• 11
    Feb

58¢ Thrift Store Sweater was Vince Lombardi’s, could net $20,000 at Auction

I thought I had made a good thrift store sweater deal when I turned a $2 purchase into a $60 sale. Well, compared to a Tennessee couple, my little score is chump change. Sean and Nikki McEvoy, shopping at a Goodwill in North Carolina, found an old West Point sweater and paid 58 cents for it. Now, the world...

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  • 9
    Feb

Evaluating an Antique American Piano Part One: Uprights – Finding a Diamond in the Rough

Old pianos are everywhere: in homes, institutions, churches and schools. Many of them are junk, but a fair number of them are marvelous instruments from the “Golden Age of the Piano (1890-1919) and are worthy of preservation. Old pianos can be purchased cheaply (compared to new pianos), and if you know what to look for, you can find...

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  • 6
    Feb

Selling Your Gold: What You Should Know About the Process

As a professional independent appraiser, people have come to me over the years to sell their gold. During the consultation, I would sort their gold items into what should be sold for gold weight and what should be sold as jewelry (usually antique). This article is to help educate you on how to sell your gold and optimize...

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  • 4
    Feb

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 next month, follows...

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  • 4
    Feb

WorthPoint adds Updated Edition of Chinese Export Silver & Marks Book to its Online Library

A little less than a year after WorthPoint added Adrien von Ferscht’s important book, “Collector’s Guide to Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940”—the largest information reference resource for this unique collectible silver category—to its Marks and Library product, Mr. von Ferscht has completed an update, boosting the information contained in the volume by some 300 percent. This new edition of...

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  • 2
    Feb

That ‘Doggone’ Rug: How Some Typos can be turned into Collectible Gold

There are times when attention to detail seems to have gone to the dogs. At least, that’s the opinion of Bob Gualtieri, the sheriff of Pinellas County, Fla., who ordered a large green rug from American Floor Mats. The rug was to feature the Sheriff's Office logo: a black, gold, and blue star emblazoned with the office title...

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  • 29
    Jan

A Look at Cincinnati Pottery Before There Was Rookwood

For most antique lovers, the Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati conjures up images of fine ceramics. Great decorators, combined with great glazes gave this art pottery a well-deserved national reputation. Few people know, however, that Cincinnati was also the scene of a thriving ceramic industry long before pottery began to be manufactured on the top of Mount Adams. [caption...

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  • 28
    Jan

Two-Week Window to Make a Profit on Overpriced Nintendo Handheld Game

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Nintendo will be releasing a new revision of its popular 3DSXL handheld game console. Imaginatively titled the “new 3DSXL,” the new hardware features improved “glasses-less” 3D technology, a second analog stick and a host of other improvements, including some better processing guts to push Mario and the gang even faster than before....

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  • 27
    Jan

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 their Universe as...

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  • 25
    Jan

Telling an Angel from a Wolf: Evaluating Antique Violins

First created in Italy in 1555, the modern four-string bowed violin is arguably the world’s oldest continuously used musical instrument. It’s been played in every musical tradition from Baroque to Bluegrass. In the past 457 years, there have been thousands of violin makers in dozens of countries. The instruments are pervasive; chances are good that you or someone...

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