• 5 Feb
    2014

Bring the Exciting Winter Olympic Sport of Curling to Your Gaming Table!

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are just about to start. Between concerns over terrorism, confusion over choosing a site in a rather mild climate, allegations of high-level corruption and Russia President Vladimir Putin’s questionable political motives, it is sure to be an event to watch. And that’s without considering the exciting sporting events that […]

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  • 4 Feb
    2014

Awesome Toys of the ’80s: First Generation Jetfire

Several years ago, I walked into one of Atlanta’s most awesome stores—the Book Nook, a veritable treasure trove of used books, comics, movies, music and whatever else they cram on to the overflowing shelves. This was back in the old days, when the store was in its old Clairmont Road location, so this puts it […]

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  • 29 Jan
    2014

Heroquest Kickstarter Controversy Highlights Dungeoncrawl Games’ Collector Value

There’s been a lot of controversy in the hobby gaming and game collecting world recently due to a Spanish publisher, Gamezone, announcing a quite possibly illegal Kickstarter campaign for a 25th-anniversary edition of Heroquest without any arrangements or agreements made with the game’s original publisher or designers. As soon as the Kickstarter campaign was opened, […]

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  • 29 Jan
    2014

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Early Junk’ Chair, Dale Earnhardt Die-Cast Car

QUESTION: Between 40 and 50 years ago, when my mother was collecting “early junk,” she purchased a rush-seat arm chair that has arms, legs and spindles featuring twisted rope-like turnings. It looks as though the chair was made in the late 19th or early 20th century and manufactured. Can you identify the style and period […]

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  • 27 Jan
    2014

The Great Restoration Debate: Steiff Teddy Bears and Stuffed Animals

Of course, every collector’s fantasy is to find their dream piece in pristine condition for $10 at a garage sale next door—that’s what reality television shows are for—but we all know that the reality of that happening is about equal to the odds of winning the lottery twice on the same day. The truth is […]

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  • 20 Jan
    2014

Oh Baby! A Look Back at Steiff’s Toys for Tots from the 1970s and ’80s

The long-standing tag line for the Steiff Company, articulated by the founder Margarete Steiff at the turn of last century, is “Only the best for our children.” Of course, Steiff is best known for its high quality and collectible Teddy bears, animals, and dolls, which in many cases were designed as playthings, but the company […]

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  • 20 Jan
    2014

Awesome Toys of the ’80s: Japanes Kinnikuman & M.U.S.C.L.E. Figures

In my third-grade class, we had a Japanese exchange student named Kenta. He couldn’t speak much English, but he understood the universal language of toys well enough. Kenta had lots of really awesome 1980s toys that my friends and I had never seen before—it was long before the Internet exposed everybody in the world to […]

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  • 13 Jan
    2014

It’s Always Naptime with Steiff’s Vintage Sleeping Style Animals

I don’t know about you, but after a month of a few too many parties, second helpings, special holiday desserts and celebratory beverages—combined with bitter cold temperatures and early sunsets—I’m ready for a long winter’s nap… maybe through March! Of course, family and work obligations make that all but impossible for most people. But not […]

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  • 7 Jan
    2014

Failed Video Game Consoles of the 1990s Have Some Collector Value Now

If you’re not tuned into the video games world (or any television, radio, print or online news source), you may not be aware that when you woke up this morning that you are now living in the 8th generation of home video game consoles. Nintendo released its pre-emptive entry into the next generation sweepstakes last […]

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  • 20 Dec
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: French Provincial Loveseat & Camp Granada Board Game

QUESTION: I have a French Provincial loveseat. I was told it was made in France or possibly Quebec, Canada, in the 1880s. Around 1900, my aunt purchased the loveseat in Toronto, Canada, and gave it to my mother in 1960. Shortly thereafter, she had it reupholstered in Collingwood, Ontario. It has been in my possession […]

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