• 25
    Feb

It’s Got a Good Beat and You can Dance to It: ‘American Bandstand’ Collectibles

Promotional merchandise has become such a part of American media marketing that many new movies launch simultaneously with a merchandising push. Disney is a master of such promotion, along with Lucasfilms and Pixar. Most of the merchandise comes and goes quickly, but dolls representing cultural and pop icons linger on year after year, moving from […]

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  • 30
    Jan

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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  • 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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  • 15
    Nov

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

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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  • 22
    Oct

Estate Executors’ Headaches: What to do with Upholstered Furniture

Writer Amy Gale, in her book “Shows, Shops, & Auctions: Essays on the Antiques Trade,” recounts a tale of London surgeon Samuel Sharp, traveling in Italy in 1760. In the late 18th century, says Ms. Gale, the Italian countryside was a place of “hunger, lawlessness and filth.” Dr. Sharp would agree with her conclusion. On […]

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  • 21
    Oct

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

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

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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  • 6
    Aug

Vintage Sports Pennants Provide Historical and Collectible Value

While still produced and available at stadiums around the country, the team pennant as we know them today are more of fan shop novelties than a true collectible. Fortunately for collectors, the opposite is true of vintage pennants, the older the better. These colorful triangle-shaped pieces of felt once served as a primary piece of […]

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