• 31
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/31/2011

[caption id="attachment_2499473" align="alignright" width="276" caption="Justice League #1 (David Finch Black & White Variant Cover)"][/caption] 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...

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  • 29
    Aug

The Antique Dealer’s Guide to Surviving the Aftermath of the Great Recession

The September 2008 economic slowdown became the smoking gun for America’s Great Recession of the late-2000s. The Great Recession “officially” ended in June/July 2009. Individuals experiencing a prolonged unemployment, inability to maintain their mortgage or those who are overwhelmed with credit card debt would disagree. The aftermath of the Great Recession, especially among the middle and lower class,...

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  • 29
    Aug

Several Different Dogs with the Same Name: Steiff’s Spectacular Cocker Spaniels

[caption id="attachment_2499417" align="alignright" width="225" caption="More than 24 different Cocker Spaniels have appeared in Steiff post-war catalogs."][/caption] Mark Twain once wrote, “The more I know about people, the better I like my dog.” You may or may not agree with that broad statement, but most folks do feel that dogs can rank among people’s best friends. Clearly, the product...

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  • 29
    Aug

Unloved Antiques: Dragonware Tea Set

[caption id="attachment_2499357" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="This tea set is a good example of this Japanese pottery called Dragonware. The term used to describe porcelain or pottery items with raised decorations that depict an oriental dragon. Unfortunately, it looks to be more valuable than it really is."][/caption] The ninth item in this series of “Unloved Antiques” is Dragonware. The tea...

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  • 29
    Aug

Collecting First Editions: When Firsts Aren’t Really First at All

[caption id="attachment_2499427" align="alignright" width="296" caption="The blurb on the back of the first “The Great Gatsby” dust jacket was first printed with the protagonist’s name written as “jay Gatsby,” with a lower case j. When this mistake was discovered the type was quickly revised. To buy a copy at auction, it could cost you upwards of $50,000."][/caption] Why are...

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  • 29
    Aug

You May Pass Go, but Do Not Collect $200: Assessing Vintage Monopoly Games

[caption id="attachment_2499450" align="alignright" width="280" caption="An example of a 1935 edition of the game. Note that Mr. Monopoly could not yet afford a top hat."][/caption] For most folks, the term “board game” is practically synonymous with Monopoly, the venerable game of real estate ownership patented by Charles Darrow in 1934. The game is a ubiquitous cultural institution, its particular...

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  • 26
    Aug

FOX TV Jumps into the Antiques & Collectibles TV Fray with ‘Buried Treasure’

[caption id="attachment_2499391" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Identical twin brothers Leigh and Leslie Keno of “Antiques Roadshow” fame are the hosts of Fox TV’s “Buried Treasure,” which has them traveling across the country trying to help ordinary people discover the unknown treasures in their homes."][/caption] Following on the heels of NBC’s antiques and collectibles game show, “It’s Worth What?,” Fox TV...

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  • 25
    Aug

Interview with Maureen Stanton, Author of ‘Killer Stuff and Tons of Money’

[caption id="attachment_249937" align="alignright" width="300" caption="“Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America,” by Maureen Stanton. Published June 2011 by Penguin Group, hardcover , 336 pages."][/caption] I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with author Maureen Stanton and discussing her new book, “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden...

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  • 24
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/24/2011

[caption id="attachment_2499338" align="alignright" width="194" caption="Dark Horse Presents #3 (Jim Steranko Ultra Variant Cover)"][/caption] 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...

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  • 22
    Aug

Monumental Furniture to Stand Tall Great Gatsby’s Estate Sale

[caption id="attachment_2499257" align="alignright" width="239" caption="This massive 19th-century carved oak buffet attributed to Alexander Roux, standing 125 inches tall by 105 inches wide, is just one of several over-sized pieces to cross the block at the estates auction to be hosted by Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery in Atlanta on Sept. 10."][/caption] ATLANTA – Civilization may be going to pieces,...

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