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A Look at the Very Collectible Brand Pyrex

January 16, 2012 2:23:29 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Kitchen & Home, Kitchenware and Lobby

At Collectors Proof, we are often flattered at the interest that collectors from around the globe take in Americana. Because most of the team here is American, and because we see the interest that our American collector friends take in the collectibles of other cultures, this is probably not surprising. The point is that the mundane produce of one culture is often considered collectible by others.…read more

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NASA Collectibles - $10M/Yr

January 11, 2012 3:37:18 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Astronauts & Space Travel and Lobby

Who knew? $10 million per year - that's what industry experts estimate that collectors spend on "space" collectibles. And NASA is a willing partner, making sure to bring hundreds or even thousands of trinkets along on each shuttle flight. And now a new collector "feat of strength" appears to be collecting one item from each of the 133 successful shuttle missions. The bottom line is that none of this surprises us…read more

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A Penny for Your... $1.3 Million

January 8, 2012 9:45:21 PM UTC by cardman1968 in Coins & Numismatics and Lobby

In case you haven't already heard, if you can manage to save that penny for 219 years, it just might fetch you $1.3 Million at auction. Check it out... http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-01-07/million-dollar-penny/52440226/1?csp=hf

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10 Tips for Great Item Photographs

January 6, 2012 7:22:32 PM UTC by cardman1968 in Lobby and Photographic Images

I don't know about you, but I am photographically challenged. Not only do I look goofy in photographs, but any picture I take was clearly taken by an amateur. Collectors Proof's gallery enables me to enjoy my collection in a new way that does not require that I wade into my basement and crack open a bunch of taped-up boxes. This ASSUMES, however, that I've done a decent job of photographing my items.…read more

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NHL's Sabres "Slug" Jerseys - Registered at Collector Proof - Up for Auction

January 4, 2012 3:31:14 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Lobby and NHL

A forward-looking franchise tackling authenticity head-on, the Buffalo Sabres also supports a number of organizations that strive to make the world a better place. If you're a fan of game-worn apparel and want to "skip the barrel and go right to the tree," there is no better place to buy authentic jerseys. Here's the press release... FINAL GAME-WORN BUFALO SABRES…read more

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My New Years Resolution? Listen to More Cardboard Connection Radio

January 1, 2012 1:30:20 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Cards, Lobby, Sports and Trading Cards

At Collectors Proof, we are always on the lookout for other groups who share our mission of helping individual collectors approach their hobby armed with the knowledge they need to hone in on value and avoid collecting traps in all their forms. The knowledgeable hosts of Cardboard Connection Radio impart their expertise three times a week - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday -…read more

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Operation Holiday Hoax II

December 30, 2011 5:01:11 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Apparel & Accessories, Lobby and NFL

This article provides a pithy summary of the rise in counterfeit trade goods and seizures (a 34% increase between '09 and '10). Key points: - counterfeiters are drifting down into the low-end, copying items that are already inexpensive, like Christmas tree lights. Where's the money in that? Well, it's in the cost savings associated with skimping on safety features such as fuses and adequate wiring gauge.…read more

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Hangover 2... Real Laughs, Fake Handbags

December 28, 2011 9:52:48 PM UTC by cardman1968 in Apparel & Accessories and Lobby

If you saw Hangover 2, you may remember Zach Galifanakis' character warning a baggage handler to be careful with his Louis Vuitton handbag. It turns out he had nothing to worry about. The bag was a cheap knockoff. What a relief, huh? Not so fast. It may turn out to be the most expensive handbag in history. If Louis Vuitton has its way, Warner Brothers will be forced to edit the scene prior to future…read more

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Why Barbie's - Unlike Many Dolls - Just Might Have a Return On Investment

December 27, 2011 12:52:01 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Action Figures and Lobby

Most of us, at one time or another, have had to layer in the "investment rationale" for our collecting to a spouse or parent. "Hey, these will be worth money some day!" The truth is, though, that most collectibles fail to appreciate as much as their manufacturers and upstream owners would like us to believe. Being able to discern the difference between a collectible…read more

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Air Jordans - a Valid Collectible, Craziness Aside

December 25, 2011 5:15:11 AM UTC by cardman1968 in Apparel & Accessories, Chicago Bulls, Lobby, NBA and Game Worn Apparel & Equipment

okay, we've all heard the news by now... Swirling clouds of pepper spray, crazies pulling clumps of hair out of competing shoppers' heads, cats sleeping wi dogs... wait... different story. Always, people have been nuts for Air Jordans for almost 30 years. Read why here. It's a look at the lifecycle of a collectible phenom... http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/air-jordans-25-years-of-the-coveted-collectible-sneaker/2010/12/20/ABvdMjJ_gallery.html?tid=pm_gal

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