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 ...

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 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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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 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 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...

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 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 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...

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 Howdy Doody TV Collectibles

The original Howdy Doody ran on NBC from 1947 to 1960. The iconic Buffalo Bob Smith (1917-1998) was the host, with an array of human and marionette characters populating the show. And taking it all in was the live studio audience – a.k.a. the Peanut Gallery – which was stocked with young, wide-eyed and enthusiastic boys and girls. Howdy Doody was one of the most heavily merchandised television shows of the baby boomer era, with the character's likeness appearing on watches, clocks, jelly glasses, pudding boxes, signs, comic books, bread wrappers, magazines, rings and you name it. Here are ten valuable Howdy Doody television collectibles that are sure to please TV memorabilia buffs and Doodyville fans everywhere. Say kids, what time is it? It's Howdy Doody Time! Howdy Doody 1950s Character Watch The Patent Watch Co. of New York released a handsome Howdy Doody wristwatch in the 1950s. An outstanding example still housed in its original box sol...

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 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...

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 ...

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 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...

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 Doak Walker Football Collectibles

Dallas, Texas-born Ewell Doak Walker Jr. (1927-1998) played halfback, kicker, punter and defensive back in the National Football League. The #3 overall pick in the 1949 NFL draft out of Southern Methodist University, Walker played his entire 1950-1955 pro football career with the Detroit Lions, amassing 1,520 rushing yards,  2,539 receiving yards, 21 touchdowns and 534 points. The 1948 Heisman Trophy winner and a five-time Pro Bowl selection, the 5'11" 173-pound Doak Walker was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. Here are ten valuable Doak Walker football collectibles that are sure to interest Lions fans and sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the gridiron once again #37 the versatile Doak Walker... Doak Walker 1948 Leaf Rookie Football Card Card #4 in the 1948 Leaf football series constitutes Doak Walker's rookie card. One graded example with rare white background in SGC 70 excellent+ 5.5 condition sold at auction for $...

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 Albert Pujols Baseball Collectibles

Dominican Republic-born Albert Pujols (1980-) is one of Major League Baseball's premier players. Nicknamed "Prince Albert" or "The Machine," Pujols made his MLB debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on April 2, 2001. Through the 2011 baseball season Pujols has amassed 2,073 hits, 445 home runs, 1,329 runs batted in and a lifetime batting average of .328. In Game 3 of the 2011 World Series against the Texas Rangers, Pujols demonstrated his awesome power, going five for six with three home runs, six RBIs and 14 total bases. The 2001 National League Rookie of the Year and a three-time NL Most Valuable Player (2005, 2008, 2009), Albert Pujols is headed for Baseball's Hall of Fame once his playing days are over. Here are ten valuable Albert Pujols baseball collectibles that are sure to interest Pujols fans and sports memorabilia buffs. "I believe he's (Albert Pujols) been reincarnated, that he played before, in the twenties and thirties, and he's back t...

Fess Parker As Daniel Boone TV Show Memorabilia Values

Daniel Boone ran on NBC-TV from 1964 to 1970 producing 165 hourlong episodes. Fess Parker heads the cast in the title role as the legendary American frontiersman, with Patricia Blair (Rebecca Boone), Darby Hinton (Israel Boone), Dallas McKennon (Cincinnatus) and Ed Ames (Mingo) in strong support. Here are ten classic Daniel Boone TV collectibles that are sure to interest "Boonie" fans and collectors. "Daniel Boone was a man/Yes, a big man!/With an eye like an eagle/And as tall as a mountain was he!..." Daniel Boone 1964 Multiple Products Indian Canoe Toy Multiple Products Inc. produced the Daniel Boone Indian Canoe in 1964 bearing a licensing copyright from American Tradition Company. One example still sealed on its original illustrated card sold at auction for a reasonable $35. Daniel Boone Indian Canoe $35 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles Daniel Boone 1964 Remco Doll Remco made the Official Fess Parker as Daniel Boone doll in 1964. One example still in its box brought $10...

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 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 Rear Window (1954) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Paramount Pictures' Rear Window is one of the finest suspense movies of the 1950s. Directed by the incomparable Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr, Rear Window tells the story of a laid-up, voyeuristic photographer who believes his neighbor has committed murder. Budgeted at an estimated $1 million, Rear Window premiered in New York City on August 1, 1954, earning four Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Best Color Cinematography, Best Screenplay and Best Sound. Here are ten valuable Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window movie posters and collectibles that should interest Hitchcock fans and movie memorabilia collectors. "We've become a race of Peeping Toms. What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change. Yes sir. How's that for a bit of homespun philosophy?" - Thelma Ritter as Stella Rear Window One Sheet Movie Poster  A restored one she...

Ten Valuable Warren Spahn Baseball Collectibles

Warren Spahn (1921-2003) is the winningest left-handed pitcher in major league history. The 1957 NL Cy Young Award winner, Spahn played his 1942-1965 big league career with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves, New York Mets and San Francisco Giants, amassing a 363-245 won-loss record, 2,583 strikeouts and a lifetime earned run average of 3.09. Losing three years to military service in World War II, Warren Spahn was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. Here are ten valuable Warren Spahn baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia buffs. "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain," they said in the glory years, in reference to the dynamic pitching duo of Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain... Warren Spahn 1948 Leaf Baseball Card Card #32 in the 1948 Leaf baseball series constitutes Warren Spahn's so-called rookie card. One graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition sold at auction for $1,410. Warren Spahn 1948 Leaf rookie card $1,410 - Robert Ed...

