• 21 Nov
    2007

Military Collectibles for Investment

I recently read a New York Times article about military collectibles that touched on two interesting subjects.

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  • 17 Nov
    2007

Unlimited “Limited Edition” Collectibles

I grew up at the tail end of an age where most people bought toys with the intent of them being played with. As a small child, I had a neighborhood friend who would receive toys for his birthday or Christmas and never take them out of the packaging. His Star Wars and G.I. Joe figures remained on the blister cards.

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  • 15 Nov
    2007

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend…

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend…

Needless to say you have seen and heard this quote many times and it is true. In the collecting world jewelry it’s golden whether it’s gold or not. There are so many categories of jewelry it is mind boggling! All people (yes men too!) collect jewelry in some form or another.

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  • 15 Nov
    2007

Worthpoint is for you

Worthpoint is for you. Whether you know it or not, everyone is a collector of something. With the aging of the American populous, every individual tends to become an afficionado of something; what follows from that is your propensity to collect that of which you have a liking. What you collect says something about your personality, your goals, your passions.

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  • 14 Nov
    2007

What Do you Find While Going to Garage Sales?

I am a profound shopper at garage and estate sales. I suspect that many of us end up buying and selling collectibles and antiques because we can not pass up the bargains.

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  • 12 Nov
    2007

The beginning of collections.

Marilyn vos Savant, in her regular column, was asked "where was the earliest known museum and what was displayed?"

 

Ms. vos Savant answers that the first museums as we understand them were located in Egypt, Greece, and Rome.  However, only scholars got to view anything kept inside and then only used as teaching tools, not viewed by the general public.

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  • 12 Nov
    2007

The Eisenhower Birthday Plate

Sometimes in the world of collectibles there is an event item that is made specifically and only for that special time and then there is a commemorative item that was not made officially for the event, but instead honors the event itself.  For example, the official inaugural medal for a president’s swearing in recognizes the event officially.  Another company produces its own inaugural medal

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  • 12 Nov
    2007

The Inaugural Medal of Warren G. Harding

President-elect Warren G. Harding wanted "…the most dazzling celebration in the memory of the present generation." Fireworks, concerts, balls, parades, and the return of the inaugural medal. However, with the economy approaching deep depression, the political climate did not warrant an extravagent celebration.

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  • 12 Nov
    2007

The Inaugural Clothing Buttons of George Washington

In the first inauguration of a freely chosen president of the United States in 1789, President-elect George Washington appeared in  New York "…dressed in deep brown, with metal buttons, with an eagle on them…", according to William Maclay, a Pennsylvania Senator.   As would happen in decades to come, merchants saw a chance to sell souvenirs of the occasion and they would be clothi

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  • 11 Nov
    2007

What flag is that?

The Chesapeake Bay Flag Association held a meeting at the Flag House in Baltimore, Maryland on November 10, 2007 as they do periodically.  The Flag House is the site where Mary Pickersgill had sewn what is now known as the Star Spangled Banner flag, the one that flew over Fort McHenry during the bombardment of Baltimore by the British in 1814.  This flag, now in the Smithsonian Institution, i

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