AT Inbox: Jackson items will always be collectible

Jackson items will always be collectible

Dear Editor,

In response to the recent Michael Jackson letter (July 29, pg. 5), there are many different types of collectors. Michael Jackson was the most popular “pop” singer on this planet. There are and will be many who will be collecting Michael Jackson things. Michael Jackson, who was known by Queen Elizabeth, who greeted him, and Elizabeth Taylor, a friend, was loved by millions of fans all over the world! Never forget he made the Guinness Book of World Records as the entertainer who gave more to charity than any other entertainer. How about LIVE AID that he started? When he was burned at the Pepsi commercial – and then went to the hospital – he gave a million dollars to the burn unit.

Sure people will collect his things. People will want to know about his things. Let’s please be considerate of all different types of people who collect different things. I read about things I do not collect but find interesting.

Lehigh Valley, Pa.

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Future antique: Native American police patches

Dear Editor,

The June 24th issue of Antique Trader featured a collection of military patches. I thought, How unique! However, I do believe that the U.S. Navy has it all over the Army, Marine Corps. and the Air Force for producing patches. Each ship and shore station has very colorful patches.

Also another very colorful patch collection are Native American police patches. Years ago I exhibited a Lewis & Clark display in the local schools and public library. I worked hard to acquire a few Native American patches. They are not easily gotten. My research for these unique patches goes on even though I do not at the present time display them.

Richard Geschwind
Cocoa, Fla.

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Web site is looking good

Dear Editor,

I have not been on your website for  awhile. Just want to say I was IMPRESSED! Very very nice and the digital downloads are great too!

Marcie Webb
Via e-mail

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Vintage movie posters OK if folded

Dear Editor,

As info, I have been a subscriber to Antique Trader for quite some time and really enjoy the periodical and your column. You replied to a lady in the August 12 issue that the folds in her “Annie Get Your Gun” poster also detracted from its value.

I have learned by research that the majority of movie posters issued before the 1980s were basically all folded and inserted into the film cans for display at the theaters were they were being shown. Virtually none were rolled. After they were displayed and, the movie had run its course, they were supposed to be returned to the studio of issuance or, otherwise destroyed.

In essence, folds do not detract from the posters’ value. They were inherent in the collectible. The majority of collectors have their posters professionally linen backed (which eliminates the visual fold) and framed for display.

Yours truly,

Mike Molsky

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‘Vintage’ is OK descriptor for quality

Dear Editor,

 I am one who uses VINTAGE in many of my eBay  listings. I have just read Don Hultzman’s comment on the word VINTAGE. I decided to do as he stated and looked VINTAGE up in, not one, but two dictionaries (one of which was a VINTAGE 1963 Webster’s Dictionary). He is correct about the wine definition, but VINTAGE is also used as an adjective meaning high quality – especially from a past period, of old, old fashioned, outmoded.

I feel better now and will continue using VINTAGE in my eBay listings of items 20 years or older.

Ron Ackerman
Springfield, Ill.

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Shill bidding on eBay still a problem

Dear Editor,

Thank you for your article (dated back in 2008) about eBay and shill bidding. It’s still relavant. I recently started using eBay as a buyer only, and that was the first thing I considered. What if the buyer simply has a friend watch all of his sales and has him/her bid the prices up? If they lose their “catch”.. so what? Just hold the object and re-sell it at a later date.

You have made me more wary, and a lot more apt to just set a low price and if I lose the item, I lose the item.


L. Knott
Palmyra Wis.

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