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1,000 Comic Books neatly spans 70 years

This book had me at page 8. That’s when Tony Isabella, author of “1,000 Comic Books You Must Read,” appropriately credited Superman as the character who established comic books as a part of our national scene. Despite all the current movie hype surrounding Iron Man, Wolverine and Batman, I’ve always believed Superman holds the title...

National Postcard Week is May 2-8, 2010

Unlike our counterparts across the pond, the United States has been largely unsuccessful in bringing together antiques enthusiasts for a common purpose. This is most likely due to the fact that the collecting areas available in this country are so broad and diverse, there’s little reason for train collectors to mingle with clock-work toy...

Caroline Ashleigh offers advice on acquiring vintage shoes

CHICAGO — To Caroline Ashleigh, author of Warman’s Shoes Field Guide, there are three criteria to use when looking for vintage shoes: condition, condition and condition. Beyond that, she advises buy what you love, buy the best you can afford and buy the best example you can afford. Moreover, she says, one of the...

What size is this — really

As I read “Vintage clothing and accessories have teen prom appeal” (from the last Cotton & Quail Antique Gazette), it made me think of when I was a teen. All I wanted to do was be like everyone else to fit in. Now, it seems like teens want to be different to fit in....

Tin Toy Expert To Visit Trenton City Museum

Noted tin toy authority Alan Jaffe will speak at 2 p.m. Jan. 11, 2009 at Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum, in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition A Toy Story: Seven Decades of J. Chein and Company, New Jersey Toymaker. Jaffe, a former newspaper reporter, editor and contributor to Inside Collector, an antiques and collectibles...

O’Brien’s Collecting Toys – Captain Midnight

   With O’Brien’s Collecting Toys nearly finished and moving rapidly toward its date with the printer, I thought it would be fun to share another interesting item from the book.    The Premiums chapter is loaded with fun and fascinating items offered in support of early radio and television shows. Only the strongest of characters survived through...

Free Comic Book Day — For All Ages!

    I received a couple of emails regarding Free Comic Book Day and the types of comics available, so I thought a larger explanation might benefit everyone.    You can really obtain comics for free at participating comic book shops tomorrow. BUT, the free titles are special editions printed by comic publishers just for this event. So...

Free Comic Book Day — May 3!

   “You mean there’s a day when you can walk into a comic book shop and they’ll hand you free comic books?”    “Yep. The comic publishers print special comic books containing some of their most popular characters and comic shop owners make them available for visitors to take — for free.”    I know it sounds too good...

Toyland News: Address Change

   With the changes to the Antique Trader Web site (home of this blog), the address for Babe in Toyland has changed. Please update your Favorites to this address: http://blog.antiquetrader.com/toyland    I apologize for the inconvenience, and thank all of you for continuing to read my adventures in Toyland.    Have a great weekend!

Toyland News: Stan Lee Podcast

   Every now and again, whilst diligently working away in my cubicle, someone cool will arrive at my desk with something cool. It could be Comics Buyer’s Guide Editor Brent Frankenhoff with a fresh stack of comics for me to review, or it could be Old Cars Weekly Editor Angelo VanBogart with a copy of...