• 12 Sep
    2013

Brunswick Panatrope Radio Phonograph was the First Multi-Disc Record Player

I bought my first MP3 player last week. I know it’s old technology. Apple introduced the iPod in 2001 and I’m just getting on-board. Call me a late adopter. I bought my first home computer in 1986 and my first cell phone in 2001. I still don’t have a smartphone. I did, however, finally cut […]

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  • 12 Sep
    2013

Ringside Collectibles: Boxing Memorabilia Packs a Punch

Pugilism: (pu·gi·lism) The skill, practice and sport of fighting with the fists; boxing.—Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. The sport of boxing has a long and divisive history. Dating back to the ancient Greek Empire, it was honored as an Olympic sport. Boxing or prizefighting, as it is also called, gained popularity first in England and then the in […]

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  • 10 Sep
    2013

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/11/2013

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 […]

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  • 10 Sep
    2013

Rinker on Collectibles: Who Defines the High End within a Collecting Category?

I divide the objects in a collecting category into six groups—junk, common, above average, hard to find, upper echelon and masterpiece/ultimate units. When assigning percentages to each of the divisions, the results are: junk (50 percent) is objects in too bad a condition to be considered collectible; common (35 percent); above average (10 percent); hard […]

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  • 6 Sep
    2013

NCAA Football: Collecting Your Alma Mater

Whether you’re a fan or alumni of THE Ohio State University, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the USC Trojans or you plan on engraving “Roll Tide” on your tombstone, few sports develop the long-lasting and deep-seeded rivalries that exist throughout college football. With the 2013 season having just kicked off, here is a look […]

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  • 6 Sep
    2013

Lackluster 2013 NFL Draft Makes Memorabilia Prospecting a Challenge for Collectors

The 2013 NFL season kicks off in earnest on Sunday, but with this year’s NFL Draft Class being short on skill position players, knowing who to gamble on from a sports collectibles standpoint is an even a riskier proposition than normal. Consider these two points: the first impact offensive position selected was not a quarterback […]

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  • 6 Sep
    2013

Treasured Kingfisher Feathers Give Chinese Export Silver the Blues

中國出口銀器也憂鬱 The striking iridescent blue of kingfisher feathers have been highly prized in China for at least 2,500 years. Their widespread use in hair ornaments and jewelry gave rise to their being acknowledged as symbols of feminine beauty, while the sheer reality that a kingfisher is an extremely small bird and difficult to either catch […]

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  • 6 Sep
    2013

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – DC’s 3D Villains Month Variants Madness

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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers […]

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  • 6 Sep
    2013

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Shelves and Shelves Full of Books

From the time I was a college student, I’ve been a collector of books. Well, not a collector exactly; more like an accumulator. Over the course of a lifetime, avid readers can accumulate a lot of books. In my house, books are like Kudzu; clean them out, get rid of them, and next year they’re […]

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  • 5 Sep
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Mid-Century Modern Penn State Classroom Chair

QUESTION: In the 1990s, I bought four (4) bentwood plywood classroom chairs. The remains of a paper label that contains a circle motif with the letters: “T_ON…AT…” is on the bottom of one of the chairs. There also is a metal tag with “PSC” and an inventory number. “PSC” stands for Pennsylvania State College. The […]

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