October 15, 1999
Autumn is demonstrating a decidely strong grip on New York City, with blustery winds and lower temperatures. If you're coming to the Chelsea Antiques Building today, for the live broadcast of "Treasures In Your Home", wear those woolies!
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF YEAH, BUT WHO GETS ALL THAT COOL MEMORABILIA?
About one third of Planet Hollywood's 32 outlets are about to go bye-bye. The remaining twenty or so restaurants will get upgraded menus according to PH executives. The theme restaurant chain, bankrolled by the likes of Arnold Schwartzenegger, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization after losing 244 million dollars in 1998 and being dropped last summer by the New York Stock Exchange. Life can be tough when the celeb crowd moves on to the next flavor of the month.
NOT ANOTHER COW STORY! DEPARTMENT
This one has nothing to do with Chicago. Computer manufacturer Gateway is recalling about one-million foam rubber toy cows, given away with the purchase of a computer by Gateway stores from September, 1997 through last month. Some were also sold for about four dollars each, and they are named "Stress Cow", because they are meant to help you relieve stress by squeezing them. It seems that some folks are so stressed out that squeezing them isn't enough to relieve their anxiety. Small pieces of these toys can tear away and pose a choking hazard for young children. The bovines in question are white with black spots (duh!) and have the trademark "Gateway" in green on their backs. If you have one of these menacing moo-moos, and you haven't yet chewed it to bits, and your dog hasn't eaten it, take it back to the Gateway store and exchange it. For information, call Gateway at (877)206-4889 or visit their wenbsite at Gateway.com.
JOLTIN' JOE FOR SALE
Ralph Perullo of New Jersey, major Joe DiMaggio fan and now a North Carolina businessman, bought millions of dollars worth of Joe D. memorabilia last June. Some of it was hawked at baseball shows all summer, and some is going on the Internet auction block. Perullo says he will be selling baseballs, bats, trading cards and lithographs on eBay from October 20th through the 29th. Other items will go on an Internet auction in Japan later this year. Watch out for baseballs signed in a shaky hand by DiMaggio on his deathbed, apparently as a favor to a trusted and greedy friend, who allegedly sold them to Perullo shortly after Joltin' Joe's death.
TELL YOUR KIDS WHAT THEY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
K-B Toys has just issued its annual Hot Holiday Toy List (somehow I suspect the list has a strong connection to what K-B happens to have in stock). Here are the top ten items on the list:
1. Pokemon (surprise!)
2. Furbies and Furby Babies
3. Hot Wheels
6. Interactive Yoda
7. Wrestling figures and accessories
8. Family games
9. Tech Decks
10. "Toy Story II" merchandise
Barbie at No.5? Guess K-B didn't survey many girls.
Well, sort of. Lately I'm seeing a great many Barbie doll reissues. It's important to examine the trademark dates on the derriere of the doll to determine whether it's a really old one or a nineties version.
Okay, Accumulators, I'm on roller skates today. Much to do. Meet me at the
Chelsea Antiques Building today at 4PM Eastern. Too busy? I'll be in the
Treasures In your Home chat room at http://www.treasuresinyourhome.com on
Sunday at 12 noon Eastern for the live webcast from Atlantique City. Come
yak with us. Next weekend Artie and I will be in Chesapeake, VA and I will
be attempting to send you the first newsletter ever from the laptop in my
hotel room. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #103
U.S. Library of Congress
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