Reproduction or Antique? How Best to Enhance a Doll Collection
When talking with a doll collector, the conversation inevitably turns to those dolls that make up our “dolly dreams.” We secretly envision going to a yard, garage or estate sale where we find that elusive doll sitting on a box or shelve wearing an impatient look that says: “Well, I have been waiting all day […]
How Much Is That Dolly In The Window?
In the world of antiques, just because something is old does not make it particularly valuable. Likewise, just because a doll is old does not mean you have secured your retirement. Since I have mentioned the word “antique,” I’ll take a moment to define what doll collectors consider an antique, versus a vintage doll. In […]
Valentine’s Warm and Fuzzy Story
The obligatory giving of flowers, candy and cards often makes Valentine’s Day—supposedly a holiday for celebrating true love—seem like just another example of consumerism gone mad. But collectors can take heart. With more cards, candy tins and cuddly teddy bears on the marketplace than you can shake a cupid’s arrow at, Valentine’s Day keepsakes are […]
What Makes a Hobby Board Game Valuable?
Many board games found in antiques shops and other secondhand retailers may not be as valuable as some might hope. More specifically, there exists a subculture of board-gaming enthusiasts such as myself who are not necessarily looking to collect old editions of Risk or Parker Brothers rarities. So what makes that copy of the Avalon […]
Licensed Board Games: Junk or Jewels?
By Michael Barnes What is a licensed board game? Chances are you’ve seen plenty and probably played several in your time. They’re the board games festooned with characters and imagery from television shows, movies or other entertainment media. Whether it’s “Hopalong Cassidy,” “Dick Tracy,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Fantasy Island,” “Pac-Man,” “Desperate Housewives” or […]
Collectible Cribbage Boards
By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist Cribbage is a game that is more than four centuries old. It’s a card game, but most recognize it by the board used to keep score, known as the cribbage board. Thom Pattie, vice president and Chief Worthologist for WorthPoint.com, recognizes the cribbage board and card set as more than […]
How Much Is That Game in the Window?
The first thing I look for when I stroll up someone’s driveway to a yard sale or as I’m rummaging through the detritus of material culture at an antique retailer or thrift store is board games. Usually, my treasure hunt ends in disappointment as I excavate a ratty, worn-out copy of Trivial Pursuit or an […]
Hot Wheels’ Goodwill Ambassador
At first glance, Bruce Pascal looks exactly like what he is: a respectable middle-aged commercial real-estate agent with a wife and family. But get him started on the subject of Hot Wheels and you can almost see the years peel away to reveal the little boy in a man’s body who hasn’t outgrown his love […]
Hot Wheels—Still Blazing at 40
Mattel’s Hot Wheels, the ultimate stocking stuffer, turned 40 this year and is still the king of die-cast collectibles, with a staggering two cars sold across the globe every second of the day. Detroit’s Big Three automakers, eat your hearts out! According to Mattel’s Web site, more than 15 million boys in the 5-15 demographic […]