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Kovels release 47th edition of antiques price guide

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:58
‘Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2015,’ Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel, 
Sept. 16, 2014, $27.95, paperback, 652 pages, 2,500 color photographs, ISBN: 978-1-57912-977-4

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Antiques collectors have turned to the Kovel family for their peerless annual guide since the first edition appeared in 1968. In the past four decades, Americans have become much savvier and collecting has become much more popular. What has remained the same is the anticipation each year around the publication of the new Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2015 by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel.

The 47th edition of the book includes advice for readers on trends and pricing patterns. The Kovels have added a valuable new section: “Price it Right: How to Set Prices to Sell Your Things,” in which they provide appraisers contact information, explain how to research prices before putting an item on the market, and provide detailed recommendations on navigating the process, including what to keep, when to enlist an expert and what impacts an item’s resale value.

Kovels is the most complete guide on the market, with more than 35,000 new price listings from the past year in over 700 categories and 2,500 new, full-color photographs. The book provides the latest antiques prices – not estimates. With a nationally syndicated newspaper column, newsletter and popular website, they are without a doubt America’s leading popular authorities on collectibles and antiques.

The guide enables any reader to easily find out what their item is and what it’s worth. The book features items sought by collectors from across the spectrum, rather than only the high-priced items found in most guides. The user-friendly book includes an index and cross-references for everything from art pottery, Depression glass and jewelry to furniture, coin-operated machines and sports memorabilia, along with up-to-date information about each category, logos, marks and dates. Also featured are hundreds of expert tips, comments on trends and pricing patterns, and the year’s record prices. All this enables collectors to buy, sell and collect with confidence.

A peek at some of this past year’s fascinating listings:

  • Highest price in the book: $875,000 for a carved figure of Santa Claus made by Samuel A. Robb of New York in 1923.
  • Lowest price in the book: $2 for a celluloid button with a rhinestone canter made for a dress.
  • Largest item in the book: a wooden and marble back bar with four columns, mirrors, and 
cast-iron trim, 150 by 117 inches ($18,000).
  • Smallest item in the book: a micromosaic glass button picturing a building, 3/8 inch ($14).
  • A French Provincial dog’s bed with canopy and curved rails made around 1800, 29 by 24 inches ($1,722).

About the Authors: Terry Kovel is a lifelong collector. She has written more than 100 books on antiques and collectibles and writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column, a subscriber newsletter and an e-newsletter. She lives in Ohio. Kim Kovel, daughter of Terry and Ralph Kovel, grew up in a house filled with antiques and traveled regularly to antique shows and flea markets all over the country. Kim lives in Florida.

‘Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2015,’ Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel, 
Sept. 16, 2014, $27.95, paperback, 652 pages, 2,500 color photographs, ISBN: 978-1-57912-977-4
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 13:11

In Review: Warman's Costume Jewelry Identification & Price Guide

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Monday, 08 September 2014 16:43
The cover of the new Warman's Costume Jewelry Identification and Price Guide by Pamela Y. Wiggins

ROUND ROCK, Texas – If you’ve never thought of old costume jewelry as a wearable art form with an intriguing past, a new book by author Pamela Y. Wiggins may prove to be an enlightening read. In Warman’s Costume Jewelry, recently released by Krause Publications, Wiggins shares her expert insight and acknowledges that while these pieces were once considered to be “junk jewelry” as widely advertised in the 1930s, made to be worn as a fashion statement for a season or two and then cast aside, that’s no longer true.

“This book is designed to serve a number of audiences with an interest in vintage and collectible jewelry, whether they’re just trying to find out if the goodies in Grandma’s jewelry box should go to a high-end auction house or be donated to the local thrift store. It serves as a tool for dating many pieces as well, whether the owner is contemplating selling them or just wants the satisfaction of knowing a little something about the objects she holds dear,” Wiggins wrote in her introduction.

