• 27 Jan
    2014

Collectibles of the XXII Sochi Winter Olympics

The upcoming Winter Olympic Games, scheduled to begin on February 7, provides collectors with a host of collectible opportunities, some of which are available now. The host city of Sochi, Russia, situated on the coast of the Black Sea, also offers a wealth of collectibles accessible by attendees, athletes and their families. You can get […]

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  • 24 Jan
    2014

Estate Executors Can Only Profit from Hiring an Appraiser

There’s a very compelling reason why estate executors should enlist the help of an appraiser or auctioneer when sorting through an estate’s personal property: Executors often have no idea what’s collectible and what’s not. A case in point: I recently helped a neighbor sort through the contents of her brother’s estate. It was a typical […]

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  • 22 Jan
    2014

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/22/2014

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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  • 20 Jan
    2014

Paranormal Photo Album Far Exceeds Expectations at Auction

As an appraiser, I try to scan the results of auctions in my interest area so I can stay on top of changing market trends. A Dec. 12, 2013, auction of photographs and photo albums, offered by Swann Auction Galleries, was mostly disappointing. Only 70 percent of the lots sold and total sales were 10-percent […]

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  • 14 Jan
    2014

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1950s Italian Ceramics, Philadelphia Tavern Prints

QUESTION: I own an urn-like vase that rests on a matching plate. The vase stands 8 ¾ inches high and is 3 ¼ inches wide at its widest part. The plate is 9 ½ inches in diameter. The vessel is marked “Italy / 1391” on the base. What information can you provide? – CM, Reading, […]

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  • 14 Jan
    2014

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/15/2014

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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  • 10 Jan
    2014

Postcard Time Machine: Life of the Tlingits of Canada and Alaska

Every so often I come across a set of postcards that captivates me. While the value of the set may not be more than $20, it’s the subject matter and the artistic rendering that make the grouping so lovely. That was the case with these cards, part of a set of Tlingit Legends from the […]

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  • 10 Jan
    2014

Rinker on Collectibles: These Are Not My Comic Book Superheroes

During my December 2013 roundtrip plane flights from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to Munich, I watched three Superhero movies—“Iron Man 3” (2013), “Man of Steel” (2013) and “The Wolverine” (2013). The violence overwhelmed me. Superheroes defy the odds-maker, even the greatest one of all. The non-stop action created a sense of numbness, a detachment from […]

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  • 8 Jan
    2014

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/08/2014

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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  • 7 Jan
    2014

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Silver-Plated Furness Bermuda Shaker

QUESTION: I have a silver-plated salt or pepper shaker from the Furness Bermuda line. It measures approximately 3 1/2 inch high. The bottom is marked “Triple deposit, Mappin & Webb, Prince’s Plate, London & Sheffield C60/28.” The hallmark is an “m” inside a shield. What is its value? – K.J., Bozeman, Mont. ANSWER: In 1874, […]

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