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 Bronko Nagurski Football Collectibles

Rainy River, Ontario, Canada-born Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski (1908-1990) was not only a professional football player but also a world-champion wrestler. An All-American fullback at the University of Minnesota, Nagurski played his entire 1930-1937, 1943 pro football career with the Chicago Bears. A member of the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, the 6'2" 226-pound Bronko Nagurski was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. Here are ten valuable Bronko Nagurski football collectibles that are sure to please old-time gridiron fans and sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the field once again #3 Bronko Nagurski... Bronko Nagurski Autographed Photo An 8x10-inch photo signed by Bronko Nagurski in black sharpie sold at auction for $310.70. Bronko Nagurski signed photo in frame $310.70 - Heritage Auctions Bronko Nagurski 1935 National Chicle Rookie Football Card Card #34 Bronko Nagurski graces the fabulous 1935 National Chicle football serie...

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...

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 Cy Young Baseball Collectibles

Denton True "Cy" Young (1867-1955) is the winningest pitcher in major league history. Young played his 1890-1911 big league career with the Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Perfectos, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Americans, Cleveland Naps and Boston Rustlers, amassing an incredible 511-316 won-loss record, 2,803 strikeouts, 749 complete games and a lifetime 2.63 earned run average. A name synonymous with pitching excellence – e.g., baseball's coveted Cy Young Award – Cy Young was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937. Here are ten valuable Cy Young baseball collectibles that are sure to interest historians and sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking the mound once again the legendary Cy Young... Cy Young 1910 Cigar Box Ohio's Sweet Home Company produced the Cy Young cigar in 1910. A cigar box from that line – one of only two known to exist – brought $6,380 at auction. Cy Young 1910 cigar box $6,380 - Robert Edward Auctions Cy Yo...

Ten Valuable Fran Tarkenton Football Collectibles

Richmond, Virginia-born Fran Tarkenton (1940-) rates as one of football's greatest scrambling quarterbacks. A third round pick in the 1961 NFL draft out of the University of Georgia, Tarkenton played his 1961-1978 pro football career with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, amassing 47,003 passing yards, 3,674 rushing yards and 374 total touchdowns. The 1975 NFL's Most Valuable Player and a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, Fran Tarkenton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. Here are ten valuable Fran Tarkenton football collectibles that are sure to interest "Sir Francis" fans and sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the field once again #10 Fran Tarkenton... Fran Tarkenton 1962 Topps Rookie Football Card Card #90 in the 1962 Topps football series constitutes one of Fran Tarkenton's coveted rookie cards. One graded example in SGC 84 near mint 7 condition sold at auction for $215.10. Other 1962 Fran Tarkenton rookie cards were issued by Kahn...

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 Midnight Cowboy Movie Posters & Memorabilia

United Artists' Midnight Cowboy premiered in New York City on May 25, 1969. Jon Voight stars as Texas greenhorn Joe Buck, who comes to the Big Apple intent on becoming a male hustler, with Dustin Hoffman (Ratso Rizzo), Sylvia Miles (Cass), John McGiver (Mr. O'Daniel), Brenda Vaccaro (Shirley), Barnard Hughes (Towny) and Ruth White (Sally Buck) along for the ride. Made for $3.6 million, Midnight Cowboy was both a financial and critical success, earning seven Academy Award nominations for Best Picture (won), Best Director (John Schlesinger, won), Best Actor (Voight, Hoffman), Best Screenplay (won), Best Supporting Actress (Miles) and Best Film Editing. Here are ten valuable Midnight Cowboy movie posters and memorabilia that are sure to interest film fans. "Everybody's talking at me/I don't hear a word they're saying/Only the echoes of my mind..." - Harry Nilsson Midnight Cowboy 40x60 Movie Poster When it first came out in 1969 Midnight Cowboy earned ...

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 Walter Johnson Baseball Collectibles

Walter Johnson (1887-1946) was one of baseball's greatest pitchers. Known as "Barney" and "The Big Train," Johnson played his entire 1907-1927 major league career with the Washington Senators, amassing a 417-279 won-loss record, 3,509 strikeouts, 110 shutouts and a lifetime earned run average of 2.17. Along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson – the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1913 and 1924 – was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class of 1936. Here are ten Walter Johnson baseball collectibles that are sure to interest historians and sports memorabilia enthusiasts. Now taking the mound once again The Big Train – Walter Johnson... Walter Johnson 1911 T206 Baseball Card Vintage tobacco cards can bring big bucks. A graded Walter Johnson baseball card with gold border from the 1911 T206 tobacco series in SGC 84 near m...

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...

Ten Valuable Blade Runner (1982) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Warner Bros'. science fiction movie classic Blade Runner came to theaters in 1982. Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh and Daryl Hannah, Blade Runner features Ford as Rick Deckard, a futuristic ex-cop in 2019 Los Angeles whose grim specialty is terminating renegade androids. Made for $28 million, Blade Runner debuted on June 25, 1982, earning two Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Visual Effects. Here are ten valuable Blade Runner move posters and collectibles that are sure to interest sci-fi fans and movie memorabilia collectors. "They don't advertise for killers in the newspaper. That was my profession. Ex-cop. Ex-blade runner. Ex-killer." - Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard  Blade Runner One Sheet Movie Poster A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $209.13. Blade Runner is loosely based on the&nbs...

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...

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...

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...

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 Never Say Never Again (1983) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Warner Bros'. Never Say Never Again cruised into movie theaters in 1983. Directed by Irvin Kershner and starring Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Barbara Carrera, Max von Sydow and Bernie Casey, Never Say Never Again features Connery as James Bond a.k.a. 007, Britain's super secret agent who must track down a pair of nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE. Made for $36 million, Never Say Never Again premiered in Los Angeles on October 6, 1983, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Carrera). Here are ten valuable Never Say Never Again movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest James Bond fans and movie memorabilia collectors. "It has been 12 years since Sean Connery hung it up as James Bond, 12 years since 'Diamonds Are Forever,' and Connery's announcement that he would 'never again' play special agent 007. What complex instincts caused him to have one more fling at the role, I cannot guess. Perhaps it was one morning ...

