• 9
    Aug

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Crime Doesn’t Pay, Batman # 1 Edition

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 and rankings are...

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  • 6
    Aug

Rinker on Collectibles: More Antiques & Collectibles Cozy Mysteries

[caption id="attachment_2514670" align="alignright" width="181"] Antiques Disposal (Trash 'n' Treasures Mysteries)[/caption] My good friend Jane Cleland introduced me to the world of cozy mysteries, and since the summer reading season isn’t quite over, I thought you, gentle reader, might find some of these antiques-and-collectibles-related stories worth cracking. Cozy mysteries have 10 main criteria: (1) the crime-solver is usually a...

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  • 6
    Aug

It’s all in the Marks: Using War and ‘Country of Origin Marks’ for Quick Dating

[caption id="attachment_2514646" align="alignright" width="200"] If you run across this mark that reads “Make in Czechoslovakia,” you will know the piece was made between 1918 and 1993.[/caption] For appraisers and dealers, there are some instant identifiers to determine earliest possible dates of production, some as simple as the country of origin mark. In the course of human history, war...

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  • 6
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/07/2013

[caption id="attachment_2514632" align="alignleft" width="283"] Robocop Last Stand #1 (of 8)(Cover B Jay Shaw), 1:15, ($7-$9). I love this Shaw variant but I’m not convinced this series will be a must-read.[/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...

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  • 6
    Aug

Vintage Sports Pennants Provide Historical and Collectible Value

[caption id="attachment_2514655" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Vintage pennants, unlike the ones sold today, are very collectible and are valuable. This Detroit Tigers pennant, commemorating their World Series victory of 1945, recently sold on eBay for over $260.[/caption] While still produced and available at stadiums around the country, the team pennant as we know them today are more of fan shop...

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  • 6
    Aug

For Board Game Collectors, Crowdfunding Offers Rewards at a Great Risk

[caption id="attachment_2514640" align="alignright" width="240"] This is quite possibly the most common piece of graphic design that you’ll see in the tabletop gaming hobby today.[/caption] I’ve written about Kickstarter and the current crowdfunding craze—specifically its impact on the gaming hobby—quite a bit, not just here at WorthPoint, but also elsewhere. Crowdfunding has emerged as another example of the kind...

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  • 5
    Aug

Lot of 1970s-Era United Arab Emirates Banknotes Gavels for $29,500 at AIA Sale

[caption id="attachment_2514608" align="alignright" width="360"] The top lot of a live and Internet auction held by Archives International Auctions on June 4 was this set of five 1970s-era banknotes from the United Arab Emirates with Serial Number “000002.” It realized $29,500.[/caption] FORT LEE, N.J. – One lot consisting of five 1970s-era banknotes from the United Arab Emirates, with Serial...

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  • 5
    Aug

Early A. E. (Elmer) Crowell Bufflehead Drake Decoy Realizes $207,000 at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514589" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This rare and important bufflehead drake by A. E. (Elmer) Crowell was easily the top lot of the Summer Decoy Auction, held July 28-29 by Decoys Unlimited, Inc., on Cape Cod. The “flawless bird, made during Crowell’s prime and carved as a working decoy but never rigged,” according to Ted Harmon, owner of Decoys...

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  • 5
    Aug

Items from the Estate of Swedish Count & Countess to Headline Elite Decorative Arts Sale

[caption id="attachment_2514597" align="aligncenter" width="201"] This oil-on-canvas portrait by Edward Perseus (Swed., 1841-1890) depicting Oscar II of Sweden from the estate of Count and Countess Claes-Eric de Lewenhaupt of Sweden is expected to bring between $4,000 and $5,000 at a multi-estate auction planned for Saturday, Aug. 10, to be hosted by Elite Decorative Arts.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514598" align="aligncenter" width="237"] This...

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  • 4
    Aug

Auction Report: World War I Squadron Insignia, Archive Take Top-Lot Honors

[caption id="attachment_2514512" align="alignleft" width="300"] Lt. Paul Green's(French Escardille 131-Bomber Group 4 World War I aircraft insignia fetched $13,200.[/caption] BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. — A World War I squadron insignia and archive pertaining to American pilot Lt. Paul Green took the top lot with a winning bid of $13,200 at a live and Internet auction held June 8 and 9 held...

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