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  • 16
    Nov

What Makes an Autograph Valuable? Five Ways to Assess your Signed Memorabilia

Autographs have always been a part of our lives. Both of us have spent many, many years in the autograph and memorabilia business, both selling and acquiring autographs. Over that time, we have seen autograph collecting evolve from keepsakes on torn pieces of paper or scorecard to an industry that spits them out rapid fire. [caption id="attachment_2524946" align="aligncenter"...

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  • 13
    Nov

‘Herzlichen Glückwunsch!’ Best Wishes on Starting a German Beer Stein Collection

[caption id="attachment_251180" align="aligncenter" width="553"] A collection of German regimental and reservist beer steins. These steins can be difficult subject for novice collectors due to the high number of reproductions that are out there. However, novices shouldn’t be discouraged, as there are ways of distinguishing the copies from the real deal.[/caption] Collecting something new can usually be overwhelming. When...

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  • 11
    Nov

Multitasking Furniture: Doing Double Duty in the Colonial Home

[caption id="attachment_2518107" align="alignleft" width="288"] This variation of the hutch table displays a chair under the top with a lift seat for more storage. (Photo: LiveAuctioneers.com/Copake Auction)[/caption] Have you ever had one of those “multipurpose” tools or gadgets? You know, the kind that combines several useful ideas into one convenient package? If your experience is like mine, you found...

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  • 6
    Nov

True Blue: Knowing the True Value of Turquoise

[caption id="attachment_2524750" align="aligncenter" width="600"] These five stones can all pass for turquoise, yet only one is natural turquoise. Can you spot it? They are (from left) plastic, howlite, block turquoise, stabilized turquoise and natural turquoise.[/caption] What's in a name? When it comes to buying jewelry, this can be a very important question. And when it comes to gemstones,...

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  • 5
    Nov

Official Thanksgiving Proclamation are Attractive and Cherished Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2524764" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Very few of the holidays get officially recognized as Thanksgiving does. That’s because it is usually done through an official Thanksgiving Proclamation, which make for fun and historic collectibles.[/caption] Holidays allows us to share the spirit through postcards, figurines, glassware, commemorative plates, stamps, coins and greeting cards, among many others. Very few of the...

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  • 5
    Nov

WorthPoint adds iGavel Sales Data to Worthopedia; Database grows by 12.2M Items

  [caption id="attachment_2525046" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Items that have sold on iGavel—such as this large Chinese cinnabar lacquered covered box, which sold for $8,767 including buyer’s premium in April—are now being added to the WorthPoint Worthopedia.[/caption] WorthPoint.com, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has just added more than 12.2...

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  • 4
    Nov

Display and Care of Your Decoy Collection

[caption id="attachment_2524772" align="aligncenter" width="600"] These decoys are mounted on the wall using hand forged iron L brackets. The decoy on the left is a Mitchell Black Duck and the black and white decoy is an Eider from Maine. Also on the cypress board and batten wall is a Chelsea clock and barometer with a pewter collection on the...

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  • 3
    Nov

Hand-Carved American Furniture that Never Came Close to a Chisel

[caption id="attachment_2509548" align="aligncenter" width="464"] The elaborate design on the crest rail of this turn-of-the-century oak rocker was pressed into the wood, not carved.[/caption] In furniture making and design, it always seems preferable that flat, plain panels of unadorned wood be largely avoided wherever possible. There’s a need to decorate blank space. Over the centuries, that need has largely...

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  • 29
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Milestones, Anniversaries and Legacies (Harry’s 1,500th Column)

[caption id="attachment_2524648" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Harry Rinker has been writing his column about collectibles for more going on three decades. Today’s column is No. 1,500, a milestone of sorts, but nearly the last.[/caption] When I wrote my 1,300th Rinker on Collectibles column in late December of 2011, was the 255th anniversary column for “Rinker on Collectibles.” Writing 1,300 weekly...

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  • 29
    Oct

Can You Tell Me What this is Really Worth? (What can I sell it for?)

[caption id="attachment_2524636" align="aligncenter" width="600"] These are both first editions of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” They look the same and sold at the same gallery in 2015. The one on the left sold for $750 while the one on the right sold for $4,000. The one on the right is an earlier printing of the first edition, but is...

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