Ten Valuable Bob Lemon Baseball Collectibles

San Bernardino, California-born Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon (1920-2000) was one of the American League's big aces of the late 1940s and '50s. Lemon played his entire 1941-1958 major league career with the Cleveland Indians, amassing a 207-128 won-loss record, 1,277 strikeouts, 31 shutouts and a lifetime earned run average of 3.23. A seven-time 20-game winner/American League All Star, Bob Lemon was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976. Here are ten valuable Bob Lemon baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the mound at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium once again #21 Bob Lemon... Bob Lemon 1955 Cleveland Indians Contract Bob Lemon's 1955 Cleveland Indians contract called for an annual salary of $45,000. The previous year in 1954, Lemon had posted an 18-10 record, leading the American League in victories. Lemon's 1955 four-page contract, signed by the ace hurler, Indians general manager Hank G...

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...

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...

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 Paul Molitor Baseball Collectibles

St. Paul, Minnesota-born Paul Molitor (1956-) is a member of baseball's 3,000 Hit Club. Called "Molly" or "The Ignitor," Molitor played his 1978-1998 major league career with the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins, amassing 3,319 hits, 234 home runs, 1,307 runs batted in, 504 stolen bases and a lifetime batting average of .306. A seven-time American League All Star and the AL's three-time hits leader (1991, 1993, 1996), Paul Molitor was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004. Here are ten valuable Paul Molitor baseball collectibles that should interest sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the field once again for the Milwaukee Brewers #4 the great Paul Molitor... Paul Molitor 1988 Signed Milwaukee Brewers Home Jersey In 1988 Paul Molitor collected 190 hits, swiped 41 bases and batted .312. Molitor's 1988 Brewers game-used #4 home jersey – autographed across the front – sold at auction for $3,818.75. Paul Mol...

The Beverly Hillbillies TV Show Memorabilia Values

The corny-classic TV sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies ran on CBS from 1962 to 1971 producing 274 half-hour episodes. Paul Henning was the show's creator, with Buddy Ebsen (Jed Clampett), Irene Ryan (Granny), Max Baer Jr. (Jethro Bodine), Donna Douglas (Elly May Clampett), Raymond Bailey (Milburn Drysdale) and Nancy Kulp (Jane Hathaway) heading the cast. Here are ten valuable The Beverly Hillbillies TV collectibles that are sure to interest fans and collectors. "Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed/A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed..." The Beverly Hillbillies Punch-Out Book Whitman produced The Beverly Hillbillies Punch-Out Book in 1964. One example in unused excellent condition sold at auction for $262.90. Original cost: 29 cents.  Whitman The Beverly Hillbillies Punch-Out Book $262.90 - Heritage Auctions The Beverly Hillbillies 1963 Topps Gum Card Set The Topps Chewing Gum Co. released a 66-card The Beverly Hillbillies set in 1963. One high-grade examp...

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 (...

Rawhide TV Western Show Memorabilia Values

CBS-TV's classic western Rawhide aired from 1959 to 1966 producing 217 episodes. Eric Fleming (Gil Favor), Clint Eastwood (Rowdy Yates), Paul Brinegar (Wishbone), Steve Raines (Quince), James Murdock (Mushy) and Rocky Shahan (Joe Scarlet) headed the cast through the years. Here are ten valuable Rawhide TV show collectibles that are sure to interest TV western fans and collectors. "Keep Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'/Though the streams are swollen/Keep them dawgies rollin', Rawhide!/Through rain and wind and weather/Hell bent for leather/Wishing my gal was by my side..." - Frankie Laine Rawhide Gun and Holster Set Carnell Mfg. of Brooklyn, New York, made the official Rawhide gun and holster set in 1959 bearing the Columbia Broadcasting System copyright. One set in near mint condition in its original box sold at auction for $284.62. Rawhide gun and holster set by Carnell $284.62 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles Rawhide Game Lowell Toy produced the official Rawhide Game with Eric F...

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...

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 From Here to Eternity Movie Posters, Lobby Cards & Film Collectibles

Columbia Pictures' From Here to Eternity premiered in New York City on August 5, 1953. Based on the novel by James Jones – who was paid $50,000 for the screen rights to his bestseller – From Here to Eternity is set at an American Army base in Hawaii months before the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor of December 7, 1941. Heading the cast are Burt Lancaster (Sgt. Milt Warden), Montgomery Clift (Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt), Deborah Kerr (Karen Holmes), Donna Reed (Alma "Lorene" Burke), Frank Sinatra (Pvt. Angelo Maggio), Philip Ober (Captain Dan Holmes) and Ernest Borgnine (Sgt. "Fatso" Judson). From Here to Eternity earned an incredible 13 Academy Award nominations, taking home Oscar for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Sinatra), Best Supporting Actress (Reed), Best Screenplay (Daniel Taradash), Best Director (Fred Zinnemann), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Burnett Guffey), Best Film Editing (William A. Lyon) and Best Soun...

Ten Valuable Philadelphia Athletics Baseball Collectibles

The Philadelphia Athletics began their American League baseball life in 1901. Owned and managed by the legendary Connie Mack during the first 50 years of the franchise's existence, the Philadelphia Athletics captured nine American League pennants (1902, 1905, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1929, 1930, 1931) and five World Series titles (1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930). The Athletics – or A's – moved to Kansas City in 1955, where they stayed through the 1967 baseball season. The Athletics departed for Oakland in 1968, where they continue today. Here are ten valuable Philadelphia Athletics baseball collectibles that are sure to interest A's fans and sports memorabilia buffs. Now returning to Columbia Park and Shibe Park in the City of Brotherly Love once again – the incomparable Philadelphia Athletics! Philadelphia Athletics 1910 Champions Pin The Philadelphia Athletics won the American League pennant in 1910, later defeating the Chicago Cubs in the World ...

