Andy Griffith Movie & Television Memorabilia Values

Andy Griffith (1926-2012) left an indelible mark in movies, Broadway and television. Griffith's film credits include A Face in the Crowd, No Time for Sergeants, Onionhead, Angel in My Pocket and Rustlers' Rhapsody. His television shows include The Andy Griffith Show, Headmaster and Matlock. Valuable Andy Griffith movie and television memorabilia encompasses posters, lobby cards, comic books and autographs.

Andy Griffith (1926-2012) has been called a national treasure. Star of stage, screen and television, Griffith made his movie debut in 1957 as Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd. In addition to films, Griffith also worked extensively in television, winning fame as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68) and later as wily defense lawyer Ben Matlock in Matlock (1986-95). 

Andy Griffith, who died of a heart attack at age 86 on July 3, 2012, left in his wake a body of TV and film work which is second to none. Here are ten valuable Andy Griffith movie and television memorabilia items that should interest and excite Griffith fans of all ages...

A Face in the Crowd (1957) One Sheet Movie Poster

Andy Griffith made his motion picture debut as Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd (1957), directed by Elia Kazan. A one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in folded very fine condition sold at auction for $179.25. 

A Face in the Crowd one sheet poster $179.25 

No Time for Sergeants (1958) Lobby Card Set

Andy Griffith stars as country bumpkin Will Stockdale in No Time for Sergeants (1958), a role which he had first played in 1955 on The United States Steel Hour. A complete set of eight lobby cards (11x14-inches) in very fine/near mint condition brought a reasonable $29 at auction.

No Time for Sergeants lobby set $29

The Andy Griffith Show Comic Book

For many fans Andy Griffith will forever be folksy Andy Taylor, sheriff of Mayberry in The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68). A Dell Four Color comic book #1252 dated January-March 1962 in graded CGC 9.0 very fine/near mint condition sold at auction for $717. Pictured on the cover are Andy Griffith, Ronny Howard, Don Knotts and Frances Bavier. Original price: 15 cents.

The Andy Griffith Show Dell #1252 comic $717

Andy Griffith Autographed Photo

A glossy 8x10 black-and-white photo signed by Andy Griffith in blue felt tip marker fetched a top bid of $42 at auction. It reads: "To Dennis, Thank You, Andy Griffith."

Onionhead (1958) Insert Movie Poster

Andy Griffith plays Alvin Woods in the raucous Coast Guard service comedy Onionhead (1958). An insert movie poster (14x36-inches) in very fine condition brought a bargain $10 at auction.

Onionhead insert poster $10

Andy Griffith Signed Check

A signed canceled check from Andy Griffith dated February 15, 1977, sold at auction for $46. 

Angel in My Pocket (1969) Window Card 

Andy Griffith plays the Reverend Samuel D. Whitehead in Angel in My Pocket (1969). A window card (14x22-inches) in near mint/mint condition brought $12 at auction. Window cards were displayed in cafes, retail shops and other businesses. 

Angel in My Pocket window card $12

Angel in My Pocket (1959) One Sheet Movie Poster

A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine- condition sold at auction for $10. 

Andy Griffith 1957 Signed TV Document

An American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) engagement contract dated August 19, 1957, and signed by Andy Griffith fetched $66 at auction. As specified in the contract, Griffith agrees to appear on The Chevy Show for the sum of $10,000. Not bad money back then...

The Andy Griffith Show Signed Cast Photo

An 8x10 color photo signed by The Andy Griffith Show regulars Andy Griffith, Don Knotts and Jim Nabors sold at auction for $216. 

Andy Griffith Movie & Television Memorabilia Credits

  • All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
  • Top image: Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show - CBS-TV
  • Further reading: Ten Best Andy Griffith Movie Characters 

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Ten Valuable Old Historical Newspapers

Valuable old historical newspapers include Dewey Defeats Truman, the Pearl Harbor attack, Al Capone, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the John F. Kennedy assassination, the sinking of the Titanic, the Lincoln assassination and the San Francisco earthquake.

Old newspapers have value in the collectibles marketplace. Attracting the greatest attention are the vintage papers with the big historical headlines. Also of interest are your regular newspapers – called "atmosphere" papers – which contain no significant events of the day but do provide a glimpse into a bygone era.

Here are ten valuable newspapers featuring some of history's most famous headlines. They are an eclectic bunch, giving readers a general idea as to collectibility and values. Bear in mind that condition plays a major role in determining value and that newspapers must be original, and not reprints.  

