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  • It was recently announced that Steuben Glass Works will close November 29, 2011. In its 118 years in business, Steuben was a leader in the luxury glass market. Vintage Steuben as well as contemporary Steuben pieces is the frequent target of imitations and fakes. Forged marks and signatures are often applied to Steuben lookalikes. This article explains how to tell the difference.

    How to Authenticate Steuben Glass

    How to Authenticate Steuben Glass

    by ruby lane5

  • The 2016 Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coin. This is an event 100 years in the making. Beautifully struck in .9999 fine 24–karat gold and weights one-tenth of a Troy ounce.

    The 2016 10th Ounce Gold Mercury Dime

    The 2016 10th Ounce Gold Mercury Dime

    by Doug West3

  • This vintage button guide contains valuable information about different types of vintage buttons including how to test them to see what they are made from. Also, learn how to safely clean and care for vintage and antique buttons.

    Vintage Button Guide - Ways to Identify Antique Buttons

    Vintage Button Guide - Ways to Identify Antique Buttons

    by Jamie Brock206

  • If you collect teddy bears, or just think they are sweet, you will want to read article this about Boyds Bears, which are no longer being produced.

    Boyds Bears Are No Longer Being Produced

    Boyds Bears Are No Longer Being Produced

    by Karen Hellier5

  • I first "discovered" Fiestaware several years ago, when I wanted brightly colored china for my kitchen. Fiestaware is retro but is becoming popular again. It is well made and has lovely shapes.

    Fiestaware China by Homer Laughlin China

    Fiestaware China by Homer Laughlin China

    by Jean Bakula14

  • This spectacular ruby-colored, early-American pattern glass can add beauty and interest to your decor, and it is fun and affordable to find and collect.

    My Experience Collecting Ruby Glass

    My Experience Collecting Ruby Glass

    by Sherry Hewins10

  • Collecting stamps provides a wonderful and fun way to learn history. In 1936 and 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten Army and Navy commemorative stamps honoring heroes from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish-American War. The three-cent Navy stamp honors Admirals David Farragut and David Porter, naval heroes of the Civil War and adoptive brothers. The stamp provides a nice introduction to the naval history of the Civil War.

    1937 Three-Cent Navy Stamp: David Farragut and David Porter

    1937 Three-Cent Navy Stamp: David Farragut and David Porter

    by Brian Lokker0

  • Learn history through stamp collecting. From 1936 to 1937, the United States Post Office issued a series of commemorative postage stamps that featured Army and Navy heroes from American wars prior to 1900. The three-cent Army stamp honors Civil War Generals Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and Philip Sheridan of the Union Army. The stamps are an interesting window into U.S. military history.

    1937 Three-Cent Army Stamp: William Tecumseh Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, and Philip Sheridan

    1937 Three-Cent Army Stamp: William Tecumseh Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, and Philip Sheridan

    by Brian Lokker0

  • Billy Blazes, Rocky Canyon, Wendy Waters. Big clunky feet, equipment packs. The animated TV show, the direct to video movie. These are the basics, but there's a few weird facts you missed.

    Weird Facts About Fisher-Price Rescue Heroes

    Weird Facts About Fisher-Price Rescue Heroes

    by Jonathan Sabin0

  • If you collect vintage postcards, you may like to know roughly how old the card is. It isn't always easy to establish its age. Most cards have some clues you can follow.

    How to Estimate the Age of a Postcard

    How to Estimate the Age of a Postcard

    by SheilaMilne109

  • A claasic R/C toy from the 1990's! Tomy Char-G's were loved by many kids. They were fast, could do 100 million 360's and had rear lights. You could charge them in 45 seconds from the controller. Could we ask for anything more back then?!

    Tomy Char-G RC Car : 90's Classic Kids Toy!

    Tomy Char-G RC Car : 90's Classic Kids Toy!

    by JP9930

  • Airmail stamps are not just stamps. They are pieces of aviation and postal history going back some 1 1/2 centuries! "Airmail Stamps..." takes a look at the history and examples of these stamps.

    A History of International Airmail Stamps

    A History of International Airmail Stamps

    by truefaith78

  • The British Mark their silver in symbols. Learn how to read them to properly identify your silver, and find treasures overlooked by others who don't know what the symbols mean.