Ten Valuable Calvin Coolidge Collectibles

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) served as the 30th President of the United States. A former governor of Massachusetts, Vice President Coolidge ascended to the presidency on August 2, 1923, following the sudden death of President Warren G. Harding and was subsequently elected in his own right in 1924, serving until 1929. Here are ten valuable Calvin Coolidge collectibles that are sure to interest historians and political memorabilia collectors. "All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work." - Calvin Coolidge For President Calvin Coolidge Campaign Pin A 1925 For President Calvin Coolidge pin sold at auction for $113.53. President Coolidge 1924 pin $113.53 President Calvin Coolidge 4th of July Club Pin "Silent Cal" Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872. A campaign pin touting Coolidge as a member of the July 4th Club brought $203.15 at auction. Can any candidate get patriotically...

Broken Arrow TV Show Collectibles Values

The popular TV western Broken Arrow ran on the small screen from 1956 to 1958 producing 73 half-hour episodes. John Lupton stars as Indian agent Tom Jeffords with Michael Ansara as his blood brother Cochise and Tom Fadden as Duffield. Here are ten valuable Broken Arrow TV show collectibles that are sure to interest fans and collectors... Broken Arrow Tom Jeffords Hartland Statue World-famous Hartland Plastics Inc. of Hartland, Wisconsin, produced the exquisite TV western line of statues from 1957-61. A full-size Tom Jeffords example in complete very fine condition sold at auction for $170.78. The Hartland statue accessories – hats, guns, knives, etc. – were often lost and are very important in determining value. Tom Jeffords Hartland statue $170.78 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles  Broken Arrow Tom Jeffords Writing Tablet Back in the day illustrated writing tablets featuring TV stars on the cover were popular with kids. A Tom Jeffords tablet in excellent un...

Ten Valuable The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Movie Posters & Collectibles

United Artists' The Spy Who Loved Me came to movie theaters in 1977. Directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curt Jurgens, Richard Kiel and Caroline Munro, The Spy Who Loves Me features Moore as British super secret agent James Bond a.k.a. 007, who teams with KGB agent Major Anya Amasova (Bach) in the investigation of missing British and Russian nuclear-armed submarines. Made for $14 million, The Spy Who Love Me premiered in London on July 7, 1977, earning three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Music Score, Best Original Song ("Nobody Does It Better") and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration. Here are ten valuable The Spy Who Loved Me movie posters and memorabilia that are sure to thrill James Bond fans and movie memorabilia buffs. "Mmm, maybe I misjudged Stromberg. Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad." - Roger Moore as James Bond The Spy Who Love Me One Sheet Movie Poster A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41...

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 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...

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 Kansas City Royals Baseball Collectibles

The Kansas City Royals began their baseball life as an American League expansion team in 1969. In their major league debut of April 8, 1969, the Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins by a score of 4-3 in 12 innings. The Kansas City Royals have captured two American League pennants (1980, 1985) and one World Series title (1985). Here are ten valuable Kansas City Royals baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking to the field once again at old Municipal Stadium – the Kansas City Royals... Kansas City Royals 1982 George Brett Autographed Baseball Jersey Hall of Famer George Brett played his entire 1973-93 major league baseball career with the Kansas City Royals. Brett's 1982 Royals game-used #5 home jersey – autographed across the chest – fetched a top bid of $4,481.25 at auction. George Brett's 1982 game-used Royals jersey $4,481.25 - Heritage Auction Galleries Kansas City Royals 1985 World Champions Team Signed Ba...

Ten Valuable Red Faber Baseball Collectibles

Cascade, Iowa-born Urban Clarence "Red" Faber (1888-1976) was one of the premier pitchers of his era. Faber played his entire 1914-1933 major league career with the Chicago White Sox, amassing a 254-213 won-loss record, 1,471 strikeouts, 29 shutouts and a lifetime earned run average of 3.15. A four-time 20-game winner (1915, 1920, 1921, 1922), Red Faber was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964. Here are ten valuable Red Faber baseball collectibles that are sure to interest historians and sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the mound once again #18 Red Faber... Red Faber 1933 Goudey Baseball Card Card #79 Urban (Red) Faber appears in the 1933 Goudey Gum baseball series. One graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition sold at auction for $1,880. Red Faber 1933 Goudey card $1,880 - Robert Edward Auctions Red Faber 1926 Chicago White Sox Contract Red Faber posted a record of 12-11 in 1925 with a 3.78 earned run average. Subsequent...

Ten Valuable Ricky Nelson Music, Movie & TV Collectibles

Ricky Nelson was one of the hottest teen idols of the 1950s and '60s. Born Eric Hilliard Nelson in Teaneck, New Jersey, on May 8, 1940, Nelson perished in a plane crash on December 31, 1985. His many hits include such rock 'n' roll standards as "Poor Little Fool," "Stood Up," "Lonesome Town" and "Teenage Idol." Here are ten valuable Ricky Nelson music, movie and TV collectibles that are sure to interest pop culture memorabilia collectors. Now taking the stage once again the incomparable Ricky Nelson... Ricky Nelson Autographed Photo An 8x10-inch photo signed by Ricky Nelson sold at auction for $448.13. Ricky Nelson signed photo $448.13 Ricky Nelson 1957 Verve EP Record A 1957 EP (extra play) 45 rpm record titled Ricky on the Verve label with picture sleeve brought $35 at auction. Ricky Nelson 1960 More Songs By Ricky LP Album Ricky Nelson's LP album More Songs By Ricky was released on the Imperial label in 1960. One rare promotiona...

