• 15
    May

Cigar Store Indians: The Original Tobacco Advertising Pitchmen

[caption id="attachment_2512838" align="alignright" width="198"] This 19-century life-sized carving of an Indian scout, right hand raised above forehead, is attributed to Thomas V. Brooks of New York. An example of the golden age of cigar store Indians, it sold for $34,500 at Cowan’s auctions in 2007.[/caption] In the 1600s, ships traversed the Atlantic Ocean as businessmen in England looked...

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  • 15
    May

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Walking Dead #1 Clears $10,000 Mark

[caption id="attachment_2512803" align="alignright" width="343"] A copy of Walking Dead #1 (Image, 2003) in 9.9 condition sold for $10,100 recently on eBay.[/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...

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  • 15
    May

Chinese Export Silver: The Silver Category That Eluded Everyone

[caption id="attachment_2512790" align="alignright" width="342"] This Art Nouveau silver tyg was my initiation into the world of the Chinese silversmiths. My $40 investment sold in auction last year for £3,000 ($4,650).[/caption] It’s not uncommon that I get torn off a strip by antique silver experts for the fact I’m forever extolling the virtues of Chinese Export Silver, but the...

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  • 15
    May

How to Know If Granny’s Old Books Are Worth Anything

[caption id="attachment_2512727" align="alignleft" width="204"] Identifying the first state of Pearl Buck’s 1931 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel “The Good Earth” depends on several different points, including a subtle change in the name of the publishing company and the color of the top stain.[/caption] At some point, most people find ways to dispense with the personal property of a loved one....

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  • 15
    May

Collecting Vintage Baseball Cards: The Giant Size 1952 Topps Set

[caption id="attachment_251276" align="alignright" width="272"] The most valuable card in the Topps 1952 baseball card set is card #311, Mickey Mantle, which can demand $25,000 to $40,000 in mid-range condition.[/caption] Considered to be the most popular post-war baseball card set of all time, the 1952 Topps baseball card set was the first major release by the Topps Company and...

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  • 15
    May

Collecting the Royals: Kings, Queens and Pretenders to the Throne

[caption id="attachment_2512637" align="alignright" width="300"] Royal autographs are always a big hit. Here, a special-event card bears the signature of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who recently stepped down in favor of her son, King Willem-Alexander.[/caption] There seems to be a lot of abdicating going around. First, Pope Benedict XVI stepped down as Supreme Pontiff (a kind of monarchy),...

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  • 11
    May

Bonhams to Auction Sheldon Doll Collection in June

[caption id="attachment_2512709" align="alignright" width="300"] The auction for the doll collection, all owned by writer Sidney Sheldon and his wife, features at least 400 lots.[/caption] LOS ANGELES -- The doll collection of noted author Sidney Sheldon and his wife, Alexandra, heads to auction on June 24 at a sale sponsored by Bonhams. The 400-lot collection of the noted writer...

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  • 10
    May

Rinker on Collectibles: Will Articulated Comic Book Art Drive Up Action Figure Values?

[caption id="attachment_2512692" align="alignright" width="307"] The Deadpool Marvel Legends Series 6 action figure in question.[/caption] Will, who lives in Bristol, Tenn., is a regular caller into WHATCHA GOT?, my syndicated antiques and collectibles call-in radio show. He collects 1980s and 1990s toys, especially comic book action figures. His April 21, 2013, call concerned the value of Deadpool, a character...

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  • 10
    May

The Collector’s Minute: Wegner’s Wishbone Chair

[caption id="attachment_2512664" align="alignright" width="240"] Hans Jørgensen Wegner's CH-24, better known as the Wishbone Chair, was one of 100 the designer put into production.[/caption] The 1960 Presidential Debate played a role in this country's history, but it also helped establish a Danish modern icon: the “Wishbone Chair," also known as the "Y" or "CH-24.” It was designed by Hans...

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  • 9
    May

Are You Game for a Game of Thrones?

[caption id="attachment_2512658" align="aligncenter" width="454"] Images from the newly released “HBO edition” of the long-running "Game of Thrones" card game. This edition is widely available at mainstream, mass-market retailers.[/caption] When I tried to read George R. R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones” some years ago, I found it to be turgid, soapy and overwhelmingly dull. I never would have...

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