Category Archives: Features

Gold in the Closets

Gold in the Closets

Buying and Selling Vintage Clothing at Auction By Karen Augusta & Bob Ross Once overlooked by museums and appraisers alike, “vintage” now occupies an increasingly significant position in the world of valued antiques and collectibles. Museums are dusting off the objects that once merely occupied space in their backrooms and are using them to draw […]

Introduction to Sports Memorabilia Collecting 101

Introduction to Sports Memorabilia Collecting 101

By Michael Osacky Pricing vintage sports collectibles is very similar to other categories of antiques. It’s all about condition, condition, condition. Vintage baseball, football, and basketball cards (1870-1970) typically hold the most value. Two things happened in the 1970’s that made cards from the 1970’s to current nearly worthless. First, the technology that the printer’s […]

Collecting in the Big League

Collecting in the Big League

Advice for the Investor Collector from Marshall Fogel In an interview with JOA Publisher Maxine Carter-Lome, Marshall Fogel offers serious collectors advice for building a major league baseball collection In the world of baseball, there is probably no more enviable private collection than that owned by Marshall Fogel. It’s as legendary among sports collectors as […]

Center Ice

Center Ice

The Growing Field of Hockey Memorabilia, and How to Begin Collecting By Erica Lome Ice Hockey is reaching new levels of popularity in the United States, thanks to a mixture of the Olympic Games, exciting Stanley Cup wins, and emerging hockey market fanbases. While hockey memorabilia seldom receives as much recognition as other, more mainstream […]

The Art of Anthracite Coal Carving

The Art of Anthracite Coal Carving

by Bill Thornbrook A smoldering debate over “clean coal” technology for modern power plants has pitted environmentalists against an industry that once dominated the U.S. energy supply. Although still used to fire many industrial steam generators, coal has largely yielded to natural gas, electricity, and oil burners for heating contemporary homes. By now, most Americans […]

A Primer for Collecting Advertising Signs

A Primer for Collecting Advertising Signs

By John Mancino Ask just about any antique dealer what is the hottest thing selling today and most would say advertising, especially signs. In the past few years, advertising and signs have risen to the top of the collectors lists. What makes them so desirable? A few things come to mind, including color, slogans, brand […]

Fred Harvey Collectibles Evoke Nostalgia for a Bygone Age of American Tourism

Fred Harvey Collectibles Evoke Nostalgia for a Bygone Age of American Tourism

By Paula A. Baxter Travel hospitality and tourist souvenirs were the watchword of the Fred Harvey Company, and this Midwestern business company helped promote the allure of leisure touring at the time when the great railroads were opening the West to those who wanted to visit. Fred Harvey (1835-1901) was British-born and sought entrepreneurial success […]

Grape Finds

Grape Finds

By Melody Amsel-Arieli Wine, coined elixir of the Gods, is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruit that reflects the history of civilization itself. Evidence of production, probably from wild growth, has been found in Georgia as far back as 6000 BC, while the earliest known winery dates to around 4000 BC […]

Drinking to the Future

Cellarettes in Nineteenth Century America By Erica P. Lome “In the corner [of his grandfather’s house] as you enter the door in the dining room stood the ‘wine cooler’ of polished mahogany, inlaid with wreaths of satin wood, octagon in shape, about three feet high, on six spindling square legs, divided inside with compartments, each […]

Casino Memorabilia with Sheldon

Casino Memorabilia with Sheldon

Collecting Layouts by Sheldon Smith Slot glass, slot machines and table games, those casino collectibles you never knew folks collected! As you might recall from our previous article, I had mentioned that there are what I would refer to as: HEAVY LIFTER ITEMS! They are not so much heavy as they are impossibly, in some […]