Good Reproductions: Baker Furniture Solves the Colonial Revival Riddle
[caption id="attachment_2500514" align="alignleft" width="214" caption="This Baker chair shows a strong Empire influence. (LiveAuctioneers.com/DuMouchelles photo)"][/caption] After the American Revolution ended in 1783, the fledgling country struggled to establish its new identity in a number of areas, including furniture style and design. It plowed through the Federal period—unabashedly using the ideas of English designers like Hepplewhite and Sheraton—and then climbed...
Unloved Antiques: 19th-Century Pump Organs
[caption id="attachment_2500505" align="alignright" width="239" caption="This Estey Eastlake-style organ was made circa 1890 and is of a type generic to the North Eastern U.S. and Canada. While why may be loved, and this isn’t even taking its sound into account, they don’t sell for more than $200."][/caption] The next item in this series of Unloved Antiques is the 19th-century...
Meet WorthPoint’s Über-Collectors: Jennifer Frankhouser, Steiff Teddy Bears & Animals
[caption id="attachment_2500527" align="alignright" width="225"] Über-Collector Jennifer Frankhouser of Marysville, Wash., who collects Steiff stuffed animals, with her small Jocko chimpanzee that she bought after earning money all summer when she was 9.[/caption] Passion, energy, excitement. The thrill of the hunt. It seems that everyone infected with the collecting bug shares these same traits! True enthusiasts—or “über-collectors” —spend endless...
The Comic Speculator – Sell Out News 10/28/2011
[caption id="attachment_2500455" align="alignright" width="197" caption="Daredevil #3"][/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 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...
WorthPoint Founder Will Seippel on ‘Net Profits’ Podcast
WorthPoint founder and CEO Will Seippel was a guest on the radio show “Net Profits” on WXNT 1430 AM in Indianapolis on Saturday, Oct. 22. If you happened to miss it, or want to hear it again, the show is on the Net Profits’ podcast. Will Seippel on Net Profits (click here) --------------------------------- WorthPoint—Discover Your Hidden Wealth
Titanic Lots, Drawing World-Wide Interest, Tops $100,000 at Estate Auction
[caption id="attachment_2500405" align="aligncenter" width="287" caption="The historically significant, museum-quality archive pertaining to the HMS Titanic drew world-wide interest and sold for $100,570."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2500406" align="aligncenter" width="208" caption="A 1906 Barber half-dollar coin recovered from the body of Titanic victim John Gill garnered $3,820."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A historically significant and museum-quality archive of material pertaining to the doomed ocean liner...
The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/26/2011
[caption id="attachment_2500368" align="alignright" width="195" caption="Star Wars Crimson Empire III Empire Lost #1 (of 6)(Paul Gulacy Variant Cover)"][/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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the...
Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Oct. 24-28, 2011
(UPDATED DAILY; Friday, Oct. 28 10:50 a.m.) This week’s roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles is a study in heroes and villains as the Batman collection of a slain millionaire will be put up for auction, as will collectibles and memorabilia of basketball’s Dr. J. And what did we make of the fact that the Buckner Ball—the baseball...
Rinker on Collectibles: Considering Toys as a Measure of Age
I received an e-mail from Christopher Bensch, vice president of Collections at the National Museum of Play, asking me to share stories I might have about playing with the 12 toy finalists in the 2011 competition for inclusion in the National Toy Hall of Fame. They are the dollhouse, Dungeons & Dragons, Hot Wheels, Jenga, the pogo stick,...
Horror Board Games: Spooky Play with some Scary Secondary Values
Monster, horror and other Halloweenie themes have long been popular in both mainstream and hobby market board games. Modern examples range from the classic Fury of Dracula, which pits one to four vampire-hunting players in a contest against another acting as the titular Count, to Arkham Horror, an epic adventure game in which players cooperate to thwart the...