Behind the Spine

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Welcome to Antique Trader’s Behind the Spine blog. In this space we’ll share ‘sneak peeks’ of a variety of antiques and collectibles references. Be it a series of sample chapters or snippets from recently published books, an exclusive Q&A with the author of an up-and-coming or popular book/video etc., or a review of antiques resources produced by various publishing and media companies, this is where we’ll share an exclusive look ‘behind the spine.’

If you have a book/video/magazine, related to the antiques and collectibles community you think would make a great subject for our Behind the Spine section, drop us a line at ATNews@fwmedia.com, or give us a call at 715-445-2214 and dial extension 13364 for Online Editor Antoinette (Toni) Rahn or 13627 for Print Editor Karen Knapstein.

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Eric Bradley: A good guy finishes first

Eric Bradley, new Director of Public Relations for Heritage Auctions, fields questions from Paul Kennedy, Behind the Spine columnist, about working his way up the ranks, and evolution of the antiques and collectibles marketplace.

This new book by Noah Fleisher is available directly from the publisher at KrauseBooks.com. For a limited time you can save 30% on the retail price of this exciting and visually stunning exploration of the rock relics of The Beatles. Enter Discount Code FAB4 during the check out process to receive your additional savings. This offer is valid through Dec. 15, 2016. (Retail $26.99 • Sale Price w/Discount $18.89).

Beatles-used gear is Mount Everest of memorabilia

There's no question that The Beatles' popularity is something of legend, and auction results of Beatles-used gear confirms popularity among collectors. Noah Fleisher, author of The Beatles: Fab Finds of the Fab Four explores this facet of Beatles memorabilia with collecting expert Andy Babiuk.

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Book serves as reading list of best graphic novels

The genre of graphic novels continues to engage readers of all ages and interests. In the recently published "100 Greatest Graphic Novels", authors Katrina Hill and Alex Langley lead a unique exploration into some of the best books this genre has to offer.

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Polk pens new lapidary guide

Rocks, gems and minerals are more than simply topics covered in science classes, they are part of an expanding collecting interest, explored by esteemed agate collector Patti Polk, in the new edition of her book, "Collecting Rocks, Gems & Minerals."

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7 Essentials of Collecting Children’s Books

The wonderful and often whimsical world of children's books entrance youth today, just as in the 19th century. In addition to those who enjoy them purely for the tales and adventures, children's literature is a fascinating collecting interest. In this 7 Essentials column, some essential tips and information about children's books and collecting them...