• 11
    Mar

St. Patrick’s Day: Another Excuse to Collect!

As an Irish person—living in Ireland—let me relay the bad news/set the record straight: we don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Aside from having the day off work, it’s a slight non-entity. Yes, you have people who use the day to drink themselves silly in the many pubs around the country (mainly because they have […]

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  • 7
    Mar

Rare Cuban Baseball Card Set and Ephemera Leads in Hake’s Online Auction

YORK, Pa. – With an immense array of items that fall under one of two headings: either “I had one of those!” or “I’ve never seen that before – anywhere!” Hake’s Americana & Collectibles has opened the bidding on its Auction #211, with one particular lot—a complete set of Cuban baseball cards from the 1920s—expected […]

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  • 24
    Jan

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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  • 16
    Dec

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Michael Lauck and the Magic of Collecting Magic

On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Michael Lauck about the history of magicians, including women in the field, Houdini, collecting ephemera, posters, props and more. This is a fascinating interview with a specialist that really knows his topic. Check out a blog post Michael wrote for the forum and also […]

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  • 15
    Nov

Upcoming Legends Auction Retells the Story of JFK and Camelot One item at a Time

With the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy later this month, several high-level auctions of personal, campaign and presidential items associated with his time at the White House have recently been conducted. Even personal effects of Lee Harvey Oswald have been auctioned. Now comes the Kennedy-Hollywood connection. John McInnis Auctioneers is […]

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  • 13
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Kerr & Co. Gold Belt Buckle, Howdy Doody Show Marionette

QUESTION: I almost sold a belt buckle for a couple of bucks at my garage sale a few weeks ago until I took a better look at it. The front of the rectangular belt buckle has horizontal engraved lines with a central “E E H” monogram. The back has multiple markings. The top bar has […]

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  • 23
    Oct

Oswald, Pollock, Houdini Featured in October Sale

LYNBROOK, N.Y. — A handwritten letter by JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, a copy of “LIFE Magazine” from 1949 signed by artist Jackson Pollock and an 1848 Peter Force printing of the Declaration of Independence will headline a 700-lot auction slated for Oct. 24. The sale, held by Philip Weiss Auctions, will start promptly at […]

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  • 12
    Sep

Ringside Collectibles: Boxing Memorabilia Packs a Punch

Pugilism: (pu·gi·lism) The skill, practice and sport of fighting with the fists; boxing.—Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. The sport of boxing has a long and divisive history. Dating back to the ancient Greek Empire, it was honored as an Olympic sport. Boxing or prizefighting, as it is also called, gained popularity first in England and then the in […]

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  • 6
    Sep

NCAA Football: Collecting Your Alma Mater

Whether you’re a fan or alumni of THE Ohio State University, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the USC Trojans or you plan on engraving “Roll Tide” on your tombstone, few sports develop the long-lasting and deep-seeded rivalries that exist throughout college football. With the 2013 season having just kicked off, here is a look […]

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  • 8
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Joe Namath Football Passer Toy

QUESTION: I recently rediscovered my Joe Namath Passer, a plastic toy standing approximately two feet tall and which could “pass” a plastic football across the room. I am having trouble finding information about the toy and its value. Can you help? – J, Janesville, Wis. ANSWER: Your Joe Namath Football Passer, which stands 23 inches […]

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