• 15
    May

How to Know If Granny’s Old Books Are Worth Anything

[caption id="attachment_2512727" align="alignleft" width="204"] Identifying the first state of Pearl Buck’s 1931 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel “The Good Earth” depends on several different points, including a subtle change in the name of the publishing company and the color of the top stain.[/caption] At some point, most people find ways to dispense with the personal property of a loved one....

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  • 15
    May

Collecting Vintage Baseball Cards: The Giant Size 1952 Topps Set

[caption id="attachment_251276" align="alignright" width="272"] The most valuable card in the Topps 1952 baseball card set is card #311, Mickey Mantle, which can demand $25,000 to $40,000 in mid-range condition.[/caption] Considered to be the most popular post-war baseball card set of all time, the 1952 Topps baseball card set was the first major release by the Topps Company and...

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  • 15
    May

Collecting the Royals: Kings, Queens and Pretenders to the Throne

[caption id="attachment_2512637" align="alignright" width="300"] Royal autographs are always a big hit. Here, a special-event card bears the signature of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who recently stepped down in favor of her son, King Willem-Alexander.[/caption] There seems to be a lot of abdicating going around. First, Pope Benedict XVI stepped down as Supreme Pontiff (a kind of monarchy),...

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  • 11
    May

Bonhams to Auction Sheldon Doll Collection in June

[caption id="attachment_2512709" align="alignright" width="300"] The auction for the doll collection, all owned by writer Sidney Sheldon and his wife, features at least 400 lots.[/caption] LOS ANGELES -- The doll collection of noted author Sidney Sheldon and his wife, Alexandra, heads to auction on June 24 at a sale sponsored by Bonhams. The 400-lot collection of the noted writer...

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  • 10
    May

Rinker on Collectibles: Will Articulated Comic Book Art Drive Up Action Figure Values?

[caption id="attachment_2512692" align="alignright" width="307"] The Deadpool Marvel Legends Series 6 action figure in question.[/caption] Will, who lives in Bristol, Tenn., is a regular caller into WHATCHA GOT?, my syndicated antiques and collectibles call-in radio show. He collects 1980s and 1990s toys, especially comic book action figures. His April 21, 2013, call concerned the value of Deadpool, a character...

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  • 10
    May

The Collector’s Minute: Wegner’s Wishbone Chair

[caption id="attachment_2512664" align="alignright" width="240"] Hans Jørgensen Wegner's CH-24, better known as the Wishbone Chair, was one of 100 the designer put into production.[/caption] The 1960 Presidential Debate played a role in this country's history, but it also helped establish a Danish modern icon: the “Wishbone Chair," also known as the "Y" or "CH-24.” It was designed by Hans...

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  • 9
    May

Are You Game for a Game of Thrones?

[caption id="attachment_2512658" align="aligncenter" width="454"] Images from the newly released “HBO edition” of the long-running "Game of Thrones" card game. This edition is widely available at mainstream, mass-market retailers.[/caption] When I tried to read George R. R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones” some years ago, I found it to be turgid, soapy and overwhelmingly dull. I never would have...

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  • 9
    May

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Richard Wright on Italian Murano Glass

[caption id="attachment_2512699" align="alignright" width="235"] An Oriente vase by Barovier & Toso, Italy, circa 1940. This item is one of several set to be auctioned at Wright in Chicago on June 8.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with at guest, Richard Wright, of Wright in Chicago talks about fine 20th-century. Italian...

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  • 9
    May

German World War II Art Published as Waffen SS-Approved Postcards

[caption id="attachment_2512602" align="aligncenter" width="216"] Postcard A14 “Two Man Post of the Waffen SS,” by artist Gebhardt-Westernbuchberg, was a postcard in the Austellung Deutsche Kuenstler und die SS postcard series, produced in 1944. Numbered on the back (A2884).[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2512605" align="aligncenter" width="210"] The German artists and the SS exhibition catalog cover. The postcard series Austellung Deutsche Kuenstler und die...

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  • 9
    May

Michelle’s Antique Road Trip: A Shopping Gem on the Missouri River

[caption id="attachment_2512616" align="aligncenter" width="473"] Jeff’s Architectural Salvage, 291 Welt Street, Weston Mo., sits in the old river channel and an original grain elevator to which riverboats once docked to take on grain sits on his property. The building still has a working seed separator that is original to the building, too.[/caption] I am all about quaint little towns...

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