Ten Valuable Old Historical Newspapers

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...

Collecting P. K. Silesia Porcelain

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 ...

Ten Valuable Stephen King First Edition Books

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 t...

How to Tell If a Chair is an Antique

You are at a garage sale and you see a chair you love. It’s old, a bit rickety and costs $25. While $25 may seem steep for a garage sale chair, what if it is an antique? What if it is worth five times $25? How will you know? There are some simple steps you can follow to date your antique chair. Examine the chair for carved or burnt-in dates and marks. If you happen to have a Blackberry or an iPhone with you…Google any signature or manufacture’s brand you see. If a chair numbered on the underside of the seat it was most likely made in or after the 19th Century. You can use the number you find and your Blackberry or iPhone to search the Patent Office to discover the manufacturer and date of production. You won’t get an exact year, but rather the years in which that particular piece was produced. This will help you narrow in on the chair’s actual production date. Notice how the chair is put together. The older the screw or nail, the cruder it will be. Old...

Ten Valuable Celebrity High School Yearbooks

All high school yearbooks have value. But yearbooks picturing a future celebrity – whether it be a movie star, singer, professional athlete, politician, famous author, etc. – are especially prized, with some vintage examples selling for thousands of dollars. Here are ten valuable high school yearbooks. Pay close attention out there, as sometimes celebrity yearbooks surface at garage sales, flea markets, estate sales, auctions and second-hand stores. It can pay very handsomely indeed if one takes the time to see who is lurking in that old high school annual. Look, it's Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – better known as Lady Gaga! Marilyn Monroe, University High School, The Chieftain Film goddess Marilyn Monroe attended University High School in West Los Angeles, California. Monroe – as Norma Baker – appears in only one edition of the school's yearbook The Chieftain, that being the 1942 issue. There she is as...

Topps 1962 The Civil War News Gum Card Set Checklist & Values

The Topps Chewing Gum Co. produced the famous The Civil War News gum card set in 1962. Numbering 88 cards – with 17 Confederate banknotes as featured inserts – The Civil War News remains a huge favorite with non-sports card collectors today. Civil War News: Hand-Painted Scenes by Norman Saunders, Maurice Blumenfeld and Bob Powell The American Civil War raged from 1861 to 1865, pitting North versus South. It was a very bloody affair, with over 618,000 Americans losing their lives in the conflict. One hundred years after the start of the Civil War, the Topps Chewing Gum Co. of Brooklyn, New York, commissioned a bubblegum card set commemorating the War Between the States. Brought in to do the artwork for the card series were Norman Saunders, Maurice Blumenfeld and Bob Powell, with Woody Gelman serving as editor and Len Brown as writer/product developer. The card set production proved to be a laborious process, taking some six months to com...

Ideal's Robot Commando: Collectible 1960s Toy

The year 1961 was a banner year in American history: John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as president; Alan B. Shepard became the first American in space; West Side Story, the eventual Oscar winner for Best Picture, was all the rage at movie theaters; the New York Yankees (surprise) won another World Series; the Apollo program of U.S. manned space flight was launched… On the all-important toy front (important to kids, that is), the Ideal Toy Corporation, founded in 1907, continued its tradition in grand style, bringing to the marketplace a number of memorable playthings for the younger set. Leading the way was Ideal’s Robot Commando, one of the decade’s truly magnificent toys and a real favorite among vintage toy robot collectors today. Ideal Toy Corporation's original Robot Commando with box (1961) - William J. Felchner Ideal Toy Robot Commando Origins Robot Commando was not Ideal’s first foray into the toy robot field. In 1954, Ideal had laun...

Ten Valuable American Civil War Collectibles

The American Civil War was a bloody affair, lasting from 1861 to 1865 and claiming the lives of over 618,000 Americans. All the great battles – Gettysburg, Antietam, Chickamauga, Second Manassas, Chancellorsville, Shiloh, et al., – are now immortalized in history. Interest in the American Civil never seems to wane, with Ken Burns' haunting 1990 PBS documentary The Civil War standing as a modern-day testament to that defining moment in American history. Here are ten valuable Civil War artifacts that are sure to interest collectors and Civil War history buffs alike. They reflect a bygone era, where North and South engage in a titanic struggle 150 years ago. Civil War Tintype Union Army Soldier in Western Theater The Civil War was waged in a number of locales, including the western frontier. A Civil War sixth plate tintype, which many soldiers had made in order to document their service, picturing a young Union infantry soldier out west wi...

Billy Beer Can Collectibles

Billy Beer first came on the scene in 1977. It garners its name from the late Billy Carter (1937-1988), the younger, hard-drinking brother of then-President Jimmy Carter. Billy Beer was on the scene briefly, but has acquired its own unique place in urban legend and collectible breweriana circles. Billy Carter: President Jimmy Carter's Brother  Former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter was elected President of the United States in November 1976, narrowly defeating Republican incumbent Gerald R. Ford. With the election of Carter – who hailed from the small town of Plains, Georgia – the media/public focus became even more intense on Carter's family. That attention eventually led to the President's younger brother, William Alton "Billy" Carter III, one of the more colorful members of the prez's brood. An ex-marine who served four years in the Corps, Billy worked in the family peanut business and also went on to famously operate a service station in Plains, Georgia. Billy, wh...

Ten Valuable The Man from UNCLE TV Collectibles

The Man from UNCLE ran on NBC-TV from 1964-68. Starring Robert Vaughn (Napoleon Solo), David McCallum (Illya Kuryakin) and Leo G. Carroll (Mr. Alexander Waverly), The Man from UNCLE – an acronym for the Untied Network Command for Law and Enforcement – produced 105 episodes and an array of official UNCLE merchandise. Here are ten valuable "The Man from UNCLE" TV collectibles that are sure to excite UNCLE spy fans and classic television memorabilia buffs. Open Channel D! The Man from UNCLE Illya Kuryakin Gilbert Action Figure Handsome David McCallum – often attired in his trademark black turtleneck shirt – had quite a following as Illya Kuryakin, Napoleon Solo's Russian partner. A 1965 Illya Kuryakin action figure made by A.C. Gilbert in mint condition with original box sold at auction for $145.48. Illya Kuryakin 1965 Gilbert action figure with accessories and box $145.48 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles The Man from UNCLE Badge Store Display Card...

Bram Stoker's Dracula First Edition Book Values

Irish writer Abraham "Bram" Stoker (1847-1912) authored Dracula, perhaps the most famous horror novel ever published. Stoker's Dracula entered the literary market in 1897, with first editions – both British and American – commanding big bucks from book and horror collectors today. Bram Stoker & the Dracula Cult Dracula was not Bram Stoker's first published novel. That honor goes to The Primrose Path, published in Ireland in 1875 and serialized in The Shamrock magazine. The principal character is Jerry O'Sullivan, an Irish theatrical carpenter who succumbs to the evils of demon rum. The Primrose Path was followed by The Snake's Pass (1890), The Watter's Mou (1895) and The Shoulder of Shasta (1897).  In 1897, Archibald Constable and Company of the United Kingdom published Dracula, Bram Stoker's classic tale of Count Dracula, a vampire from Transylvania and his attempt to relocate to England. The familiar characters of horror lore are all here, including English so...

Ten Valuable Ernest Hemingway First Edition Books

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was one of America's literary lions. A volunteer ambulance driver in World War I, a seasoned war correspondent and an inveterate world traveler, the macho Hemingway left in his wake a treasure trove of classic literature.   Ernest Hemingway is always big with book collectors. Here are ten valuable Hemingway first editions and their selling prices at auction. Condition, especially as it relates to the dust jacket, is of paramount importance. Also, autographed editions will carry a big premium. The Sun Also Rises (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926) Hemingway's timeless story of American and British expatriates living in Europe following World War I propelled him to literary fame. The narrator is American Jake Barnes, a Great War veteran rendered impotent by an unspecified wound received in combat. Released by Scribner's in October 1926, The Sun Also Rises originally sold for $2 and had a first edition print run of only 5...

Topps 1962 Mars Attacks Gum Card Set Checklist & Values

One of Topps Chewing Gum Co.'s most famous bubblegum card sets is the infamous Mars Attacks. Released in 1962 under the Topps dummy subsidiary corporation of Bubbles Inc., Mars Attacks has retained its immense popularity today, still thrilling collectors with its gruesome depiction of a Martian invasion of Earth. Far out! Len Brown and Woody Gelman Creators of Bubbles Inc.'s Mars Attacks  Mars Attacks was the brainchild of longtime Topps Chewing Gum Co. product developer Len Brown. Infatuated with the cover of EC Comics Weird Science #16 (1952) as illustrated by Wally Wood, Brown took his idea of an alien invasion card set to Topps editor Woody Gelman. Brown and Gelman then collaborated to write the story, with Wally Wood and Bob Powell rendering the sketches and Norman Saunders hand painting the cards. The result was Mars Attacks, a spectacular 55-card entry which blew away youngsters of the era. Mars Attacks debuted in 1962, test market...

Ten Valuable Papillon (1973) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Allied Artists' Papillon came to movie theaters in 1973. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon and Anthony Zerbe, Papillon features McQueen and Hoffman as a pair of prisoners who make their escape from the infamous penal colony at French Guiana. Made for $12 million, Papillon debuted on December 16, 1973, earning a lone Academy Award nomination for Best Original Dramatic Music Score (Jerry Goldsmith). Here are ten valuable Papillon movie posters and collectibles that should interest Steve McQueen fans and movie memorabilia collectors. "Papillon...is a big, brave, stouthearted, sometimes romantic, sometimes silly melodrama with the kind of visual sweep you don't often find in movies anymore." - Vincent Canby, The New York Times (12/17/73). Papillon One Sheet Movie Poster A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very good/fine condition brought $28 at auction. Papillon is based on the rather dubi...

Making Money on Hot Collectibles: Vintage Cigarette Items

As a longtime collector and dealer in antique and vintage items, I often use my psychic radar to predict what I believe will sell now - or in the immediate future. A while back, I suggested making money on money collectibles - old currencies, tokens, and outdated forms of money seemed to be selling like hotcakes on auction sites (actually selling quite a bit better than hotcakes). I took my own advice and made more than a pretty penny on some antique tokens and coins.  Today, I'm recommending making money on vintage and older cigarette items - particularly cigarette packs, cigarette lighters and cigarette trading cards. On the SY hot collectibles meter, they are a #3 (meter ranges from 1-5) and climbing! The key to making money on collectibles is to anticipate where the market is going so you can buy now at bargain prices and sell for a profit as the market goes up. For vintage cigarette items, the market is just beginning to light up.  Not only can you make some good change...

