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  • 28
    Oct

Horror Comic Books: When Bad Things Happen to Good (and Bad) People

[caption id="attachment_2507772" align="alignright" width="301"] Crime SuspenStories No. 22 (April-May 1954), whose Johnny Craig-penciled cover shows a man holding a bloody ax and a woman’s severed head and was used prominently in the Congressional hearings that led to EC’s demise.[/caption] Horror comic books, like horror movies, aren't for everyone. I think you have to be a little bit twisted...

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  • 27
    Oct

Celebrating Halloween with Steiff’s Creatures of the Night

[caption id="attachment_2516449" align="alignleft" width="300"] Whoooo’s your favorite Steiff evening watchman? Uhu Wittie, or Wittie Owl, was produced from 1954 through 1977 in four sizes: 10, 14, 22 and 35 centimeters.[/caption] It’s the most wonderful time of the year... if you like ghosts and goblins and candy, for sure! The word “Halloween” literally means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening,”...

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  • 24
    Oct

‘What’s it Worth?’ Video Contest Winner to Thrift with the Thrift Hunters in Las Vegas

[caption id="attachment_2521306" align="aligncenter" width="550"] David and Liz Ng (and their dog, Buddy) at the beginning of their winning “What’s it Worth?” video contest entry. The video, which runs three minutes long, shows their road trip from Pennsylvania to Seattle, during which they stopped as some two dozen thrift stores to break up the long drive.[/caption] When David Ng...

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  • 24
    Oct

Putting Together a Vintage Halloween Party: Great-Grandma Used Dennison’s Bogie Books

[caption id="attachment_2500308" align="alignright" width="190"] Putting Together a Vintage Halloween Party: Use Dennison’s Bogie Books[/caption] Halloween parties in the United States became popular during the 1880s and 1890s, when they were held primarily as social events to bring young people together. The decorations used then were natural autumn objects like pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, moss and dead branches. By 1910...

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  • 23
    Oct

Is Barbie on Her Last Legs? What’s Happening in the Collectible Fashion Doll Marketplace?

[caption id="attachment_2474651" align="alignright" width="197"] Barbie brand saw a staggering 21 percent decline in sales during the third quarter compared with the same period last year, reports the Washington Post. Does this slump foretell the end of the doll's 55-year run as the prima fashionista?[/caption] With Barbie sales apparently in the “doll-drums,” collectors can’t help but wonder what the...

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  • 17
    Oct

Travis Ishikawa—Who?—Collectibles Skyrocket in Value, Availability after Heroic Homer

[caption id="attachment_2521278" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The value and availability of sports collectibles and memorabilia related to San Francisco Giants player Travis Ishikawa have taken off after he hit a game-winning home run to win the National League Championship series and propel the Giants into their third World Series in the last five years.[/caption] Well, that didn’t take long. Travis...

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  • 16
    Oct

Chinese Export Silver Goes High Profile in Upcoming Christie’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2521263" align="alignleft" width="325"] This superb floral centerpiece or epergne made by Ning Zhao Ji, is just one of 88 astounding lots of Chinese Export Silver currently up for bid at an online auction at Chritsie’s through Oct. 28.[/caption] There is no doubt about it: Chinese Export Silver is making more appearances than ever. Yet, what is undoubtedly...

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  • 8
    Oct

Boost Reseller Profits with these 10 Thrifting with the Boys’ Thrifting Tips

[caption id="attachment_2521240" align="aligncenter" width="550"] As the second season of Bryan Goodman and Jason T. Smith’s TV show “Thrift Hunters” premiers on Saturday night (9:30 p.m. on Spike TV), the two thrifting gurus offer up 10 tips to help boost reseller’s profits.[/caption] We are known as Thrifting With The Boys, motivational speakers teaching thrift store resourcing techniques. Tune in...

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  • 3
    Oct

‘One Night, One Show, One Cause’ Auction Features One-of-a-Kind Guitars

[caption id="attachment_2521203" align="alignright" width="299"] Baltimore artist Karl Saar’s contribution to this year’s One Night, One Show, One Cause benefit for the Living with Cancer Resource Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, is a guitar embellished with a fish, perched on a stand of metallic “seaweed” over a cache of 76 metal guitar picks.[/caption] It’s another trifecta...

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  • 3
    Oct

What Makes a Back-Issue Comic Hot? Age, Relevance & Events Matter

[caption id="attachment_2521196" align="aligncenter" width="550"] As a comic book collector, we all have dream issues, blue-chip comics, hot back-issues, (call them whatever you’d like) that we’ve been hunting down for years. But have you ever stopped to think, what made that issue you’ve been dreaming about adding to your collection hot?[/caption] If you're a comic book collector like me,...

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