• 23
    Mar

Magic Still Gathering Fans long after the Bubble was supposed to Burst

Twenty-two years ago, I was sitting in a college literature class reading a Gundam comic book, waiting for the professor to show up. I looked up from the giant robots and space opera on the page to listen in on a conversation a couple of classmates were having about a card game. I’ve always loved […]

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  • 16
    Mar

It’s Actually Kinda Easy Being Green: Steiff’s Great Green Frogs

A good theme for this week around these parts would have to be green. Spring is just about here (I have three tiny crocus flowers showing all their glory on my front lawn) and St. Patrick’s Day and all its festivities are being celebrated by many Irish-Americans … and just about everyone else, too. So […]

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  • 24
    Feb

Before the Radio Flyer, the was the Studebaker Junior Wagon

From the Worthologist Archives comes a relatively rare estate find: a Studebaker Junior Wagon. Vintage car enthusiasts are likely familiar with Studebaker automobiles; they were manufactured form 1902 to1966. Studebaker began as a blacksmith shop in Indiana in 1852, and when the Civil War broke out the Studebaker brothers became a major vendor of supply […]

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  • 28
    Jan

Two-Week Window to Make a Profit on Overpriced Nintendo Handheld Game

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Nintendo will be releasing a new revision of its popular 3DSXL handheld game console. Imaginatively titled the “new 3DSXL,” the new hardware features improved “glasses-less” 3D technology, a second analog stick and a host of other improvements, including some better processing guts to push Mario and the gang even […]

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  • 13
    Nov

For Video Game Collectors, Acquiring Atari’s E.T. is the Ultimate Dumpster Dive

Back in April, an excavation crew dug up the fabled “Atari landfill” in Alamogordo, N.M., where supposedly thousands of unsold copies of the “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” video game were unceremoniously buried. This archaeological odyssey back into the 1980s was sponsored by Microsoft, which had commissioned a film crew to create a documentary called “Atari: Game […]

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  • 28
    Oct

Three Ghostly Board Games that are both Collectible and Great for the Kids

Being a dad with two small children, Halloween has thankfully been reclaimed from the netherworld of “adult” fun that generally includes binge drinking and embarrassing “sexy” costumes. For our household, it’s back to the good old traditions of trick-or-treating, carving Jack O’ Lanterns and watching stacks of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff DVDs while on […]

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  • 27
    Oct

Celebrating Halloween with Steiff’s Creatures of the Night

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… if you like ghosts and goblins and candy, for sure! The word “Halloween” literally means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening,” and is derived from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve, which is the evening before All Hallows’ Day. The origins for Halloween, as we know it, […]

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  • 23
    Oct

Is Barbie on Her Last Legs? What’s Happening in the Collectible Fashion Doll Marketplace?

With Barbie sales apparently in the “doll-drums,” collectors can’t help but wonder what the future holds for their beloved play and fashion icon. According to The Washington Post on Oct. 16, 2014, “Toymaker Mattel reported on Thursday that its Barbie brand saw a staggering 21 percent decline in sales during the third quarter compared with […]

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  • 4
    Sep

Scrabble is everywhere, making the Word Game more Beloved than Valuable or Collectible

Scrabble. Chances are, you’ve played it and found yourself wracking your brain over a rack of tiles that seems to only spell out “XYNOBIS” or “ZURENAR.” If you’re like me, you are too prideful in your Scrabble prowess to settle for a paltry three or four letter word, preferring to dazzle the table with a […]

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  • 5
    Aug

Collection of Dennis Brown Gauge 1 Locomotives to Pace Transport Auction

For those of us whose only familiarity with the British model railroads is Thomas the Tank engine, the announcement on Tuesday that the late Dennis Brown’s collection of Gauge 1 locomotives will be a large segment of the upcoming Dreweatts & Bloomsbury’s Transport Auction might be a bit informative—and maybe a bit tempting—for model train […]

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