Collecting

Cookie Jar

Q: At a recent church rummage sale, I found a W.C. Field’s cookie jar marked “McCoy.” I paid $50 for it and feel I got quite a bargain. – Phyllis, Pueblo, Colo.

A: Your cookie jar was produced by McCoy in 1972 and generally retails in the $200 to $250 range, according to “McCoy Pottery: Identification and Price Guide” by Mark F. Moran. Many of the McCoy cookie jars have increased in value in recent years as collectors have become more and more interested in them. For example, the “Liberty Bell” cookie jar, which often sold for about $25 only five or six years ago, now sells for about $100.

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Q: I was a great fan of Hoot Gibson, the Western movie star of the 1930s and ’40s. I have two of his comics, No. 1 and No. 3WW, both issued by Fox Features Syndicate. Are they worth keeping? – Rob, Roswell, N.M.

A: I contacted several comic-book dealers, and they seem to agree that your comics probably are worth about $300 each. They were issued in about 1950. An excellent reference is “The Standard Guide to Golden Age Comics” by Alex G. Malloy and Stuart W. Wells III, and published by Krause Books. This guide serves up 900 covers of Golden Age comics from 1938-1956, along with nearly 50,000 up-to-date values. It is easy to use and highly recommended, especially if you have a stack of older comics stashed under your bed or in a closet.

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Q: I still have several books from when I was a child. They are “Fred Flintstone Bewildered Baby-Sitter with Pebbles,” “The Flintstones and Dino” and “Hildy’s Hideaway.” Although I have no plans to sell them, I am nevertheless curious about how much they are currently worth. – Susan, Mitchell, S.D.

A: I found your three books referenced in “Warman’s Children’s Books” by Steve Santi and published by Krause Books. The first Flintstone book was published in 1963 and is valued at $16; the second featuring Dino was issued in 1961 and is worth about the same amount. “Hildy’s Hideaway” also is from 1961 and listed for $10. As with most collectibles, condition is extremely important. Children’s books with missing or marked pages are worth much less.

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