Collecting Apollo 11 Moon Landing Souvenirs 40 Years Later: What to Buy Now

On July 20th, we will celebrate the 41st Anniversary of Apollo 11's landing on the moon. Oh, what a high time for America!  Not only did we win this race for space by landing the first men on the moon, but our Country was unified and cohesive. We collectively held our breath until the Astronauts returned home safely and then we whooped and hollered at their bravery and our historic achievement.  The manned moon landing became one of the all-time milestones of the 20th Century. There is now increasing demand for souvenirs and mementos from 40 years ago. This is another collectible investment area worth pursuing - items to keep or to re-sell. There is no better time than now to scout for Apollo 11 ephemera (various collectibles). Many authentic Apollo 11 collectibles are now priced ridiculously low (due to economic woes). Also, every time a significant anniversary approaches, sellers make their items available, hoping to profit on enhanced interest. I am not a Jonnie Sue-come-...

Ten Valuable John F. Kennedy Collectibles

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) served as the 35th President of the United States. Born on May 29, 1917, Kennedy had served previously as a  congressman and United States senator from Massachusetts, eventually winning the presidency in 1960. President Kennedy was later assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, November 22, 1963. Here are ten valuable John F. Kennedy collectibles that should interest historians, JFK buffs and political memorabilia collectors. "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." - JFK, January 20, 1961 Inaugural Address John F. Kennedy 1960 Campaign Jugate Pin Democrats John F. Kennedy and running mate Lyndon B. Johnson won one of the closest presidential elections in history when they eked out a victory over the Republican ticket of Richard M. Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. in 1960. A rare 1960 campaign pin picturing JFK and LBJ used in Pennsylvania only sold at auction for $388.38. JFK/LBJ 1960 cam...

Ten Valuable John Wayne Movie Collectibles

John Wayne (1907-1979) still reigns as one of Hollywood's most beloved movie stars. Born Marion Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, on May 26, 1907, The Duke made his first film appearance as a Yale football player in Brown of Harvard (1926). Wayne's most popular films include Stagecoach (1939), The Shepherd of the Hills (1941), Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), The High and the Mighty (1954), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Hellfighters (1968), True Grit (1969) and The Shootist (1976). Here are ten valuable John Wayne movie collectibles that are sure to please movie memorabilia buffs. John Wayne – The Duke – riding tall in the saddle again... John Wayne Texas Terror One Sheet Movie Poster John Wayne spent years making low-budget B westerns on Hollywood's so-called Poverty Row. He plays John Higgins in Texas Terror, released by Monogram Pictures on February 1, 1935. A standard one sheet stone litho poster (27x41-inches) in fine+ condition on linen sold at auction for $334.60. ...

Ten Valuable 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey represents a triumph in filmmaking. Astronauts Keir Dullea (Dr. Dave Bowman), Gary Lockwood (Dr. Frank Poole), et al., along with the supercomputer HAL 9000 embark aboard Discovery One on a perilous journey to Jupiter in order to investigate a mysterious signal. Premiering in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 1968, 2001: A Space Odyssey garnered four Academy Award nominations: Best Director, Best Story & Screenplay, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Special Visual Effects (won). Here are ten valuable 2001: A Space Odyssey movie posters and film collectibles that are sure to interest movie memorabilia buffs. "Let me put it this way, Mr. Amor. The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error." - HAL 2001:...

Ten Valuable Easy Rider (1969) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Columbia Pictures' Easy Rider came to movie theaters in 1969. Directed by Dennis Hopper and starring Peter Fonda, Hopper and Jack Nicholson, Easy Rider tells the story of two restless bikers who hit the road and discover America's counterculture of the late 1960s. Made for a paltry $400,000, Easy Rider debuted at the Cannes Film Festival on May 8, 1969, becoming a huge box-office hit and earning two Academy Award nominations for Best Story & Screenplay (Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern) and Best Supporting Actor (Nicholson).  Here are ten valuable Easy Rider movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest movie memorabilia collectors. "They'll talk to ya and talk to ya and talk to ya about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em." - Jack Nicholson as alcoholic lawyer George Hanson Easy Rider One Sheet Style A Movie Poster A one sheet style A movie poster (27x41-in...

Ten Valuable 1933 King Kong Movie Collectibles

RKO Radio Pictures' King Kong debuted in New York City on March 7, 1933. Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, King Kong features Robert Armstrong (Carl Denham), Fay Wray (Ann Darrow), Bruce Cabot (John Driscoll), Frank Reicher (Captain Englehorn) and Charles Weston (Sam Hardy) in the principle roles. Made for a then-staggering $670,000, King Kong proved to be a big box-office hit, wowing moviegoers with its superb special effects. Here are ten valuable King Kong movie collectibles that are sure to bring out the collecting beast in film buffs. "And now, ladies and gentlemen, before I tell you any more, I'm going to show you the greatest thing your eyes have ever beheld. He was a king and a god in the world he knew, but now he comes to civilization merely a captive – a show to gratify your curiosity. Ladies and gentlemen, look at Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World!" Robert Armstrong as showman Carl Denham tells a packed New York Ci...

Have Gun Will Travel TV Show Collectibles Values

The iconic TV western Have Gun Will Travel graced the small screen from 1957 to 1963 producing 226 half-hour episodes. Herb Meadow and Sam Rolfe were the show's creators, with Richard Boone (Paladin) and Kam Tong (Hey Boy) heading the cast. Here are ten valuable Have Gun Will Travel TV show collectibles that are sure to excite fans and collectors. "Wire Paladin, San Francisco" - Paladin's business card. Have Gun Will Travel Paladin Hartland Statue Hartland Plastics Inc. of Hartland, Wisconsin, produced the famous TV western line in the late 1950s/early '60s. A 1958 Richard Boone Paladin statue in excellent condition with original tag sold at auction for $475. Paladin Hartland figure $475 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles Have Gun Will Travel Card Case A Paladin card case with business cards and fan club card in near mint condition brought $202.40 at auction.  Paladin card case $202.40 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles Have Gun Will Travel Black Felt Cowboy Hat ...

Ten Valuable Abraham Lincoln Collectibles

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) served as the 16th President of the United States. A successful lawyer and former congressman from Illinois, Lincoln was first elected president in 1860 and re-elected in 1864, serving until his death on April 15, 1865, following an assassin's single shot to the head the previous evening while attending a play at Ford's Theatre. Here are ten valuable Abraham Lincoln collectibles that are sure to interest historians and political memorabilia collectors with deep pockets. "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal..." - Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863  Abraham Lincoln 1865 Assassination Reward Broadside  A 13x24-inch April 20, 1865, broadside offering a $100,000 reward for "The Murderer of our late beloved President Abraham Lincoln" sold at auction for a ...

Ten Valuable Hartland Plastics Statues

Hartland Plastics, Inc. of Hartland, Wisconsin, was one of the legendary toymakers of the 1950s and '60s. Their most famous figurine creations included professional baseball and football players, TV western characters and historical horsemen. Hartland was in peak form from 1953 to 1963, when many of their top statues rolled into hobby and toy stores. Hartland statues are known the world over for their attention to detail and lifelike appearance. Here are ten valuable Hartland statues that are sure to please and excite Hartland collectors everywhere. Some of these figures originally sold for the "exorbitant" price of $1.98! Hank Aaron Hartland Statue Hartland's original baseball series was produced from 1958-62 and numbered 18 figures. An original Hank Aaron statue – he was swatting home runs for the Milwaukee Braves at the time – in near mint condition sold at auction for $131.45. Hank Aaron Hartland statue $131.45 - H...

Charlie's Angels TV Show Collectibles Values

The original Charlie's Angels (1976-81) was one of the hottest television shows of its era. Kate Jackson (Sabrina Duncan), Farrah Fawcett (Jill Munroe) and Jaclyn Smith (Kelly Garrett) were the original angels with Cheryl Ladd (Kris Munroe), Shelley Hack (Tiffany Welles) and Tanya Roberts (Julie Rogers) later coming on board as replacement angels. Also in the cast were David Doyle (John Bosley) and John Forsythe (the voice of Charlie Townsend). Here are ten valuable Charlie's Angels TV show collectibles that are sure to please "Angels" fans and collectors... Charlie's Angels Corgi Van Corgi produced the Charlie's Angels replica van in 1978 bearing the familiar copyright from Spelling-Goldberg Productions. One example still mint in its box sold at auction for $45. Charlie's Angels toy van $45 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles Charlie's Angels Milton Bradley Game Milton Bradley produced the official Charlie's Angels board game in 1977. Find this one in excellent condition and ...

Perry Mason TV Show Memorabilia Values

The classic legal drama Perry Mason ran on CBS from 1957 to 1966 producing 271 hourlong episodes. Based on the character created by Erle Stanley Gardner, the series features Raymond Burr (Perry Mason), William Hopper (Paul Drake), Barbara Hale (Della Street), Ray Collins (Lt. Arthur Tragg) and William Talman (Hamilton Burger). Here are ten valuable Perry Mason TV collectibles that should interest Mason fans and collectors. "Are you aware of the penalty for perjury?" Perry Mason Character Glass A character glass featuring the Perry Mason TV logo along with Lady Justice was produced in 1965. One rare example in near mint condition brought $270.57 at auction. Perry Mason promo glass $270.57 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles Perry Mason Case of the Missing Suspect Game Transogram produced the Perry Mason Case of the Missing Suspect Game in 1959. Fine this one in excellent condition and it could be worth $75-100. Perry Mason Autographed Photos A 5x7 black-and-white photo signed...

Ten Valuable Vintage Science Fiction & Fantasy Paperbacks

The modern American paperback debuted in 1939. Collectors love these old paperbacks, with science fiction and fantasy titles among the most valuable items in the field. Vintage science fiction and fantasy paperbacks offer top stories, great authors, wild promotional blurbs and outstanding cover art. Here are ten valuable science fiction and fantasy paperbacks that are sure to excite and amaze collectors. They are truly "out of this world." The Princess of the Atom by Ray Cummings (Avon Fantasy Novel, 1950) Ray Cummings' fantastic The Princess of the Atom was published as Avon Fantasy Novel #1 in 1950. Find this paperback in excellent condition or better and it's worth approximately $100. The Princess of the Atom 1950 Avon Fantasy Novel #1 - Avon Books The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury (Bantam, 1952) Ray Bradbury's celebrated The Illustrated Man was published as Batman #991 in 1952 with cover art by Charles Binger. A first edition paperback in top ...

The Coal Miner's Birdcage: Vintage Wooden Bird Cages

  Canaries (and Birdcages) in the Coal Mines To alert the coal miners of dangerous methane or carbon monoxide build-up, men throughout the 1800s would bring caged canaries into the mines with them. Housed within small wooden cages that have a unsettling resemblance to the modern baby crib, the birds were a safety device for the miners. They would reside alongside the miners as they labored away, singing and chirping merrily. Their presence and cheery song provided a living testimony to the satisfactory quality of the air. But their death could be just minutes away. Canaries have very sensitive respiratory systems and are quick to succumb to toxic and noxious gases seeping from the earth. This is why canaries were the choice for companion animal in the mines. While a human would become disoriented and drowsy over a longer period of time and eventually quietly succumb, the otherwise noisy and boisterous canary would perish much more quickly. It was this fact that served as an ala...

