• 26
    Apr

Rinker on Collectibles: The Academic Historian vs. The Collector

On March 28, 2013, I presented a scholarly paper entitled “Celebrity Bounce” as a member of the Collecting and Collectibles: Collectors, Collections, and Value panels at the Popular Culture Association / American Cultural Association 43rd Annual Conference held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. This is the second paper I presented at a PCA/ACA Annual...

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  • 26
    Apr

Collector’s Years of Digging, Diving for Bottles on Display at New Hampshire Museum

[caption id="attachment_2512286" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Also featured in the "All Bottled Up" exhibit at the Woodman Institute Museum in Dover, N.H., are bottles from another local collector, Dave Landry. They feature amazing colors and designs of his bottles, including figural bitters bottles, mineral water bottles from Saratoga Springs, and a large cobalt blue master ink bottle, among many others.[/caption]...

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  • 25
    Apr

Baseball’s Top Prospects: Collecting the Next Superstars

[caption id="attachment_2512023" align="alignright" width="221"] The Orioles' Dylan Bundy logged only 1.2 innings in 2012, but he's already got nearly 300 cards on the market. Bowman Scouting Report taps this 2011 Bowman autograph card as one of its top picks for collectors.[/caption] Come Opening Day, the annual return of the “boys of summer” brings hope eternal to team enthusiasts...

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  • 25
    Apr

It’s All In the Marks: 19th-Century Majolica Pitcher

[caption id="attachment_2512273" align="alignright" width="268"] This majolica pitcher comes from Choisy-le-Roi, France.[/caption] To well-seasoned or novice collectors, determining a maker or origin of a piece can be very confusing if it is outside their normal area of interest. Any markings that can be found can often help unravel the mystery—if you know what the marks mean. If you don’t,...

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  • 25
    Apr

Batman Board Games Show the Difference Between Players and Collectors

[caption id="attachment_2512265" align="aligncenter" width="506"] The Batman Game? Not any good. If you’re interested, I know where there’s a copy on sale for $3.[/caption] Wizkids, the makers of the popular comic-book-themed Heroclix tabletop game, just released a new Batman board game. In Batman: The Gotham City Strategy Game, two to four players take on the roles of some of...

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  • 24
    Apr

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 04/24/2013

[caption id="attachment_2512218" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Stjepan Sejic New York Comic-Con Triptych Signed Set[/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 online auction sales....

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  • 23
    Apr

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Lee Kalfon on Antiques and Generation Y

[caption id="attachment_2512213" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Lee Kalfon talks about the antique world and the opinions of Generation Y, and why younger people may have lost some interest in antiques.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis chats with Lee Kalfon about what is going on in the antique world and the opinions of Generation...

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  • 23
    Apr

The Kentucky Derby: The Race for the Roses is a Collectibles Treasure Trove

[caption id="attachment_2512312" align="alignright" width="236"] A magazine ad for Paul Jones Whiskey featuring an image and text about the Kentucky Derby. This dates from 1935.[/caption] The 2013 running of the Kentucky Derby will mark the 139th race in the event’s history. Annually held in Louisville, Ky., the race is the first leg of the sport’s Triple Crown and is...

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  • 23
    Apr

A Bad Video Game for an Ancient Gaming System Features an Outsized Price Tag

[caption id="attachment_2512333" align="alignright" width="300"] Here it is: the rarest video game from the Nintendo Entertainment System era. Note that $7.99 price tag. We’ll get to that in a minute[/caption] The world of collectible video games and video gaming equipment is a peculiar thing. Vast swaths of software and consoles are quite literally worthless, unusable or far too common...

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  • 23
    Apr

Pontefract Coins: Born in the Blood of Battle

[caption id="attachment_2512248" align="alignright" width="240"] This octagonal siege shilling of Pontefract Castle was struck during the period of June 1648 to March 1649 from handmade silver plate either taken by or given King Charles I’s forces, while the castle was under heavy siege.(Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] By Gerald Tebben The reign of England's Charles I ended as with the strong...

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