11 Dec 2013

How Much Is My Antique Schwinn Bicycle Worth?

Schwinn has been making bicycles since 1895 and is considered an American innovator of the modern bicycle. They were the first to use balloon tires, incorporate kickstands right onto the bicycles, and a host of other features now included on most modern bicycles. Determining the actual worth of your antique Schwinn can be tough, and really it comes down to one factor – it is worth whatever you are able to get someone else to pay for it. However, there are a few factors that can help you to gauge a rough estimate of the value of your vintage Schwinn. In estimating your Schwinn’s value you will want to: 1. Find the Serial Number Locate the serial number on the frame of your Schwinn. The location of the serial number will vary from year to year, but once you find it this can be very useful information in determining exactly what year your bicycle was made. It can also help…

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9 Dec 2013

Nostalgic for the automotive culture of yesteryear? Then check out the world of vintage gas pumps. These gas pumps date back decades, and some can be found for sale originally from the 1930s. They’re a timeless bit of North American culture, relics from a not-too-distant age when automobile were a relatively young bit of widely-owned technology. And you can’t mistake the tell-tale appearance of vintage gas pumps, which look almost alien compared to their modern-day boxy-square brethren. Old gas pumps are usually instantly recognizable. This is because of their typical tall and skinny look. Normally, they’re less than half the width of modern pumps, with wild, bold colours and a large display face. Some are perched on stands, not unlike…

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5 Dec 2013

Today’s modern casinos are filled with glitz, glam, and all things flashy, but this wasn’t always the case. Although the casinos and saloons of old were definitely built with a certain sense of “style” in mind, you’ll notice a marked difference between a roulette table from the 1920s versus a roulette table in any of the hotels along the modern day Vegas Strip. Behold, exhibit A (Antique French Table Top Roulette Wheel, from the early 20th c): And exhibit B (A 21st century roulette table from one of Vegas’ many hotels) Although the gambling tables of yesteryear are certainly out of date nowadays, antique casino games are still treasured by collectors, hobbyists, and people hoping to “win big” by selling…

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25 Nov 2013

For a history buff, coming across a trench knife in reasonably good condition would be like a dream come true.  They might not be the rarest of war memorabilia, but they certainly aren’t common to come across either. Trench knives first came about during the WWI when soldiers took it upon themselves to fashion knives made from bayonets.  Eventually, trench knives (or combat knives) became the “go to” weapon for close combat. Photo of a WWII Cattaraugus 225Q Fighting Knife by Joe Haupt via Flickr.com (CC) Today, combat knives are a standard piece of army equipment and still play a vital role for soldiers in close quarter combat situations.  In fact, upon graduating from the United States Army Special Forces…

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21 Nov 2013

As much as we’d all like to deny it, winter is just around the corner. There are too many things to bemoan about the impending cold weather to count on one hand, but at the top of our list, is the fact that it’s time to put away the motorcycle for another season. To ensure that your bike is in tip-top read-to-drive condition come the first snow melt, follow these tips for proper winter motorcycle storage! 1. Take It For a Spin Before putting it away for the next few months, take that baby out for one more ride. It will give you a chance to say goodbye, and also burn off any condensation in the engine while also heating…

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18 Nov 2013

The key to guaranteeing that your acoustic guitar sounds just as beautiful in 20 years as it did the day you bought it, is storing it properly. With winter right around the corner, this is more important than ever as the cold temperatures and erratic weather will do a number on your instrument if it is left unattended. Make sure this doesn’t happen, by following the advice below. Before we even start, will tell you that the magic word of today is humidify. In general, when it comes to storing high-end guitars, air humidity should be kept in the 45-55% range, and temperature should hover between 67-75 F. Not following these guidelines can warp wood, destroy joints, and detune strings.…

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15 Nov 2013

How many times have you looked at your bank account with disappointment, and wished that you had a way to make money appear out of nowhere? Sadly this just isn’t possible, yet it certainly doesn’t stop people from trying. The United States Department of Treasury recently released numbers stating that an estimated 70 million counterfeit dollars are currently in circulation. You could very well have a wallet full of fake cash and not even know it—until reading our guide to identifying counterfeit US bills, that is. Compare The easiest way to identify a counterfeit, is to compare the suspected fake side by side with an authentic bill. Keep in mind that bills do change in appearance over the years, so…

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12 Nov 2013

While the right shark tooth can be worth a fair amount of money, there are many sharks teeth available on the market and many of them are small, unimpressive specimens used in cheap jewelry. Great White sharks teeth and Megalodon teeth can be worth a pretty penny, however. Typically the larger a shark tooth is the more it will be worth but there are some caveats to that rule. What to Look For There are several key factors in evaluating the value of a shark’s tooth, particularly at the higher end of the scale such as Megalodon teeth. These factors include: Condition; Size; Restoration; Shape; and Color. Condition: The condition of a tooth takes into account a few different factors.…

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12 Nov 2013

If you have a barber chair from the 1950’s or earlier, you might be wondering how much it is worth. The answer can be slightly complicated, but after considering a few important factors you can be on the way to selling your antique barber chair for the best value in no time! 1. Authenticity If you are only wanting the look of an antique barber chair without the actual history than a replica will be much cheaper and can look just as beautiful; but if you want a genuine antique, you will want to first make sure that you are buying an authentic vintage item. The authenticity of your antique barber chair can be tough to determine, but an easy…

