• 15
    Apr

‘Collect Them All!’ A History of the Action Figure, Part 2

[caption id="attachment_2512160" align="alignright" width="229"] This vintage 1978 Star Wars Luke Skywalker action figure with a double-telescoping light saber sold on eBay in 2012 for $6,999.[/caption] In my previous installment of this two-part series, I outlined the history of action figures previous to the mid-1970s, which was dominated my companies like Mego, Mattel and Ideal. In this piece, we...

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  • 14
    Apr

Furor Over a Florin: Great Britain’s ‘Godless’ Coin

By Gerald Tebben [caption id="attachment_2512075" align="alignright" width="300"] The “Godless” 1848 florin was struck with a portrait of Queen Victoria on the obverse, but without the usual acronyms designating the monarch as “Defender of the Faith” and ruling “by the grace of God.” (Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] As cholera swept England in 1849, attention fell on the country’s new coin....

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  • 14
    Apr

Links Enthusiasts can Easily Begin a Collection by Focusing on Golf Balls

[caption id="attachment_2512044" align="alignright" width="296"] This golf ball from the 2012 Masters is a great example of a collectible tournament ball.[/caption] According to the National Golf Foundation, there are more than 39 million active golfers in the United States. Compare that to last year’s Major League Baseball attendance of 73 million and you find that baseball may still be...

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  • 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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