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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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 […]

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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 […]

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