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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

Co-creator Herb Trimpe returns to Wolverine for Overstreet special edition

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Friday, 16 May 2014 08:40
Cover of the 2014 Hero Initiative Limited Edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. Image courtesy of Gemstone Publishing LOS ANGELES – The year 2014 is a big one for anniversaries and few of them would compare with the 40th anniversary of Marvel Comics’ Wolverine, who first appeared at the tail end of Incredible Hulk #180 and then had his first full appearance in Incredible Hulk #181 alongside the jade giant and murderous Wendigo.

It’s also an anniversary for the Hero Initiative and The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. This year marks the fifth consecutive year Gemstone Publishing and Hero have teamed up to raise money for comic creators in need.

Harkening back to the character’s earliest appearances, Wolverine is featured with the Hulk and Wendigo on the cover for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 Hero Initiative Edition. This exclusive, 500-copy, limited hardcover edition will go on sale at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Hero Initiative booth.

Returning even further to Wolverine’s roots, the cover is illustrated by his co-creator Herb Trimpe, who teamed with a pair of superstars, inker Tom Palmer and colorist Laura Martin, for the piece. Gemstone Publishing’s Creative Director, Mark Huesman, designed the logo and trade dress.

The Hero Initiative edition will be available exclusively from Hero with all money raised going to the 501 (c)(3) charity. An extremely limited number of copies will be available from Hero’s website and through a select group of participating retailers. There will be no softcover edition of this version, and it will retail for $35.

“We’re very excited to have the Hero Initiative offer this fantastic Wolverine cover by Herb Trimpe, Tom Palmer and Laura Martin. When I first saw it, I was immediately taken back to Herb’s great run on Incredible Hulk, only with today’s better production values. It’s almost like looking at the greatest Marvel Treasury Edition never produced. We’re very happy to have it on the cover of the Guide,” said Steve Geppi, President and CEO of Gemstone Publishing.

“It’s hard to believe that we’ve already reached five years of offering the special Hero Initiative editions of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, but on the other hand Steve Geppi, Bob Overstreet, and their team at Gemstone Publishing have clearly delivered once again,” said Hero President Jim McLauchlin. “With the great line-up of creators we’ve had, it’s really become a tradition and an important fundraising tool for us. This time, Herb, Tom and Laura knocked it out of the park too.”

This marks the fifth consecutive year that Gemstone and Hero have worked together to create a special limited fundraiser edition of the Guide. For The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40, John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson and Dean White provided a 40th anniversary recreation of Conan The Barbarian #1. For The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #41, John Romita, Sr., Tom Palmer and Dean White presented a selection of top Marvel heroes. For The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #42, writer-artist Matt Wagner teamed his Grendel with DC Comics’ Batman, colored by Ryan Brown. For The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #43, Terry Moore and Brian Miller illustrated Francine and Katchoo from Moore’s Strangers in Paradise. As is the case with this new edition, all funds from the sales of these volumes went to The Hero Initiative.

The standard editions of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 feature a dynamic take on Batman for his 75th anniversary by superstar artist J.G. Jones and a vibrant depiction of Vampirella for the character’s 45th anniversary by Danger Girl creator J. Scott Campbell with colorist Nei Ruffino.

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Hero is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) charity. The Hero Initiative Limited Edition Hardcover version of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #44 is scheduled to go on sale at The Hero Initiative booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 and afterward through a limited number of Hero affiliates. This version will be available in hardcover only and is limited to 500 copies. The retail price is $35. Information on special signings during the show will be released at a later date.

About Gemstone Publishing

Best known as the home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Gemstone Publishing in Timonium, Md., 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.

Cover of the 2014 Hero Initiative Limited Edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. Image courtesy of Gemstone Publishing
Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 09:10

Krause releases new edition of pottery, porcelain price guide

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Monday, 28 April 2014 12:36

Cover of the new 'Antique Trader Pottery & Porcelain Ceramics Price Guide.' Krause Publications image.

IOLA, Wis. – Whether your favorite piece comes from a mid-century modern ceramic line, lovely Victorian porcelain or the many variations of fine art pottery, you'll find them all beautifully displayed in the new edition of Antique Trader Pottery & Porcelain Ceramics, 7th edition from Krause Publications.

