• 11
    Aug

Antique Marbles—The Simplest of Toys is now a Complex Hobby

I had a 15-minute break from work one Saturday a couple of years ago and decided to spend it cruising through the flea market up the road, near where I live here in Maine. I’m an antique bottle digger and collector, and that’s what I generally hunt for at a flea market, but I’ll also […]

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  • 9
    Aug

The Agony and Ecstasy of Owning a ‘Priceless’ Painting

Several years ago, I purchased a beautiful painting at a garage sale for $3. The scene seemed very familiar, but I didn’t linger on my analysis of it the piece. I loved it, paid for my purchases and went on to the next sale. Later that day, I brought my newly acquired painting into the […]

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  • 9
    Aug

The Art of the Silver Cage Shows Creative Genius of Chinese Silversmiths

中國出口銀器: 銀籠子的藝術 Chinese Export Silver produced some extraordinary silversmiths by anyone’s standards; a much-used statement by me and one I am oft criticized about. There is an unwritten hierarchy of perceived best makers in the Western world in the 18th and 19th centuries; sadly, Chinese silversmiths were not even considered eligible to this exclusive virtual […]

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  • 9
    Aug

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Crime Doesn’t Pay, Batman # 1 Edition

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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  • 6
    Aug

Rinker on Collectibles: More Antiques & Collectibles Cozy Mysteries

My good friend Jane Cleland introduced me to the world of cozy mysteries, and since the summer reading season isn’t quite over, I thought you, gentle reader, might find some of these antiques-and-collectibles-related stories worth cracking. Cozy mysteries have 10 main criteria: (1) the crime-solver is usually a woman amateur sleuth, often with a college […]

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  • 6
    Aug

It’s all in the Marks: Using War and ‘Country of Origin Marks’ for Quick Dating

For appraisers and dealers, there are some instant identifiers to determine earliest possible dates of production, some as simple as the country of origin mark. In the course of human history, war often change the boundaries of countries, or even create new countries where none existed before. One prime example is Czechoslovakia. Simply seeing Czechoslovakia […]

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  • 6
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/07/2013

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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  • 6
    Aug

Vintage Sports Pennants Provide Historical and Collectible Value

While still produced and available at stadiums around the country, the team pennant as we know them today are more of fan shop novelties than a true collectible. Fortunately for collectors, the opposite is true of vintage pennants, the older the better. These colorful triangle-shaped pieces of felt once served as a primary piece of […]

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  • 6
    Aug

For Board Game Collectors, Crowdfunding Offers Rewards at a Great Risk

I’ve written about Kickstarter and the current crowdfunding craze—specifically its impact on the gaming hobby—quite a bit, not just here at WorthPoint, but also elsewhere. Crowdfunding has emerged as another example of the kind of democratization that the Internet fosters, and although that certainly is an overwhelming positive social and political effect there are definitely […]

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  • 5
    Aug

Lot of 1970s-Era United Arab Emirates Banknotes Gavels for $29,500 at AIA Sale

FORT LEE, N.J. – One lot consisting of five 1970s-era banknotes from the United Arab Emirates, with Serial Number “000002” in denominations ranging from 1-to-100 Dirhams, sold for $29,500 at a live and Internet auction held by Archives International Auctions in the firm’s gallery on June 4. The set was easily the sale’s top lot. […]

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