• 16
    Jun

Triumph of the Human Spirit: Commemorative Coins Honor Mettle of the World’s People

[caption id="attachment_2510812" align="aligncenter" width="240"] In 1959, the young state of Israel issued a remarkable coin bears a Hebrew inscription from the prophet Jeremiah—“The children shall come again to their own border”—within an open circle of 11 dancers—one for each year of Israel’s existence—represent immigrants.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2510813" align="aligncenter" width="240"] The 1959 5-lirot silver coin is just one of scores...

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  • 15
    Jun

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Cigar Box

[caption id="attachment_251349" align="aligncenter" width="173"] The size of the box and the fact that it is is cedar-lined suggests the box is for cigars not cigarettes, which plays a critical role in value; English sterling silver cigar boxes command a higher value than English sterling silver cigarette boxes.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_251349" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The box features the following hallmarks: an...

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  • 14
    Jun

The Collector’s Minute: Empire versus Empire Revival

[caption id="attachment_2513236" align="alignleft" width="269"] Don't let the style deceive. This isn't an Empire chair. It's Empire Revival. Though similar, the styles existed many years apart.[/caption] About once a month, we have a piece of furniture submitted by excited clients who are positive what they found is well more than 150 years old because they saw a similar one...

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  • 14
    Jun

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Guardians of the Galaxy Going Gonzo

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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  • 14
    Jun

The Many Origins of the Ubiquitous Coffee Table

[caption id="attachment_2513273" align="alignleft" width="300"] The real antique coffee table? True, this table is from the late 19th century in Renaissance Revival style, but it is a shorter version of its original, cut down to meet 20th-century tastes. (Photo: LiveAuctioneers.com/Slawinski Auction)[/caption] I know you have one. You probably have two or more. And you’re pretty sure at least one...

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  • 14
    Jun

Novelty Postcards offer a World of Collectible Opportunities

According to the dictionary, “novelty” is the quality of being new, original, or unusual. And so it is with novelty postcards. We’re used to seeing pictures on postcards. They can be photographs, artist renderings of familiar scenes or products of their imaginations, holiday or birthday greetings, cartoons or scenes from places around the world. But how about the...

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  • 14
    Jun

Give Peace Dollars a Chance: Finest Known 1923-D Captures $76,375 at Sale

[caption id="attachment_2513455" align="aligncenter" width="230"] The single finest known 1923-D Peace Dollar, graded MS 67 by PCGS. (Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2513456" align="aligncenter" width="230"] It brought a record $76,375 at Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Signature Sale on June 6, 2013. (Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] At the conclusion of the First World War it was suggested in many circles that a...

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  • 12
    Jun

Original Cracker Jack Baseball Cards Set Still a Sweet Treat

[caption id="attachment_2513434" align="alignleft" width="186"] This 1915 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson Cracker Jack card, in rare mint condition, sold for $101,575 last March.[/caption] In 1914, the company known for the popular confection Cracker Jack released as series of baseball cards. Designated as E145 in the American Card Catalog, the set consisted of a total of 144 cards. Measuring 2-1/4 inches...

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  • 12
    Jun

Complete Contents of West Stockbridge, Mass., English Country Estate to sell at Fontaine’s

[caption id="attachment_2520390" align="alignright" width="306"] This carved R. J. Horner oak nine-tube grandfather clock, standing 120 inches tall, with movement by Westminster & Whittington, is expected to bring between $50,000 and $75,000 at a cataloged antique auction scheduled for Saturday, June 21, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.[/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The entire contents of Somerset, an extraordinary English country estate...

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  • 11
    Jun

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 06/12/2013

[caption id="attachment_2513390" align="alignright" width="288"] Superman Unchained #1 (Bruce Timm 75th Anniversary 1930s Variant), 1:100, ($30-$35)[/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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current...

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