• 14 Jul
    2014

How to Find the Value of a Rare Book without Auction Records

When you’re determining the value of a rare book, one of the first places to look is the auction records. WorthPoint’s Worthopedia™, the Americana Exchange and American Book Prices Current databases are essential resources for determining the prices a book has earned during the past 30 years or so. This is usually a decent indication […]

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  • 7 Jul
    2014

Auction of Christopher Reeve’s ‘Superman III’ Costume Could Soar to Incredible Heights

Back in 1972, folk singer Jim Croce warned us not to “pull on Superman’s cape”—he went on to mention something about not spitting into the wind, pulling the mask off the Lone Ranger and some guy named Jim, but it would seem—but this July, one lucky bidder will not only get a chance to give […]

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  • 24 Jun
    2014

The Postcard Time Machine: Using Postcards Creatively

“Gee, these old postcards are cool—but I’m not really a collector,” say several of my friends. Some tell me that they have a few old postcards that were sent to family members, and they just don’t know what to do with them. Let’s explore some ideas for interesting things can you do with postcards. Create […]

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  • 9 Jun
    2014

Jacqueline Kennedy Letters Pulled from Auction Raises Questions of Ethics, History

When published lots are abruptly taken off the auction block, there is usually controversy involved. That is certainly true of a recent cancellation that involved a trove of private letters written by Jacqueline Kennedy to a Catholic priest. Their friendship started in 1950, when she was still Jacqueline Bouvier—a 21-year-old socialite visiting Ireland with her […]

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  • 23 May
    2014

Back-Issue Roundup: Original Art of Wolverine’s First Appearance Nets $657,000

It’s happened again! With a new X-men film opening in theaters everywhere this weekend, prices on X-Men back issues have gone completely and utterly insane. As several new characters join the X-Men’s movie roster, comic fans have been devouring (not literally) key issues, such as: • Uncanny X-Men #317, the first appearance of Blink (selling […]

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  • 19 May
    2014

Sex Sells, but is it Collectable? Russ Meyer Movie Posters Are

Like it or not, sex sells! Unsurprisingly, sex figures prominently in popular culture through history. Early movies were quick to capitalize on sex, although the introduction of the Hays Code in 1930 and the resulting strict censorship kept things fairly buttoned up for nearly four decades. The more laissez-faire attitudes following the Second World War, […]

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  • 6 May
    2014

Mother’s Day, Moms and Tattoos: An American Tradition

As Mother’s Day approaches, and sons and daughters are considering what to get Mom as a gift, many will decide that the perfect gift for the woman who gave them life is to commemorate their love with a “mom” tattoo. Phil Colvin, the owner of Memorial Tattoo in Atlanta, has been a tattoo artist for […]

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  • 1 May
    2014

Great Finds: Rare Babe Ruth Poster Found in Wall of Demolished House

If you have an old house in Minnesota, start tearing down those walls… they seem to have very valuable items used as insulation up there. The word has come down from St. Paul that a rare poster of Babe Ruth was found during the demolition of an old house there. The 88-year-old poster is up […]

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  • 14 Apr
    2014

Auction House seeking Great Bambio Memorabilia for Babe Ruth Centennial Auction

Babe Ruth. No other name in all of sports, or Americana, for that matter, can transcend generational divides the way he does. It seems that no matter when one was born, chances are, you are at least familiar with the name if not intimately aware of his great dominance and impact on the sport of […]

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  • 8 Apr
    2014

Orson Welles Auction offers Insight to Famed Actor & Director

Want to see the world the way legendary movie actor and director Orson Welles did when he shot home movies? Someone will get that opportunity if they make a winning bid for the Bell and Howell camera Welles used to shoot home movies.. It’s one of 70 lots his daughter, Beatrice, discovered in old boxes […]

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