How To Identify A Stradivarius Violin Violins with paper labels stating Stradivarius circa 1700abound by the millions. That’s right – millions. Most of us know that there are reproductions producedby companies like Sears and Roebuck during theearly 20th century. These weren’t actually copies meantto deceive, however. They were done out of respect andadmiration for the […]

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Valuation Methodology: Not a Guessing Game Leon Castner, ISA CAPP, Certified USPAP Instructor One common misconception about the valuing of property-whether it be real, personal, or business, is that the appraiser just “knows” the value, either based on their experiences in the field or their educational training, and possibility the ownership of a special “blue […]

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Topps has produced Major League Baseball trading cards for over 70 years. But that will soon change. MLB has recently announced it will end its current licensing contract with Topps. Instead, it has inked a new deal that will make sports memorabilia company Fanatics a chief card producer for the league, starting in 2022.  The […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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