• 24
    Sep

It’s Time to Sell Your Sports Collection… Now What?

[caption id="attachment_2515651" align="alignleft" width="274"] Having your cards graded by a reputable, third-party service is essential when it comes time to sell your collection.[/caption] There are many reasons and numerous potential life-changing events that may provide the catalyst for selling your treasured sports memorabilia collection. Financial hardship, college tuition, home downsizing, the healthcare or death of a loved one...

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  • 24
    Sep

The Avengers: The Comic Book Juggernaut that Almost Wasn’t

[caption id="attachment_2515620" align="alignright" width="271"] Avengers #1 (September 1963) was actually a fill-in title developed because Daredevil #1 wouldn’t be ready in time. The 12-cent comic sold for a record $250,000 in 2011.[/caption] In the summer of 1963, Marvel Comics published a comic book that few at the time imagined would still be making waves in American pop culture...

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  • 24
    Sep

Collectible Sports Figures: They’re More than Just Bobbleheads

[caption id="attachment_2515603" align="aligncenter" width="251"] The Hartland Company is credited as the entity that really gave rise to collectible sports figures, with the original 1958 run including Eddie Mathews (pictured), Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth.[/caption] There are many types of sports figures for collectors to pursue that have intrinsic value all of their own. However,...

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  • 24
    Sep

It’s all in the Marks: What Does ‘OEPIAG/EPIAG’ Mean?

[caption id="attachment_2515599" align="alignright" width="300"] . The name “OEPIAG” is an acronym for “Österreichische Porzellan Industrie AG,” which translates to Austrian Porcelain Industry. It was in use between 1918 and 1920.[/caption] Going through the e-mail from WorthPoint readers, we often receive questions about the markings on pottery and porcelain, particularly European pieces made between the First and Second World...

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  • 24
    Sep

Kid-Friendly ‘Disney Infinity’ Video Game is Only the Beginning as Extras Abound

[caption id="attachment_2515592" align="aligncenter" width="497"] The $75 Disney Infinity starter box. I’m so glad to see “The Incredibles” represented after years of near-obscurity.[/caption] If you’re the parents of Disney-inclined kids or if you’re Disney-inclined yourself, you’ve likely either heard of or already invested into the new Disney Infinity line of toy-driven video games. Released in Early August, Disney Infinity...

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  • 24
    Sep

From Japan to the World: Battle of the Planets Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2515639" align="alignleft" width="237"] A “Battle of the Planets” frame-tray puzzle, released by Whitman-Western Publishing in 1979 carries a collectors' value of about $10.[/caption] For many children growing up during the late 1970s and early 1980s, an animated TV series named “Battle of the Planets” had them running home from school so they wouldn't miss a single action-packed...

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  • 24
    Sep

Postcard Time Machine: Remembering More Stars of TV and Film

Postcards of famous people have always been popular. In addition to historical figures, authors and kings and queens, postcards celebrate our favorite entertainers as well. These performers gave back to the world, broke barriers and created much of the foundation of today’s entertainment. Take a walk into the past through these postcards, and remember how much we enjoyed...

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  • 20
    Sep

I Inherited the Family Piano… Now What?

[caption id="attachment_2515582" align="alignleft" width="300"] This Mason Hamlin piano is an example of a "console" piano, the midsize-subcatagory of vertical, or upright, pianos.[/caption] How do you stop an elephant from charging? Take away his credit card. Why do elephants have trunks? Because they would look silly with glove compartments. What do you give a seasick elephant? Lots of room....

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  • 20
    Sep

The Ultimate Tea Ceremony: How the Custom of Taking Tea Influenced Silver Tea Sets

中國出口銀器: 終極茶道 [caption id="attachment_2515564" align="alignright" width="247"] It was Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, who invented the act of taking afternoon tea at the beginning of the 19th century[/caption] Chinese Export Silver was very much a product of the China Trade, which in itself was a phenomenon born out of the long-established silk and tea trades between China and...

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  • 20
    Sep

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – Uncle Scrooge Seller Now Rolling in Dough

[caption id="attachment_2515706" align="alignright" width="326"] A copy of Dell Four Color #386 (Dell, 1952) starring Uncle Scrooge in CGC 9.4 condition sold for $9,125 with 32 bids on Sept. 12[/caption] 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...

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