• 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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  • 21
    Oct

Passing the Salt for 8,000 Years in Chinese Export Silver Style

中國出口銀器: 遞上鹽的格調 - 8000年了! [caption id="attachment_2516206" align="aligncenter" width="526"] A pair of circa 1830 silver and parcel gilded salts by Cutshing of Canton in the neo-classical Georgian style.[/caption] To many of us, we might be aware of the connotations that salt has with monarchy—a substance of high value and denoting high status. We might also be aware of the...

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  • 21
    Oct

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – The Crazy, Hazy Origin of Mircleman

[caption id="attachment_2516216" align="alignright" width="320"] Marvelman made his first appearance in Marvelman #25 (L. Miller and Son, Feb. 1954). This issue is nearly impossible to find in any condition, mainly due to the small print run in another country.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s...

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