• 20
    Feb

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Weather Bird Shoes Box of Marbles Premium

QUESTION: I have a box of five marbles I received as a premium when purchasing a pair of Weather Bird Shoes. The top of the oblong box has the Weather Bird shoes rooster logo flanking an oblong opening showing four of the marbles. The side reads: “WEATHER BIRD SHOES / BEST FOR BOYS….BEST FOR GIRLS.” […]

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  • 12
    Feb

Auction House, Damaged by Sandy, Returns with Toy, Book, Memorabilia Sales

LYNBROOK, N.Y.— Three auctions have been scheduled for February and March featuring historical memorabilia, rare books, stamps, and coins hosted by Phillip Weiss Auctions. The sales represent the return to live sales for the firm, which was displaced when its Oceanside, N.Y., building was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy and the company was forced to vacate […]

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  • 5
    Feb

The Game’s Afoot: Searching out Sherlock Holmes Books in Every Language

When I heard about a Sherlock Holmes book collector who had amassed more than 11,000 foreign-language editions, I knew I had to learn more. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote four novels and 56 short stories about the famous fictional detective and his iconic assistant, Dr. Watson, from 1887 to 1927. Originally published in England, they […]

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  • 5
    Dec

Unloved Antiques: The American Old Family Bible

Next in this series of “Unloved Antiques” is the American “Old Family Bible.” Most families have one, often said to be “At least 200 years old,” inherited from some distant deceased relative and nearly always with a fantastic tale relating to the Frontier, Old West or the Civil War. To date, we must have examined […]

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  • 14
    Nov

How to Know When Toss-Away Books Could Yield Big Treasures

We’ve all seen piles of old and broken books at estate sales; the spines are stripped off, the covers are warped and detached, handfuls of internal pages are missing and they smell a bit musty. Most books, unless they are extremely rare and sought-after, drop tremendously in value when they are in falling-apart condition. And […]

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  • 29
    Aug

Collecting First Editions: When Firsts Aren’t Really First at All

Why are first editions so collectible? Unless an author is already acclaimed, first editions are usually printed in a small run, so that the publisher can test the waters of popularity before investing a lot in the title. Sometimes a new book doesn’t arouse interest until years after its initial release (perhaps because the author […]

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  • 21
    Feb

Famous Classics and What They’re Worth – ‘Gulliver’s Travels’

Books that can sell for $100,000 or more at auction are rare indeed. They are purchased by museums, libraries and the wealthiest of bibliophiles. Among these treasures is the first issue of “Gulliver’s Travels” (as it is now called). What makes the book so valuable? Part of the reason lies in the story behind the […]

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  • 14
    Sep

What is My Antique Worth? Simplifying Appraisal Values

Did you know that a single item can have several different appraised values? In fact, when you “Ask a Worthologist” to value an antique or collectible, you will receive three separate values, in addition to some interesting history, background and facts about the item. Why three values? Because professional appraisal guidelines state that appraised values […]

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  • 7
    Sep

Pictures that Illustrate Thousands of Words: Collecting Original Illustrative Art

Some book collectors collect books based solely on the illustrations, and for good reason. Many books from the late 1800s and early 1900s were filled with beautiful chromolithographs, tipped-in color plates and tissue-guarded glossy illustrations. Famous classics like “Alice in Wonderland” or “Robinson Crusoe” have been issued in hundreds of different editions, with varying artists […]

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  • 10
    May

Ask A Worthologist Question: Gutta-Percha-Covered Book

Selma D. found an interesting antique book with a cover unlike any she had seen before. She engaged WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service, and it was forwarded to me. Here is Selma’s question: “I’ve picked up a strange looking book from an estate sale. Its title is “The Good Shunammite.” The cover looks like it’s […]

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