Ten Valuable Dirty Harry (1971) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Warner Bros'. Dirty Harry shot its way into movie theaters in 1971. Directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, John Vernon, Reni Santoni, Andy Robinson, John Larch and John Mitchum, Dirty Harry features Eastwood as Harry Callahan, a tough, no-holds-barred San Francisco Police inspector who is on the bloody trail of a maniacal killer calling himself "Scorpio." Made for $4 million, Dirty Harry premiered in New York City on December 22, 1971, becoming a big box-office hit and spawning four sequels. Here are ten valuable Dirty Harry movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest Clint Eastwood fans and movie memorabilia collectors. " I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well...

Ten Valuable Jim Catfish Hunter Baseball Collectibles

Jim "Catfish" Hunter (1946-1999) was one of the American League's most dominant pitchers of the 1970s. Hunter played his 1965-1979 major league career with the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees, amassing a 224-166 won-loss record, 2,012 strikeouts and a lifetime earned run average of 3.26. An eight-time All Star, the American League's 1974 Cy Young Award winner and a tragic victim of ALS, Catfish Hunter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987. Here are ten valuable Catfish Hunter baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking the mound once again for the Oakland A's #27 the great Jim Catfish Hunter... Catfish Hunter 1967 Kansas City Athletics Baseball Contract Catfish Hunter posted a 13-17 won-loss record for the hapless Kansas City Athletics in 1967. Hunter's 1967 Kansas City contract called for an annual salary of $13,500. This historic document, signed by Hunter, Kansas City executive vice pres...

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 ...

Ten Valuable Montreal Expos Baseball Collectibles

The Montreal Expos began their baseball life as a National League expansion team in 1969. Named in honor of the Expo 67 World's Fair, the Expos debuted on April 8, 1969, where they beat the hometown New York Mets at Shea Stadium by the score of 11-10. The Expos played in Montreal from 1969 to 2004, eventually moving south where they became the Washington Nationals. The Montreal Expos captured no National League pennants or World Series titles during their existence, but did win a divisional crown in 1981. Here are ten valuable Montreal Expos baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking to the field at Jarry Park and Olympic Stadium once again – the Montreal Expos... Montreal Expos 1984 Pete Rose Autographed Road Jersey All-time hit king Pete Rose played only 95 games for the Montreal Expos in 1984. Charlie Hustle's 1984 Expos game-used #14 road jersey – inscribed and signed "Pete Rose 4000th Hit 4/13/84 Charlie Hustle&quo...

Ten Valuable Jean Harlow Movie Collectibles

Jean Harlow (1911-1937) was Hollywood's golden girl of the 1930s. Born Harlean Harlow Carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911, Harlow's best films include Hell's Angels (1930), Platinum Blonde (1931), Red Dust (1932), Dinner At Eight (1933), Riffraff (1936) and Libeled Lady (1936). Jean Harlow, age 26, died on June 7, 1937, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. The cause of death was uremic poisoning due to acute kidney failure. Here are ten valuable Jean Harlow movie collectibles that are sure to excite fans of Hollywood's Golden Age of the Depression-era 1930s. Jean Harlow – film goddess – returns to the silver screen... Jean Harlow Wife vs. Secretary One Sheet Movie Poster Jean Harlow plays Whitey opposite Clark Gable in the comedy-romance Wife vs. Secretary (1936). A standard one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in fine/very fine condition on linen sold at auction for $2,868. Wife vs. Secretary 1936 one sheet poster $2,868 Jean Harlow ...

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 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 Chicago White Sox Baseball Collectibles

The Chicago White Sox began their baseball life as the minor league Sioux City Cornhuskers in 1893, playing in the Western League. Following the 1894 baseball season, Charles Comiskey took ownership of the Cornhuskers, moving them north to St. Paul, Minnesota, where they became the St. Paul Saints. In 1900, the Western League became the American League, with Comiskey moving his ballclub to Chicago's near south side where they became the Chicago White Stockings. In 1901, the American League joined major league baseball, with the Chicago White Stockings as one of its charter members. The Chicago White Sox have captured seven American League pennants (1900, 1901, 1906, 1917, 1919, 1959, 2005) and three World Series titles (1906, 1917, 2005). Here are ten valuable Chicago White Sox baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia buffs. The ChiSox return to historic Comiskey Park! Chicago White Sox 1918 & 1919 Season Passes Certain VIPs and dignitari...

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...

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet TV-Radio Show Collectibles

The family sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet ran on television from 1952 to 1966 producing 435 half-hour episodes. The series had started on radio in 1944, eventually running until 1954. The long-running series features the real-life Nelson family: Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky. Here are ten valuable The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet TV-radio show collectibles that should interest Nelson fans and collectors... Ozzie and Harriet DC #1 Comic Book DC published five The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet comic books from 1949-50 based on the radio show of the same name. DC #1 dated October-November 1949 in graded CGC very fine 8.0 condition sold at auction for $717.  Ozzie and Harriet #1 comic $717 - Heritage Auctions Ozzie and Harriet Signed Radio Show Contract A two-page radio show contract dated August 1952 signed by Ozzie and Harriet Nelson brought a top bid of $107.55 at auction.  Ozzie and Harriet DC #5 Comic Book The final comic book in The Adventures of...

