Monthly Archives: December 2017

Antiques Peek: December 2017

Antiques Peek: December 2017

Do You See What I See? By Jessica Kosinski Anyone who enjoys collecting antiques or collectibles knows that inspecting objects carefully to determine their age and condition is essential. Loupes are often used to accomplish those tasks. Loupes are personal devices used for magnification. Although many experts place magnifying glasses with handles in a separate […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: 1952 Mickey Mantle card, $125,205, Goldin Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: 1952 Mickey Mantle card, $125,205, Goldin Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle baseball card, graded SGC 86 NM+ 7.5, sold for $125,205 at a Legends Auction held November 11th by Goldin Auctions in Runnemede, N.J. Also, a 1909-11 T206 White Border Eddie Plank card, PSA EX5, realized $119,068; a 1959 […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Marathon Products sign, $6,900, Route 32 Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Marathon Products sign, $6,900, Route 32 Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall An early Marathon Products (“Best in the Long Run”) double-sided porcelain sign, with iconic running man graphic, sold for $6,900 at the premiere auction of Route 32 Auctions (based in Crawfordsville, Inc.) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Also, an En-Ar-Co White Rose double-sided porcelain sign went […]

Publisher's Corner: January 2018

Publishers Corner: January 2018

Antique Technology: Everything Old is New Again By Maxine Carter-Lome Every year brings with it the promise of something new. Automobile manufacturers introduce new model cars designed to get drivers to trade in and trade up; Apple introduces the next generation iPhone to make your current cell phone obsolete; new collections of collectible objects are […]

What’s Selling on eBay: December 2017

What’s Selling on eBay: December 2017

By Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $3,250 (10 bids, 8 bidders): Antique Kugel Christmas Ornament (red grapes). “Kugel” is the name of thick, heavy glass Christmas ornaments that were made in Germany from as early as 1840 to the early 1900s. Although the word kugel means “round ball” in German, original kugels were also made […]

In the "spirit" of gift giving, wine is a grape – er, great – choice.

In the "spirit" of gift giving, wine is a grape – er, great – choice.

Wine collecting has gotten much younger and more sophisticated – and has gone decidedly global – thanks to the modern digital age. By Ken Hall One needn’t look any further than the nearest laptop, PC or tablet to figure out the main driver behind fine and vintage wine’s seeming meteoric rise as a hot category […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Paul Newman’s Rolex wristwatch, Phillips/Bacs & Russo, $17.75 million

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Paul Newman’s Rolex wristwatch, Phillips/Bacs & Russo, $17.75 million

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall The late actor Paul Newman’s Rolex, the “Paul Newman” Daytona, sold for $17.752 million at an auction held October 26th by Philips, in association with watch auction house Bacs & Russo, in New York City. It was a new world record price paid for […]

Great Collections: December 2017

Great Collections: December 2017

The Grimminger Collection of Hymnals With Dr. Daniel Grimminger Since the time of the 16th-century Reformation, hymn singing has been very important in Western civilization. Martin Luther (1483-1546) wrote hymns, some of which were newly composed while others were adaptations of ancient Latin chant melodies and texts. Over the next 500 years, German hymns found […]

May I Have This Dance?

May I Have This Dance?

By Bill Thornbrook It seems as if every year concludes with short days and a long holiday season seemingly crammed with more social occasions than the calendar can possibly accommodate. For some, these events may include a fancy New Year’s Eve ball. But even those of us who stay home to watch the Times Square […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Harry Potter first edition, $81,250, Heritage Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Harry Potter first edition, $81,250, Heritage Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A rare, first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, one of only 500 original copies, sold for $81,250 at a Rare Books Auction held September 14th by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, a first edition copy of History of the […]