Original Sketch Hy Rubin Saturday Evening Post illustration WWII

Submitted by Mike on July 5, 2017
Sale Price

All is fair in love and war! Artwork can be hit or miss but usually a good original with good subject matter will have at least some value. This is the type of piece I had to pick a price and see if anyone bid. And I did get exactly one bid. While we know that certain types of items don't sell for much at auction, I sometimes wonder if a piece like this might have exploded at a high-end art auction. The problem is, said high-end auctioneer probably wouldn't have taken it...

Antique Tula Tule Russian Brass Coal Samovar Tea Pot

Submitted by Mike on June 20, 2017
Sale Price

We see old things like this all the time. This particular piece was a cut above in condition and quality but at the end of the day, who wants it? The owner suspected it was worth as much as $2,000 but it took us several months to get the 400 we did - which another dealer affirmed me was a GREAT price in this tough economy we all live in.

Bronze Geodetic Triangulation Station Reference Survey Marker

Submitted by Mike on May 22, 2017
Sale Price

You may have seen similar topography markers in the ground at one point. Obscure as they are, there was a collector who wanted them and paid a handsome price. You may notice the Federal warning about tampering and while these were legally obtained they are not readily available which made for a quick sale to a happy buyer.

Civil War Service Document Society Army Navy of the Confederate States Maryland

Submitted by Mike on May 7, 2017
Sale Price

This was a really rare piece of Maryland history honoring a Civil War Confederate veteran after the war c1881. In any war much less a civil war, there is rarely much consideration for the loosing side so even a certificate such as this was a noteworthy honor. Within reason, you can almost name your price for pieces like this and since I couldn't find a single comparable sale, I basically had to guess where to price it. I'm a little sad to say it's leaving Maryland and on it's way to Texas. Oh well - at least it found a good home.

Antique Brass Middle Eastern Ornate Shoe Shine Stand Box

Submitted by Mike on May 4, 2017
Sale Price

Pieces like this can be really hard to sell and in order to get a good price for unusual items, we sometimes have to wait months for the right buyer to come along. In this case, the buyer was in India. With Americans loosing interest in many types of collectibles, we see 20-25% of our online items sold going overseas.

Antique Baldt anchor salesman sample c1896

Submitted by Mike on April 29, 2017
Sale Price

This piece was essentially promo swag from 100 years ago, a miniature sample from a company that made boat anchors that the sales person would have left behind. The respectable value was based on the fact that only a shipyard manager would have gotten something like this and as we already know, transportation memorabilia is hot these days and collectors want things that are uncommon.

New Old Stock Emerson Hi-Fi VHS VCR Video Cassette Recorder

Submitted by Mike on April 21, 2017
Sale Price

On our last downsizing mission, we found not one but two never-opened VCR machines that had been in someone's closet for over 20 years. While VHS is no longer being made, many people still have hundreds of great movies and they can be bought for next to nothing so many people still watch them. There were a few companies that used to make the DVD/VHS combo players but I think they stopped - so these were a great find which made for quick sales!

DONNA SUMMER Bad Girls 1979 LP Record

Submitted by Mike on April 5, 2017
Sale Price

We seem to be hitting the lower value items this week but I wanted to post this to share a few points. Vinyl has always been collectible but from the mid 1990's through the 2000's the market was dead. Enough time has passed that a new generation of record enthusiasts have sprung up and started collecting again. Most LPs are still a dime a dozen but good titles in good condition can have some value. This piece was still sealed in factory shrink wrap and was essentially new - and yet it was still only worth $30.