November 27, 1999
We've had a full week of fog in The Soggy Apple, although it's been quite
warm. Great for the skin, terrible for the hair.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF IT'S TIME FOR ALL THIS NONSENSE TO STOP
A group of Florida teenagers allegedly beat up an eleven year old boy and stole 30 Pokemon cards he was carrying. Another Florida 13 year old has been charged with breaking into a neighbor's house and stealing more than 400 of the cards. A firefighter has been acccused of shooting at a neighbor during a dispute over Pokemon cards. A young boy in Polk County, Florida was expelled from school for fighting with his seventh grade teacher over his Pokemon cards. Two eighth graders in Los Angeles have been charged in the theft of Pokemon cards. A Canadian 14 year old boy was stabbed in the shoulder during a dispute over Pokemon cards. And in New York, a 13 year old boy was stabbed in the leg during a dispute over Pokemon cards - by a nine year old. Are we all discerning a rather disturbing pattern here? This is sick, and if we let it go on like this, it'll mean we're all sick. How many parents would allow their eleven year old boy to leave the house with thousands of dollars in cash in his pocket? The one robbed by the teenagers in Florida had thirty cards in his pocket, each valued at between $45 and $250. It's time to send Pokemon back to Japan.
WORLD'S SILLIEST MOVIE MERCHANDISING IDEA DEPARTMENT
Last Friday, the new Tim Burton flick, "Sleepy Hollow", starring Johnny Depp, opened nationwide. Fans can now get a limited edition collectible at the film's website at Sleepy Hollow. It's a Headless Horseman costume, created and custom-made by the film's costume designer. Production is limited to fifty costumes so, if you think of yourself as vertically challenged, rush over there and order one. It's sure to give people the impression that you're actually much taller than you really are.
Colonel Tom Parker, notoriously tireless promoter of Elvis Presley (why stop just because some people think Elvis is dead?), had the largest known collection of first edition Elvis movie posters in the world. The 33 posters were slated to go on display at the GMBid showroom in Beverly Hills, and the organizers were holding an Elvis impersonator contest in connection with the exhibit. The contest was open to kids up to the age of 14. But, and this will sound familiar I'm sure, if you live in - well, anywhere, construction delays have forced the organizers to postpone both the opening of the exhibit and the contest. The contest will now be held on January 8th, which is the King's birthday. First prize: a $10,000 bond.
OPPORTUNISTIC PARENT FOUND THAT BIDDERS *DREW* THEIR OWN CONCLUSIONS
Celebrities and those connected to them have apparently been led to believe, by the results of past auctions, that bidders will clamor for any little thing they have touched, worn, sat upon, etc. Drew Barrymore's mom was rudely awakened last week when her ten day online auction of such items as Drew's baby clothes and the cowboy hat she wore in "ET" didn't even draw minimum bids. Barrymore's mother, Jaid, said she "wanted to share some magic with Drew's fans", so she listed the items on Gavelnet.com. The baby clothes carried a minimum bid of $425, and the cowboy hat had a minimum of - get this - $45,900. Guess Drew's fans didn't want to share.
INSIDIOUS RETAIL TREND?
Last week, the owner of the St. Louis Galleria mall told the mall's merchants that they are not permitted to display any advertising that directs customers to their websites, or promotes any shopping via the Internet. The major tenants, Bombay Company, Athlete's Foot and Banana Republic have so far not complied with the order, and one tenant, Right Start is threatening to sue. Mark Zorensky, president of Hycel Partners, the mall's owner, told the Wall Street Journal, "We recognize that there's no way to stop the Internet, but what we're trying to stop is the retailer blatantly redirecting sales from the mall to their Web page." Heaven forbid Mr. Zorensky should consider anything as drastic as competing!
Accumulators, I'm headed back to Virginia Beach tomorrow, to do the next
week on "Treasures In Your Home". I hope you'll be watching - it's a
terrific show! Have a great week. Stay warm, Find great stuff. Happy Hunting!
© 1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #107
U.S. Library of Congress
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