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  • 2
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Creating a Personal Connection to Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2524191" align="aligncenter" width="528"] Each photograph, file folder or object kindles a memory connection between the object and me. A memory is critical in collecting, especially if it is personal. Personal memories breakdown into “me,” family, career and object memories.[/caption] As I continue to sort through the dozens of archival file boxes residing three rows deep along one...

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  • 30
    Sep

No Rubber Bands: Preserving Game Cards

[caption id="attachment_2524196" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Rubber bands are the enemy of board game and card game paper cards.[/caption] It’s happened to anyone who has ever bought a vintage board or card game from an antiques dealer, a thrift store or a yard sale: You open the box, the contents are complete and organized as promised . . . but...

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  • 29
    Sep

Fred’s Junk Drawer: Small Tips that don’t Fit Anywhere Else

[caption id="attachment_2524130" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Use this method of drilling a small hole and inserting a small Phillips screw to pull a plug or screw cap rather than destroying it.[/caption] This column is intended to be like the kitchen drawer everyone has that is packed with indispensable items (they must be indispensable, or you would have cleaned them out...

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  • 28
    Sep

Looking past the Painting to see the Value of Antique Frames

[caption id="attachment_2524124" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The art on the walls can provide a good first impression of the overall quality of an estate. When the quality of the art is obviously the level or a hobbyist or student, the frame itself could be worth more than the art. Many antique frames are valuable collectibles in their own right.[/caption] There...

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  • 25
    Sep

The Executor’s Dilemma: What to Do with Old Electronics

[caption id="attachment_2524092" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Hoarding old electronics is a bad idea on several levels, so if you have some, it’s best to make arrangements for its disposal as soon as possible. There are more disposal options available now than there have ever been.[/caption] Sorting through an estate last month, I came upon a desk whose top had apparently...

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  • 24
    Sep

Five Ways Collecting Political Buttons is Different than Other Hobbies

[caption id="attachment_2524098" align="aligncenter" width="531"] For collectors of political buttons and pin-backs, they know that their particular obsession is different from those of people who collect other things. Five different things, to be exact.[/caption] As there is still a good 410 days or so left before the 2016 presidential election, the news coverage of the primary candidates in both...

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  • 23
    Sep

Mysterious Devenish Mechanical Bank Sale at Bertoia Auction has Collectors Atwitter

[caption id="attachment_2524007" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Made by Shephard Hardware Co., circa 1885, this Speaking Dog mechanical bank with box (red dress) features an oversized dog seated by young girl. It is expected to bring between $6,000 and $10,000 at Part I of the Clive Devenish collection at Bertoia Auction.[/caption] A mysterious collection of mechanical banks that were designed for...

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  • 21
    Sep

Papal Games: If You Can’t be the Pope, at Least You can Play one at Home

This week we will get an up-close-and-personal look at Pope Francis. I often wonder what it would be like to be the Pope, the Bishop of Rome and the appointed worldwide leader of the Catholic Church. It’s kind of a cushy job and it comes with an awesome hat. Not to mention the fact that you get to...

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  • 21
    Sep

With Pope Francis set to Visit the U.S., Here’s a Look at Collecting Papal Memorabilia

[caption id="attachment_2523920" align="aligncenter" width="260"] Among the most common papal memorabilia collected are the rosary and the scapular (right). Rosaries can be made of everything, from plastic to precious metal.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2523927" align="aligncenter" width="235"] This banner, welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to Washington, D.C., in 2008, brought $200 in an auction on eBay.[/caption] As Pope Francis comes to the United States for...

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  • 18
    Sep

How to Know If Granny’s Old Books Are Worth Anything

[caption id="attachment_2512727" align="alignleft" width="204"] Identifying the first state of Pearl Buck’s 1931 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel “The Good Earth” depends on several different points, including a subtle change in the name of the publishing company and the color of the top stain.[/caption] At some point, most people find ways to dispense with the personal property of a loved one....

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