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  • 3
    Sep

Look with Your Brain, as well as Your Eyes, to Avoid a Costly Mistaken Identity

[caption id="attachment_2493751" align="alignright" width="300"] Canvas for surgical wallets has been used for more than 100 years. And this style of wallet has been used for more than 200 years.[/caption] I was wandering around an antique mall in Tennessee one time a few years back and noticed some small tools and other oojahs in a display case. The attendant...

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  • 2
    Sep

Mud on a Supermodel: The Inappropriate Hardware Detracts from Fine Furniture

[caption id="attachment_2515183" align="alignleft" width="298"] This turn-of-the-century Golden Oak server was degraded with porcelain floral pulls.[/caption] Putting lipstick on a pig usually doesn’t make much difference in how we view the pig but the opposite application might have a dramatic effect. How about putting barnyard mud on a runway supermodel? Now that is bound to affect our perception of...

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  • 1
    Sep

Salesman’s Samples: Colleting Scale Models of Turn-of-the-Century Merchandise

[caption id="attachment_2523680" align="aligncenter" width="500"] In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, functional salesman’s samples were expensive to make but easy to transport and demonstrate their products features and benefits using the scaled-down functional product sample to potential customers. What do you think a farmer would think when shown this sample hay rake? With its original case, it...

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  • 31
    Aug

Rinker on Collectibles: A Look at the Future of Stamp Collecting

[caption id="attachment_2523689" align="aligncenter" width="444"] Having heard numerous rumors that stamp collecting—like many other traditional collecting categories—is in decline, Harry Rinker decided to see for himself at the American Philatelic Society’s 129th Convention and Exhibition in Grand Rapids, Mich., last month.[/caption] The American Philatelic Society held its 129th Convention and Exhibition in Grand Rapids, Mich., last month from Aug....

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  • 26
    Aug

Crocker Farms added to WorthPoint’s Worthopedia; Database grows by 8.8 Million Items

WorthPoint.com, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has just added more than 8.8 million pieces of art, antiques and collectibles sales results to its Worthopedia™ database, bringing the total to more than 276 million. The new sales data—8,831,096 individual sales records—is aggregated from WorthPoint’s data partners eBay, Heritage...

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  • 25
    Aug

Ravaged and Rehabilitated, Superhero Steiff Dally Dalmatian heads to Charity Auction

[caption id="attachment_2523625" align="aligncenter" width="400"] This 1960s-era sitting Steiff “Dally” Dalmatian will be auctioned on eBay beginning on Sept. 1, with the proceeds to benefit the Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that trains and provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities, including wounded warriors.[/caption] Christopher Reeve, the actor who played Superman in a series of movies in...

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  • 24
    Aug

Five Tips to Remember when Buying Works by Renowned Artists

Buying a piece of high-quality art by a renowned artist can be a thrilling and enjoyable experience. It is often the best and most-memorable acquisition you ever make. But a hasty purchase can result in a bad case of buyer’s remorse or, worse, the impetus for initiating a lengthy and expensive lawsuit. Luckily, you don’t have to be...

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  • 21
    Aug

The Plastic Case Debate: Who Should Grade and Slab Your Collectible Comic Books?

[caption id="attachment_2523596" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Certified Guaranty Company was the first third-party comic book grading service, which changed the way we comic book nerds looked at collecting. This slabbed example of Amazing Adventures #16 earned a 9.6 grading.[/caption] While sealing a comic in plastic with a label displaying a professionally assigned grade might seem silly to some—after all, how...

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  • 19
    Aug

Rinker on Collectibles: The 1980s are officially ‘Old’

[caption id="attachment_2523694" align="aligncenter" width="380"] Were you a kid when the Rubik’s Cube came out in 1980? Brace yourself… the 1980s are now officially “old” and, by extension, so are you.[/caption] When asked “how do you know when you are old,” my stock answer is when a television series is set in your youth. Age is relative. What is...

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  • 19
    Aug

‘Short Snorters’ and Challenge Coins: A Bar Game and a Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2511906" align="alignright" width="300"] An authentic POTUS/President Barack Obama challenge coin sold for $650 on eBay in 2011.[/caption] Imagine being behind enemy lines, slowly making your way through hostile territory to join up with your allies. There is a distinct possibility that you can be captured by hostiles, but when reaching the allies you also need to convince...

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