• 16
    Aug

It’s All in the Marks: How to Identify Rookwood Pottery

For appraisers at Antiques Roadshow-type of events, it’s often like teaching condensed “Antiques 101″ courses, with a narrow focus on one maker, artist or decorative-arts movement. In many cases, we first concentrate on the basics of identification to determine more detailed information from what we see. In this article, I’ll take you through the process […]

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  • 15
    Aug

Illuminating Antique Furniture: Let There Be Light… with Caution

Have you ever stopped to think how important light is to your antique furniture? A good place to start is the fact that without the right light, the trees that were used to provide the lumber of your furniture would never have grown. That’s easy and obvious enough. Another less obvious but equally important aspect […]

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  • 14
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/14/2013

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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists […]

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  • 13
    Aug

Motorcycle & Harley-Davidson Memorabilia, Advertising to Highlight Petroliana Sale

DAVENPORT, Iowa. – A single-owner lifetime collection of motorcycle memorabilia—much of it Harley-Davidson and to include vintage clothing, posters, accessories, parts, signs and even three operational Servi-Car three-wheelers—will be sold at an auction hosted by Matthews Auctions on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The auction will be held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 5202 Brady […]

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  • 13
    Aug

A New Must-Have for Fastionista Barbie Collectors with ‘Coach Barbie’

If you love Barbie and Coach leather accessories, this may be the doll collecting highlight of 2013! It has just been announced that Mattel and Coach have unveiled “Coach Barbie,” a version of iconic Barbie Roberts doll dressed head to toe in a genuine Coach outfit. For Barbie doll loving fashionitas, it really does not […]

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  • 13
    Aug

Playing at the House of Mouse: Disney’s Magic Kingdom-Themed Board Games

For the first time since before my first child was born in 2010, we’re going on an old-fashioned, summertime family vacation. One of my young ones is getting ready to start school and the older one is getting set to go back to school, so I figured we’d close out the long, unreasonably rainy Atlanta […]

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  • 13
    Aug

Previously Unknown Original Warhol Silkscreen to Headline Labor Day Sale

MILLVILLE, Pa. – A previously unknown and never before offered silkscreen by Pop Art icon Andy Warhol is the expected headliner at a Labor Day sale planned for Monday, Sept. 2, by Col. Kirk’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery here in Millville, a town in central Pennsylvania. The silkscreen, a probable one-of-a-kind, is titled […]

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  • 13
    Aug

General Gasoline Transitional Sign featuring Mobil Pegasus Logo Soars to $18,150

DES MOINES, Iowa. – A rare General Gasoline double-sided porcelain transitional sign—showing the iconic Mobil Pegasus logo, signaling Mobil’s acquisition of General Gasoline and establishing its presence in the Western United States—sold for $18,150 at an auction held Aug. 1-2 by Matthews Auctions, timed to coincide with the popular Iowa Gas Swap Meet here in […]

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  • 12
    Aug

Game-Used Bats: The Challenge of Authentication

One of the most highly desirable pieces of high-end baseball memorabilia that collectors pursue is the game-used bat. It is also one of the hardest to authenticate, especially when it comes to vintage pieces prior to the 1980s. Collectors looking to enter this aspect of memorabilia collecting need to beware of some simple guidelines applicable […]

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  • 12
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Chance is a Scarce Commodity in the Antiques World

NOTE: While this “Rinker on Collectibles” Questions and Answers column focuses only on one question, the information and principals discussed in the second half of the answer have universal application. QUESTION: I have seven pieces of Old Hickory furniture that came from a rural Pennsylvania fishing and hunting lodge built in the late 1930s or […]

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