Ten Valuable Laurel and Hardy Movie Collectibles

Before The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello and Martin and Lewis, there was Laurel and Hardy. Stan Laurel (1890-1965) and Oliver Hardy (1892-1957) entertained millions with their unique brand of comedy, first appearing together on camera in The Lucky Dog (1921). Here are ten valuable Laurel and Hardy movie collectibles. "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" Sons of the Desert (1933) Midget Window Card In this MGM feature directed by William A. Seiter, Stan and Ollie fake a therapeutic cruise trip in order to attend the Sons of the Desert lodge convention in Chicago without their wives knowing it. A rare midget window card (8x14-inches) in very fine- condition brought $7,767.50 at auction. Midget window card: Sons of the Desert (1933) - $7,767.50 Pack Up Your Troubles (1932) Lobby Card Uncle Sam wants you! – even the bumbling Laurel and Hardy who enlist in the U.S. Army in this popular MGM film. A lobby card (11x14-inches) featuring ...

Ten Valuable St. Louis Browns Baseball Collectibles

The old St. Louis Browns evoke a lot of memories for those old enough to remember. The Browns began their American League career as the Milwaukee Brewers in 1901, moving to St. Louis the following year where they played their first game at Sportsman's Park on April 23, 1902. Not the most successful franchise in baseball history, the Browns – often overshadowed by their cross-town National League rivals the St. Louis Cardinals – made only one World Series appearance in their history. That came in 1944, where they lost to the Cardinals four games to two. The Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954 and became the Orioles, capturing World Series titles in 1966, 1970 and 1983. Here are ten valuable St. Louis Browns baseball collectibles that are sure to interest both Brownie fans and sports memorabilia buffs. "First in booze, first in shoes and last in the American League," hometown sportswriters once wrote of St. Louis and its hapless Browns. St. Louis Browns 19...

Ten Valuable Halloween (1978) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Compass International Pictures' cult horror classic Halloween rampaged into movie theaters in 1978. Directed by John Carpenter and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers and Kyle Richards, Halloween tells the story of the indestructible Michael Myers, an institutionalized murderer who makes his escape several days before Halloween. Made for a paltry $320,000, Halloween debuted on October 25, 1978, quickly becoming a box-office sensation. Here are ten valuable Halloween movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest horror/slasher film fans and movie memorabilia collectors.  It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare." - Charles Cyphers as Sheriff Leigh Brackett Halloween One Sheet Movie Poster   A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine- condition sold at auction for $191.20. The movie begins on Halloween night in 1963, where six-year-old Michael Myers commits his first murder....

Ten Valuable Roberto Clemente Baseball Collectibles

Roberto Clemente (1934-72) was one of baseball's greatest all-around players. A native of Puerto Rico, Clemente played his entire abbreviated 1955-72 career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, amassing 3,000 hits, 240 home runs, 1,305 runs batted in and a .317 batting average. The 1966 National League Most Valuable Player, Clemente's life came to a tragic end on December 31, 1972, when his chartered plane en route to earthquake-ravaged Nicaragua on a mission of mercy crashed into the ocean off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, killing everyone on board. Roberto Clemente was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. Here are ten valuable Robert Clemente baseball collectibles that are sure to interest Pirates fans and sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking the field once again #21 the great Roberto Clemente... Roberto Clemente 1962 Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Contract Roberto Clemente inked a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1962 which called for an annual ...

Ten Valuable Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Collectibles

The Toronto Blue Jays began their baseball life in 1977 as an American League expansion team. The Jays played their first game on April 7, 1977, at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, where they beat the visiting Chicago White Sox 9-5 during a minor snowstorm. Currently the only Canadian team in major league baseball, the Blue Jays have captured two American League pennants/World Series titles (1992, 1993). Here are ten valuable Toronto Blue Jays baseball collectibles that are sure to interest Jays fans and sports memorabilia buffs. George Bell, Dave Stieb, Joe Carter, Tony Fernandez, Cito Gaston and Roberto Alomar are just several Jays personnel honored at the Rogers Centre's "Level of Excellence." Toronto Blue Jays Pat Hentgen 1993 World Series Road Jersey The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies four games to two to win the 1993 World Series. That year, pitcher Pat Hentgen posted a 19-9 record for the Jays. Hentgen's Toronto game-used #41 road jersey...

Ten Valuable Buck Rogers Radio, Comic & Movie Collectibles

The venerable Buck Rogers has been on the interplanetary scene since the late 1920s. Created by Philip Francis Nowlan (1888-1940), Anthony Rogers – the character's original name – first appeared in the novella Armageddon 2419 A.D. in the August 1928 issue of Amazing Stories, which was followed by the sequel The Airlords of Han (March 1929). Rechristened Buck Rogers, the character made his newspaper comic strip debut on January 7, 1929, eventually branching out into radio, movie serials, novels, feature films and television. Here are ten valuable Buck Rogers radio, comic and movie collectibles that are sure to please Buck Rogers fans and popular culture buffs. Return with us now to those thrilling science fiction days of yesteryear... Buck Rogers Amazing Stories August 1928 Edition Philip Francis Nowlan's 29-page novella Armageddon 2419 A.D. introduced Anthony Rogers, the forerunner to Buck Rogers, in the August 1928 issue of Amazing Stories. One examp...

Gunsmoke TV Show Collectibles Values

CBS-TV's Gunsmoke ran from 1955 to 1975 producing 635 episodes. James Arness (Marshal Matt Dillon), Milburn Stone (Doc Adams), Amanda Blake (Kitty Russell), Dennis Weaver (Chester B. Goode), Ken Curtis (Festus Haggen) and Buck Taylor (Newly O'Brian) were the show's principal performers through the years. Here are ten valuable Gunsmoke TV show collectibles that are sure to interest fans and collectors. Return with us now to Dodge City... Gunsmoke Dell Four Color #679 Comic Book The first Gunsmoke comic book published was Dell Four Color #679 dated 1956. One issue in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $84. Original cost: ten cents. Gunsmoke Dell #679 comic $84 - Heritage Auctions Gunsmoke Steel Handcuffs John-Henry Products made the official Gunsmoke toy steel handcuffs in the late 1950s. When found still on their illustrated card this item could be worth $35-45.  Gunsmoke Gold Key #2 Comic Book Gold Key published six Gunsmoke comic books from 1969-70. Gold Key #2 dat...

Ten Valuable Lyndon B. Johnson Collectibles

Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973) served as the 36th President of the United States. A former congressman and U.S. senator from Texas, Vice President Johnson ascended to the presidency on November 22, 1963, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. LBJ was elected president in 1964 in his own right, serving until 1969. Here are ten valuable Lyndon B, Johnson collectibles that are sure to interest historians and political memorabilia collectors. "To shatter forever not only the barriers of law and public practice, but the walls which bound the condition of many by the color of his skin. To dissolve, as best we can, the antique enmities of the heart which diminish the holder, divide the great democracy, and do wrong — great wrong — to the children of God..." President Lyndon B. Johnson, Howard University commencement, June 4, 1965 Lyndon Johnson For United States Senator Poster Lyndon Johnson first ran for the U.S. Senate in 1941, l...

Ten Valuable Buffalo Bill Cody Collectibles

William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody remains one of the most colorful figures in Old West history. Born in Iowa Territory on February 26, 1846, Cody earned his famous nickname while supplying the Kansas Pacific Railroad with fresh buffalo meat. A teamster with the Union Army during the Civil War, Cody later served as a civilian scout with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1872 for "gallantry in action." The founder of Buffalo Bill's Wild West, a popular show which toured the United States and Europe, Buffalo Bill Cody died of kidney failure in Denver, Colorado, on January 10, 1917. Here are ten valuable Buffalo Bill Cody collectibles that are sure to interest Wild West historians and collectors of Americana. The iconic Buffalo Bill Cody rides again... Buffalo Bill Cody Circa 1905 Lithograph  A 39x26-inch lithograph titled "W.F. Cody Le Dernier Des Grandes Eclairuers" (W. F...

Ten Valuable Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Collectibles

The Pittsburgh Pirates can trace their origins back to 1882, when they simply played under the city name of Allegheny. The franchise evolved into the Pittsburgh Alleghenys, Pittsburgh Innocents and eventually Pittsburgh Pirates, an unofficial moniker they claimed for the 1891 baseball season. The nickname "Pirates" would not make its way onto the team's uniforms until 1912. The Pirates have captured nine National League pennants (1901, 1902, 1903, 1909, 1925, 1927, 1960, 1971, 1979) and four World Series titles (1909, 1925, 1960, 1971, 1979). Here are ten valuable Pittsburgh Pirates baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia buffs. Now returning to historic Forbes Field – the Pittsburgh Pirates... Pittsburgh Pirates 1902 National League Champions Pinback Button The Pirates blew away the competition in 1902, finishing with a record of 103-36, 27 1/2 games ahead of the second place Brooklyn Dodgers. Unfortunately, there was no World Se...

Ten Valuable Ronald Reagan Collectibles with Auction Values

Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) served as the 40th President of the United States. A former president of the Screen Actors Guild and a two-time governor of California, Reagan was first elected to the presidency in 1980 and re-elected in 1984, serving until 1989. Here are ten valuable Ronald Reagan collectibles that are sure to interest historians and political/movie memorabilia collectors. "General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" - Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall, June 12, 1987 Ronald Reagan Welcome Home Pin In 1941 Ronald Reagan movie star returned to his hometown of Dixon, Illinois. A pinback button commemorating that event sold at auction for $167.30. Only a handful of these pins are known to exist today. Ronald Reagan Welcome Home Dixon, Ill. pin $167.30. Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman...

Ten Most Collectible Original Star Trek TV Guide Covers

The original Star Trek television series (1966-69) is always huge with collectors. Of particular interest are TV Guide covers and other TV listings-type magazines featuring Star Trek cast members. Here are ten outstanding and valuable Star Trek TV Guide/TV listings magazine covers from the 1960s and ‘70s that are sure to attract collectors of the classic Gene Roddenberry science fiction series. Also included is a Star Trek TV Guide cover value list. Live long and prosper… TV Guide, March 4, 1967 This issue marks the first appearance of Star Trek on the cover of Triangle Publications’ TV Guide. William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) are the magazine’s real photo cover subjects. Approximate value in top condition: $150-170. William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, TV Guide, March 4, 1967 (Triangle Publications, Inc.) TV Guide, November 18, 1967 William Shatner (Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (Spock) grace the illustrated cove...

