• 31
    May

Like His Game, LeBron James Collectibles Play Above the Rim

The long awaited anointing of the next Michael Jordan still may be some years away, but with LeBron James in search of his second consecutive NBA title, fans and collectors needn’t wait to start pursuing his collectibles. The first-round pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA Draft, the hype surrounding the just-out-of-high-school rookie […]

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  • 31
    May

How the Nickel Almost Lost Its Name

By Gerald Tebben The Jefferson 5-cent coin went to war in 1942 and continued serving for the duration. Faced with the need to divert nickel and copper to the war effort after America’s entry into the Second World War, Mint officials experimented with numerous replacement materials for the metallic heart of the 5-cent coin in […]

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  • 31
    May

A Chair by Any Other Name: How Some Sitters Got Their Monikers

There are at least three categories of furniture that are so important to us in our daily activities that they have special names. These titles describe a particular characteristic, function or purpose that goes beyond simply specifying a style. There are lots of kinds of tables—dining, game, tea, end, parlor and lamp—and there are lots […]

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  • 31
    May

Chinese Clouds Have always had Silver Linings! China Puts a Large Value on Silver

Historically, silver has always had a greater value within China than anywhere else in the world. Today, as with most things Chinese, we find history repeating itself. In the 16th century, silver had a value in China double to that of Europe, the very same phenomenon I am seeing today. While items of Chinese Export […]

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  • 31
    May

Music-Box Bellies make Steiff’s 1950s-Era Teddy & Jocko Musical Treasures

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. Here is one of those treasures from my hug of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles. The Item: Singing a happy tune—or two—over these two Steiff singing sweethearts! What we have […]

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  • 31
    May

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

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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  • 31
    May

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

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 of Jeannie,” “Batman,” “Dark Shadows,” “Mission Impossible,” “Columbo,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Sesame Street.” Also premiering during this period was another program […]

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  • 29
    May

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

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 in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Randolph Street Market with co-founder Sally Schwartz, Kathy Finley, Nena Ivon, Harry Rinker, Susan Klein Bagdade, Al Bagdade, Greg Willett, Danielle Arnet and former […]

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  • 29
    May

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

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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  • 24
    May

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

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? – J, West Bend, Wis. ANSWER: Edward H. and Charles Morgan founded the Novelty Iron Works in Freeport, Illinois, in 1868. In 1885, Albert Baumgarten, Edward H. Morgan, […]

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