There is no doubt that sex sells. For decades, pinup calendars, models, music, television, movies, commercial advertising, and clothes have gotten skimpier all on the premise that this will increase sales. Comic books are no different and used bondage, torture, branding, or even just beautifully drawn women to sell comics (tame by pulp book standards). […]
The blog post discusses two controversial trading card sets from the 1960s, Mars Attacks and Monsters from Outer Limits, released by Topps under the pseudonym Bubbles, Inc. Mars Attacks depicted graphic scenes of Martians attacking Earth, leading to lawsuits and production being halted.
The Astaire Story Box Set is a re-issue of Fred Astaire’s classic songs, recorded solo in a new style. The album features 17 beloved standards from his musical films.
Of all the Star Trek Trading Cards produced, Let’s focus on the ones made for Star Trek: The Original Series. To me, these are the most interesting and some of the most sought-after cards in the Star Trek collectables, mainly because they were the first to be released and are so rare.
I started working at Heritage Auctions on June 2, 2011, and through the years, I’ve seen countless “holy grail” level items come through auctions. Whether it’s comics, video games, action figures, sneakers, fine art, or trading card games, each auction is curated to contain at least one of these items that can go into any […]
I’m very happy to talk about an incredible piece of jazz history. It is the only known document of an unreleased album by the celebrated musician. Best known for composing the music for the 1959 stage production The Connection (as well as its subsequent 1961 film adaptation), Freddie Redd was a versatile composer/piano player who […]
I helped check in the incredible collection that makes up Jim Copeland’s Crush on Vinyl Ultimate Audiophile Archive Auction (coming this May). It took several days to go through the many boxes of classic vinyl, but the long process proved helpful a month later when it was time to catalog the titles for auction. As […]
Frequently I’m asked what makes a factory-sealed VHS tape valuable. The truth is that there are many different variables that can make a sealed tape valuable, but the best starting point is when the tape was produced. I commonly refer to the sweet spot as tapes produced between 1977 and 1987. During this period, the […]