Kentucky Rifles: How to Gauge the Quintessential American Firearm
Surprisingly, one of America’s earliest triumphs in artistic and functional design, the “Kentucky rifle,” was not invented or generally fashioned in Kentucky. The name, instead, was coined from a hearty stock of Americans who plied it. Native Americans called Kentucky the “Dark and Bloody Ground” because of the unending wars between Iroquois and Cherokees for […]
Big Ben or Kurt: Who Wins Collectibles Bowl?
If six months ago you predicted Arizona Cardinals would be facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl, raise your hand. I’m guessing your hand isn’t raised. Neither is mine. Let’s face it—no one saw this Super Bowl coming, and that’s what makes it so exciting. This isn’t the predictable clash of the titans. It’s […]
Super Super-Bowl Collectibles
By Eric Brantner Move over Christmas. You, too, Thanksgiving. There’s a new holiday that brings families and friends closer together than all the rest. Sure, you won’t find this holiday mentioned on your calendar, and this holiday won’t cause Wal-Mart to close its doors for the day. But rest assured, it’s a holiday, nonetheless, and […]
Collecting Winning Football Coaches
There’s always talk and hype about great football players and their collectibles. Not so much about the sport’s great coaches. Head coaches are the driving force behind any team. Sure, you have to possess great on-field talent, but if you don’t have a good coach to manage the talent, you won’t have a successful team. […]
Decoys: What Should I Collect and How Much Should I Pay?
When asked “What should I collect?” the answer every dealer and collector will give is: “Collect what you like.” In my case, that means decoys. Before you rush out and start buying, you’ll also want to know you are not wasting your money. That means you should learn about decoys (or whatever you are interested […]
Score TDs with QBs’ Memorabilia
Throughout its illustrious history, the NFL has brought fans some exciting superstar quarterbacks. I’ve already devoted articles to a few of them (Favre, the Mannings), but I thought it would be a good idea to give tribute to some of those I’ve yet to touch on. The quarterback is arguably the most important player on […]
Collecting Baseball Cards: 1948 Bowman Baseball Card Set
For the baseball card industry, 1948 is considered the start of the modern or post-war era of baseball card collecting. The Bowman Gum Company of Philadelphia, Pa., premiered a set of 48 baseball cards via packs sold with bubble gum. The 1948 Bowman set was issued as a black & white set and the size […]
Sports Dealers: Turn Maelstrom to Money
It seems you can’t go five minutes without hearing the doom-and-gloom talk about our economy. Companies are going out of business. Workers are getting laid off. And consumer spending is plummeting. This begs the question—what do these poor economic times mean for the typical sports-collectibles enthusiast? To begin, it’s important to define who is your […]