• 4
    Jun

Star Wars-Themed ‘X-Wing’ Miniatures Game a Collectible in the Making

[caption id="attachment_2513076" align="alignright" width="300"] The base X-Wing game, now on sale at your local Target for $39.99, includes all of the cards, dice and rules you need. If you get into the game, expect to buy at least two of these sets.[/caption] The biggest blockbuster to come out of the relatively tiny hobby games business last year was...

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  • 4
    Jun

Size Matters: Three of the World’s Biggest Coins

[caption id="attachment_2512995" align="alignleft" width="300"] This example of Swedish plate money from 1715 realized $1,410 at a Sept. 7, 2012, auction. (Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] By Gerald Tebben Every now and then money takes on immense proportions. It happened on the South Pacific Island of Yap, in several German states and in Sweden. The immense “coins” are scarce, valuable and...

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  • 3
    Jun

A Double Eagle Treasure: Collection Lanson Champagne Captures Nearly $1 Million

[caption id="attachment_2513247" align="alignright" width="234"] This 1861 Type I $20 Liberty (PCGS MS61) realized $8,190 in the “Collection Champagne Lanson” auction of 497 gold double eagle gold coins at Bonham’s Auction Gallery in Los Angles on June 3, 2013. The coins were found in the ceiling of an old grape-pressing and drying facility of a champagnery in France.[/caption] Normally...

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  • 1
    Jun

Loar Mandolins: The Choice of Famous Fretters

[caption id="attachment_2513114" align="alignright" width="200"] This vintage 1939 Gibson Lloyd Loar mandolin F5 sold in 2009 for $47,495.[/caption] On the afternoon of Nov. 13,1985, Della Monroe, wife of Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe, came home to find Bill's cherished 1923 Lloyd Loar Gibson F5 mandolin and his back-up F5 lying in splinters on their fireplace hearth. Someone with...

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  • 31
    May

Turn-of-the-Century Frederick Glasier Circus Photos on Exhibit in Tampa

[caption id="attachment_2513067" align="alignright" width="244"] Clown Pete Mardo, photographed by Frederick Glasier, appeared with Barnum & Bailey and later with Ringling Bros. This was before the two shows were combined. An exhibit of Glasier’s photos at the Tampa Bay History Center will run through Aug. 4.[/caption] Several years ago (2009) I wrote a couple of WorthPoint articles about circus...

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  • 31
    May

Like His Game, LeBron James Collectibles Play Above the Rim

[caption id="attachment_2513200" align="aligncenter" width="491"] With LeBron James in search of his second consecutive NBA title, fans and collectors needn’t wait to start pursuing his collectibles.[/caption] The long awaited anointing of the next Michael Jordan still may be some years away, but with LeBron James in search of his second consecutive NBA title, fans and collectors needn’t wait to...

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  • 31
    May

How the Nickel Almost Lost Its Name

[caption id="attachment_2512999" align="alignleft" width="300"] For the war effort, nickel was eliminated, copper was reduced and silver and manganese were added to the alloy of the 5-cent coin from 1942 through 1945. (Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] By Gerald Tebben The Jefferson 5-cent coin went to war in 1942 and continued serving for the duration. Faced with the need to divert...

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  • 31
    May

A Chair by Any Other Name: How Some Sitters Got Their Monikers

[caption id="attachment_2513131" align="alignleft" width="264"] This type chair is called a Savonarola chair, an updated version of the Roman curule seat. (Photo: Liveauctioneers.com/Great American Auction)[/caption] There are at least three categories of furniture that are so important to us in our daily activities that they have special names. These titles describe a particular characteristic, function or purpose that goes...

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  • 31
    May

Chinese Clouds Have always had Silver Linings! China Puts a Large Value on Silver

[caption id="attachment_2513059" align="aligncenter" width="506"] A Hung Chong tea set and tray (not shown), circa 1900, is currently offered for sale in a dealer’s showroom in Shanghai for a staggering $27,000. In a U.K. or U.S. auction house would expect to achieve a hammer price of $9,000 (with tray).[/caption] Historically, silver has always had a greater value within China...

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  • 31
    May

Music-Box Bellies make Steiff’s 1950s-Era Teddy & Jocko Musical Treasures

[caption id="attachment_2513052" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This pair of Stieff characters from the 1950s sings a happy tune, or two. The squeeze-style musical animals are named Music Jocko and Music Teddy, respectively.[/caption] Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. Here is one of...

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