• 27
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Who Makes the Market?

Rich O’Neill e-mailed: “I am 62. I have attended real auto auctions as a buyer for more than 30 years . . . I recently acquired approximately 250 Franklin Mint, Danbury Mint, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, 98 percent accompanied by their Styrofoam box. Although condition varies, most are mint. Because of the down economy, I am considering establishing an...

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  • 27
    Oct

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/27/2010

[caption id="attachment_2493904" align="alignright" width="194" caption="Action Comics #894 1:10 Russell 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 (CPG)...

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  • 26
    Oct

Weekly News Roundup: October 25 to October 29

In art, antiques and collectibles news, some boo-tiful auction results, a possible new owner of Christie’s and basketball’s original gentlemanly rules. From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Antiques: Vintage Halloween collectibles can be scary valuable If you are interested in Halloween collectibles, you might want to check out Morphy Auctions, not far from Philadelphia. Some spooky, and expensive, items were...

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  • 26
    Oct

A Circus Isn’t a Circus Unless It Has a Band: Collecting Circus Music

“A circus isn’t a circus unless it has a band.” So said Merle Evans in his biography written by Gene Plowden. Of course, Evans would think that. For 50 years he was bandmaster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Likewise, a good circus collection isn’t complete unless it contains music and music-related memorabilia. So, let’s take...

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  • 25
    Oct

Unusual Family Mementos: Granddad’s FBI Wanted Posters

[caption id="attachment_2493849" align="aligncenter" width="358" caption="The FBI wanted poster for Fred Walter Lennon—a.k.a Fred Knorr, Floyd Knorr, Charles Murphy and “Corky”—was sought for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and armed robbery in California in 1950. "][/caption] Years ago, I came across a bunch of FBI wanted poster cards from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. I thought that these were...

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  • 25
    Oct

The Collector’s Minute: New Hampshire 1776 Copper

[caption id="attachment_2493864" align="alignright" width="210" caption="The initials W. M. are on the reverse of the New Hampshire 1776 copper. Most examples of this coin in circulation today are copies of the original, made for the 1876 Independence Centennial. "][/caption] As an appraiser, over time, you run into the same reproductions, which turn up every couple of years like old...

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  • 25
    Oct

Shooting the Stars: There is an App for That

[caption id="attachment_2493877" align="aligncenter" width="309" caption="One of the most common sextant one sees is the Navy Mark II. In very good condition with all the accessories it retails for around $600. A rare, double-framed Troughton-made sextant went for $3,200 in an online auction in 2004."][/caption] Last May I went on the trip of a lifetime. The opportunity came about...

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  • 25
    Oct

Rare Brown’s Celebrated Indian Herb Bitters to Highlight Bottle Auction

[caption id="attachment_2493884" align="alignright" width="180" caption="This Brown's Celebrated Indian Herb bitters bottle, patented Feb. 11, 1868, is expected to bring between $10,000 and $20,000 in an Internet and catalog auction slated for Oct. 29-Nov. 9 by American Bottle Auctions."][/caption] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A trove of 375 rare and vintage bottles—including a rare Brown’s Celebrated Indian Herb bitters bottle that...

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  • 25
    Oct

Top 10 Worthopedia Searches for September, 2010

It’s well past time to take a look at the items that were the most search through the WorthPoint Worthopedia during the month of September 2010. [caption id="attachment_2493957" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Schuetzen Rifle"][/caption] Schuetzen Rifle: The Schuetzen was an intricate, Germanic one-shot target rifle that generally covers a period from the early 1800s until around the end of Second...

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  • 25
    Oct

‘Who Will Dare’ to Buy the Rarest Movie Poster in the World?

[caption id="attachment_2493738" align="alignright" width="330"] The only known “The Bride of Frankenstein” teaser one-sheet Style E movie poster, from the renowned Collection of Todd Feiertag, will come up for auction as part of Heritage Auction Galleries’ Beverly Hills Signature Movie Poster Auction, slated for Nov. 11, 2010. It is estimated to bring in an estimated $700,000-plus.[/caption] BEVERLY HILLS, Ca....

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