• 16
    Dec

Collector’s Minute: First Commercial Christmas Card

To collectors, there is always a “Holy Grail” or the “Stuff of Dreams” for their category of collecting, for which, of course, a small fortune would be required to obtain the item. For Collectors of Christmas memorabilia there are many items out there that could fill their personal “12 Days of Christmas” wish list. The […]

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  • 5
    Nov

Official Thanksgiving Proclamation are Attractive and Cherished Collectibles

Holidays allows us to share the spirit through postcards, figurines, glassware, commemorative plates, stamps, coins and greeting cards, among many others. Very few of the holidays, though, get officially recognized as Thanksgiving does. That’s because it is usually done through an official Thanksgiving Proclamation. Called ephemera in the collecting world, any paper or printed item […]

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  • 23
    Oct

History Shines Light on Celebrating Halloween Collectibles

  The tradition of Halloween is rooted deep in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, dating back almost 2,000 years. In the areas that are now Ireland, the United Kingdom and France, the New Year was celebrated on November 1, a day that divided summer and the coming of a long, dark winter. Winter was […]

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  • 2
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Creating a Personal Connection to Collectibles

As I continue to sort through the dozens of archival file boxes residing three rows deep along one wall of my office and in a shelved storage room built especially to hold them, I am overwhelmed by a simple thought—I do not want to throw this out, “this” being a broad term for almost everything. […]

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  • 31
    Mar

Circus Memorabilia Expert’s eBay Searches Reveal Scores of Misidentified Posters

Every day I search eBay for new listings of circus items, hoping to find something rare or unusual to add to my collection. I use several search criteria. My search today for “circus, Barnum, Ringling” in the collectibles category resulted in new 800-plus items listed since yesterday. It takes only minutes to scan the typical […]

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  • 17
    Mar

Spring Training Means One Thing to Collectors: Chasing Autographs

Autograph collecting is a tradition whose history has been well documented years before the concept of an organized baseball pre-season training regime took hold at the professional level. However, for both baseball fans and collectors, the phrase “pitchers and catchers report” signifies the start of a baseball season that—from beginning to end—encompasses nearly nine-months. Spring […]

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  • 6
    May

Mother’s Day, Moms and Tattoos: An American Tradition

As Mother’s Day approaches, and sons and daughters are considering what to get Mom as a gift, many will decide that the perfect gift for the woman who gave them life is to commemorate their love with a “mom” tattoo. Phil Colvin, the owner of Memorial Tattoo in Atlanta, has been a tattoo artist for […]

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  • 1
    May

Great Finds: Rare Babe Ruth Poster Found in Wall of Demolished House

If you have an old house in Minnesota, start tearing down those walls… they seem to have very valuable items used as insulation up there. The word has come down from St. Paul that a rare poster of Babe Ruth was found during the demolition of an old house there. The 88-year-old poster is up […]

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  • 14
    Apr

Auction House seeking Great Bambio Memorabilia for Babe Ruth Centennial Auction

Babe Ruth. No other name in all of sports, or Americana, for that matter, can transcend generational divides the way he does. It seems that no matter when one was born, chances are, you are at least familiar with the name if not intimately aware of his great dominance and impact on the sport of […]

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  • 8
    Apr

Orson Welles Auction offers Insight to Famed Actor & Director

Want to see the world the way legendary movie actor and director Orson Welles did when he shot home movies? Someone will get that opportunity if they make a winning bid for the Bell and Howell camera Welles used to shoot home movies.. It’s one of 70 lots his daughter, Beatrice, discovered in old boxes […]

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