• 17
    Mar

Estate Executors’ Headaches: How to Open, Price and Sell Residential Safes

One of my “go-to” movies when I’m in the mood for a caper-flick is “The Italian Job” starring Mark Wahlberg. In a clever bit of cinematography, Wahlberg’s gang of thieves steal a safe full of gold bars by using explosives to cut a hole in the floor around the safe causing it to crash through […]

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  • 17
    Mar

The Postcard Time Machine: The Dionne’s Miracle Quintuplets

On May 28, 1934 a young farm wife in the back woods of northern Ontario, Canada, gave birth to identical quintuplets two months prematurely. From oldest to youngest, Yvonne, Annette, Cecile, Emilie and Marie would bring joy and lift spirits during the years of the Great Depression, save northern Ontario’s economy, appear in movies and […]

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  • 17
    Mar

The Basics of Sports-Card Collecting: Understanding Card Grading

As with most collectibles, the value of a trading card often comes down to three criteria: condition, condition and condition. This is true whether you are talking about a vintage 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card or a 2012 Playoff Contenders Andrew Luck rookie card. But how does one determine condition? Of course, there are […]

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  • 14
    Mar

Chinese Export Silver Offers a Cabinet Full of Charming Curiosities

中國出口銀器: 珍奇百寶屋 Sometimes I have to pinch myself; I must be one of the luckiest people on the planet because I get to see so many beautiful objects very single day. I am also lucky that Chinese silversmiths had a wicked sense of humor, which they often expressed in the objects they created. Other times […]

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  • 12
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/12/2014

New Comics Roundup A lot of first issues are debuting this week, beginning with Returning #1 at BOOM!, featuring Zombies in the future. That is followed by the return of Beasts of Burden at Dark Horse, as well as a bunch more DC Robot Chicken variants. Magnus Robot Fighter joins the Gold Key re-launch at […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Rinker on Collectibles: A Tribute to America’s Attics (At Least to those that still Remain)

America’s attic as a storage and living space is an endangered species. Although every home has an attic, less than 15 percent of modern homes have an attic with sufficient ease of access to store things, let alone hide, play or live in it. I am astonished it took me so long to realize this. […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The $10-Million Gold Coin Hoard Find

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I host an exciting interview with Kagins Inc.’s, Donald Kagin, PhD, and David McCarthy, who are handling a once-in-a-century find—The Saddle Ridge Hoard; $10-million worth of rare gold coins—that was buried sometime in the late 1800s and recently discovered by a couple out walking their dog on […]

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  • 11
    Mar

St. Patrick’s Day: Another Excuse to Collect!

As an Irish person—living in Ireland—let me relay the bad news/set the record straight: we don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Aside from having the day off work, it’s a slight non-entity. Yes, you have people who use the day to drink themselves silly in the many pubs around the country (mainly because they have […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Muscle Car Music: Collecting those Icons of the ’70s, 8-Track Tapes

To garage-salers and flea market buffs, they seem to be everywhere. Most folks walk right by boxes full of them with their nose in the air and an attitude of indifference. For collectors, though, boxes of unwanted 8-track tapes are pure gold. Monthly sales of 8-track tapes number in the thousands on eBay, with prices […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Sports Collectibles News & Notes: More Trouble for ‘King of Sport Memorabilia’

In a previous article, we reported on the legal issues that the former CEO of MastroNet Auctions, Bill Mastro, has found himself mired in for much of this past year. Charges he was facing ranged from alleged shill bidding, wire fraud and card doctoring. While the previous legal proceedings related to these charges all took […]

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