• 1
    Apr

The Origin of the Chocolate Easter Bunny – Collecting Antique Chocolate Molds

How can we think of Easter without a chocolate bunny? Today, the foil-wrapped confections are mass-produced by the hundreds of thousands. But there was a time when they were handcrafted, using individual molds. And those original molds are now antique collectibles. Cocoa is believed to have first harvested in the Amazon more than 4,000 years ago and a...

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  • 31
    Mar

Circus Memorabilia Expert’s eBay Searches Reveal Scores of Misidentified Posters

Every day I search eBay for new listings of circus items, hoping to find something rare or unusual to add to my collection. I use several search criteria. My search today for “circus, Barnum, Ringling” in the collectibles category resulted in new 800-plus items listed since yesterday. It takes only minutes to scan the typical items and my...

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  • 29
    Mar

Find of the Week: Steiff Easter Rabbit

As the season has turn from winter to spring, it's time to start thinking about Easter and all of the wonderful traditions that come along with it. For many people, the Easter Rabbit is practically synonymous with the holiday of Easter itself. As a matter of fact, the concept of an “Easter Rabbit” has its first origins in Germany...

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  • 26
    Mar

Tumblin Collection of ‘Gone With the Wind’ Screen-Worn Costumes, Art & Props to Cross Block

DALLAS – The iconic blue-gray cotton dress worn by Vivian Leigh in her Academy-Award-winning role as Scarlett O’Hara is expected to sell for $100,000 or more as the James Tumblin Collection of screen-used costumes, props and behind-the-scene rarities from MGM’s 1939 classic “Gone With the Wind” crosses the block at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills on April 18....

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  • 25
    Mar

Comics Speculator: OMG! They’ve Killed Donatello! and the Amazing Spider-Gwen?

I’m back, taking another look into the world of hot comics and giving you the skinny on whether you should buy or sell. This past week IDW whipped up a firestorm in the pages of TMNT, Spider-Gwen (yes you read that right) continues to heat up. But before we get started, BEWARE: HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!!! You’ve been...

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  • 24
    Mar

Ruling on Fractional Ownership of an Art Collection and Taxes could affect Collectors Big and Small

Rumor has it that estate attorneys all over America are gleefully dancing around their desks. The reason for the lawyerly ruckus was that the Internal Revenue Service had just lost a case with major implications for the estates of collectors. At issue was whether an estate could parcel out an art collection according to the rules of “fractional...

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  • 23
    Mar

Comics Auction Watch: Marvel’s Inhumans Get the Star Treatment After Movie News

Once again, I’m on monitor duty in the orbiting WorthPoint space-station watching the results of some incredible comic book and original comic art auctions and beaming it to all you comic nerds out there on the Internet. Take note or suffer the consequences… ComicLINK’s March Focused Auction is GO! The March focused auction is under way at comiclink.com...

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  • 23
    Mar

Magic Still Gathering Fans long after the Bubble was supposed to Burst

Twenty-two years ago, I was sitting in a college literature class reading a Gundam comic book, waiting for the professor to show up. I looked up from the giant robots and space opera on the page to listen in on a conversation a couple of classmates were having about a card game. I’ve always loved games, and this...

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  • 18
    Mar

Comics Speculator: Interest in Vintage Carl Barks’ Disney Duck Titles Spike with New ‘Ducktails’ Cartoon

Life is like a hurricane, here in Duckburg. Lasers, race cars aero-planes it’s a duck-blur. Don’t act like you don’t know the words. In a recent press-release, Disney announced its bringing back Ducktales, the animated adventures of Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, Huey, Dewy and Louie along with a whole cast of other ducks. Disney XD, the company’s animation...

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  • 17
    Mar

Spring Training Means One Thing to Collectors: Chasing Autographs

Autograph collecting is a tradition whose history has been well documented years before the concept of an organized baseball pre-season training regime took hold at the professional level. However, for both baseball fans and collectors, the phrase “pitchers and catchers report” signifies the start of a baseball season that—from beginning to end—encompasses nearly nine-months. Spring Training’s annual tradition...

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