• 28
    Oct

This Week in Geek 10/28/09

[caption id="attachment_2487107" align="alignright" width="320" caption="Michael Jackson: This Is It"][/caption] Be it a number grade from a well known grading service, a pedigree from an auction house or even a signature from a creator, there's all kinds of factors that can add value to a comic book. One of the most dubious and hard to authenticate is the claim...

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  • 27
    Oct

Auction Report: Monumental Mahogany Front and Back Bar Brings Record Price

[caption id="attachment_2487076" align="aligncenter" width="502" caption="Front and back bar with original matching liquor cabinet by Brunswick, Balke & Collender Co. soared to a record selling price of $302,500 at the living estate sale of Ron Wallace, a dedicated collector and the former president of UPS."][/caption] ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A monumental mahogany Los Angeles model front and back bar...

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  • 27
    Oct

Auction Report: Vigorous Battle over Tiffany Sterling and Metal Salt & Pepper Shakers

[caption id="attachment_2487064" align="alignright" width="288" caption="This set of rare Tiffany sterling silver and mixed metals salt and pepper shakers went to a determined buyer from New York City for $4,000 at a multi-estate sale Sept. 25-26 hosted by Richard D. Hatch & Associates."][/caption] FLAT ROCK, N.C. – A gorgeous pair of rare Tiffany sterling silver and mixed metals salt...

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  • 27
    Oct

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

[caption id="attachment_2487051" align="alignright" width="379"] This cardboard diorama for Mayo-Skinner Automatic Windshield Cleaner, graded 8.5 out of 10, sold for a surprising $5,060 at the Fall Peotone Petroliana & Advertising Auction on Oct. 16, 2009.[/caption] 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...

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  • 26
    Oct

Collecting for Collecting Sake: Confessions of a Collector-Turned-Accumulator

Accumulator and collector are not synonymous. While there are some similarities, the differences far outweigh them. The accumulator and collector are committed to the joy of collecting. They are passionate and enthusiastic, bound by the act of collecting and not what they collected. There is no limit to or prejudice toward what is collected. Watermelon-theme objects are as...

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  • 26
    Oct

Collecting Classic Horror Books—Tales that Scared Our Great-Great-Grandparents

[caption id="attachment_2487006" align="alignright" width="291" caption="Illustration by Christina Rossetti’s brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, for the first edition of “Goblin Market and Other Poem,” 1862. "][/caption] “Morning and evening Maids heard the goblins cry ‘Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy’ ” Thus begins Christina Rossetti’s 1859 epic poem, “Goblin Market.” This tale of horror (first published in 1862)...

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  • 26
    Oct

The King of the Macabre: Edgar Allan Poe Offers Various Avenues of Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2486990" align="alignleft" width="269" caption="Edgar Allen Poe offers various avenues of collectibles."][/caption] As the undisputed father of terror and the grotesque, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) wrote more than 150 poems, essays and short stories, as well as a couple of novels, a play and even a textbook. Many artists have interpreted his poems and short stories, creating hundreds...

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  • 26
    Oct

Hollow, Light-Weight Decoys Valued on the Jersey Coast and Delaware Valley

The distinctive style of coastal New Jersey decoys was shaped by the method of hunting used in the area. The sneak box was used as the primary type of gunning boat. A sneak box was a small boat about 12 feet long and 4 feet wide, built low to the water for one gunner. It could be rowed...

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  • 26
    Oct

Wood Shrinkage in Antique Furniture is to be Expected

[caption id="attachment_2487024" align="alignright" width="368" caption="In this photo the solid wood underlayment has shrunk under the veneer of the skirt of this Federal era fold over game table telegraphing the damage to the surface."][/caption] The next time you visit a genuine antique furniture shop, pay particular attention to the concept of wood shrinkage. When a tree is felled it...

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  • 21
    Oct

This Week in Geek 10/21/09

[caption id="attachment_2486954" align="alignright" width="320" caption="Puppy Power: Bo Obama"][/caption] I don't get Manga. Never have. I love anime but I just never got into manga. I read Lone Wolf and Cub and Akira cover-to-cover and loved both, but that's where my manga buying ended. Well not totally true; I read and loved Osamu Tezuka's Buddah and Phoenix. So, four...

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