• 24
    May

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Repurposing with Cari Cucksey

In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Cari Cucksey of HGTV’s “Cash & Cari,” whom he caught up with recently at the Brimfield Antique show. So see some of the items Cari has repurposed, visit her Repurpose Shop. Listen here: Martin Willis is Worthologist, auctioneer and director of […]

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  • 24
    May

What’s In a Number? It’s All About the History

By Gerald Tebben In U.S. coin collecting, the number 15—in the words of the late Rodney Dangerfield—can’t get no respect. It started strong in our coinage history but lacked the staying power of 13. Thirteen, a traditionally unlucky number, gained immense importance in 1776 when 13 colonies declared themselves independent of Great Britain. For a […]

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  • 23
    May

How Geese, Gods and Gauls Gave Money Its Name

By Gerald Tebben The first money had no substance, but it changed the course of history. It was born of carnage, but it was all sound and fury. It did not contain so much as an atom of gold or silver, or copper or any other metal. The first money was the excited honking of geese […]

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  • 23
    May

Walking the Dog leads to an Epiphany: Antiques can be a Form of Time Travel

I was walking my dog the other morning on the property of the 1790 House, which is a fine colonial structure in Woburn, Mass., that houses an auction company’s office. The property is right next to Route 128, which is always very noisy, with a constant stream of traffic flowing north and south. The historic […]

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  • 23
    May

Steve Santini: A Collector of Things from the Dark Side

Steve Santini. Does the name ring a bell? From the moment I first saw him on TV, I had me a married-woman, middle-aged crush. He has that tough-guy-with-an-edge look. He is a collector. He is passionate about the history behind the items he acquires. He is an extreme escape artist. And, he has actually handled […]

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  • 23
    May

Collecting U.S. Military Medals: The Value is in the Brooch

If there’s one universal tenet observed by collectors of U.S. military medals, it is this: The value of the medals is in the brooch. While that may be an oversimplification, it’s also largely true. The type of brooch used to attach the medal to the uniform will tell you a lot about the medal, including […]

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  • 23
    May

Indianapolis 500 Push Collectibles into High Gear

The Indianapolis 500, often referred to, as the Indy 500, is an annual race held on Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motors Speedway (IMS). The 500-mile race was first held in 1911 and is heralded as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” With its history, tradition and world-class drivers, the 500 provides collectors with numerous […]

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  • 22
    May

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/22/2013

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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  • 21
    May

The Curious Collector: Readers Get Answers on Porcelain Dolls

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) Carl Knoll Bisque QUESTION: I was wondering if you could help identify my doll. She belonged to my grandmother, who received her as a gift from her grandmother in 1906 when she was 10 years old. “Agnes,” named in honor of grandmother, is […]

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  • 21
    May

Massive Collection of Elvis Presley Memorabilia to Headline Memorial Day Auction

ST. LEONARD, Md. – A huge single-owner lifetime collection of Elvis Presley items promises to be the centerpiece offering in a Memorial Day antiques and collectibles auction slated for Monday, May 27, at Chesapeake Auction House. An expected top lot of the Elvis collection is a rare, limited-edition Aloha Hawaii Elvis Celebrity Series World Doll […]

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