SPORTS COLLECTING WITH JEFF FIGLER

March 2nd, 2010 by

In this initial blog, I will first introduce myself, and then discuss a little about the state of the collectibles industry. In addition, I do encourage anyone to keep in contact with me at: colllectingwithjeff@sbcglobal.net.

Whenever I am asked about how and when I got started collecting sports memorabilia, I quickly respond by saying that I have been doing so all my life. True story. The fact is that my Mother never threw away my baseball cards. My Mother, who is ninety years old and still going strong, is quick to say that she knew that they would be valuable one day. I don’t mind giving her the credit. Many, many people wish that their mothers had the same “insight”. My collection, and subsequently my museum, started with those cards, as well as from two other sets of circumstances.

First, having been born and raised in St. Louis, my Father was friends with Bob Pettit, the St. Louis Hawks basketball player, and one of the all-time NBA greats. Pettit gave me some items which are now part of my collection. Second, my museum, which consists of not only sports memorabilia, but presidential/historical, and pop culture memorabilia, was helped by the fact that my cousin Marshall Leib was a founding member of the music group The Teddy Bears (“To Know Him Is To Love Him”), and I have some items from that group. And oh, by the way, another of the founding members was Phil Spector.

My column on sports collecting is carried by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In addition, I write for several publications on sports collecting. I am also a syndicated talk host on the Sports Byline Radio Network, and can be heard every weekday on nearly 700 stations worldwide. In addition, I have the pleasure of giving presentations aboard cruise ships and groups on sports collecting.

Whew! So what is the state of the sports collectibles industry? Strong. Just to give one example, the baseball that Yankee Alex Rodriguez hit for his 500th homerun was recently auctioned for $103,000. Sure, Tiger Woods’ memorabilia has declined in value, but overall the state of the industry is strong.

I welcome any readers to stay in contact with me. I will also be glad to give you my opinion as to the value of an item you may have.

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Antiques.com – CollectiblesCornerTV – #47 An expert in Jewelboxes, facebook fanpages, google alerts, Reyne Haines Art of Collecting Comics

February 16th, 2010 by

Tammy answers a viewer question on how to go about finding a piece of Disney artwork to complete his collection. Reyne Haines and Jonathan Novack have an entertaining segment on comic book collecting. Lastly, Tammy has a great interview with Joanne Victorie Wiertella of JewelBoxBook.com. Joanne collects jewel boxes from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s and has researched and written a book on these lovely metal pieces. She is a wealth of information on this beautiful collectible.

Tammy Kahn Fennell is the host of CollectiblesCornerTV.com and runs VintageRareStuff.com. When she isn’t dealing in antiques and collectibles she’s busy developing applications that help people increase their brand awareness on social networks (marketmetweet.com)

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Antiques.com – CollectiblesCornerTV – #46 AuctionHotlister.Com, Tennessee Antique Shack, Figurine Collection

February 16th, 2010 by

Tammy is all about selling in this episode and begins with some great tips on selling your collections as a whole. She then moves on to AuctionHotLister.com with another helpful hint to sell your wares. In our Seller Spotlight, Tammy interviews Sierra from Tennessee Antique Shack, who sells on Tias.com. She talks about how she got into collectible selling and what items have a soft spot in her heart.

Tammy Kahn Fennell is the host of CollectiblesCornerTV.com and runs VintageRareStuff.com. When she isn’t dealing in antiques and collectibles she’s busy developing applications that help people increase their brand awareness on social networks (marketmetweet.com)

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Collectibles Corner TV – #48 Scott Antique Radio, a tip about Avcosa, Reyne Haines, Jonathan Novack and Pin Ball Machines, Antique Dress

February 16th, 2010 by

To start off this episode, Tammy fields a viewer question about a Victorian dress and where to find more information on this antique piece of clothing. Our Treasure Hunter Tip is Avcosa.com, another great resource in your search for that precious treasure. Plus, Reyne Haines and Jonathan Novack talk to a pinball machine collector. Then, Tammy talks to Mike O’Reilly from, Scott Antique Radio, who plays antique radio shows. These are the old time shows in the pre TV era that grandma used to listen to, now you can too.

Tammy Kahn Fennell is the host of CollectiblesCornerTV.com and runs VintageRareStuff.com. When she isn’t dealing in antiques and collectibles she’s busy developing applications that help people increase their brand awareness on social networks (marketmetweet.com)

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Collectibles Corner TV – #49 Interview with Timeless Toys, Board Games, Norman Rockwell Plates and Boulle Furniture

February 16th, 2010 by

Tammy starts off answering a viewer question about Norman Rockwell 1970’s plates and has some information on their worth or lack thereof.  Reyne Haines and Jonathan Novack are out and about taking a look at Boulle furniture, find out what it is and a little history on these ornate pieces. Tammy goes out to play with Tim Walsh of Playmakers.com, an author and toy inventor, who focuses on the unsung inventors of some of the most loved timeless toys.

Tammy Kahn Fennell is the host of CollectiblesCornerTV.com and runs VintageRareStuff.com. When she isn’t dealing in antiques and collectibles she’s busy developing applications that help people increase their brand awareness on social networks (marketmetweet.com)

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“Remember When” – Antique and Collectible Show – Avi Convention Center Laughlin, NV

January 26th, 2010 by

February 26th-28th

Fri. 12-6pm, Sat. 9-5pm, Sun. 9-3pm

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What’s Your Antique Worth to the General Public?

January 26th, 2010 by

Use the “Community Appraisal” to post items that you would like the public at large to value. You can’t use such valuations for insurance purposes but it will give you an idea of what you would receive if you put your items up for sale.

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Furniture – The Art of Collecting – Reyne Haines & Jonathan Novack

January 26th, 2010 by

Reyne and Jonathan stop by LR Antiques to talk about furniture. Jonathan makes himself comfortable in a Gothic chair until Reyne rustles him up to take a look at a French Provincial cabinet and a Louis XVI marble table. Coming into more modern times we take a look at some Art Deco and 50’s pieces, which work together nicely.

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New Orleans Auction Galleries – Fine Art and Antiques Sale January 30-31

January 25th, 2010 by

Includes propertyfrom numerous southern estates and private collections, showcasing 18th and 19th century furniture, silver, jewelry, fine art and decorative objects. featured is the ethnograpic art and jewelry for the estate of Luba Glade of New Orleans, Louisiana. the auction contains over 1,000 lots and begins January 30 at 10:00 am

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Rago Arts and Auction Center – Discovery Auction February 12th & 13th, 2010

January 25th, 2010 by

Preview February 5th – 11th  12:00 – 5:00pm

Auction includes pieces from Grueby, Staffordshire, Tiffany & Co., Gustav Stickley, Greta Jalk and many more.

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