• 6
    Sep

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – DC’s 3D Villains Month Variants Madness

[caption id="attachment_2515219" align="alignright" width="269"] The Internet has been all abuzz with retailers and collectors alike decrying the injustice of Diamond Comics (the one and only comic book distributor) cutting every comic shop’s orders of the 3D Villains month covers—such as this Batman #23.1 Joker #1—by up to 50 percent in some cases.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog...

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  • 6
    Sep

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Shelves and Shelves Full of Books

[caption id="attachment_2515250" align="alignright" width="300"] Estate executors are often confounded by large accumulations of books. Hardcover books have always been the most expensive choice in buying books, so some executors panic when they see floor-to-ceiling bookshelves filled with hardcover books.[/caption] From the time I was a college student, I’ve been a collector of books. Well, not a collector exactly;...

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  • 5
    Sep

Harley-Davidson Memorabilia Rumble to Lead at Matthews Auctions Iowa Sale

[caption id="attachment_2515210" align="aligncenter" width="480"] The top lot of at an auction loaded with motorcycle items—mostly Harley-Davidson and Indian—held Aug. 28 by Matthews Auctions, was this Harley-Davidson single-sided cardboard sign, rated 9+, which realized $8,800.[/caption] DAVENPORT, Iowa – A 1916 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles single-sided cardboard sign (saying “J. D. Dickenson, Rural Home”), rated 9+ out of 10 for condition and...

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  • 5
    Sep

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Mid-Century Modern Penn State Classroom Chair

[caption id="attachment_2515207" align="alignright" width="185"] Thonet Industries produced several mid-20th-century design variations of this chair, some designed for use as dining table chairs and others (heavier in form) for auditorium and classroom use. Modernist dealers ask between $225 and $300 for the dining room versions. This classroom version lists around $100.[/caption] QUESTION: In the 1990s, I bought four (4)...

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  • 4
    Sep

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/04/2013

[caption id="attachment_2515165" align="aligncenter" width="477"] X-Men Battle of the Atom #1 (of 2)(Frank Cho Variant Cover), 1:50, ($18-$20). The X-Men of the future travel to today to warn the X-Men of the past that they must return to their own time line. My head hurts just writing that.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book...

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  • 4
    Sep

5,000-Year-Old Game Pieces Prove the Impulse to Create Board Games is Intrinsic

[caption id="attachment_2515191" align="aligncenter" width="492"] Stone pieces, such as these ancient tokens found in Turkey, are regarded as a luxury today. The ancient Turks had not yet discovered plastic miniatures and die-cut cardboard.[/caption] When I’ve written in this column about hobby board games or the kinds of board games that most folks are familiar with, 50 or 60 years...

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  • 4
    Sep

Mud on a Supermodel: The Inappropriate Hardware Detracts from Fine Furniture

[caption id="attachment_2515183" align="alignleft" width="298"] This turn-of-the-century Golden Oak server was degraded with porcelain floral pulls.[/caption] Putting lipstick on a pig usually doesn’t make much difference in how we view the pig but the opposite application might have a dramatic effect. How about putting barnyard mud on a runway supermodel? Now that is bound to affect our perception of...

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  • 3
    Sep

The Auction that Launched the Antiques Trade

[caption id="attachment_2515129" align="aligncenter" width="576"] As Captain-Generalcy of the English forces, John Churchill was the commander of the English troops at the Battle of Blenheim in Bavaria (1704). His clever tactics enabled him to beat his French opponents, and the Monarchy awarded him the title Duke of Marlborough and an estate (above) named in recognition of his successful battle...

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  • 3
    Sep

The Collector’s Minute: 1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4*S NART Spyder

[caption id="attachment_2515140" align="aligncenter" width="512"] This 1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4*S NART Spyder sold for $27.5 million at an auction facilitated by RM Auctions on Aug. 19, 2013.[/caption] It seems the dream cars of my childhood, the late 1950s to ’60s Ferrari, are always out of reach, with ever-increasing values. I have, alas, come to the realization that one will never...

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  • 3
    Sep

It’s No Joke When it Comes to Steiff’s Vintage Teddy Clown Bears

[caption id="attachment_2515152" align="alignleft" width="300"] Richard Steiff—who was living in New York at 1925 and was responsible for growing the brand in the United States, was unhappy with the “colorless, sober and insipid” look of the company’s offerings. The direct result was the development of Teddy Clown bear, who work a felt hat with two pom-poms and a matching...

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