• 31
    May

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Action Comics #1 found in Home’s Wall

[caption id="attachment_2513046" align="alignright" width="186"] This copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, was found by a Minnesota man in the wall of an abandoned house he bought and was remodeling.[/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...

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  • 31
    May

Space, the Final Collecting Frontier: ‘Star Trek’ Toys and Memorabilia

[caption id="attachment_2513090" align="aligncenter" width="615"] The original television series “Star Trek” ran for only three seasons but had a much larger impact on pop culture.[/caption] The second half of the 1960s was a memorable time for American television programming. Audiences were introduced to numerous shows that would become revered classics, including “I Spy,” “Days of Our Lives,” “I Dream...

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  • 29
    May

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: 10th Anniversary of the Randolph Street Market

[caption id="attachment_251303" align="aligncenter" width="590"] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, recorded live in Chicago, Martin Willis offers up a special round-robin format podcast in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Randolph Street Market.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, recorded live in Chicago, Martin Willis offers up a special round-robin format podcast...

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  • 29
    May

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/29/2013

[caption id="attachment_2513024" align="alignright" width="286"] Clive Barker's Next Testament #1 (of 12)(Was 'Clive Barker's New Genesis)(Cover B Ben Oliver), 1:20, $7-$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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken...

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  • 24
    May

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Arcade Cast Iron Farm Toy, Uncle Sam & Hitler Button

[caption id="attachment_2512984" align="aligncenter" width="480"] The value of the Arcade #4220 blue cast iron corn planter, similar to this green one, and in very good condition is between $35 and $45.[/caption] QUESTION: I own an cast iron, Arcade blue corn planter toy. I acquired it as part of a boxed lot at an auction. What is its value? –...

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  • 24
    May

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Repurposing with Cari Cucksey

[caption id="attachment_2512979" align="alignleft" width="225"] “Cash and Cari's” Cari Cucksey (center) with some fans at her tent at the Brimfield Antique Show.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Cari Cucksey of HGTV’s “Cash & Cari,” whom he caught up with recently at the Brimfield Antique show. So see some of the...

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  • 24
    May

What’s In a Number? It’s All About the History

[caption id="attachment_2512940" align="alignleft" width="240"] The design for the controversial 1793 Flowing Hair, Chain cent didn’t last long. Only 36,103 were struck before the Mint ran out of planchets.[/caption] By Gerald Tebben In U.S. coin collecting, the number 15—in the words of the late Rodney Dangerfield—can’t get no respect. It started strong in our coinage history but lacked the staying...

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  • 23
    May

How Geese, Gods and Gauls Gave Money Its Name

[caption id="attachment_251286" align="alignleft" width="300"] Roman Republican denarius of T. Carisius depicts a head of Juno Moneta facing right on the obverse.[/caption] By Gerald Tebben The first money had no substance, but it changed the course of history. It was born of carnage, but it was all sound and fury. It did not contain so much as an atom...

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  • 23
    May

Walking the Dog leads to an Epiphany: Antiques can be a Form of Time Travel

[caption id="attachment_2512970" align="aligncenter" width="437"] The 1790 House, Woburn, Mass. The origin of my dog-walking, time-traveling adventure.[/caption] I was walking my dog the other morning on the property of the 1790 House, which is a fine colonial structure in Woburn, Mass., that houses an auction company's office. The property is right next to Route 128, which is always very...

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  • 23
    May

Steve Santini: A Collector of Things from the Dark Side

[caption id="attachment_2512951" align="alignright" width="286"] Steve Santini a collector, extreme escape artist and finder of that which cannot be found, starred in the SyFi Channel’s “Deals From the Dark Side.”[/caption] Steve Santini. Does the name ring a bell? From the moment I first saw him on TV, I had me a married-woman, middle-aged crush. He has that tough-guy-with-an-edge look....

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