Chicago Daily Tribune, November 3, 1948, Dewey Defeats Truman

The 1948 presidential election, as predicted by opinion polls, projected Thomas A. Dewey the victor. During the wee hours of the night on November 2, 1948, after voting had ceased, the Chicago Daily Tribune rushed this famous headline into print in the midst of a typesetter's strike. Later, after realizing their error, the Trib sent its employees out into the streets to retrieve as many copies as possible. The Tribune was not the only newspaper to get it wrong – just the most infamous – with President Harry S. Truman gleefully posing with the paper's embarrassing "Dewey Defeats Truman" banner headline. In excellent condition, one surviving example of this paper – bearing the stamp "Hickey Brothers Cigar Store" where it was sold – brought a top bid of $1,392.

Chicago Daily Tribune, Dewey Defeats Truman $1,392 - Robert Edward Auctions, LLC

The Stars and Stripes, May 8, 1945, Nazis Quit

The Stars and Stripes serves as the unofficial publication for the U.S. Armed Forces. An EXTRA for the European Theater of Operations, Germany edition, dated May 8, 1945, announcing Nazi Germany's official surrender is valued at approximately $215.

The New York Herald, April 15, 1865, Assassination of President Lincoln

Lincoln assassination newspapers are always in demand. One of the most famous is the April 15, 1865, edition of The New York Herald reporting on the death of the 16th President of the United States. Not surprisingly, this edition was saved by many people. Today, it carries a value of over $1,000 in excellent condition.

The New York Herald, Lincoln assassinated $1,000+ -

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 7, 1941, War! Oahu Bombed By Japanese Planes

One of the most famous newspapers of World War II, the first extra of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin of December 7, 1941, reports the sneak attack at Pearl Harbor. A complete edition in excellent condition could top the $1,500 mark. Reprints abound for this coveted issue, including ones made during the war and taken home as souvenirs by American servicemen.

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor $750-1,500 -

The Boston Daily Globe, April 16, 1912, Titanic Sinks, 1500 Die

In the annals of maritime disasters the loss of the "unsinkable" RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York heads the tragic list. A number of Titanic newspapers were printed, with the first report editions carrying the most value. The April 16, 1912, edition of The Boston Daily Globe is worth approximately $200-400.

The Call-Chronicle-Examiner, April 19, 1906, Earthquake And Fire: San Francisco In Ruins

The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 remains one of the worst natural disasters in American history. The San Francisco Call-Chronicle-Examiner – a collective effort by the city's three wounded newspapers – dated April 19, 1906, is a rare periodical. A complete edition could sell for over $700.

The Call-Chronicle-Examiner, San Francisco earthquake $700+ - Library of Congress

The Dallas Times Herald, November 22, 1963, JFK Ambushed in Dallas, President Dead, Connally Shot

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been called the crime of the century. JFK assassination newspapers are legion, as they were saved by many people as historical keepsakes. The most valuable editions are titles from Dallas, Texas, the scene of the crime in infamous Dealey Plaza. The Dallas Times Herald final edition of November 22, 1963, is highly collectible, with a complete edition in excellent or better condition valued at $50-75.

Fitchburg Sentinel, May 21, 1927, Lindbergh Is Reported Over Channel

Aviation pioneer Charles A. Lindbergh's historic transatlantic flight in 1927 is the stuff of legend. The Fitchburg (Massachusetts) Sentinel of May 21, 1927, reported that Lindbergh in his Spirit of St. Louis had been sighted over the English Channel, bound for Paris. This ten-page edition is worth approximately $140.

The Macon Telegraph and News, October 16, 1931, Al Capone Guilty of Evading Taxes

In 1931 Al Capone, the czar of the Chicago underworld, was convicted of income tax evasion. Capone received an 11-year sentence, eventually winding up on Alcatraz. The Macon (Georgia) Telegraph and News of October 16, 1931, headlined Capone's stunning conviction in federal court. This edition carries a value of over $100. 

New York Daily Mirror, February 14, 1935, Guilty Death For Hauptmann

The Lindbergh baby kidnapping horrified the country during the Depression-era 1930s. Bruno Hauptmann was later convicted of kidnapping and murdering Charles Augustus Lindbergh II, the 20-month-old son of aviators Charles A. Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Hauptmann got the death penalty for his crime, dying in New Jersey's electric chair a.k.a. "Old Smokey" on April 3, 1936. The New York Daily Mirror of February 14, 1935, reported Hauptmann's conviction with the bold headline "Guilty Death for Hauptmann." This edition is valued at around $60 today.

New York Daily Mirror 1935 Lindbergh kidnapping conviction $60. Also pictured is the New York Journal, February 13, 1935 - Heritage Auctions

Literally hundreds of thousands of collectible newspapers await both the collector and history buff. It's all there in black and white – wars, assassinations, moon landings, crime and punishment, sports, medicine and you name it...

