• 7
    Nov

No Rubber Bands: Preserving Game Cards

[caption id="attachment_2500773" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Rubber bands are the enemy of board game and card game paper cards."][/caption] It’s happened to anyone who has ever bought a vintage board or card game from an antiques dealer, a thrift store or a yard sale: You open the box, the contents are complete and organized as promised . . . but...

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  • 4
    Nov

WorthPoint Launches Shopping Assistant Feature

[caption id="attachment_2500707" align="alignleft" width="262" caption="The new WorthPoint Shopping Assistant appears on the right side of a Worthopedia search results page, showing items similar to the searched item that is currently for sale."][/caption] WorthPoint has launched another feature: the “Shopping Assistant,” a widget that helps collectors find and buy what they are looking for. The reason we are launching...

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  • 3
    Nov

Casting Call for ‘My Collection Obsession’ New Reality Television Show

[caption id="attachment_2500685" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Would this collection of Converse shoes make the cut for "My Obsessive Collection" television show?"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2500686" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="What about this collection of action figures?"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2500688" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="A collection of pens?"][/caption] Is collecting a part of your daily life? Are parts of your collection in every room of your house? Do...

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  • 2
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/02/2011

[caption id="attachment_2500540" align="alignright" width="194" caption="Action Comics #3 (Rags Morales Black & White 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...

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  • 31
    Oct

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Boy Scout Bible, Aurora Enamel Gas Stove, Homemade Flag

QUESTION: I own a copy of a Boy Scout Bible published by Thomas Nelson & Sons, New York. The title page notes: “Newly Edited by the American Revision Committee / A.D. 1901,” and the book has a 1901 copyright date. The American Boy Scouts were not founded until 1910. Yet, the Bible carries an “Introduction: by the Executive...

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  • 31
    Oct

Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2011

(UPDATED DAILY; Friday, Nov. 4, 3:59 p.m.) In this week’s roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles, we learn of a baseball bat that has a history connected with Lou Gehrig and Kurt Russell, a story about selling items connected with serial killers and a Wall Street Journal blog questioning whether the art and wine bubbles are about to...

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  • 31
    Oct

The Retrophile Files: Junktiquing in New York City at Furnish Green

[caption id="attachment_2500491" align="aligncenter" width="446" caption="Furnish Green is a green-minded retail operation in New York City. Owner-operator Nathan Hescock, a self-confessed “estate sale” junkie and professional dance instructor, buys up used furniture and other bits of décor and resells them at surprisingly affordable prices. The shop is filled, chock-a-block, with everything you might and might not expect, including a...

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  • 31
    Oct

Good Reproductions: Baker Furniture Solves the Colonial Revival Riddle

[caption id="attachment_2500514" align="alignleft" width="214" caption="This Baker chair shows a strong Empire influence. (LiveAuctioneers.com/DuMouchelles photo)"][/caption] After the American Revolution ended in 1783, the fledgling country struggled to establish its new identity in a number of areas, including furniture style and design. It plowed through the Federal period—unabashedly using the ideas of English designers like Hepplewhite and Sheraton—and then climbed...

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  • 31
    Oct

Unloved Antiques: 19th-Century Pump Organs

[caption id="attachment_2500505" align="alignright" width="239" caption="This Estey Eastlake-style organ was made circa 1890 and is of a type generic to the North Eastern U.S. and Canada. While why may be loved, and this isn’t even taking its sound into account, they don’t sell for more than $200."][/caption] The next item in this series of Unloved Antiques is the 19th-century...

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  • 31
    Oct

Meet WorthPoint’s Über-Collectors: Jennifer Frankhouser, Steiff Teddy Bears & Animals

[caption id="attachment_2500527" align="alignright" width="225"] Über-Collector Jennifer Frankhouser of Marysville, Wash., who collects Steiff stuffed animals, with her small Jocko chimpanzee that she bought after earning money all summer when she was 9.[/caption] Passion, energy, excitement. The thrill of the hunt. It seems that everyone infected with the collecting bug shares these same traits! True enthusiasts—or “über-collectors” —spend endless...

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