• 13 Nov
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Kerr & Co. Gold Belt Buckle, Howdy Doody Show Marionette

QUESTION: I almost sold a belt buckle for a couple of bucks at my garage sale a few weeks ago until I took a better look at it. The front of the rectangular belt buckle has horizontal engraved lines with a central “E E H” monogram. The back has multiple markings. The top bar has […]

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  • 27 Oct
    2013

They Came from the Crypt: Universal Monsters Toys and Collectibles

Walk into any toy or comic shop nowadays and chances are you’ll find a wide array of monster and horror-themed collectibles for purchase, from bobble-head statues depicting the ravenous zombies of TV’s “The Walking Dead” to “Monster High” fashion dolls to cuddly plush versions of Jason Voorhess and Freddy Krueger from the “Friday the 13th” […]

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  • 24 Sep
    2013

Collectible Sports Figures: They’re More than Just Bobbleheads

There are many types of sports figures for collectors to pursue that have intrinsic value all of their own. However, they can also serve as a versatile piece to add variety and dimension in the display of other sports memorabilia as well. Available in all shapes, sizes, and materials, sports figures go by a variety […]

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  • 24 Sep
    2013

From Japan to the World: Battle of the Planets Collectibles

For many children growing up during the late 1970s and early 1980s, an animated TV series named “Battle of the Planets” had them running home from school so they wouldn’t miss a single action-packed moment. A fondly remembered cult classic, the science-fiction themed program—which debuted in September 1978 and ran for several years in syndication—showcased […]

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  • 22 Aug
    2013

Beanies, Dolls and Plates: The ‘Valueless Collectibles’

We all know that the Beanie Baby craze was a wild ride for a couple of years. People were actually acquiring these plush little darlings in the hope of building a nice retirement nest egg. I know a few people who really saw the Beanie Babies as the answer to their financial troubles. I have […]

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  • 18 Aug
    2013

Doll Collector: Bru is the ‘Face’ of Antique French Dolls

(This article first appeared in Doll Collector magazine. Please click here to subscribe) If you were to make a survey of doll collectors today and ask them to name their first choice for a brand of antique French dolls, chances are that Bru would win. Oddly, the early collectors in the 1940s and ’50s would […]

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  • 13 Aug
    2013

A New Must-Have for Fastionista Barbie Collectors with ‘Coach Barbie’

If you love Barbie and Coach leather accessories, this may be the doll collecting highlight of 2013! It has just been announced that Mattel and Coach have unveiled “Coach Barbie,” a version of iconic Barbie Roberts doll dressed head to toe in a genuine Coach outfit. For Barbie doll loving fashionitas, it really does not […]

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  • 23 Jul
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Polar King Icebox, Howdy Doody Figurines, Sears Catalog

QUESTION: I own a Leonard’s Polar King icebox, probably made in the 1920s or 1930s. The outside and inside are in good shape. A label on the icebox reads: “LEONARD’S POLAR KING / trademark U. S. Patent Office / Grand Rapids, Michigan. Does it have value? – JA, via e-mail ANSWER: When Linda and I […]

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  • 27 Jun
    2013

Treasures That Aren’t: The Most Faked Collectibles

In antiques and collectibles, you’ve got your share of frauds and scams. We’ve been shocked by stories of imposters who can create “authentic” paintings by the world’s masters, produce ancient art objects, forge signatures on baseballs, create “rare” books, “find” long lost stamps and “discover” historical letters or diaries. Even antique wine has been fabricated. […]

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  • 25 Jun
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Shackman & Co. Sleep Baby, Eskimo Ivory Billikens

QUESTION: I found a doll in its period box in my aunt’s room. The top of the lid reads: “SLEEP BABY / A new concept in dolls / a real cuddly sleep head for the first time. / A delight to play with. / Copyright Shackman 1957.” The side of the box includes this information: […]

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