• 4 Sep
    2013

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/04/2013

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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  • 3 Sep
    2013

The Auction that Launched the Antiques Trade

The antiques business began in July, 1886. At least, that’s the claim made by author Jonathan Gash in his book “Paid and Loving Eyes” (Penguin, 1993). Gash is the creator of the Lovejoy character, a roguish antiques dealer whose escapades are recounted in more than two dozen novels and 71 BBC television shows. I enjoyed […]

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  • 3 Sep
    2013

The Collector’s Minute: 1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4*S NART Spyder

It seems the dream cars of my childhood, the late 1950s to ’60s Ferrari, are always out of reach, with ever-increasing values. I have, alas, come to the realization that one will never be parked in my driveway. One of my favorites—a 1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4*S NART Spyder—was not only famous as a race car, but […]

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  • 3 Sep
    2013

It’s No Joke When it Comes to Steiff’s Vintage Teddy Clown Bears

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. Here is one of those treasures from my hug of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles. The Item: It’s like the circus has come to town when one of these rare […]

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  • 3 Sep
    2013

Collectible Posters from the 1969-70 ‘American Invasion’ of the U.K.

The Beatles were at the vanguard of the “British Invasion” of America in the 1960s, a movement that embraced a slew of British bands that included The Rolling Stones, The Animals, the Dave Clark Five, etc. Memorabilia from this period is well collected. However, there was a two-way flow of talent back across the Atlantic […]

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  • 30 Aug
    2013

A Serious Case of Mistaken Identity Finally Revealed

中國出口銀器: 一個被錯誤辨認已久的身份終於被揭露了 There is no such maker as Kan Mao Hsing! This article is focuses upon a long-running case of mistaken identity of an important Chinese silversmith who has never been given the recognition he is rightly due. To understand why and how this happened, we need to remind ourselves of how the world first […]

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  • 27 Aug
    2013

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/28/2013

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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  • 25 Aug
    2013

Rinker on Collectibles: The $300 Auction Lot Minimum and its Impact

Thanks to an invitation from Rich Reed, I attended the Friday afternoon, July 19 session of the 2013 R. S. Prussia Convention held in Grand Rapids. Jason Woody of Woody Auction of Douglass, Kan., hosted an informative seminar in which he outlined the operating methodology of business. During his seminar, Jason noted that the Woody […]

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  • 25 Aug
    2013

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Hard-to-Sell Items

It’s fun to think of estates as being filled with hidden treasures, waiting to be discovered and cashed in for Big Bucks. Hardly a week goes by without a news report of a naive estate shopper finding a rare painting, tool, coin or other collectible. The hard truth is that estate personal property consists mostly […]

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  • 25 Aug
    2013

Pearl River Meets the East River over a Chinese Export Silver Box

珠江在一個中國出口銀盒上遇到了紐約的東河 For a nation that had been almost totally introspective to the point of being hermetically sealed off for hundreds of years, it never ceases to amaze me how inextricably linked the phenomenon that is Chinese Export Silver is to America, in particular the Eastern Seaboard. True, the Treaty of Nanking in 1842 opened up […]

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