• 8 Apr
    2013

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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  • 28 Mar
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Curtis-Lee Mansion Lithograph, Nabisco Pro Face Cards

QUESTION: I own a lithograph print of the Curtis-Lee Mansion, also known as Arlington House, located in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. John Ross Key, the grandson of Francis Scott Key, did the lithograph. The print is framed and measures 25 ½ inches by 13 ½ inches. What is its value? – D, Quincy, […]

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  • 20 Mar
    2013

Catching a Piece of Baseball History: Collecting Vintage Fielders’ Gloves

There may be no better way to chronicle the history of America’s pastime than by examining the evolution of one its primary pieces of player equipment, the fielding glove. Baseball was originally played without gloves, and the first known use of them can be traced back to the mid-1870s. Originally designed more as a means […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2013

Toys, Glass, Petroliana Fetch Top Dollar in Auction

RAYMOND, Ill. — A standard-glaze portrait vase bearing the likeness of a cocker spaniel sold for $2,640 on the last day of a three-day auction held Feb. 15 thorough 17 hosted by Matthews Auctions. The 13-inch vase, signed “M. Timberlake,” was in good condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs. It was the top achiever […]

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  • 4 Mar
    2013

Personal, Gold-Encrusted Carbine of King Louis XV to lead Julia Firearms Auction

FAIRFIELD, Maine — A one-of-a-kind German Sebastian Hauschka rifle—literally fit for a king—will be among the highlights in the upcoming Outstanding Firearms Auction to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on March 11-12, 2013. This world-class lot—made for gun enthusiast and avid hunter King Louis XV of France—is certain to be of great interest […]

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  • 4 Mar
    2013

Two Extraordinary Rifles Created for Auto Magnate John Francis Dodge to Sell

FAIRFIELD, Maine — A 33-caliber model 1886 Winchester rifle, made for Dodge Motor Company co-founder and magnate John Francis Dodge, is expected to challenge for top-lot honors at the upcoming Outstanding March Firearms Auction, to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on March 11-12, 2013. Considered aesthetically and functionally flawless, the John Francis Dodge […]

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  • 4 Mar
    2013

When Sports and Art Collide: Collecting Golden Age Sports-Themed Comic Books

The real life drama that is sports often presents the perfect canvas for stories rich in triumph and tragedy. The glamour, fame and larger-than-life personalities of the athletes involved make them as equally compelling as any masked superhero. Therefore, it makes perfect since that as the popularity of organized sports has grown that there have […]

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  • 22 Feb
    2013

Rinker on Collectibles: How Collectors See Their Treasures

During the second hour of the Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 edition of WHATCHA GOT?, my syndicated antiques and collectibles call-in radio show, a caller asked the value of a Nippon Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Co. bamboo fly/spin rod accompanied by flies, line, a bobber and other accessories, all still housed in its period wooden box. I […]

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  • 20 Feb
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Weather Bird Shoes Box of Marbles Premium

QUESTION: I have a box of five marbles I received as a premium when purchasing a pair of Weather Bird Shoes. The top of the oblong box has the Weather Bird shoes rooster logo flanking an oblong opening showing four of the marbles. The side reads: “WEATHER BIRD SHOES / BEST FOR BOYS….BEST FOR GIRLS.” […]

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  • 18 Feb
    2013

Collecting Danica Patrick: Options For Everyone

This weekend, the Daytona 500 will have a lot of extra attention on it because of one driver: Danica Patrick. As the first woman to race from Daytona’s pole position, Patrick will secure herself in the annals of NASCAR history. But long before she starts her engine on Sunday, the world of Danica Patrick collectibles […]

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