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Cocaine Kola Nuts

Are there still bottles, kegs—anything—out there in the wild that contain Coca-Cola from back when Coca-Cola contained (trace amounts of) cocaine? If yes, would I be breaking laws by purchasing it? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Nov 11, 2016 - 3 answers

What should we do about valuable(?) items at our yard sale?

We’re having a yard sale soon, and most items are normal, household things that I’m not worried about pricing reasonably. A few could be valuable -- even after checking eBay’s Sold listings and googling, I don’t know. I want to avoid making a $10 sale that goes on to be featured on Antiques Roadshow. I’m not sure how to price them, and also how to handle the possibility of breakage. The kinds of items I mean are… [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Aug 1, 2016 - 15 answers

Liquidating Barbie

How can I sell a collection of Holiday Christmas Barbies that no one seems to want? [more inside]
posted by Coyote at the Dog Show on Jun 12, 2016 - 7 answers

Selling/Shipping Large Lots of Items on eBay

Due to some unforeseen expenses, it looks like I may need to liquidate some of my larger collections (dolls, toys, etc). Theoretically I'd like to sell them en masse (i.e. 20 dolls total in one lot) rather than individually. These aren't small or sturdy items. Is there a standard practice for shipping that many semi-fragile items (all bubble wrapped) at once to a buyer? Can you do multiple shipments through eBay, like how Amazon sometimes splits orders up? Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by Hermione Granger on Mar 22, 2016 - 6 answers

To Unbox... or not to Unbox...

So after taking advantage of some great sales, I am now the proud owner of a bunch of collectible fashion dolls that are lovely and delightful. I'm having a hard time deciding whether or not I want to unbox and display them all since they come with stands, or keep them in their cute boxes just in case. If I were made of money, I'd have two sets and this wouldn't be an issue. As it stands, I'm not. If you're a collector of such things, how did you make this choice?
posted by Hermione Granger on Oct 14, 2015 - 12 answers

How Do I Sell Objects That Turn Out to Be Valuable?

I have had a set of Playboy femlins forever, a gift from a friend 30 years ago. To my astonishment, I learned recently that there is apparently a market for these figurines. Not only that, my set is in pristine condition, which many of those marketed/auctioned are not. I would like to sell them. What is my next step?
posted by Short Attention Sp on Apr 30, 2015 - 13 answers

Collectible items damaged in international shipping. Liability?

My fiance sold and shipped some very expensive, heavy, one-of-a-kind electronics to an online friend overseas. They were damaged during international shipping. The purchase price was over a thousand dollars and the items are literally irreplaceable. Who is legally liable here? What are the ethics? We *cannot* afford to reimburse this expense. [more inside]
posted by Rach3l on Feb 24, 2015 - 17 answers

Seeking info on decorative plate from Central PA area

Collectible plate features imprint from defunct department store- how old is it? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Dec 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Woman's Day From 1970's worth selling?

I'm going through my father's garage, and have come across two waist high piles of magazines from the 1970's, most likely waiting room material left over from when he owned a small business. They seem to mostly be "Woman's Day" and "Woman" magazines from 1970-1974. Should I separate the decent ones from the yellowing and crumbled ones, and try to sell them? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street on Jul 7, 2014 - 11 answers

No title. Just a bunch of weird dolls in trash bags.

My late mother-in-law collected dolls of questionable value. Like 18" Kurt Cobain motion-activated figurines... and so much more. We need all 30 of them out of our basement. How, Internet? HOW? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Mar 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Maximum Future Vintage

What is your guess about the everyday items of today that are likely to become the collectibles of the future? To maximize ROI, what are some cheap disposable items today that may be greatly valued in the future? [more inside]
posted by kk on Mar 4, 2014 - 26 answers

What are these? Die-cut stamps from Japan

My grandmother's father brought these home from 'the orient' decades ago. [more inside]
posted by SarahBellum on Nov 21, 2013 - 2 answers

Disneyana/Disney Collectible Pins & Plushies SKU lookup

I have Disney pins and plushies... I would like to link them with their description by SKU. [more inside]
posted by Folk on Nov 11, 2013 - 2 answers

What's the age and value of this Theodore Roosevelt campaign pin?

