• 13
    Aug

A New Must-Have for Fastionista Barbie Collectors with ‘Coach Barbie’

If you love Barbie and Coach leather accessories, this may be the doll collecting highlight of 2013! It has just been announced that Mattel and Coach have unveiled “Coach Barbie,” a version of iconic Barbie Roberts doll dressed head to toe in a genuine Coach outfit. For Barbie doll loving fashionitas, it really does not […]

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  • 13
    Aug

Playing at the House of Mouse: Disney’s Magic Kingdom-Themed Board Games

For the first time since before my first child was born in 2010, we’re going on an old-fashioned, summertime family vacation. One of my young ones is getting ready to start school and the older one is getting set to go back to school, so I figured we’d close out the long, unreasonably rainy Atlanta […]

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  • 13
    Aug

Previously Unknown Original Warhol Silkscreen to Headline Labor Day Sale

MILLVILLE, Pa. – A previously unknown and never before offered silkscreen by Pop Art icon Andy Warhol is the expected headliner at a Labor Day sale planned for Monday, Sept. 2, by Col. Kirk’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery here in Millville, a town in central Pennsylvania. The silkscreen, a probable one-of-a-kind, is titled […]

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  • 13
    Aug

General Gasoline Transitional Sign featuring Mobil Pegasus Logo Soars to $18,150

DES MOINES, Iowa. – A rare General Gasoline double-sided porcelain transitional sign—showing the iconic Mobil Pegasus logo, signaling Mobil’s acquisition of General Gasoline and establishing its presence in the Western United States—sold for $18,150 at an auction held Aug. 1-2 by Matthews Auctions, timed to coincide with the popular Iowa Gas Swap Meet here in […]

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  • 12
    Aug

Game-Used Bats: The Challenge of Authentication

One of the most highly desirable pieces of high-end baseball memorabilia that collectors pursue is the game-used bat. It is also one of the hardest to authenticate, especially when it comes to vintage pieces prior to the 1980s. Collectors looking to enter this aspect of memorabilia collecting need to beware of some simple guidelines applicable […]

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  • 12
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Chance is a Scarce Commodity in the Antiques World

NOTE: While this “Rinker on Collectibles” Questions and Answers column focuses only on one question, the information and principals discussed in the second half of the answer have universal application. QUESTION: I have seven pieces of Old Hickory furniture that came from a rural Pennsylvania fishing and hunting lodge built in the late 1930s or […]

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  • 11
    Aug

Antique Marbles—The Simplest of Toys is now a Complex Hobby

I had a 15-minute break from work one Saturday a couple of years ago and decided to spend it cruising through the flea market up the road, near where I live here in Maine. I’m an antique bottle digger and collector, and that’s what I generally hunt for at a flea market, but I’ll also […]

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  • 9
    Aug

The Agony and Ecstasy of Owning a ‘Priceless’ Painting

Several years ago, I purchased a beautiful painting at a garage sale for $3. The scene seemed very familiar, but I didn’t linger on my analysis of it the piece. I loved it, paid for my purchases and went on to the next sale. Later that day, I brought my newly acquired painting into the […]

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  • 9
    Aug

The Art of the Silver Cage Shows Creative Genius of Chinese Silversmiths

中國出口銀器: 銀籠子的藝術 Chinese Export Silver produced some extraordinary silversmiths by anyone’s standards; a much-used statement by me and one I am oft criticized about. There is an unwritten hierarchy of perceived best makers in the Western world in the 18th and 19th centuries; sadly, Chinese silversmiths were not even considered eligible to this exclusive virtual […]

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  • 9
    Aug

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Crime Doesn’t Pay, Batman # 1 Edition

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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