• 1
    Sep

Salesman’s Samples: Colleting Scale Models of Turn-of-the-Century Merchandise

“She Ran Away With A Shoe Drummer” read the Chicago Tribune headline of April 19, 1890. The ensuing article told of a great scandal: a recently married young socialite left her husband to run off with a travelling salesman (“drummers” in those days were travelling salesmen, called such because they would “drum up” business for […]

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  • 26
    Aug

Crocker Farms added to WorthPoint’s Worthopedia; Database grows by 8.8 Million Items

WorthPoint.com, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has just added more than 8.8 million pieces of art, antiques and collectibles sales results to its Worthopedia™ database, bringing the total to more than 276 million. The new sales data—8,831,096 individual sales records—is aggregated from WorthPoint’s data […]

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  • 25
    Aug

Ravaged and Rehabilitated, Superhero Steiff Dally Dalmatian heads to Charity Auction

Christopher Reeve, the actor who played Superman in a series of movies in the late 1970s and early ’80s said in part of his character: “What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely.” In the most unexpected way, […]

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  • 24
    Aug

Five Tips to Remember when Buying Works by Renowned Artists

Buying a piece of high-quality art by a renowned artist can be a thrilling and enjoyable experience. It is often the best and most-memorable acquisition you ever make. But a hasty purchase can result in a bad case of buyer’s remorse or, worse, the impetus for initiating a lengthy and expensive lawsuit. Luckily, you don’t […]

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  • 21
    Aug

The Plastic Case Debate: Who Should Grade and Slab Your Collectible Comic Books?

While sealing a comic in plastic with a label displaying a professionally assigned grade might seem silly to some—after all, how can you read them if they’re entombed in a plastic slab—comic collectors have been doing it for quite some time now. High grades on professionally graded comics can sometimes translate to prices well above […]

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  • 19
    Aug

‘Short Snorters’ and Challenge Coins: A Bar Game and a Collectible

Imagine being behind enemy lines, slowly making your way through hostile territory to join up with your allies. There is a distinct possibility that you can be captured by hostiles, but when reaching the allies you also need to convince them that you are one of them. How do you do that? That was exactly […]

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  • 18
    Aug

The Green Man Tradition: Collecting an Icon that Spans Cultures & Religions

“It’s Pagan,” she said, pointing to the image carved into the crest rail of an antique chair. “And I won’t have Pagan symbols in my home.” I let her remark slide. I don’t waste time arguing with someone whose mind won’t be changed. Besides, she was partly correct: the symbol was Pagan. And Christian and […]

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  • 18
    Aug

My Blue China: A Lesson in Globalization

Tracing the history of blue-and-white china is a great primer. The very first examples of white earthenware decorated with cobalt appeared in China as early as the ninth century. By the 1500s, they were already being snatched up by orient-obsessed Europeans and imitated with varying degrees of accuracy. Delft, a term often confusingly used to […]

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  • 13
    Aug

Novelty Postcards offer a World of Collectible Opportunities

According to the dictionary, “novelty” is the quality of being new, original, or unusual. And so it is with novelty postcards. We’re used to seeing pictures on postcards. They can be photographs, artist renderings of familiar scenes or products of their imaginations, holiday or birthday greetings, cartoons or scenes from places around the world. But […]

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  • 11
    Aug

Buying and Enjoying Japanese Porcelain & Historic Items; A Collector’s Take

Are you a collector or are you in an accumulating phase? I interviewed Andreas “Andy” Aigner, a program manager for a telecommunications company who lived in Japan in early 2007 and early 2009 for six-month stints, for his take on collecting porcelain. David Pike: Why do you collect? What does ‘the passion of collecting’ mean […]

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