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  • 24
    Feb

Amazing Fantasy #15 Sets World Record Price of $454,000 in Heritage’s Vintage Comics Auction

[caption id="attachment_2525967" align="aligncenter" width="400"] This copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 was purchased in 1980 by New York area collector Walter Yakaboski, a comic book collector, who had the opportunity to buy a handful of key early Marvel comic books for the very tidy sum of $10,000. It sold last week for $454,100.[/caption] DALLAS – A copy of Amazing...

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  • 24
    Feb

The Collector’s Minute: Playboy Bunny Costumes

[caption id="attachment_2513714" align="alignleft" width="300"] This 1986 photo from the Chigago Sun Times archives shows three variations on the Playboy Bunny costume: (from left) the Cabaret Bunny, the standard Bunny and the original 1960s Bunny.[/caption] Playboy magazine and the Playboy Bunny were among the most memorable icons of the 1960s, at least to most males over the age of...

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  • 24
    Feb

Collecting The Duke, English Style: John Wayne UK Quad Movie Posters

[caption id="attachment_2512408" align="aligncenter" width="553"] A simple unfussy design as “Rooster Cogburn” takes centre stage in this “True Grit” Quad movie poster from the U.K. (Photo: moviepostermem.com)[/caption] In this article we are going to look at one of the true greats of the 20th century cinema: John Wayne, the epitome of the all-American hero, and the posters of his movies...

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  • 23
    Feb

Finding the Best of Bin: What to look for in the Thrift Store Book Aisle

As recent WorthPoint articles attest, many online sellers are discovering the joys of buying thrift store inventory for resale. Treasure-seekers love to rummage and love a bargain. But they love it even more when they can pull a prize out of someone else’s discards and turn it into a profit. It takes a sharp eye, but certain types...

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  • 23
    Feb

Q and A with Harry Rinker: Convention Hall Badge, Vintage Mahjong Set, Cast Iron Bobsled Toys

[caption id="attachment_2525960" align="aligncenter" width="602"] This souvenir plane with the Convention Hall shield dates from 1929 or the very early 1930s. Its value is regional, worth $25 to $30 to a New Jersey or an Atlantic City collector. Outside this region, its value is less than $15.[/caption] QUESTION: I have a cast-metal, brass-finished, single-wing front propeller airplane that measures...

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  • 19
    Feb

British Silver Hallmarks Made Easy: The Marks Tell the Story

To decipher this Hallmark to determine who made our Sterling silver chocolate pot and when it was made, we first have to examine the city mark, which in our example is the leopard head (third mark from the left). Looking at the images for city marks we find the leopard head was used by the city of London....

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  • 19
    Feb

How to Use British Silver Assay Marks and Hallmarks

[caption id="attachment_2525938" align="aligncenter" width="390"] This Victorian Sterling silver chocolate pot, by John Aldwinckle and James Slater, London, 1880, can be identified by the five Assay and hallmarks on the bottom.[/caption] In the world of antiques, British Sterling silverware is one very few items with a set in stone guarantee as to when and where a piece was made...

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  • 18
    Feb

A Collecting Category with Built-In Ups and Downs: Yo-Yos

[caption id="attachment_2525926" align="aligncenter" width="400"] This Duncan yo-yo is branded with a Cola-Cola bottle. Donald F. Duncan is generally credited with being the first to use “premium incentive” advertising.[/caption] QUESTION: What do Good Humor ice cream bars, parking meters and yo-yos have in common? ANSWER: Donald F. Duncan (1892-1971), American entrepreneur. It was Duncan’s ideas that sent children scurrying...

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  • 17
    Feb

Collecting Comics the Hard Way; One Page at a Time

[caption id="attachment_2525919" align="aligncenter" width="400"] This cover for Batman #30 from DC (1945) by legendary Bat-artist Dick Sprang is currently up for bid.[/caption] Everyone knows classic comics are a hot commodity. The first appearances of Batman and Superman have sold for more than three million dollars in the recent past and every time a new character pops up in...

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  • 17
    Feb

WorthPoint.com Offering Perks & Special Deals to Members through Affinity Partners Program

[caption id="attachment_2525934" align="aligncenter" width="480"] The WorthPoint Partners Program puts WorthPoint subscribers in touch with several businesses and professionals working in the world of art, antiques and collectibles offering discounted services as a thank-you for continuing their WorthPoint memberships.[/caption] WorthPoint, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of art, antiques and collectibles, is rewarding its subscribing...

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