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 […]
An Open Love Letter to that Big, Green, City-Smashing Hunk, Godzilla
I remember it like it was yesterday. Flashback with me to Christmas, 1979. Every Christmas there are toys that dominate the shopping season, but this one was different. Every Christmas morning my family would have breakfast at my Uncle Ken and Aunt Sally’s house and then it was time to tear into presents. I can’t […]
Wrestling Fans Covet Collectibles of the Squared Circle
The combination of athletic prowess, strength, theatrics and showmanship that create the world of professional wrestling has given rise to a host of collectible opportunities through the years. While professional wrestling has existed for decades, its skyrocketing popularity can clearly be traced back to the 1980s with the emergence of such legendary talents as Hulk […]
Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1960s S. Salvadori Metal End Table Lamp
QUESTION: I own a gilded/painted table lamp which I rescued from a basement in Conshohocken, Pa. It has a stepped pedestal base. The standard features a basket of metal flowers and foliage, some in gilt and others painted. A tag reads: “Made in Italy / S. Salvadori / Firenze.” I love the lamp. What can […]
Rinker on Collectibles: At 55, is Barbie Over the Hill?
In March of 2014, Barbie will celebrate her 55th birthday. G.I. Joe turns 50 in February. Both were born (introduced) at a New York Toy Fair. G.I. Joe became a member of the “Adventure Team” in 1970 and shrank to 3 ¾ inches in the early 1980s. While some 12-inch special editions have been issued, […]
Awesome Toys of the ’80s: Shogun Warriors
My soon-to-be-4 son has suddenly taken an interest in the Power Rangers, Saban’s long-running (20 years!) Westernization of several different Japanese tokusatsu (“special effects”) superhero series. And by “taken an interest,” I mean “obsessed to the point of believing that he is the blue ranger.” I had never watched the show before, although growing up […]
Bigger on the Inside: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Collectibles
It was 50 years ago last month that a U.K. television program originally aimed at children would first flicker onto TV screens and become not only a British institution but also a beloved favorite of audiences of all ages all around the globe. Produced by the British Broadcast Corporation, “Doctor Who” first debuted on November […]