• 25
    Mar

Rinker on Collectibles: Why Is the Antiques Trade So Reluctant to Change?

In response to a Rinker on Collectibles Q & A column, Audrey Bell, owner of Gallery 18 Ltd., New London, Prince Edward Island, Canada, sent me an e-mail which read: in a “Q& A column you say, ‘Given the increasing role played by Internet searches for individuals wishing to sell antiques and collectibles, a specialized dealer […]

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  • 25
    Mar

Extra! Extra! Newspaper Movie Posters Take You to Where the Action Is

From cinema’s earliest days, newspapers offered the movies heroes, heroines and a visual shorthand it used constantly not only in the films, but also in the movie posters, lobby cards and stills used to promote them. It’s one of my main collecting areas and, while it’s obvious that I’m not the only one collecting newspaper-themed […]

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  • 25
    Mar

Chinese Export Silver: The 19th-Century Phenomenon Equivalent to the iPad!

The 1842 Treaty of Nanking broke the habit of a lifetime; after more than 2,500 years, China could no longer be the closely guarded introspective nation it had been. But even with the enforced opening of the fortress-like doors, the treaty was in reality more of a fissure rather the hoped-for wide open gateway that […]

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  • 24
    Mar

Connor’s Corner: My Next Estate Sale features Great Hollywood Collectibles

I am Connor and I am in 3rd grade. I live near Hollywood—I can walk to Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network—and live less than a five-minute drive from Disneyland, Warner Brothers and NBC TV Studios. This is why a lot of the collectibles and antiques that I find here are related to TV or movies or […]

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  • 24
    Mar

Going Out Like a Lamb: Steiff’s Sheep Collectibles

As the end of March quickly approaches, it’s hard not to think of the old adage about the month: In like a lion, out like a lamb. However, most people could rightfully argue that this year it feels like a lion at both ends! The good news is that there are hopeful signs that spring […]

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  • 24
    Mar

Wrestling Fans Covet Collectibles of the Squared Circle

The combination of athletic prowess, strength, theatrics and showmanship that create the world of professional wrestling has given rise to a host of collectible opportunities through the years. While professional wrestling has existed for decades, its skyrocketing popularity can clearly be traced back to the 1980s with the emergence of such legendary talents as Hulk […]

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  • 24
    Mar

Unloved Antiques: Cavalier Cedar Chests

Some items, even if in good shape and approaching the magical 100-year mark that turns a “vintage” item into an “antique,” do not appreciate in value like one would think. In cases like the Cavalier cedar chest, one reason its value is low is
 its availability—they aren’t rare—and the fact it’s made by a lesser-known […]

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  • 20
    Mar

Estate Sale Misidentification Almost leads to Melting of $33M Fabergé Egg

What a difference a few minutes of research can make. If you haven’t heard by now, collectors around the globe are talking about the discovery of the third Imperial Russian Fabergé egg, identified last week by Kieran McCarthy of London’s Wartski jewelers. The Fabergé community is extremely excited about the find, as the egg has […]

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  • 19
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/19/2014

New Comics Roundup Get ready for new comic day, kids, because there’s a ton of stuff to take home: Antarctic Entertainment kicks it off with 16-Bit Zombies #1; BOOM! has a comic by my favorite prig-rock band, Rush Clockwork Angels #1; Dark Horse knows what you want so it is giving us Buffy Season 10 […]

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  • 18
    Mar

Attempts to Build LEGO Board Games take the Fun out the Construction Toy System

In case you didn’t get the memo, “The LEGO Movie” is awesome. It’s a celebration of the perennially popular Danish construction toy and the particular culture of LEGO building, playing, and collecting. References abound throughout the anarchic film, including funny jabs at failed LEGO concepts like the pro sports-themed sets, circa 2002, and the flat-out […]

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