• 22
    Aug

Three Easy Steps to Starting a Killer Comic Book Collection

So, you want to collect comics? Collecting comics seems easy in theory. Just go out and buy a pile and, boom, you’ve got a collection, right? Well, sort of. As someone who has spent the last 15 years looking through piles, boxes, basements and storage units full of comics, I can tell you firsthand, a […]

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  • 22
    Aug

Princess Doraldina 5-cent Fortune Teller Machine to Lead Arcade & Gaming Auction

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A coin-operated a Princess Doraldina 5-cent fortune teller machine, displaying a life size gypsy woman in a large wood booth with glass front, is expected to vie for the top-selling lot in an auction of some 350 lots of coin-op, musical items, toys, advertising, country store, banks, arcade and gaming collectibles will […]

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Mayhem at Chicago ANA; Gold Kennedy Half Dollar Changes Hands for $100,000
  • 21
    Aug

Mayhem at Chicago ANA; Gold Kennedy Half Dollar Changes Hands for $100,000

Since its very inception some 50 years ago, the Kennedy half dollar remains for many a valued and cherished keepsake. Yet, the passion generated by the inaugural release of the silver Kennedy half dollar—on March 24, 1964—pales to the frenetic chaos which greeted the inaugural release of the 50th Anniversary gold Kennedy half dollar proof […]

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  • 19
    Aug

Hallowed Relics of the Gridiron on Display at New College Football Hall of Fame

In just a couple of weeks, large portions of the country will joyously shout out many of the following phrases, while many, many more will have no idea what they are talking about: “Roll Tide!” “Hook ’em ’Horns!” “Fork ’em, Devils!” “Gig ’em, Aggies!” “Go Big Blue!” “Go Dawgs!” “Geaux Tigers!” “Fight On!” “Sparty On!” […]

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  • 19
    Aug

Bidding for Superman Premier Comic Soaring in eBay Auction

With five days left on the eBay auction selling one of the best-preserved examples of Action Comics #1—the first appearance of Superman—the odds of this becoming the most expensive comic ever are pretty good, as the current bidding has risen to $1.95 million.* There have been 27 bids for the comic, which has earned a […]

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  • 14
    Aug

Lost and Found Visuals: The Art and Value of Vernacular Photography

The old photograph was pasted into a scrapbook and had crusty brown rubber cement seeping around the edges. The image was a little girl with a sneaky smile and dark bangs, peeking out of the paneled window of a white frame house. Her tiny finger subtly pointed to the ominous city quarantine sign on the […]

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  • 13
    Aug

When Seeking Advice on Antique Furniture, it’s Important to Manage Your Experts

In the identification and evaluation of antique furniture, almost everyone needs some help now and then, even the “experts.” No one can know it all, as the field is too vast and too interpretive for any one person to be the ultimate authority. So how do you rule in or out who you might think […]

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  • 12
    Aug

Bill Watterson’s ‘Pearls Before Swine’ Panels net $74,000 for Parkinson’s Research

DALLAS – The original artwork for the recent three-comic-strip collaboration between Bill Watterson—the reclusive genius behind the much-loved “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip—and “Pearls Before Swine” cartoonist Stephen Pastis realized more than $74,000 in an auction to to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The auction was held at Heritage Auctions, which […]

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  • 8
    Aug

Sometimes a Flea Market is the Best Venue to Sell Your Household Goods

I have been selling on eBay since eBay has been in existence. But sometimes, depending on what you’re selling, there are better venues to hawk your wares. Recently, I began to move my 89-year-old mother out of her home in Kennebunk, Maine, and into an assisted care facility. She was excited at the prospect of […]

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  • 8
    Aug

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Emily Susanin and the Chicago Auction World

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I talk with Emily Susanin of Susanin’s Auctioneers & Appraisers for some insight on the Chicago auction world, educating one’s self in the auctions and appraisals trade and the fun one can have dealing with interesting people and the pieces they’d like to consign. .. . . […]

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