• 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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  • 31
    Aug

Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news is Sotheby’s taking a rating hit, a tennis memorabilia auction coinciding with the U.S. Open, a seagoing exhibit in the Middle East and auctioning off the crypt above Marilyn Monroe’s. From Bloomberg: Sotheby’s Corporate Credit Rating Is Cut One Level by Moody’s So. Moody’s dropped Sotheby’s rating from Ba2 to Ba3. On...

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  • 31
    Aug

Rare California Clubhouse Whiskey Bottle—First Ever to be Auctioned—Brings $30,240

[caption id="attachment_2485786" align="alignright" width="233" caption="This California Clubhouse whiskey bottle, made circa 1872-74 and only one of nine known examples, sold for $30,240 at an Internet auction hosted by the American Bottle Auction."][/caption] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A medium chocolate amber California Clubhouse Whiskey bottle, made circa 1872-74 and one of only nine examples known, soared to $30,240 in an...

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  • 31
    Aug

Christie’s First Open Sale Kicks off Fall Season of Post-War & Contemporary Art

[caption id="attachment_2485774" align="alignright" width="339" caption="Flowers,” by Andy Warhol (1964), highlights the Christie’s First Open sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art, to be held on Sept. 23, 2009."][/caption] NEW YORK -- Appealing to a variety of collecting portfolios, Christie’s First Open sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art will offer an array of exciting paintings, sculptures, and works on paper...

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