Monthly Archives: January 2017

Publisher's Corner: February 2017

Publisher's Corner: February 2017

“… remember the Ladies” by Maxine Carter-Lome When we think about the American Arts & Crafts Movement, we tend to think of such influencers as Gustav Stickley, Elbert Hubbard, and Frank Lloyd Wright, among others. Rarely do the names of women come readily to mind, despite their contributions to the Movement as artists and artisans, […]

A Look at 2016 and Wyatt Earp's Great-Great Granddaughter

A Look at 2016 and Wyatt Earp's Great-Great Granddaughter

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn A Quick Comic Market Recap A CGC-certified 5.5 copy of “Action Comics #1” probably became the most significant comic of the year when it sold for $956,000 at Heritage Auctions on August 4. The price set a new record for a copy in that grade and represents sustained upward […]

Chase: Lighting the 1930s

Chase: Lighting the 1930s

By Donald-Brian Johnson Photos by Leslie Piña “We have tried not to make novelty knick-knacks, but sturdy honest designs of good materials that will last from generation to generation, because taste is not a matter of fashion, but rather the choice of the best of every generation.” – F.S. Chase, President, Chase Brass & Copper […]

Collecting with Jeff: January 2017

Lighters By Jeff Figler “Got a light?” Oh, how famous that expression is, although it is not as common today as in the past. But most people are well aware of what a BIC is. BIC, by the way, is the largest lighter manufacturer in the world. It claims to sell about 1.9 billion lighters […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Buster Brown comic strips, $47,700, Kaminski Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A collection of six Buster Brown Sunday comic strip original artworks by the illustrator Richard F. Outcault (1863-1928) sold for a combined $47,700, with the top lot titled The Worm Turns Twice (shown, dated March 19, 1916, at a Thanksgiving sale held Nov. 27 […]

NYC Big Flea Forced to Relocate During Antique Week

The Armory Show NYC Big Flea Antiques has been moved from the Lexington Avenue Armory to the Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center, 311 W. 34th St. at Eighth Avenue. The recent change in location was caused by recently discovered lead toxicity in the Armory, forcing closure of the building. This change will also affect the […]

Aladdin Lamps

Aladdin Lamps

108 Years and Still Burning Bright By Maxine Carter-Lome The story goes that while growing up in a sod farmhouse a few miles south of Minden, Nebraska, Victor Samuel Johnson attended to his studies by the dim flame of a kerosene lamp. Those studies paid off. By the age of 22, he held the position […]

Bob Dylan’s Martin guitar, $396,500, Heritage Auctions

Bob Dylan’s owned and stage-played 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar – played for over a decade and through the entire set at George Harrison’s 1971 Concert for Bangladesh – sold for $396,500 at an Entertainment and Music Memorabilia Auction held November 11th by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. The seller was Larry Cragg, Dylan’s guitar […]

How to Value an Aladdin Lamp in Today's Market

How to Value an Aladdin Lamp in Today's Market

By J.W. “Bill” Courter Collectors seek all models, beginning with the first lamps sold in 1908, through the MAXbrite Model 500 made today. The brand and model number are on the wick knob. The design, color, availability and artistic appeal all contribute to make one lamp more desirable than another. The demand, and hence price, […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Mickey Mantle rookie card $183,750, Goldin Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle rookie card, graded PSA NM7, sold for $183,750 at a Holiday Auction that closed Dec. 3 by Goldin Auctions (www.GoldinAuctions.com), based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, Mike Trout’s 2014 MVP season game-used and signed glove soared to $31,850; the […]