• 11 Feb
    2016

A Gamer’s Valentine’s Day Question: What Board Games are there about Love?

Valentine’s Day is here again, and somewhere between the flocks of half-naked, infantile archers, mountains of terrible chocolate packed in heart-shaped boxes and overpriced long-stem roses as far as the eye can see, there’s something to do with love in the middle of it all. Now that I’ve just made you realize that you’ve not […]

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  • 10 Feb
    2016

A Valentine’s Love Story Through Steiff Dolls

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in his or her collection—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. In keeping with the theme of Valentine’s Day, there are two of those treasures from my collection of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles that stand out as the […]

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  • 8 Feb
    2016

Huge Number of Sports Cards, Coins and Toys Sales Records included in latest Worthopedia Data Infusion

WorthPoint.com, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has just added more than 2.5 million pieces of antiques and collectibles sales results to its Worthopedia™ database, including a huge injection of sports cards, coins and toys data. The new sales data—a quick sprint of 2,547,764 individual […]

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  • 4 Feb
    2016

Is the Doll Collecting Market Booming or Busting?

“Boom or bust” is a phrase I heard many times growing up in the coalfield region of Eastern Kentucky. The small burg where I grew up at one time had been a bustling mini-town with a movie theater, a roller-skating and ice rink, and several stores. Then, poof, the coal was mined out, the company […]

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  • 14 Dec
    2015

Winter-Themed Animals are Favorite Christmas-Time Steiff Collectibles

Christmas and Steiff really do go hand in hand and for many families all over the world, it simply would not be the holidays without a little something “Steiff-y” under the Christmas tree and a happy display of Steiff holiday themed treasures as a dining table centerpiece or focal point on the fireplace mantle. The […]

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  • 3 Dec
    2015

The 12 Days of Christmas as Represented by Steiff Stuffed Animals

So what is your favorite Christmas carol? For many people, that just might be “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the cumulative-style song first published in England in 1780. Did you know that the 12 days of Christmas actually begin on Christmas Day and last through Jan. 5? This special time is also known as Christmastide, […]

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  • 24 Nov
    2015

The Bird’s the Word: A Look at Steiff’s Thanksgiving Turkeys

Of course, the bird’s the word when it comes to turkey at Thanksgiving! No matter how your family prepares the ceremonial bird—roasted in the oven, deep fried in boiling oil or barbequed on the backyard grill—the turkey platter is usually the pièce de résistance on America’s Thanksgiving holiday table. Steiff’s turkeys—although clearly not made for […]

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  • 30 Sep
    2015

No Rubber Bands: Preserving Game Cards

It’s happened to anyone who has ever bought a vintage board or card game from an antiques dealer, a thrift store or a yard sale: You open the box, the contents are complete and organized as promised . . . but there’s something wrong with the cards. Most commonly, you’ll find the cards wrapped tightly […]

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  • 21 Sep
    2015

Papal Games: If You Can’t be the Pope, at Least You can Play one at Home

This week we will get an up-close-and-personal look at Pope Francis. I often wonder what it would be like to be the Pope, the Bishop of Rome and the appointed worldwide leader of the Catholic Church. It’s kind of a cushy job and it comes with an awesome hat. Not to mention the fact that […]

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  • 25 Aug
    2015

Ravaged and Rehabilitated, Superhero Steiff Dally Dalmatian heads to Charity Auction

Christopher Reeve, the actor who played Superman in a series of movies in the late 1970s and early ’80s said in part of his character: “What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely.” In the most unexpected way, […]

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