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  • 7
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: At 55, is Barbie Over the Hill?

[caption id="attachment_2518566" align="alignright" width="219"] The original 1958 Barbie. She will turn 55 years old this March. Is she still relevant in 2014?[/caption] In March of 2014, Barbie will celebrate her 55th birthday. G.I. Joe turns 50 in February. Both were born (introduced) at a New York Toy Fair. G.I. Joe became a member of the “Adventure Team” in...

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    Feb

Chinese Export Silver: Discovering the New Master Silversmith of Shanghai

中國出口銀器: 發現上海的新銀匠大師 [caption id="attachment_2518607" align="aligncenter" width="557"] The elegant and traditional idyll of the Shanghai Tea Gardens as it was 20 years before the end of the 19th century. It is widely believed these tea gardens were the inspiration for the “Willow” pattern we know so well in the West.[/caption] Having researched Chinese Export Silver for well over three...

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  • 7
    Feb

Ask A Worthologist: The Mermaid Lamp

[caption id="attachment_2518573" align="alignright" width="210"] Mermaid lamps like this have been reproduced to be "in the style of" numerous sculptors. Sanctioned originals are pricy. Chinese knockoffs, not so much.[/caption] Albert T. likes to pick up things that need a little repair, fix them and then resell them. He bought this lamp quite inexpensively, and it had been sitting in...

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  • 7
    Feb

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Another J. Michael Straczynski Title at Image

[caption id="attachment_2518585" align="alignright" width="351"] J. Michael Straczynski launches another title in his Joe’s Comics line and it’s already sold out at Diamond. The Adventures of Apocalypse AL[/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...

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  • 7
    Feb

The Collector’s Minute: Sonora Cabinet Phonographs and Radios

[caption id="attachment_2518548" align="aligncenter" width="253"] The Travafore cabinet radio by Sonora Phonograph Company cost $170 at the time—a hefty sum considering annual income averaged $750.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2518577" align="aligncenter" width="164"] This Sonora Minuete hand-cranked record player is a console cabinet sold for $400 on eBay in 2013.[/caption] With the passage of time, the names of once well-known companies that were...

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  • 6
    Feb

Belated Sports Collecting Resolutions for the New Year

Let’s face it. Change is difficult. That’s why most life-changing New Year’s resolutions fail within the first few weeks of being made. However, when it comes to your sports collection, there are certainly small, attainable steps you can take that will make a significant improvement in the overall quality and value of your items. That being said, here...

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  • 5
    Feb

The Credenza: It’s not just for Grandma’s Holiday Platters and Doilies

[caption id="attachment_2518483" align="aligncenter" width="547"] The credenza has been around for generations but usually served its purpose in a dining room or kitchen area storing the utilitarian items of every day cooking, but it can be used in every room of the house.[/caption] Over the past few years, you may have noticed a growing trend involving the ever-versatile piece...

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    Feb

It’s All in the Marks: Dating a Wedgwood Jasperware Urn

[caption id="attachment_2518454" align="alignleft" width="188"] Jasperware was originally developed by Josiah Wedgwood during the mid-1700s and took advantage of new decorating trends, notably, in this case, copies of pieces found by early archeologists digging Greek and Roman ruins. Is this piece an antique of 18th- or 19th-century vintage or a 20th-century production? Know which helps define the value.[/caption] This...

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  • 5
    Feb

Revered, Yet a Rarity—The Horse as a Chinese Decorative Motif

中國出口銀器: 以馬為紋飾, 被推祟但罕見 [caption id="attachment_2518460" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Chinese elite playing the imported Persian sport of polo. while the horse has held an important role in Chinese art history, it's appearance on Chinese Export Silver is a rarity.[/caption] Greetings to a new year: the Year of the Horse; the seventh Chinese sign of the zodiac. The Horse is a...

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    Feb

Baby Boomers Tuned In and Tuned Out with Transistor Radios

[caption id="attachment_2518446" align="alignright" width="226"] The first commercially successful pocket-sized transistor radio was the Regency TR-1. This one sold on eBay for $3,055 in 2012.[/caption] A recent family reunion found me sitting at my sister’s dining table with siblings and their families, sharing stories and looking through old photos. The older adults were actively conversing, and the younger adults...

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