• 17
    Feb

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Doc Ock Out as Spidey, Winter Soldier Spoiler

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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  • 17
    Feb

New Ogre Designer Edition is a Monstrously Detailed Board Game

Fans of classic hobby games, rejoice! Steve Jackson Games, one of the oldest and most successful companies in the business, recently shipped the Ogre Designer’s Edition to retail shops shortly after those who supported the game in its million-dollar Kickstarter campaign received theirs. If you happen to go looking for one, good luck. I watched […]

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  • 14
    Feb

The Collector’s Minute: Hand-Painted Porcelain

This partial tea set is hand-painted porcelain and dates from the turn of the 19th century. Pieces like this are generally what are referred to as “studio pottery,” getting their name from the fact most pottery of this type was hand-painted by decorating or pottery studios in both the USA and Europe between 1880 and […]

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  • 13
    Feb

The Collector’s Minute: Chokin-Style Decorative Art

Chokin metal work is an art form that dates all the way back to the 12th 
century and used a variety of different colored metals from base metals 
to 24-karat gold. The color of each metal used as part of the overall design, 
in many cases on a dark background. This technique was once used […]

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  • 12
    Feb

Watch Your Names: There’s No Such Thing as ‘Victorian Style’

Have you ever noticed that when it comes to names and descriptions of older and antique furniture, what you see, or what you hear, is not always what you get? A sofa can be couch or divan, a settee, a love seat or a settle. A closet can be an armoire, a wardrobe, a chifferobe […]

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  • 11
    Feb

The Comic Speculator — New Comics Roundup 02/12/14

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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  • 11
    Feb

Curation the Key to a Lasting Sports Memorabilia Collection

Collectors of sports memorabilia should know that acquiring a treasured item to add to their prized collection is just half of the process; curating is the other. Curating a collection encompasses many aspects: organizing, insuring, storing and displaying items so as to protect their physical condition and preserving them in a manner that provides maximum […]

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  • 10
    Feb

A Valentine’s Love Story Through Steiff Dolls

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in his or her collection—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. In keeping with the theme of Valentine’s Day, there are two of those treasures from my collection of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles that stand out as the […]

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  • 10
    Feb

Cruise Ship Art Values a Matter of Knowing Appraisals

Wandering through the house with the executor, I tried to get a sense of the contents of the estate. I was immediately curious about the dozens of shipping tubes I saw; they were everywhere. There were tubes in closets, on shelves and in the spaces beneath the beds. I asked if the decedent an architect. […]

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  • 7
    Feb

Those Four Mop-Topped Lads from London—The Beatles—Invaded America 50 Years Ago

If you were on this earth on Feb. 9, 1964, I’ll bet dollars to donuts you remember what you were doing that evening. Well, that might be pushing it a little. I was 4 years old and I sitting on the floor watching the Ed Sullivan show with my parents and, unbeknownst to us, we […]

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