Five Appraisal Options for First-Time Estate Executors
My friend Stan showed me the inventory that he’d just completed for his uncle’s estate. He was proud of his thoroughness; he claimed to have spent more than 150 hours compiling the inventory and acquiring valuations for the estate’s personal property. I complemented him on his meticulous work. As he drove away I grinned and […]
‘Great Find’ Article Generates Reader Comments
We’ve had a lively discussion following the publication of an article about Will Seippel, WorthPoint’s founder and CEO, and how he stumbled upon a “Great Find” missed by an estate sale’s appraisers (“Expert Appraisers Miss ‘Great Find’ Hiding in Plain Sight”) Will, arriving just before the sale was about to close for the day, thought […]
Rinker on Antiques: What Do Our Customers Want?
On May 12, I attended Western Connecticut State University’s Macricostas Entrepreneur lecture entitled “Succeeding as an Entrepreneur in Today’s Challenging Economic Environment.” Douglas K. Mellinger, vice chairman and founder of Foundation Source, presented the lecture. He was preaching to the choir, at least the one in which I sing. Point after point, I thought: “I […]
Point of View on WorthPoint
Question: Do you consider investing in art, antiques or collectibles an alternative to the stock market? Would you share your strategy with the rest of us? With banks closing, fraud investigations of financial entities, major companies threatened with bankruptcy and stock prices on the decline, investors are looking for safe alternatives. This week gold jumped […]
What Makes a Hobby Board Game Valuable?
Many board games found in antiques shops and other secondhand retailers may not be as valuable as some might hope. More specifically, there exists a subculture of board-gaming enthusiasts such as myself who are not necessarily looking to collect old editions of Risk or Parker Brothers rarities. So what makes that copy of the Avalon […]
NBA All-Star Collectible Slam Dunks
On Feb. 15, the greatest players in basketball will come together in Phoenix for a display of slam dunks, alley-oops and no defense. That’s right—it’s the NBA All-Star Game. Sure, it’s just an exhibition that doesn’t really matter, but the celebrity and fanfare that often surround the game say otherwise. The simple truth is people […]
Licensed Board Games: Junk or Jewels?
By Michael Barnes What is a licensed board game? Chances are you’ve seen plenty and probably played several in your time. They’re the board games festooned with characters and imagery from television shows, movies or other entertainment media. Whether it’s “Hopalong Cassidy,” “Dick Tracy,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Fantasy Island,” “Pac-Man,” “Desperate Housewives” or […]
Great Finds: Just a Knock Away
There is a certain cachet applied to the antiques-and-collectibles world that sometimes mystifies even me. Some folks believe that people in the business who surround themselves with antiques live an esoteric life style and that the people in that world breathe rarified air, a sort of ethereal ether. “You must lead such an interesting life […]
Preserving precious letters from the past
How do I protect a collection of poignant World War II letters from my father? First, copy them. Until recently, I always suggested photocopying. Today, I recommend scanning. When copying the letters, make certain to keep the envelope and letter together. Individuals have a bad habit of taking letters out of envelopes and placing them […]