• 9
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/09/2011

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 and rankings are...

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  • 8
    Mar

Weekly News Roundup: March 7 to March 11

In art, antiques and collectibles headlines, we find Eric Clapton guitars being sold for a good cause, a different kind of rock star and a cool movie mobile. From Reuters: Eric Clapton's guitars to be auctioned in New York Among the 70 Eric Clapton guitars up for auction is a re-creation of one that sold in 2004 for...

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  • 8
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Goebel Limited Editions, Erector Sets, Martin Mandolin

QUESTION: I have four items from the Goebel limited edition Bavarian Forest series—the 1980 first-edition bell, decanter, plate and stein. They are brand new in the box, never having been displayed or used. My husband purchased them while stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War era. In fact, I still have the postage receipt showing he mailed them...

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  • 8
    Mar

C’mon, Get Happy with Steiff’s Comical Clowns

[caption id="attachment_2495969" align="alignright" width="225" caption=" Steiff’s first version of its “Clownie” doll from 1954 through 1955; here pictured in 14 and 19 cm."][/caption] Ah, spring. The days are getting longer, and in many parts of the country, sweet signs of life are beginning to appear . . . a welcomed crocus budding on the front yard, squirrels scampering...

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  • 8
    Mar

Ask A Worthologist Question: Brass Bardou Telescope

[caption id="attachment_2495963" align="alignright" width="300"] Carol B. inherited this telescope from her grandfather and, while she likes the piece, she doesn’t have room in her home for it. She is looking to donate it to the local historical society, but wanted to get an idea of its value first. She engaged WorthPoint’s “Ask A Worthologist” service to discover its...

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  • 8
    Mar

A Circus Collector’s Connect-the-Dots Find: Paul Anka Promotional Postcards

[caption id="attachment_2495953" align="alignright" width="187" caption="Paul Anka signed a contract with RCA Records in 1960 which would date this postcard in the early 1960s"][/caption] Totally unexpected, there in the middle of a shoebox full of postcards, were several promotional postcards for pop singer Paul Anka. I was at an antique auction preview and the other browsers gathered around couldn’t...

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  • 8
    Mar

Using the ‘Old Stuff’ – Enjoy Your Treasures

[caption id="attachment_2496034" align="alignright" width="216" caption="This Victorian Moorish-style oak rocker has been in daily use for more than 100 years."][/caption] Two of the more common comments I hear about antiques, especially with regard to furniture, are along the lines of “I don’t want to do anything to destroy the value” and “I like antiques but you can’t use them...

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  • 8
    Mar

Top 10 Worthopedia Searches for the Year 2010

[caption id="attachment_2496006" align="alignright" width="210" caption="1957 Topps Baseball Card #407, featuring Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra. A classic collectible that was among the top-10 items searched for on the Worthopedia."][/caption] Writing about the Top 10 Worthopedia Searches seemed like it would be a lot of fun, because it’s always so interesting to learn new things about antiques and collectibles....

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  • 3
    Mar

Weekly News Roundup: February 28 to March 4

In art, antiques and collectibles news, the Chinese go on a buying spree, a Mao poem stamp and no payment for a pricey Chinese vase. From ABC News: Chinese Antique Boom Lucrative Business for Japanese Apparently, long ago, many Chinese antiques were given to Japanese nobles. Now with the state of Japan’s economy being what it is—not great—Japanese...

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  • 2
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/02/2011

[caption id="attachment_2495909" align="alignright" width="165" caption="Wulf #1 Nat Jones Sketch Variant Cover 1:10"][/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 Comics (OVST),...

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