• 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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  • 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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