Category Archives: Columns

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Mia Hamm rookie card, $34,440, Goldin Auctions

Mia Hamm rookie card, $34,440, Goldin Auctions

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A rookie card of U.S. soccer legend Mia Hamm sold for $34,440 in an online Premium Card and Memorabilia auction held in June by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, NJ. It was the most ever paid for a female athlete trading card. Also, a Lionel […]

A History of National Service: Over the past half-century, U.S. public policy has sought to increase the number of Americans engaged in service activities and volunteering.

In John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address on January 20, 1961, the President called on all Americans to commit themselves to service and sacrifice: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Kennedy believed that democracy thrives only when citizens contribute […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Copy of the Declaration, $4.42 million, Freeman’s

Copy of the Declaration, $4.42 million, Freeman’s

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall Signer Charles Carroll’s copy of the Declaration of Independence sold for $4.42 million at a single-lot auction held July 1st by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. It was the second-highest price ever paid at auction for a copy of the Declaration, and the most ever paid at […]

Antiques Peek: Workin’ On The Railroad

Longines Express Monarch Canadian railroad pocket watch, 1901

by Jessica Kosinski  When you think of the history of railroads and railroad collectibles, you might picture toy trains first. Alternatively, your mind might go straight to other collectibles, such as railroad lanterns. Station or track signs and dining car items may also come to mind. What you might not think of is a small […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Prince handwritten lyrics, $150,986, RR Auction

Prince handwritten lyrics, $150,986, RR Auction

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall The handwritten lyrics to the late entertainer Prince’s song Nothing Compares 2 U, from the collection of Prince’s former assistant Therese Stoulil, sold for $150,986 in a Marvels of Modern Music auction held June 17-24 by RR Auction in Boston, MA. Also, an Allman Brothers […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Copy of Avengers #1, $23,125, Bruneau & Co.

Copy of Avengers #1, $23,125, Bruneau & Co.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A copy of Marvel Comics’ Avengers #1 (Sept. 1963), graded CGC 8.0, featuring appearances by the Fantastic Four, Loki, and Teen Brigade, sold for $23,125 at a Comic, TCG & Toy auction held July 10th by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, RI. Also, a […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Kurt Cobain drawing, $281,250, Julien’s Auctions

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A self-portrait caricature drawing by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, created during the group’s 1992 Nevermind promotional tour, sold for $281,250 at a Music Icons auction held June 11-13 by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, Alex Van Halen’s 1980 Invasion tour and Rock and […]

Riding the Rails: Like the Internet in the second-half of the 20th century, trains were the major disrupter of the 19th century. They changed the way we brought our goods to market, where we lived, and how we traveled.

Like the Internet in the second half of the 20th century, trains were the major disrupter of the 19th century. They changed the way we brought our goods to market, where we lived, and how we traveled. They raised towns around a few miles of track, provided employment, and created wealth. They brought us closer […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 1830 center table, $46,875, Doyle

A circa 1830 Continental center table, probably German, having a giltwood base lavishly carved with lions, Bacchic masks and floral swags supporting an alabaster top sold for $46,875 at an English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts auction held May 26th by Doyle in New York City.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A circa 1830 Continental center table, probably German, having a giltwood base lavishly carved with lions, Bacchic masks and floral swags supporting an alabaster top sold for $46,875 at an English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts auction held May 26th by Doyle in […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: WWII binoculars, $22,800, Cowan’s

A US Navy ship’s bridge binoculars from World War II sold for $22,800 at an Arms & Armor auction held May 25-26 by Cowan’s in Cincinnati, OH

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A US Navy ship’s bridge binoculars from World War II sold for $22,800 at an Arms & Armor auction held May 25-26 by Cowan’s in Cincinnati, OH. Also, a 1902 DWM Luger carbine with stock and hardcase hit the mark for $10,455; a JP […]