• 6
    Nov

‘Stay Extraordinary’ Coke Bottles may be Unique, but are they Collectible?

[caption id="attachment_2521339" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Coca-Cola recently launched a Diet Coke ad campaign in Israel with two million unique bottle designs in a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns. Are these automatically collectible or valuable?[/caption] When Coca-Cola of Israel announced it was packaging more than two million bottles of Diet Coke, each in a differently patterned shrink-wrap coating, I thought...

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  • 30
    Oct

Curse You, Red Baron! Rare Snoopy Flying Ace Sunday Strip up for Auction

[caption id="attachment_2521327" align="aligncenter" width="550"] This “Red Baron'” Peanuts comic strip, hand-drawn by Charles Schulz, appeared on Sunday, Jan. 1, 1967 and featuring Snoopy and Charlie Brown. The 15-panel “Peanuts” strip is currently up for auction at Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs & Memorabilia and carries an $80,000 minimum bid.[/caption] An extremely rare original comic strip featuring Snoopy as...

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  • 29
    Oct

Starting a Vintage Halloween Collection not a Scary Proposition

[caption id="attachment_2486828" align="alignright" width="209"] Some of the earliest versions of commercial jack-o-lanterns were pressed cardboard with a tissue-paper face from the 1910s and 1920s.[/caption] Halloween, as we know it today, became popular in the United States in the late 19th century when a flood of Irish and English immigrants brought a renewal of interest in the study of...

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  • 28
    Oct

Auction Buyer Beware: Ivory Hazardous to Your Financial Health

[caption id="attachment_2521321" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Romanian Art Deco sculptor Demètre Chiparus perfected the technique of combining bronze and ivory known as chryselephantine, as illustrated in “Leopard Dancer,” which sold for $213,808 at Christie’s. This piece, made in 1928 and sold with provenance showing its age and origin, may pass muster under current ivory laws, but many (most?) auction houses...

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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 a massive candy...

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  • 28
    Oct

When Preparing a Table for a Ghoulish Party, Decorate with Halloween Glass

[caption id="attachment_2507960" align="alignright" width="300"] A Murano Berkeley House iridescent ghost sculpture would make the perfect centerpiece for a spooky Halloween table setting.[/caption] Creepy crawlers and things that go bump in the night are always welcome this time of year. Halloween is right around the corner. Ghosts and goblins yelling “Trick or Treat,” carved pumpkins illuminated on the porch...

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  • 28
    Oct

Horror Comic Books: When Bad Things Happen to Good (and Bad) People

[caption id="attachment_2507772" align="alignright" width="301"] Crime SuspenStories No. 22 (April-May 1954), whose Johnny Craig-penciled cover shows a man holding a bloody ax and a woman’s severed head and was used prominently in the Congressional hearings that led to EC’s demise.[/caption] Horror comic books, like horror movies, aren't for everyone. I think you have to be a little bit twisted...

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  • 27
    Oct

Celebrating Halloween with Steiff’s Creatures of the Night

[caption id="attachment_2516449" align="alignleft" width="300"] Whoooo’s your favorite Steiff evening watchman? Uhu Wittie, or Wittie Owl, was produced from 1954 through 1977 in four sizes: 10, 14, 22 and 35 centimeters.[/caption] 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,”...

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  • 25
    Oct

Halloween Collectibles – The Prices are nothing to Boo at

[caption id="attachment_2516431" align="alignleft" width="207"] Most Halloween items were disposable, as they were intended for one-time use and this was back in the day when not everything in our lives was disposable—unless your mom was like my mom, who packed everything away for use the next year. So, a die-cut black cat decoration like this could set you back...

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  • 24
    Oct

‘What’s it Worth?’ Video Contest Winner to Thrift with the Thrift Hunters in Las Vegas

[caption id="attachment_2521306" align="aligncenter" width="550"] David and Liz Ng (and their dog, Buddy) at the beginning of their winning “What’s it Worth?” video contest entry. The video, which runs three minutes long, shows their road trip from Pennsylvania to Seattle, during which they stopped as some two dozen thrift stores to break up the long drive.[/caption] When David Ng...

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