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 The Magnificent Seven (1960) Movie Posters & Collectibles

United Artists' The Magnificent Seven came to movie theaters in 1960. Directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn, Horst Buchholz and Eli Wallach, The Magnificent Seven follows the exploits of a group of American gunfighters who head south to rid a Mexican village of marauding bandits. The Magnificent Seven debuted on October 23, 1960, earning a single Academy Award nomination for Best Music Scoring (Elmer Bernstein). Here are ten valuable The Magnificent Seven movie posters and collectibles that should interest western film fans and movie memorabilia collectors. "There's a job for six men, watching over a village, south of the border." - Yul Brynner as Chris Larabee Adams, the leader of the Seven  The Magnificent Seven One Sheet Movie Poster A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $262.90. The Magnificent Seven was a remake of the 1...

The History of the Chelsea Clock Company

The beautiful Chelsea Clocks have been around for a long time and with a fascinating history. How the Chelsea Clock Company Started Throughout the history of time, mankind has been inventing timepieces. Some of the earliest clocks made in the United States were by two brothers, Aaron and Simon Willard in the late 1790s. An excellent clockmaker, Simon Willard is best known for making the eight-day patent timepiece 1802, also known as the gallery or banjo clock, which became the first widely sold wall clock in the United States. Edward Howard, who was an apprentice of Simon Willard’s nephew, Aaron Willard, Jr. started his own company in 1840. After having several partners and businesses, the company finally became the E. Howard Clock & Watch Company in 1857. An apprentice of Edward Howard was Joseph Eastman who in 1886 started the Eastman Clock Company in Chelsea, Massachusetts. The company changed its name to the Boston Clock Company when in 1897; Charles Person bought the...

Ten Valuable Stage Fright (1950) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Warner Bros'. Stage Fright came to movie theaters in 1950. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Jane Wyman, Marlene Dietrich, Michael Wilding, Richard Todd and Alastair Sim, Stage Fright features Wyman as actress Eve Gill who harbors a friend accused of murder. Stage Fright premiered in New York City on February 23, 1950, earning an Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture. Here are ten valuable Stage Fright movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest Alfred Hitchcock fans and movie memorabilia buffs. "I'm afraid the murderer might come here, madam. Might get into the dressing room. Might even murder me, madam. I'm surprised you're not a bit afraid yourself." - Jane Wyman as Eve Gill Stage Fright One Sheet Movie Poster  A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $167.30. Stage Fright was filmed in the United Kingdom. Stage Fright one sheet poster $167.30 Stage Fright Insert Mov...

Ten Valuable Spellbound (1945) Movie Posters & Collectibles

United Artists' Spellbound thrilled movie audiences in 1945. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll and Rhonda Fleming, Spellbound features Bergman as Dr. Constance Petersen, a psychiatrist who harbors an amnesiac accused of murder. Made for $1.69 million, Spellbound premiered in New York City on October 31, 1945, earning Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Chekhov), Best Director, Best Black-and-White Cinematography, Best Music Scoring (Miklos Rozsa, won) and Best Special Effects. Here are ten valuable Spellbound movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest Alfred Hitchcock buffs and movie memorabilia collectors. "I'm haunted, but I can't see by what!" - Gregory Peck as John Ballantyne Spellbound One Sheet Movie Poster  A restored one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine+ condition on linen fetched a top bid of $4,780 at auction. S...

Ten Valuable Don Drysdale Baseball Collectibles

Don Drysdale (1936-1993) – a.k.a. "Twin D" – was one of baseball's dominant pitchers of the 1960s. Drysdale played his entire 1956-69 career with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, where he posted a lifetime won-loss record of 209-166 with 2,486 strikeouts. The Cy Young Award winner in 1962 after going 25-9 with 232 strikeouts, Don Drysdale was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. Here are ten valuable Don Drysdale baseball collectibles that are sure to interest Dodger fans and sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking the mound once again at Dodger Stadium #53 the great Don Drysdale... Don Drysdale 1966 Game-Used Los Angeles Dodgers Jersey In 1966 Don Drysdale posted a disappointing 13-16 record. No matter, as Drysdale's 1966 Dodgers game-used #53 road jersey sold at auction for $44,812.50. Don Drysdale 1966 game-worn road jersey $44,812.50 Don Drysdale 1957 Topps Rookie Baseball Card Card #18 in the 1957 Topps baseball issue constitutes Don D...

Tales of Wells Fargo TV Series Collectibles Values

Tales of Wells Fargo was one of the more popular TV westerns of its era, running from 1957 to 1962 and producing 211 episodes. Frank Gruber, Gene Reynolds and James Brooks are the show's creators, with Dale Robertson (1923-2013) starring as Wells Fargo agent Jim Hardie. Here are ten valuable Tales of Wells Fargo TV series collectibles that are sure to please western fans and collectors... Tales of Wells Fargo Jim Hardie Hartland Statue Hartland Plastics Inc. of Hartland, Wisconsin produced the famous TV western gunfighter series in the late 1950s and early '60s. A Jim Hardie figure in fine condition but missing the rifle sold at auction for $115. Jim Hardie Hartland statue $115 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles  Tales of Wells Fargo Paint by Number Set Transogram produced the Tales of Wells Fargo paint by number set in 1959. Unused examples still in their original boxes can sell for $50-100. Tales of Wells Fargo Gun and Holster Set Esquire produced the official Tales ...

Ten Valuable True Grit (1969) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Paramount Pictures' original True Grit rode into movie theaters in 1969. Directed by Henry Hathaway and starring John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Jeremy Slate, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper and Alfred Ryder, True Grit features the Duke as Rooster Cogburn, a hard-drinking U.S. Marshal who teams with a Texas Ranger (Campbell) and a young girl (Darby) to track down a killer in wild Indian country. True Grit debuted on June 11, 1969, earning a pair of Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (Wayne, won) and Best Original Song. Here are ten valuable True Grit movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest John Wayne fans and movie memorabilia collectors. " Fill your hand you son of a bitch!" - John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn leading a charge against the outlaws True Grit One Sheet Movie Poster A one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine condition sold at auction for $143.40. True Grit is based on the novel of the same name by Charles Portis....

