• 19
    Apr

If John Beat George: What Early American Coins May Have Looked Like

By Gerald Tebben [caption id="attachment_2512200" align="alignright" width="240"] If Federalist John Adams had won the presidency in 1789, it is likely that his portrait would have appeared on coins, similar to this 2007 Presidential dollar. (Photo: Coin World)[/caption] In an alternate universe, our first president, John Adams, placed his own portrait on coins in 1792. President William Jennings Bryan...

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  • 18
    Apr

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 04/17/2013

[caption id="attachment_2512139" align="alignright" width="284"] He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1 (Terry Dodson Variant), 1:25 ($12-$15). This variant made my wife exclaim “awesome!” when she saw it. And I gotta admit, it’s pretty great.[/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...

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  • 18
    Apr

It’s All In the Marks: Art Nouveau Washbasin

[caption id="attachment_2512052" align="alignright" width="300"] This washbasin, purchased years ago near Watertown, NY, came from the D.F. Haynes & Son Co. in Baltimore.[/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...

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  • 18
    Apr

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – ‘Investment Condition’ Comics

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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  • 17
    Apr

Wendt Painting Tops Multi-Estate Fine Art, Antiquities Sale

[caption id="attachment_2512121" align="alignright" width="300"] The top lot of the auction was William Wendt's "Patriarchs of the Grove," which made $299,000.[/caption] GENESEO, N.Y. — An original oil-on-canvas painting by renowned American artist William Wendt (1865-1946) titled "Patriarchs of the Grove" sold for $299,000 at a multi-estate auction held March 22 and 23 hosted by Cottone Auctions. The painting was...

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  • 16
    Apr

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Hit of the Week’ Records, Kichiemon Okamura Block Prints

[caption id="attachment_2512117" align="alignright" width="300"] A Hit of the Week record of “Reaching for the Moon” recorded on a Durium disc. It has a value of $2 to $3.[/caption] QUESTION: I own approximately three dozen “HIT OF THE WEEK” records. The label reads: “Durium Products Corporation – New York / Durium T.M. Reg. – Made in U.S.A.” Song titles...

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  • 15
    Apr

Iron Man and the Avengers: The Comics Issues that Introduced them All

[caption id="attachment_2512171" align="alignright" width="288"] Iron Man first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963). The issue would become one of the most valuable comics of the Silver Age with an estimated value of $70,000-plus.[/caption] On May 3, the “Iron Man 3” will hit movie theaters like a repulsor ray blast and has the potential to...

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  • 15
    Apr

‘Collect Them All!’ A History of the Action Figure, Part 2

[caption id="attachment_2512160" align="alignright" width="229"] This vintage 1978 Star Wars Luke Skywalker action figure with a double-telescoping light saber sold on eBay in 2012 for $6,999.[/caption] In my previous installment of this two-part series, I outlined the history of action figures previous to the mid-1970s, which was dominated my companies like Mego, Mattel and Ideal. In this piece, we...

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  • 14
    Apr

Furor Over a Florin: Great Britain’s ‘Godless’ Coin

By Gerald Tebben [caption id="attachment_2512075" align="alignright" width="300"] The “Godless” 1848 florin was struck with a portrait of Queen Victoria on the obverse, but without the usual acronyms designating the monarch as “Defender of the Faith” and ruling “by the grace of God.” (Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] As cholera swept England in 1849, attention fell on the country’s new coin....

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  • 14
    Apr

Links Enthusiasts can Easily Begin a Collection by Focusing on Golf Balls

[caption id="attachment_2512044" align="alignright" width="296"] This golf ball from the 2012 Masters is a great example of a collectible tournament ball.[/caption] According to the National Golf Foundation, there are more than 39 million active golfers in the United States. Compare that to last year’s Major League Baseball attendance of 73 million and you find that baseball may still be...

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