Completely revamped to reflect the current market and featuring more than 1,500 color images of everything from the boldly creative works of George Ohr to the cherished practicality of Red Wing stoneware, this striking reference covers the fine to the functional in all its glory – and value.

"All markets are always in a state of flux," writes decorative ceramics and porcelain expert David Rago in the introduction to the book. "What remains constant is the desire of American collectors, surfing the ebb and flow of value but continuing to collect, preserve and educate."

Rago knows of what he speaks. He has witnessed firsthand this vibrant market while overseeing Rago Arts and Auction Center, the largest and leading auction house in New Jersey, and as an expert appraiser on the long-running PBS series Antiques Roadshow. A collection of favorites and best-selling pieces from Rago are featured in the book, including a breathtaking Frederick Hurten Rhead signed four-part tile panel that sold for $637,500 at auction.

Created specifically to serve the needs of a wide variety of collectors, dealers and those who simply enjoy the art form, Antique Trader Pottery & Porcelain features collecting tips, maker marks, a shapes guide, vital historical information, lovely color images, descriptions and real-market values to thousands of pieces. All told, the book offers a decidedly helpful yet sublime guide to a gloriously diverse and celebrated world.

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 Cover of the new 'Antique Trader Pottery & Porcelain Ceramics Price Guide.' Krause Publications image.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 12:52

In Review: Mantiques - A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff

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Monday, 07 April 2014 13:46

Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff, by Eric Bradley, Krause Publications

IOLA, Wis. - Fueled by testosterone and attitude, a new book in Krause Publications' bounteous stable focuses on – as the title states – antiques and collectibles that appeal primarily to men. Veteran antiques journalist Eric Bradley's Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff is a cleverly crafted hardcover guide about the categories that appeal to male collectors. But let's not jump to any hasty conclusions – not all men aspire to be butt-kicking, head-busting Liam Neesons, Steve McQueens or Clint Eastwoods. Yes, there are many who collect antique guns, knives and gambling devices, but others prefer to express their inner shirtlessness by exuding a Don Draper brand of cool - bring on the midcentury cigarette cases and martini sets. Overt or covert, every macho man, dude and metrosexual stud muffin will find plenty they can relate to in this 176-page reference, as will the many female collectors and dealers who find mantiques appealing.

Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff is, in essence, an engaging and informative guide to the antiques and collectibles sought out by a new breed of men eager to fill their homes with the funky, the unique and – most importantly – the manly. From start to finish, the book's mission is delivered with Eric Bradley's trademark wit and style.

Be forewarned: it's unconventional. Check out the titles of a few of the chapters:

Bottoms Up - Collecting vintage barware

Freakin' Cool - Curiosities and oddities

Sweet Wheels - The vintage garage

Sharp-Dressed Man - Fashion accessories

Whore House Meets Grandma's House - Collecting Victorian gothic

Dangerous Pursuit - Guns and knives

A Whole New Plane - Collecting tools

To read an amusing Q&A interview with Mantiques' author, Eric Bradley, click here:

The book can be pre-ordered online at the special price of $17.85. Click to order through Krause Publications' Bookstore:

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Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff, by Eric Bradley, Krause Publications

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 16:43

New book highlights work of Art Deco muralist Hildreth Meiere

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Friday, 04 April 2014 09:35
Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, New York City. Image by ricardo martins. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. NEW YORK (AP) – Hildreth Meiere was a prolific Art Deco muralist whose highly stylized figures and geometric patterns adorn New York's Radio City Music Hall, Nebraska's Capitol, the National Academy of Sciences and many other noted buildings.

Yet the artist remains relatively unknown.

A new book is seeking to give Meiere her due, chronicling a career that broke barriers at a time in the first half of the 20th century when few women artists were working on such a grand scale.

“She was really cutting edge,” said art historian Catherine Coleman Brawer, co-author of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meiere. “Her work has been enjoyed by millions of people over the last 90 years without knowing her name. That's why we have written this book.”

Meiere, who would go on to work on about 100 projects in 15 states, came of age as an artist at a time when many leading architects turned to the muralist to embellish their buildings.

