When Brent Huigens flew cross-country from Oregon to New York City the other day I was his first appointment. The CEO of PWCC Marketplace, the largest seller of investment-grade trading cards ($50 million in annual revenue), met me for lunch in a posh mid-town Manhattan restaurant frequented by media moguls, including one of my former magazine bosses holding court in the corner.
Huigens was lugging around a print-out of vintage sports and non-sports trading card sales as thick as an old phone book. He handed me a ground-breaking report that he had prepared after crunching the numbers.
The big news:“As an alternative, ‘non-traditional’ investment class, trading cards have consistently outperformed stocks in a variety of market conditions.” Read More
The evening sales of Old Master paintings at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in London (held on December 6 and December 7, respectively) showed a marked uptick in the art market category—up 75.6 percent from December 2016 and 58.5 percent over 2015, according to Peter Gerdman, an art market analyst at London-based ArtTactic. Read More
After a lifetime of collecting, avid car enthusiast, train collector, and former CEO of Lionel Trains, Inc., Richard P. Kughn is downsizing.
In a series of six auctions now through December 2017 comprising thousands of Lionel trains and related memorabilia, the personal collection of the former owner, chairman, and CEO of Lionel Trains will be sold through Pace & Hong Auctions. The sales will each offer a diverse array of Lionel-related objects and artifacts, from the trains themselves to original artwork by Angela Trotta Thomas, billed as the premier artist for Lionel Trains, Inc. Read More
The last thing most collectors think about when adding to their collections is, “What will I do with this work of art in 10 years.” But maybe maximizing your financial return on an art collection should one of a collector’s first thoughts. Art collectors could benefit from thinking more like successful entrepreneurs when it comes to managing their art collections. Read More
It was the end of the 18th century when tuned steel teeth, the vocal chords of all music boxes, were built into a musical watch. Soon thereafter, objets de vertu containing more elaborate miniature musical movements were made for royalty and the very rich.
By the 1820s, a Swiss cottage industry was producing spring-wound musical movements playing multiple songs on precision-pinned brass cylinders. These were installed in snuff boxes and clock bases, as well as plain fruitwood boxes. Read More
Firearms have a unique place in the world of collectibles. Regardless of someone’s political leanings and view about gun laws, they are important – not just for hunting and self-defense personal safety, but also as a part of history.
Talk to someone who mentions having a big gun collection and the image that comes to mind likely includes some array of pistols and rifles, maybe a shotgun or two, and for the real history buffs, perhaps a musket from the Revolutionary War era. Read More
With Spring in full blossom in southern California, there is no better time to find artistic rejuvenation in The Huntington’s collections. Situated on 207 acres of the original San Marino Ranch, the gardens and collections occupy the original home and estate buildings of Henry and Arabella Huntington as well as major galleries added over the past 90 years. Considered the finest horticultural examples in the Los Angeles region, the Huntington botanical garden highlights are the Chinese, Japanese, Rose, Desert, and Shakespeare Gardens. Together, they provide an ever-changing context of timeless beauty for the art, architectural and literary collections comprising The Huntington experience. Read More
We are enamored by an 18.04 carat emerald, but the history of this precious beauty is captivating. Enjoy this article by Christies.
An 18.04 carats emerald of mesmerising colour and impeccable clarity once owned by Rockefeller family is set to be the highlight of our Magnificent Jewels sale in New York on June 20 with an estimated auction price between $4-6 million. Read More
As collectors know, coins are not only coveted for their intrinsic value and rarity, but because they are works of art as well. One of the most beautiful coins still being minted today is the American Gold Eagle. Created from gold mined solely in America, its two sides feature reliefs designed by highly skilled artists whose names are famous in the world of art and coin design.
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Amy Cappellazzo was for thirteen years Christie’s co-head of postwar and contemporary art, and a top dealmaker. In 2014 she left the auction house to become an art adviser. She thought it worthwhile to step back from the pinnacle of the art world for an undefined profession already populated with more people offering consulting services than the market seemed able or willing to support. Read More
It’s sunset in Santa Monica as couples and families line the highway to watch the fiery orb sink into the Pacific. In a scene repeated along the entire stretch of California coastline, in the rose-gold light stirring souls of artists and spectators alike, each wants to hold the moment—the dream. Read More
Here’s a sentiment you probably haven’t heard in awhile: “2017 may actually be a very stable, nice year.”
That’s the conclusion drawn by Doug Woodham, former Christie’s president of the Americas, from this year’s ArtTactic Global Art Market Outlook, released this week. Amidst the current political turmoil and economic uncertainty, he said, the art market could be an island of stability.
Source: Artsy Editorial By Anna Louie Sussman Read More
MIAMI BEACH — If there is one thing Norman and Irma Braman have learned over their many years of collecting, it is this: Do not hesitate. Acting decisively has enabled them to secure the prized artworks that fill their home here overlooking Indian Creek. There are Picassos, Warhols, de Koonings and an entire room full of Calders.
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Baseball nicknames sure aren't as colorful as they used to be.
For evidence of this, all you have to do is review the cards in the 1940 Play Ball set to discover players like "Twinkletoes" Selkirk (#8), "Hot Potato" Hamlin (#70), "High Pockets" Kelly (#142) and Hugh "Eee-Yah" Jennings (#223).
Hobbyists say these creative nicknames add character to this 75-year-old issue.
"It's amusing to see some of the nicknames on these cards," said Erik Varon, a long-time 1940 Play Ball set collector. "It makes you wonder how these players ever got these nicknames."
Source: PSA Cards – Kevin Glew Read More