This pin must be from either the 1901 or 1905 elections. Can you tell me anything about it? Can you tell me its approximate value? If not, can you direct me to a website or individual where I might find out? Thanks!
posted by crazylegs on Jul 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Betting you can help me restore my dad's card collection

Old playing cards: Help me find a specific deck from my childhood based on a description [more inside]
posted by dadici on Dec 13, 2012 - 2 answers

What's the best way to sell a lot of stuff online?

My guy and I are digging in to all of his old stuff and we're going to sell a bunch of it off. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Sep 11, 2012 - 12 answers

How To Sell Comics in a Post-Wizard World?

Please help me make as much money as is possible from liquidating my comicbook collection. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Aug 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Semi-quick fixes for dilapidated objects

Will you share your best fixing-smaller-things-up hacks? 'I buffed it with gasoline and you'd never know there'd been water damage.' 'Did you know you can use a regular iron on them? Good as new.' 'Hardware stores sell them for 17c and that's all it takes to make a working switch.' [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Jul 5, 2012 - 24 answers

Russian Translation

I have several identical Bonds written entirely in ?Cyrillic/Russian and would much appreciate their headings translated for me. (No need for a full translation!) Here is a picture. [more inside]
posted by lungtaworld on Jun 16, 2012 - 3 answers

What's the best (and easiest) way to sell my baseball card collection?

I have a few dozen cards from the 1950s-1980s that may have some value (even a few that are older), and I'm most interested in selling those without getting ripped off. Are consignment services like CheckOutMyCards.com a decent way to go? Do cards need to be professionally graded in order for someone to be interested? [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Apr 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Antiques & Collectibles Education Sought

How do I learn about antiques & vintage collectibles? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Oct 20, 2011 - 10 answers

What do you mean, "Don't use the checklists as checklists"?

I have approximately 3000-5000 baseball trading cards (and a few hockey and football cards) from 1978 through 1983. What's the best way to sort through them, figure out the quality, identify the more valuable cards, and sell them?
posted by not_on_display on Feb 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Movie Memorabilia Collecting

How to collect movie memorabilia (posters, lobby cards, etc)? Collecting gurus wanted! [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused on Feb 8, 2011 - 1 answer

Help us pick an insurance agent.

How do I pick a company for renter's insurance in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by explosion on Dec 10, 2010 - 15 answers

The money pit: money goes in, it doesn't come out.

How can I sell my Star Trek/Star Wars Customizable Card Game cards and Miniatures game pieces for the best balance of money/hassle? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jun 24, 2010 - 5 answers

So this is what "I must have them all!" feels like...

Tacoma Rainiers: Did the team indeed give away trains (along the lines of the Seattle Mariners Express) for just two years around 2006?
posted by halogen on Jun 8, 2010 - 0 answers

How should I handle types, varieties and errors in my coin DB?

How should I handle types, varieties and errors in my coin collecting database? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Mar 16, 2010 - 4 answers

Cashing out on Tiger?

How does one sell an autograph? [more inside]
posted by norm on Mar 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Are Starbucks in the US selling the Vancouver Olympics 2010 gift card?

Are Starbucks in the US selling the Vancouver Olympics 2010 gift card?
posted by Penelope on Jan 14, 2010 - 1 answer

Help me identify these figurines.

Please help me identify these odd little figurines and "bunny house" teapot I bought for my bunny-mad niece. http://i38.tinypic.com/2vlpt2x.jpg I found them in St. Jacobs, Ontario, but even the owner of the antique store didn't know what they are called. I would like to buy more (from where? Ebay?"?) but I certainly can't until I know what they are called. The first two pics are of the figurines,the second two pics are of the back and front of the teapot. The teapot is hollow inside and certainly looks as if it was meant to be lit from within by a candle. All the items appear to be made out of plaster. Any help with identification would be much appreciated.
posted by uans on Oct 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Old Picture Postcards

My favorite aunt passed away recently, and among the things she left me is a shoebox full of picture postcards. My sense is that at least some of them may have some value, but I don't know where to look. [more inside]
posted by gteffertz on Oct 15, 2009 - 7 answers

