• 7
    Jun

The Comic Speculator – Back Issue Report: Peter Panzerfaust #1 Value Take Flight

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 and rankings are...

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  • 5
    Jun

All Covered Up: The Art and Lexicon of Upholstery

[caption id="attachment_2513288" align="alignleft" width="228"] The side by side nail head trim is called toe-to-toe nail head.[/caption] While in my shop one day, I had a phone call from an obviously agitated man. Actually it happened more than once but that’s another story. With some desperation in his voice, he wanted to know where in town he could find...

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  • 5
    Jun

If the Tea Party had Its Way, U.S. Coins and Notes Would be Very Different

[caption id="attachment_2510803" align="alignright" width="300"] The weight of silver coins was adjusted beginning in 1853, with arrows added to either side of the obverse date on this quarter to signify the change. (Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] By Gerald Tebben What would a Tea Party revolution mean to coin collectors? That’s something I had been thinking about as the group flexed...

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  • 5
    Jun

The Comic Speculator – Hot Picks: Astro City, Rogues & Poison Elves

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 courtesyof ICV2.com. Listsof new comics are courtesyof...

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  • 4
    Jun

The Shanghai Jazz Age as Depicted through Silver Cocktail Shakers

銀色上海爵士樂年代 [caption id="attachment_2513379" align="aligncenter" width="254"] This Chinese Export Silver cocktail shaker made by the Shanghai silvermaker Lain Chang, circa 1920, as purchased at a U.K. car boot sale for £3 (about $4.60). It’s easily worth $1,000 or more.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2513380" align="aligncenter" width="329"] Here we have a circa 1925 Chinese Export Silver cocktail shaker by Hung Chong who operated...

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  • 4
    Jun

America’s Early Antique Stores: When did the Industry begin in Earnest in the U.S.?

[caption id="attachment_2513342" align="aligncenter" width="512"] A modern American antique shop is stocked with antiques from around the world. But when did these shops become commonplace instead of being out of the norm in the U.S.?[/caption] Having lunch with friends from the U.K., we discussed our afternoon spent browsing through antique stores. “Why aren’t there more antiques in your antique...

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  • 4
    Jun

Space: An Infinite Opportunity for Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2513154" align="alignleft" width="240"] This Apollo 11 patch could have been yours for $42.[/caption] It was an amazing afternoon at my grandma's house on July 20, 1969. Being 13 at the time, I wasn't quite clear on the whole historic idea of space travel or landing a man on the moon. I was watching the black-and-white image on...

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  • 4
    Jun

Stadium Giveaways: Tchotchke or Collectible?

[caption id="attachment_2513213" align="alignleft" width="225"] The ubiquitous "bobblehead doll" has been a part of sports for years. This 1960s-era Roberto Clemente bobblehead fetches $1,000 to $3,000 on the secondary market.[/caption] Rings, bobbleheads, statues, seat cushions, trading cards, window decals and even giant foam Band-Aids; when it comes to sports stadium giveaways, if you look hard enough, some team, somewhere,...

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  • 4
    Jun

Rinker on Collectibles: Our Future Relies on Kids Collecting

[caption id="attachment_2513186" align="alignleft" width="300"] Chicago’s beautiful skyline is the backdrop for antiques & vintage shopping at the Randolph Street Market.[/caption] On Saturday, May 25, 2013, Linda and I drove from Kentwood to 1350 West Randolph Street, Chicago, home of the Randolph Street Market Festival. It was the 2013 season opening day and marked the 10-year anniversary of the...

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  • 4
    Jun

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 06/05/2013

[caption id="attachment_2513172" align="alignright" width="300"] Fearless Defenders #5 (Amanda Conner Variant Cover), 1:50, ($15-$20). How any self-respecting comic collector can resist this variant is beyond me. Conner variants sell fast and tend to continue to go up in value so grab this one.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by Worthpoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes...

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