• 13
    Apr

The Collector’s Minute: The Minimalist Barcelona Chair

[caption id="attachment_2512059" align="alignright" width="300"] Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was decades ahead of his time when he designed the Barcelona chair for the 1929 International Exposition.[/caption] The Barcelona chair is a stylistic icon designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, known for his minimalist glass-box architecture. The same principles that guided his building designs he applied to this...

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  • 13
    Apr

Use A Coin, Go to Jail: The Monneron Medal of Confidence

By Gerald Tebben [caption id="attachment_2512086" align="alignright" width="240"] “Medals of confidence” designed by engraver Augustin Dupre and struck on steam presses by private mint master Matthew Bolton were wildly popular with the French people. (Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] Trade tokens tend to be simple affairs that make do for money in times of economic stress. During the French Revolution, though,...

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  • 11
    Apr

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Marvel Super Villains’ First Appearances

[caption id="attachment_2511983" align="alignright" width="225"] Avengers #55 (Marvel Comics) written by Roy Thomas, art by John Buscema. Shipped: August 1968.[/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 are taken...

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  • 11
    Apr

The Best Investment: What’s In Your Wallet?

[caption id="attachment_2511789" align="alignright" width="250"] A 1950 Washington quarter may be rolling around in your pocket. The silver content of such coins far surpass their face value and make them well worth saving.[/caption] As an appraiser, I often have to answer questions regarding antiques and collectibles as an investment, often being the bearer of bad news to clients who...

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  • 11
    Apr

‘Short Snorters’ and Challenge Coins: A Bar Game and a Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2511906" align="alignright" width="300"] An authentic POTUS/President Barack Obama challenge coin sold for $650 on eBay in 2011.[/caption] Imagine being behind enemy lines, slowly making your way through hostile territory to join up with your allies. There is a distinct possibility that you can be captured by hostiles, but when reaching the allies you also need to convince...

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  • 11
    Apr

A Tale of Two Noses: Nixon Inaugural Medals

[caption id="attachment_2512100" align="alignright" width="280"] Richard Nixon’s prominent proboscis was discussed when it came time to design the 1969 medal for Nixon’s first inauguration, but the Inaugural Committee secured the president’s permission for a portrait with a three-quarter view. (Photo: Presidential Coin & Antiques)[/caption] By Gerald Tebben Richard M. Nixon, the only president to resign from office, in disgrace,...

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  • 11
    Apr

42 – Collecting Jackie Robinson is Collecting an American Legend

[caption id="attachment_2512003" align="alignright" width="300"] A Jackie Robinson-signed baseball. His signature is considered uncommon and is scarce on premium items like baseballs, bats and photographs.[/caption] Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson was more than a baseball player; he was a pioneer, a patriot and quickly became a legend. When he took the field at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on...

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  • 10
    Apr

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 04/10/2013

[caption id="attachment_2511925" align="alignright" width="291"] Fantastic Four #6 (Karl Kerschl Many Armors of Iron Man Variant Cover), 1:20, ($4-$6). Kerschl is one of my favorites and he doesn’t work enough.[/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...

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  • 10
    Apr

Jukeboxes and Collecting Make Beautiful Music Together

[caption id="attachment_2511777" align="alignright" width="200"] The 1958 Seeburg, with styling reminiscent of the 1958 Chrysler.[/caption] It commands attention: this icon of the 1950s is outfitted with sparkling chrome, flashy fins, gleaming bumpers, taillights and a dashboard-style console that’s surrounded by a glass windshield. A 1958 Chrysler Imperial? Nope. A 1958 Seeburg Silver Age jukebox. The 1950s were the peak...

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  • 10
    Apr

Eternal Appeal of French Bébé Dolls still Captivate Collectors

(This article first appeared in the March 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) [caption id="attachment_2511851" align="alignright" width="374"] An early Jumeau portrait doll. Dolls, made by French manufacturers such as Jumeau, Bru and Steiner in the mid-1800s, vied to capture the hearts not just of little girls but also to grab the attention of high society.[/caption] Elizabeth awoke Christmas morning...

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