• 22
    Jul

Collecting Political and Low-Number License Plates

Ever since the days of early motor vehicle registration there has always been fierce competition among drivers to obtain a low-number license plate. In many states, to many motorists, bearing a low-number plate has an instant connotation of status, power, wealth and even political connections. While there are some states where this phenomenon is more […]

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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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  • 14
    Feb

A Barn-Found Car with a Historic Lineage: The ‘Mussolini’s Mistress’ Alfa Romeo

It seems that nearly every week, someone finds a classic car in a barn, garage or some other out-of-sight place. Recent finds include a rare Ferrari discovered under a pile of magazines in a barn in France, a 1969 Lamborghini Miura S left in an underground parking garage for three decades, and 60 classic cars […]

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  • 4
    Dec

‘Registered in R.I.’ License Plate is a Real Diamond Found in the Rough

Last year, at the beginning of the holiday season, I received an e-mail from a young lady by the name of Nancy who dabbles in antiques and collectibles and frequents estate sales. What immediately caught my attention was the attached photo of a small, white-on-black porcelain license plate with the words “Registered in R.I.” at […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Muscle Car Music: Collecting those Icons of the ’70s, 8-Track Tapes

To garage-salers and flea market buffs, they seem to be everywhere. Most folks walk right by boxes full of them with their nose in the air and an attitude of indifference. For collectors, though, boxes of unwanted 8-track tapes are pure gold. Monthly sales of 8-track tapes number in the thousands on eBay, with prices […]

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  • 11
    Nov

Lifetime Pagano ‘Rustic Collection’ to Sell in November

BRISTOL, Conn. — An online-only auction totaling more than 500 lots of Victorian carved- and marble-top furniture, silver and gold coins, sporting goods and other category items will be held in the annual Fall Extravaganza Estates Auction, beginning at noon on Nov. 17, hosted by Tim’s Auction. Lots expected to draw special attention will include a […]

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  • 8
    Nov

Auction Report: Gettysburg Cannon Tops Dancy-Polk House Auction

DECATUR, Ala. — An authentic Civil War cannon, fired by Union troops at the Battle of Gettysburg, dated 1855 and complete with documented provenance, sold for $86,250 at an on-site sale of the contents of the Dancy-Polk House Inn on Oct. 12. The Dancy-Polk House Inn, constructed in 1829, is one of only four buildings […]

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  • 8
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Mechanical Art Balances Mass-Production and Aesthetics

I recently was provided with copies of e-mail exchanges between advanced toy train collectors that dealt with topics ranging from the long-term prospects of sustaining and eventually growing value for high-end toy trains to the assertion that the collecting market is cyclical, that is to say, what is out today will inevitably return to favor […]

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  • 3
    Sep

The Collector’s Minute: 1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4*S NART Spyder

It seems the dream cars of my childhood, the late 1950s to ’60s Ferrari, are always out of reach, with ever-increasing values. I have, alas, come to the realization that one will never be parked in my driveway. One of my favorites—a 1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4*S NART Spyder—was not only famous as a race car, but […]

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  • 18
    Jul

Collecting Outlaws: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Recently, gangsters were in the news in many ways. Jimmy Hoffa was “unearthed”—or wasn’t—again. Respected actor James Gandolfini, who portrayed mob boss Tony Soprano, died. Whitey Bulger is on trial after a lifetime of killing and criminal behavior. As one CNN headline read: “Mob Week: Why we can’t get enough of the gangster life.” It […]

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