• 4
    Feb

Archive Documenting Pop Singer Madonna & Friends’ Early Days in NYC to Cross Block

[caption id="attachment_2518372" align="alignleft" width="300"] This is one of a group of four Polaroid photographs of Madonna and Martin Burgoyne. The one-of-a-kind Polaroids (taken without a negative) are the only photographs in existence and have not been printed or published before, They were taken in the early 1980s when Madonna and Burgoyne were roommates sharing an apartment on the...

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  • 31
    Jan

Collecting the Quarterbacks of Super Bowl XLVIII: Russell Wilson

[caption id="attachment_2518420" align="alignleft" width="300"] Genuine, authentic memorabilia items of Russell Wilson can be very expensive. Additionally, the short supply unfortunately means that Wilson’s signature has been an easy target for forgers, looking to cash in on the success of the league’s fresh face.[/caption] In part one of our discussion on collecting the quarterbacks of Super Bowl XLVIII, we...

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  • 31
    Jan

Collecting the Quarterbacks of Super Bowl XLVIII: Peyton Manning

[caption id="attachment_2518411" align="alignleft" width="300"] This year’s NFL Super Bowl presents collectors the opportunity to collect players from the opposite end of the experience spectrum in the accomplished future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning, and one of the great young talents in the league, Russell Wilson. You can’t go wrong with an autographed football.[/caption] While any number of players...

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  • 30
    Jan

Chicago’s Randolph Street Market offers a Warm Reception despite Winter’s Chill

[caption id="attachment_2518356" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Worthologist Martin Willis working the valuation table at the January Wonderful Winter Market at the Randolph Street Market in Chicago.[/caption] Just a day before I was to fly out to the January Wonderful Winter Market at the Randolph Street Market for WorthPoint, I got a delightful call from WorthPoint’s Christina Kapusta, who was organizing...

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  • 29
    Jan

Heroquest Kickstarter Controversy Highlights Dungeoncrawl Games’ Collector Value

[caption id="attachment_2518348" align="aligncenter" width="496"] The original, completely legal Heroquest that remains out of print and quite valuable. Most of the art in the real deal was drawn by the legendary Andy Chalk, one of Games Workshop’s top artists.[/caption] There’s been a lot of controversy in the hobby gaming and game collecting world recently due to a Spanish publisher,...

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  • 29
    Jan

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Early Junk’ Chair, Dale Earnhardt Die-Cast Car

[caption id="attachment_2518333" align="alignright" width="190"] This chair in “early junk” style features a rush-seat and spindles featuring twisted rope-like turnings. To repair it would take $150 to $200, more than it would be worth.[/caption] QUESTION: Between 40 and 50 years ago, when my mother was collecting “early junk,” she purchased a rush-seat arm chair that has arms, legs and...

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  • 29
    Jan

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/29/2014

[caption id="attachment_2518321" align="alignleft" width="360"] Serenity Leaves on the Wind #1 (of 6)(Dan Dos Santos Cover), $3.50. Writer Zack Whedon returns to Serentiy for a story that takes place after the last movie.[/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, back issues...

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  • 28
    Jan

The Longest Tea Party the World’s Ever Seen! Part 2

中國出口銀器: 有史以來最長的茶具 之二 [caption id="attachment_2518314" align="aligncenter" width="483"] A rather serene and idealistic vision of Chinese tea being brought to a junk boat that must be moored at Honam Island, with the 13 Factories buildings on Shameen Island of the foreign merchants are directly opposite.[/caption] We continue the story of the inextricable link between the China Tea Trade and...

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  • 27
    Jan

Collectibles of the XXII Sochi Winter Olympics

[caption id="attachment_2518271" align="aligncenter" width="525"] This set of commemorative coins from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics were minted in partnership with the Central Bank of Russia.[/caption] The upcoming Winter Olympic Games, scheduled to begin on February 7, provides collectors with a host of collectible opportunities, some of which are available now. The host city of Sochi, Russia, situated on...

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  • 27
    Jan

J. & J. W. Meeks Rosewood Rococo Marble Turtle-Top Parlor Table Makes $33,350

[caption id="attachment_2518261" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This Rosewood rococo marble turtle-top parlor center table, attributed to J. & J. W. Meeks, realized $33,350 at a multi-estate auction held Jan. 17-18 by Stevens Auction Company. The table was the top lot of the sale.[/caption] ABERDEEN, Miss. – A gorgeous rosewood rococo marble turtle-top parlor center table with cluster carved finial, attributed...

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