Ten Valuable Pete Rose Baseball Collectibles

Cincinnati-born Pete Rose (1941-) is baseball's all-time hits leader. Called "Charlie Hustle" because of his aggressive style on the field, Rose played his 1963-1986 major league career with the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos, amassing 4,256 hits, 160 home runs, 1,314 runs batted in, 198 stolen bases and a lifetime batting average of .303. The 1963 National League Rookie of the Year, a 17-time NL All Star, the NL's 1973 Most Valuable Player and a three-time NL batting champ (1968, 1969, 1973), Pete Rose remains ineligible for Baseball's Hall of Fame because of his admission that he bet on baseball games while serving as player-manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Here are ten valuable Pete Rose baseball collectibles that are sure to interest Rose fans and sports memorabilia collectors. Now sprinting down to first base once again – don't tell the commissioner! – #14 Pete Rose... Pete Rose 1970 Cincinnati Reds Game-Used Un...

Ten Valuable Betty Grable Movie Collectibles

Betty Grable (1916-1973) is perhaps best remembered today as the number one American pinup girl from World War II. But Grable's movie career pre-dates the war, with the actress singing and dancing in various Hollywood musicals before she had reached the age of 14. Her earliest film efforts as a chorus girl include Happy Days (1929), Let's Go Places (1930) and Kiki (1931). Born Elizabeth Ruth Grable in St. Louis, Missouri, on December 18, 1916, Betty Grable died of lung cancer at age 56 on July 2, 1973. Grable's two husbands were trumpeter/big band leader Harry James and actor Jackie Coogan. Here are ten valuable Betty Grable movie collectibles that are sure to interest Grable fans and film memorabilia enthusiasts. "There are two reasons why I am successful in show business and I am standing on both of them." - Betty Grable a.k.a. "The Girl with the Million Dollar Legs" Betty Grable Autographed Photo Betty Grable autographs are always in demand. An 8x10-inch ...

Starsky & Hutch TV Show Collectibles Values

Starksy & Hutch (1975-79) was one of the more popular police shows of the 1970s. William Blinn was the series' creator, with Paul Michael Glaser (Detective Dave Starsky), David Soul (Detective Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson), Antonio Fargas (Huggy Bear) and Bernie Hamilton (Captain Harold Dobey) heading the cast. Here are ten valuable Starsky & Hutch TV show collectibles that are sure to excite fans and collectors.... Starsky & Hutch Mego Ford Gran Torino Car Mego produced the Starsky & Hutch battery-operated Ford Gran Torino police car with accessories in the mid 1970s. One example still near mint in its box sold at auction for $407.31. It's considered to be one of the top items in the Starsky & Hutch TV collectibles field. Starsky & Hutch battery-operated toy $407.31 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles Starsky & Hutch Cap Guns A pair of Starsky & Hutch cap guns – one a 9mm automatic and the other a .357 Magnum – made by Fleetwood Toys Inc....

Ten Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Collectibles

The St. Louis Cardinals began their baseball life in 1882 as the St. Louis Brown Stockings of the American Association. They joined the National League ten years later in 1892, officially becoming the St. Louis Cardinals in 1900. The franchise has been a very successful one, fielding a number of Hall of Famers – Rogers Hornsby, Dizzy Dean, Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Red Schoendienst, Billy Southworth, Ozzie Smith, et al. – and winning eleven World Series titles in 1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1982, 2006 and 2011. Here are ten valuable St. Louis Cardinals baseball collectibles that will excite both Redbird fans and sports memorabilia buffs. "Go crazy, folks!" as longtime Cardinals announcer Jack Buck used to say. St. Louis Cardinals Dizzy Dean Home Jersey Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953 and a member of the Cards' vaunted "Gas House Gang" of the 1930s, is on...

Ten Valuable Dizzy Dean Baseball Collectibles

Lucas, Arkansas-born Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean (1910-1974) was one of the premier pitchers of his era. The older brother of Paul "Daffy" Dean, Dizzy Dean played his 1930-1947 major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Browns, amassing a 150-83 won-loss record, 1,163 strikeouts and a lifetime earned run average of 3.02. A 30-game winner/Most Valuable Player in 1934 and a four-time National League strikeout leader (1932 through 1935), Dizzy Dean was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953. Here are ten valuable Dizzy Dean baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the mound once again for the St. Louis Cardinals #17 Ol' Dizzy Dean... Dizzy Dean 1934 Goudey Baseball Card Card #6 Dizzy Dean graces the 1934 Goudey Gum baseball series. One graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition brought $3,818.75 at auction. Dizzy Dean 1934 Goudey card $3,818.75  Dizzy...

Ten Valuable Johnny Unitas Football Collectibles

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-born Johnny Unitas (1933-2002) is one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game of football. Nicknamed "Johnny U" or "The Golden Arm," Unitas played his collegiate ball at the University of Louisville, later playing his 1956-1973 pro football career with the Baltimore Colts and San Diego Chargers. A ten-time Pro Bowl selection who threw for 40,239 yards and 290 touchdowns during his NFL career, Johnny Unitas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. Here are ten valuable Johnny Unitas football collectibles that are sure to interest gridiron historians and sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the field once again old #19 the legendary Johnny Unitas... Johnny Unitas 1957 Topps Rookie Football Card Johnny Unitas was actually cut by the boneheaded Pittsburgh Steelers in 1955 before signing on with the Baltimore Colts as a free agent in 1956. Steelers head coach Walt Kiesling had deemed Unitas not smart enough to q...

Ten Valuable Hopalong Cassidy Radio, TV & Movie Collectibles

Hopalong Cassidy is one of the most famous characters in western fiction history. Created by Illinois-born Clarence E. Mulford (1883-1956), Hopalong Cassidy made his first appearance in the 1907 novel Bar-20. Hoppy, as he was affectionately known, later made his way to television, radio and motion pictures, where he generated a vast array of licensed merchandise. Here are ten valuable Hopalong Cassidy radio, television and movie collectibles that are sure to please Hoppy fans everywhere. Hopalong Cassidy rides again! Hopalong Cassidy 1954 Lunchbox and Thermos Hopalong Cassidy ran on television from 1949 to 1954, with William Boyd (1895-1972) in the title role. The 1954 Hopalong Cassidy lunchbox and thermos made by Aladdin Industries Inc. is legendary in the Hoppy field. One outstanding old store stock example in excellent/near mint condition sold at auction for $1,382.94. Hopalong Cassidy 1954 lunchbox and thermos $1,382.94 Hopalong Cassidy 1950 Transogram Coloring Outfit High...

Ten Valuable Casablanca (1942) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Warner Bros'. Casablanca rates as one of Hollywood's greatest movies. Directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, Casablanca features Bogie as Rick Blaine, an American expatriate whose involvement with his old flame Bergman leads to danger and intrigue in early World War II North Africa. Made for $950,000, Casablanca premiered in New York City on November 26, 1942, earning eight Academy Award nominations: Best Picture (won), Best Director (Curtiz, won), Best Actor (Bogart), Best Screenplay (won), Best Supporting Actor (Rains), Best Film Editing, Best Black-and-White Cinematography and Best Music Scoring. Here are ten valuable Casablanca movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest discerning movie memorabilia collectors with a little heft to their wallets. "Play it once, Sam. For old times' sake." Bogie as Rick Blaine to Dooley Wilson's S...

Ten Valuable Abbott and Costello Collectibles

The immortal comedy team of Bud Abbott (1895-1974) and Lou Costello (1906-1959) appeared in films, radio and television. The boys made their motion picture debut as a duo in Universal Pictures' One Night in the Tropics (1940), later appearing in such movie gems as Buck Privates (1941), Pardon My Sarong (1942), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) and Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953). Abbott and Costello entertainment memorabilia is highly prized among collectors today. Here are ten valuable Abbott and Costello items along with the winning bids they brought at auction. Oh, Chick! Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) One Sheet Movie Poster The boys meet up with Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), The Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.) and The Frankenstein Monster (Glenn Strange) in this all-time comedy-horror classic from Universal Pictures. A standard one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in very fine+ condition sold for $4,182.50. One sheet movie poster: Abbott and Cost...

Orson Welles Movie Poster, Autograph & Collectibles Values

Actor-writer-director Orson Welles (1915-1985) is one of the giants in Hollywood history. Welles made his film debut in the 1934 short The Hearts of Age, later appearing in such classic fare as Citizen Kane (1941), The Stranger (1946), The Third Man (1949), Moby Dick (1956) and Touch of Evil (1958). Here are ten Orson Welles movie posters and other film artifacts that are sure to interest fans and collectors... Orson Welles Citizen Kane (1941) Autographed Photo Orson Welles stars as Charles Foster Kane in the 1941 classic Citizen Kane. An 8x10 black-and-white framed movie still signed by Welles sold at auction for $1,434. Orson Welles signed Citizen Kane still $1,434  The Stranger (1946) Three Sheet Movie Poster Orson Welles plays Professor Charles Rankin, an escaped Nazi war criminal, in The Stranger (1946). A three sheet movie poster (41x81-inches) in very fine+ condition brought $776.75 at auction. The Stranger three sheet poster $776.75 The Third Man (1949) Insert M...

Ten Valuable Kurt Vonnegut Jr. First Edition Books & Collectibles

Indianapolis-born Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-2007) was one of the literary lions of his era. A World War II veteran who witnessed the Allied fire bombing of Dresden in 1945 while a prisoner of war, Vonnegut published his first short story "Report on the Barnhouse Effect" in the February 11, 1950, edition of Collier's Weekly. Two years later in 1952, Vonnegut's first novel Player Piano was published by Charles Scribner's Sons. An avowed humanist, Vonnegut enjoyed a highly successful literary career, deftly employing satire, gallows humor and science fiction/fantasy in his work. Here are ten valuable Kurt Vonnegut Jr. first edition books and collectibles. "If you can do a half-assed job in anything, you're a one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind." - Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Player Piano (1952) First Edition Player Piano, published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1952, marked the debut of novelist Kurt Vonnegut Jr. At 295 pages, Player Piano is set in the dystopian future wh...

Ten Valuable Mike Schmidt Baseball Collectibles

Mike Schmidt (1949-) is one of the greatest third basemen ever to play the game. A ten-time Gold Glove Award winner at the hot corner, Schmidt played his entire 1972-1989 major league career with the Philadelphia Phillies, amassing 2,234 hits, 548 home runs, 1,595 runs batted in, 174 stolen bases and a lifetime batting average of .267. A three-time National League Most Valuable Player (1980, 1981, 1986), Mike Schmidt was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995. Here are ten valuable Mike Schmidt baseball collectibles that are sure to interest Phillies fans and sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the field at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium once again #20 the great Mike Schmidt... Mike Schmidt 1973 Topps Rookie Card Card #615 in the high number series of the 1973 Topps baseball issue constitutes Mike Schmidt's coveted rookie card, one which he shares with Ron Cey and John Hilton. One graded example in SGC 86 near mint+ 7.5 condition sold at auction f...

