• 25
    Oct

The Collector’s Minute: Calendar Medals

[caption id="attachment_2516288" align="alignleft" width="288"] This brass calendar medal, minted in 1858 to commemorate President George Washington, sold for less than $150.[/caption] Calendar medals are often items of speculation, and they’re frequently though to be one-of-a-kind, rare presentation pieces. But like paper calendars, they only appear rare because they were often discarded once their useful life was over. Some...

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  • 23
    Oct

Oswald, Pollock, Houdini Featured in October Sale

[caption id="attachment_2516316" align="alignleft" width="193"] This letter from Lee Harvey Oswald to the head of the Communist Party USA headlines the sale.[/caption] LYNBROOK, N.Y. — A handwritten letter by JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, a copy of “LIFE Magazine” from 1949 signed by artist Jackson Pollock and an 1848 Peter Force printing of the Declaration of Independence will headline...

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  • 23
    Oct

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/23/2013

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 of new comics...

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  • 22
    Oct

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Martin Codina and ‘Liquidating an Estate’

[caption id="attachment_2516280" align="aligncenter" width="199"] "Liquidating an Estate, How to Sell a Lifetime of Stuff, Make Some Cash and Live to Tell About It"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2516281" align="aligncenter" width="227"] Martin Codina[/caption] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Martin Codina as the two met at Connor McCrory’s (America’s Youngest Picker) first estate sale in Southern California...

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  • 22
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Fun Reads with Antiques and Collectibles Themes

[caption id="attachment_2516271" align="alignright" width="200"] I was aware of Barbara Shapiro’s “The Art Forger” and had it on my “to read” list. Available in paperback from Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing (ISBN: 978-1-61620-316-0), I sprung for the $14.95 plus tax and acquired a copy.[/caption] In the course of preparing the annual “Rinker on Collectibles”...

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  • 22
    Oct

Estate Executors’ Headaches: What to do with Upholstered Furniture

[caption id="attachment_2516239" align="alignleft" width="214"] The padding used in antique chairs should be thrown away and replaced with new padding when re-upholstered.[/caption] Writer Amy Gale, in her book “Shows, Shops, & Auctions: Essays on the Antiques Trade,” recounts a tale of London surgeon Samuel Sharp, traveling in Italy in 1760. In the late 18th century, says Ms. Gale, the...

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  • 22
    Oct

Collectible Matchbox Cars: Hope You Saved the Box!

[caption id="attachment_2516245" align="alignright" width="340"] This 1960s Fire Chief car sells today “used” for $10 or so, and in mint, maybe for $25. But mint-in-the-box, closer to $70.[/caption] I am 53 years old. So if my math is correct, it would have been about 45 years ago (the late 1960s). Now, I’ll sound more like I’m 80 years old...

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  • 22
    Oct

It’s All in the Marks: Identifying Baccarat Crystal and Glass

[caption id="attachment_2516309" align="alignright" width="300"] Baccarat's first mark, which appeared on perfume bottles in the 1920s, showed a carafe, goblet and wine glass.[/caption] Baccarat has built a worldwide reputation for making perfume bottles, barware, quality stemware and chandeliers. Baccarat has a history dating back to the early years of the 19th century, beginning with the production of crystal in...

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  • 22
    Oct

My Obsession with an Antique Cylinder Music Box

[caption id="attachment_251626" align="aligncenter" width="614"] This music box, an intricately hand-carved music box in the form of a Swiss chalet on an equally exquisite hand carved table made by J.H. Heller in Berne, Switzerland, in 1885, stopped me in my tracks.[/caption] Have you ever visited an antique shop, saw something that you fell in love with, didn’t purchase it...

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  • 21
    Oct

Fake Game-Worn Jersey Issue Problematic for Sports Trading Card Manufacturers

[caption id="attachment_2516231" align="aligncenter" width="424"] Is the game-used uniform swatch in your sports memorabilia trading card real? Recent court cases put the authenticity of these swatches in doubt.[/caption] Yet another in a series of stunning legal cases related to fraud within the sports collectibles market made mainstream news outlets across the country last week. A sports memorabilia dealer was...

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