• 11 Mar
    2013

It’s not Easy Being Green, even for Steiff’s Endearing Emerald Creations

It’s easy to be thinking “green” this time of year. Spring, for us folks in the northern hemisphere is showing signs of emerging, and St. Patrick’s Day—which inspires a universal “wearing of the green”—is right around the corner, wherever you live. But to borrow Kermit the Frog’s beloved lyrics, “it’s not easy being green,” especially […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2013

Teddies Reviewed: Spreading Joy for More Than a Century

(This article first appeared in the February 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) As we begin another Teddy Bear year, it is an excellent idea to stop and think about how wonderful the teddy bear has been for mankind. For more than 100 years, teddy bears have brought countless joy and companionship to countless recipients. […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2013

Madame Alexander Celebrates 90 Years of Making Beautiful Dolls

(This article first appeared in the March 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) The words Madame Alexander and beauty are inseparable. From the time she was a girl, Bertha Alexander loved beautiful things—the fine Dresden porcelains and ornaments she saw in her father’s shop, where he repaired antiques and dolls, and the lovely outfits and hats […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2013

Toys, Glass, Petroliana Fetch Top Dollar in Auction

RAYMOND, Ill. — A standard-glaze portrait vase bearing the likeness of a cocker spaniel sold for $2,640 on the last day of a three-day auction held Feb. 15 thorough 17 hosted by Matthews Auctions. The 13-inch vase, signed “M. Timberlake,” was in good condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs. It was the top achiever […]

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  • 1 Mar
    2013

Googly Eyes Help Place Mid-Century Steiff U.S. Military Academy Mascot Mule

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: Don’t go rolling your eyes over this silly Steiff Army mule! What we […]

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  • 21 Feb
    2013

‘Collect Them All!’ A History of the Action Figure: Part 1

Action figures—those small, poseable, usually plastic representations of various comic-book superheroes, professional sports figures and film, television and video game characters—are among the toy industry’s best-selling products. A walk through any Toys R Us or department store’s toy section will reveal at least a couple well-stocked aisles filled with scores of Star Wars, World Wrestling […]

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  • 20 Feb
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Weather Bird Shoes Box of Marbles Premium

QUESTION: I have a box of five marbles I received as a premium when purchasing a pair of Weather Bird Shoes. The top of the oblong box has the Weather Bird shoes rooster logo flanking an oblong opening showing four of the marbles. The side reads: “WEATHER BIRD SHOES / BEST FOR BOYS….BEST FOR GIRLS.” […]

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  • 18 Feb
    2013

French Bébé Doll Soars Past Estimate, Sells for $18,000 at Dolls & Teddy Auction

(This article first appeared in the February 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) DENVER, Pa. – A Japanese collector paid $18,000 for a 23-inch French bisque bébé doll at Morphy Auctions’ Doll and Teddy Bear sale held Dec. 4, 2012, in Denver, Pa. The doll, marked “Eden Bebe Paris 9,” had been expected to sell for […]

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  • 12 Feb
    2013

Auction House, Damaged by Sandy, Returns with Toy, Book, Memorabilia Sales

LYNBROOK, N.Y.— Three auctions have been scheduled for February and March featuring historical memorabilia, rare books, stamps, and coins hosted by Phillip Weiss Auctions. The sales represent the return to live sales for the firm, which was displaced when its Oceanside, N.Y., building was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy and the company was forced to vacate […]

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  • 31 Jan
    2013

Kickstarter Craze Causing Chaos in Board Game Collectors’ Corners

Back in 2010, a tiny board-game publisher called Clever Mojo put its first title, a sci-fi dice game called Alien Frontiers, up as a Kickstarter project. It was a wildfire success. Before the game ever touched a store shelf in wider, traditional distribution, it was a smash hit. The initial print run evaporated, and aftermarket […]

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