Retro-Themed Sports Cards Make the New Old Again
In this modern era of baseball-card collecting, there are a wide array of brands and products from which collectors can choose. For collectors returning to the hobby after a several year hiatus, or for those of any age just getting started, the marketplace for new products can be a bit overwhelming. From simple products like […]
Beanies, Dolls and Plates: The ‘Valueless Collectibles’
We all know that the Beanie Baby craze was a wild ride for a couple of years. People were actually acquiring these plush little darlings in the hope of building a nice retirement nest egg. I know a few people who really saw the Beanie Babies as the answer to their financial troubles. I have […]
The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/21/2013
The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists […]
Dr. Robert Pierce Harris, Circus Physician to The Greatest Show on Earth
In the circus, much of the glory went to the performers, especially to the star performers. Their images were plastered on posters and in other advertising because everyone recognized them. They received all the applause. But behind the scenes were the people who kept the circus running. The unsung crew raised the tents and took […]
A Coin Collector’s Question: Is it Time to Flock to U.S. Silver Eagles?
In the early 1980s, a multitude of investors and collectors were keen on acquiring silver in coin or bar format for investment and speculation. The metals market was a huge business and millions of dollars were spent annually to purchase silver, especially foreign silver. At the same time, the U.S. government—which had gone off the […]
Game-Used Bats: The Eras and Values for Collectors
In the first part of our series on collecting game-used bats, we examined issues relating to authentication. This included establishing provenance and identifying game-used characteristics. In this, part two, we’ll take a look at the values of game-used bats, examine some legendary lumber and provide resources for liquidating or acquiring pieces for your collection. When […]
Chinese Export Silver: An Almighty Battle Royal over a Tea Set!
中國出口銀器: 一套茶具上的偉大戰役 Inundated though I am with images of Chinese Export Silver, both shared by others from around the world and unearthed by me in my research quest, not a week goes by without at least one specimen taking my breath away. Cape Town, South Africa, isn’t a city one would automatically associate with Chinese […]
Fender Instruments: From Radio Repair to Rock ‘n’ Roll History
Leo Fender became a rock ‘n’ roll icon quite by accident. After a brief career as a bookkeeper, Leo opened a radio repair shop in Fullerton, Calif., in 1938, when he was just 29 years old. In 1938, the electronics industry in America was still in its infancy. The vacuum tubes that made amplification possible […]