• 12
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Chance is a Scarce Commodity in the Antiques World

[caption id="attachment_2514779" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A seven-piece set of Old Hickory Furniture, like this bed and chairs, is the subject of this week’s Q and A with Harry column. (Photo: Z and A Antiques)[/caption] NOTE: While this “Rinker on Collectibles” Questions and Answers column focuses only on one question, the information and principals discussed in the second half of...

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  • 11
    Aug

Antique Marbles—The Simplest of Toys is now a Complex Hobby

[caption id="attachment_2514766" align="alignright" width="200"] I found eight Gooseberry marbles like this one in a jar of common marbles at a flea market I bought for $5. They were all in perfect condition and I wound up selling them over the following months for more than $800. (Photo: American Bottle Auction)[/caption] I had a 15-minute break from work one...

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  • 9
    Aug

The Agony and Ecstasy of Owning a ‘Priceless’ Painting

[caption id="attachment_2514744" align="alignleft" width="240"] For $3, I became the proud owner of a Rembrandt! I was sure of it—proving even experts can get caught up in the emotion of a great find.[/caption] Several years ago, I purchased a beautiful painting at a garage sale for $3. The scene seemed very familiar, but I didn’t linger on my analysis...

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  • 9
    Aug

The Art of the Silver Cage Shows Creative Genius of Chinese Silversmiths

中國出口銀器: 銀籠子的藝術 [caption id="attachment_251468" align="alignright" width="390"] This fine reticulated Chinese Export Silver casket by Wang Hing features dragons chasing the flaming pearl in clouds is the Chinese silversmith’s ultimate dream.[/caption] Chinese Export Silver produced some extraordinary silversmiths by anyone’s standards; a much-used statement by me and one I am oft criticized about. There is an unwritten hierarchy of...

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  • 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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