Collectibles from the “here and now” to the “way back when”


at0915cover.jpgI admit that Harry Potter may not register on collectors’ radar not as easily as early American stoneware or Caughley cups and saucers, but it is an important emerging area nonetheless. The market research conducted for the new book “Harry Potter Collector’s Handbook” shows that all things Potter have the potential for lasting staying power in the hearts and wallets of today’s young readers and moviegoers. The book is a novel endeavor for our company due to the fact the collecting area is so recent (the first Harry Potter book was published in 1997 and the first film was released just four years later).

The values in the book are very affordable, even for some of the more desirable first edition novels. It makes the Harry Potter collecting area all that more accessible for young people. This week’s cover story may be just the tinder needed to stoke the collecting spark between one generation and another.

(You might also be interested in the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook)

Antique Trader Flashback

On page 12 we feature something that was recently suggested by a longtime reader. This reader called our offices to inquire if we were interested in her large library of Antique Trader back issues, which she found while cleaning out her basement. Curiosity got the better of her and she soon realized an entire morning had slipped by while she read article after article. “I still subscribe and many of these articles are still relevant today,” she said.

at0915-checkers.jpgWell, a quick peek into the Antique Trader archives provides more than 50 years of articles and familiar names, hence Antique Trader Flashback. If readers like the feature, we will publish more articles from decades past. We’ll show current photographs and recent prices realized but it’s always fun to see what things were once worth 30, 40 or even 50 years ago.

The first article is on John Rogers Groups. When the article was first published in The Antique Trader Weekly, spring 1975, the editors wrote: “We feel that these articles are timeless, that they will be as valuable 20 years from now as they are today.” They were absolutely correct.

Still remember a favorite article from the past? Feel free to call or drop a note in the mail or call. I’ll do my best to locate it in our archives. ?

— Eric Bradley