• 19
    Dec

Hubley Santa Toys: The Value of Trees, Reindeer and Paint

As Christmas nears, some items go up in value instead of being on sale. Christmas-related antiques and collectibles often have upticks in value before the big day and are less sought-after on Boxing Day for another year. No Christmas could be without Santa, and the jolly elf
 was often the model for a huge number […]

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  • 19
    Dec

Gale Force Nine becomes a Development Force with Cult TV Board Games

  Gale Force Nine started out in the hobby gaming business as a manufacturer of accessories for miniatures games—mostly die-cut acrylic tokens, range templates and other bookkeeping aids. But over the past year, the company has made a big impact on the board games market with two stand-out, best-selling hits that just happen to also […]

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  • 19
    Dec

Repurpose and Recycle to Ease Tight Holiday Gift-Giving Budgets

Money is tight for everyone… well, at least everyone I know. So why not repurpose some of the items you already own and give them as gifts? It is not as difficult as you might think and once you start looking at items with a different eye, you might be surprised at what you come […]

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  • 19
    Dec

My Greatest Antique Restoration Project to Date

During my third year of living in Estonia I met and began dating Egils, a Latvian man. As a working partner in a publishing house in Riga, Latvia, he didn’t have my flexibility of location—or relocation, as it turned out—so for a year my daughters and I split our time between Tartu, Estonia and Riga, […]

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  • 18
    Dec

A Day At Disney World—In Postcards

When Walt Disney World opened its gates in Orlando in 1971, I was 19 years old. Having traveled Florida’s byways since getting my driver’s license at 16, I’d become a fan of the mom-and-pop tourist attractions, roadside citrus stands and alligator-wrestling stops that peppered my home state. Most of them did not survive Disney’s onslaught […]

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  • 18
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/18/2013

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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  • 17
    Dec

Warming Up Your American Quilt-Buying Knowledge

Quilts are everywhere this time of year—in decorator magazines, at winter bazaars, for sale at all kinds of stores, and in many antique shops. How do you know what to look for if you are interested in buying one, but didn’t grow up around quiltmakers? First of all, it helps to have a basic understanding […]

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  • 16
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: Developing an Interior Decorating Mindset – Part 2

In my column “Developing an Interior Decorating Mindset – Part I,” I explored the inherent decorating value in antiques and collectibles, stressed the importance of understanding “Looks”—also known as decorating design styles—and suggested methods to determine which Looks are dominant, stable or declining. These topics represent the “broad brush” approach. Now I’ll focuses on details. […]

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  • 16
    Dec

Awesome Toys of the ’80s: Shogun Warriors

My soon-to-be-4 son has suddenly taken an interest in the Power Rangers, Saban’s long-running (20 years!) Westernization of several different Japanese tokusatsu (“special effects”) superhero series. And by “taken an interest,” I mean “obsessed to the point of believing that he is the blue ranger.” I had never watched the show before, although growing up […]

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  • 16
    Dec

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Michael Lauck and the Magic of Collecting Magic

On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Michael Lauck about the history of magicians, including women in the field, Houdini, collecting ephemera, posters, props and more. This is a fascinating interview with a specialist that really knows his topic. Check out a blog post Michael wrote for the forum and also […]

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