Ten Valuable Woodrow Wilson Collectibles

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) served as the 28th President of the United States. The president of Princeton University and a former New Jersey governor, Woodrow Wilson was first elected president in 1912 and re-elected in 1916, serving until 1921. Here are ten valuable Woodrow Wilson collectibles that are sure to interest historians and political memorabilia collectors. "The world must be made safe for democracy." - Woodrow Wilson, April 2, 1917 Woodrow Wilson 1916 Campaign Bank A 1916 campaign bank featuring Democratic running mates Woodrow Wilson and Thomas R. Marshall sold at auction for $2,987.50. Woodrow Wilson/Thomas R. Marshall campaign bank $2,987.50 Woodrow Wilson Jugate Campaign Pin A stunning Wilson/Marshall jugate campaign pin brought $3,585 at auction. Wilson/Marshall campaign pin $3,585 Woodrow Wilson 1913 Inauguration Day Pin On March 4, 1913, Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated the 26th President of the United States. A commemorative ...

Ten Valuable Johnny Mize Baseball Collectibles

Johnny Mize (1913-1993) was one of the great power hitters of his era. Aptly called "The Big Cat," Mize played his 1936-1953 major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and New York Yankees, amassing 2,011 hits, 359 home runs, 1,337 runs batted in and a lifetime batting average of .312. A ten-time All Star, Johnny Mize was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. Here are ten valuable Johnny Mize baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia collectors. Now coming to the plate once again for the St. Louis Cardinals #10 the great Johnny Mize... Johnny Mize 1948 Leaf Baseball Card Card #46 Johnny Mize graces the 1948 Leaf baseball series. One graded example in SGC 88 near mint/mint 8 condition brought $537.75 at auction. Johnny Mize 1948 Leaf Gum card $537.75 - Heritage Auctions Johnny Mize 1953 Black and White Bowman Baseball Card Card #15 in the 1953 black and white Bowman baseball set features Johnny M...

Ten Valuable Bob Waterfield Football Collectibles

Elmira, New York-born Bob Waterfield (1920-1983) was one of the premier quarterbacks of his era. A fifth round pick in the 1944 NFL draft out of UCLA, Waterfield played his entire 1945-1952 pro football career with the Cleveland/Los Angeles Rams, amassing 11,849 passing yards, 21 rushing yards and 110 total touchdowns. A two-time NFL Payer of the Year (1945, 1950), a two-time NFL champion (1945, 1951), a two-time Pro Bowl selection and the first husband of movie actress Jane Russell, Bob Waterfield was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965. Here are ten valuable Bob Waterfield football collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the field once again #7 Bob Waterfield... Bob Waterfield 1948 Leaf Rookie Football Card Card #26 in the 1948 Leaf Gum football series constitutes one of Bob Waterfield's rookie cards. One graded example in SGC 92 near mint/mint+ 8.5 condition sold at auction for $3,346. This card is ...

Ten Valuable Casey Stengel Baseball Collectibles

Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel (1890-1975) is one of baseball's most celebrated managers. Nicknamed "The Old Perfessor," Stengel played his 1912-1925 major league career with the Brooklyn Superbas/Robins/Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants and Boston Braves, amassing 1,219 hits, 535 runs batted in and a lifetime batting average of .284. But it was Stengel's 1934-1965 big league managerial career where he made his mark, posting a lifetime 1,905-1,842 won-loss record with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Bees/Braves, New York Yankees and New York Mets. Casey Stengel was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 1966. Here are ten valuable Casey Stengel baseball collectibles that should be of interest to sports memorabilia collectors. "The Yankees don't pay me to win every day, just two out of three." - Casey Stengel Casey Stengel 1910 Old Mill Tobacco Baseball Card Casey Stengel graces the 1910...

Ten Valuable When Worlds Collide (1951) Movie Posters & Collectibles

Paramount Pictures' When Worlds Collide helped launch the science fiction movie craze of the 1950s. Directed by Rudolph Mate and starring Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen, John Hoyt and Larry Keating, When Worlds Collide tells the fantastic story of a small band of survivalists who build a spaceship when they learn Earth is on a collision course with the planet Zyra. Made for an estimated $936,000, When Worlds Collide debuted in August 1951. Here are ten valuable When Worlds Collide movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest hardcore sci-fi fans and movie memorabilia collectors. "Needles in a heavenly haystack. There are more stars in the heavens than there are human beings on Earth. Through telescopes men of science constantly search the infinitesimal corners of our solar system seeking new discoveries, hoping to better understand the laws of the universe. Observatories dedicated to the study of astronomy are set in high and remote places, but there is none...

Dr. Kildare TV Show Memorabilia Values

Dr. Kildare ran on NBC from 1961 to 1966 producing 191 episodes. Richard Chamberlain has the title role of Dr. James Kildare, with Raymond Massey as his mentor Dr. Leonard Gillespie. Here are ten valuable Dr. Kildare TV collectibles that are sure to interest fans and collectors... Dr. Kildare Bobbing Head Doll Bobbing head character dolls were big in the 1960s. A Dr. Kildare example in excellent condition sold at auction for $125. Dr. Kildare bobbing head doll $125 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles Dr. Kildare Medical Game for the Young Ideal Toy produced the Dr. Kildare Medical Game for the Young in 1962 – presumably for use by future physicians! Find an example in complete excellent condition and it could be worth over $50. Dr. Kildare I Like Richard Pin Dr. Kildare made Richard Chamberlain (1934-) one of the more popular TV stars of the 1960s. A I Like Richard pin circa 1962 in mint condition brought $50 at auction. I Like Richard pin $50 - Hake's Americana &am...

