• 24
    Oct

Putting Together a Vintage Halloween Party: Great-Grandma Used Dennison’s Bogie Books

Halloween parties in the United States became popular during the 1880s and 1890s, when they were held primarily as social events to bring young people together. The decorations used then were natural autumn objects like pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, moss and dead branches. By 1910 however, several American and German manufacturers had started making products specifically […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Early American Influence on the British Music Scene, U.K. Rock ’N’ Roll Posters

When we think of iconic 1960s rock bands, the likes of British artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who & Led Zeppelin all come to mind. However, these bands did not just emerge from a vacuum. It is important to consider the American influences that shaped the British music scene and gave […]

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  • 23
    Oct

Oswald, Pollock, Houdini Featured in October Sale

LYNBROOK, N.Y. — A handwritten letter by JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, a copy of “LIFE Magazine” from 1949 signed by artist Jackson Pollock and an 1848 Peter Force printing of the Declaration of Independence will headline a 700-lot auction slated for Oct. 24. The sale, held by Philip Weiss Auctions, will start promptly at […]

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  • 6
    Sep

NCAA Football: Collecting Your Alma Mater

Whether you’re a fan or alumni of THE Ohio State University, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the USC Trojans or you plan on engraving “Roll Tide” on your tombstone, few sports develop the long-lasting and deep-seeded rivalries that exist throughout college football. With the 2013 season having just kicked off, here is a look […]

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  • 23
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Polar King Icebox, Howdy Doody Figurines, Sears Catalog

QUESTION: I own a Leonard’s Polar King icebox, probably made in the 1920s or 1930s. The outside and inside are in good shape. A label on the icebox reads: “LEONARD’S POLAR KING / trademark U. S. Patent Office / Grand Rapids, Michigan. Does it have value? – JA, via e-mail ANSWER: When Linda and I […]

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  • 24
    Jun

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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  • 2
    May

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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  • 6
    Apr

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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  • 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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  • 3
    Jan

Under-Valued Sports History: Collecting Vintage Game Day Programs

Throughout the history of sports, the game day program has connected fans to their team and has served as a permanent archival recording that the event took place. Regardless of sport, the program and its accompanying score or roster card have become a common staple of souvenir for fan and collector alike. As with any […]

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