Editors’ Picks: Gifts for Collectors of Antiques


The holiday season is upon us. Whether you love this time of year or tolerate it, we here at Antique Trader, along with editors from some of our sister publications have a few reading recommendations to enhance your holidays. Or perhaps help you to escape for a bit. Plus, if you have fans of antiques and collectibles on your list of ‘folks to buy for’ the books featured below make great gifts, and can be purchased from the comfort of your home when you visit our online store, KrauseBooks.com.


Gift Ideas for Antique Collectors

Knapstein_KarenMy favorite book of the year thus far is the Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles 2015 Price Guide. It is so jam-packed with information! If I pace myself, I can pick it up, start reading and learn something new every day for a year.

— Karen Knapstein, Print Editor, Antique Trader

grafInterest in “Grandpa’s war souvenirs’ has hit a peek as we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of WWII. You don’t need to be a WWII historian to find this book useful. With more than 1,800 color images and pricing based on actual sales, Warman’s World War II Collectibles serves as a perfect guide to the variety of relics commonly encountered in today’s collecting.

— John Adams Graf, Editor, Military Trader and Military Vehicles

Tom BartschSee what those childhood cards are worth. With thousands of sets listed from 1863-1980, The Standard Catalog of Vintage Baseball Cards, 4th Edition is the baseball card price guide used by collectors, fans and experts alike. Every set listed includes description on size and production, along with a checklist and three values based on condition.

—   Tom Bartsch, Editor, Sports Collectors Digest

KrisIt may be called “Mantiques,” but this book is a great choice for anyone who just likes cool stuff, whether movie posters, typewriters, vintage barware, two-headed canaries, video games and/or medieval chastity belts. Loaded with photos of fun and funky collectibles and written in an engaging and informative manner, Mantiques is enjoyable to curl up with.

-Kris Manty, Book Editor, Antiques & Collectibles Books Division


Antoinette RahnSome of my most favorite books are those written by people who ‘paint with words.’ Thus, creating more than a book, but an experience for the reader to enjoy. C. Jeanenne Bell, G.G. does this beautifully in the new edition of Answers to Questions About Old Jewelry — one of my favorite books of 2014.

—Antoinette Rahn, Online Editor, Antique Trader

Paul03 (357x500) (93x130) (2)We are wired to almost every auction result imaginable. While fascinating, the non-stop deluge of auction prices realized can be numbing. It’s easy to focus on dollar signs and not on true value. So when I feel the need to escape the chatter, to be informed and inspired, I turn to Warman’s Antique & Collectibles 2015. Style, substance and perspective make Warman’s a valued refuge.

— Paul Kennedy, Editorial Director, Antiques & Collectibles Books Division


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