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

At some point, most people find ways to dispense with the personal property of a loved one. Keepsakes are divided and estate sales are held. But one of the most difficult tasks is sorting through boxes and boxes of old books. How can you tell if any of them are valuable? Where can you sell […]

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Novelty Postcards offer a World of Collectible Opportunities

According to the dictionary, “novelty” is the quality of being new, original, or unusual. And so it is with novelty postcards. We’re used to seeing pictures on postcards. They can be photographs, artist renderings of familiar scenes or products of their imaginations, holiday or birthday greetings, cartoons or scenes from places around the world. But […]

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Comic Ephemera: All that Stuff in Your Comic Book Shop that aren’t Comic Books

If you’ve recently stepped into a comic book store for the first time, or the first time in a long time, you may have noticed; they don’t just sell comics anymore. Like any good hobby, the comic collecting business understands the importance of merchandising, which is why you can find your favorite heroes on everything […]

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The Great Restoration Debate: Should You Rebind or Recover Your Collectible Books?

Book restoration can make a damaged book look much better, but it is expensive. Restoration is a sound decision for a family heirloom, like an 18th-century bible filled with generations of genealogical information, and it can improve the shelf appeal and durability of a treasured keepsake. But the investment requires a closer look at collectibles […]

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Comics Speculator: ‘Avengers Age of Ultron’ Turns Back-Issue Spotlight on The Vision

Summer is here! It might not feel like it where you are, but trust me, “Avengers Age of Ultron,” the first of this summer’s comic-book-movies, opened last Friday. So, yes, summer is here. And, like all the Marvel movies before it, “Age of Ultron” had a massive $187,656,000 opening. So, to critics who are whining […]

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Collectible Vintage Cookbooks: Which are Tasty Treats and which are Past Their Prime?

In my business, I visit (and work at) a lot of estate sales and antique stores. It’s always amazing to see the number of vintage cookbooks that come up to the cash register. Usually, they are small and inexpensive, with recipes that were once popular but no longer fashionable (like casseroles and Jell-O salads). Often, […]

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Spring Training Means One Thing to Collectors: Chasing Autographs

Autograph collecting is a tradition whose history has been well documented years before the concept of an organized baseball pre-season training regime took hold at the professional level. However, for both baseball fans and collectors, the phrase “pitchers and catchers report” signifies the start of a baseball season that—from beginning to end—encompasses nearly nine-months. Spring […]

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Hot Vinyl: Autographed Beatles Albums Soar past High Estimates at Bonhams Auction

As thrifters and eBay sellers can attest, there has been an uptick in the value of vinyl records lately, as long-playing records in very good condition are racking up decent returns, up from the mere pennies they had been demanding lately. But the market is still hot for rare and collectible record albums with, as […]

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The Comics Speculator: The Purple Man and Hellcat Cometh to Netflix

If you’ve never heard of the Purple Man, don’t fret. Dr. Zebidiah Killgrave—a.k.a. The Purple Man—has never been an A-list Marvel comic book villain. But he’s about to get his big break on the original Netflix Marvel series “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” along with cult favorite Patsy Walker, Hellcat. The upcoming series, set to begin filming […]

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A Tale about Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’—Goblins, Ghosts and Lawyers

Thanksgiving celebrations at my house usually conclude by watching one of the more than three dozen film adaptations of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” (we’re not football fans). I find the variations in scripts and character portrayals to be fascinating. My personal favorite is the 1984 version starring George C. Scott as Scrooge. This year, what […]

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