    British Sterling Silver Hallmarks

    British Sterling Silver Hallmarks

    by Diane Cass119

  • Learn history by collecting stamps. In 1936 and 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative postage stamps honoring military heroes from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish-American War. The one-cent Army stamp honors Revolutionary War Generals George Washington and Nathanael Greene, and also includes a vignette of Mount Vernon. The stamps provide a window into early U.S. military history.

    1936 One-Cent Army Stamp: George Washington, Nathanael Greene, and Mount Vernon

    1936 One-Cent Army Stamp: George Washington, Nathanael Greene, and Mount Vernon

    by Brian Lokker2

  • A brief history of how postage stamps came to be, along with an introduction to stamp collecting. Once described as "The World's Greatest Hobby," stamp collecting flourished until the rise of technology in the 1980s. After three decades of decline, the hobby is now enjoying a rebirth.

    Stamp Collecting: The History and Evolution of the World's Greatest Hobby

    Stamp Collecting: The History and Evolution of the World's Greatest Hobby

    by Peter Messerschmidt6

  • Learn history through stamp collecting. In 1936 and 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative postage stamps honoring military heroes from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish-American War. The one-cent Navy stamp honors Revolutionary War naval heroes John Paul Jones, captain of the Bonhomme Richard, and John Barry, captain of the Lexington. The stamps provide a great introduction to early U.S. military history.

    1936 One-Cent Navy Stamp: John Paul Jones and John Barry

    1936 One-Cent Navy Stamp: John Paul Jones and John Barry

    by Brian Lokker2

  • Whether you inherited it from your great-grandmother or picked it up at an estate sale, your old mirror may be worth more than you realize. It's time to put on your detective hat and look for clues!

    How to Determine the Value of an Old Mirror

    How to Determine the Value of an Old Mirror

    by lindacee55

  • Collecting decks of playing cards and be a fun and rewarding hobby. Learn the pros and cons of collecting playing cards, and ways to display your collection.

    The Hobby of Collecting Playing Cards

    The Hobby of Collecting Playing Cards

    by David Livermore4

  • Are you a 90s kid with old toys kicking around in your attic? Some of them might be worth a lot of money today. Check out this list of toys from the 90s worth a fortune today, and see if you're sitting on a gold mine.

    5 Popular Toys From the 90s That Are Worth Money Today

    5 Popular Toys From the 90s That Are Worth Money Today

    by Meagan Ireland0

  • Thornton Utz, a masterwork artist for Hamilton Collection Limited Edition Plates. Utz has artistic talent as an illustrator, portraitist, and as a collector plate artist, and a fine art painter.

    Thornton Utz, Hamilton Collection Plates

    Thornton Utz, Hamilton Collection Plates

    by Glenn Waters2

  • 1921 was the key year for the end of the U.S. Morgan silver dollar and the beginning of the U.S. Peace silver dollar. An article for Coin Collectors and Historians.

    1921 Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars

    1921 Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars

    by Lori Robinson0

  • Jewelry reflects the taste and attitude of every period in history. There are clues that can be used in deciphering how old your jewelry is. The older and rarer, the more valuable it will be.

    5 Easy Clues for Dating Antique or Vintage Jewelry

    5 Easy Clues for Dating Antique or Vintage Jewelry

    by karMALZEKE158

  • The hobby of collecting sea shells has been done for thousands of years. Whether you live by the seashore or are an occasional visitor of a beach site, a shell advertises nature's art.

    The Hobby of Collecting Seashells

    The Hobby of Collecting Seashells

    by Tricia Deed6

  • Nanking Cargo is the name given to a hoard of porcelain recovered from the South China Sea in 1985. This is the story of that porcelain and the ship that carried it to the ocean's floor.

    The Nanking Cargo

    The Nanking Cargo

    by Kaili Bisson33

  • Vintage teacups have an elegance all their own. There are an infinite amount of cup shapes and patterns. So very delicate and beautiful.

    My Vintage Teacup Collection

    My Vintage Teacup Collection

    by Ellen Gregory109

  • Collecting antique glass insulators is a relatively new hobby. Glass insulators were used along railway and telegraph lines in the 19th through the 20th centuries.

    Collecting Antique Glass Insulators

    Collecting Antique Glass Insulators

    by Jeanne Grunert11

  • Estimating a coin's value can be tricky for a novice, but most of us have happened across an interesting old coin and wondered about its worth. Here's a guide that will take you step by step to understanding how much your coin is worth.

