• 29
    Jun

Razor-Sharp and Designed for War—Traditional Japanese Swords

Japanese swords are fearsome weapons. In a day and age when firepower is the norm, it is startling to be in the same room the first time with a piece of steel that is as sharp as a razor and designed for war. Sword Periods The grouping of Japanese swords is broadly divided into five […]

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  • 4
    Feb

WorthPoint adds Updated Edition of Chinese Export Silver & Marks Book to its Online Library

A little less than a year after WorthPoint added Adrien von Ferscht’s important book, “Collector’s Guide to Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940”—the largest information reference resource for this unique collectible silver category—to its Marks and Library product, Mr. von Ferscht has completed an update, boosting the information contained in the volume by some 300 percent. This […]

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  • 8
    Jul

No run on ‘Redskins’ Collectibles since Patent Office Canceled Team Name Copyright

When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins football organization in mid-June, saying they are offensive to Native Americans, those in the sports collectibles world started wondering if the ruling would spark a run on Redskin collectibles. A month later, the answer is a resounding no. I called […]

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  • 11
    Apr

7-Foot-Tall Stainless Steel Popeye could Rake in $25 million worth of Spinach

NEW YORK – “I yam what I yam.” And what he is, is a seven-foot-tall metallic sculptural representation of the American pop culture icon, Popeye. Considered artist Jeff Koons’ most accomplished and major work of recent years, “Popeye” will be among the offerings at the Sotheby’s New York Evening Auction of Contemporary Art sale on […]

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  • 17
    Feb

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Doc Ock Out as Spidey, Winter Soldier Spoiler

The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers […]

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  • 7
    Feb

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Another J. Michael Straczynski Title at Image

The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers […]

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  • 10
    Jan

Collecting the Players of 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Class

Being elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame is a right of passage for players whose careers exemplified greatness during the era in which they played. This year, the quaint town of Cooperstown, in upstate, New York, will welcome three such players who helped define baseball in the 1990s. Pitchers and former teammates […]

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  • 8
    Mar

Ask A Worthologist Question: Brass Bardou Telescope

Carol B. inherited this telescope from her grandfather, and while she thinks it’s a wonderful thing, but there’s no room for it in her modern apartment. She engaged WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service to check its value and history before selling it. The question was forwarded to me. Here’s her question: “I inherited this telescope […]

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  • 26
    May

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/26/2010

The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers […]

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  • 3
    Oct

It’s Opportunity Time for Antique and Fine Art Collectors & Dealers

My phone is continuing to ring off the hook with people desperate to sell their belongings because they need cash, or they think they might. This flurry of phone calls is in part, based on fear – the fear of not knowing what the value of their savings and property will be if this economy […]

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