• 30
    Sep

It’s all in the Marks: No, It`s not Early Meissen

Contrary to many who believe that advertising and product branding was mainly a Madison Avenue/20th-century marketing innovation, “branding”—the marketing of a name, or even profiting off a competitors reputation—dates back to antiquity. When it comes to pottery and porcelain, there were dozens of smaller potteries that attempted to cash in on the prestige of famous […]

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  • 25
    Sep

Rinker on Collectibles: Who’s Responsible for Maintaining Value in a Collecting Category?

The antiques and collectibles market is not a laissez-faire economy. According to Wikipedia, laissez-faire is “an economic environment in which transactions are free from government regulations, tariffs and subsidies, with only enough regulation to protect property rights. This phrase laissez-faire is French and literally means ‘let (them) do,’ but it broadly implies ‘let it be,’ […]

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  • 25
    Sep

Takes a Cup of Kindness Yet: Chinese Export Silver Beakers

中國出口銀器: 我們一起真誠地舉杯 There are not many things the West and China had in common in the 18th and 19th centuries, but certainly one thing both cultures shared was a penchant for drinking alcohol. Alcohol and silver have always made a good marriage; silver has been used to elevate the consumption of alcohol to a higher […]

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  • 25
    Sep

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Liquidating Tangible Personal Property

Pop quiz for executors: what estate settlement task will take up most of your time, cause you the most aggravation, and return the smallest amount of cash to the estate coffers? Answer: liquidating the tangible personal property. Of course, anyone who has ever served as an estate executor already knows this. To the uninitiated, let […]

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  • 25
    Sep

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/25/2013

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 and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists […]

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  • 24
    Sep

It’s Time to Sell Your Sports Collection… Now What?

There are many reasons and numerous potential life-changing events that may provide the catalyst for selling your treasured sports memorabilia collection. Financial hardship, college tuition, home downsizing, the healthcare or death of a loved one are all regularly occurring circumstances that cause people to liquidate. This leads to big questions and overwhelming decisions like, “Where […]

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  • 24
    Sep

The Avengers: The Comic Book Juggernaut that Almost Wasn’t

In the summer of 1963, Marvel Comics published a comic book that few at the time imagined would still be making waves in American pop culture 50 years later. The Avengers #1, which came out in July 1963—with a September cover date—was not expected to be a huge hit. In fact, the comic was actually […]

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  • 24
    Sep

Collectible Sports Figures: They’re More than Just Bobbleheads

There are many types of sports figures for collectors to pursue that have intrinsic value all of their own. However, they can also serve as a versatile piece to add variety and dimension in the display of other sports memorabilia as well. Available in all shapes, sizes, and materials, sports figures go by a variety […]

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  • 24
    Sep

It’s all in the Marks: What Does ‘OEPIAG/EPIAG’ Mean?

Going through the e-mail from WorthPoint readers, we often receive questions about the markings on pottery and porcelain, particularly European pieces made between the First and Second World Wars (1918-1939). I often get a lot enquires about the markings “OEPIAG” and “EPIAG Marks,” such as the question below. QUESTION: “I inherited boxes of porcelain from […]

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  • 24
    Sep

Kid-Friendly ‘Disney Infinity’ Video Game is Only the Beginning as Extras Abound

If you’re the parents of Disney-inclined kids or if you’re Disney-inclined yourself, you’ve likely either heard of or already invested into the new Disney Infinity line of toy-driven video games. Released in Early August, Disney Infinity is available on all three major consoles, PC and the Nintendo 3DS. It’s a very kid-friendly video game designed […]

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