The current Hake's auction has tons of great stuff, but while browsing through the catalog, I kept being drawn to these amazing custom framed pieces of comic art. Sure, the art itself is incredible, but the frames take it to a whole new level. The collage work done on the frames is the work of artist Dan Makara, who uses clippings of comics along with hand-colored elements and … [Read more...] about Custom collages almost as good as the art they frame
The DC Big Flea held before Christmas always seems to be the busiest show of the year, and this time around was no exception. When you can't find a parking space, you know the aisles are going to be crowded with antique hunters. I saw a woman pushing a double stroller, and did a double take when I realized she was pushing around two very spoiled pups rather than children. I'm a … [Read more...] about A few super hero finds at this weekend’s DC Big Flea
I've never been a mint-condition collector, not because I don't like toys that are in pristine condition and in their original packaging, but because those items tend to be astronomically more expensive and difficult to find. Plus, in collecting vintage toys, knowing that the items were played with at some point and have a history to them, is appealing to me, but sometimes you … [Read more...] about Upgrade acquired!
It's been a while since I've been able to go toy hunting, so when the DC Big Flea rolled into town again this past weekend, I jumped at the chance to go. Their Fall show is always my favorite one to attend because many of the vendors bring vintage Halloween items, which I love to see, but have not yet dipped into collecting. I also enjoy the vintage plastic Santa Claus … [Read more...] about Report from the DC Big Flea – September 2017
Some wallets were emptied at the recent Hake's auction. Hake's does a great job of only listing the rarest and the best pop culture collectibles, and the prices their auctions realize is a testament to that. Here are a few of the results that caught my eye. This Adventures of Superman syndication promotional kit sold for $4,283.30, well over the $400-700 estimate. This … [Read more...] about Some Eye-popping Results at Hakes Auction #220
Yesterday, I made the trek up to Timonium, MD for the bi-annual toy show put on by Dave Hart Shows. This is really the only real "toy show" in the DC-metro area, even though this is more a Baltimore show than DC, but we'll take what we can get. This show had over 80 vendors with well-stocked tables and wide aisles that made for easy browsing. The prices were great and … [Read more...] about Vintage Heroes found at the Timonium Toy Show
This week's challenge from the Pop Culture League was to photograph something blue or something red. Well, I thought I would be cute and photograph something purple, but it turns out that my supply of purple toys is pretty slim, so I cheated in another way and photographed something that was both blue and red. Of course, there's one obvious option when you think of blue and … [Read more...] about Vintage Superman toys
First appearance of Superman from 1938 sells for $956,000 A rare copy of Action Comics #1 – featuring the first appearance of Superman and considered a cornerstone of pop culture — quickly surpassed its $750,000 estimate to sell for nearly $1 million at a public auction of vintage comic books and comic art Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at Heritage Auctions. The 1938 comic book … [Read more...] about Action Comics #1 sells for nearly $1 million at Heritage