• 27
    Jan

Super Super-Bowl Collectibles

By Eric Brantner Move over Christmas. You, too, Thanksgiving. There’s a new holiday that brings families and friends closer together than all the rest. Sure, you won’t find this holiday mentioned on your calendar, and this holiday won’t cause Wal-Mart to close its doors for the day. But rest assured, it’s a holiday, nonetheless, and […]

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  • 26
    Jan

Stamenic’s Antique Carpet Ride

By Mark Jaffe Zoran Stamenic’s grandfather was a woolmonger and carter in a small Serbian town near Belgrade. His grandparents’ home was filled with interesting textiles and rugs. “I remember as a boy just lying on the carpet fascinated by the patterns,” said Stamenic, WorthPoint’s expert on antique and collectible carpets and textiles. “It was […]

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  • 22
    Jan

Have an Ox-citing New Year

By Mark Jaffe While the economy may be dominated by talk of bulls and bears, when it comes to the Chinese New Year, which begins Jan. 26, it is the Year of the Ox. The ox is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work, and people born under this sign are truthful and […]

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  • 20
    Jan

Party On with Inaugural Collectibles

In the mood to party, but it’s too late for New Year’s Eve? Too early for the Super Bowl? How about an inauguration shindig complete with Obama collectibles destined to become family heirlooms? (Remember, there is nothing in the Constitution that says you have to party on Jan. 20. That’s only the swearing-in.) To set […]

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  • 20
    Jan

The Addictive Art of Collecting Books

When it comes to the rare, antique or collectible book, for a serious collector, there is more in play than just the book. “A book collection is not like assembling a coin collection,” advised Michael Slicker, Worthpoint’s expert on antique and collectible books, prints and ephemera. “It really is an act of creation.” “It isn’t […]

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  • 19
    Jan

Sell Abroad or Stay Home?

Are foreign markets better for selling antiques than American markets? Collecting has gone global, thanks to the Internet. As a result, antiques and collectibles divide into two groups: (1) those that have a global market and (2) those with only a national or regional market. Beatles memorabilia and Royal Doulton are two examples of collecting […]

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  • 16
    Jan

Data—Your New Best Friend

If you think data is boring or just for geeks, think again. There’s power in data. If you like to shop for antiques and collectibles, like I do, data can be your new best friend— one that helps you save money. Data—millions and millions of items of data—is what WorthPoint and Terapeak, a subsidiary of […]

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  • 15
    Jan

Warlick Ready for ‘Obamabilia’ Madness

Before the election in 2008, WorthPoint Worthologist and presidential memorabilia expert Jim Warlick’s Button Poll predicted that Barack Obama would become the 44th president of the United States based on sales of the candidate’s collectibles. On Jan. 20, Warlick’s forecast—as well as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream of racial unity and reconciliation—will come to […]

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  • 14
    Jan

How Much Is That Game in the Window?

The first thing I look for when I stroll up someone’s driveway to a yard sale or as I’m rummaging through the detritus of material culture at an antique retailer or thrift store is board games. Usually, my treasure hunt ends in disappointment as I excavate a ratty, worn-out copy of Trivial Pursuit or an […]

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  • 13
    Jan

Learn, Then Buy What Calls You

I just attended a major antiques-and-collectibles show and saw some really gorgeous stuff. I had money, wanted to buy something but had a hard time deciding where to start. There was so many things, I was overwhelmed and could not make a decision. How can a newbie know what to buy and where to start? […]

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