• 17
    Mar

Spring Training Means One Thing to Collectors: Chasing Autographs

Autograph collecting is a tradition whose history has been well documented years before the concept of an organized baseball pre-season training regime took hold at the professional level. However, for both baseball fans and collectors, the phrase “pitchers and catchers report” signifies the start of a baseball season that—from beginning to end—encompasses nearly nine-months. Spring Training’s annual tradition...

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  • 16
    Mar

It’s Actually Kinda Easy Being Green: Steiff’s Great Green Frogs

A good theme for this week around these parts would have to be green. Spring is just about here (I have three tiny crocus flowers showing all their glory on my front lawn) and St. Patrick’s Day and all its festivities are being celebrated by many Irish-Americans ... and just about everyone else, too. So it’s time to...

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  • 15
    Mar

One-Day Jewelry Camp Offers Information on Learning the Appraising Business

Do you have a desire to get into the jewelry appraising business but don’t know where to start? If so, the upcoming one-day Antique Jewelry and Arts Conference might be what you are looking for to get started. The one-day course—which is designed for those who have a background in jewelry but is also a great entry point...

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  • 13
    Mar

The Postcard Time Machine: Going Green on St. Patrick’s Day

Whether we’re Irish or just Irish at heart, we all know that on March 17 we should wear something green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Our thoughts of this international celebration of everything Irish turn to green beer and parades. If you’re Irish-American, the holiday is both religious and festive, including special foods such as corned beef and...

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  • 12
    Mar

Monstrous ‘Frankenstein’ Three-Sheet Poster could bring $100,000 at Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – A monstrously-sized Style C three-sheet movie poster for “Frankenstein”—the only copy known to exist—lurches ahead of the rest of lots in the upcoming Heritage Auctions’ Movie Poster Signature Auction, scheduled for March 28 and 29. The hulking poster from the 1931 Universal release is expected to top $100,000. “Only a small handful of one-sheets, including one...

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  • 11
    Mar

The History of Vacuum Cleaners on the Antiques Auction Forum Podcast

Worthologist Martin Willis discusses an unusual topic, with an entertaining guest, old-school salesman Ken Beach, talking about the history of the vacuum cleaner, recorded at the Home & Garden Show in Costa Mesa, Calif. on this latest edition of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast. Beach has sold vacuum cleaner for more than 49 years in 22 countries. [caption id="attachment_2522468"...

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  • 5
    Mar

Elephants—the Wonder of the Circus—Make for Specialized Collectible Category

As the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced it is ending its iconic elephant acts, saying they will be phased out by 2018, we thought it would be a nice chance to look back at an article about circus elephant collectibles our Larry Kellogg wrote on Sept. 7, 2010.  Elephant acts have been showcased by the...

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  • 3
    Mar

Hot Vinyl: Autographed Beatles Albums Soar past High Estimates at Bonhams Auction

As thrifters and eBay sellers can attest, there has been an uptick in the value of vinyl records lately, as long-playing records in very good condition are racking up decent returns, up from the mere pennies they had been demanding lately. But the market is still hot for rare and collectible record albums with, as a recent auction...

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  • 27
    Feb

WorthPoint Founder and CEO Will Seippel Talks Turkey (Calls) on eBay Radio

Will Seippel, the founder and CEO of WorthPoint, spoke with Lee Mirabal and Jim “Griff” Griffith on eBay Radio’s Top Rate Seller Hour on Feb. 26, discussing, among other things, a carved turkey call that he found and later sold for several thousand dollars, as well as why he started WorthPoint. Listen Here: [playlist ids="2522432"] EBay Radio is...

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  • 24
    Feb

Before the Radio Flyer, the was the Studebaker Junior Wagon

From the Worthologist Archives comes a relatively rare estate find: a Studebaker Junior Wagon. Vintage car enthusiasts are likely familiar with Studebaker automobiles; they were manufactured form 1902 to1966. Studebaker began as a blacksmith shop in Indiana in 1852, and when the Civil War broke out the Studebaker brothers became a major vendor of supply wagons to the...

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