• 24 Jan
    2013

If You’re Hearing that Metal Buzz, it Must be Time for Electric Football

As a games journalist, I am beholden to be completely honest with my readers. And I will be completely frank: I know next to nothing about professional or collegiate football. Does Joe Namath still play? Who is in the Super Bowl this year? I have no idea. But I do know games, and when we’re […]

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  • 18 Jan
    2013

Doll Fetches Record $212,000 in Theirault’s Auction

(This article first appeared in DOLLS magazine) SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA—A German-made character doll sold for $212,000 at a Jan. 12 auction held by Theirault’s auction house, setting a new world record for price paid for a German doll at auction. Only two others examples are known to exist of the Kammer and Reinhardt 104 model. “The greatness of this […]

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  • 16 Jan
    2013

Charlie Bears May Be Young but They’re Growing

Just seven years since Charlie Bears was founded, the British maker of artist-designed bears and friends is preparing to launch its biggest collection yet—about 60 new plush characters that will be available in more than 30 countries around the world in February 2013. “It’s our largest range of plush bears yet, as we will now […]

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  • 3 Jan
    2013

Steiff’s Jackie Bears Issued to Mark the Golden Anniversary of the Teddy Bear

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 over 750 vintage Steiff collectibles. The Items: These two Steiff Teddy bears really do represent the “gold standard” of Steiff’s early […]

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  • 3 Jan
    2012

How to Identify an Early Production Steiff Bears (1892-1929)

Nothing is more exciting for a Teddy Bear enthusiast than discovering or owning an early Steiff (button-in-ear) brand cub. Steiff launched its charter catalog of playthings in 1892, but it was not until around 1902 that the “modern” five-ways-jointed Teddy Bear as we know it was introduced; he was string jointed. A few years later, […]

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  • 20 Dec
    2011

Shall We Play a Game? An Interview with a Board Game Über-Collector

Dan Baden is a published board game designer who has a multiplayer simulation of United Nations negotiation coming out in 2012 from Stronghold Games. He also owns a lot of board games, and chances are, he owns more board games than you even realize ever existed. I’ve often wondered if there are any games out […]

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  • 12 Dec
    2011

Collecting Antique Lithographed Toys – The ‘Bliss’ of the Hunt

The development of a printing method for making chromolithographs radically changed book publication during the middle of the 1800s because it removed the need to color the illustrations by hand. Children’s picture books were easier and cheaper to produce (and now vibrantly colored), so they became extremely popular after the Civil War. The R. Bliss […]

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  • 29 Nov
    2011

The Rise and Fall of the Great Sid Sackson Gaming Collection

Sid Sackson is regarded by many to be one of the most important and influential game designers of all time. His seminal works—most notably simple economic, auction and trading games like Acquire and Bazaar—helped establish the basis for much of what hobby gaming is today. He also wrote books such as the classic “Gamut of […]

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  • 31 Oct
    2011

Meet WorthPoint’s Über-Collectors: Jennifer Frankhouser, Steiff Teddy Bears & Animals

Passion, energy, excitement. The thrill of the hunt. It seems that everyone infected with the collecting bug shares these same traits! True enthusiasts—or “über-collectors” —spend endless hours building their perfect collections and becoming experts in their areas of interest. To celebrate this form of remarkable commitment, WorthPoint is initiating a series of interviews with über-collectors […]

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  • 24 Oct
    2011

Rinker on Collectibles: Considering Toys as a Measure of Age

I received an e-mail from Christopher Bensch, vice president of Collections at the National Museum of Play, asking me to share stories I might have about playing with the 12 toy finalists in the 2011 competition for inclusion in the National Toy Hall of Fame. They are the dollhouse, Dungeons & Dragons, Hot Wheels, Jenga, […]

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