• 7
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: At 55, is Barbie Over the Hill?

In March of 2014, Barbie will celebrate her 55th birthday. G.I. Joe turns 50 in February. Both were born (introduced) at a New York Toy Fair. G.I. Joe became a member of the “Adventure Team” in 1970 and shrank to 3 ¾ inches in the early 1980s. While some 12-inch special editions have been issued, […]

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  • 7
    Feb

Chinese Export Silver: Discovering the New Master Silversmith of Shanghai

中國出口銀器: 發現上海的新銀匠大師 Having researched Chinese Export Silver for well over three years now, I was quick to realize very early on that anything connected with Chinese history and culture is likely to be complex, to say the least. I have since realized that it is probably the only dependable constant! Shanghai in 1880 was a […]

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  • 7
    Feb

Ask A Worthologist: The Mermaid Lamp

Albert T. likes to pick up things that need a little repair, fix them and then resell them. He bought this lamp quite inexpensively, and it had been sitting in his shop on for a couple of months. Then he saw a photo of a similar lamp. He emailed us via WorthPoint’s 
“Ask a Worthologist” […]

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  • 7
    Feb

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Another J. Michael Straczynski Title at Image

The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers […]

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  • 7
    Feb

The Collector’s Minute: Sonora Cabinet Phonographs and Radios

With the passage of time, the names of once well-known companies that were advertised 
daily on radio and in newspapers have faded away. Sonora is one such company. Sonora Phonograph Company was a large phonograph and radio manufacturer. Familiar Sonora slogans 
of the time were “The Instrument of Quality” and “Clear as a Bell.” The […]

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  • 6
    Feb

Belated Sports Collecting Resolutions for the New Year

Let’s face it. Change is difficult. That’s why most life-changing New Year’s resolutions fail within the first few weeks of being made. However, when it comes to your sports collection, there are certainly small, attainable steps you can take that will make a significant improvement in the overall quality and value of your items. That […]

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  • 5
    Feb

The Credenza: It’s not just for Grandma’s Holiday Platters and Doilies

Over the past few years, you may have noticed a growing trend involving the ever-versatile piece of furniture called a credenza, buffet or sideboard. The credenza has been around for generations but usually served its purpose in a dining room or kitchen area storing the utilitarian items of every day cooking, as well as Holiday […]

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  • 5
    Feb

It’s All in the Marks: Dating a Wedgwood Jasperware Urn

This covered urn is an example of Wedgwood “Jasperware.” According to its owner, this one was purchased in 1980 at auction; its vintage was not listed in the auction catalog. Jasperware is a very distinctive type of stoneware with ivory/marble-looking appliques of Greek and Roman classical design on a blue, black, pink, brown red or […]

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  • 5
    Feb

Revered, Yet a Rarity—The Horse as a Chinese Decorative Motif

中國出口銀器: 以馬為紋飾, 被推祟但罕見 Greetings to a new year: the Year of the Horse; the seventh Chinese sign of the zodiac. The Horse is a traditional Chinese decorative motif and theme often seen in the Tang and Yuan Dynasties, yet a rarity in Chinese Export Silver. It’s a mystery I haven’t yet fully got to the […]

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  • 5
    Feb

Baby Boomers Tuned In and Tuned Out with Transistor Radios

A recent family reunion found me sitting at my sister’s dining table with siblings and their families, sharing stories and looking through old photos. The older adults were actively conversing, and the younger adults were in their own world, each texting away on their smartphones. As the photos made their way around the table, a […]

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