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8 Nov 2013

Perhaps you have an old typewriter laying around. Typewriters can provide you with a window back into a time before computers and word processors existed – where “making a copy” meant physically typing every word out again, and where typing was an in-demand skill that not everybody possessed. In addition to having an interesting piece of history in your possession you might also be wondering “Is my antique typewriter worth anything?” The short answer is “maybe.” The most expensive antique typewriter on eBay right now (Oct. 2013) is listed for $1900, but especially valuable pieces have been known to fetch up to over $13,000!  Before you can determine if your particular typewriter is worth anything (other than the interesting conversation…

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4 Nov 2013

It’s safe to say that almost everybody has experienced the joy of PEZ at least once in their childhood. And for those who didn’t? Well, it’s never too late to step into the Wonderful World of Pez, as is made more than clear by the number of incredible personal collections out there. With that in mind, let’s take a few of what we consider to be the “sweetest” PEZ collections in the world. Check out Frederich Emmerich’s video tour of his PEZ collection. An entire room is barely enough to contain it, and it takes him more than 5 minutes just to show a glimpse of each dispenser. We also love the mix of vintage and new editions—after all, age…

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18 Oct 2013

The cannon was first invented in China, and is one of the original gunpowder operated weapons. The first record of cannon use is said to have been from the Battle of AinJalut between the Maluks and Mongols in 1260, while the first cannon in Europe was used slightly later between the 11th and 12th centuries in Iberia. This weapon then arrived in England in the Hundred Years’ War at the Battle of Crecy in 1346. Over the years, cannons became more and more advanced (and destructive). They were used widely over the centuries and played a key role in World War II, though in the second half of the 21st century they’ve been rendered all but obsolete in most parts…

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14 Oct 2013

The history of the calculator is almost as old as time itself. The first devices that solved math problems were developed around 2300-2700 BC. 2300-2700 BC The Abacus Today, abaci are typically only used in Asia and consist of a bamboo frame with beads sliding on wires. Early prototypes in 2300-2700 BC Mesopotamia however, were nothing more than beans, stones, or whatever other small debris could be found, moved around on tablets made of wood and stone.  Developed centuries before any written numeric system existed, abaci were a useful tool for merchants and clerks. 1642 The Mechanical Calculator Over 4000 years later, Blaise Pascal invented the first mechanical calculator in 1642. A commercially available in more functional version of the…

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10 Oct 2013

World War II artifacts and antiques are some of the most valuable collectibles in the world. One of the reasons for this is that a lot of the technology and gadgets that emerged during this time were completely revolutionary, and unlike anything ever seen in history. Another, is that with all the bombs and gunfire of WWII, naturally a good chunk of artifacts were destroyed beyond recognition making the ones that do remain extremely rare. With the sheer magnitude of collectibles from this period, it’s excessively hard to single out the most unique, but we’ve done our best in this list: Navy Pin; Trench Art The exchange of letters and tokens of affection between loved ones at home and soldiers…

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7 Oct 2013

Since its first model was sold in 1952, the Gibson Les Paul has become one of the most iconic and recognizable guitars of all time. Throughout the past 60 years, dozens upon dozens of musical heroes have chosen the Les Paul as their instrument of choice from former guitarist of Guns N’ Roses’ Slash, and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, to the king of reggae, Bob Marley. As is such, the Gibson Les Paul is also one of the most expensive guitars of all time. Even basic models retail for as much as $5000, and when it comes to more collectible versions and special editions, this number is remarkably higher. These are just a few of the most expensive Gibson…

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4 Oct 2013

Thirty years ago, X-boxes, Playstations, Nintendo consoles, and PCs weren’t household fixtures like they are today—so how did the youth of those days entertain themselves? Well, there were a few ways but one of the most popular and no doubt the most fun, was heading to the arcade and playing what might just be one of the most iconic games of the 20th century: pinball. Just uttering those two syllables fills us with nostalgia, so allow us to accompany you along a journey down memory lane with this round-up of three of the coolest retro pinball machines! Big Indian – 1974 Before it was officially released, this game was named ‘Chief’, and later ‘Big Injun’. Early prototypes of this pinball…

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30 Sep 2013

Almost a hundred years ago back in 1919, the 18th Amendment was passed in the USA and Prohibition became a federal law. The law officially came into effect in 1920, forcing all alcohol-related commerce to close, or find a new means of business. Although the purpose of Prohibition was to cut down on crime and boozing, the era actually prompted a new wave of gang-related crime and an elaborate underground bootlegging ring. It was a time of chaos, and although it may be over, hundreds of collections exist across the globe to commemorate the Prohibition. The following are a few of the most valuable and unique pieces of these collections. 1926 Bottle of Scotch Whiskey On December 8th 2007, Christie’s…

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23 Sep 2013

Almost everybody loves movies. Some people just take this love a bit further than others. For most people, “film fanship” involves seeing a movie in theatres, buying it on DVD if you like it, and maybe investing in a few posters of your favourite blockbuster. Then there are the fans who want something more…something tangible. We’re talking about the world of movie memorabilia collecting. Since the beginnings of film, diehard collectors have sought out promo material, props, and costumes from their flicks and you just might be shocked at how much some people are willing to spend on this paraphernalia. Don’t believe us? Check out this list of 10 of the most expensive movie memorabilia ever sold. 10. This original…

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20 Sep 2013

The earliest known production of wine, dates back thousands of years to 6000 BC in ancient Georgia. Over 8000 years later, and wine is still one of the most popular drinks in all corners from the globe. Whether it be cabernet-merlot, pinot grigio, sparkling champagne, or anything in between, there’s a perfect wine for every occasion and that’s what makes it such a great beverage! It’s probably safe to say that with the exception of holidays and special events, most of us stick to our favourite table wines for everyday sipping–most of which range between $10-$20 in price…but just in case you’re looking to indulge, we’ve rounded up five of the most expensive vintages across the world. Henri JayerRichebourg Grand…

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