• 18 Mar
    2014

Music Items, Coin-Op, Advertising, Toys and Gaming to lead Fontaine’s Auction

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – For folks looking to start or increase their collection of musical items, coin-op, advertising, toys, country store, banks, gaming and more will have 365 lots of fresh, quality merchandise to consider in a March 29 auction scheduled by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. The musical items will feature rare Victrolas, gramophones, music boxes, phonographs […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2014

Muscle Car Music: Collecting those Icons of the ’70s, 8-Track Tapes

To garage-salers and flea market buffs, they seem to be everywhere. Most folks walk right by boxes full of them with their nose in the air and an attitude of indifference. For collectors, though, boxes of unwanted 8-track tapes are pure gold. Monthly sales of 8-track tapes number in the thousands on eBay, with prices […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2014

Early American Influence on the British Music Scene, U.K. Rock ’N’ Roll Posters

When we think of iconic 1960s rock bands, the likes of British artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who & Led Zeppelin all come to mind. However, these bands did not just emerge from a vacuum. It is important to consider the American influences that shaped the British music scene and gave […]

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  • 7 Mar
    2014

Rare Cuban Baseball Card Set and Ephemera Leads in Hake’s Online Auction

YORK, Pa. – With an immense array of items that fall under one of two headings: either “I had one of those!” or “I’ve never seen that before – anywhere!” Hake’s Americana & Collectibles has opened the bidding on its Auction #211, with one particular lot—a complete set of Cuban baseball cards from the 1920s—expected […]

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  • 4 Mar
    2014

Bopping Through Recording History with Collectible Rockabilly Records

Collecting records is easy. Records are widely available and often cheap. But assembling a meaningful record collection requires thought, vigilance and no small investment. Records have been produced for so long—since 1894—and in so many different musical genres and formats that serious collectors must consider the boundaries and contents of their collections or they will […]

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  • 2 Mar
    2014

Hammond Model S Chord Organs: The Non-Musician’s Instrument of Choice

Americans value their leisure time. I know I do; it’s nice to have some time to spend however I see fit. My ancestors (yours, too, I suspect) worked all day and had little time for hobbies and amusements. Now, middle-class families have a wide range of leisure activities that they can engage in. As the […]

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  • 25 Feb
    2014

It’s Got a Good Beat and You can Dance to It: ‘American Bandstand’ Collectibles

Promotional merchandise has become such a part of American media marketing that many new movies launch simultaneously with a merchandising push. Disney is a master of such promotion, along with Lucasfilms and Pixar. Most of the merchandise comes and goes quickly, but dolls representing cultural and pop icons linger on year after year, moving from […]

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  • 17 Feb
    2014

New Ivory Ban to Prove Problematic for Executors, Dealers & Collectors

In February of last year, armed wardens of the California Department of Fish and Game descended on an auction preview hosted by Slawinski Auction Company. The wardens seized 40 lots of ivory with a market value of about $150,000. Slawinski employees claimed that there were about 20 wardens, armed and in uniform. Owner Bob Slawinski […]

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  • 17 Feb
    2014

Ed Sullivan Show’s Autographed ‘Beatles Set’ Section to be Auctioned

On April 26, 2014, a two-foot-by-four-foot section of backdrop from the Ed Sullivan Show’s studio 50 stage set of Feb. 9 1964 will be auctioned by Heritage Auctions. It is perhaps one of the most famous sets in television history, as it was seen by 73 million Americans on that date in 1964. The set […]

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  • 7 Feb
    2014

The Collector’s Minute: Sonora Cabinet Phonographs and Radios

With the passage of time, the names of once well-known companies that were advertised 
daily on radio and in newspapers have faded away. Sonora is one such company. Sonora Phonograph Company was a large phonograph and radio manufacturer. Familiar Sonora slogans 
of the time were “The Instrument of Quality” and “Clear as a Bell.” The […]

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