Author Archives: Collector

Presidential Glass

Presidential Glass

Since at least the 1820s, North American memorabilia has appealed to the patriotic spirit by portraying the presidents who Americans so dearly loved. Manufacturers of material goods charmed the working class-especially the women, who had control over their parlor rooms that “overflowed with store-bought mass-produced objects, carefully arranged …” These items distributed to the American […]

Great Collections: July 2018

Great Collections: July 2018

The National Bottle Museum Inside an unassuming, historic 1901 three-story brick commercial building in downtown Ballston Spa, NY, you will find The National Bottle Museum, and its Director and Collections Manager Gary Moeller, on a mission to preserve the history of bottle making and the story of a time when glass was made by hand […]

Diggin’ Old Bottles

Diggin' Old Bottles

By Maxine Cart-Lome Collectors will tell you it’s the thrill of the hunt for what they love that drives their passion for collecting. That’s certainly true among bottle collectors, who have many places to look and dig through to find their treasures outside of antique shops, eBay, auction houses, flea markets, and bottle dealers. Whether […]

Kola Wars

Kola Wars

By Dennis Smith On an early May day in 1886, an Atlanta chemist named John Pemberton walked down Marietta Street carrying a quart whiskey bottle bearing a hand-lettered label identifying the contents, Coca-Cola syrup. His destination was Jacob’s Drug Store, and the soda fountain of Willis Venable. Venable mixed a glass and declared it good […]

All in the Family: A Collection of Historical American Flasks

All in the Family: A Collection of Historical American Flasks

An interview with Mark Vuono by Bob Strickhart In the world of bottle collecting, as is true in other areas, you will find both “general collectors” and those we can refer to as “specialty collectors.” Some of those specialty areas include historical flasks, fruit jars, bitters, sodas, milk bottles, pontilled medicines, Christmas lights, target balls, […]

A Comic Book Market Snapshot

A Comic Book Market Snapshot

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn In keeping with this issue’s special focus on comic books, it seemed like an opportune time to check in with two of the comic book industry’s leading figures, ComicLink’s Josh Nathanson and Metropolis Collectibles’ Vincent Zurzolo. Both operate in the highest ranks of dealers or comic book-centric auction houses, […]

Publisher’s Corner: July 2018

Publisher’s Corner: July 2018

Time in a Bottle By Maxine Carter-Lome Antique glass bottles (essentially those made before World War I) are interesting historical artifacts – hand-made, mouth-blown works of art crafted in beautiful shapes and vivid colors not typically seen today. For these reasons and others, they are appreciated by historians, serious collectors, and enthusiasts who can’t resist […]

What's Selling on eBay: June 2018

What's Selling on eBay: June 2018

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $11,687 (76 bids, 25 bidders): Antique Stevens Painted Cast Iron Monkey Velocipede Tricycle Bell Pull Toy. Measuring 8 1/2 inches long by 8 1/4 inches to the top of the monkey’s hat, this rare Tricycle Bell Toy is in amazing condition except for one problem. In the close-up photographs […]

Manga: A Brief History

Manga: A Brief History

A Brief History and its Place in a Collector’s Market By Carrie Wood A significant chunk of the worldwide comics market has long been held by manga. Though it’s entirely likely that your typical western comic book fan would consider manga to be something of a “niche” market, it’s hardly so. Manga is a multibillion-dollar […]

Great Collections: June 2018

Great Collections: June 2018

Winter Soldier Originals: Collecting Steve Epting’s Captain America Art An Interview with Two Key Collectors by J.C. Vaughn In many ways, Nick Katradis and Jason Versaggi are as different as could be. Katradis, a successful mortgage broker, husband, and father of three, switches between English and Greek instantaneously (even if the listener doesn’t speak Greek) […]