• 6
    Feb

Belated Sports Collecting Resolutions for the New Year

Let’s face it. Change is difficult. That’s why most life-changing New Year’s resolutions fail within the first few weeks of being made. However, when it comes to your sports collection, there are certainly small, attainable steps you can take that will make a significant improvement in the overall quality and value of your items. That […]

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  • 5
    Feb

Bring the Exciting Winter Olympic Sport of Curling to Your Gaming Table!

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are just about to start. Between concerns over terrorism, confusion over choosing a site in a rather mild climate, allegations of high-level corruption and Russia President Vladimir Putin’s questionable political motives, it is sure to be an event to watch. And that’s without considering the exciting sporting events that […]

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  • 31
    Jan

Collecting the Quarterbacks of Super Bowl XLVIII: Russell Wilson

In part one of our discussion on collecting the quarterbacks of Super Bowl XLVIII, we took a look at the wily veteran, Peyton Manning. It seems only fitting that this year’s Super Bowl paired the best in the league’s veteran and a representative of the new breed as the NFL is clearly experience a changing […]

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  • 31
    Jan

Collecting the Quarterbacks of Super Bowl XLVIII: Peyton Manning

While any number of players on Championship teams can be collectible depending on the outcome of the game and their individual performances, quarterbacks will always be the most collectible, even from the losing team. This year’s NFL Super Bowl presents collectors the opportunity to collect players from the opposite end of the experience spectrum in […]

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  • 29
    Jan

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Early Junk’ Chair, Dale Earnhardt Die-Cast Car

QUESTION: Between 40 and 50 years ago, when my mother was collecting “early junk,” she purchased a rush-seat arm chair that has arms, legs and spindles featuring twisted rope-like turnings. It looks as though the chair was made in the late 19th or early 20th century and manufactured. Can you identify the style and period […]

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  • 27
    Jan

Collectibles of the XXII Sochi Winter Olympics

The upcoming Winter Olympic Games, scheduled to begin on February 7, provides collectors with a host of collectible opportunities, some of which are available now. The host city of Sochi, Russia, situated on the coast of the Black Sea, also offers a wealth of collectibles accessible by attendees, athletes and their families. You can get […]

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  • 7
    Jan

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Selling Trophy Mounts

If you were an estate executor and discovered a cache of illegal drugs in a decedent’s home, you’d know not to sell them, right? Of course; everyone knows that there are consequences for selling controlled substances. If you have even a modicum of environmental awareness, you also know that it’s illegal to improperly dispose of […]

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  • 1
    Jan

Want an Autograph? Know Your Collector’s Etiquette

I have written before about best practices and proper etiquette for acquiring through-the-mail autographs, but what about acquiring autographs in person? There are many different schools of thought on the proper dos and don’ts when it comes to in-person autographs, and many of them are specific to the venue and circumstances in which they are […]

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  • 13
    Dec

Modern Sports Card Collecting Terms and Definitions

If you are new to the hobby of collecting sports cards, or perhaps you are a returning collector reengaging with a childhood pursuit. Maybe you are considering giving sports cards as Christmas gifts this year. Many things have changed within the sports-collecting market over the last several years, with new business practices, product innovations and […]

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  • 4
    Dec

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Vinturi Wine Aerator, Remington Model 12 Pump-Action Rifle

QUESTION: I collect antique bottles by finding them when walking alongside the river banks in my area. This summer I came across an odd piece. It appears to be a piece of tube of some sort. It measures 3 5/8-inches in length. There are no manufacturing marks on it. The glass is clear and appears […]

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