• 7
    Mar

Rare Cuban Baseball Card Set and Ephemera Leads in Hake’s Online Auction

YORK, Pa. – With an immense array of items that fall under one of two headings: either “I had one of those!” or “I’ve never seen that before – anywhere!” Hake’s Americana & Collectibles has opened the bidding on its Auction #211, with one particular lot—a complete set of Cuban baseball cards from the 1920s—expected […]

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  • 17
    Feb

These Early Steiff Treasures Have a Presidential Seal of Approval

With today being the President’s Day holiday, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at Oval Office-inspired Steiff creations from the turn of last century. It is puzzling to think why, in the early 1900s, a tiny toy company located in rural Germany would know about, or even care about, America or […]

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  • 10
    Feb

A Valentine’s Love Story Through Steiff Dolls

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in his or her collection—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. In keeping with the theme of Valentine’s Day, there are two of those treasures from my collection of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles that stand out as the […]

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  • 27
    Jan

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

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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  • 13
    Jan

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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  • 9
    Dec

Bigger on the Inside: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Collectibles

It was 50 years ago last month that a U.K. television program originally aimed at children would first flicker onto TV screens and become not only a British institution but also a beloved favorite of audiences of all ages all around the globe. Produced by the British Broadcast Corporation, “Doctor Who” first debuted on November […]

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  • 13
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Kerr & Co. Gold Belt Buckle, Howdy Doody Show Marionette

QUESTION: I almost sold a belt buckle for a couple of bucks at my garage sale a few weeks ago until I took a better look at it. The front of the rectangular belt buckle has horizontal engraved lines with a central “E E H” monogram. The back has multiple markings. The top bar has […]

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  • 24
    Sep

From Japan to the World: Battle of the Planets Collectibles

For many children growing up during the late 1970s and early 1980s, an animated TV series named “Battle of the Planets” had them running home from school so they wouldn’t miss a single action-packed moment. A fondly remembered cult classic, the science-fiction themed program—which debuted in September 1978 and ran for several years in syndication—showcased […]

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  • 3
    Sep

It’s No Joke When it Comes to Steiff’s Vintage Teddy Clown Bears

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. Here is one of those treasures from my hug of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles. The Item: It’s like the circus has come to town when one of these rare […]

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