• 10
    Oct

3M’s Innovative Bookshelf Games: The Precursors to Today’s Hobby Board Games

When most folks think of the 3M corporate brand, their thoughts most likely turn toward the unmistakable smell of Scotch tape or the canary yellow of Post-It notes. But for veteran game players and collectors, the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company is associated with a line of innovative “Bookshelf” board games produced in the 1960s […]

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  • 3
    Oct

The Source of Collector Pandemonium: Steiff’s Stuffed Pandas

With Steiff pandas, things are pretty black and white. Collectors just can’t get enough of these rare bears and, as a lifelong enthusiast, I have to admit, they are among my favorites as well. This is mainly because each one has a look and facial expression all unto his own, despite originating from basically the […]

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  • 26
    Sep

Star Wars Board Games Have Game-Playing, Monetary Values

George Lucas’ Star Wars saga—both the three great films and three really bad ones—hit Blu-Ray this past week, shattering sales records. There are few media brands as perennial and lasting as Star Wars and its licensing continues to rake in astronomical profits for Lucasfilm year in, year out. Among the slew of Star Wars memorabilia […]

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  • 12
    Sep

Battleship: Its Value is in the Playing of the Game

“You sank my battleship!” is—without a doubt—one of those iconic catchphrases that kids picked up from commercials shown during Saturday morning cartoons, back when there were Saturday morning cartoons. Of course, this particular juvenile utterance became the tagline for Milton Bradley’s classic guessing game of naval warfare, Battleship. You’d never guess that a board game […]

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  • 29
    Aug

Several Different Dogs with the Same Name: Steiff’s Spectacular Cocker Spaniels

Mark Twain once wrote, “The more I know about people, the better I like my dog.” You may or may not agree with that broad statement, but most folks do feel that dogs can rank among people’s best friends. Clearly, the product designers at Steiff are crazy about dogs—and have been since the company opened […]

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  • 29
    Aug

You May Pass Go, but Do Not Collect $200: Assessing Vintage Monopoly Games

For most folks, the term “board game” is practically synonymous with Monopoly, the venerable game of real estate ownership patented by Charles Darrow in 1934. The game is a ubiquitous cultural institution, its particular iconography and lexicon including the “Mr. Monopoly” mascot and phrases like “do not pass go, do not collect $200” are recognized […]

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  • 15
    Aug

Assuring Success with Steiff’s Good Luck Charms

Good luck! Viel glueck! Buena suerte! Bonne chance! Whatever language you say it in, the heartfelt sentiment runs true. The exciting news that WorthPoint launched a new sister website in the United Kingdom and antique- and vintage-collectibles-loving enthusiasts across the pond now have the same access to information and fun we have here in the […]

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  • 11
    Jul

Keeping the Old Teddy Bear Looking New: Maintaining a Vintage Steiff Collection

Special and precious things require TLC (tender loving care) and that is no different when it comes to Steiff (or other vintage mohair) collectibles. Yes, it is delightful to come across a newfound treasure by serendipity or on an antiquing adventure. But, once you have brought the item home, what’s next? Cleaning, display, restoration and […]

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  • 27
    Jun

Steiff’s Stuffed-Animal Politics: Democratic and Republican Mascots

Although politics can be divisive, collectors of all types can agree that Steiff “Democratic” donkeys and “Republican” elephants are worthy of an election-day victory celebration. Both donkeys and elephants are considered legacy Steiff designs, as each was featured in several styles in the debut Steiff catalog of 1892. The earliest donkeys were made from grey […]

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  • 6
    Jun

Steiff’s Fabulous Felines are the Cat’s Meow

For many Steiff enthusiasts, the company’s dear kittens are the cat’s meow in their collections. As a matter of fact, some Steiff collectors just collect Steiff cats, and it is understandable why; their precious expressions, range of body positions and exquisite quality all but speak for themselves. Let’s take a brief look at the history […]

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