• 1
    Jan

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

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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  • 1
    Jan

Chinese Export Silver: Culture Shock!

文化震撼 I have chosen to start 2014 with a rant! Please humor me while I do… For two years now, I have been striving to increase both the awareness and understanding of Chinese Export Silver by writing articles that disseminate optimal information in what I hope is a readable format. In the main, I am […]

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  • 30
    Dec

The Collector’s Minute: Art Nouveau-Style Amphora Pottery

This large Art Nouveau bust (left) was made by the Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel Amphora pottery factory, circa 1896. The pottery was located in what once was Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia Austria, but is now part of the Czech Republic. This pottery is best known for its Art Nouveau-style pieces, which reached their peak of popularity circa […]

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  • 30
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: The Role of Chance in the Antiques and Collectibles Trade

The Free Dictionary defines chance as “1(a) the unknown and unpredictable element in happenings that seem to have no assignable cause; 1(b) a force assumed to cause events that cannot be foreseen or controlled, luck; (2) the likelihood of something happening, possibility or probability….; (4) a favorable set of circumstances, an opportunity….” These definitions suggest […]

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  • 26
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/26/2013

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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  • 20
    Dec

Ahlers & Ogletree to Kick off New Year with Multi-Estate Auction Extravaganza

ATLANTA – Some 1,200 quality lots from prominent local estates and collections will come up for bid in a two-day New Year’s Extravaganza Auction slated for the weekend of Jan. 4-5 by Ahlers & Ogletree in the firm’s spacious Buckhead area gallery Sold will be European paintings, bronze sculptures, architectural fragments, wall sconces, Asian decorative […]

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  • 20
    Dec

Q & A with Harry Rinker: French Provincial Loveseat & Camp Granada Board Game

QUESTION: I have a French Provincial loveseat. I was told it was made in France or possibly Quebec, Canada, in the 1880s. Around 1900, my aunt purchased the loveseat in Toronto, Canada, and gave it to my mother in 1960. Shortly thereafter, she had it reupholstered in Collingwood, Ontario. It has been in my possession […]

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  • 20
    Dec

The Extension Table: From Ancient Rome to the Dining Room

A reader recently sent me some photos of a Victorian-period table. At first glance, it looked like a typical “turtle-top” parlor or lamp table with a wooden top. Closer inspection revealed it to be an extension table that opened to nearly 10 feet using wooden interlocking table slides. The reader asked me to confirm his […]

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  • 20
    Dec

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Movie News Enlarge Ant Man First-Appearance Values

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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  • 19
    Dec

Christmas Memories of My Mom, the Antique Collector, Dealer and Family Historian

  Around this time every year, I get a bit melancholy. It is difficult to think about the upcoming holiday season with any sense of true joy. I lost my mom almost four years ago to a brain aneurysm and my mom’s love of Christmas makes it all the more difficult for me to get […]

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