Ten Valuable The Three Stooges Movie Collectibles

The Three Stooges are one of Hollywood's greatest comedy teams. Their illustrious ranks through the years were comprised of Moe Howard (1897-1975), Shemp Howard (1895-1955), Curly Howard (1903-1952), Larry Fine (1902-1975), Joe Besser (1907-1988) and Curly Joe DeRita (1909-1993). The Stooges' numerous short films are now considered classics, encompassing such fare as Woman Haters (1934), Disorder in the Court (1936), You Natzy Spy! (1940), Phony Express (1943) and All Gummed Up (1947). The Three Stooges – "soitenly!" – are always big with movie memorabilia collectors. Here are ten valuable collectibles from Stoogemania. Oh, yeah, in the immortal words of Curly, "N'yuk, n'yuk, n'yuk..." Calling All Curs (1939) One Sheet Movie Poster In this 1939 Columbia Pictures short directed by Jules White, Moe, Larry and Curly run a pet hospital where they are entrusted with the care of a prized poodle. The boys' expensive charge becomes the target of vic...

Ten Valuable Franklin D. Roosevelt Collectibles

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. An Assistant Secretary of the Navy and a former governor of New York, Roosevelt was first elected president in 1932, winning successive terms in 1936, 1940 and 1944. Franklin Roosevelt died at age 63 in Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945. Here are ten valuable Franklin D. Roosevelt collectibles that are sure to interest historians and political memorabilia collectors. "...Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself..." - President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1914 U.S. Senate Campaign Pin Franklin D. Roosevelt ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in New York in 1914, losing big to James W. Gerard in the Democratic primary election. A classic political pin picturing a young FDR from that ill-fated senate run in excellent condition sold at auction for $388.38. FDR 1914 U.S. ...

Ten Valuable Vintage Western Paperbacks

Vintage paperbacks continue to climb in popularity among collectors. Old western paperbacks offer a number of great titles, name authors and outstanding cover art with many books still moderately priced. Here are ten valuable vintage western paperbacks that are sure to please collectors and pop culture buffs, pardner... Beyond the Rio Grande by William MacLeod Raine (Popular Library Eagle, 1955) William MacLeod Raine's Beyond the Rio Grande was published as Popular Library Eagle #EB51 in 1955. "A Gunman on a Mission of Vengeance," reads the cover blurb. Find this paperback in excellent or better condition and it's worth at least $15. Beyond the Rio Grande 1955 Popular Library Eagle #EB51 - Popular Library, Inc. Border Ambush by Walker A. Tompkins (Dell, 1951) Walker A. Tompkins' sizzling Border Ambush was published as Dell #632 in 1951 with cover art by Griffith Foxley. "He stormed a badlands stronghold," rea...

Making Money on Hot Collectibles: Vintage Paper Dolls - Marilyn Monroe & Barbie

          If you are like me or had a mother like mine, your vintage Barbie paper dolls are long gone - consigned to the trash can decades ago. But if you get garage-sale lucky, and spot an uncut Barbie paper doll book or box, you are in the money - or will soon be, when you sell it at auction for a good price. Barbie paper dolls, uncut, including Ken and Midge, Skipper, etc., preferably from the 1970s or thereabouts, sell nicely, depending on rarity. A Malibu Barbie uncut paper doll book from 1972 recently sold on eBay for  $88.99. Of course, like for most every other collectible, the market is soft right now, so if you find you are holding a desirable Barbie paper doll book or box, hold on to it until the market improves. However, soft market or otherwise, there are some paper dolls that sell for big paper money - like the recent uncut Marilyn Monroe paper dolls, from the 1950s, that sold for $145. Also selling for a good price, ...

Gilligan's Island TV Memorabilia Values

CBS-TV's Gilligan's Island (1964-67) was one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1960s. Created by Sherwood Schwartz, the series featured Bob Denver (Gilligan), Alan Hale Jr. (Jonas Grumby a.k.a. The Skipper), Jim Backus (Thurston Howell III), Natalie Schafer (Eunice Wentworth "Lovey" Howell), Tina Louise (Ginger Grant), Russell Johnson (Roy Hinkley a.k.a. The Professor) and Dawn Wells (Mary Ann Summers) as the hapless shipwrecked survivors of the S.S. Minnow making do on an uncharted island in the Pacific. Here are ten Gilligan's Island collectibles, little buddy, that are sure to interest fans of the show. "Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale/A tale of a fateful trip..." Gilligan's Island Signed Cast Photo Signed TV cast photos are always big with collectors. An 8x10 black-and-white glossy photo signed by all seven cast members – Bob Denver (1935-2005), Alan Hale Jr. (1921-1990), Jim Backus (1913-1989), Natalie Schafer (1900-1991), Tina Louise (1934-), Russell Johnson (...

Bewitched TV Show Memorabilia Values

ABC-TV's supernatural sitcom Bewitched ran from 1964 to 1972 producing 254 half-hour episodes. Sol Saks was the show's creator, with Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha Stephens), Dick York/Dick Sargent (Darrin Stephens), David White (Larry Tate), Agnes Moorehead (Endora) and Diane and Erin Murphy (Tabitha Stephens) also in the cast. Here are ten Bewitched TV collectibles that are sure to interest fans and collectors... Bewitched Ben Cooper Halloween Costume Ben Cooper produced the Samantha Stephens Bewitched costume in 1965. One example in good condition with its original box sold at auction for $85. Bewitched Halloween costume $85 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles Bewitched Fun and Activity Book Treasure Books published the official Bewitched Fun and Activity Book in 1965. It carries a value of $20-30 in excellent condition.  Bewitched Samantha Paper Doll Magic Wand made the Samantha Stephens paper doll in 1965. It bears the familiar Screen Gems, Inc. licensing copyright...

Ten Valuable American Old West Collectibles

The Old West continues to fascinate. Stories of lawmen, gunfighters, cattle barons, gold miners, cowboys, settlers, Indian chiefs, gamblers and other personalities and components of the American West of the 19th and early 20th centuries remain the stuff of legend. Here are ten valuable American Old West collectibles that are sure to interest historians and collectors of Americana... Billy the Kid Original Tintype Photograph Henry McCarty a.k.a. William Bonney a.k.a. Billy the Kid (1859-1881) still reigns as one of the Old West's iconic figures. A participant in the infamous Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid was alleged to have killed 21 men during his brief period on this earth. One image of Billy the Kid – the only photo known to exist of the outlaw – pictures him standing outside a saloon in Fort Sumner, New Mexico Territory, circa 1879 armed with a Winchester carbine and a six-shooter strapped to his hip. The original metallic&nb...

Wagon Train TV Show Memorabilia Values

The popular TV western Wagon Train ran from 1957 to 1965 producing 284 episodes. Ward Bond (Major Seth Adams), John McIntire (Chris Hale), Robert Horton (Flint McCullough), Frank McGrath (Charlie Wooster), Terry Wilson (Bill Hawks), Denny Miller (Duke Shannon) and Robert Fuller (Cooper Smith) were featured through the years. Here are ten valuable Wagon Train TV show collectibles that are sure to excite TV western fans and collectors... Wagon Train Lunchbox & Thermos King-Seeley produced the official Wagon Train metal lunchbox and thermos in 1964 bearing a copyright from Revue Studios. One set in excellent condition brought a top bid of $153.06 at auction. Wagon Train lunchbox with thermos $153.06 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles Wagon Train Seth Adams T-Shirt A child's T-shirt made by Allston in 1958 picturing wagonmaster Major Seth Adams and trail scout Flint McCullough in excellent condition sold at auction for $45. Wagon Train T-shirt $45 - Hake's Americana & ...

Ten Valuable North by Northwest (1959) Movie Posters & Collectibles

MGM's North by Northwest is one of Alfred Hitchcock's finest films. Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis and Martin Landau, North by Northwest features Grant as the hapless Roger O. Thornhill, a New York advertising executive who is plunged into an international nightmare of mistaken identity. Made for $4 million, North by Northwest premiered in Los Angeles on July 17, 1959, becoming both a critical and financial success and earning three Academy Award nominations for Best Story/Screenplay (Ernest Lehman), Best Film Editing and Best Color Art Direction-Set Decoration. Here are ten valuable North by Northwest movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest Alfred Hitchcock fans and movie memorabilia buffs. "Now you listen to me, I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself 'slightly...

Ten Valuable Sunset Boulevard (1950) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Paramount Pictures' Sunset Boulevard is one of the finest movies ever made. Directed by Billy Wilder and starring Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim and Nancy Olson, Sunset Boulevard tells the compelling story of an aging Hollywood silent movie star and her grip on a young, fledgling screenwriter. Made for $1.752 million, Sunset Boulevard premiered in New York City on August 10, 1950, capturing eleven Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Holden), Best Actress (Swanson), Best Supporting Actor (von Stroheim), Best Supporting Actress (Olson), Best Black-and-White Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Music (won), Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Set Decoration (won) and Best Story and Screenplay (won). Here are ten valuable Sunset Boulevard movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest movie memorabilia collectors. "They took the idols and smashed them, the Fairbankses, the Gilberts, the Valentinos! And who've we got n...

Ten Valuable Rocky Marciano Boxing Collectibles

Brockton, Massachusetts-born Rocky Marciano (1923-1969) was one of boxing's greatest heavyweight champions. Nicknamed "The Brockton Blockbuster," Marciano went undefeated in his professional boxing career, going 49-0 from 1948-55 with 43 of those victories coming by knockout. Rocky Marciano died at age 45 in a private plane crash on August 31, 1969. Here are ten valuable Rocky Marciano boxing collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia collectors. Now entering the ring once again the great Rocky Marciano... Rocky Marciano vs. Archie Moore 1955 Fight Film Poster A one-sheet movie poster (28x42-inches) touting the fight films from Marciano's 1955 bout with Archie Moore sold at auction for $215.10. The fight had taken place at Yankee Stadium on September 21, 1955, marking Marciano's final heavyweight title bout. The Rock k'oed Moore in the ninth round, retaining his title. Marciano vs. Moore 1955 fight film poster $215.10 Rocky Marciano Cut Signat...

Ten Valuable White Christmas (1954) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Paramount Pictures' White Christmas reigns as one of Hollywood's greatest holiday movies. Directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes and Anne Whitfield, White Christmas debuted on October 14, 1954, earning a single Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song ("Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" by Irving Berlin). Here are ten valuable White Christmas movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest movie memorabilia collectors. "I want to wash my hands, my face, my hair with snow." - Rosemary Clooney as Betty Haynes, singing "Snow" on a train bound for Vermont White Christmas One Sheet Movie Poster A one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine condition sold at auction for $985.88. White Christmas was filmed at both Paramount and 20th Century Fox Studios in Hollywood, with the latter studio housing the train set. Sorry, no snowy Vermont location...

