• 13 Jan
    2009

Interest in, Value of King Memorabilia Rise

This month’s significance will be indelibly etched in American history with Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 20 as the nation’s first African-American president. And only the day before, we observe Martin Luther King’s birthday. It’s an extraordinary moment that stamps an exclamation point on hundreds of years of shameful history. Slavery. Jim Crow laws that […]

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  • 12 Jan
    2009

Turnipseed Reaps Diverse Collecting Crop

It started with a cardboard box at a garage sale purchased for $1. In the box was a plastic jewelry set—a bracelet, ring and earrings—all in polka dots. That was the beginning of Maggie Turnipseed’s collecting Bakelite plastics. “There is something about the quality of the pieces. They are very smooth, and they come in […]

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  • 9 Jan
    2009

Top Obama Inaugural Collectibles

Superstar Will Smith got teary. Ellen Malcolm, founder of Emily’s List called it “a proud moment in our nation’s history.” Great Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown deemed it “inspirational.” There were reports of millions of joyful people dancing in the streets from Bogotá to Naples to Shanghai to Chicago. Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert slaughtered […]

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  • 6 Jan
    2009

Great Finds amid Cow Pies

By Christopher Kent The great hue and cry these days from longtime dealers is that they cannot find their antiques, collectibles and fine art in all the usual places. Their old stomping grounds just don’t exist anymore. Instead of diversifying and going on the Internet, they will draw in on themselves, divesting their own collections […]

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  • 6 Jan
    2009

Wilcoxes: From dump diving to appraising

Mike and Sherry Wilcox forged their future climbing the fence of a rural Ontario dump. It was the second date for the now-married Worthologists. What started as a country drive on a weekend afternoon became, in Mike’s words, “a dump crawl.” Love—and a shared passion for discovering collectibles amid life’s debris—was kindled. “Most dumps weren’t […]

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  • 6 Jan
    2009

Collecting Winning Football Coaches

There’s always talk and hype about great football players and their collectibles. Not so much about the sport’s great coaches. Head coaches are the driving force behind any team. Sure, you have to possess great on-field talent, but if you don’t have a good coach to manage the talent, you won’t have a successful team. […]

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  • 6 Jan
    2009

Hot Wheels’ Goodwill Ambassador

At first glance, Bruce Pascal looks exactly like what he is: a respectable middle-aged commercial real-estate agent with a wife and family. But get him started on the subject of Hot Wheels and you can almost see the years peel away to reveal the little boy in a man’s body who hasn’t outgrown his love […]

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  • 1 Jan
    2009

Lt. Reichard’s World War II Diary

Tom Brokaw called them The Greatest Generation—and they were. They lived through the greatest changes a generation has ever seen, from horse-and-buggy days to men on the moon. As children, they struggled through the Great Depression. In their teens and 20s, more than 16 million of them marched off to war in Europe and the […]

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  • 30 Dec
    2008

‘Indiana’ Morgan: Hunting for Antiquities

As a boy, when Indiana farmers did their spring plowing, Rob Morgan would do some harvesting—his crop, Indian arrow points, turned up in the fields by the plow blade. That boyhood interest spread to Native American arts and crafts and to those made by early Central and South American indigenous people. “One of the great […]

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  • 29 Dec
    2008

A ‘Tangible’ Time to Invest?

I want to put some of my money into tangible assets such as coins or jewelry. What is the best way for me to learn enough about them to know when I am making a good investment? The key word is investment. The simplest investment strategy is buy low, sell high. Right now the market […]

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