Comic Book Question

Comic Book Filter. Help, my wife has 2000+ comic books from the 80's & 90's...all your favorites - Superman, Batman, Green Lantern. How do we get them appraised or sell them? [more inside]
posted by mikedelic on Apr 17, 2009 - 11 answers

When all the time is tyranny time

Are Iraqi wrist watches with Saddam Hussein's face on them valuable? [more inside]
posted by milagu on Mar 23, 2009 - 4 answers

Close Personal Friends of Baron Munchausen

Poster collectors: what's the value of this poster? [more inside]
posted by plinth on Jan 22, 2009 - 8 answers

Glass Collectible Experts: What is this marking on this decanter?

Glass Collectible Experts: What is this marking on this decanter? [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Jan 18, 2009 - 5 answers

What model of typewriter is this?

What type of typewriter is this? I know it's a Royal Typewriter, but beyond that, I'm not really sure. Any idea what timeframe, or anything really? Not too many resources available online, at least none that show this guy. Looks like Sylvia Plath's typewriter, but I can't find what model that is... Here's photos of my Royal on my picasa page Thanks a ton guys! bc
posted by quickasfoxes on Dec 15, 2008 - 4 answers

How to get art insurance?

Does anybody know about art insurance? How to go about getting coverage? How much it costs? Who are some trustworthy insurers? [more inside]
posted by Dukebloo on Jul 13, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me push this hobby even further into the pathology zone.

What's a good magazine subscription for a 30-something guy who is really into watches and pens? [more inside]
posted by sneakin on May 12, 2008 - 4 answers

Please help me identify this porcelain doll.

I picked up this porcelain doll at a thrift store a couple years ago hoping to sell her, but I was never able to identify her age, name, or manufacturer, so I've got no idea what she might be worth. Can you help me identify her? Photos and more details inside. [more inside]
posted by tomatofruit on Apr 8, 2008 - 5 answers

How to best submit comics to CGC?

I am about to begin submitting a number of valuable comic books for CGC grading. Does anyone have experience with/recommendations about the process? [more inside]
posted by humannaire on Feb 2, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I sell very large and potentially valuable LP and comic collections?

How do I sell very large and potentially valuable LP and comic collections? [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Feb 1, 2008 - 20 answers

How to best sell my father's old-school collectible cards?

So, my father has a ton of old (50's-60's) baseball/football/collector cards and is nearing retirement. I'd like to help him sell them. I've a lot of questions here. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Sep 4, 2007 - 10 answers

Where to find law memorabilia?

Collectibles/antiques/memoribilia relating to law and legal practice. Where to find/buy? [more inside]
posted by DirtyCreature on Feb 6, 2007 - 7 answers

Reputable Asian Ball-Jointed Doll Vendor?

Asian Ball Jointed Dolls Filter -- Can you recommend a reputable American seller/dealer, and what has been your experience with them (the vendor)? It seems like the only ones I can find are foreign companies and I'd rather buy from someplace stateside if I can, unless I'm confident enough in them from recommendations.. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on May 9, 2006 - 2 answers

Finding a Crow On A Teacup

Back in the early 90's, I saw a color magazine ad for a piece of art I've been unable to locate since. It was a crow poised on the edge of a teacup. [more inside]
posted by crw on Dec 13, 2005 - 4 answers

Online Auction Tips?

Cleaning house, looking to sell books, CDs, toys etc., and I'm LOST. Need advice both specific and general. Is eBay best for books and CDs, or are there other places to get better value? With the 'Net awash in Star Wars paraphernalia, how do I find a price for this elaborate 1998 14" talking Darth Vader? (I've checked books and they're mostly about "vintage" SW toys.) How do I value odd things for my uncle, like this pipe from Germany circa 1890 or earlier, or some Xmas cards circa WWII made by Chinese Xtian nuns in Tsing Tao? Is there a market for historical magazines and newspapers, for example with headlines about the first moon walk? [more inside]
posted by Shane on May 14, 2005 - 19 answers

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