• 11 Nov
    2013

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
    2013

Smart Pickers Find Gold in Vintage Bikes

Pickers everywhere dream of finding collectible “gold” stashed away in a barn or an attic. It seems almost weekly that the media is abuzz with the latest story of an artwork, coin, first-edition book or historic document found among household goods at an estate sale or thrift shop. Most of these finds are just dumb […]

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  • 8 Nov
    2013

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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  • 29 Oct
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Paul Schreckengost-Designed Zodiac-Theme Plate

QUESTION: I have a 9-inch diameter sky blue Zodiac-theme plate designed by Paul Schreckengost for Gem Clay Forming Company of Sebring, Ohio. Viktor Schreckengost, a famous designer and longtime professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, was Paul’s brother. I found a great deal of information about Viktor but very little about Paul on the […]

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  • 27 Oct
    2013

They Came from the Crypt: Universal Monsters Toys and Collectibles

Walk into any toy or comic shop nowadays and chances are you’ll find a wide array of monster and horror-themed collectibles for purchase, from bobble-head statues depicting the ravenous zombies of TV’s “The Walking Dead” to “Monster High” fashion dolls to cuddly plush versions of Jason Voorhess and Freddy Krueger from the “Friday the 13th” […]

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  • 8 Oct
    2013

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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  • 24 Sep
    2013

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
    2013

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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  • 6 Aug
    2013

Vintage Sports Pennants Provide Historical and Collectible Value

While still produced and available at stadiums around the country, the team pennant as we know them today are more of fan shop novelties than a true collectible. Fortunately for collectors, the opposite is true of vintage pennants, the older the better. These colorful triangle-shaped pieces of felt once served as a primary piece of […]

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  • 18 Jul
    2013

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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