FEBRUARY 12, 2005
ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES NEWSLETTER #257
What a bunch of Alert Accumulators you are! Several of you wrote to me to correct an error in a story last week. It seems the famous styrofoam
Elvis Cup was not for sale on eBay. What was on sale - get this - was an unused ticket to an event where the Elvis Cup was displayed, and a black and white photo of the cup, autographed by the owner, Wade Jones. But, wait. In case you think Mr. Jones is sane, you should know that the Elvis cup is now up for sale on eBay. But not to you. Oh no, the only person who is allowed to bid on the cup, at a starting price of $10,000, is Sir Paul McCartney. And Mr. Jones has graciously offered to deliver the cup in person. To be fair, Mr. Jones says the proceeds will go to the "No More Landmines charity".
On another note, Accumulators have been beseeching me to provide them with a place to buy the CD I mentioned last week - featuring the angelic voice of Blake Friedman. Well, his Mom. Terri, has decided to make the CD available to all Accumulators at a special price (this is what happens when you bypass the music store - you don't have to pay for their profit) - only $9 - and that includes shipping. You can order online at her Rhumba! site. Here's the URL for the CD: LINK. This is the music that gets me through back therapy every day.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WHAT'S IN YOUR WALLET
You know those new quarters the US Mint has been issuing? The ones depicting each state in the USA? Well, they made a couple of mistakes and, as we all know, the collecting world loves mistakes. The Wisconsin quarters issued last year contain amongst them a few with one of two variations in the cornstalk design on the back. The faulty quarters are now selling on the collecting market for $500 to $600 each, depending on condition. The variation consists of one with a leaf marking pointed up and another with the marking pointed down. Get those piggy banks down off the shelf and look at the quarters! So far, the variants have turned up in Tucson, Ariz., and San Antonio, Texas.
GIANT CULTURAL ICON DEPARTMENT
Remember the lava lamp, the source of fascination for every stoner in the sixties, and essential element for every collection of sixties memorabilia? Target (one of my favorite stores, ever) had a 50 ft high one as part of their display in Times Square. It really was fascinating to come off the subway, walk up to the street, and watch the big bubbles rise and fall in that thing. Well, when Target was done with the lamp, they shipped it off to the town of Soap Lake, Washington, a town in need of revival of its tourist industry that once thrived on the lake's mineral water and mud (aha - the lava connection!). Everyone thought the giant lava lamp would be a big tourist attraction. If only they could figure out how to put it together. The lamp's pieces - some of which appear to be damaged - include about 30,000 pounds of metal, plastic, fiberglass and lights, which are now being stored in a warehouse until they can figure it out. Brent Blake, the project manager said, "It's just unbelievable - endless pieces of structural steel and fiberglass. We need a genius engineer to put this all together again." I hope the town thinks twice about this. You don't want to become a beacon for pot-smoking giants.
THE UNUSUAL THINGS ONE FINDS AT A FLEA MARKET
All Accumulators love flea markets. What's not to love? You never know what you'll find at one. Especially one in a war-torn country. A German man who bought three hand grenades at a Bosnian flea market ten years ago, took them home to Frankfurt and stored them in a drawer. One evening. after drinking heavily with friends, he decided to prove to them that the grenades were real ,by taking one out of the drawer, pulling the pin, and tossing it out the window. Boom. That certainly woke up the neighborhood. Police found it very easy to locate the man (about fifty neighbors were willing to help), held him until he sobered up, and charged him with illegal possession of explosives. No word on how sales of nitroglycerin are doing at Iraqi flea markets.
Valentines Day is coming, Accumulators! Go out and get a beautiful vintage valentine card for your valentine, or maybe a nice piece of vintage jewelry, some decadent chocolates, or perhaps the very romantic Blake CD. But, do something nice for the ones you love. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 2005 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #257
U.S. Library of Congress
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