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  • 22
    Aug

My Recent Buy: The Richard Harris 1925 “On To Alaska with Buchanan” Archives

“My Recent Buy” will be a regular feature in The Insider. What did you buy recently that brings a smile to your face? Share the object and your story with our readers. Send the story of your buy and two to four images to insider@worthpoint.com. Your recent buy might appear in a future issue.   [caption id="attachment_2529978" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Photograph of 1925...

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  • 22
    Aug

Collecting: Faith or Religion?

[caption id="attachment_2529967" align="aligncenter" width="313"] This black and white acrylic painting by Andy Warhol sold for $675,000 at Sotheby’s in 2015.[/caption] Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism are the top five religions in the world today encompassing about 75% of believers around the world. Yet there are about 4,200 distinctive religions or subsets that include Taoism, Shintoism, those of folk,...

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  • 22
    Aug

You Found a Vintage Teddy Bear! Now What Do You Do?

[caption id="attachment_2529946" align="aligncenter" width="700"] This long legged and lovely Steiff bear called “Zolac” from the mid-1960’s in good to very good condition was found in the salesroom of the United Federation of Doll Club’s annual meeting.  He may value in the $300-500 range today.[/caption] Congratulations!  You’ve just “adopted” a new vintage mohair Teddy bear.  Perhaps he came to...

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  • 22
    Aug

The Letters of John M. Jackson, November 24, 1858

On one of his usual treasure hunts in Maine, our CEO, Will Seippel  stumbled upon a massive collection of letters from a soldier in the Civil War.  These letters will be published in chronological order in The Insider over the coming weeks, months and years, as we follow John Mower Jackson’s personal victories and struggles within the greater national struggle of...

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  • 22
    Aug

2017 National Sports Collectors Convention a Resounding Success

[caption id="attachment_2529998" align="aligncenter" width="602"] “The National” wrapped up its annual pilgrimage of hobby loyalists in Chicago, IL, the last weekend of July. By all accounts the show was an amazing success.[/caption] It’s been called the Super Bowl and Disneyland of the sports collectibles and memorabilia hobby. The annual event, simply referred to as “The National,” wrapped up its...

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  • 22
    Aug

From the Worthologists’ Files: Zakłady Porcelany Stołowej Wałbrzych Set of China

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. Many times their value is only sentimental, but they often come with priceless provenances. Our Worthologist file cabinet is a treasure chest of such...

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  • 9
    Aug

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: An Early American History Book

[caption id="attachment_2529939" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In the August 9, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry talks about an American history book published in 1790.[/caption] In the August 9, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry talks about his recent trip to Alaska and an early American history book. “WorthPoint Chats...

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  • 9
    Aug

When is a Coin not Really a Coin?

When is a Coin Not Legal Tender?  When It’s a Token. Presented below are three different varieties of definitely not legal tokens intended for commercial promotion or as souvenirs:  elongated pennies, mill tokens, and wooden nickels.  Even though they may not have been created for legal tender, they can still have immense collectability beyond their face value, if...

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  • 9
    Aug

What Creates Value in a Milk Bottle? Interest and Rarity

I was out slithering at the bottom of a river in my scuba gear last month, where I hoped to find old bottles and relics, as I often do in my spare time. I had found a small river winding through a little farm town in Massachusetts, and I felt my prospects were good. After a half an...

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  • 9
    Aug

Getting to Know You: Wayne Jordan

[caption id="attachment_2529875" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Wayne Jordan, an antiques and collectibles expert, is also a retired antique furniture and piano restorer, musician, shop owner, auctioneer, and appraiser. Wayne has been a key member of our WorthPoint family for years, currently serving as a regular contributor to The Insider.[/caption] 1. Who are you and what do you do? Retired antique...

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