August 16, 1999
Bet you thought I forgot about you this week. No way! I've had 24 hours home, since returning from Virginia Beach, VA and the premiere of "Treasures In Your Home", and I'm about to leave again.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEJA VIEW ALL OVER AGAIN
Well, sort of. Those of you who watched the premiere week of "Treasures In Your Home" on the PAX Network may have spotted some similarities to the late lamented "Personal FX, The Collectibles Show". John Burke is the host of the new show. I was one of the appraisers for the first week. And at least one of the new show's producers worked at the old show as well. There were remote segments that covered people's collections and important events in the collecting world, and loads of information for both beginners and experienced collectors. But, you must also have noticed some significant differences. "Treasures In Your Home" is quite interactive; the audience is a big part of the show. It utilizes the Internet extensively, whereas the Internet was largely ignored on "Personal FX" (the Web was in its infancy when "PFX" first aired). "Treasures" has a chat room with a capacity of 500; it has bulletin boards for viewer comments, and, even if you don't get the PAX Network on your TV, you can watch the show live via the Internet. In addition, viewers are invited to phone in responses to trivia questions and other contests, there are games on the show, and appraisers are dispatched to the homes of collectors all over the U.S. in order to evaluate their "stuff".
You'll see other FX appraisers on "Treasures". Up this week: Rich Zelachowski and Geri Harrelson. The following week, it will be the lovely and talented John Bruno.
The show is a hit, proof that there's been a void left by "PFX" that could
only be filled by another great collectibles show. To find out if you get
the PAX Network, go to http://www.pax.net. The "Treasures In Your Home"
website is at http://www.treasuresinyourhome.com. Enjoy!
HIGHLY PERSONABLE AND COMMUNICATIVE VEGETABLES DEPARTMENT
If you want to get a head start on a blip on the collecting world's ticker, you should know that the Jolly Green Giant is celebrating his 75th birthday (he's actually only 74, since he was created in 1925, but who's gonna tell him he's a liar - not me!). The Green Giant Company plans to bring back Greenie this month, after having dumped him seven years ago. Which means he'll be in the public eye again. Which also means that any Green Giant or Sprout memorabilia you have will temporarily increase in value. Ho, ho, ho!
SPORTS MEMORABILIA REARS ITS UGLY HEAD
An Ohio man has filed a lawsuit against Cincinnati Reds legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. James Matosky says he won a set of Bench's golf clubs in a 1997 raffle to benefit Bench's scholarship fund, and that the clubs have never been delivered. Matosky is suing Bench and others for malice, fraud and deceptive marketing of the $100 a ticket raffle. Guess we won't be seeing Bench and Matosky playing in the same foursome in next year's Bob Hope Desert Classic.
An alert Accumulator contacted me with news of reproduction character clocks and pocket watches circulating in Pennsylvania. The clocks and watches aren't new, but the character faces are. They're high quality laser copies laid down over the old faces, then varnished. So far, a Golliwog face with jewelled eyes clock, and a Redi Killowatt pocket watch have been spotted. Be sure to examine carefully any character watch or clock you are considering buying, and buy from a reputable dealer.
Off we go again, Accumulators. Artie and I are leaving for
Madison-Bouckville, NY, located close by Utica. We'll be located, next
weekend, in the main field, in Booth E-1. Before that, we'll be shopping
until we drop, along with our dear friends, The Sussmans, proprietors of
Friendship Studio, also an exhibitor in the big field (wish I could
remember their booth number!). If you're in the nabe, stop by and say
"hi!". And, of course, bring money.
So, there'll be no newsletter next week, but I'll have lots of news when I
get back. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #96
U.S. Library of Congress
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