century. Unless there is a foundry mark or a provenance regarding where they came from, assigning a maker […]

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  • 27
    Oct

Auction Report: Cardboard Diorama Tops $5,000 at Petroliana & Advertising Sale

PEOTONE, Ill. – A dazzling cardboard diorama, advertising Mayo-Skinner Automatic Windshield Cleaner and graded 8.5 on a 1-10 scale for condition, sold for $5,060 at a Fall Peotone Petroliana & Advertising Auction held Oct. 16 in advance of the annual Fall Chicagoland Advertising Show in Peotone. “The diorama was just a great piece with great […]

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  • 12
    Aug

Tossing Numbers Around – the Business of ‘Feel Good’ Appraisals

Since there are no fixed prices for antiques and collectibles, it has become increasingly commonplace to toss around any number that comes to mind. When the number comes from someone billed and introduced as an expert, the public tends to blindly accept it as fact. The truth is it is a guesstimate, almost never backed […]

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  • 30
    Jan

Curious Brimfield Finds with Will Seippel

By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist EDITOR’S NOTE: Brimfield, Mass., is a small New England town with a population of about 5,000 or so. Settled in 1706, it shows its traditional New England quaintness rather well. It has its large, steepled church, and with the leaves of autumn or the snow of winter, looks the part […]

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  • 22
    Jan

The History of the Snowman

By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist If you’re one of those folks who wears a sweatshirt in December that says “Let It Snow,” then you should be talking to Bob Eckstein. He has had such a fascination with the snowman that he not only has a unique collection of snowman memorabilia, he has written a book […]

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  • 13
    Jan

Interest in, Value of King Memorabilia Rise

This month’s significance will be indelibly etched in American history with Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 20 as the nation’s first African-American president. And only the day before, we observe Martin Luther King’s birthday. It’s an extraordinary moment that stamps an exclamation point on hundreds of years of shameful history. Slavery. Jim Crow laws that […]

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  • 22
    Dec

Five Resolutions That Can Improve Business

I think we all make New Year’s resolutions in some manner. Some being to join a gym (note that’s join, not go), lose weight, find a new job, read “Moby Dick,” learn a foreign language. Should antiques-and-collectibles business owners make resolutions for their businesses? You bet! New Year’s resolutions should be achievable and make sense. […]

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