• 16
    Apr

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Hit of the Week’ Records, Kichiemon Okamura Block Prints

QUESTION: I own approximately three dozen “HIT OF THE WEEK” records. The label reads: “Durium Products Corporation – New York / Durium T.M. Reg. – Made in U.S.A.” Song titles include: “I Still Get a Thrill,” “Just a Gigolo,” “Kiss Me Goodnight,” “My Mom,” “Reaching for the Moon” and “You’ll Be Mine in Apple Blossom […]

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  • 15
    Apr

Iron Man and the Avengers: The Comics Issues that Introduced them All

On May 3, the “Iron Man 3” will hit movie theaters like a repulsor ray blast and has the potential to become one of the box office triumphs of 2013. If you’ve seen the trailers, you know the villain this time around is the mysterious Mandarin. But did you know the Mandarin’s first appearance in […]

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  • 15
    Apr

‘Collect Them All!’ A History of the Action Figure, Part 2

In my previous installment of this two-part series, I outlined the history of action figures previous to the mid-1970s, which was dominated my companies like Mego, Mattel and Ideal. In this piece, we pick up from that point to today. When we last left our tale, Mego Corporation passed on the opportunity to manufacture action […]

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  • 14
    Apr

Links Enthusiasts can Easily Begin a Collection by Focusing on Golf Balls

According to the National Golf Foundation, there are more than 39 million active golfers in the United States. Compare that to last year’s Major League Baseball attendance of 73 million and you find that baseball may still be America’s pastime from a spectator standpoint, golf is one of the most popular participant sports. Add in […]

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  • 13
    Apr

The Collector’s Minute: The Minimalist Barcelona Chair

The Barcelona chair is a stylistic icon designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, known for his minimalist glass-box architecture. The same principles that guided his building designs he applied to this chair: simplicity, strength and lightness. This type of chair, probably his most famous creation, was originally made for the Barcelona’s International Exposition in […]

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  • 11
    Apr

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Marvel Super Villains’ First Appearances

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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  • 11
    Apr

The Best Investment: What’s In Your Wallet?

As an appraiser, I often have to answer questions regarding antiques and collectibles as an investment, often being the bearer of bad news to clients who have invested in limited-edition collectibles, questionable Salvador Dali prints and, more recently, Victorian furniture. Few things always retain their value or appreciate in value forever, but some thing fare […]

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  • 11
    Apr

42 – Collecting Jackie Robinson is Collecting an American Legend

Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson was more than a baseball player; he was a pioneer, a patriot and quickly became a legend. When he took the field at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, he changed not only the game of baseball but American history. Breaking Major League Baseball’s self-imposed “color-barrier” led […]

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  • 10
    Apr

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 04/10/2013

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
    Apr

Jukeboxes and Collecting Make Beautiful Music Together

It commands attention: this icon of the 1950s is outfitted with sparkling chrome, flashy fins, gleaming bumpers, taillights and a dashboard-style console that’s surrounded by a glass windshield. A 1958 Chrysler Imperial? Nope. A 1958 Seeburg Silver Age jukebox. The 1950s were the peak of America’s love affair with both automobiles and jukeboxes. Eisenhower pushed […]

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