• 23
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Watch: Infinity Series Reintroduces Thanos

[caption id="attachment_2515032" align="alignright" width="277"] Recently, Marvel launched its latest event, Infinity, the story that reestablishes Thanos as one of its biggest cosmic baddies. And, as usual, with a Big Event comic comes a whole slew of sexy variants.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by Worthpoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each...

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  • 23
    Aug

ANA World’s Fair of Money Auctions Set Chicago Area on Fire; $75 Million in Sales

[caption id="attachment_2515014" align="aligncenter" width="218"] The King of American coins—the 1804 Silver Dollar graded PCGS PR 62—brought the house down, as it captured $3,877,500.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2515015" align="aligncenter" width="218"] The sales price established a new record for the class I 1804 dollar in this grade, as well as setting a new house record for Heritage Auctions.[/caption] CHICAGO – Strength and...

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  • 23
    Aug

Retro-Themed Sports Cards Make the New Old Again

[caption id="attachment_2514877" align="alignleft" width="215"] This 2001 Topps Heritage card of Cal Ripkin uses the 1952 Topps design.[/caption] In this modern era of baseball-card collecting, there are a wide array of brands and products from which collectors can choose. For collectors returning to the hobby after a several year hiatus, or for those of any age just getting started,...

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  • 22
    Aug

Beanies, Dolls and Plates: The ‘Valueless Collectibles’

[caption id="attachment_2514760" align="alignleft" width="203"] Yolanda Bello's "Jennifer" doll charmed me into the Ashton Drake doll market. Like so many Beanie Babies, my collection will likely end up at a thrift store.[/caption] We all know that the Beanie Baby craze was a wild ride for a couple of years. People were actually acquiring these plush little darlings in the...

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  • 21
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/21/2013

[caption id="attachment_2514978" align="alignright" width="284"] Indestructible Hulk #12 (Mike Del Mundo Time Travel Variant Cover), 1:30, ($12-$15). These time travel variants have been a lot of fun. I love this Hulk-Mona Lisa.[/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...

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  • 20
    Aug

Dr. Robert Pierce Harris, Circus Physician to The Greatest Show on Earth

In the circus, much of the glory went to the performers, especially to the star performers. Their images were plastered on posters and in other advertising because everyone recognized them. They received all the applause. But behind the scenes were the people who kept the circus running. The unsung crew raised the tents and took them down and...

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  • 19
    Aug

Kline, Curran and Madrazo to Headline October Fine Art Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514923" align="alignleft" width="242"] "Far Away Thoughts," a work of Charles Courtney Curran, carries a pre-sale estimate of $120,000 to $180,000.[/caption] MILFORD, Conn. — Works by Charles Courtney Curran, Franz Kline, Roy Nacho, Jane Peterson and Roy Lichtenstein are currently slated to go to auction on Thursday, Oct. 24 in a semi-annual fine-art sale held by Shannon’s Fine...

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  • 18
    Aug

Doll Collector: Bru is the ‘Face’ of Antique French Dolls

(This article first appeared in Doll Collector magazine. Please click here to subscribe) [caption id="attachment_2514107" align="alignleft" width="204"] A 22-inch tall doll from a McMasters Harris auction has the ideal Bru face. (Photo: McMasters Harris Auction Co.)[/caption] If you were to make a survey of doll collectors today and ask them to name their first choice for a brand...

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  • 16
    Aug

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Martin Kemp and the newly Discovered Da Vinci Work

[caption id="attachment_2514859" align="alignright" width="215"] “La Bella Principessa.”[/caption] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Martin Kemp, who discusses where science meets art to uncover the “La Bella Principessa,” a Leonardo Da Vinci work that was nearly unattributed and lost through time. Listen in to hear how a $21,000 German 19th-century portrait can turn into...

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  • 16
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Lithograph Motor Race Game, Mechanical Whale Toy

[caption id="attachment_2514896" align="alignright" width="300"] A Wolverine Motor Race lithograph board game.[/caption] QUESTION: I have a Motor Race Game, a 16-inch-square lithograph tin game board and the six cars. It is in very good condition. My wife and I play the game, careful not to scratch the surface. What is it worth? – AA, via e-mail ANSWER: Wolverine introduced...

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