Drugs, Baseball, and Collecting
With recent news of the Mitchell Report accusing 86 baseball players of using steroids and other performance enhancing drugs, people have been talking about the players and the sport, but what is going to happen to the value of cards and memorabilia?
Why I Love Yard Sales
Yard sales sometimes offer a jackpot for collectors. You’ve probably seen the stories on Antiques Roadshow about people who’ve purchased art, tapestries, vases, or figurines by the side of the road for very modest amounts. Then it turns out that their finds from 20 years ago, which have been stashed in a closet, are actually worth thousands.
The 2007 Official White House Christmas Card
Continuing a tradition that dates back to the first official White House Christmas card sent by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, the White House recently released the official 2007 White House Christmas card.
Do You Know What Your President Signed?
The President of the United States is a very busy person. Their entire day is mostly meetings with staff, with constituencies, with groups, with the media, with government officials, with ambassadors, with other heads of state, along with ceremonies, bill signings, speeches, travel…whew. Who would want the job. Yet, many do.
New Orleans, Meeting the Challenge
In August 2005 many thought New Orleans culture was gone forever. Two years later the rebirth of New Orleans continues at a snail’s pace, but many antique shop owners are feeling confident about the city’s future, or, rather, their place in the rebuilding process. A new market has emerged. Many antiques dealers are selling primarily to locals who want to refurnish their homes.
A week ago, I listed item for auction on ebay. It did fairly well considering the economy and the time of year. After the auction closed, I sent an email to the bidder with payment instructions and thought it was a done deal. About 4 hours later, I received an email from ebay stating, “ebay Listing Cancelled – Results Null and Void”.
A True Historical New Orleans Experience
Finding a person who is truly content with their job is not easy, but walk down to the Sword and Pen at 528 Royal Street and you will meet the happiest antique dealer in New Orleans, Larry Marsh. As manager of Sword and Pen, a French Quarter antique store, Larry has the opportunity to talk about his first love, history.
Rare “Sac Dollar” Error Coin Discovered
It may come as a surprise to individuals outside the coin-collecting world that extremely rare and valuable US coins are still being minted today. These coins come in the form of mis-strikes or error coins caused by human or mechanical failure in the minting process. Billions of U.S. coins are produced annually.
Origin of the Lighting Lamp
In the arcane world of oil lamps there are considered to be three distinct phases: simple olive oil lamps from prehistory to the 18th century, the Argand lamp created about 1780, and the kerosene lamp created about 1850.