• 8
    Sep

ISA Offering Six-Day ‘Appraisal of Antiques and Residential Contents’ Course

CHICAGO – The International Society of Appraisers will offer a course to help handle one of the knotty issues many families and estates face: the valuation of a household with the personal accumulation of a lifetime. The course, “Appraisal of Antiques and Residential Content,” will be offered only once this year from Oct. 1-6. The course will be...

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  • 8
    Sep

Ex-UPS President Wallace’s Advertising, Gambling, Saloon Collection to be Auctioned

[caption id="attachment_2486009" align="aligncenter" width="491" caption="A later replica of the famous Moxiemobile, an advertising vehicle that promoted the soft drink Moxie, will highlight the auction of the Ron Wallace collection."][/caption] ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The entire collection of Ron Wallace, a dedicated collector for over 30 years and former president of shipping giant UPS, as well as some 1,000...

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  • 8
    Sep

Astounding 5-Pound, Brain-Like Pearl Highlights Weekend Auction

[caption id="attachment_2485996" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The expected top lot of this weekend’s Phillip Weiss Auction event is this astounding five-pound pearl, measuring six inches in diameter."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – An incredible, five-pound pearl—measuring six inches in diameter and bearing an uncanny resemblance to a human brain—is just one of hundreds of intriguing lots that will cross the block at...

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  • 2
    Sep

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Mickey Rooney’s One-Man Band Toy, Pitcher and Basin

QUESTION: I own a Mickey Rooney’s One Man Band toy that is near mint in its period box. The One Man Band consists of a washboard, the top portion of which has a paper label featuring a head and shoulder picture of Mickey Rooney on the left and “MICKEY / ROONEY’S / One Man Band” on the right....

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  • 2
    Sep

Have a Yen for Goofies, Ringers and Igloos? — You’ve Been Bitten by the Button Bug

[caption id="attachment_2485870" align="alignright" width="335" caption="A collection of Victorian buttons, including a gorgeous high relief Geisha with Parasol, cranes with a tree and a Samurai made of brass and copper. "][/caption] In a St. Louis hotel elevator during a convention, several women were talking about the judging of their trays of heads when a man asked if they were...

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  • 2
    Sep

Simple Tips Can Help You Salvage Keepsakes After a Fire

A fire can have devastating effects for anyone. Now, imagine your collection of art, antiques or collectibles suffering through a fire. A horrible thought. While insurance may help to soothe the loss, there may be items which carry huge sentimental (not to mention monetary) value. Salvaging the items becomes important, and there is a right way to go...

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  • 2
    Sep

This Week in Geek 9/02/09

[caption id="attachment_2485989" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Disney has purchased Marvel Comics for $4 billion."][/caption] For those of you who didn't hear the bomb go off Monday morning, Disney has purchased Marvel Comics for $4 billion. Needless to say the Internet is abuzz with nerds on both sides of the fence. As usual, the initial news is a carefully crafted PR...

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  • 1
    Sep

A Primer on the Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Shows and Assorted Events

[caption id="attachment_2485827" align="alignright" width="331" caption="The Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show, and surrounding independent events, as seen from the air."][/caption] I normally write an article on shows I attend after the event, when I have returned home to my trusty/rusty/crusty computer with my prizes and impressions. Now, though, I thought I'd give folks a “head's up” on the Brimfield...

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  • 1
    Sep

Even if you Can’t Hit ’Em Straight, You Can Still Find ’Em and Collect ’Em

[caption id="attachment_2485842" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A golf ball with the Old Bushwood Country Club logo."][/caption] Creating a logo golf ball collection is easy. Adding to it takes a little ingenuity. Ask me. I know from where I speak. Starting out, almost every public or private golf club sells golf balls with the club imprint on it. Many golf outings...

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  • 1
    Sep

Getting Down to the ABCs of Learning and Collecting

[caption id="attachment_2485812" align="aligncenter" width="544" caption="These old wooden toy blocks, made in the early 20th century, feature letters of the alphabet, as well as drawings of animals, etc. Some of them are faded and the edges are worn. "][/caption] While many kids across the country have already gone back to school, and others are joyously trying to use up...

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