Category Archives: Columns

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 1928 Stanley Cup puck, $66,000, Weiss Auctions

A hockey puck used in the final Stanley Cup championship game of 1928, won by the New York Rangers over the Montreal Maroons, 2-1, with Frank Boucher scoring both goals for the Rangers, sold for $66,000 in an online Sports, Non-Sports, Pulps, Comics & Comic Art auction held April 14th by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, NY

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A hockey puck used in the final Stanley Cup championship game of 1928, won by the New York Rangers over the Montreal Maroons, 2-1, with Frank Boucher scoring both goals for the Rangers, sold for $66,000 in an online Sports, Non-Sports, Pulps, Comics & Comic […]

“Traveling Back in Time”: We drive forward from the 19th century to explore the impact and inspiration of automotive travel in America

     It was a big country but prior to the 20th century, few knew from first-hand experience how big or what was out there. Traveling west and into the interior over land was a pioneer’s journey for those seeking jobs and an opportunity to start a new life, not a tourist experience for idle […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Kobe Bryant Topps rookie card, $1.796 million, Goldin Auctions

A black label pristine A black label pristine 1996-1997 Topps Chrome Refractors #138 Kobe Bryant rookie card sold for $1.796 million in a Winter Auction ending March 6-7 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, NJ.1996-1997 Topps Chrome Refractors #138 Kobe Bryant rookie card sold for $1.796 million in a Winter Auction ending March 6-7 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, NJ.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall            A black label pristine 1996-1997 Topps Chrome Refractors #138 Kobe Bryant rookie card sold for $1.796 million in a Winter Auction ending March 6-7 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, NJ. Also, an Upper Deck “Exquisite Collection” #78 LeBron James signed patch rookie card, […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Rock-Ola World Series coin-op, $34,375, Fine Estate, Inc.

            A fully functioning 1937 Rock-Ola 1937 World Series Baseball arcade game sold for $34,375 at an auction held March 21st by Fine Estate, Inc. in San Rafael, CA.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall             A fully functioning 1937 Rock-Ola 1937 World Series Baseball arcade game sold for $34,375 at an auction held March 21st by Fine Estate, Inc. in San Rafael, CA. Also, a Spalding “King of the Diamond” ball signed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig was […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Ming dynasty bowl, $721,800, Sotheby’s

A Ming dynasty, Yongle period exceptional and rare blue and white '”floral” bowl originally purchased for $35 at a Connecticut yard sale achieved $721,800 following a spirited battle between four bidders in an Important Chinese Art Auction held March 17th by Sotheby’s in New York City

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall             A Ming dynasty, Yongle period exceptional and rare blue and white ‘”floral” bowl originally purchased for $35 at a Connecticut yard sale achieved $721,800 following a spirited battle between four bidders in an Important Chinese Art Auction held March 17th by Sotheby’s in New […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Prince’s “Cloud” guitar, $132,868, RR Auction

  The “Cloud” guitar custom-made by Minneapolis Luthier Kurt Nelson in the 1990s for the musician Prince sold for $132,868 in an online auction that began on Feb. 19 and ended March 10 by RR Auction, based in Boston.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall             The “Cloud” guitar custom-made by Minneapolis Luthier Kurt Nelson in the 1990s for the musician Prince sold for $132,868 in an online auction that began on Feb. 19 and ended March 10 by RR Auction, based in Boston. Also, Prince’s custom-made Purple Rain white […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: MLK jailhouse logbook, $130,909, Hake’s Auctions

Four jailhouse logbook pages bearing 12 signatures of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and five signatures of his associate Ralph Abernathy, signed during their 1963 incarceration at the Birmingham (AL) jail, sold for $130,909 at Premier Auction #231 held Feb. 24-25 by Hake’s Auctions in York, PA.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall     Four jailhouse logbook pages bearing 12 signatures of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and five signatures of his associate Ralph Abernathy, signed during their 1963 incarceration at the Birmingham (AL) jail, sold for $130,909 at Premier Auction #231 held Feb. 24-25 by Hake’s […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: American Flyer train, $5,400, Weiss Auctions

An American Flyer S gauge smoke-in-tender Northern 332 steam locomotive, 1946 or 1947, with a bronze brake tank, sold for $5,400 at a Toy & Train auction held February 24th by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, NY.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall An American Flyer S gauge smoke-in-tender Northern 332 steam locomotive, 1946 or 1947, with a bronze brake tank, sold for $5,400 at a Toy & Train auction held February 24th by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, NY. Also, a boxed Lionel 2296W Canadian Pacific set from […]

The Civil War Collector

Union soldier Benjamin Gustin’s letters worth more than the usual average price of $20 each, but the content will determine final values.

by John Sexton Q: Mr. Sexton, I am writing hoping you can help me identify a pistol that has passed down through my wife’s family from her great x? Grandfather. The original owner of the pistol in my wife’s family was Alexander Maxwell, who to the best of our knowledge, served the CSA in a […]

In the Maker’s Hands: Connecting objects with their makers enhance our understanding of the antiques we value

At the heart of the items that we collect and admire are the stories behind their creation, craft, and use. While an object might bear the mark or label of a company or business, the hands that produced the object are typically invisible and unknown, especially when it comes to handmade items such as tools, […]