• 24
    Sep

It’s all in the Marks: What Does ‘OEPIAG/EPIAG’ Mean?

[caption id="attachment_2515599" align="alignright" width="300"] . The name “OEPIAG” is an acronym for “Österreichische Porzellan Industrie AG,” which translates to Austrian Porcelain Industry. It was in use between 1918 and 1920.[/caption] Going through the e-mail from WorthPoint readers, we often receive questions about the markings on pottery and porcelain, particularly European pieces made between the First and Second World...

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  • 24
    Sep

Kid-Friendly ‘Disney Infinity’ Video Game is Only the Beginning as Extras Abound

[caption id="attachment_2515592" align="aligncenter" width="497"] The $75 Disney Infinity starter box. I’m so glad to see “The Incredibles” represented after years of near-obscurity.[/caption] If you’re the parents of Disney-inclined kids or if you’re Disney-inclined yourself, you’ve likely either heard of or already invested into the new Disney Infinity line of toy-driven video games. Released in Early August, Disney Infinity...

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  • 24
    Sep

From Japan to the World: Battle of the Planets Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2515639" align="alignleft" width="237"] A “Battle of the Planets” frame-tray puzzle, released by Whitman-Western Publishing in 1979 carries a collectors' value of about $10.[/caption] For many children growing up during the late 1970s and early 1980s, an animated TV series named “Battle of the Planets” had them running home from school so they wouldn't miss a single action-packed...

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  • 24
    Sep

Postcard Time Machine: Remembering More Stars of TV and Film

Postcards of famous people have always been popular. In addition to historical figures, authors and kings and queens, postcards celebrate our favorite entertainers as well. These performers gave back to the world, broke barriers and created much of the foundation of today’s entertainment. Take a walk into the past through these postcards, and remember how much we enjoyed...

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  • 20
    Sep

I Inherited the Family Piano… Now What?

[caption id="attachment_2515582" align="alignleft" width="300"] This Mason Hamlin piano is an example of a "console" piano, the midsize-subcatagory of vertical, or upright, pianos.[/caption] How do you stop an elephant from charging? Take away his credit card. Why do elephants have trunks? Because they would look silly with glove compartments. What do you give a seasick elephant? Lots of room....

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  • 20
    Sep

The Ultimate Tea Ceremony: How the Custom of Taking Tea Influenced Silver Tea Sets

中國出口銀器: 終極茶道 [caption id="attachment_2515564" align="alignright" width="247"] It was Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, who invented the act of taking afternoon tea at the beginning of the 19th century[/caption] Chinese Export Silver was very much a product of the China Trade, which in itself was a phenomenon born out of the long-established silk and tea trades between China and...

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  • 20
    Sep

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – Uncle Scrooge Seller Now Rolling in Dough

[caption id="attachment_2515706" align="alignright" width="326"] A copy of Dell Four Color #386 (Dell, 1952) starring Uncle Scrooge in CGC 9.4 condition sold for $9,125 with 32 bids on Sept. 12[/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 and back issues and the...

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  • 19
    Sep

The Gong Fu Tie Calligraphy Soars over Expectations to Sell For $8.2 million

[caption id="attachment_2515557" align="alignright" width="101"] The Gong Fu Tie calligraphy.[/caption] NEW YORK – The Gong Fu Tie Calligraphy by Su Shi, one of the towering figures of early Chinese history, sold for $8,229,000 at Sotheby’s on Sept. 19, several times the pre-sale expectations of $1 million. Six bidders—both in the auction room and on telephones—fought for the piece which...

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  • 18
    Sep

Music, Coin-Op, Gaming & Toys to lead Sept. 21 Sale at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery

[caption id="attachment_2515546" align="alignright" width="187"] This 1941 Wurlitzer model 850 jukebox, also called “The Peacock” because it features a brilliant peacock reverse painted on glass, will be among the scores of jukeboxes, Victrolas, gramophones, music boxes, phonographs and speakers up for auction Saturday, Sept. 21, at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.[/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Two outstanding 35-year collections to be sold...

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  • 17
    Sep

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/18/2013

[caption id="attachment_2515517" align="alignright" width="281"] Batman '66 #3 (Cully Hamner Variant Cover), 1:25, ($8-$10). Awesome work here by Hamner for a really fun series.[/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...

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