• 24
    Jun

The Stanley Cup: Original Six Match-Up Provides Collectible Options

This year’s Stanley Cup Finals—won by the Chicago Blackhawks in spectacular fashion in six games earlier this week—featured two of the league’s oldest teams in the Hawks and the Boston Bruins. Both teams are rich in history and tradition. They had also won of two of the previous three Stanley Cup Finals, with Chicago winning […]

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  • 24
    Jun

Auction at Famed Madison County Mansion to Feature Furniture, Fine Art

JACKSON, Tenn. — The contents of one of Jackson’s stateliest and most historic Victorian mansions, Green Gables—will be sold in an on-site auction on Sat., June 29. The sale will be conducted by Stevens Auction Company. Other prominent estates will also be featured. The action will get underway promptly at 10 a.m. and continue throughout […]

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  • 21
    Jun

Teddy Bear Companies Premiere What’s New in 2013

(This article first appeared in the June 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) Aurora With an eye toward heart-tugging gift merchandise and solid, well-crafted collectibles, Aurora is sitting pretty as it enjoys its fourth decade. The Korean company has broadened its creative reach to include headquarters in the United States, Hong Kong and […]

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  • 21
    Jun

Teddy Bear Hospital: The Recovery of a Pair of Bears

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) Early Farnell Bear This rather worn but terribly sweet little 1920s Farnell bear arrived at a teddy-bear fair I was attending in London. I was expecting him, but when he arrived and I could handle him; it was apparent that […]

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  • 21
    Jun

The Collector’s Minute: Barzilay Stereo Cases & Cabinets

“Barzilay” is not a name you hear much of any more, but back in the 
1960s to 1970s, it was one well known to audiophiles designing their 
own stereo sound systems. Barzilay produced stereo equipment case 
kits, speaker cases and wall units in kit form, much like the now familiar Ikea 
company furniture today. The […]

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  • 21
    Jun

More on Novelty Postcards: Attached Add-On Cards

Is simply looking at pictures on postcards becoming humdrum? Maybe it’s time to investigate some more of the many categories included under the general heading of “novelty postcards.” One of the more unusual topics to collect is add-ons. This refers to postcards with material attached to the card itself. You may have seen some of […]

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  • 21
    Jun

The Tale of a Hidden Chinese Export Silver Gem

中國出口銀隱藏寶石的那些事兒 Being a regular contributor to WorthPoint has its benefits—for me, that is! My main source of research tangents comes from people sharing images of items with me. This has so often led to my discovering hitherto unknown silversmiths operating in China in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The flow of image-sharing has […]

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  • 20
    Jun

Lawn Art: The Oft-Overlooked Value in Estates

In American popular culture, the kitsch surrounding pink flamingo lawn ornaments appears universal. Mention such ornaments and visions of trailer parks in Baltimore come to mind; perhaps as a result of John Waters’ 1972 movie “Pink Flamingos,” with its subtitle: “An Exercise in Poor Taste”. Until the 1970s, upscale suburban homes sometimes boasted lantern-carrying lawn […]

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  • 20
    Jun

Feller Doll Collection Reflects 50 Years of Passion

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) Brooklyn grandmother Linda Feller has been collecting dolls for more than 50 years, amassing nearly 3,800 from 157 countries. Surrounded by so many objects of affection, it’s no wonder she named her website ILoveMyDolls.com. Her doll collection, divided into 21 categories, is displayed […]

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  • 20
    Jun

The Lost Art—and Value—of Early Video Game Manuals

I’ve reported on a number of breathtaking auction closes for exceptionally rare video-game paraphernalia and massive collections, but I think this fairly modest $1,377 item surprises me the most. The jackpot find this time is nothing more than the manual for a 1998 Nintendo 64 game called “Clayfighter: Sculptor’s Cut” in mint condition. A previously […]

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