• 11
    Feb

Curation the Key to a Lasting Sports Memorabilia Collection

Collectors of sports memorabilia should know that acquiring a treasured item to add to their prized collection is just half of the process; curating is the other. Curating a collection encompasses many aspects: organizing, insuring, storing and displaying items so as to protect their physical condition and preserving them in a manner that provides maximum […]

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  • 10
    Feb

A Valentine’s Love Story Through Steiff Dolls

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in his or her collection—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. In keeping with the theme of Valentine’s Day, there are two of those treasures from my collection of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles that stand out as the […]

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  • 10
    Feb

Cruise Ship Art Values a Matter of Knowing Appraisals

Wandering through the house with the executor, I tried to get a sense of the contents of the estate. I was immediately curious about the dozens of shipping tubes I saw; they were everywhere. There were tubes in closets, on shelves and in the spaces beneath the beds. I asked if the decedent an architect. […]

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  • 7
    Feb

Those Four Mop-Topped Lads from London—The Beatles—Invaded America 50 Years Ago

If you were on this earth on Feb. 9, 1964, I’ll bet dollars to donuts you remember what you were doing that evening. Well, that might be pushing it a little. I was 4 years old and I sitting on the floor watching the Ed Sullivan show with my parents and, unbeknownst to us, we […]

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  • 7
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: At 55, is Barbie Over the Hill?

In March of 2014, Barbie will celebrate her 55th birthday. G.I. Joe turns 50 in February. Both were born (introduced) at a New York Toy Fair. G.I. Joe became a member of the “Adventure Team” in 1970 and shrank to 3 ¾ inches in the early 1980s. While some 12-inch special editions have been issued, […]

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  • 7
    Feb

Chinese Export Silver: Discovering the New Master Silversmith of Shanghai

中國出口銀器: 發現上海的新銀匠大師 Having researched Chinese Export Silver for well over three years now, I was quick to realize very early on that anything connected with Chinese history and culture is likely to be complex, to say the least. I have since realized that it is probably the only dependable constant! Shanghai in 1880 was a […]

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  • 7
    Feb

Ask A Worthologist: The Mermaid Lamp

Albert T. likes to pick up things that need a little repair, fix them and then resell them. He bought this lamp quite inexpensively, and it had been sitting in his shop on for a couple of months. Then he saw a photo of a similar lamp. He emailed us via WorthPoint’s 
“Ask a Worthologist” […]

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  • 7
    Feb

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Another J. Michael Straczynski Title at Image

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 Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers […]

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  • 7
    Feb

The Collector’s Minute: Sonora Cabinet Phonographs and Radios

With the passage of time, the names of once well-known companies that were advertised 
daily on radio and in newspapers have faded away. Sonora is one such company. Sonora Phonograph Company was a large phonograph and radio manufacturer. Familiar Sonora slogans 
of the time were “The Instrument of Quality” and “Clear as a Bell.” The […]

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  • 6
    Feb

Belated Sports Collecting Resolutions for the New Year

Let’s face it. Change is difficult. That’s why most life-changing New Year’s resolutions fail within the first few weeks of being made. However, when it comes to your sports collection, there are certainly small, attainable steps you can take that will make a significant improvement in the overall quality and value of your items. That […]

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