• 9
    Sep

This Week in Geek 9/09/09

Hot on the heels of Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Comics comes equally huge news from DC. Well, maybe not equally huge, but pretty big. Publisher and president of DC Comics Paul Levitiz is stepping down after seven years. The announcement came with the news that DC would be reorganizing and will now be known as […]

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  • 9
    Sep

Last Year’s Almanacs May Not Be Useful, but They Sure Are Collectible

It used to be said of something no longer of use that it was “as useless as last year’s almanac.” But not any longer. Old almanacs are both valuable and interesting, and lately have become the object of much collector attention. It is easy to understand why. Reading backwards through a collection of them is […]

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  • 9
    Sep

Basic Training for Those Starting an American Toy Soldier Collection

For many of today’s adults, lead soldiers are toys that our parents or grandparents played with. By the time they came around, the lead soldier was mostly a thing of the past, and if soldiers were in the toy box, they would be of the plastic, known almost universally as “Little Green Army Men.” But […]

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  • 8
    Sep

Heralds Promote Circuses Coming to Town, Tear Down ‘Inferior’ Competition

Circus heralds and couriers stand out among all the advertising pieces produced by the traveling shows of the Golden Age. They were printed in greater volume than another advertising item—usually in the millions. For more information on couriers see my story titled ‘The Circus Is Coming!’ Circus Couriers Whet Communities’ Appetites. Heralds are advertising sheets […]

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  • 8
    Sep

The Thrill of the Hunt: Netting a Rare Butterfly Table

A few years ago, Steve Fletcher—the lead auctioneer of Skinner Auction Gallery in Boston—had just accepted a glass of water and stepped down from the podium to take a break. Karen Keane, the president and CEO of the company, was now behind the auctioneer’s mike. “Good!” I said to myself. Keane, like Fletcher, is a […]

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  • 8
    Sep

The Origin of the COMEX Rolex ‘Sea Dweller’ Diver’s Watch

During the late 1960s, in collaboration with COMEX—a France-based professional dive company—Rolex developed its “Submariner” model to meet the most stringent technical and professional demands of the professional deep-sea diver. In the process, Rolex eventually produced a very different watch from the Submariner and named it the “Sea Dweller,” which is still in production today. […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 8
    Sep

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

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 other lots of investment-grade antiques and collectibles from several other prominent collectors, will be auctioned off on Oct. 2-4. Wallace has turned his focus to opening […]

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  • 8
    Sep

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

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 a massive, three-day estate sale featuring, among other items, several collections of toy soldiers, Lionel and other vintage trains, clocks and fine […]

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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” […]

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