Wednesday, May 4, 2011

History of Glass collecting fever | Burleson (Texas) Star

The Burleson Star -- Burleson, Texas:
"Special to the Star
In the 1970s a phenomenon began that swept the country. It seemed no one was immune to the collecting craze, and that included me. By 1985, I was a seasoned accumulator. What follows are some of my observations of that time when collecting glass became a passion that resembled a pandemic.

Chronic symptoms of Glass Collecting Fever appeared around 1975, accompanied by compulsive, feverish behavior generally manifested on weekends and during vacation travel. Before long, several strains of the fever could be seen. First came Heisey fever, then Cambridge, and there was talk of several cases of Duncan and Miller fever.

Fostoria fever came to public notice in 1980 when a fever-ravaged group of glass enthusiasts met in Moundsville, W.Va., location of the famous Fostoria Glass Company."

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Baseball Rookie Card Collecting Confusion how-to advice (via

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Baseball Rookie Card Collecting Is Confusing:

"The confusion in my opinion started back in the late 1980s when Topps started putting out a Topps Traded subset at the end of the season and putting cards of the USA team in their sets. Beckett started calling these first cards of players as XRC meaning Extra rookie cards. The collectors who were used to calling the first card issue of a player as their rookie cards immediately accepted these XRC cards as the player’s “True Rookie Card” thus giving the card a lot higher value then any future cards of this player."

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RIP Typewriters: Long live typewriters ! Last Manufacturer Closes Its Doors [REPORT]

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RIP Typewriters: Last Manufacturer Closes Its Doors [REPORT]:

"Joining other discarded technologies of late, including the Flip video camera, Kodachrome, and the humble floppy disk is the typewriter, which will no longer be produced anywhere in the world.

The last company on earth to produce the typewriter — Godrej and Boyce — has shut down its production plant in Mumbai, India, according to reports that, fittingly, are making the rounds via the Internet."

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13% of Marvel Collectors Also Collect #Transformers (via

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13% of Marvel Collectors Also Collect Transformers:
" is the most popular, free action figure collection site out there. More than 250,000 action figures are managed and shared. It has an integrated marketplace with almost 10,000 action figures for sale by collectors. Trusted and secure.

Get notified when a specific figure you want is listed for sale."

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King of Pinball Machines: 100 games, 60-year obsession | Raw File|

Collector Porn: King of Pinball Machines Shares His Loot | Raw File|
King of Pinball Machines
"60-year obsession started with a game called Formation, a gift from a neighbor when he was 13.

Formation had no flippers, so the ball could be manipulated only be what Conger calls 'body English.' The term subsumes several techniques of exerting indirect force on the ball, including smacks to the side of the machine and pelvic thrusts that lift its legs slightly off the ground. If stranded on a desert island with just one game, he says, this would be it.

Today, Conger has more than 100 working games that date back to the 'pre-flipper' era that ended in 1947, with the debut of the of Humpty Dumpty."

The last brewmaster now collects beer memorabilia |

La Crosse's last Heileman brewmaster now collects beer memorabilia:
"the last Heileman brewmaster, and that makes Randy Hughes a part of history. That's one of the reasons that Hughes, now brewmaster for City Brewery, is such an avid collector of breweriana.
That's all things beer - steins, cans, bottles, trays, openers, signs, coasters and more."

"I wish I'd been a little more aware of the long and deep history of the place when I started here. There were guys still working here who had started in the '30s." By the time Hughes got interested, they were retired. And by the time he became a serious collector, much of the best stuff had already been snapped up. "I wish I would have paid a little more attention," he said. "It got a lot more serious for me when I realized I was a piece of collecting history myself. I'm the last Heileman brewmaster in La Crosse. I like the history behind it."
He's paying attention now and is always on the lookout for old metal advertising signs from pre-Prohibition. "You've got to specialize," he said. Otherwise, it's overwhelming. So he's focused on all the brands his own company has brewed and anything local, such as Gund memorabilia.

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Comic book action figures collector: passion into profits - Connecticut Post

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Collector of figurines and statues of comic book and movie heroes, villains and more, turns passion into profits - Connecticut Post:

"Though he has a wide variety of almost every popular collectible character, from the grotesque to the beautiful, Emmi is the first to say, 'I'm just scratching the surface of what's available.'

His mania for collecting -- his 'obsession' -- he said, took hold when he was no more than a 10 year-old in Queens, N.Y.

He purchased an 'Uncanny X-Men #175' comic book and was hooked.