Warman’s Costume Jewelry exhibits the broad knowledge base Wiggins has amassed buying, selling, and writing about costume jewelry since she first started collecting in the late 1980s thus establishing her as one of the most highly regarded jewelry experts in the country. The book covers jewelry ranging from true antique Victorian-era pieces to those designed by clever contemporary artisans already considered collectible, and includes insights gleaned visiting with and interviewing industry notables such as Kenneth Jay Lane, Pat Ciner Hill, and Lawrence Vrba. Her vast interaction with other jewelry experts and collectors through the organization she co-founded, Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l (CJCI), is also woven into the text.

“I first learned to love fashion accessories working in upscale stores like Sakowitz and Saks Fifth Avenue. When I discovered a few vintage pieces by the legendary company Miriam Haskell at an estate sale in the late 1980s, I didn’t know anything about them although I did recognize their quality. I began researching 20th century jewelry at that point along with the rich history attached to each item, selling those first pieces and buying more, and never looked back. I feel my passion for collectible jewelry in all its varied forms and my appreciation for its past encapsulates nicely in my latest book,” Wiggins adds.

Photography professional Jay B. Siegel contributed more than 800 images to illustrate the book, which includes a detailed section entirely devoted to identifying and dating pieces using stones, clasps and other components along with identifying unmarked vintage jewelry. Other chapters provide historical context decade by decade demonstrating how popular culture and historical events influenced adornment from the late 19th century through the early 2000s. Major designers and manufacturers are also discussed including notable haute couturiers such as Chanel and Dior, and a section on the fabulous retail lines marketed by Joseff of Hollywood beginning in the 1930s exhibits how the glamour of the company’s movie jewelry was embraced by the masses. Value ranges are included with every piece featured throughout the book.

In addition to collecting, Wiggins also markets vintage and contemporary ladies accessories through her business Chic Antiques by Pamela Wiggins. Constantly researching and evaluating the thousands of pieces she offers to her customers provides hands-on learning she passes on to her readers both in Warman’s Costume Jewelry and her writing for where she serves as the site’s antiques expert.

“I’m so fortunate to be able to incorporate a fascinating hobby into my profession and to share beautiful jewelry with others in a number of ways. Nothing gives me more joy than seeing people take pleasure in their adornment as much as I do, and helping them learn about their treasures through my new book is a longtime goal I’m so excited to have realized,” Wiggins adds.

Wiggins previously penned Buying and Selling Antiques & Collectibles on eBay (Thomson Course Technology) and serves as a contributing editor for Heritage Magazine.

Warman’s Costume Jewelry is available at . It is also offered through and other online booksellers, as well as Barnes & Noble stores throughout the United States.

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The cover of the new Warman's Costume Jewelry Identification and Price Guide by Pamela Y. Wiggins
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 16:51

Laura Ingalls Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

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Monday, 18 August 2014 13:42
The Laura Ingalls Wilder book 'The Long Winter,' Harper & Brothers, 1940. Image courtesy of Archive and Signature House. PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted Little House on the Prairie fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography – Wilder's unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for the popular series – is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. The not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself on fire while drunk on whiskey.

Wilder and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, herself a well-known author, tried and failed to get an edited version of the autobiography published throughout the early 1930s. The original rough draft has been preserved at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield, Mo, for decades but hadn't been published.

The children's series never presented a romanticized version of life on the prairie – in Little House in the Big Woods, Laura and her sister Mary gleefully help dissect the family pig before bouncing its inflated bladder back and forth in the yard. But the series also left out or fictionalized scenes that Wilder deemed unsuitable for kids, including much of the time the family spent in Burr Oak, Iowa, and Walnut Grove, Minn., according to Pamela Smith Hill, a Wilder biographer and the lead editor on the autobiography.

“So you can read Pioneer Girl as nonfiction rather than fiction and get a better feeling of how the historical Ingalls family really lived, what their relationships were and how they experienced the American West,” she said.

