• 30
    Sep

It’s Raining Rookies: Dual-Class Offers NHL Card Collectors Wild Opportunities

The puck is about to drop on the 2013-2014 National Hockey League season, and due to the lockout-shortened season of last year, collectors have a unique opportunity. Due to rules instituted by the NHL Players’ Association—which, in part, governs licensing deals with trading-card manufacturers—only a handful of players were eligible for rookie cards. As a […]

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  • 30
    Sep

Climax of David Fore Collection Sale Bolsters Worldwide Coin Collections

A room full of enthusiastic bidders found fierce competition from buyers on the Internet and on the phone as they fought to take home part of the celebrated David Fore Collection of Indian Coins. This concluding auction was well received and in a buoyant market lots achieved some fabulous and worthy prices. The sale, facilitated […]

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  • 30
    Sep

Is It a Set? Does It Matter? Harlequin Furniture Sets or Suites an Accepted Practice

That’s a great set of dining room chairs you bought at auction. Sounds like you got a real good deal on them, too. But I do have a question or two. Why is the back a little different on that one chair? And doesn’t that other chair seem a little too low? Oh, and that […]

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  • 30
    Sep

It’s all in the Marks: No, It`s not Early Meissen

Contrary to many who believe that advertising and product branding was mainly a Madison Avenue/20th-century marketing innovation, “branding”—the marketing of a name, or even profiting off a competitors reputation—dates back to antiquity. When it comes to pottery and porcelain, there were dozens of smaller potteries that attempted to cash in on the prestige of famous […]

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  • 25
    Sep

Rinker on Collectibles: Who’s Responsible for Maintaining Value in a Collecting Category?

The antiques and collectibles market is not a laissez-faire economy. According to Wikipedia, laissez-faire is “an economic environment in which transactions are free from government regulations, tariffs and subsidies, with only enough regulation to protect property rights. This phrase laissez-faire is French and literally means ‘let (them) do,’ but it broadly implies ‘let it be,’ […]

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  • 25
    Sep

Takes a Cup of Kindness Yet: Chinese Export Silver Beakers

中國出口銀器: 我們一起真誠地舉杯 There are not many things the West and China had in common in the 18th and 19th centuries, but certainly one thing both cultures shared was a penchant for drinking alcohol. Alcohol and silver have always made a good marriage; silver has been used to elevate the consumption of alcohol to a higher […]

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  • 25
    Sep

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Liquidating Tangible Personal Property

Pop quiz for executors: what estate settlement task will take up most of your time, cause you the most aggravation, and return the smallest amount of cash to the estate coffers? Answer: liquidating the tangible personal property. Of course, anyone who has ever served as an estate executor already knows this. To the uninitiated, let […]

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  • 25
    Sep

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/25/2013

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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  • 24
    Sep

It’s Time to Sell Your Sports Collection… Now What?

There are many reasons and numerous potential life-changing events that may provide the catalyst for selling your treasured sports memorabilia collection. Financial hardship, college tuition, home downsizing, the healthcare or death of a loved one are all regularly occurring circumstances that cause people to liquidate. This leads to big questions and overwhelming decisions like, “Where […]

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  • 24
    Sep

The Avengers: The Comic Book Juggernaut that Almost Wasn’t

In the summer of 1963, Marvel Comics published a comic book that few at the time imagined would still be making waves in American pop culture 50 years later. The Avengers #1, which came out in July 1963—with a September cover date—was not expected to be a huge hit. In fact, the comic was actually […]

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