Now, besides the more than 400 figures, Emmi has more than 50,000 comic books, each of which is stored in clear, acid-free plastic slips, and more than 900 DVDs, with all the shows in a series counting as one disc."

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Successful investing in collectibles | advice #How-to | Moneylife Personal Finance (India)

Collecting: Madness method & money - Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazine:
"a passionate collector will never make a good investor, because he would rather die than consider selling something he holds so dear. Having said that, “An investment in collectibles is no different from investing in markets or financial products. You study the object thoroughly, know its scope, the past record of price escalation and decide how much you want to invest, which is the best auction house to deal with and make an estimate of expected returns over the years,” he says."

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Hot Wheels: Greatest collector in USA | die-cast cars | The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

|Hot Wheels fanatic lives in Valley | The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA:

"Mike Strauss, who is considered the greatest collector of the die-cast cars in the country.

He made friends with the folks at Mattel, who started making the cars in 1968, and put together books featuring hundreds of photographs of Hot Wheels cars."

A boy named Matt Delbaugh, who was not even 10 years old, bought a Hot Wheels car and, using the proof of purchase from the back, sent away for the 1989 edition of Strauss’ collector’s guide.

As part of the Snyder County Historical Society’s museum program, Delbaugh spoke Sunday about his collection of redline Hot Wheels, which were in production from 1968 to 1977. Some of the hundreds of cars and other Hot Wheels collector items he has remain on display at the museum.

The cars are referred to as “redline” because of a distinctive red stripe painted, like a white wall, on the wheels of the cars. In California, where Mattel was based, the feature was popular on many cars, Delbaugh said.

Phoenix Marathon Auction Ring 4 - Saturday May 7th, 2011 9:00 am ITEM 2244
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Collecting #Bookends in Sydney Australia - exhibit | Greg Currie

Collecting bookends | Greg Currie:
End game...Greg Currie.
"'I gave my sister one for Christmas,'' says Donna Braye, the curator of the Bookends: Another Chapter exhibition, which is at Mosman Library in Sydney. This was the defining moment that made her think that these almost-forgotten objects were perhaps worthy of celebration.

The exhibition includes prized examples borrowed from Australiana collector Greg Currie and former business journalist Trevor Kennedy, among others."

Decorative bookends had became especially fashionable in the 1930s, when the Brisbane Courier reported these had taken over from toast racks as the most popular wedding gifts.

These objects are now classified as extremely desirable and increasingly valuable, especially if signed by noted ceramic artists such as Grace Seccombe, Merric Boyd, Marguerite Mahood and Eric Bryce Carter.

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Antique valuation popular at lovcal collectors club sale @ Taree | Manning River Times NSW, Australia

A collector's delight - Local News - News - General - Manning River Times: Taree PCYC for the Taree Local Collectors Club annual Exhibition and Trading Fair over the weekend
"About 800 people came through on Saturday and 500 on Sunday and all those asked by Gwen what they thought said it was a 'real eye-opener'.

The people 'couldn't believe what we collect and many of the exhibits brought back memories of by-gone eras,' Gwen said.

'People couldn't be happier with what they saw and many left having made several purchases, and very favourable comments.'

Valuations were extremely popular with a queue both days.

Barry Collier from Isadora Antiques was kept busy with people being prepared to sit and wait for his valued opinion on many items brought in for him to see."
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Taree Collectors fair

Taree Collectors fair
Taree Collectors fair

Rare Movie poster exhibit Tyler Museum of Art | Dallas Art News

Thrills, Chills, and Movie Stills at the Tyler Museum of Art | Dallas Art News:
Boris Karloff in The Bride of Frankenstein, 1935
"Remember When: Marvels and Memories from the Collection of Dr. James Clark. The exhibition will be on view at the Tyler Museum of Art from May 8 – August 14, 2011 and is the sixth exhibition in the “Tyler Collects” series, organized by the Museum to showcase private collections belonging to residents of Tyler."

“Most of the items included in this colossal exhibition are extremely rare examples,” said Ken Tomio, Curator of the Tyler Museum of Art. “Dr. Clark has spent decades searching for each piece, working with other collectors and through special auctions to refine his collection. Remember When is a unique and impressive presentation of materials which the public would normally not be able to enjoy at one time.”
Dr. Clark says that his fascination with movie posters stems from his high school job, when he worked for Interstate Theatres in Paris, Texas. His primary duties included changing out the movie posters and the theatre’s marquee. Over his thirty years of collecting, Dr. Clark has expanded his focus to include various items from the 1940s and 50s that recall prominent moments in American history as well as personal childhood memories.
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