Wilder details a scene from her childhood in Burr Oak, in which a neighbor of the Ingalls' pours kerosene throughout his bedroom, sets it on fire and proceeds to drunkenly drag his wife around by her hair before Wilder's father – Pa in the children's books – intervenes.

Scenes like that make Wilder's memoir sound like it's filled with scandal and mature themes, “which isn't exactly true either,” according to Amy Lauters, an associate professor of mass media at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

“It's just that that first version was blunt, it was honest. It was full of the everyday sorts of things that we don't care to think about when we think about history,” said Lauters, who has read the original manuscript and also is writing a book on Rose Wilder Lane. “And it's certainly not the fantasized version we saw on Little House on the Prairie the television show.”

Wilder's story will likely do well in South Dakota, since the author moved to De Smet in the late 1870s with her family, eventually meeting her future husband there.

For fans, the autobiography is chance to see from where Wilder drew her inspiration, said Sandra Hume, a Wilder aficionado who published an internationally distributed newsletter for 10 years and now helps manage Laurapalooza, a conference dedicated to all things Wilder.

“I am very excited to see people have access to this, because her life story has been pretty muddled because people get mixed up with the TV show and it's nice to see an interest in people seeing basically what is the primary source ... ” she said.

The autobiography preserves Wilder's original rough draft – misspellings, idiosyncrasies and all – but adds extensive annotations.

Little House lovers can learn about the three girls that Wilder combined to create the Nellie Olson character, or how extensive the damage was in Minnesota during the grasshopper plague of the 1870s, which forced Pa in On the Banks of Plum Creek to set out in search of work.

“In some ways, I came to think of the annotations in Pioneer Girl as almost an encyclopedia about Laura Ingalls Wilder's life and work,” Hill said.

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The Laura Ingalls Wilder book 'The Long Winter,' Harper & Brothers, 1940. Image courtesy of Archive and Signature House.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 14:02

Captain Action on cover of 2015 Overstreet Comic Book Guide

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:33
Paul Gulacy did the artwork for the Captain Action cover of 'The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide' #45. Gemstone Publishing image. SAN DIEGO – With the July 23 release of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44, “The Bible of comic collectors” has achieved a first in its long publishing history: This year’s guide includes a look at one of the covers for next year’s guide.

The cover for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45 (2015) in question features the iconic action figure and comic character Captain Action, illustrated by the equally iconic Master of Kung-Fu, Six From Sirius and Sabre artist Paul Gulacy.

“We’re very excited to announce that the first of our special 45th anniversary covers will feature Captain Action, the first superhero action figure, illustrated by Paul Gulacy, an artist we’ve long wanted to feature on a Guide cover,” said Robert M. Overstreet, the Guide’s author and publisher. “Given the character’s distinguished comic book pedigree, and Gulacy’s impeccable track record, it seems like a perfect match.”

Captain Action first appeared as an action figure in 1966 from Ideal Toys. His first comic book adventures appeared in 1968 from DC Comics, with Jim Shooter, Wally Wood and Gil Kane providing the stories.

More recently, the character has been successfully revived by Captain Action Enterprises’ Ed Catto and Joe Ahearn, who have brought him back to toy store shelves to great collector acclaim, as well as launching him in prose fiction, comic books and more. Captain Action is presently in development as an animated series.

“It’s an honor to have Captain Action featured on the cover of next year’s 45th anniversary edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. We’re ecstatic to be part of the celebration of this institution and its tremendous impact on the comic book industry,” said Ed Catto and Joe Ahearn of Captain Action Enterprises. “It’s going to be a big year for Captain Action as well.”

In addition to Gulacy’s work Master of Kung-Fu for Marvel and the pioneering original graphic novel, Sabre, his credits include stints on James Bond 007: Serpent’s Tooth, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight - Prey, Star Wars: Crimson Empire, S.C.I. Spy, Valkyrie, The Grackle, and Batman vs. Predator II, as well as work in Creepy, The Terminator, Time Bomb, Eternal Warrior, and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, among others.

