Free Appraisals Return to Atlantique City

Experts offer appraisals of political memorabilia, jewelry, antiques and autographs

CITY, N.J. – As the nation debates McCain or Obama, Biden or Palin,
experts at Atlantique City will be thinking Roosevelt, Lincoln,
Washington and Kennedy. Atlantique City will again provide free
appraisals at the next antiques and collectibles show Oct. 18-19 in the
Atlantic City Convention Center.

Appraisals will be offered by
specialists in fine jewelry, textiles, glass, autographs, books, maps
and more. Specialists from WorthPoint will be on hand to appraise
political memorabilia at the special exhibit titled The American
Presidential Experience.

Last season experts discovered
several treasures, including a dress worn by Judy Garland, straight
from the MGM lot and an early American flag worth $500,000. More
treasures are waiting to be discovered by our line up of experts:
•    Marking his 38th year with Antique Trader magazine as editor, author and antique expert, Kyle Husfloen
of Palm Springs, Calif., will return to appraise at Atlantique City.
Husfloen is author of the regular column, Kyle on Antiques, and has
served as a guest appraiser and lecturer on antiques across the nation.
Husfloen’s cornerstone price guide, Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, turns 25 years old this fall.

•    Specializing in estate jewelry and gems will be certified gemologist and appraiser Paula Fox of Bensalem, PA. Fox has worked with television, sport and business celebrities in addition to being vice president of the International Society of Appraisers, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter and a ranking member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers.

•    Ellen Schroy, who has edited 24 consecutive editions of the Warman’s Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide,
will return as a general appraiser. Beyond her work as a noted author
in the antiques industry, Schroy, of Quakertown, Pa., contributes to
Antique Trader and has appeared as a guest on nationally broadcast
television and radio shows.

•    Bringing years of experience in appraisal of maps, prints, books and autographs is Dale Sorenson, director of auctions and former owner of Waverly Auctions, along with Quinn’s Auctions,
of Falls Church, Va. In addition to being a Ph.D. in American
literature and studies, Sorenson brings to the show years of experience
cataloging and providing formal appraisals.

President of the Eastern Pennsyl
vania Chapter of the
International Society of Appraisers, Linda Roberts will provide appraisals on
eral items. R
oberts and her husband, Howard, own White Orchid Antiques & Appraisals in Media, Pa.

•    After

working with both world renowned collectors and first-time art and antiques buyers at the prestigious M.S. Rau Antiques, Todd Peenstra
opened his own appraisal and consulting service in Annapolis, MD. His
years of experience as a buyer, seller and appraiser of the finest
works of art and antiques on the market make Todd a top resource for
professional and accurate appraisals.

“Appraisal events like
this are great ways to determine if you are ready to sell that lifelong
collection or just a piece or two from an estate,” said Eric Bradley,
show producer of Atlantique City.  “Last season, participants had just
as much fun watching someone else’s appraisal as they did watching
their own.”

Appraisal hours will be noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, and on Sunday, Oct. 19.

may have one item appraised for free; subsequent appraisals are charged
$10 each. Appraisals are considered professional opinions of value.
Appraisers are prohibited from giving values on items purchased during
the show. The appraisal booth is located near the Atlantique City Bookstore, where visitors can purchase books and magazine subscriptions.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Atlantique City Show office at 800.526.2724 or visit

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Karen Knapstein

About Karen Knapstein

Karen Knapstein is the editor of Antique Trader magazine. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she has written dozens of articles on vintage collectibles and their historical context. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye. She can be reached at