• 16
    Aug

Game-Used Bats: The Eras and Values for Collectors

In the first part of our series on collecting game-used bats, we examined issues relating to authentication. This included establishing provenance and identifying game-used characteristics. In this, part two, we’ll take a look at the values of game-used bats, examine some legendary lumber and provide resources for liquidating or acquiring pieces for your collection. When […]

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  • 16
    Aug

Chinese Export Silver: An Almighty Battle Royal over a Tea Set!

中國出口銀器: 一套茶具上的偉大戰役 Inundated though I am with images of Chinese Export Silver, both shared by others from around the world and unearthed by me in my research quest, not a week goes by without at least one specimen taking my breath away. Cape Town, South Africa, isn’t a city one would automatically associate with Chinese […]

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  • 16
    Aug

Fender Instruments: From Radio Repair to Rock ‘n’ Roll History

Leo Fender became a rock ‘n’ roll icon quite by accident. After a brief career as a bookkeeper, Leo opened a radio repair shop in Fullerton, Calif., in 1938, when he was just 29 years old. In 1938, the electronics industry in America was still in its infancy. The vacuum tubes that made amplification possible […]

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  • 16
    Aug

It’s All in the Marks: How to Identify Rookwood Pottery

For appraisers at Antiques Roadshow-type of events, it’s often like teaching condensed “Antiques 101″ courses, with a narrow focus on one maker, artist or decorative-arts movement. In many cases, we first concentrate on the basics of identification to determine more detailed information from what we see. In this article, I’ll take you through the process […]

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  • 15
    Aug

Illuminating Antique Furniture: Let There Be Light… with Caution

Have you ever stopped to think how important light is to your antique furniture? A good place to start is the fact that without the right light, the trees that were used to provide the lumber of your furniture would never have grown. That’s easy and obvious enough. Another less obvious but equally important aspect […]

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  • 14
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/14/2013

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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  • 13
    Aug

Motorcycle & Harley-Davidson Memorabilia, Advertising to Highlight Petroliana Sale

DAVENPORT, Iowa. – A single-owner lifetime collection of motorcycle memorabilia—much of it Harley-Davidson and to include vintage clothing, posters, accessories, parts, signs and even three operational Servi-Car three-wheelers—will be sold at an auction hosted by Matthews Auctions on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The auction will be held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 5202 Brady […]

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  • 13
    Aug

A New Must-Have for Fastionista Barbie Collectors with ‘Coach Barbie’

If you love Barbie and Coach leather accessories, this may be the doll collecting highlight of 2013! It has just been announced that Mattel and Coach have unveiled “Coach Barbie,” a version of iconic Barbie Roberts doll dressed head to toe in a genuine Coach outfit. For Barbie doll loving fashionitas, it really does not […]

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  • 13
    Aug

Playing at the House of Mouse: Disney’s Magic Kingdom-Themed Board Games

For the first time since before my first child was born in 2010, we’re going on an old-fashioned, summertime family vacation. One of my young ones is getting ready to start school and the older one is getting set to go back to school, so I figured we’d close out the long, unreasonably rainy Atlanta […]

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  • 13
    Aug

Previously Unknown Original Warhol Silkscreen to Headline Labor Day Sale

MILLVILLE, Pa. – A previously unknown and never before offered silkscreen by Pop Art icon Andy Warhol is the expected headliner at a Labor Day sale planned for Monday, Sept. 2, by Col. Kirk’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery here in Millville, a town in central Pennsylvania. The silkscreen, a probable one-of-a-kind, is titled […]

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