The Coin Geek 4: Of Forty-Eighters and Forty-Niners

(There is little more enthralling or evocative than a huge gold ingot of assayers gold, and little assayers gold more intriguing that that of Justh & Hunter, two names numismatists will recognize instantly from its


Charlie Brown, Peanuts, Charles Schulz and The Meaning of Life

“I love mankind – it’s people I can’t understand!” – Charlie Brown I’ve long maintained that everything I know about writing I learned from MAD Magazine and everything I learned about philosophy – from Agnosticism


A Painting Comes in from the Cold

Appraisal events are funny things. I’ve had the opportunity to be on both sides of the table and it’s equally thrilling. The most entertaining and interesting stories are from people’s families and the objects that have passed down from generation to generation. Surprisingly, those objects are not always beloved – or even wanted.


The Coin Geek #3: Nickels and Vending Machines

  The vending machine was restocked at work today, giving me a bit of inspiration for this post. This year marks the centennial of the Buffalo nickel, struck between 1913 and 1938. The Buffalo nickel’s


You Paid $13,000 for WHAT!? – A Look at Collecting VHS Tapes, Part One

On May 31 of this year, someone paid $13,220 for an original MEDA VHS video tape of John Carpenter’s Halloween. No, that’s not a joke. Well, it might be a hoax, but more on that


I Love Calvin & Hobbes

(The following blog entry is written by 10-year-old Emily Shipman, daughter of our CIO Brian Shipman. It is presented here, unedited and unaided. Perhaps we have a new contributor!) My dad (who works for Heritage) and I


Advertising Illustrations of Edgar Church

While I’m a professional coin geek, I have plenty of amateur interests, including a small but growing collection of illustration art. My search for quality illustrations on a bachelor’s budget led me to a famous

Wooten deks, American antique furniture, Renaissance Revival, Walnut desk, PATENT DESK, Heritage Auctions, hidden compartment, secret drawers,

Favorite Auction Items with Secret Spaces and 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.


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


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