• 12 Oct
    2015

Philco Predicta was the most Advanced Television of our Time (for a very short time)

“It’s truly TV today, from the world of tomorrow… it’s 1965… today!” This line from the 1958 Philco television ad exclaiming that the new Predicta model TV was “the most excitingly new concept in the history of television!” At the time, 1965 was a mere seven years away, and the announcer seemed confident that the […]

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  • 18 Mar
    2015

Comics Speculator: Interest in Vintage Carl Barks’ Disney Duck Titles Spike with New ‘Ducktails’ Cartoon

Life is like a hurricane, here in Duckburg. Lasers, race cars aero-planes it’s a duck-blur. Don’t act like you don’t know the words. In a recent press-release, Disney announced its bringing back Ducktales, the animated adventures of Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, Huey, Dewy and Louie along with a whole cast of other ducks. Disney XD, […]

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  • 4 Jun
    2014

Gomez Addams was the Original ‘Mantiques’ Collector

After talking with Eric Bradley—the author of the newly released book “Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff”—last week about mantiques and who collects them, I started thinking about who in popular culture had an affinity for the weird, manly stuff that fall in this collectibles category. I have only been able to come up […]

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  • 24 Mar
    2014

Connor’s Corner: My Next Estate Sale features Great Hollywood Collectibles

I am Connor and I am in 3rd grade. I live near Hollywood—I can walk to Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network—and live less than a five-minute drive from Disneyland, Warner Brothers and NBC TV Studios. This is why a lot of the collectibles and antiques that I find here are related to TV or movies or […]

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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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  • 9 Dec
    2013

Bigger on the Inside: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Collectibles

It was 50 years ago last month that a U.K. television program originally aimed at children would first flicker onto TV screens and become not only a British institution but also a beloved favorite of audiences of all ages all around the globe. Produced by the British Broadcast Corporation, “Doctor Who” first debuted on November […]

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  • 13 Nov
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Kerr & Co. Gold Belt Buckle, Howdy Doody Show Marionette

QUESTION: I almost sold a belt buckle for a couple of bucks at my garage sale a few weeks ago until I took a better look at it. The front of the rectangular belt buckle has horizontal engraved lines with a central “E E H” monogram. The back has multiple markings. The top bar has […]

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  • 23 Jul
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Polar King Icebox, Howdy Doody Figurines, Sears Catalog

QUESTION: I own a Leonard’s Polar King icebox, probably made in the 1920s or 1930s. The outside and inside are in good shape. A label on the icebox reads: “LEONARD’S POLAR KING / trademark U. S. Patent Office / Grand Rapids, Michigan. Does it have value? – JA, via e-mail ANSWER: When Linda and I […]

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  • 31 May
    2013

Space, the Final Collecting Frontier: ‘Star Trek’ Toys and Memorabilia

The second half of the 1960s was a memorable time for American television programming. Audiences were introduced to numerous shows that would become revered classics, including “I Spy,” “Days of Our Lives,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Batman,” “Dark Shadows,” “Mission Impossible,” “Columbo,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Sesame Street.” Also premiering during this period was another program […]

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  • 21 May
    2013

Massive Collection of Elvis Presley Memorabilia to Headline Memorial Day Auction

ST. LEONARD, Md. – A huge single-owner lifetime collection of Elvis Presley items promises to be the centerpiece offering in a Memorial Day antiques and collectibles auction slated for Monday, May 27, at Chesapeake Auction House. An expected top lot of the Elvis collection is a rare, limited-edition Aloha Hawaii Elvis Celebrity Series World Doll […]

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