10 Necessities for Your Man Cave

Dean Batson Blog

All of my friends ask me to keep an eye out for this and for that at auction, mainly because we see some of the coolest stuff on the planet and sometimes for a heck of a deal. It’s a dangerous business if you are collector, especially with borderline hoarder tendencies. But, I do love when I find that thing …

What’s Up With All the Americana?

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In the business of antiques and collectibles, we often see strange trends, and I’m not talking about what’s hot and what’s not. I am talking about the trend of similar things I’ve never, or have rarely seen before, all coming out of the woodwork at the same time. It’s like people from the same region, of the same age and …

Get Over it, They Don’t Want it…

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What? Your stuff. Why? It’s not theirs. It’s kind of a broken record around the auction and estate liquidation business: “my kids don’t want my stuff.” Auctioneers and the like often find themselves having to explain that the perceived value customers have of their furniture, collectibles and other antiques is inflated. We call this “managing expectations” and it’s one of …

What will happen to your guns under President Trump?

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Now that we’re more than a month into the Trump era, I’m eager to see how the new administration, controversial legislation, and even heated Twitter exchanges about gun control affects firearm sales in the secondary market. Logic would tell me that sales will slow down. After all, gun sales soared during President Obama’s eight years in office. A recent USA …

Collecting Treasures: Stylish vintage watches doing well at auction

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Smartwatches are pretty cool, but not as distinctive or stylish as a vintage watch Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about smartwatches. Many of these come with accelerometers, heart rate monitors, GPS, and some even have the capacity to make phone calls. Pretty cool, yes, but not as distinctive and stylish as a vintage watch, in my opinion. Some …

Collecting Treasures: Will our Western romance survive?

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When meeting with families and seeing this generational shift in tastes and collection, my fear is that the Millennial is not going to be collecting this genre I often look for trends and try to forecast what we see coming in the auction world. Being here in the desert Southwest, one of the most common genres we sell is Western …

Collecting Treasures: 6 holiday gifts worth buying at auction

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People always love the thought behind the gift The holiday season can be so nerve racking. We all have that loved one or friend who is impossible to shop for. Be it odd, bizarre or just outside the box, I like my gifts to be different, memorable, sometimes funny or just plain thought provoking. Where do I get my gifts? …

Collecting Treasures: Who are you going to vote, I mean, bid for?

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Political memorabilia is such an “easy” collectible and has always been big with collectors This election has me thinking. No, not about moving to Sweden, but about political memorabilia. It’s such an “easy” collectible and has always been big with collectors. I say easy as it’s generally free. The politicians, for the most part, will happily give it to you. …

Collecting Treasures: Have trains passed their station?

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Once the most popular toy on the market, trains have gone from collectible to passé The iconic toy train set went from being every boy’s dream to a collectible. Really, the 1970s saw the demand change as the train was no longer what every boy had to have. The crazes moved on to slot cars, action figures and then with …

Collecting Treasures: How hot are Hot Wheels?

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The proverbial iron is hot on some of these late ’60s or early ’70s Mattel toys that are still in their original packages Who would have thought that a 59-cent Mattel Hot Wheels Redline diecast toy car could be worth thousands of dollars, but today they are quite the craze. Of course, it’s the rare, promotional, or highly sought-out versions …