    What Is a BU Coin?

    What Is a BU Coin?

    by jellygator8

  • I saw this once in a Dengeki Hobby issue. I will be trying this to one of my Gunpla.

    How to Pose Your Gunpla

    How to Pose Your Gunpla

    by JR Mamerto0

  • When buying vintage or antique teddy bears, it is important to learn the identifying features that help to date them. Here are six features that help to determine the age of a vintage teddy.

    How to Find out How Old an Antique Teddy Bear Is

    How to Find out How Old an Antique Teddy Bear Is

    by Jo W79

  • The Lego company didn't always manufacture little plastic bricks - the first interlocking bricks were made in 1947! In the 1960's, Lego became wildly successful with a series of motorized trains, which are prized by collectors. Learn how to identify vintage Legos, and buy cheap Lego sets online through eBay.

    Vintage Lego Sets: How to Identify and Collect Classic Lego Bricks

    Vintage Lego Sets: How to Identify and Collect Classic Lego Bricks

    by Leah Lefler17

  • A look at the Legends of Hollywood, a commemorative stamp series created to feature legendary actors, actresses and directors who have made a positive and undeniable impact on American film.

    Legends of Hollywood Stamp Series

    Legends of Hollywood Stamp Series

    by Glory Miller8

  • The Peace silver dollar came into being through the vocal requests of coin collectors to commemorate the end of World War I. It was the last dollar coin to be made of silver for general circulation.

    Battle for the Peace Silver Dollar

    Battle for the Peace Silver Dollar

    by Doug West0

  • Each day in the UK, millions of pounds in coinage change hands each day in small transactions. Amongst all these coins are some that are worth much more than their face value. If you take a couple of seconds to check your change, you could be one of the lucky ones to find that the coin in your hand is worth considerably more than you expect! Who knows, maybe you have unsuspectingly passed on a 50 or 20 pence piece that is worth £50 - £60!

    Check Your UK Change

    Check Your UK Change

    by Kieran Clarke478

  • Learn history by collecting stamps. From 1936 to 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative postage stamps featuring military heroes from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish-American War. The five-cent Army stamp pays tribute to the United States Military Academy at West Point, the nation's oldest service academy. The stamps provide a great introduction to early U.S. military history.

    1937 Five-Cent Army Stamp: United States Military Academy at West Point

    1937 Five-Cent Army Stamp: United States Military Academy at West Point

    by Brian Lokker4

  • Why stop with just the Statehood Quarters, when you could be collecting the America The Beautiful Quarters Program? Come learn more about National Park Quarter errors and values!

    America the Beautiful Quarter Errors List

    America the Beautiful Quarter Errors List

    by Zach41

  • Tips on cleaning plush stuffed toys, both vintage and new, from an experienced collector, seller, and restorer.

    How to Clean Plush Stuffed Toys

    How to Clean Plush Stuffed Toys

    by PlushMemoriesPlus7

  • Treasures can be found amongst the family crockery. Check the manufacturing mark on the back. Examples include Japanese post-war imports, Chinese Fine China, Fireking USA, Aynsley, and Towerbrite.

    The Joys of Identifying Antique Tea Sets

    The Joys of Identifying Antique Tea Sets

    by Cecelia2

  • The wheat penny was an American coin designed by the U.S. Mint from 1909 to 1958. Some wheat pennies can be worth over $1,000! Now that's a pretty penny!

    Wheat Penny Values Charts

    Wheat Penny Values Charts

    by Richard Ricky Hale48

  • Seashell collecting is a popular hobby. There is nothing better than bringing home some of nature's best jewels as a memory of your Florida vacation. Learn the best places to shell in Florida.

    Best Shelling Locations in Florida

    Best Shelling Locations in Florida

    by Linda F Correa4

  • Learn history by collecting stamps. From 1936 to 1937, the United States Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative postage stamps featuring Army and Navy heroes from American wars in the 18th and 19th centuries. The four-cent Army stamp honors Civil War Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson of the Confederate Army, and also includes a view of Robert E. Lee's birthplace, Stratford Hall. These stamps make American military history come alive.

    1937 Four-Cent Army Stamp: Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and Stratford Hall

    1937 Four-Cent Army Stamp: Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and Stratford Hall

    by Brian Lokker9

  • Two decades ago, Fisher-Price introduced a line of toddler-friendly action figures that eventually outgrew their target audience and became one of Mattel's hottest properties, before it fizzled out.

