Monthly Archives: June 2019

French Billionaire to Purchase Sotheby's Auction House

French Billionaire to Purchase Sotheby's Auction House

French telecoms and media mogul Patrick Drahi is acquiring Sotheby’s auction house, one of the world’s biggest art brokers, in a $3.7 billion deal, the British-founded company announced June 17th. Drahi, the billionaire founder of the Altice empire which owns SFR telecoms company and several French media houses including BFM news channel and Liberation newspaper, […]

Great Collections: June 2019

Great Collections: June 2019

Lorne Shields, Bicycle Collector by Maxine Carter-Lome Lorne Shields is proof you don’t have to be an avid cyclist to love and collect “Cycliana,” or cycling memorabilia. For over five decades, Shields has amassed and donated some of the most important bicycle and cycling-related collectibles ever assembled. Parts of his collection have been on display […]

Looking Back at the Road to Avengers: Endgame

Looking Back at the Road to Avengers: Endgame

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn Where would Hollywood be financially without the superhero films, and specifically the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Five of the top 10 all-time domestic and five of the top 10 all-time worldwide releases are superhero movies (though to be fair, when one adjusts for inflation none are in the top 10 […]

Playing Games in the Great Outdoors

Playing Games in the Great Outdoors

A Sampling Jacks Jacks, also called jackstones, fivestones, or dibs, is one of the oldest and most widespread games in the world. Children in ancient Egypt played a version of the game, known as “knucklebones,” with sheep toe bones. The game of knucklebones led to dice games for boys, and a version of modern jacks […]

The Art of the Game

The Art of the Game

The Colorful History of McLoughlin Bros. by Maxine Carter-Lome While you might not recognize the name McLoughlin Brothers, or the names of their books and games for that matter, chances are the colorful and dominant illustrations that defined their merchandise will look familiar, especially if you frequent antique shops and shows, and follow specialized toy, […]

Tip and Trends: June 2019

Tip and Trends: June 2019

by Pontus Silfverstolpe The Art World’s Best Kept Secret It is a late-summer night in the city where anything is possible. Small children have difficulty sleeping in the heat that makes bare arms and backs sweat. Fire hydrants shoot water into the street-lights’ glare and the city’s inhabitants have moved onto the streets. Night has […]

The Market for Toys

The Market for Toys

An interview with Tom Miano How things look in the Toy Market often depends upon who you ask; their chosen areas of expertise; the market with regard to their age, income, childhood and adulthood experiences; and what has recently flooded the market and what has not. Tom Miano, recently named director of Potter & Potter […]

Babe Ruth's Jersey Sells for $5.64 million at Auction

Babe Ruth's Jersey Sells for $5.64 million at Auction

The Babe is still breaking records! This one, however, was a home run out of the ballpark, setting the record for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold. Babe Ruth’s New York Yankees jersey from 1928-1930 for $5.64 million. The gray road uniform was one of more than 400 items that Ruth’s family and […]

Antiques Peek: June 2019

Antiques Peek: June 2019

Block by Block by Jessica Kosinski Childhood is a time when fun and games are at the top of the priority list. As adults, we may not have as much time to play as we would like, but it is still fun to reminisce about, or even collect, some of our favorite toys. One of […]

Game Boards: The Game is Up

Game Boards: The Game is Up

by Melody Amsel-Arieli Through the ages, nearly all cultures have developed pre-marked surfaces used for playing games. Players, drawing on skill, strategy or luck while following pre-determined rules, move game pieces, like seeds, animal droppings, or pebbles, on patterned paths along their surfaces. Vintage game boards, which are available in wide variety, not only reflect […]