• 22 Aug
    2013

Beanies, Dolls and Plates: The ‘Valueless Collectibles’

We all know that the Beanie Baby craze was a wild ride for a couple of years. People were actually acquiring these plush little darlings in the hope of building a nice retirement nest egg. I know a few people who really saw the Beanie Babies as the answer to their financial troubles. I have […]

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  • 18 Aug
    2013

Doll Collector: Bru is the ‘Face’ of Antique French Dolls

(This article first appeared in Doll Collector magazine. Please click here to subscribe) If you were to make a survey of doll collectors today and ask them to name their first choice for a brand of antique French dolls, chances are that Bru would win. Oddly, the early collectors in the 1940s and ’50s would […]

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  • 16 Aug
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Lithograph Motor Race Game, Mechanical Whale Toy

QUESTION: I have a Motor Race Game, a 16-inch-square lithograph tin game board and the six cars. It is in very good condition. My wife and I play the game, careful not to scratch the surface. What is it worth? – AA, via e-mail ANSWER: Wolverine introduced its Motor Race game in the mid-1920s. The […]

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  • 13 Aug
    2013

A New Must-Have for Fastionista Barbie Collectors with ‘Coach Barbie’

If you love Barbie and Coach leather accessories, this may be the doll collecting highlight of 2013! It has just been announced that Mattel and Coach have unveiled “Coach Barbie,” a version of iconic Barbie Roberts doll dressed head to toe in a genuine Coach outfit. For Barbie doll loving fashionitas, it really does not […]

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  • 13 Aug
    2013

Playing at the House of Mouse: Disney’s Magic Kingdom-Themed Board Games

For the first time since before my first child was born in 2010, we’re going on an old-fashioned, summertime family vacation. One of my young ones is getting ready to start school and the older one is getting set to go back to school, so I figured we’d close out the long, unreasonably rainy Atlanta […]

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  • 11 Aug
    2013

Antique Marbles—The Simplest of Toys is now a Complex Hobby

I had a 15-minute break from work one Saturday a couple of years ago and decided to spend it cruising through the flea market up the road, near where I live here in Maine. I’m an antique bottle digger and collector, and that’s what I generally hunt for at a flea market, but I’ll also […]

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  • 6 Aug
    2013

For Board Game Collectors, Crowdfunding Offers Rewards at a Great Risk

I’ve written about Kickstarter and the current crowdfunding craze—specifically its impact on the gaming hobby—quite a bit, not just here at WorthPoint, but also elsewhere. Crowdfunding has emerged as another example of the kind of democratization that the Internet fosters, and although that certainly is an overwhelming positive social and political effect there are definitely […]

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  • 23 Jul
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Polar King Icebox, Howdy Doody Figurines, Sears Catalog

QUESTION: I own a Leonard’s Polar King icebox, probably made in the 1920s or 1930s. The outside and inside are in good shape. A label on the icebox reads: “LEONARD’S POLAR KING / trademark U. S. Patent Office / Grand Rapids, Michigan. Does it have value? – JA, via e-mail ANSWER: When Linda and I […]

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  • 22 Jul
    2013

Hermann-Spielwaren Bears: 100 Years of Family Tradition

(This article first appeared in Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) Germany had a stellar reputation during the late 1800s and early 1900s for well-made, durable toys. So it’s no surprise that when the Teddy bear emerged on the toy scene, buyers from American department stores flooded the town of Sonneberg, known as the Toy Capital […]

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  • 19 Jul
    2013

Giant Steiff ‘Petsy’ Bear Could Demand $50,000 at July 28 Theriault’s Auction

Here’s one auction all vintage doll, toy, Teddy bear and miniature enthusiasts cannot miss: Theriault’s “In the Company of the Gentleman Bespoken,” which features 450 lots of the finest, museum-quality collectible playthings, including items from the Estelle Johnson collection. The auction is scheduled for Sunday, July 28, 2013. The auction, which will be held at […]

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