• 2
    Nov

Collecting on Steroids: The Effect of PEDs on the Sports Memorabilia Market

[caption id="attachment_2516570" align="alignleft" width="195"] In the late 1990s, Mark McGwire's rookie card commanded hundreds of dollars. Steroid use has tainted his legacy and prices. It now sells for under $20.[/caption] The issue of steroids, human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs certainly isn’t new to sports. Athletes from the worlds of cycling, boxing and the Olympics have fallen...

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  • 1
    Nov

Chinese Export Silversmiths were Masters of the Art of the Tazza

中國出口銀器: 藝術大師級的高腳盤子 [caption id="attachment_2516554" align="alignright" width="300"] A tazza does not have to be grand and imposing, as this rather sweet small example by Hung Chong shows. The delicate fretwork chrysanthemum motif signifies longevity. The plain circular central motif could well be a “wish granting” pearl.[/caption] It is equally perplexing to find the origins of the object we know...

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  • 1
    Nov

Rare Bay Psalm Book, the First Book Printed in America, to be Auctioned by Sotheby’s

[caption id="attachment_2516538" align="aligncenter" width="496"] One of the finest surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book—the first book printed in what is now the United States of America—will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on Nov. 26. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $15 to $30 million.[/caption] NEW YORK – One of the finest surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book—the...

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  • 30
    Oct

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/30/2013

[caption id="attachment_2516517" align="alignright" width="279"] Captain America Living Legend #2 (of 4)(Dan Brereton Vintage Variant), 1:50, ($15-$20)[/caption] 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...

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  • 29
    Oct

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Paul Schreckengost-Designed Zodiac-Theme Plate

[caption id="attachment_251650" align="alignright" width="300"] A 9-inch diameter sky blue Zodiac-theme plate designed by Paul Schreckengost for Gem Clay Forming Company of Sebring, Ohio.[/caption] QUESTION: I have a 9-inch diameter sky blue Zodiac-theme plate designed by Paul Schreckengost for Gem Clay Forming Company of Sebring, Ohio. Viktor Schreckengost, a famous designer and longtime professor at the Cleveland Institute of...

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  • 27
    Oct

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Behind the Scenes of an Auction of a Lifetime

[caption id="attachment_2516377" align="alignright" width="300"] Martin Willis auctioning off pieces from the estate of homestead of Josiah Bartlett, New Hampshire’s first governor and the second to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1989.[/caption] This week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast’s format is a little different as we present a Martin Willis lecture in Amesbury, Mass., about the behind-the-scenes action of...

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  • 27
    Oct

They Came from the Crypt: Universal Monsters Toys and Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2516487" align="aligncenter" width="520"] While many of the Universal Studios monsters first debuted on screens in the 1940s or earlier, they didn’t reach toy and hobby store shelves until the 1960s. Regardless of the era in which they were produced, Universal Monsters-themed toys are now highly collectible.[/caption] Walk into any toy or comic shop nowadays and chances are...

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  • 27
    Oct

Haunting Photographic Images of Early Halloween Costumes are Desired Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2516476" align="aligncenter" width="417"] Many photos of vintage Halloween costumes are collected because of their unintended artistry. This early 1930s rural snapshot is haunting and hypnotic.[/caption] Halloween’s roots arguably date back thousands of years to Celtic harvest traditions. But the celebration in the form we know it today has a much more recent history. In the United States,...

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  • 27
    Oct

The Complex Hierarchy of the China Trade Relative to the Chinese Export Silver Trade

相對於中國出口銀貿易而言的中國貿易之複雜階級制度 [caption id="attachment_2516402" align="aligncenter" width="538"] “View of Hoppo Returning,” a late 18th-century depiction by unknown Chinese artist. When the Hoppo arrived for inspection visits, the merchants and local officials turned out to receive him[/caption] Chinese Export Silver was very much a product of the China Trade, but the period between 1757-1842 is now known as the “Old China...

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  • 25
    Oct

Great Obscure Halloween Board Games Lurking in the Shadows

[caption id="attachment_2516439" align="aligncenter" width="483"] As much as I appreciate that they put the Reptile woman in the game (the drawing in the bottom right quadrant), and as great as the figurines look, the game is awful. (Left to right) Abraham Van Helsing, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster (from “Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell”), and Father Sandor (from “Dracula,” “Prince...

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