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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]