Tips and Advice Posts

What about Ethics on the Web?

What about Ethics on the Web?

Harry L. Rinker is a leading national expert and consultant on toys, antiques, and collectibles and the author of numerous books on collecting. He writes a weekly news column, hosts a radio call-in show, and has appeared as an expert on several national television shows.  You can read more about Harry on his website www.harryrinker.com. The hobbyDB […]

Making the Grade: The Ins and Outs of Collectibles Grading Services

Making the Grade: The Ins and Outs of Collectibles Grading Services

The condition of a collectible is one of the most hotly debated and important factors in determining its value. What constitutes “mint” versus “near mint” and everything below is a matter of opinion, but your opinion might be vastly influenced by whether you are buying or selling. What one person considers “mint” may have many […]

Auto-Archives Car of the Month — 1986 Citroën 2CV6 Spécial (The Deux Chevaux)

Citroën unveiled the 2CV— The Deux Chevaux: signifying two nominal horsepower (initially it was only 12hp)—at the 1948 Paris Salon. The 2CV, conceived and designed by Citroën Vice-President Pierre Boulanger, quickly became a bestseller, achieving his aim of providing rural French people with a motorized alternative to the horse and cart the majority were still […]

Are Funko Pop Figures the Next Beanie Babies?

Are Funko Pop Figures the Next Beanie Babies?

Have we fallen for another collecting fad? When will the Funko Pop bubble burst? Or will it ever? Many collectors were burned once already, and apologies if the following two words trigger any kind of collector nightmare flashbacks: Beanie Babies. Some folks look at Funko Pop figures with a little bit of apprehension because of […]

What are Beanie Babies Worth? Whatever Someone Will Pay

What are Beanie Babies Worth? Whatever Someone Will Pay

Collectibles sometimes go through a life cycle like this: extreme popularity, followed by rising values, followed by a bursting bubble, then maybe even a backlash, then a total lack of interest, then a retro-inspired spike in curiosity, then valuable classic status again. In other words, something will often be cool and popular, until it isn’t, until it […]