Rinker on Collectibles: Mattel’s Battle to Save Barbie
What is the shelf life of a toy? The Slinky was invented by Richard James in 1943. The Radio Flyer wagon and Lincoln Logs will […]
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice: Collecting Hard Plastic Dolls of the 1950s
Retirement is fast approaching or, for some of us, has already reached the generation known as Baby Boomers. It seems only natural that for many […]
A Marketing Success: The Ladies Home Journal and its ‘Doll that has come to Life’
In order to mount a successful marketing campaign, you need to plan it, set your goals, promote it and deliver value. Beginning in 1908 and […]
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 […]
Is Barbie on Her Last Legs? What’s Happening in the Collectible Fashion Doll Marketplace?
With Barbie sales apparently in the “doll-drums,” collectors can’t help but wonder what the future holds for their beloved play and fashion icon. According to […]
Huge Menagerie of Steiff Stuffed Animals to Highlight Julia’s Toy, Doll and Adverts Sale
FAIRFIELD, Maine – A menagerie of 125 Steiff stuffed animals from the collection of Chuck and the late Cathy Steffes—any of which could easily be […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]