• 18
    Jun

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 06/19/2013

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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  • 18
    Jun

Red Wing Pottery ‘Dump Diggers’ will Keynote 2013 RWCS Convention

RED WING, Minn. – For decades, the Red Wing Pottery Dump Digger educational seminars have been standing-room-only at the annual Red Wing Collectors Society Convention. With many groundbreaking and exciting developments from the past year to report to Red Wing Collectors, the “diggers” will kick off the 2013 Convention—“Diggin’ Red Wing” —as the keynote presenters […]

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  • 18
    Jun

Rinker on Collectibles: The Antiques & Collectibles Recovery Has Started

In recent weeks, I have spoken with more than a dozen auctioneers, trade paper editors, dealers and show promoters about the current state of the market. Three universal themes emerged from our conversations: (1) market prices have stabilized; (2) a tentative recovery is underway; and (3) while some regions still have not experienced the turnaround, […]

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  • 17
    Jun

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Keri Seery & Social Media for the Antiques Business

In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Keri Seery speaks about social media, and the symbiotic relationship it can have in the marketing of antiques. Check out Keri’s Facebook Page. Listen here:   Martin Willis is Worthologist, auctioneer and director of decorative arts for James D. Julia Auctioneers […]

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  • 17
    Jun

You Don’t Have to Get Up Early to Score Great Items at Thrift Store Sales

The early bird gets the worm, but the bird who sleeps in can find some cool stuff, too. A thrift store having a 50-percent-off sale can spread fear for some and cause elation in others. Regardless, this is what you can expect: • At least a half an hour before opening, there will be a […]

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  • 16
    Jun

Triumph of the Human Spirit: Commemorative Coins Honor Mettle of the World’s People

By Gerald Tebben Some coins are tributes—metallic and medallic—to the triumph of the human spirit. Born of adversity, they rise above their mundane mercantile brethren to remind us in these uncertain and troubled times that good will win out. In 1959, the young state of Israel issued a remarkable coin of joyful simplicity, a 5-lirot […]

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  • 15
    Jun

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Cigar Box

QUESTION: I have an English sterling silver cigarette box with a tortoiseshell lid. It measures approximately 7 inches by 4 inches by 3 inches. Since the lid is tortoiseshell, I am concerned about selling it in fear that it might be confiscated by Federal authorities because tortoise products are on the endangered species list. What […]

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  • 14
    Jun

The Collector’s Minute: Empire versus Empire Revival

About once a month, we have a piece of furniture submitted by excited clients who are positive what they found is well more than 150 years old because they saw a similar one on the Internet, in an antique store or on Antiques Roadshow. Nine times out of ten, the piece in question is in […]

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  • 14
    Jun

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Guardians of the Galaxy Going Gonzo

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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  • 14
    Jun

The Many Origins of the Ubiquitous Coffee Table

I know you have one. You probably have two or more. And you’re pretty sure at least one of them is an antique. You likely think, “It belonged to Grandma, and she got it used a long time ago so it has to be an antique.” What am I talking about? That ubiquitous low-level surface […]

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