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Secret Spaces, Concealed Compartments

Have you ever discovered a collectible or piece of period furniture with a secret compartment, a hidden drawer, double meaning, or a concealed space? Some of these rare antiques and collectibles are made more valuable for what you can’t see – secret spaces and concealed compartments.

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The National Sports Collectors Convention – Top names in the hobby look back

  Continuing with yesterday’s theme, I asked a few of my hobby friends what their thoughts were regarding the differences in the National between now and the past. Feel free to add your own in the comments section.   Former editor of “Sports Collectors Digest” – T.S. O’Connell:  “The biggest and most significant change that I have […]

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My First National Sports Collectors Convention

It took months of convincing my old man, but as a 15-year-old I was able to make the five-hour trip from my hometown of Marinette, WI to the Windy City for the 1993 National Sports Collectors Convention. At the time, baseball card collecting was at its peak, and this was unquestionably going to be the […]

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Shagreen and Art Deco’s “Great Gatsby” moment

By Ashleigh Hite With the anticipation that built up to the release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby this year, Art Deco is having a revival moment – not that it ever really goes out of style. It seems that the stores are filled with beaded frocks with drop-waists, perfect for your evening jaunt to your […]

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“The Wolverine,” a review

 (Thinking of checking out “The Wolverine” this weekend to get your latest Super Hero movie fix? Gary Dowell, one of Heritage’s Jack-of-All-Trades catalogers and experts – working across the comics, comics art and Music & Entertainment categories – has a few thoughts on the film. Besides having an encyclopedic knowledge of Pop Culture, he is a capable and accomplished […]

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The Coin Geek: a Potentially Staggering Loss in the Art World

(A mother’s act of love in defending the crime of her child? Or an even worse crime than the one she was trying to cover? Those are the questions that hit me, and likely millions of others, when news of this crime in Romania broke. What a gut punch on a Friday morning. These are […]

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Pop Culture Meets History – Part 1

  Samuel Colt patented the percussion, or “cap and ball”, revolver in 1835. Several forms of revolving firearms had been around prior to Colt’s first revolving pistol, Colt’s design had reached a tolerable state of perfection at a critical moment in time, and history would never be the same. Hollywood and dime novels put Colt’s […]

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Behold! The first G.I. Joe

I never had a G.I. Joe. Oh yes, I wanted one. And I had many different varieties of Joe knock-offs, which gave me many hours of distraction as a boy. I never, though, had a bonafide G.I. Joe. I wanted one, especially one that had a sub and could go in the tub with me. […]

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