Antiques Spoofs

More than 20,000 vintage casino chips found under parking lot

Here’s a fascinating story out of Carson City, Nev., this week as members of the Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club are still finding (and now selling) vintage chips from the Travelodge Casino, closed since 1979. Stopping for a soda on his way home from work, Mike Olson spotted a few men digging...

Sole authenticated Billy the Kid tintype to be sold at auction

DENVER – Legendary outlaw Billy the Kid had his “picture made” 130 years ago in Fort Sumner, N.M., posing for what is now considered the most recognizable photo of the American West. A single, original tintype is the only authenticated photo of the Kid in existence today. Descended through one family, and never before...

Which celebs’ sigs are faked? Top 10 list of most dangerous vintage celebrity autographs

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Buyers beware: many alleged Babe Ruth autographs are bogus, many purported Elvis Presley signatures should be marked “return to sender.”   Over half of the signatures of some famous sports, historical and entertainment figures submitted in 2010 to PSA/DNA Authentication Services of Santa Ana, Calif. were judged to be fakes.  Babe...

Mystery Item Identified: Weird old cistern handle

This Mystery Item appeared in the Sept. 15 edition of Antique Trader magazine. It was purchased in a box lot of stove parts. Here’s one idea as to what it might be. Send your mystery item to Antique Trader staff for an upcoming issue. – Editor My dad, Wes Brede, asked me to send...

Are you the next reality TV star?

It looks like more reality TV along the lines of History’s “American Pickers” and “Pawn Stars” are about to spread to a network television channel near you. It was announced Sept. 3 that a “major network” is currently looking for families in the New York/New Jersey area that have an item or an antique...

Fun forum thread: Supply the caption

We’ve recently started a new forum thread in the Antique Trader forums. It’s just for fun. And that’s all. Did the pic of the baby doll with the bug on its face leave an impression on you? That’s the pic we chose as the first in a series that we’re going to post that...

Hoping to get the Triceratops back…

I wrote about the Triceratops auction in Paris a while back… Here’s an update from a North Dakota archeologist who is hoping the buyer will give it back to the state, since the state was never given a chance to get it in the first place. There has been no word from the buyer,...