Bette Davis Movie Poster, Autograph & Memorabilia Values

Bette Davis (1909-1989) was one of the queens of Hollywood during the 1930s and '40s. The talented, outspoken Davis made her film debut as Laura Madison in Bad Sister (1931). Bette Davis would go on to earn an incredible eleven Academy Award nominations for Best Actress: Of Human Bondage (1934), Dangerous (1935, won), Jezebel (1938, won), Dark Victory (1939), The Letter (1940), The Little Foxes (1941), Now, Voyager (1942), Mr. Skeffington (1944), All About Eve (1950), The Star (1952) and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). Here are ten valuable Bette Davis movie posters and other memorabilia which should interest fans and collectors... Bette Davis 1935 Elmer Fryer Portrait  An 8x10 black-and-white portrait of Bette Davis as snapped by Elmer Fryer for Warner Bros. in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $101.58. Bette Davis Elmer Fryer portrait photo $101.58  Bette Davis Autographed Photo An 8x10 black-and-white portrait photo autographed by Bette Davis bro...

Ten Valuable It Came from Outer Space (1953) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Universal International Pictures' It Came from Outer Space is a science fiction movie classic from the Fabulous Fifties. Directed by Jack Arnold and starring Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Kathleen Hughes, Joe Sawyer and Russell Johnson, It Came from Outer Space tells the horrifying story of an alien landing in the desert and its effect on the citizens of a small Arizona town, who begin behaving strangely. Made for an estimated $800,000, It Came from Outer Space debuted on May 25, 1953. Here are ten valuable It Came from Outer Space movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest sci-fi fans and movie memorabilia collectors. "This is Sand Rock, Arizona, of a late evening in early spring. It's a nice town, knowing its past and sure of its future, as it makes ready for the night, and the predictable morning. The desert blankets the earth, cooling, resting for the fight with tomorrow's sun. And in my house near the town, we're also sure of...

Ten Valuable Hatari! (1962) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Paramount Pictures' Hatari! thundered into movie theaters in 1962. Directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, Hardy Kruger, Elsa Martinelli, Red Buttons, Gerard Blain and Bruce Cabot, Hatari! features the Duke as Sean Mercer, a big game roper who traverses the African landscape with his crew capturing wild animals for zoos. Made for $6 million, Hatari! debuted on June 19, 1962, earning a single Academy Award nomination for Best Color Cinematography (Russell Harlan). Here are ten valuable Hatari! movie posters and collectibles that are sure to please John Wayne fans and movie memorabilia collectors. "No ma'am. I've been drinkin' a lot." - John Wayne as Sean Mercer when asked by Elsa Martinelli if he's been drinking a little Hatari! One Sheet Movie Poster A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine- condition sold at auction for $119.50. Hatari! was filmed on location in Tanzania. Hatari! one sheet poster $119.50 Hatari! ...

Ten Valuable Roy Rogers Collectibles

Roy Rogers – "King of the Cowboys" – rode the entertainment trail for decades, appearing in movies, radio and television. Born Leonard Slye in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 5, 1911, Rogers passed away in Apple Valley, California, on July 6, 1998. Here are ten valuable Roy Rogers collectibles spanning his many years in show business. Happy trails to you, until we meet again... Roy Rogers, Down Dakota Way (1949) Lobby Card Set Republic Pictures released Down Dakota Way in 1949 starring Roy Rogers, wife Dale Evans and sidekick Pat Brady. Also along for the ride was Montie Montana, the famous rodeo performer and trick rope artist. A complete set of eight colorful lobby cards – so named because they were displayed in theater lobbies – in very fine+ condition galloped to a winning bid at auction of $203.15. Down Dakota Way (1949) lobby card set $203.15 Roy Rogers, Wall Street Cowboy (1939) One Sheet Movie Poster In ...

Ten Valuable Theodore Roosevelt Collectibles

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) served as the 26th President of the United States. Leader of the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War and a former governor of New York, Vice President Roosevelt ascended to the presidency on September 14, 1901, following the assassination of President William McKinley, eventually winning election outright in 1904 and serving until 1909. Here are ten valuable Theodore Roosevelt collectibles that should interest historians and political memorabilia collectors. "I have always been fond of the West African proverb 'Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.'" - Theodore Roosevelt in a letter to Henry L. Sprague, January 26, 1900 Theodore Roosevelt and Charles W. Fairbanks 1904 Jugate Campaign Pin Republican Party running mates Roosevelt and Fairbanks appear together on a choice 1904 jugate campaign pin. This item sold at auction for $1,434. Roosevelt/Fairbanks jugate campaign pin $1,434 Theodore Roosevelt 1900 Rough Ri...

Ten Valuable Billy Jack (1971) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Warner Bros'. Billy Jack proved to be the surprise box-office hit of 1971. Producer-director-writer Tom Laughlin has the title role, playing an ex-Green Beret martial arts expert who protects the downtrodden from the local bigots in a small western community. Also in the cast are Delores Taylor (Jean Roberts), Clark Howat (Sheriff Cole), Victor Izay (Doctor), Julie Webb (Barbara), Stan Rice (Martin), David Roya (Bernard Posner), John McClure (Dinosaur), Bert Freed (Stuart Posner), Kenneth Tobey (Deputy Mike) and Howard Hesseman (Don Sturdy). Billy Jack opened in American movie theaters on May 1, 1971. Here are ten valuable Billy Jack movie posters and film collectibles that should interest movie memorabilia buffs. "Now, which is it gonna be: drive your car in the lake or get a dislocated elbow?" - Billy Jack to bad boy Bernard Posner just before the latter drives his new Corvette into the lake Billy Jack One Sheet Movie Poster  The standa...

Ideal's Electronic Count Down Collectible Space Toy

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union shocked the world by successfully launching Sputnik I, the earth’s first artificial satellite. Less than four months later the United States followed suit, sending into orbit its first satellite in the form of Explorer I. The U.S.-U.S.S.R. space race would be one of the most visible tenets of the Cold War, capturing the imagination of an entire planet. That interest would especially be keen for the baby boomers, whose love and fascination for everything space would translate into a large variety of toys whose central theme was “right out of this world.” Enter Ideal's vaunted Electronic Count Down... Ideal Toy's Electronic Count Down The Ideal Toy & Novelty Corporation of Hollis, New York, founded in 1907 by Russian Jewish immigrants Morris and Rose Michtom, would produce a number of fantastic-themed toys during the space pioneering era of the 1950s and ‘60s. One of their best in the field was Electronic Count Down, whi...

Errol Flynn Movie Poster, Autograph & Memorabilia Values

Errol Flynn (1909-1959) was one of Hollywood's dashing stars of the 1930s and '40s. Controversial, rambunctious, flirtatious but never boring, Flynn made his motion picture debut as Fletcher Christian in In the Wake of the Bounty (1933), later appearing in such fare as Captain Blood (1935), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Santa Fe Trail (1940), They Died with Their Boots On (1941), Cry Wolf (1947), Against All Flags (1952) and The Sun Also Rises (1957). Here are ten valuable Errol Flynn movie posters and other artifacts that are sure to thrill fans and collectors... Errol Flynn Autographed Photo A 5x7 black-and-white photo signed by Errol Flynn in the 1930s or '40s in very fine- condition sold at auction for $418.25. It reads: "Hello Wayne, Errol Flynn."   Errol Flynn signed portrait $418.25 Errol Flynn 1937 Warner Bros. Portrait Still  An 8x10 black-and-white portrait still snapped for Warner Bros. in 1937 in fine/very fine ...

Ten Valuable Bob Hayes Football Collectibles

Jacksonville, Florida-born Bob Hayes (1942-2002) was an Olympic champion and star wide receiver. A 7th round pick in the 1964 NFL draft out of Florida A&M, Hayes played his 1965-1975 pro football career with the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers, amassing 371 receptions, 7,414 receiving yards, 68 rushing yards and 73 total touchdowns. A two-time gold medallist at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics (100 meters, 4x100 meter relay) and a three-time Pro Bowl selection, "Bullet Bob" Hayes was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. Here are ten valuable Bob Hayes football/track collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the field once again #22 the great Bullet Bob Hayes... Bob Hayes 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games USA Track Suit A complete 1964 Bob Hayes Olympic Games track suit – jersey, shorts, jackets and shoes – sold at auction for $13,145. Hayes blazed his way to Olympic gold in the 100 meters a...

Ten Valuable The Alamo (1960) Movie Posters & Collectibles

United Artists' The Alamo came to movie theaters in 1960. Directed by John Wayne and starring the Duke, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon, Patrick Wayne, Linda Cristal, Joan O'Brien, Chill Wills and Richard Boone. The Alamo features Wayne Sr. as Colonel Davy Crockett, who with his men make a final stand in 1836 Texas against overwhelming Mexican forces. Made for $12 million, The Alamo debuted on October 24, 1960, earning seven Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Original Song ("The Green Leaves of Summer"), Best Music Scoring, Best Supporting Actor (Wills), Best Sound (won), Best Film Editing and Best Color Cinematography. Here are ten valuable The Alamo movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest John Wayne fans and movie memorabilia collectors. "I hope they remember. I hope Texas remembers." - Richard Boone as General Sam Houston on the Alamo The Alamo One Sheet Movie Poster   A standard o...

Ten Valuable Tom Mix Radio, Movie & Circus Collectibles

Tom Mix (1880-1940) was the premier Hollywood western star of his era, earning an incredible $7,500 per week during the height of his popularity in the 1920s. Born Thomas Hezikiah Mix in Mix Run, Pennsylvania, on January 6, 1880, Mix made his film debut in the 1909 short The Cowboy Millionaire. Much was written about Mix during his lifetime – most of it gross exaggeration and the product of overzealous Hollywood and Wild West show press agents. Tom Mix died at age 60 in an automobile accident near Florence, Arizona, on October 12, 1940. Tom Mix's many movies, personal appearances, circus performances and a popular radio show called Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters (1933-1950) generated a ton of memorabilia. Here are ten valuable Tom Mix radio, movie and circus collectibles that are sure to interest Mix fans and popular culture entertainment buffs. Now appearing once again, the incomparable Tom Mix and Tony the Wonder Horse... Tom Mix Deputy 1...

Novodels Restrikes of Russian Coins

  Ccoin Collection? Numismatics is the Study & Collection of Money or Coins It is possible and accepted that the novodel might actually aim to improve upon the quality of a poorly-made original strike and not make any effort to hide this fact. If the planchets used in the original strike were inferior, a novodel would likely use better metals and updated technology resulting in improved qualities. Such is cited with Siberian kopeks of the late 1700s which had rough edges, generally were out of round and were considered to be poorly struck. It was because of the remoteness of Siberia that coins which left the region as payment for goods would probably never return. This obviously caused a shortage of currency in this remote and fairly inaccessible region in the late 1700s. Ekaterina II (whom we westerners refer to as Catherine (II) the Great) in 1763 authorized local mintage of coins in Siberia to supplement the 'genuine' Russian coins. "Siberskaya Moneta" (Siberian Coin) ...

