• 4
    Jun

Star Wars-Themed ‘X-Wing’ Miniatures Game a Collectible in the Making

The biggest blockbuster to come out of the relatively tiny hobby games business last year was the Star Wars-themed miniatures game, X-Wing. Published by Fantasy Flight Games, X-Wing was my selection for Game of the Year in my weekly tabletop gaming column and I think it is quite possibly the best miniatures game that I’ve […]

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  • 31
    May

Music-Box Bellies make Steiff’s 1950s-Era Teddy & Jocko Musical Treasures

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. Here is one of those treasures from my hug of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles. The Item: Singing a happy tune—or two—over these two Steiff singing sweethearts! What we have […]

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  • 31
    May

Space, the Final Collecting Frontier: ‘Star Trek’ Toys and Memorabilia

The second half of the 1960s was a memorable time for American television programming. Audiences were introduced to numerous shows that would become revered classics, including “I Spy,” “Days of Our Lives,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Batman,” “Dark Shadows,” “Mission Impossible,” “Columbo,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Sesame Street.” Also premiering during this period was another program […]

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  • 24
    May

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Arcade Cast Iron Farm Toy, Uncle Sam & Hitler Button

QUESTION: I own an cast iron, Arcade blue corn planter toy. I acquired it as part of a boxed lot at an auction. What is its value? – J, West Bend, Wis. ANSWER: Edward H. and Charles Morgan founded the Novelty Iron Works in Freeport, Illinois, in 1868. In 1885, Albert Baumgarten, Edward H. Morgan, […]

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  • 21
    May

The Curious Collector: Readers Get Answers on Porcelain Dolls

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) Carl Knoll Bisque QUESTION: I was wondering if you could help identify my doll. She belonged to my grandmother, who received her as a gift from her grandmother in 1906 when she was 10 years old. “Agnes,” named in honor of grandmother, is […]

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  • 21
    May

Massive Collection of Elvis Presley Memorabilia to Headline Memorial Day Auction

ST. LEONARD, Md. – A huge single-owner lifetime collection of Elvis Presley items promises to be the centerpiece offering in a Memorial Day antiques and collectibles auction slated for Monday, May 27, at Chesapeake Auction House. An expected top lot of the Elvis collection is a rare, limited-edition Aloha Hawaii Elvis Celebrity Series World Doll […]

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  • 18
    May

Curious Collector: Dolls Large and Small

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) QUESTION: I have a chance to buy this amazing Mattel doll with her original swimsuit. Neither the seller, who’s a friend, nor I know much about this era of doll or a value. Can you comment on this doll? ANSWER: When Mattel first […]

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  • 16
    May

Rinker on Collectibles: Global Hollywood & Its Impact on American Collectors

In 2005, Jane and Robert Kahn and their daughter Anna invited Linda and me to join them during their vacation in Florence, Italy. It was a time in our lives when the lure of a trip abroad faced little competition from grandchildren. Linda and I arrived in Florence on Thursday, May 12. We stayed at […]

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  • 11
    May

Bonhams to Auction Sheldon Doll Collection in June

LOS ANGELES — The doll collection of noted author Sidney Sheldon and his wife, Alexandra, heads to auction on June 24 at a sale sponsored by Bonhams. The 400-lot collection of the noted writer and his wife features dolls from the 1920s through the 1940s, primarily from the Lenci Company. Highlights include celebrity-inspired dolls such […]

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  • 10
    May

Rinker on Collectibles: Will Articulated Comic Book Art Drive Up Action Figure Values?

Will, who lives in Bristol, Tenn., is a regular caller into WHATCHA GOT?, my syndicated antiques and collectibles call-in radio show. He collects 1980s and 1990s toys, especially comic book action figures. His April 21, 2013, call concerned the value of Deadpool, a character that was part of the Marvel Legends Series 6 set issued […]

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