• 15
    Nov

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – 46,000-Issue Comics Collection Discovery

[caption id="attachment_2516893" align="aligncenter" width="449"] Brian Marcus, owner of Caviler Comics, and his friend Charles Wood sit showing off some of their new collection of 46,000 Marvel and DC comics, some of which dating back to the early 1950s, and including several blue-chip first appearances and #1 issues.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book...

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  • 15
    Nov

Stan ‘The Man’ Musial Collection Garners Top Dollar at Heritage Auctions

[caption id="attachment_2516965" align="aligncenter" width="248"] The big-money items from the collection were both championship rings, including the 2011 World Series Championship ring presented to Musial (above).[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2516966" align="aligncenter" width="258"] Musial’s team-presented 2006 National League Champion ring realized an impressive $101,575.[/caption] Heritage Auctions recently completed their annual fall, Sports Collectibles Signature Auction, to the tune of $7.7 million. Highlighting...

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  • 15
    Nov

Upcoming Legends Auction Retells the Story of JFK and Camelot One item at a Time

[caption id="attachment_251691" align="aligncenter" width="204"] The bust bronze "John F. Kennedy" by Felix de Weldon (1907-2003), signed by the artist. This is one of only four made. Two reside in the Kennedy Library in Boston and the last is at Kennedy Space Center.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2516917" align="aligncenter" width="270"] This rocking chair was used by the President at the Kennedy compound...

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  • 15
    Nov

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Dan Meader on the JFK and the Legends Auction

[caption id="attachment_2516912" align="alignleft" width="268"] Dan Meader, gallery director of John McInnis Auctioneers, with sculptor Felix de Weldon’s personal JFK bust, one of only four in existence.[/caption] On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks Martin talks to Dan Meader at John McInnis Auctions about the record-breaking David Powers Auction of JFK’s affects earlier this year and...

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  • 15
    Nov

Chinese Export Silver Items Strike Gold at Heritage Auctions Sale

[caption id="attachment_2516929" align="aligncenter" width="465"] This splendid, lidded and standing cup, carries a mark of a retail silversmith we only know by the initials MLW. Yet this particular cup also bares the “chopmark” of the actual silver workshop that created it, in this case identifiable as Sheng Chang who, importantly, is a “known” maker, especially by Chinese aficionados. It...

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  • 15
    Nov

‘Introducing…. The Beatles’: A Story about a First Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2516899" align="aligncenter" width="234"] “Introducing… The Beatles” was the first Beatles album released in the United States, on Jan. 1964. The songs were repeats from the 1963 British debut album, “Please Please Me”[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2516900" align="aligncenter" width="240"] “Meet the Beatles!” was also released in the United States in January of 1964. It had the same cover photo as...

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  • 14
    Nov

A Primer for Determining Fair Market Value of Estate Art, Antiques and Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2516940" align="aligncenter" width="425"] Uncle Bob’s collection had to be reviewed to determine its Fair Market Value before the estate could sell it. What collections or antiques to you have in your house—or attic—that will need to go through a similar review? Do you know what a FMV would find for your collection?[/caption] Uncle Bob has always been...

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  • 14
    Nov

Rarity Is Key In Vintage Board Game Value

[caption id="attachment_2516880" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Board games were often created around the fads of the day.[/caption] Growing up in the 1950s, board games were a regular part of my family life. Back then we only had three TV stations and AM radio—that was the BC era: “Before Cable.” Whenever the weather got stormy, TV reception would suffer. No matter...

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  • 13
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Kerr & Co. Gold Belt Buckle, Howdy Doody Show Marionette

[caption id="attachment_2516851" align="alignright" width="300"] The front of the belt buckle.[/caption] QUESTION: I almost sold a belt buckle for a couple of bucks at my garage sale a few weeks ago until I took a better look at it. The front of the rectangular belt buckle has horizontal engraved lines with a central “E E H” monogram. The back...

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  • 13
    Nov

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Daniel Finamore on ‘Impressionists on the Water’

[caption id="attachment_2516845" align="aligncenter" width="430"] Daniel Finamore, PhD, the Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., views one of the pieces in the “Impressionists on the Water” exhibit, which will run through next February.[/caption] On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Daniel Finamore, PhD, the...

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