• 13
    Nov

The Postcard Time Machine: Postcard Producers Played on Leather’s Uniqueness

What do you do when there’s lots of competition? Make something completely different! That’s what publishers did during the postcard boom of the early 1900s. All kinds of interesting materials were used in order to pique the interest of a buyer over competitors. One of these different materials was leather. Starting in 1903, postcards made […]

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  • 12
    Nov

Only ‘Double’ RAF Distinguished Flying Cross Awarded to Indian Pilot under Gavel

LONDON – The first Royal Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross ever awarded to an Indian pilot, later to be dubbed the “Father of the Indian Air Force,” is to be sold by specialist coins and medals auctioneers Morton & Eden in a sale of Orders, Medals and in Decorations in London on Wednesday, Nov. 26. […]

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  • 7
    Nov

American Estates are Gaining Momentum: Will Yours Keep Pace?

Freedom of speech; freedom of religion; freedom to peaceably assemble. The American Bill of Rights was created as a framework for American Society. But the real gem created by the Founding Fathers—the one that truly separated American society from British society—isn’t part of the Social Studies curriculum of any American public school. The hidden gem? […]

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  • 7
    Nov

Comics Speculator: McFarlane-Signed Amazing Spider-Man #300 Cover Art to be Sold

This week on the Comic Speculator we’re taking a look at a couple of stories bouncing around the Internet that will be sure to upset any nerd with less than a million dollar collecting budget. First, we check in with Heritage Auctions where one of the most iconic Spider-Man covers in the web slinger’s history. […]

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  • 6
    Nov

‘Stay Extraordinary’ Coke Bottles may be Unique, but are they Collectible?

When Coca-Cola of Israel announced it was packaging more than two million bottles of Diet Coke, each in a differently patterned shrink-wrap coating, I thought it would be interesting to investigate. The “Stay Extraordinary” ad campaign’s media release says the company wanted to “convey to Diet Coke lovers that they are extraordinary” by creating one-of-a-kind […]

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  • 30
    Oct

Curse You, Red Baron! Rare Snoopy Flying Ace Sunday Strip up for Auction

An extremely rare original comic strip featuring Snoopy as the Flying Ace could realize a record auction price. Charlie Brown and the “Peanuts” gang are some of the most recognized and iconic American cartoon characters today, even without a currently running strip. Whether it’s Charlie Brown, with his squiggly grin, Linus with his sage advice […]

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  • 29
    Oct

Starting a Vintage Halloween Collection not a Scary Proposition

Halloween, as we know it today, became popular in the United States in the late 19th century when a flood of Irish and English immigrants brought a renewal of interest in the study of ancient customs, folk tales and traditions. In the early 1900s, parties were the most common way to celebrate the holiday, and […]

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  • 28
    Oct

Three Ghostly Board Games that are both Collectible and Great for the Kids

Being a dad with two small children, Halloween has thankfully been reclaimed from the netherworld of “adult” fun that generally includes binge drinking and embarrassing “sexy” costumes. For our household, it’s back to the good old traditions of trick-or-treating, carving Jack O’ Lanterns and watching stacks of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff DVDs while on […]

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  • 28
    Oct

When Preparing a Table for a Ghoulish Party, Decorate with Halloween Glass

Creepy crawlers and things that go bump in the night are always welcome this time of year. Halloween is right around the corner. Ghosts and goblins yelling “Trick or Treat,” carved pumpkins illuminated on the porch and your teenagers couch bound for a night filled with popcorn and scary movies! Some of us who still […]

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  • 28
    Oct

Horror Comic Books: When Bad Things Happen to Good (and Bad) People

Horror comic books, like horror movies, aren’t for everyone. I think you have to be a little bit twisted to enjoy reading about bad things happening to good—and bad—people. And believe me, I speak from experience. As a kid growing up in Wichita, Kansas, in the early 1960s, I had plenty of opportunities to indulge […]

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