• 4
    Nov

Leave it on the Rack: How to Spot a Fake Rock T-Shirt

While out thrifting in the field, WorthPoint’s Worthopedia is an invaluable tool to research an item we aren’t sure about. Typically, using online research can help determine what to buy and then what price to sell. However, research can be just as valuable alerting you what to pass up, therefore saving you money and time. […]

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  • 25
    Oct

Great Obscure Halloween Board Games Lurking in the Shadows

It’s Halloween time once again, and that means it is also time for my annual Halloween games roundup. I was raised on a steady diet of horror movies, horror books, horror toys and other horror media, so for all my life I’ve been a Halloween kid. But the funny thing is that when you’ve got […]

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  • 22
    Oct

My Obsession with an Antique Cylinder Music Box

Have you ever visited an antique shop, saw something that you fell in love with, didn’t purchase it and then thought about the item on a regular, almost obsessive basis? What makes it all the more painful is when the object is something completely out of your price range and you have absolutely nowhere to […]

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  • 2
    Oct

‘Youngest Picker’ to Launch Estate Sales Company with Southern California Sale

Just about every 8-year-old can tell you what he or she wants to be when they grow up: a nurse, a teacher, a veterinarian, a firefighter. For Connor McCrory, his goal is to be in the antiques and collectibles business. While the rest of his friends are content to simply keep those dreams in the […]

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  • 24
    Sep

Kid-Friendly ‘Disney Infinity’ Video Game is Only the Beginning as Extras Abound

If you’re the parents of Disney-inclined kids or if you’re Disney-inclined yourself, you’ve likely either heard of or already invested into the new Disney Infinity line of toy-driven video games. Released in Early August, Disney Infinity is available on all three major consoles, PC and the Nintendo 3DS. It’s a very kid-friendly video game designed […]

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  • 4
    Sep

5,000-Year-Old Game Pieces Prove the Impulse to Create Board Games is Intrinsic

When I’ve written in this column about hobby board games or the kinds of board games that most folks are familiar with, 50 or 60 years represents a very, very old game. I talk about games that existed before the 1970s as if they were ancient relics of some Land Before Dungeons & Dragons. But […]

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  • 18
    Aug

Doll Collector: Bru is the ‘Face’ of Antique French Dolls

(This article first appeared in Doll Collector magazine. Please click here to subscribe) If you were to make a survey of doll collectors today and ask them to name their first choice for a brand of antique French dolls, chances are that Bru would win. Oddly, the early collectors in the 1940s and ’50s would […]

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  • 13
    Aug

Playing at the House of Mouse: Disney’s Magic Kingdom-Themed Board Games

For the first time since before my first child was born in 2010, we’re going on an old-fashioned, summertime family vacation. One of my young ones is getting ready to start school and the older one is getting set to go back to school, so I figured we’d close out the long, unreasonably rainy Atlanta […]

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  • 6
    Aug

For Board Game Collectors, Crowdfunding Offers Rewards at a Great Risk

I’ve written about Kickstarter and the current crowdfunding craze—specifically its impact on the gaming hobby—quite a bit, not just here at WorthPoint, but also elsewhere. Crowdfunding has emerged as another example of the kind of democratization that the Internet fosters, and although that certainly is an overwhelming positive social and political effect there are definitely […]

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  • 9
    Jul

From Public Health Necessity to Collectibility: The History of the Beer Stein

When the first beer steins were being produced, their future collectibility likely wasn’t being considered by those who produced them. It took roughly 400 years after the first steins were produced before stein collecting began to take off. The earliest steins can date back to the Late Middle Ages, more specifically the 1500s. The word […]

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