• 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? Determining how wealth...

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  • 7
    Nov

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

[caption id="attachment_2521354" align="alignleft" width="266"] The original cover art for Amazing Spider-Man #300 (Marvel, 1988), by drawn and signed by Todd McFarlane, is hitting the block at Heritage Auctions on Nov. 20-22. This issue introduced the character Venom.[/caption] This week on the Comic Speculator we’re taking a look at a couple of stories bouncing around the Internet that will...

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  • 6
    Nov

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

[caption id="attachment_2521339" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Coca-Cola recently launched a Diet Coke ad campaign in Israel with two million unique bottle designs in a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns. Are these automatically collectible or valuable?[/caption] 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...

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  • 3
    Jan

How to Identify an Early Production Steiff Bears (1892-1929)

[caption id="attachment_2501712" align="alignright" width="300" caption="An early Steiff Teddy Bear, circa 1909."][/caption] Nothing is more exciting for a Teddy Bear enthusiast than discovering or owning an early Steiff (button-in-ear) brand cub. Steiff launched its charter catalog of playthings in 1892, but it was not until around 1902 that the “modern” five-ways-jointed Teddy Bear as we know it was introduced;...

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  • 3
    Jan

Fighting Against the Misuse of the Rare, the One-of-a-Kind and the Antique

[caption id="attachment_2501706" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This ring, made from a piece of silverware, may be rare, if you are considering it only as a piece of jewelry, made by a specific person. But the pattern was mass-produced and there may be hundreds or thousands of these rings out there. You just don’t know."][/caption] How can you tell a true...

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  • 29
    Dec

Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Dec. 26-30, 2011

In the final roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles of the year, we learn that Russia is seeking to recover works of art, including paintings and collectibles, through Interpol’s online database of stolen cultural property items, that the auction of Michael Jackson’s household items tallied more than $1 million in sales, and that artifacts from Occupy Wall Street...

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  • 28
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/28/2011

[caption id="attachment_2501656" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Ducktales #1 (8-Bit SDCC 2011 Variant Cover)"][/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week's hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com...

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  • 27
    Dec

Thrift Store Shopping for Antiques, Collectibles and Bargains

[caption id="attachment_2501644" align="alignright" width="300" caption="While some people believe themselves above shopping in a thrift store, I have found that you can find great antiques and collectibles for great prices."][/caption] Oh, how I love the thrill of the hunt in a thrift store. It is almost as good as a big church rummage sale. My multiple decades of thrift-store...

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  • 27
    Dec

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Ray Harryhausen Animation, Vietnamese Bank Notes & More

QUESTION: I was born in 1944. During my elementary school years, between 1950 and 1956, we watched film cartoons shown on an 8mm or 16mm projector. One I remember was about a man who loved gold, somehow managed to turn his daughter into gold, and then gave up all his gold to bring his daughter back to life....

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  • 27
    Dec

The Appraiser’s Roadmap: Navigating the World of Marks

[caption id="attachment_2501624" align="alignright" width="297"] Is it a genuine Tiffany iridescent glass vase? Tiffany marks are no guarantee of authenticity unless the design of the piece itself matches known documented examples.[/caption] Many might wonder, when watching appraisers on the “Antiques Roadshow,” just how they can determine so much information by simply flipping a porcelain cup, silver platter or glass...

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