• 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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  • 5
    Aug

Early A. E. (Elmer) Crowell Bufflehead Drake Decoy Realizes $207,000 at Auction

HYANNIS, Mass. – An early bufflehead drake decoy, made around 1910-12 by the renowned carver A.E. (Elmer) Crowell—the highest-graded bufflehead drake by Crowell ever offered, and one of only two known in such a high pristine grade—soared to $207,000 at a Summer Decoy Auction held July 28-29 by Decoys Unlimited, Inc., on Cape Cod. The […]

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  • 5
    Aug

Items from the Estate of Swedish Count & Countess to Headline Elite Decorative Arts Sale

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Around 150 lots from the estate of Count and Countess Claes-Eric de Lewenhaupt of Sweden—including 19th-century paintings and other decorative items—will headline a multi-estate auction planned for Saturday, Aug. 10, to be hosted by Elite Decorative Arts. The sale will be held at the Elite Decorative Arts gallery, located in the […]

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  • 4
    Aug

Auction Report: World War I Squadron Insignia, Archive Take Top-Lot Honors

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. — A World War I squadron insignia and archive pertaining to American pilot Lt. Paul Green took the top lot with a winning bid of $13,200 at a live and Internet auction held June 8 and 9 held by Mohawk Arms. Lt. Green was assigned to the French Escardille 131, Bomber Group 4. […]

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  • 4
    Aug

ANA Windy City Auctions to Deliver the ‘King’ of American Coins

The American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money, scheduled for Aug. 13-17 in the Windy City suburb of Rosemont, Ill., is a time for excitement and jubilation for coin collectors and dealers, too. It’s also a time for camaraderie, stories and of, course, a chance to buy, sell and trade the finest coins available. And […]

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