• 4
    Jun

America’s Early Antique Stores: When did the Industry begin in Earnest in the U.S.?

Having lunch with friends from the U.K., we discussed our afternoon spent browsing through antique stores. “Why aren’t there more antiques in your antique stores?” questioned Nigel. “There aren’t enough real antiques in America” chimed in his wife Susan, “except those that are imported from Europe, of course.” “America has a thriving antiques business” I […]

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  • 4
    Jun

Space: An Infinite Opportunity for Collectibles

It was an amazing afternoon at my grandma’s house on July 20, 1969. Being 13 at the time, I wasn’t quite clear on the whole historic idea of space travel or landing a man on the moon. I was watching the black-and-white image on the large console television as Neil Armstrong said, “That’s one small […]

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  • 4
    Jun

Stadium Giveaways: Tchotchke or Collectible?

Rings, bobbleheads, statues, seat cushions, trading cards, window decals and even giant foam Band-Aids; when it comes to sports stadium giveaways, if you look hard enough, some team, somewhere, has given away a kitchen sink. Well, maybe not but you get the idea. Stadium giveaway marketing has been around nearly as long as the sports […]

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  • 4
    Jun

Rinker on Collectibles: Our Future Relies on Kids Collecting

On Saturday, May 25, 2013, Linda and I drove from Kentwood to 1350 West Randolph Street, Chicago, home of the Randolph Street Market Festival. It was the 2013 season opening day and marked the 10-year anniversary of the market. Known simply as “Randolph Street” in the trade, its promotional literature bills it as “America’s Largest […]

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  • 4
    Jun

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 06/05/2013

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 courtesyof ICV2.com. Listsof new […]

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  • 4
    Jun

Star Wars-Themed ‘X-Wing’ Miniatures Game a Collectible in the Making

The biggest blockbuster to come out of the relatively tiny hobby games business last year was the Star Wars-themed miniatures game, X-Wing. Published by Fantasy Flight Games, X-Wing was my selection for Game of the Year in my weekly tabletop gaming column and I think it is quite possibly the best miniatures game that I’ve […]

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  • 4
    Jun

Size Matters: Three of the World’s Biggest Coins

By Gerald Tebben Every now and then money takes on immense proportions. It happened on the South Pacific Island of Yap, in several German states and in Sweden. The immense “coins” are scarce, valuable and prized by collectors. Yap Stone Money: The origin of Yap’s stone money is lost to history. The money—discs of stone […]

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  • 3
    Jun

A Double Eagle Treasure: Collection Lanson Champagne Captures Nearly $1 Million

Normally when coin collectors think of lost gold treasures, especially when it pertains to the glorious Double Eagle or $20 gold piece, the more prestigious of the pedigrees would include the famous shipwrecks and the bounty of the SS Central America, the SS Republic or the SS Brother Jonathan. However, on June 3, 2013, at Bonham’s […]

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  • 1
    Jun

Loar Mandolins: The Choice of Famous Fretters

On the afternoon of Nov. 13,1985, Della Monroe, wife of Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe, came home to find Bill’s cherished 1923 Lloyd Loar Gibson F5 mandolin and his back-up F5 lying in splinters on their fireplace hearth. Someone with a grudge against her husband had broken into their home and beat the mandolins […]

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  • 31
    May

Turn-of-the-Century Frederick Glasier Circus Photos on Exhibit in Tampa

Several years ago (2009) I wrote a couple of WorthPoint articles about circus photographs: Some Circus Photos are Worth a Thousand Bucks and Older Circus Photos Bring Higher Prices. A section in the first article focused on the photos of Frederick W. Glasier (1866-1950), who captured circus images during the late 1800s and early 1900s. […]

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