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  • The New York Times, May 8, 1915, the Lusitania sinking $100+ - The New York Times

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Collecting P. K. Silesia Porcelain

P. K. Silesia porcelain pieces are nice vintage collectibles. They were made in Silesia (formerly in Germany and now in Poland) from the 1880s until World War II. But the company was first started in 1860 and its still producing ceramics today. Its vintage porcelain has a lot of antique charm.

The hardest thing about collecting P. K. Silesia ceramics ware is the name.

P. K. stands for Porzellanfabrik Koenigszelt.  Porzellanfabrik is German for “porcelain factory.”  Koenigszelt is the town near the factory’s location, in Silesia in northeastern Germany.

Even the town’s name has a complicated history.  When the railroad was extended into northeastern Germany in the 1840’s, one of the junctions ended up out in the country.  So railroad officials needed to come up with a name for that junction.  Someone suggested Koenigszelt, or “king’s tent” because he thought that Frederick the Great might have pitched his tent nearby during the Seven Years War.  That sounded good, and the railroad went with it.

A town was established near the junction, mostly to provide homes for railroad workers.  Then in 1860 an entrepreneur named Silber built a ceramics factory there, because of access to the railway and because there were clay and coal deposits nearby.  His production costs were so low that he outsold most of his competition.  The factory attracted investors, and grew quickly.

At that time the company was called Porzellanfabrik Silber and Co.  It changed hands a couple of times and ended up as Porzellanfabrik Koenigszelt, or P.K., in 1886.  The company continued to expand and did quite a bit of exporting.  By 1930 it had 1000 employees.

For a while P. K. Silesia had the sole concession to create Mickey Mouse and other Disney images in porcelain.  Hitler apparently was not a fan of Mickey Mouse, and put a stop to the arrangement.  But the factory kept up production throughout World War II.

After the war, Silesia became Polish territory and today the factory is called Zaklady Porcelany Stokowej.  It’s completely modern, of course, and produces dishwasher-safe, microwaveable kitchenware.

P. K. Silesia backstamps have changed a lot over the years, because of changes in the company name, different products, and also the change in the company’s location from Germany to Poland.  The backstamp in the picture below shows that this plate was made between 1914 and 1918.  It’s from the back of the plate in the picture above.

How much are P.K. Silesia collectibles worth?  You can find vintage serving bowls on ebay for between fifteen and twenty-five dollars.  Dinner and dessert plates go for about the same.  Their backstamps mostly indicate that they’re from around World War I. 

P. K. Silesia backstamps from the 1870’s to around World War I tend to have eagles.  For a short time in the early 1920’s backstamps had a tent, and after that many backstamps featured a crown.

P.K. Silesia vintage porcelain has a lot of antique charm.  It isn’t too hard to find, and if you’re like me you can buy pieces in thrift stores for under a dollar and get a real deal.  Then you can turn around and sell them on ebay.  But for now I like just collecting them.

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Ten Valuable Stephen King First Edition Books

Stephen King first edition books can sell for thousands of dollars. Carrie, 'Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Stand, The Dead Zone, Firestarter, Cujo, Christine, Pet Sematary and Thinner are among the top titles.

The prolific Stephen King has long established himself as the undisputed master of horror fiction. Born September 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine, "King Fear" began his literary career while teaching high school English, selling short stories to science fiction/fantasy and men's magazines on the side. His first published novel, Carrie, came in 1974. And the rest, as they say, is history...

Here are ten valuable Stephen King first edition books along with their selling prices at auction. Pay attention, as many of King's first editions and limited editions can show up at second-hand stores, garage sales, flea markets and the like. And one of the most important things to remember? Condition, condition, condition, especially as it applies to the all-important dust jacket. Autographed copies will also bring premium prices.

Carrie (Doubleday, 1974)

This thin, 199-page novel is Stephen King's first published book. It's the story of Carrietta "Carrie" White, an abused, awkward teenage girl who uses her supernatural telekinetic abilities to wreak havoc on her high school tormentors. The book's dust jacket was designed by Alex Gotfryd. The original hardcover edition of Carrie was not a huge success, racking up only 13,000 copies in sales. Carrie was almost the book that wasn't, as King's wife, Tabitha, had rescued the manuscript from the trash after her husband had threw it away in frustration. Auction result in fine condition: $1,439.98.

Carrie first edition (Doubleday, 1974)

'Salem's Lot (Doubleday, 1975)

Stephen King's second published novel, 'Salem's Lot is the author's 439-page take on vampires, who take up residence in the small Maine town of Jerusalem's Lot. The novel earned a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel nomination in 1976. Auction result in near fine condition: $858.01.

'Salem's Lot first edition (Doubleday, 1975)

The Shining (Doubleday, 1977)

This terrifying 447-page novel features the main character of Jack Torrance, a struggling writer and alcoholic who goes insane while serving as the winter caretaker for the spooky Overlook Hotel in Colorado. The novel was inspired by the King family's solitary stay at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, in the reportedly haunted room 217. Auction result in near fine condition and inscribed/autographed by the author: $2,868.

