• 7
    Nov

Comics Speculator: McFarlane-Signed Amazing Spider-Man #300 Cover Art to be Sold

This week on the Comic Speculator we’re taking a look at a couple of stories bouncing around the Internet that will be sure to upset any nerd with less than a million dollar collecting budget. First, we check in with Heritage Auctions where one of the most iconic Spider-Man covers in the web slinger’s history. […]

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  • 6
    Nov

‘Stay Extraordinary’ Coke Bottles may be Unique, but are they Collectible?

When Coca-Cola of Israel announced it was packaging more than two million bottles of Diet Coke, each in a differently patterned shrink-wrap coating, I thought it would be interesting to investigate. The “Stay Extraordinary” ad campaign’s media release says the company wanted to “convey to Diet Coke lovers that they are extraordinary” by creating one-of-a-kind […]

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  • 30
    Oct

Curse You, Red Baron! Rare Snoopy Flying Ace Sunday Strip up for Auction

An extremely rare original comic strip featuring Snoopy as the Flying Ace could realize a record auction price. Charlie Brown and the “Peanuts” gang are some of the most recognized and iconic American cartoon characters today, even without a currently running strip. Whether it’s Charlie Brown, with his squiggly grin, Linus with his sage advice […]

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  • 29
    Oct

Starting a Vintage Halloween Collection not a Scary Proposition

Halloween, as we know it today, became popular in the United States in the late 19th century when a flood of Irish and English immigrants brought a renewal of interest in the study of ancient customs, folk tales and traditions. In the early 1900s, parties were the most common way to celebrate the holiday, and […]

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  • 28
    Oct

Three Ghostly Board Games that are both Collectible and Great for the Kids

Being a dad with two small children, Halloween has thankfully been reclaimed from the netherworld of “adult” fun that generally includes binge drinking and embarrassing “sexy” costumes. For our household, it’s back to the good old traditions of trick-or-treating, carving Jack O’ Lanterns and watching stacks of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff DVDs while on […]

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  • 28
    Oct

When Preparing a Table for a Ghoulish Party, Decorate with Halloween Glass

Creepy crawlers and things that go bump in the night are always welcome this time of year. Halloween is right around the corner. Ghosts and goblins yelling “Trick or Treat,” carved pumpkins illuminated on the porch and your teenagers couch bound for a night filled with popcorn and scary movies! Some of us who still […]

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  • 28
    Oct

Horror Comic Books: When Bad Things Happen to Good (and Bad) People

Horror comic books, like horror movies, aren’t for everyone. I think you have to be a little bit twisted to enjoy reading about bad things happening to good—and bad—people. And believe me, I speak from experience. As a kid growing up in Wichita, Kansas, in the early 1960s, I had plenty of opportunities to indulge […]

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  • 27
    Oct

Celebrating Halloween with Steiff’s Creatures of the Night

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… if you like ghosts and goblins and candy, for sure! The word “Halloween” literally means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening,” and is derived from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve, which is the evening before All Hallows’ Day. The origins for Halloween, as we know it, […]

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  • 25
    Oct

Halloween Collectibles – The Prices are nothing to Boo at

I think that most of us, at least those of us of a certain age, have very fond memories of Halloween. The costumes, the parties, the favors and, of course, going out for the candy. Deciding what you were going to dress-up as was a months-long process and there were years when my mom would […]

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  • 24
    Oct

‘What’s it Worth?’ Video Contest Winner to Thrift with the Thrift Hunters in Las Vegas

When David Ng first started out reselling on eBay, he happened upon a presentation by Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman at an eBay event in Philadelphia and his eBay selling experience hasn’t been the same since. “It was a turning point for me,” Ng said. “At the time, I had already sold the things […]

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