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  • 17
    Feb

New Ivory Ban to Prove Problematic for Executors, Dealers & Collectors

[caption id="attachment_2518729" align="aligncenter" width="480"] This 1898 Martin O-42 has an ivory bridge and an ivory-bound top & back. With age documentation, it is saleable in-state.[/caption] In February of last year, armed wardens of the California Department of Fish and Game descended on an auction preview hosted by Slawinski Auction Company. The wardens seized 40 lots of ivory with...

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  • 17
    Feb

These Early Steiff Treasures Have a Presidential Seal of Approval

[caption id="attachment_2518709" align="alignright" width="391"] Richard Steiff, the inventor of the "Teddy" bear. He looks a little like Teddy Roosevelt, doesn't he?[/caption] With today being the President’s Day holiday, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at Oval Office-inspired Steiff creations from the turn of last century. It is puzzling to think why, in the early...

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  • 17
    Feb

Ed Sullivan Show’s Autographed ‘Beatles Set’ Section to be Auctioned

[caption id="attachment_2518795" align="alignright" width="246"] The auction estimate for this piece of the Beatles Ed Sullivan Show set, autographed by The Beatles, is $800,000-$1 million.[/caption] On April 26, 2014, a two-foot-by-four-foot section of backdrop from the Ed Sullivan Show’s studio 50 stage set of Feb. 9 1964 will be auctioned by Heritage Auctions. It is perhaps one of the...

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  • 17
    Feb

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Doc Ock Out as Spidey, Winter Soldier Spoiler

[caption id="attachment_2518743" align="alignleft" width="283"] Superior Spider-Man #27 (Marvel, 2014)[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and...

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  • 17
    Feb

New Ogre Designer Edition is a Monstrously Detailed Board Game

[caption id="attachment_251880" align="alignleft" width="229"] Steve Jackson, the designer of Ogre, buckles under the weight and mass of one of the biggest board game boxes ever produced.[/caption] Fans of classic hobby games, rejoice! Steve Jackson Games, one of the oldest and most successful companies in the business, recently shipped the Ogre Designer’s Edition to retail shops shortly after those...

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  • 14
    Feb

The Collector’s Minute: Hand-Painted Porcelain

[caption id="attachment_2518495" align="alignleft" width="282"] Nineteenth-century Bavarian tea sets like this can be a bargain for a one-of-a-kind item.[/caption] This partial tea set is hand-painted porcelain and dates from the turn of the 19th century. Pieces like this are generally what are referred to as "studio pottery," getting their name from the fact most pottery of this type was...

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  • 13
    Feb

The Collector’s Minute: Chokin-Style Decorative Art

[caption id="attachment_2518552" align="alignleft" width="243"] Chokin-style decoration originated in Japan for samurai swords, but after laws banned the carrying of such weapons, artists applied their trade to more mundane decorative pieces.[/caption] Chokin metal work is an art form that dates all the way back to the 12th 
century and used a variety of different colored metals from base metals...

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  • 12
    Feb

Watch Your Names: There’s No Such Thing as ‘Victorian Style’

[caption id="attachment_2518659" align="aligncenter" width="520"] This is an extreme example of the Italian style from Italy, 1939. (Photo: LiveAuctioneers.com/Austin Auction Gallery)[/caption] Have you ever noticed that when it comes to names and descriptions of older and antique furniture, what you see, or what you hear, is not always what you get? A sofa can be couch or divan, a...

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  • 11
    Feb

The Comic Speculator — New Comics Roundup 02/12/14

[caption id="attachment_2518677" align="alignleft" width="260"] She-Hulk #1 (Siya Oyum Variant Cover).[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers...

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  • 11
    Feb

Curation the Key to a Lasting Sports Memorabilia Collection

[caption id="attachment_2518653" align="alignleft" width="298"] This collection is properly curated. Items are protected, out of humidity and off the ground. This protects value and is great to look at.[/caption] Collectors of sports memorabilia should know that acquiring a treasured item to add to their prized collection is just half of the process; curating is the other. Curating a collection...

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