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  • Mar 15 2016
  • 15 Mar 2016

It’s not Easy Being Green, even for Steiff’s Endearing Emerald Creations

It’s easy to be thinking “green” this time of year. Spring, for us folks in the northern hemisphere is showing signs of emerging, and St. […]

  • Mar 14 2016
  • 14 Mar 2016

St. Patrick’s Day: Another Excuse to Collect!

As an Irish person—living in Ireland—let me relay the bad news/set the record straight: we don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Aside from having the […]

  • Mar 11 2016
  • 11 Mar 2016

The Test of Time – How to Tell When, Where and by Whom a Gold Watch Was Made

Dealers and appraisers are often asked the same questions, such as “How old is it?” “Who made it?” and “What’s it worth?” for example. Our […]

  • Mar 11 2016
  • 11 Mar 2016

The Postcard Time Machine: Going Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Whether we’re Irish or just Irish at heart, we all know that on March 17 we should wear something green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. […]

  • Mar 10 2016
  • 10 Mar 2016

Q and A with Harry Rinker: A Cheating Gambler’s 19th Century Card Cutter

QUESTION: I found a Will & Finck of San Francisco card cutter in a thrift shop in the mountains of North Carolina. A card trimmer […]

  • Mar 9 2016
  • 9 Mar 2016

The Perils of Improperly Storing Your Campaign Buttons

Have you just started to collect political buttons? Did your grandfather just give you his prized collection of buttons from the presidential campaign of John […]

  • Mar 9 2016
  • 9 Mar 2016

A Shocking Collectible Theme: The Death House Electric Chair

When Dr. Alfred Southwick of the New York State Legislature’s death penalty commission called Thomas Edison in 1887, his purpose was to get Edison’s advice […]

  • Mar 7 2016
  • 7 Mar 2016

The 12 Biggest Small Business Mistakes Part 1

“Cliff, we love your column,” I hear often. “You give lots of good advice but you dole it out piecemeal, week by week. Every once […]

  • Mar 4 2016
  • 4 Mar 2016

Rinker on Collectibles: Antiquing Phobias

When I received a telephone call from a listener to WHATCHA GOT?—my syndicated antiques and collectibles call-in radio show—asking if I could identify a phobia […]

  • Mar 4 2016
  • 4 Mar 2016

Operator, Get Me MUrray Hill 5-9975: Collecting Candlestick Telephones

The eBay description is succinct, if not grammatically correct: “(sic)…the price is right 2 years ago I sold one for $4500 at a telephone show […]