• 18 Dec
    2015

Naughty or Nice: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ Capra, Commies and the FBI

“He’s making a list, checking it twice; gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…” When Coots & Gillespie’s famous Christmas song debuted on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in 1934, they warned that “Santa Claus is coming to town.” Not many years later, in Hollywood, Calif., a new set of lyrics could apply: “J. Edgar Hoover […]

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  • 18 Sep
    2015

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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  • 21 Aug
    2015

The Plastic Case Debate: Who Should Grade and Slab Your Collectible Comic Books?

While sealing a comic in plastic with a label displaying a professionally assigned grade might seem silly to some—after all, how can you read them if they’re entombed in a plastic slab—comic collectors have been doing it for quite some time now. High grades on professionally graded comics can sometimes translate to prices well above […]

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  • 23 Jun
    2015

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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  • 7 Apr
    2015

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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  • 2 Apr
    2015

Finding the Best of Bin: What to look for in the Thrift Store Book Aisle

As recent WorthPoint articles attest, many online sellers are discovering the joys of buying thrift store inventory for resale. Treasure-seekers love to rummage and love a bargain. But they love it even more when they can pull a prize out of someone else’s discards and turn it into a profit. It takes a sharp eye, […]

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  • 23 Mar
    2015

Comics Auction Watch: Marvel’s Inhumans Get the Star Treatment After Movie News

Once again, I’m on monitor duty in the orbiting WorthPoint space-station watching the results of some incredible comic book and original comic art auctions and beaming it to all you comic nerds out there on the Internet. Take note or suffer the consequences… ComicLINK’s March Focused Auction is GO! The March focused auction is under […]

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  • 4 Feb
    2015

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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  • 27 Jan
    2015

Comics Speculator: Marvel’s ‘Secret Wars’ Could Push Up Values of Related Comics

No one knows how to shake up fans like Marvel Comics, and let me tell you: as a guy that hangs out at my local comic shop, last week’s Marvel news has the comic nerd world all a-buzz. In a nut-shell, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and a horde of current Marvel creators are blowing up […]

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  • 18 Dec
    2014

Tintin Drawing Sets World Record for Original Hergé Comic Artwork

It’s not every day that a crayon drawing fetches more than a half-a-million dollars at auction (don’t start pulling your kids drawings off the fridge yet), but that’s exactly what happened last weekend. An extremely rare 1939 original comic by celebrated European artist Hergé (Belgian Georges Remi) featuring Tintin and his loyal dog, Snowy, sold […]

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