• 18 Jul
    2013

Collecting Outlaws: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Recently, gangsters were in the news in many ways. Jimmy Hoffa was “unearthed”—or wasn’t—again. Respected actor James Gandolfini, who portrayed mob boss Tony Soprano, died. Whitey Bulger is on trial after a lifetime of killing and criminal behavior. As one CNN headline read: “Mob Week: Why we can’t get enough of the gangster life.” It […]

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  • 12 Jul
    2013

MLB’s All-Star FanFest Filled with Collectible Opportunities

This weekend, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York will be home to the world’s largest interactive baseball exhibit. Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star FanFest, sponsored by T-Mobile, will provide attendees a wealth of collectible opportunities. Shopping at baseball card and memorabilia dealer booths will be just one aspect of the festivities. Paid […]

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  • 8 Jul
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Joe Namath Football Passer Toy

QUESTION: I recently rediscovered my Joe Namath Passer, a plastic toy standing approximately two feet tall and which could “pass” a plastic football across the room. I am having trouble finding information about the toy and its value. Can you help? – J, Janesville, Wis. ANSWER: Your Joe Namath Football Passer, which stands 23 inches […]

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  • 27 Jun
    2013

Treasures That Aren’t: The Most Faked Collectibles

In antiques and collectibles, you’ve got your share of frauds and scams. We’ve been shocked by stories of imposters who can create “authentic” paintings by the world’s masters, produce ancient art objects, forge signatures on baseballs, create “rare” books, “find” long lost stamps and “discover” historical letters or diaries. Even antique wine has been fabricated. […]

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  • 24 Jun
    2013

The Stanley Cup: Original Six Match-Up Provides Collectible Options

This year’s Stanley Cup Finals—won by the Chicago Blackhawks in spectacular fashion in six games earlier this week—featured two of the league’s oldest teams in the Hawks and the Boston Bruins. Both teams are rich in history and tradition. They had also won of two of the previous three Stanley Cup Finals, with Chicago winning […]

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  • 15 May
    2013

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

There seems to be a lot of abdicating going around. First, Pope Benedict XVI stepped down as Supreme Pontiff (a kind of monarchy), the first reigning Pope to do so in 600 years. Then Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who was on the throne for only 33 years, abdicated in favor of her eldest son, […]

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  • 9 May
    2013

Collecting JFK: Reviewing the Dave Powers Kennedy Presidential Auction

As WorthPoint’s Worthologist for presidential, political and White House memorabilia, one of my first articles, written more than five years ago, concerned the collectibles of President John F. Kennedy. In “Collecting JFK” I highlighted four collectible categories to consider when determining the value of any JFK item: personal, association, event and commemorative. The closer to […]

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  • 2 May
    2013

The Kentucky Derby: The Race for the Roses is a Collectibles Treasure Trove

The 2015 running of the Kentucky Derby will mark the 141st race in the event’s history. Annually held in Louisville, Ky., the race is the first leg of the sport’s Triple Crown and is considered to be “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” and is marketed as such. The history of the race dates […]

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  • 11 Apr
    2013

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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  • 6 Apr
    2013

Hitting a Circus Jackpot at Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

This year I hit the jackpot in my on-going quest to add to my collection of circus memorabilia. Each March, for most of the past 32 years, I’ve attended the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg, Fla., searching for new items to expand my collection. The past three years I’ve written WorthPoint articles about […]

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