Gulacy’s original Captain Action art for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45 is now on display at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, located in Baltimore’s historic Camden Yards sports complex. The black and white original is mounted next to a color reproduction of the cover and displayed with other Overstreet originals.

The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #45 will go on sale in July 2015. It can be seen on pages 70 and 71 in The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44, which has just gone on sale. There will be at least one additional announcement about #45 during the panel Captain Action's Con Custom Contest at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Thursday, July 24, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 24ABC at the San Diego Convention Center.

About Gemstone Publishing

Best known as the home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Gemstone Publishing was formed by Diamond Comic Distributors President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen A. Geppi as a conduit for his efforts in preserving and promoting the history of the comics medium. Gemstone's product line includes publications such as The Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide, The Big Big Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Hake's Price Guide To Character Toys, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics, and Comic Book Marketplace. Gemstone also publishes Scoop, a free weekly e-newsletter which looks inside the world of pop culture with a focus on auctions, toys, comics, posters, art and anything and everything pop culture.

About Captain Action Enterprises

As Retropreneurs, Captain Action Enterprises, LLC specializes in taking old properties and rejuvenating them for a new generation. Captain Action’s appears in an on-going comic book series, lithographs, statues, action figures, T-shirts, model kits and more. Additional properties include Captain Action Cat, Dr. Evil and Savage Beauty. For additional information, contact Ed Catto at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) is located at 301 W. Camden St., Baltimore, MD 21201, in the historic Camden Yards sports complex. It is situated immediately next door to Oriole Park and just across the street from the Baltimore Convention Center. For general museum information, call 410-625-7060 or visit . Admission: Adults are admitted for $10, seniors (55 and older) for $9, students (5-18) for $7, and children under 4 are free.

Paul Gulacy did the artwork for the Captain Action cover of 'The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide' #45. Gemstone Publishing image.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 16:22

Expert picker’s new guide reveals more trade secrets

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Friday, 16 May 2014 14:10

Cover of the new 'Picker's Bible, 2nd Editon.' Krause Publications image.

IOLA, Wis. – From killer yard sale finds to abandoned storage unit bounty, hidden treasures abound for those skilled in the art of picking. Now you can turn your curiosity and passion for the undiscovered and undervalued into profits with Picker's Bible, 2nd edition the insider's guide to picking like the pros.

This hands-on, how-to guide by professional picker Joe Willard presents easy-to-follow professional advice including where to find the good stuff, how to negotiate the best price, indicators for when to buy and when to walk away, where to look for hidden treasures, tips and tricks of picking insiders, how to flip your finds for the most money, and the basics of today's most popular trend – industrial picking.

"Sophisticated shoppers that spend large amounts at antiques stores and collectibles malls don't realize that there was a picker somewhere that found their items," writes Willard in the introduction to the book. "It is the pickers who find and rescue much of what would have been lost forever in the dump. It's the pickers who help drive the interest and market for emerging collectibles."

Whether you brake for yard sales, flea markets, thrift shops, estate sales, or even the neighbor's discarded junk, Picker's Bible will help you find what everyone else is missing.

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About the Author

After retiring as a vice president/general manager, Joe Willard has made his living picking antiques and industrial goods for the past 15 years. While he is attracted to "guy stuff" – tools, cameras, radios, and anything with grime – he is always on the lookout for treasure in other people's trash.

About Antique Trader

Antique Trader, a division of F+W, is dedicated to serving antiques, collectibles enthusiasts with trusted content, industry news and pricing information. Today, the Antiques & Collectibles division includes books, ebooks, periodicals, and online destinations and our online shop The F+W portfolio offers books, ebooks, magazines, ecommerce sites, education, conferences and events, serving nearly 20 enthusiast communities.


 Cover of the new 'Picker's Bible, 2nd Editon.' Krause Publications image.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 14:30
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