• 9 May
    2013

Are You Game for a Game of Thrones?

When I tried to read George R. R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones” some years ago, I found it to be turgid, soapy and overwhelmingly dull. I never would have expected it to be adapted into a smash hit TV series for HBO. But here it is, three seasons deep and going strong. I’m still […]

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  • 9 May
    2013

Teddy Bear Hospital: Two Bears Saved from Uncertain End

(This article first appeared in the April 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) As the days roll into the spring here in the U.K., the poor bears continue to arrive, it seems the slightly warmer days don’t help their joint problems, unlike us humans. Irish Tara Bear This first little bear is most […]

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  • 3 May
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Whitney Reed Rocking Horse, Hindenburg Ephemera

QUESTION: Several years ago I purchased a Whitney Reed, glider base, rocking horse for $600. The horse is 33-inches long and 31-inches to the top of its ear. It is missing its mane but has its tail. In researching Whitney Reed rocking horses on the Internet, most of the examples I found are larger than […]

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  • 1 May
    2013

A Tiny Classic Steiff Design with a Big Identification Mystery

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: Edgar Allen Poe’s raven is famous for exclaiming “Nevermore!” Could he have been […]

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  • 25 Apr
    2013

Batman Board Games Show the Difference Between Players and Collectors

Wizkids, the makers of the popular comic-book-themed Heroclix tabletop game, just released a new Batman board game. In Batman: The Gotham City Strategy Game, two to four players take on the roles of some of Batman’s greatest villains to exert criminal control over the city. But the Dark Knight is always lurking in the shadows, […]

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  • 23 Apr
    2013

A Bad Video Game for an Ancient Gaming System Features an Outsized Price Tag

The world of collectible video games and video gaming equipment is a peculiar thing. Vast swaths of software and consoles are quite literally worthless, unusable or far too common to be of any value. Then there are particular issues like the availability of classic and out-of-print titles as digital downloads, PC software that can emulate […]

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  • 15 Apr
    2013

‘Collect Them All!’ A History of the Action Figure, Part 2

In my previous installment of this two-part series, I outlined the history of action figures previous to the mid-1970s, which was dominated my companies like Mego, Mattel and Ideal. In this piece, we pick up from that point to today. When we last left our tale, Mego Corporation passed on the opportunity to manufacture action […]

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  • 10 Apr
    2013

Eternal Appeal of French Bébé Dolls still Captivate Collectors

(This article first appeared in the March 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) Elizabeth awoke Christmas morning to an elaborate tree decorated with candles, silver icicles, and wonderful glass ornaments. A tin train circled the tree, filled with toys and gilded offerings. Trumpets and soldiers, teddies and tea sets, more than she could take in with […]

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  • 8 Apr
    2013

Steiff Worthologist Rebekah Kaufman to Speak, Offer Appraisals at IDEX Show

Our Steiff Worthologist and forums moderator Rebekah Kaufman will be attending the annual IDEX doll and Teddy bear show April 11-14 in Orlando, Fla., giving a presentation on the history of Steiff through its dolls on Friday at 1 p.m. and offering vintage Steiff identification and valuation services all day on Friday and Saturday. IDEX […]

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  • 2 Apr
    2013

Teddy Bear Hospital: Helping Childhood Friends back to Loving Condition

(This article first appeared in the March 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) I have been very busy lately, as there have been many vintage bears needing care and restoration. In this article, we will look at two childhood friends—one from the 1930s and one from the 1950s. They’re both still with their […]

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