Dear Collector: I received this Show White and the Seven Dwarves teapot from my grandmother many years ago. Could you tell me its value?
Possibly made in Japan by Enesco for Disney Productions sometime in the late 1950s, this same musical teapot recently sold on eBay, the Internet auction site, for over $235.
Dear Collector: I found this Firestone ashtray from, I think, the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Is there any value to it?
Not visible in your photos, at the base of the ashtray, are the Perisphere and Trylon. These large structures came to represent the 1939-1940 exposition, with literally thousands of souvenirs and mementoes bearing their likenesses. Your tobacciana (a ten-dollar word for smoking-related collectibles) is now worth about $100.
Dear Collector: I have an 1878CC Morgan silver dollar in excellent condition; what is it worth?
That year saw the introduction of this coin, named after its designer, George T. Morgan. Slightly over 75 percent silver, your dollar minted at Carson City, Nev., has a current value of $45 to $60 in ungraded condition.
Dear Collector: I have a very old .22-caliber gun which is inscribed “J. Stevens A. & T. Co., Apr. 1794.” Any value?
Since Stevens Arms & Tool was founded in 1864, and metallic cartridges (where powder, primer and projectile are one unit) weren’t developed until well after 1794, I’d say you misread the stamping on your gun.
Dear Collector: Enclosed are photos of a Whitman’s Sampler tin in excellent condition. Can you determine its worth?
Before I can assign a value, I must figure out how old your container is. The first things I notice are a UPC code and a Nutrition Facts panel on the bottom. The scanning barcode was introduced in 1974, while the FDA required information section came into being in 1994. I’d say your tin and its contents were purchased less than 10 years ago. Not trying to fool me, are you?
Dear Collector: I would like to know the value of this 1955 World Series ticket stub?
That year, the October Classic was won by Brooklyn in a 2-0 seventh game victory over New York at Yankee Stadium – the first and only time the Dodgers would win a subway series. Your final game ticket, for admission to the bleachers, could be worth as much as $500.
Dear Collector: Many years ago, an antiques dealer friend of mine offered to buy this vase for $10, which was a lot of money in those days. What’s it worth now?
During the early part of the 20th century, it seemed as if everyone was trying their hand at making art pottery, including a sanitarium (Marblehead Pottery), a college (Newcomb), and even a mining school (North Dakota School of Mines). Your circa 1930 vase, decorated in prairie roses, is an archetypal North Dakota product made at the school in Grand Forks. Highly collectible, your piece is now worth more than $600.
Dear Collector: I collect the odd cookbook, and none is odder than this one. What do you think?
The title alone (“Monstrous Depravity-A Jeremiad & A Lamentation About Things to Eat”) is worth at least $15, which is what one price guide assesses for this 1963 book by John Gould.
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