• 17
    Oct

Meet WorthPoint’s Über-Collectors: Rob Bertrand, Sports Memorabilia

Passion, energy, excitement. The thrill of the hunt. It seems that everyone infected with the collecting bug shares these same traits! True enthusiasts—or “über collectors” —spend endless hours building their perfect collections and becoming experts in their areas of interest. To celebrate this form of remarkable commitment, WorthPoint is initiating a series of interviews with […]

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  • 11
    Nov

Gus Wilson and One of His 100-Year-Old Decoys

Recently I received a call from a woman who had a decoy she wanted more information on. A local auction house referred her to me. She was a delightful woman who, as a nurse, was gifted this lovely decoy. Times being what they are, she wondered about selling it. She sent pictures via e-mail after […]

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  • 17
    May

‘First’ is Definitely not ‘Worst’ when it Comes to Sports Memorabilia

Making general statements when it comes to collecting and investing in vintage sports memorabilia can be a little tricky at times. However, an almost sure-fire way to make sure you’re buying top-notch collectibles that will command about as much investment potential as an ounce of gold has, at least in recent years, is an item […]

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  • 23
    Nov

Delaware River Decoys Differ from Their Coastal Brethren

I recently wrote about the New Jersey decoys in general and of the coastal bays in particular (Hollow, Light-Weight Decoys Valued on the Jersey Coast and Delaware Valley). There is a separate tradition of decoy making in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that centers on the southern part of the Delaware River. These decoys are also […]

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  • 26
    Oct

Hollow, Light-Weight Decoys Valued on the Jersey Coast and Delaware Valley

The distinctive style of coastal New Jersey decoys was shaped by the method of hunting used in the area. The sneak box was used as the primary type of gunning boat. A sneak box was a small boat about 12 feet long and 4 feet wide, built low to the water for one gunner. It […]

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  • 1
    Jun

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 […]

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  • 30
    Jan

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 […]

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  • 27
    Jan

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 […]

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  • 6
    Jan

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. […]

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  • 29
    Dec

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 […]

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