• 1
    May

Five Appraisal Options for First-Time Estate Executors

[caption id="attachment_2512423" align="alignright" width="248"] Estate executors should not attempt to value artwork. Get an expert opinion.[/caption] My friend Stan showed me the inventory that he’d just completed for his uncle’s estate. He was proud of his thoroughness; he claimed to have spent more than 150 hours compiling the inventory and acquiring valuations for the estate’s personal property. I...

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  • 29
    Apr

The Columbus Mint That Never Was

[caption id="attachment_2512299" align="aligncenter" width="561"] John Sherman, whose portrait appears on the face of $50 Third Charter national bank notes, introduced a resolution in 1876 as a U.S. senator from Ohio requesting that President Ulysses S. Grant have a building in Columbus, Ohio, examined for use as a possible Branch Mint of the United States. The structure was evaluated,...

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  • 28
    Apr

Elusive Coins: They’re Out There Somewhere

[caption id="attachment_2512254" align="alignright" width="238"] The supposed circulation-strike 1895 Morgan dollar has been an enigma for more than a century. All known examples are proof strikes, including this impaired Proof 50 example that shows signs of circulation wear.(Image: HeritageAuctions.com)[/caption] By Gerald Tebben In collecting, the rare but attainable coins, such as the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter dollar (mintage 52,000);...

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  • 26
    Apr

Rinker on Collectibles: The Academic Historian vs. The Collector

On March 28, 2013, I presented a scholarly paper entitled “Celebrity Bounce” as a member of the Collecting and Collectibles: Collectors, Collections, and Value panels at the Popular Culture Association / American Cultural Association 43rd Annual Conference held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. This is the second paper I presented at a PCA/ACA Annual...

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  • 26
    Apr

Collector’s Years of Digging, Diving for Bottles on Display at New Hampshire Museum

[caption id="attachment_2512286" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Also featured in the "All Bottled Up" exhibit at the Woodman Institute Museum in Dover, N.H., are bottles from another local collector, Dave Landry. They feature amazing colors and designs of his bottles, including figural bitters bottles, mineral water bottles from Saratoga Springs, and a large cobalt blue master ink bottle, among many others.[/caption]...

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  • 25
    Apr

Baseball’s Top Prospects: Collecting the Next Superstars

[caption id="attachment_2512023" align="alignright" width="221"] The Orioles' Dylan Bundy logged only 1.2 innings in 2012, but he's already got nearly 300 cards on the market. Bowman Scouting Report taps this 2011 Bowman autograph card as one of its top picks for collectors.[/caption] Come Opening Day, the annual return of the “boys of summer” brings hope eternal to team enthusiasts...

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  • 25
    Apr

It’s All In the Marks: 19th-Century Majolica Pitcher

[caption id="attachment_2512273" align="alignright" width="268"] This majolica pitcher comes from Choisy-le-Roi, France.[/caption] To well-seasoned or novice collectors, determining a maker or origin of a piece can be very confusing if it is outside their normal area of interest. Any markings that can be found can often help unravel the mystery—if you know what the marks mean. If you don’t,...

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  • 25
    Apr

Batman Board Games Show the Difference Between Players and Collectors

[caption id="attachment_2512265" align="aligncenter" width="506"] The Batman Game? Not any good. If you’re interested, I know where there’s a copy on sale for $3.[/caption] Wizkids, the makers of the popular comic-book-themed Heroclix tabletop game, just released a new Batman board game. In Batman: The Gotham City Strategy Game, two to four players take on the roles of some of...

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  • 24
    Apr

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 04/24/2013

[caption id="attachment_2512218" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Stjepan Sejic New York Comic-Con Triptych Signed Set[/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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales....

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  • 23
    Apr

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Lee Kalfon on Antiques and Generation Y

[caption id="attachment_2512213" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Lee Kalfon talks about the antique world and the opinions of Generation Y, and why younger people may have lost some interest in antiques.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis chats with Lee Kalfon about what is going on in the antique world and the opinions of Generation...

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