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  • 24
    Feb

Will Goes on the Road: Talking Up WorthPoint to eBay User Groups

[caption id="attachment_2528867" align="aligncenter" width="600"] WorthPoint’s founder and CEO Will Seippel, along with WorthPoint’s Director of Reseller Sales, Robbin Levin, were on the road last week, talking up the benefits and effectiveness of the WorthPoint tools in Tuscon and Casa Grande in Arizona, Lake Mead and Las Vegas in Nevada, Portland, Maine, Portsmouth, N.H. and Boston before returning to...

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  • 23
    Feb

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: A $65,000 Elk Trophy Mount

[caption id="attachment_2528869" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry tells a story about a $65,000 elk trophy mount and talks about an ivory tusk thermometer.[/caption] In the Feb. 23, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry tells a story about a $65,000 elk trophy mount and...

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  • 23
    Feb

Auction Report: What to Look for as Auction Activity Warms Up

[caption id="attachment_2528858" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This Ferrari F430 in “Rossa Corsa” with a 4.3 liter V-8 engine and a semi-automatic F1 transmission, once owned by President Donald Trump, will be auctioned on April 1 by Auctions America in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.[/caption] With just a few weeks left until spring, the thaw is evident. Not the thaw in the weather...

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  • 23
    Feb

Collecting Tom Brady, the Greatest of All-Time

[caption id="attachment_2528836" align="aligncenter" width="444"] Tom Brady became the winningest quarterback in NFL post-season competition as he led the New England Patriots to five Super Bowl Championships (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016). Accordingly, the prices for his collectibles—such as this Brady-autographed photo—are rising.[/caption] Super Bowl LI (51) saw the New England Patriots pull off the biggest comeback in Super...

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  • 21
    Feb

Mark of the Week: Bordallo Pinheiro

We are all fortunate to have an incredible resource for identifying marks right at our fingertips. WorthPoint’s MAPS (Marks, Autographs, Patterns and Symbols) database has more than 110,000 identifiers, updated weekly. MAPS covers glass, china, coins, currency, tools and more! With your MAPS subscription you are privy to a wealth of knowledge that will put you at the top...

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  • 16
    Feb

(Not) Selling Your Vintage Furniture: The Unwanted Top 5

[caption id="attachment_2528829" align="aligncenter" width="450"] This typical 1940s-era vanity needs refinishing and doesn’t have much practical use today.[/caption] As the owner of an antiques business, I often get walk-in inquiries from people who have inherited old furniture and want to sell it. They usually leave disappointed. Dealers can only buy furniture that is in good condition and in high...

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  • 16
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: Art is Everywhere You Look

[caption id="attachment_2528832" align="aligncenter" width="630"] Among the collections in the “Finder Keepers: West Michigan Collects” exhibit at the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Art Museum is a collection of sneakers.[/caption] On Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Art Museum [GRAM] opened “Finder Keepers: West Michigan Collects,” an exhibit celebrating the art of collecting and the individuals and institutions who...

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  • 14
    Feb

Selling Early American Pattern Glass (When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing!)

[caption id="attachment_2528774" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Note the rope-like “cable” pattern that lines each of these pieces, depicting the original Trans-Atlantic Telegraph cable, that was originally laid in 1858 from Valencia Island in Ireland, to Hearts Content, in Eastern Newfoundland. I find this feat mind blowing, and certainly worthy of being celebrated with a flint glass decorative pattern![/caption] I got...

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  • 9
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: Top Ten Changes in the Last Five Years (2011-2016) – Part III

This is the final column of a three-part series analyzing the Top Ten Changes that occurred in the antiques and collectibles field between 2011 and 2016. I ranked the Top Ten changes in order of importance and am presenting them in reverse order. My previous Rinker on Collectibles columns (you can read them here and here) covered: No....

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  • 9
    Feb

We Must Learn to Tame our Possessions or be Possessed by Them

[caption id="attachment_2528772" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Would your child or grandchild want these Hummel porcelain figurines? If so, you have some rare relatives.[/caption] We often read about adult children who reject the heirlooms offered by their Baby Boomer parents. Millennials are different, pundits claim. They’re not as materialistic as their parents, bloggers say. They live clutter-free urban lives and have...

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