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  • 10
    Jan

Father Time Collectibles

From the Worthpoint family to yours - here’s to a very happy and healthy 2018!  May the New Year bring you much health, happiness, and of course, wonderful vintage finds. [caption id="attachment_2530632" align="aligncenter" width="605"] Father Time has been associated with the passage of time and the onset of the New Year for centuries, and he’s also made appearances...

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  • 10
    Jan

2017 Highlighted by Record Prices for Sports Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2530661" align="aligncenter" width="608"] Michael Jordan’s game worn and dual signed Converse shoes from the 1984 Olympics’ gold-medal-winning-game against Spain closed at $190,373, shattering the previous record for game-worn shoes.[/caption] Mint condition Mickey Mantle rookie cards, Jackie Robinson memorabilia, rare autographs, high-grade vintage card sets; you name it and it probably sold for a record price this year....

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  • 10
    Jan

Understanding Price, Cost and Value – View from an Appraiser’s Desk

Price, cost, and value likely call to mind certain definitions.  An appraiser’s understanding and the definitions of these words is very specific, and may vary from a common definition. Here is an illustration: a person walks into an antique shop and finds the perfect item only to look at the price tag and suspect the proprietor is a...

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  • 10
    Jan

The Letters of John M. Jackson– May 18, 1863

On one of his usual treasure hunts in Maine, our CEO, Will Seippel  stumbled upon a massive collection of letters that belonged to 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...

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  • 10
    Jan

Making Money with the WorthPoint Reseller Affiliate Program

WorthPoint is now offering an incredible affiliate program called the WorthPoint reseller program that pays 10% every month for the life of a paid subscription. The successful seller is already familiar with what WorthPoint is and how it works. The minute the seller subscribes, they find WorthPoint a valuable money-making resource. WorthPoint provides such a valuable research tool, vintage sellers are...

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  • 10
    Jan

Care & Repair: Antique Windsor Chairs Rocking–or Not?

[caption id="attachment_2530669" align="aligncenter" width="700"] An Ethan Allen dining set similar to the one described below.[/caption] Bill called me late on a Friday afternoon, and he was in a panic. His wife had inherited a vintage Ethan Allen dining set with six Windsor-style chairs. A few spindles and legs were loose, and some chairs wobbled a bit on the...

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  • 10
    Jan

Estate Advisor: Don’t Give Away the Bait

[caption id="attachment_2530681" align="aligncenter" width="860"] How can an inexperienced executor preserve the contents of an estate for liquidation? Begin by changing the locks on the house.[/caption] Roger was new to the estate business, and was thrilled that he had just made his first estate-buyout deal. Most of the items were run-of-the-mill household goods (as with most estates), but there...

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  • 12
    Dec

My Recent Buy: Carte de Visite of Woman Wearing German Tracht

“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_2530521" align="aligncenter" width="536"] A carte de...

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  • 12
    Dec

Victorian Christmas Bulb? Nope, Even Better – Antique Shooting Target Ball

[caption id="attachment_2530588" align="aligncenter" width="400"] A rare and beautiful pair of antique 19th Century glass target balls, fully sealed and unopened with feathers inside of them, sold for $850 in June 2014.[/caption] Antique glass target balls are colored glass globes, about 3" in diameter, used in the 19th Century in the US and Europe as part of a recreational target...

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  • 12
    Dec

Auction Talk with Wayne: Auction Highlights December 2017

Welcome back... Can you believe that Christmas 2017 is in just a few days? For the past six weeks, auction houses and retailers have been working overtime to bring their best goods "to the table." Now, in the lull between Christmas and New Year's Day, the auction emphasis is on entertainment as well as selling. Bidders will be...

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