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  • 3
    Apr

Raise a Toast to the Iconic British Drinking Vessel—The Toby Jug

[caption id="attachment_2529088" align="alignnone" width="268"] This Clarice Cliff Toby jug modeled as Winston Churchill brought $3,233.59 on eBay UK in 2014. It is the most valuable Toby jug on the Worthopedia.[/caption] Everyone in Britain has seen or maybe even owns a Toby jug, and although they are collected worldwide, it is much more of a novelty item made to...

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  • 3
    Apr

Collecting the Police: Badges? Of Course We Need Those Stinkin’ Badges

[caption id="attachment_2529081" align="alignnone" width="291"] This original vintage decommissioned out of service City of New York Police Badge sold for $6,160 on eBay in 2016.[/caption] Normally the police come looking for you.  But there is a dedicated group of folks that enjoy going out of their way to find them, in the form of badges and patches. And it’s...

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  • 31
    Mar

It’s Rabbit Time: Steiff’s Bitty Baby Easter Bunnies

[caption id="attachment_2529093" align="aligncenter" width="338"] “Niki” and “Manni,” two classic standing styled Steiff rabbits.[/caption] There are so many reasons to love Easter—the family gatherings, traditional brunches, spirit of the holiday, lovely seasonal flowers, baskets full of candy—the list could go on and on. For most people all over the world, Easter is synonymous with rabbits. And why is that?...

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  • 26
    Mar

Is Your Sarsaparilla Bottle Worth $1 or $1,000?

[caption id="attachment_2529043" align="aligncenter" width="600"] I dug this very rare Dr. Stockers' Sarsaparilla bottle circa 1850 from the muddy banks of the Salmon Falls River in Berwick Maine many years ago. I have only seen one other, and it sold for well over $1,000![/caption] The first “inexact” thing about sarsparilla is its spelling and pronunciation. I learned to spell...

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  • 23
    Mar

Magic Still Gathering Fans long after the Bubble was supposed to Burst

Twenty-four years ago, I was sitting in a college literature class reading a Gundam comic book, waiting for the professor to show up. I looked up from the giant robots and space opera on the page to listen in on a conversation a couple of classmates were having about a card game. I’ve always loved games, and this...

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  • 23
    Mar

Auction Report: Bound into Mantiques, Fine Art, Comic Books & More this Spring

[caption id="attachment_2529021" align="aligncenter" width="446"] This working 1947 pinball machine will be one of the many items up for auction on Monday, March 27 at MANtique Collectibles in Owego, New York. More than 200 lots will be presented, including movie posters, leatherwear, a 1930s moonshine still, signs, wall decor and baseball cards.[/caption] A quick check of the web’s largest...

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  • 22
    Mar

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: State of Phoenix Antiques & an African Tribal Apron

[caption id="attachment_2529027" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry discusses the state of the antiques buying and selling in Phoenix, Ariz.[/caption] In the March 22, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry talks about his recent trip to Phoenix and his experience visiting several antique malls...

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  • 22
    Mar

From the Worthologist’s File: Victorian Cottage-Style Dresser

One of the advantages of being an appraiser is the sheer volume of incredible things one comes across on a weekly basis. Not all are hugely valuable, antique, rare or even all that sought after. Often, their value is sentimental, but many times they come with priceless provenances. Our Worthologist filing cabinet is a treasure chest of such...

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  • 22
    Mar

WorthPoint Interview: Mitchell Kaba & Jennifer Lorenzi on Upcoming Julien’s Auctions Sale

Jennifer Lorenzi and Mitchell Kaba, both of whom are property specialists at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles, and talked with us a little about their upcoming April 28-29 auction of property from the lives and careers of Patrick Swayze and Doris Roberts. WorthPoint: So, how does it work? Do celebrities just call you up and say, hey I’d...

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  • 22
    Mar

Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night Sets New Sports Memorabilia Records

  [caption id="attachment_2528983" align="aligncenter" width="469"] This Mickey Mantle jersey, worn in 1968 on the day he hit his 535th home run, sold for $486,000 at the Heritage Auctions’ recently concluded Platinum Night Auction.[/caption] After a record-setting year for the sports collectibles market in 2016, the first premier event of the new year once again raised the bar. Heritage...

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