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  • 25
    Oct

The 2016 Chicago Cubs-Cleveland Indians World Series Loaded with Memorabilia Opportunities

This year’s Fall Classic featured two historic franchises with similar backgrounds. Both the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs have been cornerstone franchises of professional baseball for more than one hundred years. Each have rabid and loyal fan bases. Both play in their original founding cities. Most importantly, each has suffered years of championship failure. This year, one of...

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  • 25
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Getting that Old Déjà Vu Feeling

[caption id="attachment_2528097" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Knowing what to do is not the same as doing it. Good intentions often succumb to reality. A true collector has no choice but to face the inevitable.[/caption] The stage is set. The actor with sweat slowly trickling down from his hair to his neck, hands in endless motion, and body language expressing a...

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  • 25
    Oct

Succeeding in Your Business: A Report from eComm Chicago (and a new take on an old Beatles Song)

[caption id="attachment_2528100" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This year’s eCom Chicago conference attracted more than 250 sellers from all corners of the country and some of the top speakers on the national eCommerce circuit.[/caption] I just got back from speaking at this year’s eCom Chicago conference for online retailers. A little history: about eight years ago, when eBay started cutting back...

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  • 25
    Oct

The Crowning Glory on an Already Amazing Auction: The Marilyn Monroe JFK Gown

[caption id="attachment_2528107" align="aligncenter" width="339"] Jean Louis, best known as a studio costume designer, gave the task of sketching his design to the soon-to-be-famous in his own right, Bob Mackie.[/caption] Collectors have called it the holy grail of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, the ultimate treasure from a historic moment—Marilyn Monroe’s gown worn to sing “Happy Birthday” to President John F....

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  • 25
    Oct

Collecting the Royals: Kings, Queens and Pretenders to the Throne

[caption id="attachment_2528102" align="aligncenter" width="400"] His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX of Thailand recently passed away after 70 years on the throne, the longest serving contemporary monarch. This 1947 photo of him sold in 2013 for more than $300 on eBay.[/caption] His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX of Thailand recently passed away after 70 years on the throne, the...

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  • 24
    Oct

Earliest 10 Commandments Tablet Slated For Heritage Auctions

[caption id="attachment_2528095" align="aligncenter" width="521"] Meticulously-researched, 200-pound stone tablet dates to 4th century AD; highlights Properties of the Living Torah Museum Auction Nov. 16.[/caption] BEVERLY HILLS – The world’s earliest-known stone inscription of the 10 Commandments—one of the most important documents in history, and a “national treasure” of Israel—will be offered Nov. 16, 2016 by Heritage Auctions in the...

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  • 21
    Oct

Property from Life & Career of Prince to Star in Julien’s Icons & Idols Rock ‘N’ Roll Auction Nov. 4-5

[caption id="attachment_2528019" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Several items that celebrate the life and career of Prince are coming up for auction at Julien's Auctions Icons and Idols Auction on November 4 and 5, 2016.[/caption] On April 21, 2016, the world was shocked to hear of the death of Prince. The tragic news was discussed in the media for many days...

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  • 21
    Oct

The Most GIGANTIC eBay Listing Project Ever – Collector with More than 100,000 Lots

[caption id="attachment_2528031" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Will Seippel, CEO and founder of WorthPoint, has an eBay store, with 3,968 active listings.[/caption] Well, here we go. My daughter and I are about to embark on the biggest eBay related project we have ever done. This is probably the biggest project anyone has ever done with regard to catching up on a...

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  • 21
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: It’s Scary How Halloween Has Changed

[caption id="attachment_2528059" align="aligncenter" width="450"] This German-made Jack-O-Lantern candlestick and holder, which is designed to hold candy, can be found in Mark B. Ledenbach’s book, “Vintage Halloween Collection.” It sold at auction for $3,132.90 in 2013.[/caption] Holiday collectibles were a hot commodity in the 1980s and ’90s as collectors looked nostalgically backward. Throughout much of the 20th century, holidays...

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  • 21
    Oct

‘Spooky’ Movie Posters make Great Halloween Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2528054" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Examples of this Donald Duck poster from the 1952 classic Disney short titled “Trick or Treat” have sold for $3,000 or more at auction in recent years.[/caption] The arrival of autumn always hints that one of the most favorite nights of the year is coming for collectors and children alike: “Halloween.” While the kids...

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