For serious collectors of soccer memorabilia, match used balls are highly prized. Unfortunately, authentic items are rare and the market is filled with fakes. When it comes to establishing authenticity of match-used memorabilia like shirts and balls – provenance is key. Provenance is defined as the place of origin or earliest known history of something. […]

Read More

The Action Comics #1 comic book (pictured above), which featured Superman for the first time, sold for $3.25 million in a private sale in April, according to ComicConnect.com, an online auction company. The sale price is the highest ever paid for a comic book and surpassed the $3.2 million sale of the same item in […]

Read More

Signatures on envelopes – Free franks Benjamin Franklin was a printer, an inventor, and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  He was also frugal.  It was his “mission.” When he hit the ripe old age (for then!) of 20, Franklin decided to embark on what he called “moral perfection.” He created a list of […]

Read More

IRS Charitable Contribution Procedure Way back in February, the IRS released a new version of IRS Publication 561 – “Determining the Value of Donated Property.”   If you have not studied it in detail, it’s time to take closer look. I won’t describe all the changes, but you might find the penalties section of special interest, as […]

Read More

By Leon Castner Wallace Nutting was a nationally known printmaker and furniture expert of the 1900-30’s era.  His work is highly collectible and now recognized by most antique lovers.  Decorators particularly love his simple and somewhat romantic view of the American Colonial era.  Museums as well as collectors avidly seek his furniture, which copied early […]

Read More