Ten Valuable The Monkees TV, Music & Movie Collectibles

The Monkees ran on NBC-TV from 1966 to 1968. It was a situation comedy, with Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork playing themselves. The Monkees – both the TV series and the musical group – generated a ton of licensed merchandise and other memorabilia. Here are ten valuable The Monkees TV, music and movie collectibles that are sure to have their fans singing once more, "Hey, hey, we're the Monkees. And people say we monkey around. But we're too busy singing. To put anybody down." The Monkees Monkeemobile Corgi Toy Model Car The Monkees cruised around in their cool surf woody-type car. Corgi produced the Monkeemobile die-cast car in 1967 bearing the familiar Raybert Productions Inc. copyright. One example in mint condition with the original box sold at auction for $373.18. Monkeemobile 1967 Corgi car $373.18 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles The Monkees I Love Micky Dolenz Button Micky Dolenz, who had previously acted und...

Maverick TV Show Memorabilia Values

The lighthearted TV western Maverick aired from 1957 to 1962 producing 124 hourlong episodes. Roy Huggins was the show's creator, with James Garner (Bret Maverick) and Jack Kelly (Bart Maverick) heading the cast. Here are ten valuable Maverick TV show collectibles that are sure to excite fans and collectors. "Who is the tall, dark stranger there?/Maverick is the name/Ridin' the trail to who knows where/Luck is his companion/Gamblin' is his game..." Maverick Dell #12 Comic Book  Dell published the official Maverick comic book line from 1958-62. Dell #12 dated September-October 1960 in graded CGC near mint- 9.2 condition sold at auction for $79. James Garner and Jack Kelly appear on the cover.  Maverick #12 comic $79 - Heritage Auctions Maverick Hide-A-Way Toy Derringer  The Leslie-Henry Co. produced the Maverick Hide-A-Way Derringer in the late 1950s. When found still on its illustrated card this item can sell for over $75. Maverick Warner Bros. Television Promoti...

Ten Valuable The Hustler (1961) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Twentieth Century-Fox's The Hustler (1961) ranks as one of the best movies ever made. Produced and directed by Robert Rossen, The Hustler stars Paul Newman as "Fast Eddie" Felson, a young, up-and-coming pool hustler who challenges Jackie Gleason's Minnesota Fats for the unofficial title of world's best straight pool player. Also on hand are George C. Scott (Bert Gordon), Piper Laurie (Sarah Packard), Myron McCormick (Charlie) and Murray Hamilton (Findley). The Hustler earned nine Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Newman), Best Supporting Actor (Gleason, Scott), Best Supporting Actress (Laurie), Best Screenplay, Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Set Decoration (won) and Best Black-and-White Cinematography (won). The Hustler debuted in American theaters on September 25, 1961. Here are ten valuable The Hustler movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest film memorabilia enthusiasts. "Fast Eddie, let's shoot poo...

Making Money on Hot Collectibles: Vintage Paperback Books

Here's a great collectibles area for those who love to go treasure hunting at yard sales, swap meets and rummage sales. The key to making some money by spending very little on vintage paperbacks is to look for books from the 1940-70s. You can usually pick up a good paperback for $1 or  less, and turn that $1 into $10 or much more if you know what to look for. Especially popular, and selling well currently, are books in the following categories: Science Fiction Sleazy Romance Famous authors Westerns Military and War Unusual miniature paper backs or series books (early vintage Anne of Green Gables, for example). Science Fiction: While out at swap meets, flea markets, garage sales,  look for vintage Sci-Fi paperbacks, pre-1970s, with great graphics on the cover (usually colorful illustrations of Aliens or Rocket Ships, see photo at top). You may also want to look for first editions and early printings of famous Sci Fi authors like Isaac Asimov or Ray Bradbury (Farenh...

Ten Valuable The African Queen (1951) Movie Posters & Collectibles

United Artists' The African Queen came chugging into movie theaters in 1951. Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull and Theodore Bikel. The African Queen features Bogie as Charlie Allnut, a grubby, boozing tramp riverboat captain who is persuaded to undertake a dangerous mission by Hepburn's Rose Sayer during World War I. The African Queen premiered in Los Angeles on December 23, 1951, earning four Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Best Actor (Bogart, won), Best Actress (Hepburn) and Best Screenplay (James Agee, John Huston). Here are ten valuable The African Queen movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest Bogie/Hepburn fans and movie memorabilia collectors. "Well, I ain't sorry for you no more, you crazy, psalm-singing, skinny old maid!" - Humphrey Bogart's Charlie Allnut to Katharine Hepburn's Rose Sayer The African Queen One Sheet Movie Poster  A restored one sheet movie...

The Waltons TV Series Memorabilia Values

The Waltons is one of television's most beloved shows running from 1972 to 1981 and producing 221 hourlong episodes. Earl Hamner Jr. was the show's creator and narrator, with Ralph Waite (John Walton), Michael Learned (Olivia Walton), Richard Thomas (John-Boy Walton), Judy Norton (Mary Ellen Walton), Jon Walmsley (Jason Walton), Eric Scott (Ben Walton), David W. Harper (Jim-Bob Walton), Mary Elizabeth McDonough (Erin Walton), Kami Cotler (Elizabeth Walton), Will Geer (Zebulon Walton) and Ellen Corby (Esther Walton) heading the cast. Here are ten valuable The Waltons TV series collectibles that should strike a chord with fans and collectors. Return with us now to Walton's Mountain... The Waltons Autographed Cast Photo An 8x10 black-and-white photo signed by eight cast members of The Waltons – Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Richard Thomas, Jon Walmsley, David W. Harper, Judy Norton, Mary Elizabeth McDonough, Eric Scott – sold at auction for $115.  The Waltons signed ...

Audrey Hepburn Movie Poster, Autograph & Memorabilia Values

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) rates as one of Hollywood's classiest performers. The Belgium-born actress made her film debut playing a hotel receptionist in One Wild Oat (1951). Hepburn earned five Academy Award nominations for Best Actress: Roman Holiday (1953, won), Sabrina (1954), The Nun's Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and Wait Until Dark (1967). In 1993, Hepburn was presented posthumously with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which was accepted at the Academy Awards ceremony by her son Sean H. Ferrer. Here are ten valuable Audrey Hepburn movie posters and other film memorabilia which are sure to interest fans and collectors... Audrey Hepburn Autographed Photo An 8x10 black-and-white movie still from Green Mansions (1959) signed by Audrey Hepburn sold at auction for $531.25.  Audrey Hepburn signed photo $531.25 Audrey Hepburn 1954 Publicity Still A 1954 8x10 black-and-white publicity still from Paramount Pictures in very fine+ condition brought $35 at au...

Ten Valuable Metropolis Movie Collectibles

Metropolis is considered to be one of the greatest science fiction movies in history. Directed by Fritz Lang, this German-made silent film stars Alfred Abel, Gustav Frohlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Brigitte Helm and Fritz Rasp. Metropolis is groundbreaking sci-fi cinema, set in a futuristic Utopian society whose subterranean underground harbors a dark secret. Metropolis first premiered in Germany on January 10, 1927. It later made its American premiere at New York City's Rialto Theater on March 6, 1927. "Nothing like 'Metropolis,' the ambitious UFA production that has created wide international comment, has been seen on the screen. It, therefore, stands alone, in some respects, as a remarkable achievement. It is a technical marvel with feet of clay, a picture as soulless as the manufactured woman of its story..." reported Mordaunt Hall of The New York Times (3/7/27). Here are ten valuable movie collectibles from Metropolis. Some of them are s...

Ten Valuable The Great Escape (1963) Movie Posters & Collectibles

United Artists' The Great Escape is one of Hollywood's top World War II films. Directed by John Sturges and starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn and David McCallum, The Great Escape features McQueen and his fellow Allied POWs plotting a mass escape from a Luft Stalag deep inside Nazi Germany. Made for $4 million, The Great Escape premiered in London on June 20, 1963, striking box-office gold and earning a single Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing. Here are ten valuable The Great Escape movie posters and collectibles that are sure to please movie memorabilia collectors. "Look, sir, you talk about the High Command and the Luftwaffe, and then you talk about the Gestapo and the SS. To me, they're the same! We're fighting the bloody lot! There's only one way to put it, sir: they are the common enemies of everyone who believes in freedom. If the High Command didn't approve of Hitl...

Collecting Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Movie Posters and Memorabilia

Sir Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) is duly recognized as the grand master of filmmaking. Hitchcock's 1960 horror movie classic Psycho remains one of his most popular films, with collectors willing to pay big dollars for all Psycho film posters, lobby cards and other memorabilia. Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho: A Horror Movie Classic Psycho is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch (1917-1994). Joseph Stefano penned the screenplay for Shamley Productions and Paramount Pictures, with Alfred Hitchcock high atop the director's chair. Bernard Hermann crafted the eerie music score and John L. Russell served up the brilliant cinematography. Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates), Vera Miles (Lila Crane), John Gavin (Sam Loomis) and Janet Leigh (Marion Crane) head the strong cast. Other players include Martin Balsam (Milton Arbogast), John McIntire (Deputy Sheriff Al Chambers), Simon Oakland (Dr. Fred Richmond), Vaughn Taylor (George Lowery), Frank Albertson (Tom Cass...

Family Affair TV Show Collectibles Values

Family Affair ran on CBS from 1966 to 1971 producing 138 half-hour episodes. Don Fedderson and Edmund L. Hartmann were the show's creators, with Brian Keith (Bill Davis), Kathy Garver (Cissy Davis), Anissa Jones (Buffy Davis), Johnny Whitaker (Jody Davis) and Sebastian Cabot (Mr. Giles French) heading the cast. Here are ten valuable Family Affair TV collectibles that are sure to interest fans and collectors... Family Affair Buffy & Mrs. Beasley Doll Anissa Jones as Buffy Davis was never far from her Mrs. Beasley doll. Mattel produced the Buffy & Mrs. Beasley doll in 1967, with one example still in its box bringing $183.42 at auction. Anissa Jones (1958-1976) died of a drug overdose – a combination of cocaine, angel dust, Quaaludes and Seconal – in Oceanside, California, on August 28, 1976. She was 18-years-old.  Buffy & Mrs. Beasley doll in original box $183.42 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles Family Affair Game Whitman produced the official Fam...

Ten Valuable The Green Hornet Collectibles

The latest version of The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz, came buzzing into movie theaters in 2011 with great fanfare. The Green Hornet, created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, has been around since the Great Depression, making its radio debut over Detroit's WXYZ on January 31, 1936. Since then, The Green Hornet has appeared in comic books, movie serials, films and television. Here are ten valuable The Green Hornet vintage collectibles. Get out your wallet, Hornet and Kato fans, as some of them can be a bit pricey... The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1941) One Sheet Movie Poster Warren Hull and Keye Luke star as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet and Kato, respectively, in this 15-chapter Universal Pictures movie serial which debuted on December 24, 1940. A restored 1941 one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) from Chapter 9 "The Tragic Crash" in very fine- condition and preserved on linen sold at auction for $1,015.75. ...