    Fisher-Price "Rescue Heroes": A Look Back at 20 Years

    Fisher-Price "Rescue Heroes": A Look Back at 20 Years

    by Jonathan Sabin0

  • Comic book trading cards, a once thriving giant of geek culture, lies in a moribund state. This article is a heartfelt nostalgic look at these addictive packs of coolness.

    Comic Book Trading Cards: A Look Back

    Comic Book Trading Cards: A Look Back

    by Thomas Bagley1

  • Stamp collecting is wonderful way to learn history. From 1936 to 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative postage stamps featuring military heroes from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish-American War. The five-cent Navy stamp pays tribute to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the nation's second-oldest service academy. Starting with the official USNA seal on the stamp, you can learn some of the history of the Naval Academy.

    1937 Five Cent Navy Stamp: United States Naval Academy at Annapolis

    1937 Five Cent Navy Stamp: United States Naval Academy at Annapolis

    by Brian Lokker6

  • Look over any collection of early naval postcards, and you'll find one or more from Enrique Muller. He was a photographer and postcard publisher in New York City until about 1920. Well, I say "he" ...

    Collecting Early Naval Postcards: Enrique Muller

    Collecting Early Naval Postcards: Enrique Muller

    by Cindy D Whipany0

  • Collectible buttons; vintage buttons; decorative buttons; who would have thought of buttons as being valuable collectibles? Buttons used in craft projects. Sewing buttons. How to store buttons.

    All About Collecting, Storing, and Cleaning Buttons

    All About Collecting, Storing, and Cleaning Buttons

    by CraftytotheCore28

  • The Blue Willow Pattern has been in constant production for over 200 years and is a favorite among collectors. Learn how to collect, evaluate, care for, and identify blue willow china

    Collecting Antique Blue Willow China

    Collecting Antique Blue Willow China

    by Marye Audet44

  • If you like history, vintage paper items, & learning about people's lives, try collecting antique diaries. Here are guidelines for selling these or restoring them to a relative of the journal writer.

    Collecting and Selling Antique Diaries

    Collecting and Selling Antique Diaries

    by Virginia Allain0

  • With a long running mintage, Washington quarter values have always remained promising. Discover Washington quarter values.

    Washington Quarter Values

    Washington Quarter Values

    by Zach7

  • The Real Photo Post Card was the Instagram of its era. It got pictures of the important things in life to people who should see them, sometimes with a short message included.

    Postcards: Introducing the Real Photo Post Card

    Postcards: Introducing the Real Photo Post Card

    by Cindy D Whipany0

  • Learn history through collecting stamps. In 1936 and 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative postage stamps honoring Army and Navy heroes from American wars. The two-cent Army stamp honors Generals Andrew Jackson and Winfield Scott, and also includes a view of Jackson's home The Hermitage. The stamps provide a good way of learning about early U.S. military history.

    1937 Two-Cent Army Stamp: Andrew Jackson, Winfield Scott, and the Hermitage

    1937 Two-Cent Army Stamp: Andrew Jackson, Winfield Scott, and the Hermitage

    by Brian Lokker0

  • When your collection of postcards (or photos) reaches a certain size you need to think about how to store, protect, and display safely and creatively.

    How to Store and Display Your Postcards

    How to Store and Display Your Postcards

    by SheilaMilne36

  • Outfits, separates, accessories, costumes ... they are all in Barbie Doll's closet. 1964 was a fashionable year for Barbie Doll!

    Barbie Doll Fashion: 1964

    Barbie Doll Fashion: 1964

    by Teri Silver4

  • Regardless of why you decide to sell your vintage toys -- you want to get top dollar for them. Here are a few ways to help you get what they are worth.

    Where Can I Sell My Vintage Toys?

    Where Can I Sell My Vintage Toys?

    by Charlie Claywell24

  • Hockey cards have been around for over a hundred years. From the earliest tobacco cards through the classic 1950s issues to cards of today's superstars like Sidney Crobsy or Alexander Ovechkin, the cardboard depiction of the stars of the National...

    Top 10 Most Valuable Hockey Cards

    Top 10 Most Valuable Hockey Cards

    by sound_foundation30

  • If you have an old stuffed animal that you are unsure about, you just might have a Steiff animal. Prized by collectors around the world, Steiffs are fairly easy to identify. Using the 3 identifiers described in this article will help you determine if you have a Steiff animal.

