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  • 19
    May

Zimmerman Gun Sells at Second Auction while ‘Decoy’ Auction Draws Outrage, Bogus Bids

[caption id="attachment_2526965" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The handgun George Zimmerman used to kill unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February of 2012 (as shown in Zimmerman’s trial) saw sold at a second, un-promoted auction while a “decoy” auction was used to take troll bids.[/caption] Pop quiz: When is an auction not an auction? Answer: When it involves the sale of George...

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  • 18
    May

How to Use Marker’s Marks to Identify and Value Antiques and Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2526923" align="aligncenter" width="889"] An example of the detailed information available about individual marks for subscribers to WorthPoint’s Marks & Library database, including the full company name, the location, the years the company was in business, the timeframe the particular mark was in use, the material on which the mark was used, and other descriptive information.[/caption] For those...

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  • 18
    May

Q and A with Harry Rinker: A ’50s-Era Philadelphia Athletics Felt Pennant

[caption id="attachment_2526907" align="aligncenter" width="500"] The Philadelphia Athletics became part of the American League in 1900. Connie Mack, a former catcher, was named manager and purchased a 25 percent share in the club. The Athletics’ White Elephant mascot resulted from a 1902 insulting remark by New York Giants Manager John McGraw designating the Athletics as “The White Elephants.”[/caption] QUESTION::...

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  • 17
    May

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: A Reproduction Baby Buggy & Paine Furniture Rocker

[caption id="attachment_2526880" align="aligncenter" width="640"] A viewer asked Harry about a cardboard this baby buggy left in a house he had purchased. Harry gave it one look and decided it was a reproduction.[/caption] The weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” on the WorthPoint YouTube channel features antiques and collectibles expert Harry Rinker talking with WorthPoint editor Gregory Watkins about...

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  • 17
    May

Auction Updates: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the Auction World

[caption id="attachment_2526871" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The handgun George Zimmerman used to kill unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February of 2012 (as shown in Zimmerman's trial, above) is up for auction, but isn’t getting any real bids, only offers from trolls such as “Racist McShootface.”[/caption] In the world of auctions this month, we see the weird—and, frankly, tasteless—gun auction, a...

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  • 16
    May

WorthPoint Insider Gets Updated to Educate, Excite and Encourage Sharing

[caption id="attachment_2526902" align="aligncenter" width="600"] We have challenged ourselves to improve our WorthPoint Insider newsletter. We set some ambitious goals with the newsletter and we will keep working towards these objectives each week. Check out the newly redesigned Insider this Wednesday in your inbox.[/caption] We have been through a lot of changes in our nine years at WorthPoint. Many...

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  • 16
    May

3 Steps to Find Your Hidden Wealth

[caption id="attachment_2526860" align="aligncenter" width="600"] You may have many items sitting around the house that have more value than you know. Consider this fender telelcaster guitar. If you have one, do you know what it’s worth? Take these three simple steps on WorthPoint’s Worthopedia to find if you have a hidden treasure.[/caption] WorthPoint’s Worthopedia, the largest online antiques and...

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  • 16
    May

Prince’s Iconic Yellow Cloud Guitar Offered at Heritage Auctions

[caption id="attachment_2526852" align="aligncenter" width="621"] Singer/songwriter Prince’s iconic Yellow Cloud electric guitar will be up for auction in Heritage Auction’s Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction scheduled for June 24-25 in Beverly Hills. It carries a $30,000 opening bid.[/caption] BEVERLY HILLS – Prince’s personally-owned and played Yellow Cloud electric guitar—an instrument as unique and innovative as the artist’s legendary contribution...

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  • 15
    May

Rinker on Collectibles: Sounding Off About Collecting Vinyl Records

[caption id="attachment_2526889" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The secondary market for 33 1/3 vinyl LP records is heating up. But it is impossible to talk intelligently about trends within record collecting without referencing a specific subcategory.[/caption] Columbia Records introduced the microgroove vinyl long playing (LP) phonographic record in 1948. The vinyl LP had fine groves and a 33 1/3-speed, extending the...

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  • 13
    May

Rinker on Collectibles: Mattel’s Battle to Save Barbie

[caption id="attachment_2526843" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Barbie of today now has four body shapes—original, petite, tall, and curvy (a polite name for a Barbie doll with a robust posterior). But her share of doll sales continues to flag as Mattel tried to figure out a way to save its star doll.[/caption] What is the shelf life of a toy? The...

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