The Shining first edition (Doubleday, 1977)

The Stand (Doubleday, 1978)

This big, sprawling 823-page novel is set in a post-apocalyptic America devastated by the superflu a.k.a. "Captain Tripps." The survivors band together, trying to stop the evil Randall Flagg. The Stand remains one of King's personal favorites. Auction result in fine condition: $179.25.

The Stand first edition (Doubleday, 1978)

The Dead Zone (Viking, 1979)

Johnny Smith is gravely injured in an automobile accident, later awakening from a five-year coma and endowed with the gift of prophecy in this 426-page thriller. Smith envisions an unstable congressman who ascends to the presidency and starts World War III. Auction result in near fine condition and signed by the author: $597.50.

The Dead Zone first edition (Viking, 1979)

Firestarter (Phantasia Press, 1980)

Young Charlene "Charlie" McGee, whose parents participated in a experimental drug trial while in college, is endowed with the ability to start fires at will. The Shop, a secret government agency, learns of Charlie, sending assassin John Rainbird to bring in the girl and her parents in this high-powered, pyrotechnic novel. Auction result for a signed limited/first edition – #465 of 725 copies – from Michigan-based Phantasia Press in near mint condition: $896.25.

Firestarter signed limited/first edition (Phantasia Press, 1980)

Cujo (Viking, 1981)

A rabid St. Bernard named Cujo terrorizes the Trenton family in Castle Rock, Maine, in this sometimes unintentionally humorous dog-bites-man novel. The winner of a British Fantasy Award, Cujo may not be one of King's best efforts, but then the author by his own admission was drinking very heavily at the time and "barely remembers writing [it] at all." The book's snarling dust jacket was the work of illustrator R. Adelson. Auction result in fine condition: $51.

Cujo first edition (Viking, 1981)

Christine (Donald M. Grant, 1983)

High school geek Arnie Cunningham acquires a haunted 1958 Plymouth Fury called Christine, which proves to be a murderous ride in this automotive ghost story. King dedicated Christine to noted horror filmmaker George Romero (Dawn of the Dead) and his wife Christine. Auction result for a signed limited/first edition in original slipcase – #713 of 1,000 copies – from Rhode Island's Donald M. Grant Press in near mint condition: $567.63.

Christine signed limited/first edition (Donald M. Grant, 1983)

Pet Sematary (Doubleday, 1983)

Dr. Louis Creed attempts to resurrect his dead son Gage, digging up his body and reinterring him in an ancient Indian burial ground known for its curative powers. Gage does return to the living, but is hardly the sweet little boy of old. Pet Sematary is obviously King's ode to the classic 1902 short story "The Monkey's Paw" by British writer W.W. Jacobs. The book's dust jacket was the work of Linda Fennimore. Auction result in fine condition: $34.

Pet Sematary first edition (Doubleday, 1983)

Thinner (New American Library, 1984)

Writing under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King delivers a wild tale of obese lawyer Billy Halleck, who runs over an old Gypsy woman but is later acquitted of vehicular manslaughter. Halleck is then cursed by one of the Gypsies – "thinner," he whispers to the attorney – resulting in rapid weight loss which spirals out of control. Auction result in near fine condition with the rare thin white paper band reading "Stephen King/writing as Richard Bachman" wrapped around the dust jacket: $107.55.

Thinner first edition (New American Library, 1984)

Ten More Stephen King Collectible First Edition Books

  • Cycle of the Werewolf (The Land of Enchantment, 1983)/first trade hardcover edition/fine $155.35
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (Donald M. Grant, 1982)/first trade edition/near fine $478
  • The Tommyknockers (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1987)/first edition/fine $36
  • Bag of Bones (Scribner, 1998)/first edition signed by the author/fine $203.15
  • Black House with Peter Straub (Donald M. Grant, 2002)/first limited edition signed by King and Straub/near mint in shrinkwrap $317.87
  • Desperation (Donald M. Grant, 1996)/first limited edition in clamshell box signed by author/fine $334.60
  • The Bachman Books containing the novellas Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork, The Running Man (New American Library, 1985)/first omnibus edition/fine $155.35
  • Night Shift (Doubleday, 1978)/first edition inscribed and signed by author/fine $1,553.50
  • Gerald's Game (Viking, 1992)/limited A.B.A. edition in slipcase/fine $36
  • It (Phantasia Press, 1986)/first German and world edition in red felt slipcase/fine $478

Signed Stephen King book page from 1982


  • All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas
  • Top image: Novelist Stephen King

Copyright © 2013 William J. Felchner. All rights reserved.