• 20 Dec
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: French Provincial Loveseat & Camp Granada Board Game

QUESTION: I have a French Provincial loveseat. I was told it was made in France or possibly Quebec, Canada, in the 1880s. Around 1900, my aunt purchased the loveseat in Toronto, Canada, and gave it to my mother in 1960. Shortly thereafter, she had it reupholstered in Collingwood, Ontario. It has been in my possession […]

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  • 19 Dec
    2013

Gale Force Nine becomes a Development Force with Cult TV Board Games

  Gale Force Nine started out in the hobby gaming business as a manufacturer of accessories for miniatures games—mostly die-cut acrylic tokens, range templates and other bookkeeping aids. But over the past year, the company has made a big impact on the board games market with two stand-out, best-selling hits that just happen to also […]

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  • 9 Dec
    2013

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 […]

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  • 14 Nov
    2013

Rarity Is Key In Vintage Board Game Value

Growing up in the 1950s, board games were a regular part of my family life. Back then we only had three TV stations and AM radio—that was the BC era: “Before Cable.” Whenever the weather got stormy, TV reception would suffer. No matter how much Dad fiddled with the rabbit-ears antenna, we would get more […]

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  • 5 Nov
    2013

Despite their Current ‘Hot’ Status, Skylanders’ Collectibility is a Shaky Proposition

If you’ve got kids of video game-playing age (or if you are a video game-playing adult), I’m sure that the fact that there is a new Skylanders set will not be a surprise to you. In fact, you may already be witnessing a Tribble-like infestation of the new “Swap Force” figures, which allow you to […]

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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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  • 25 Oct
    2013

Great Obscure Halloween Board Games Lurking in the Shadows

It’s Halloween time once again, and that means it is also time for my annual Halloween games roundup. I was raised on a steady diet of horror movies, horror books, horror toys and other horror media, so for all my life I’ve been a Halloween kid. But the funny thing is that when you’ve got […]

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  • 24 Sep
    2013

Kid-Friendly ‘Disney Infinity’ Video Game is Only the Beginning as Extras Abound

If you’re the parents of Disney-inclined kids or if you’re Disney-inclined yourself, you’ve likely either heard of or already invested into the new Disney Infinity line of toy-driven video games. Released in Early August, Disney Infinity is available on all three major consoles, PC and the Nintendo 3DS. It’s a very kid-friendly video game designed […]

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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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  • 18 Sep
    2013

Music, Coin-Op, Gaming & Toys to lead Sept. 21 Sale at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Two outstanding 35-year collections to be sold without reserve, featuring items in many categories, will be included in a specialty auction slated for Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. (EST), by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery located at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield. Approximately 450 fresh to the market […]

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