• 18
    May

Curious Collector: Dolls Large and Small

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) [caption id="attachment_2513514" align="aligncenter" width="225"] The flip hairstyle and spit-curl bang on this 1969 Barbie reflect the fashion of the day.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2513513" align="aligncenter" width="225"] The swimsuit on this Twist 'N Turn Barbie dates it to 1969.[/caption] QUESTION: I have a chance to buy this amazing Mattel...

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  • 17
    May

A Very Good Year for the Nation and Its Coins

[caption id="attachment_2512963" align="alignleft" width="300"] The most widely known 1776 coin is the Continental Currency “dollar,” struck in brass, pewter and silver apparently as a pattern for an anticipated silver coinage. This pewter example graded Extremely Fine 45 realized nearly $45,000 at a 2013 auction. (Photo: HeritageAuctions.com)[/caption] By Gerald Tebben The year 1776 was a good one for the...

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  • 16
    May

Rinker on Collectibles: Global Hollywood & Its Impact on American Collectors

[caption id="attachment_2512823" align="alignright" width="249"] An Australian version of the “Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” poster. It sold for $18.99 in 2007.[/caption] In 2005, Jane and Robert Kahn and their daughter Anna invited Linda and me to join them during their vacation in Florence, Italy. It was a time in our lives when the lure of...

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  • 15
    May

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/15/2013

[caption id="attachment_2512778" align="alignright" width="326"] Dream Thief #1 (of 5), $3.99. Writer Jai Nitz tells the story of a thief that steals an Aboriginal mask and gets more than he bargained for.[/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...

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  • 15
    May

Cigar Store Indians: The Original Tobacco Advertising Pitchmen

[caption id="attachment_2512838" align="alignright" width="198"] This 19-century life-sized carving of an Indian scout, right hand raised above forehead, is attributed to Thomas V. Brooks of New York. An example of the golden age of cigar store Indians, it sold for $34,500 at Cowan’s auctions in 2007.[/caption] In the 1600s, ships traversed the Atlantic Ocean as businessmen in England looked...

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  • 15
    May

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Walking Dead #1 Clears $10,000 Mark

[caption id="attachment_2512803" align="alignright" width="343"] A copy of Walking Dead #1 (Image, 2003) in 9.9 condition sold for $10,100 recently on eBay.[/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 back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here...

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  • 15
    May

Chinese Export Silver: The Silver Category That Eluded Everyone

[caption id="attachment_2512790" align="alignright" width="342"] This Art Nouveau silver tyg was my initiation into the world of the Chinese silversmiths. My $40 investment sold in auction last year for £3,000 ($4,650).[/caption] It’s not uncommon that I get torn off a strip by antique silver experts for the fact I’m forever extolling the virtues of Chinese Export Silver, but the...

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  • 15
    May

How to Know If Granny’s Old Books Are Worth Anything

[caption id="attachment_2512727" align="alignleft" width="204"] Identifying the first state of Pearl Buck’s 1931 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel “The Good Earth” depends on several different points, including a subtle change in the name of the publishing company and the color of the top stain.[/caption] At some point, most people find ways to dispense with the personal property of a loved one....

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  • 15
    May

Collecting Vintage Baseball Cards: The Giant Size 1952 Topps Set

[caption id="attachment_251276" align="alignright" width="272"] The most valuable card in the Topps 1952 baseball card set is card #311, Mickey Mantle, which can demand $25,000 to $40,000 in mid-range condition.[/caption] Considered to be the most popular post-war baseball card set of all time, the 1952 Topps baseball card set was the first major release by the Topps Company and...

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  • 15
    May

Collecting the Royals: Kings, Queens and Pretenders to the Throne

[caption id="attachment_2512637" align="alignright" width="300"] Royal autographs are always a big hit. Here, a special-event card bears the signature of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who recently stepped down in favor of her son, King Willem-Alexander.[/caption] There seems to be a lot of abdicating going around. First, Pope Benedict XVI stepped down as Supreme Pontiff (a kind of monarchy),...

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