• 22
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Fun Reads with Antiques and Collectibles Themes

In the course of preparing the annual “Rinker on Collectibles” summer reads column, which focused on cozy mysteries with antiques and collectibles themes, I encountered several additional antiques and collectibles theme novels that fell outside the cozy mysteries category. I acquired and read them as well, enjoying every moment. As winter approaches, instead of settling […]

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  • 22
    Oct

Estate Executors’ Headaches: What to do with Upholstered Furniture

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 Italian countryside was a place of “hunger, lawlessness and filth.” Dr. Sharp would agree with her conclusion. On […]

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  • 22
    Oct

It’s All in the Marks: Identifying Baccarat Crystal and Glass

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 1816. Prior to that time, the company’s main production was mirrors and window panes. Baccarat received its first royal […]

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  • 22
    Oct

My Obsession with an Antique Cylinder Music Box

Have you ever visited an antique shop, saw something that you fell in love with, didn’t purchase it and then thought about the item on a regular, almost obsessive basis? What makes it all the more painful is when the object is something completely out of your price range and you have absolutely nowhere to […]

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  • 21
    Oct

Fake Game-Worn Jersey Issue Problematic for Sports Trading Card Manufacturers

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 sentenced for selling off-the-rack replica jerseys to sports card companies that he claimed were actually game-worn jerseys. These jerseys were then allegedly cut up […]

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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! 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 connections of salt with the Romans; the very word “salary” being a derivative that traces its roots to the Latin […]

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  • 21
    Oct

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

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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers […]

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  • 16
    Oct

Q & A with Harry Rinker: A Bottle of 1969 Château Mouton Rothschild

QUESTION: I have a bottle of 1969 Château Mouton Rothschild. The bottle is No. 32124. The bottle label notes: “Shipped by / LEXIS /LACHINE & CO.” What is the bottle’s value and what is the best way to sell it? – KC, Hellertown, Pa. ANSWER: Château Mouton Rothschild, a legendary wine estate, is located in […]

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  • 16
    Oct

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/16/2013

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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  • 15
    Oct

Banksy Guerilla Art Stunt offers Canvases worth Hundreds of Thousands for $60 Each

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. But what about one man’s graffiti? Bankys, the anonymous British street artists whose spray painted pieces on abandoned buildings and random walls have sold for upwards of millions of dollars at auction, has brought his guerilla art act to New York City and a few lucky Big Apple […]

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