AT Inbox: In-box holds amazing surprise

In the Dec. 10, 2008 issue of Antique Trader, pinball machine collector Bob Herbison was the subject of an article written by Richard Kelsey, who shared this e-mail from collector Herbison with us.


I got the most amazing surprise in my in-basket! Take a look at the attached photo. Now, why was I sooooo excited about that pic?? The gentleman holding up the Antique Trader is none other than Wayne Neyens. Wayne was the chief designer at Gottlieb from the very early 1950s up through the mid ’60s. He created nearly every single game in my collection. This was just so cool!

Bob Herbison
Pinball machine collector

Very cool, indeed.


I enjoyed the article on boot jacks in your January 28 issue. Could you put me in touch with any books or individuals or even a club on this subject. Would like to learn more about them and get into the collection of them. Thanks. – A.J. Sieker

Check out and for more information about boot jacks. – Ed.


I am a loyal subscriber of the Antique Trader and the e-newsletter. I am so glad to read that you are going to be reinstating a question and answer feature. It was always one of my favs and I have missed it!

I would really like to see a comprehensive article about collecting antique hatpins (with lots of pictures)! I am just such a collector and belong to the international antique hatpin collectors clubs, one in the USA and one in England. Both clubs hold quarterly meetings and send out great newsletters and have online websites.

In October of this year there will be a weekend convention of collectors in Millville, N.J. Even in this struggling economy, our collectibles have suffered no ill effects and remain as enticing and pricey as ‘before the fall.’ – Nancy Zagorac,


I buy a lot of antiques every year. I refuse to ever buy from an auction that charges a buyer’s premium. I will never change that attitude. – Carl Heck, Aspen, Colo.


I don’t agree with Jim Daniel who said “It’s simple. If you do not like the buyer’s premium do not do business with auction companies that charge a premium.”

 It isn’t that simple. I can only think of one decent auction house in the Baltimore area that doesn’t charge a buyer’s premium. Auction houses know that it’s getting harder to find good antique and vintage items. They know the buyer’s market is such that only very good to excellent examples sell well. So, as a dealer, I am forced to make a choice between an auction house with no premium that sells low-end or common pieces, or an auction house that has the things my buyers are looking for.

However, my strategy for selling has not changed one bit. I will never intentionally overpay for an item. And I am always figuring the premium in to my high bid. I may not win all the pieces I want, but I stay true to my buying strategy and to the price point my buyers expect from me.

I’m sure I am not the only person out there, dealer or collector, that also figures the premium into their top bid. So, to me, the only one who loses is the consigner. – Mickie McCoskey, Yesterday’s Toys and Collectables

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