• 30
    Jan

Chicago’s Randolph Street Market offers a Warm Reception despite Winter’s Chill

Just a day before I was to fly out to the January Wonderful Winter Market at the Randolph Street Market for WorthPoint, I got a delightful call from WorthPoint’s Christina Kapusta, who was organizing my flight and accommodations. The dilemma was the weather and whether I should go to the Chicago show. The polar vortex […]

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  • 29
    Jan

Heroquest Kickstarter Controversy Highlights Dungeoncrawl Games’ Collector Value

There’s been a lot of controversy in the hobby gaming and game collecting world recently due to a Spanish publisher, Gamezone, announcing a quite possibly illegal Kickstarter campaign for a 25th-anniversary edition of Heroquest without any arrangements or agreements made with the game’s original publisher or designers. As soon as the Kickstarter campaign was opened, […]

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  • 29
    Jan

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Early Junk’ Chair, Dale Earnhardt Die-Cast Car

QUESTION: Between 40 and 50 years ago, when my mother was collecting “early junk,” she purchased a rush-seat arm chair that has arms, legs and spindles featuring twisted rope-like turnings. It looks as though the chair was made in the late 19th or early 20th century and manufactured. Can you identify the style and period […]

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  • 29
    Jan

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/29/2014

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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists […]

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  • 28
    Jan

The Longest Tea Party the World’s Ever Seen! Part 2

中國出口銀器: 有史以來最長的茶具 之二 We continue the story of the inextricable link between the China Tea Trade and Chinese Export Silver—which began last week with this article—with two images that are rather at odds with each other. The picture above paints a rather serene and idealistic vision of tea being brought to a junk boat that […]

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  • 27
    Jan

Collectibles of the XXII Sochi Winter Olympics

The upcoming Winter Olympic Games, scheduled to begin on February 7, provides collectors with a host of collectible opportunities, some of which are available now. The host city of Sochi, Russia, situated on the coast of the Black Sea, also offers a wealth of collectibles accessible by attendees, athletes and their families. You can get […]

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  • 27
    Jan

J. & J. W. Meeks Rosewood Rococo Marble Turtle-Top Parlor Table Makes $33,350

ABERDEEN, Miss. – A gorgeous rosewood rococo marble turtle-top parlor center table with cluster carved finial, attributed to the renowned American furniture maker J. & J.W. Meeks, sold for $33,350 at a multi-estate auction held Jan. 17-18 by Stevens Auction Company. The table was the top lot of the sale. The auction featured more than […]

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  • 27
    Jan

Anton Horvat Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Brooch Gavels For $108,000 at Nadeau’s

WINDSOR, Conn. – A stunning Anton Horvat platinum, sapphire and diamond brooch—having at its center a cushion-cut, 6-carat blue sapphire—sailed past the pre-sale estimate of $4,000 to $6,000 to gavel for $108,000 at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery’s annual New Year’s Day Auction on Jan. 1. “Quite simply, this was our best auction ever, in terms of […]

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  • 27
    Jan

The Great Restoration Debate: Steiff Teddy Bears and Stuffed Animals

Of course, every collector’s fantasy is to find their dream piece in pristine condition for $10 at a garage sale next door—that’s what reality television shows are for—but we all know that the reality of that happening is about equal to the odds of winning the lottery twice on the same day. The truth is […]

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  • 24
    Jan

Estate Executors Can Only Profit from Hiring an Appraiser

There’s a very compelling reason why estate executors should enlist the help of an appraiser or auctioneer when sorting through an estate’s personal property: Executors often have no idea what’s collectible and what’s not. A case in point: I recently helped a neighbor sort through the contents of her brother’s estate. It was a typical […]

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