Ten Valuable Walt Disney's Davy Crockett Collectibles

Walt Disney's Davy Crockett was one of the biggest popular culture crazes of the 1950s. Five Davy Crockett episodes with Fess Parker in the title role were telecast on ABC-TV's Disneyland: "Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter" (12/15/54), "Davy Crockett Goes to Congress" (1/26/55), "Davy Crockett at the Alamo" (2/23/55), "Davy Crockett's Keelboat Race" (11/16/55) and "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates" (12/14/55). The first three episodes were later combined and edited into the feature-length film Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, released by Buena Vista on May 25, 1955. Here are ten valuable Walt Disney's Davy Crockett collectibles that are sure to interest TV, movie and popular culture buffs. "Born on a mountain top in Tennessee/Greenest state in the land of the free/Raised in the woods so's he knew every tree/Killed him a bear when he was only three/Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier..." Davy Crockett Figural Lamp Walt Disney was quick to capita...

Ten Valuable Vintage Juvenile Delinquency Paperbacks

Vintage paperbacks continue to grow in popularity among collectors. Particularly collectible are old paperbacks with a juvenile delinquency – or JD, as it is called – theme, which tend to employ gritty titles, outrageous cover blurbs and flashy graphics. Here are ten valuable juvenile delinquency paperbacks that are sure to excite collectors. And remember, the better condition the higher the paperback's value. Reform School Girl by Felice Swados (Diversey, 1948) Both the title and cover of this highly sought after paperback define its risque allure for collectors. The first title published by Diversey Romance Novels, Reform School Girl (definitely not the kind of girl you take home to mom!) is a true classic in the field, featuring the cover blurb, "A Shameful Past Led Her There – Scarlet Secrets Kept Her There." Originally sold at 35 cents, one example in very fine condition s...

Ten Valuable Bart Starr Football Collectibles

Montgomery, Alabama-born Bart Starr (1934-) rates as one of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks. A 17th round pick in the 1956 NFL draft out of the University of Alabama, Bart Starr played his entire 1956-1971 pro career with the Green Bay Packers, amassing 24,718 passing yards and 152 touchdowns. The NFL's 1966 Most Valuable Player, a two-time Super Bowl MVP (I, II) and a four-time Pro Bowl selection, Bart Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977. Here are ten valuable Bart Starr football collectibles that should interest sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the gridiron at Lambeau Field once again for Vince Lombardi's Green Pack Packers #15 the great Bart Starr... Bart Starr 1957 Topps Football Rookie Card Card #119 in the 1957 Topps football series constitutes Bart Starr's rookie card. One graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition sold at auction for $2,233. Bart Starr 1957 rookie card $2,233 - Robert Edward Auctions Bart ...

Ten Valuable Rudolph Valentino Movie Collectibles

Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926) was one of the greatest performers of Hollywood's vaunted silent age. Born Rodolfo Alfonzo Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguolla in Castellaneta, Italy, on May 6, 1895, Valentino made his motion picture debut as an extra in The Battle of the Sexes (1914). Known as "The Great Lover" or "The Sheik," Valentino met a tragic end at age 31 on August 23, 1926, succumbing to peritonitis following surgery for appendicitis and gastric ulcers. It was later estimated that over 100,000 people lined the streets of New York City in order to pay their respects to the fallen Hollywood film idol. Here are ten valuable Rudolph Valentino movie collectibles that are sure to please and excite silent movie memorabilia buffs. “Women are not in love with me but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas on which women paint their dreams.” - Rudolph Valentino Rudolph Valentino The Sheik (1921) Lobby Card Rudolph Valenti...

Ten Valuable Charlie Chaplin Movie Collectibles

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) was one of the biggest movie stars of the silent era. Born in the United Kingdom, Chaplin was both a popular actor and talented film director, later co-founding United Artists in 1919 with Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith. Here are ten valuable Charlie Chaplin collectibles that are sure to please fans of "The Little Tramp," as Chaplin was affectionately called. Charlie Chaplin A Burlesque on Carmen 1916 One Sheet Movie Poster Original Charlie Chaplin movie posters can be worth big bucks. In 1916 Chaplin played the role of Darn Hosiery in the four-reel Essanay production of A Burlesque on Carmen. A standard one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in fine/very fine condition on linen sold at auction for $2,987.50. A Burlesque on Carmen 1916 one sheet poster $2,987.50 Charlie Chaplin 1967 Signed Letter Charlie Chaplin signatures are always in demand, particularly by collectors of old Hollywood. An April 13, 1967, signed letter on Cha...

Ten Valuable The Thing from Another World (1951) Movie Posters & Collectibles

RKO Radio Pictures' The Thing from Another World remains one of the most terrifying science fiction films of the 1950s. Directed by Christian Nyby and an uncredited Howard Hawks and starring Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, Douglas Spencer and a young James Arness as the monster, The Thing from Another World features scientists and military personnel battling a nasty alien life form at a remote arctic outpost. The Thing from Another World premiered on April 6, 1951, eventually landing a coveted spot in the National Film Registry in 2001. Here are ten valuable The Thing from Another World movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest hardcore 1950s science fiction buffs and movie memorabilia collectors. "Watch the skies, everywhere! Keep looking. Keep watching the skies!" - Douglas Spencer as Ned "Scotty" Scott in the movie's last lines The Thing from Another World One Sheet Movie Poster A one sheet poster (27x41-inch...

Old Dinosaur Bones, Skeletons, Fossils & Egg Values

Dinosaurs once ruled the Earth for an incredible 135 million years. No longer with us – in the "living" sense of the word of course – dinosaurs continue to fascinate 65 million years after their untimely extinction, with dino skeletons, bones, eggs, teeth and other fossils bringing big money in the world of natural history collectibles. Here are ten valuable dinosaur fossils that are sure to interest dino fans and natural history buffs. Do you know what's buried in your backyard? Tyrannosaurus Rex Tooth with Root The rampaging Tyrannosaurus Rex or T-rex enjoyed one of the most fearsome reputations in the dinosaur world. He/she later found fame of course in the movies, most notably in the Jurassic Park series. A 13 3/4-inch T-rex tooth with root sold at auction for $41,825. T-rex fossilized tooth $41,825  Troodontidae Bird-Dinosaur Skeleton The Troodontidae were small to medium-sized raptors who flourished at the end of the dinosaur age. These bird-dinosaurs wer...

Bonanza TV Show Memorabilia Values

Bonanza ran on NBC-TV from 1959 to 1973 producing 430 episodes. David Dortort and Fred Hamilton were the show's creators, with Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright), Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright), Michael Landon (Little Joe Cartwright) and Dan Blocker (Hoss Cartwright) heading the cast. Here are ten valuable Bonanza TV show collectibles that are sure to interest Ponderosa fans and collectors... Bonanza Dell Four Color#1110 Comic Book Dell and Gold Key published the official Bonanza comic book line from 1960-70. The first issue dated June-August 1960 in graded CGC very fine/near mint condition sold at auction for $418.25. Original price: ten cents.  Bonanza Dell #1110 comic $418.25 - Heritage Auctions Bonanza NBC-TV Promotional Poster NBC-TV released the official Bonanza promo poster in 1966. This poster is one of four in the set, with the other three representing The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I Spy and Get Smart. One Bonanza poster in rolled very fine condition brought $262.90 at au...

Remco's Flying Fox Collectible Airplane Toy

Aeronautical toys have always held a certain fascination for baby boomers. And in 1959, Remco came out with one of the finest in the line – the Flying Fox – billed as “the Jet-Prop Airliner.” Fasten your seat belts! Remco Industries, Inc.: Every Boy Wants a Remco Toy... The Flying Fox was one of many outstanding toys made by Remco Industries, Inc., located in its heyday at 113 N. 13th Street in Newark, New Jersey. Founded in the late 1940s in Harrison, New Jersey, Remco hit its stride during the 1950s and ‘60s, producing a number of classic toy creations which carried the slogan, “every boy wants a Remco toy…and so do girls.” Among the company’s more noteworthy efforts were such gems as the Movieland Drive-In Theater, the Showboat Theater Playset, the Johnny Reb Cannon, the Electrical Science Kit, the Whirlybird Helicopter, the Fighting Lady Battleship, the 2-Way Electronic Walkie Talkies, the Electronic Radio...

Ten Valuable Logan's Run (1976) Movie Posters & Collectibles

MGM's Logan's Run reigns as one of the top science fiction movies of the 1970s. Directed by Michael Anderson and starring Michael York, Richard Jordan, Jenny Agutter, Roscoe Lee Browne and Farrah Fawcett, Logan's Run is set in the year 2274, where inhabitants of a futuristic society are automatically terminated at age 30. Made for $9 million, Logan's Run debuted on June 23, 1976, scoring big at the box office and earning three Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Visual Effects (won, Special Achievement Award). Here are ten valuable Logan's Run movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest sci-fi film fans and movie memorabilia collectors. "Lastday, Capricorn 29's. Year of the City: 2274. Carousel begins." - P.A. system announcing the final day of life for people age 29 born under the sign of Capricorn Logan's Run One Sheet Movie Poster  A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine- c...

Ten Valuable Mary Pickford Movie Posters & Memorabilia

Mary Pickford – a.k.a. "America's Sweetheart" – reigned as the queen of silent films. Born Gladys Marie Smith in Toronto, Canada, on April 8, 1892, Pickford got her start in show business touring theaters with her family. In 1909, she made her film debut, appearing in the movie short The Heart of an Outlaw. In time, Pickford became one of Hollywood's biggest stars, living in regal splendor at her Beverly Hills mansion known as Pickfair with second husband Douglas Fairbanks. Mary Pickford died in Santa Monica, California, on May 29, 1979. Here are ten valuable Mary Pickford movie posters and film memorabilia that are sure to interest film collectibles buffs. "We were pioneers in a brand-new medium. Everything's fun when you're young." - Mary Pickford on the early silent cinema. Mary Pickford Pollyanna (1920) Swedish One Sheet Movie Poster Mary Pickford plays Pollyanna Whittier in United Artists' Pollyanna, which hit American movie screens on Janua...

Ten Valuable Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball Collectibles

Cal Ripken Jr. (1960-) is the undisputed Iron Man of baseball, having appeared in 2,632 consecutive games – a major league record. Ripken played his entire 1981-2001 big league career with the Baltimore Orioles, where he amassed 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, 1,695 RBI and a .276 batting average. A two-time American League Most Valuable Player (1983, 1991), Cal Ripken Jr. was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 after being named on 98.53% of the voting ballots.  Here are ten valuable Cal Ripken Jr. baseball collectibles that are sure to interest Orioles fans and sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking the field once again #8 baseball's vaunted Iron Man himself Cal Ripken Jr.... Cal Ripken Jr. 1997 Autographed The Only Way I Know Hardcover Book In 1997 The Only Way I Know by Cal Ripken Jr. and Mike Bryan was published by Viking. A first edition of that book still in its dust jacket and signed by Ripken on the cover page sold at auction fo...