Ten Valuable Bob Dylan Music Collectibles

Bob Dylan is one of the most influential singer-songwriters in music history. Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, on May 24, 1941, Dylan came to the forefront during the turbulent 1960s, scoring with such hits as "Blowin' in the Wind," "Like a Rolling Stone" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'." Dylan's work now spans six decades, with the legendary artist still performing on the road. Here are ten valuable Bob Dylan music collectibles that are sure to interest Dylan fans and music memorabilia collectors. "Come gather 'round people/Wherever you roam/And admit that the waters/Around you have grown...For the times they are a-changin'..." Bob Dylan Autographed The Times They Are A-Changin' LP Album Bob Dylan's third album was the seminal The Times They Are A-Changin' (Columbia, 1964). A signed copy by the elusive Dylan – always a tough autograph – sold at auction for $3,107. Bob Dylan 1964...

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 Clark Gable Movie Collectibles

Clark Gable (1901-1960) was known as the King of Hollywood. Born in Cadiz, Ohio, on February 1, 1901, Gable made his motion picture debut playing White Man in Lady Andrea's Brother (1924). His ensuing films include such gems as Red Dust (1932), It Happened One Night (1934), Gone with the Wind (1939), Command Decision (1948), Across the Wide Missouri (1951), Run Silent Run Deep (1948) and The Misfits (1961). Here are ten valuable Clark Gable movie collectibles that are sure to please Gable fans and movie memorabilia buffs. Now starring once again – the incomparable Clark Gable! Clark Gable San Francisco Movie Portrait Still Clark Gable plays Blackie Norton in San Francisco (1936). Famed Hollywood photographer Clarence Sinclair Bull snapped this 10x13-inch portrait photo picturing Gable and costar Jeanette MacDonald for MGM. One example in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $388.38. San Francisco 1936 portrait still by Clarence Sinclair Bull $388.38 Clark Gable's ...

Ten Valuable Honus Wagner Baseball Collectibles

John Peter "Honus" Wagner (1874-1955) is considered to be one of baseball's greatest players. Called "The Flying Dutchman," Wagner played his 1897-1917 National League career with the Louisville Colonels and the Pittsburgh Pirates. A winner of eight NL batting titles, Wagner collected 3,420 hits, belted 101 home runs, drove in 1,733 runs and posted a .328 lifetime batting average. Honus Wagner was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, joining Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson in the inaugural Hall of Fame class. Here are ten valuable Honus Wagner baseball collectibles that are sure to interest historians and sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking the field once again the great Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner... Honus Wagner 1909-11 T206 Baseball Card The legendary 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner tobacco baseball card is the most famous and valuable card in the hobby. As the story goes, Wagner did not give the American...

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...

A&E's Storage Wars: Texas TV Series Review

Storage Wars: Texas airs over the A&E Network. It follows the adventures and exploits of four treasure hunters who buy abandoned storage lockers in the state of Texas, hoping to cash in on their forgotten contents. A&E's Storage Wars: Texas Debuts Storage Wars: Texas is a spinoff series of the highly-rated Storage Wars (2010-present). Storage Wars: Texas debuted over the A&E Network on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, with the episode "Texas Sold 'Em." Like its parent show, the Texas version follows four business owners as they bid on abandoned storage lockers in the Lone Star State. Ricky Smith and his nephew Bubba Smith are billed as "The Rangers," with Victor Rjesnjansky as "The Outsider," "Lesa Lewis" (along with her assistant Jerry Simpson) as "The Boss" and Morris "Moe" Prigoff as "The Doc."  Walt Cade a.k.a. "The Colonel" often serves as the auctioneer.  Lesa Lewis and Jerry Simpson in Storage Wars: Texas - A&E Storage Wars: Uranium Glass, Teak Wine Cab...

Ten Valuable Travis Jackson Baseball Collectibles

Arkansas-born Travis Calvin Jackson (1903-1987) was one of the premier defensive shortstops of his era. Nicknamed "Stonewall," Jackson played his entire 1922-1936 major league career with the New York Giants, amassing 1,768 hits, 929 runs batted in and a lifetime batting average of .291. A renowned clutch hitter, Travis Jackson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. Here are ten valuable Travis Jackson baseball collectibles that are sure to interest Giants fans and sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking the field at the old Polo Grounds once again #6 Travis Jackson... Travis Jackson 1934 Demaree Die-Cut Baseball Card Card #86 Travis Jackson graces the classic 1934 Al Demaree die-cut baseball series. One graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition sold at auction for $2,115. The cards were issued by the Dietz Gum Co. of Chicago. Travis Jackson 1933 Demaree die-cut card $2,115 - Robert Edward Auctions Travis Jackson, Earle Combs,...

Ten Valuable Satchel Paige Baseball Collectibles

Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (1906-1982) is one of baseball's legendary performers. A veteran right-handed pitcher for the old Negro Leagues, the 42-year-old Paige made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1948, later playing for the St. Louis Browns and the Kansas City Athletics. In 1971, Paige became the first Negro League player to be inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame. Here are ten valuable Satchel Paige baseball collectibles that are sure to interest historians and sports memorabilia buffs. "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." - Satchel Paige Satchel Paige 1949 Leaf Rookie Baseball Card The Leaf Gum Co. produced card #8 in 1949 – better known as Satchel Paige's rookie card. One graded example in SGC 50 very good/excellent 4 condition brought $5,581 at auction. Satchel Paige's 1949 Leaf rookie card $5,581 - Robert Edward Auctions Satchel Paige 1953 Topps Baseball Card Original Artwork The Topps Che...

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...