• 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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  • 20
    May

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Thorens Music Box, H. L. Leonard Bamboo Fly Rod

QUESTION: I have a Thorens music box and a dozen 4 ½-inch metal disc records, one of which is “A Bicycle Built for Two.” The mechanism is housed in a small wooden box. What is the value of my music box and discs? – A, Spring City, Pa. ANSWER: Herman Thorens registered the Thorens family […]

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  • 20
    May

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Finding Value in a Collection

We are a society of collectors. From bottle caps to art to old newspapers, our collections fill the closets and dens of estates everywhere. Not all of these collections are valuable, but they do have one thing in common: they confuse the dickens out of estate executors. The confusion stems from the mandate on estate […]

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  • 15
    May

Collecting Vintage Baseball Cards: The Giant Size 1952 Topps Set

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 is attributed for playing a role in the resurgence of the hobby in the early 1980s. At that time, the country faced high unemployment, falling stock […]

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  • 2
    May

The Kentucky Derby: The Race for the Roses is a Collectibles Treasure Trove

The 2015 running of the Kentucky Derby will mark the 141st race in the event’s history. Annually held in Louisville, Ky., the race is the first leg of the sport’s Triple Crown and is considered to be “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” and is marketed as such. The history of the race dates […]

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  • 25
    Apr

Baseball’s Top Prospects: Collecting the Next Superstars

Come Opening Day, the annual return of the “boys of summer” brings hope eternal to team enthusiasts across the country and around the globe. A clean slate and a fresh start provides players and fans the opportunity to focus on the present and anticipate a long summer of baseball drama in the pursuit of the […]

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  • 16
    Apr

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Hit of the Week’ Records, Kichiemon Okamura Block Prints

QUESTION: I own approximately three dozen “HIT OF THE WEEK” records. The label reads: “Durium Products Corporation – New York / Durium T.M. Reg. – Made in U.S.A.” Song titles include: “I Still Get a Thrill,” “Just a Gigolo,” “Kiss Me Goodnight,” “My Mom,” “Reaching for the Moon” and “You’ll Be Mine in Apple Blossom […]

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  • 14
    Apr

Links Enthusiasts can Easily Begin a Collection by Focusing on Golf Balls

According to the National Golf Foundation, there are more than 39 million active golfers in the United States. Compare that to last year’s Major League Baseball attendance of 73 million and you find that baseball may still be America’s pastime from a spectator standpoint, golf is one of the most popular participant sports. Add in […]

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  • 11
    Apr

42 – Collecting Jackie Robinson is Collecting an American Legend

Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson was more than a baseball player; he was a pioneer, a patriot and quickly became a legend. When he took the field at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, he changed not only the game of baseball but American history. Breaking Major League Baseball’s self-imposed “color-barrier” led […]

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  • 8
    Apr

Professional Golf Collectibles on Par with Other Sports Memorabilia

As winter slowly begins its annual thaw and golf course greens and fairways around the country return to their lush condition, avid fans of the sport prepare for another season on the links. In fact, the biggest tournament of the season, The Masters, tees off later this week, which makes this the perfect time to […]

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