    How to Identify Steiff Bears

    How to Identify Steiff Bears

    by Glimmer Twin Fan27

  • Collecting stamps is a great way to learn history. In 1936 and 1937, the U.S. Post Office issued a series of ten commemorative stamps to honor heroes from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish-American War. The two-cent Navy stamp honors Stephen Decatur and Thomas Macdonough, naval heroes in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. The stamps provide a great introduction to early U.S. military history.

    1937 Two-Cent Navy Stamp: Stephen Decatur and Thomas Macdonough

    1937 Two-Cent Navy Stamp: Stephen Decatur and Thomas Macdonough

    by Brian Lokker2

  • Error Lincoln cents are interesting and fun to collect. Type of errors include: clipped planchet, blank planchet, defective die, off-center strike, and broadstrike.

    Collecting U.S. Mint Lincoln Cent Errors

    Collecting U.S. Mint Lincoln Cent Errors

    by Doug West8

  • Collecting commemorative stamps can provide a great introduction to history. In 1936 and 1937, the United States Post Office issued a series of ten Army and Navy commemorative stamps honoring heroes from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish-American War. The four-cent Navy commemorative honors Admirals William T. Sampson, George Dewey, and Winfield Scott Schley, naval heroes of the Spanish-American War. This stamp showcases the best of the turn-of-the-century Navy.

    1937 Four-Cent Navy Stamp: William Sampson, George Dewey, and Winfield Scott Schley

    1937 Four-Cent Navy Stamp: William Sampson, George Dewey, and Winfield Scott Schley

    by Brian Lokker0

  • The Teddy Bear was named for United States President Theodore ("Teddy") Roosevelt. This article explains why the bear was named after the president and provides information about the history of the Steiff and Vermont Teddy Bears.

    History of the Teddy Bear — Roosevelt, Steiff, and Vermont

    History of the Teddy Bear — Roosevelt, Steiff, and Vermont

    by Daisy Mariposa122

  • Be sure to check your pockets! You might have a valuable penny in your possession. Find out which pennies you should look out for when counting your change.

    Valuable Pennies Still in Circulation Today

    Valuable Pennies Still in Circulation Today

    by Richard Ricky Hale148

  • To keep or not to keep my childhood dolls, that was the question I asked myself. Below I share my personal stories on why each doll is special to me. Read on to learn the outcome of my decision.

    My Vintage Doll Collection From the 1960s and 1970s

    My Vintage Doll Collection From the 1960s and 1970s

    by mel-kav49

  • In 1974, the United States Postal Service issued a beautiful set of commemorative stamps in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Universal Postal Union. Each of the eight stamps in the set features a famous work of art by an internationally renowned artist that reflects the theme of reading and writing letters. These stamps are a miniature art gallery, with masterpieces by Raphael, Hokusai, Peto, Liotard, ter Borch, Chardin, Gainsborough, and Goya.

    Famous Works of Art on U.S. Stamps: 1974 Universal Postal Union Commemoratives

    Famous Works of Art on U.S. Stamps: 1974 Universal Postal Union Commemoratives

    by Brian Lokker13

  • Antique samplers are delicate and fragile. They must be cared for by someone who knows how to care for old textiles. Here is the story of an old sampler and how I came to learn about its history.

    Antique Needle Work: An 18th Century Sampler

    Antique Needle Work: An 18th Century Sampler

    by Dolores Monet9

  • A guide for finding sharks' teeth, along with information about fossilized sharks' teeth and sharks' teeth for sale.

    How to Find Sharks' Teeth

    How to Find Sharks' Teeth

    by Holle Abee144

  • If you are looking for tips on how to collect Steiff animals, then look no further. You'll find places to purchase the toys and tips on keeping your collection in top shape.

    How to Collect Steiff Animals

    How to Collect Steiff Animals

    by Glimmer Twin Fan22

  • The best toys are the ones you had as a kid, and for me that was 80's toys! Start up a collection of these priceless memories with the help of this hub. Learn how I fell in love with 80s toys again and had a blast doing so.

    My Journey and Tips on Collecting Vintage Toys from the 80s

    My Journey and Tips on Collecting Vintage Toys from the 80s

    by creamsoda7

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