She landed her first major commission in 1922 to decorate the Great Hall of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., where she created medallions of Art Deco figures depicting earth, fire, water and air, among other imagery.

Among her many captivating narrative designs are the shimmering glass mosaics she created for the eight-story-high arch in the main sanctuary of Temple Emanu-El and the narthex of St. Bartholomew's Church in New York.

For the Nebraska Capitol, Meiere created designs depicting Native American life on the Great Plains.

Perhaps her most recognizable designs are on the facade of Radio City Music Hall, where colossal metal-and-enamel roundels depict dance, drama and song.

Meiere once said that a beautiful mural is “something that cannot be taken away without hurting the design of the building. If the building can look as well without it, it shouldn't be there in the first place.”

In 1946, Meiere was the first woman appointed to the New York City Art Commission and later became the first woman to receive the Fine Arts Medal of the American Institute of Architects. Yet after her death in 1961, as architectural tastes changed, she became largely forgotten.

Meiere designed in a variety of media, collaborating with skilled European-trained craftsmen who executed her work in glazed ceramic tile, glass mosaic, stained glass, metal and wood inlay.

When she designed the roundels for Radio City Music Hall, “nobody had worked in mixed metal on a scale like that before,” said Brawer, who curated an exhibition of her ecclesiastical work at New York's Museum of Biblical Art in 2012.

Adrianne Rubin, the museum's director of exhibitions, said Meiere's “ecclesiastical and secular work continue to impact viewers profoundly, so it is only fitting that her name be associated with her beautiful and innovative work.”

To help reintroduce her to the public, a Meiere Crawl exploring her sites in New York City is planned for May 18. The book is scheduled for release on May 1.


If You Go...

HILDRETH MEIERE MURALS: The works of Art Deco muralist Hildreth Meiere can be found in 100 buildings in 15 states. Here are some highlights:


St. Joseph Church, Canaan: Stations of the Cross, oil and gilt on wood panel, c. 1948

Travelers Insurance Company, Hartford: Lobby mural, marble mosaic, 1956


University of Chicago, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Chicago: Vaulting and apse ceiling, glazed ceramic tile, 1927

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago: Altarpiece and rear wall of miniature church, oil and gilt on wood panel, 1939


Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington: Mary Bennett Memorial, oil and gilt on wood panel, 1924


Bank of America Building, Baltimore: Floor decoration, marble mosaic, 1929


St. John's Episcopal Church, Beverly Farms: Altarpiece, oil and gilt on wood panel, 1930


St. Aloysius Church, Detroit: Rear wall, glass mosaic, 1931


Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, St. Louis: Domes, arches, walls, glass mosaic, 1945-61


Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln: Domes, ceilings, floors, tapestries, doors, 1924-32


Newark Museum, Newark: Central panel for Prudential Plaza lobby mural, marble mosaic, 1960


St. John's Grace Episcopal Church, Buffalo: Altarpiece, oil with gilt on wood panel, 1944

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Mt. Kisco: altarpiece, oil with gilt on wood panel, 1923

Trinity Episcopal Church, Roslyn: World War II triptych, oil and gilt on wood panel, 1943

St. Bartholomew's Church, apse and narthex, glass mosaic, 1929-1930; four clerestory windows, stained glass, 1948-1956

Temple Emanu-El, arch and ark of main sanctuary, glass mosaic, 1929

Radio City Music Hall, facade medallions, mixed-metal and enamel, 1932

One Wall Street, Banking Room, glass mosaic, 1931


Mary Immaculate Center, Chapel, Northampton: Half-dome of apse, glazed ceramic tile, 1939

Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia: Wall mural behind altar, oil on canvas, 1942


St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Providence: Altarpiece, oil and gilt on wood panel, 1924


The Virginia War Museum, Newport News: World War II triptych, oil and gilt on wood panel, 1944


Washington National Cathedral, Chapel of the Resurrection: Half dome apse, glass mosaic, 1951

National Academy of Sciences, Great Hal: Dome, raised and gilded gesso, 1924

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Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, New York City. Image by ricardo martins. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Nebraska State Capitol, floor detail. Image by Dave Parker. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
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