• 19 Oct
    2015

Haunting Photographic Images of Early Halloween Costumes are Desired Collectibles

Halloween’s roots arguably date back thousands of years to Celtic harvest traditions. But the celebration in the form we know it today has a much more recent history. In the United States, Halloween parties as social events started in the 1880s and 1890s. And although masquerade balls had always been popular, costumes were not worn […]

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  • 1 Jul
    2014

My First eBay Sale Reunites ’70s Aloha Shirt with the Man who made it

Sometimes, in my capacity as a writer, I stumble across little bits of information that make for a great story. The trick is to recognize those bits and how they fit into the big picture. In this case, the big picture includes a ’70s-era aloha (aka Hawaiian) shirt and the man who made it—who, by […]

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  • 30 Jan
    2014

Chicago’s Randolph Street Market offers a Warm Reception despite Winter’s Chill

Just a day before I was to fly out to the January Wonderful Winter Market at the Randolph Street Market for WorthPoint, I got a delightful call from WorthPoint’s Christina Kapusta, who was organizing my flight and accommodations. The dilemma was the weather and whether I should go to the Chicago show. The polar vortex […]

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  • 15 Nov
    2013

Stan ‘The Man’ Musial Collection Garners Top Dollar at Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions recently completed their annual fall, Sports Collectibles Signature Auction, to the tune of $7.7 million. Highlighting the event were items from Stan “The Man” Musial’s personal collection. Musial, a Hall of Fame baseball player, spent his entire 22-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals. His time spent in the Major Leagues spanned three […]

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  • 15 Nov
    2013

Upcoming Legends Auction Retells the Story of JFK and Camelot One item at a Time

With the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy later this month, several high-level auctions of personal, campaign and presidential items associated with his time at the White House have recently been conducted. Even personal effects of Lee Harvey Oswald have been auctioned. Now comes the Kennedy-Hollywood connection. John McInnis Auctioneers is […]

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  • 21 Oct
    2013

Fake Game-Worn Jersey Issue Problematic for Sports Trading Card Manufacturers

Yet another in a series of stunning legal cases related to fraud within the sports collectibles market made mainstream news outlets across the country last week. A sports memorabilia dealer was sentenced for selling off-the-rack replica jerseys to sports card companies that he claimed were actually game-worn jerseys. These jerseys were then allegedly cut up […]

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  • 10 Oct
    2013

Memorabilia Cards: A Bit of Sports History for the Little Guy

If you haven’t opened a pack of baseball cards, or other sports cards for that matter, in several years, you may not recognize or understand what some of the cards actually are. One of the major changes to cards over the last 25-plus years is the advent of the memorabilia card, which people also refer […]

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  • 12 Sep
    2013

Ringside Collectibles: Boxing Memorabilia Packs a Punch

Pugilism: (pu·gi·lism) The skill, practice and sport of fighting with the fists; boxing.—Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. The sport of boxing has a long and divisive history. Dating back to the ancient Greek Empire, it was honored as an Olympic sport. Boxing or prizefighting, as it is also called, gained popularity first in England and then the in […]

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  • 28 Jun
    2013

The Collector’s Minute: Playboy Bunny Costumes

Playboy magazine and the Playboy Bunny were among the most memorable icons of the 1960s, at least to most males over the age of 12 at the time. The best selling Playboy issue was the November 1972 edition, featuring Swedish model Lena Soderberg on its cover, which sold 7,161,561 copies. While the magazine’s popularity has […]

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  • 7 Jun
    2013

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Margaret Zoladkowski on Antique Textiles

In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Margaret Zoladkowski, a recent University of New Hampshire graduate who is pursuing a career in the antiques and auction industry. She currently interns at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has knowledge as well as a passion for early textiles. […]

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