Q: While cleaning out my dad’s storage unit, I found a pouch of older marbles including sulfides, steelies and tiger-eyes. Is there a market for them? – Sam, Ramona, Calif.
A: Bill Blair is a marble expert and owner of Blair Collectibles, a company that buys, sells and appraises marbles. He can help you. He is especially interested in post-1930s machine marbles and handmade ones prior to 1915. It sounds like you might have some that would appeal to Blair. You can contact him at P.O. Box 655, Pine Hill, NY 12465; and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: During a recent move, the curved glass in my grandmother’s china cabinet got broken. I am really distressed about it since it is a family heirloom that I truly cherish. Can you help me find a replacement? I have tried the glass companies in my hometown but can’t find a source. – Beth, Albuquerque, N.M.
A: Curved glass is difficult to find. A source that might be helpful is B&L Antiqurie, 6217 S. Lakeshore Drive, P.O. Box 453, Lexington, MI 28250; bentglasscentral.com; and email@example.com.
Q: I have 50 large-size Norman Rockwell Favorites suitable for framing. I would like to sell them if I can find a buyer who would like to purchase them for a reasonable price. – Eva, Olney, Ill.
A: I assume you have prints. The big question is when were they issued and how many were printed. Both of those factors would help establish a value for your collection. I suggest you show the prints to dealers in your area to see if there is any interest.
Q: I have three sets of 78-rpm recordings: Dorothy Shay, the “Park Avenue Hillbillie”; Bozo at the Circus; and Buddy Clark. They seem to be in excellent condition. I paid $45 for the three sets. – Martha, Sun City West, Ariz.
A: You paid more than twice what these recordings are worth. The Dorothy Shay set generally sells in the $5-$10 range; Bozo at the Circus, about $15; and Buddy Clark, perhaps $5-$10. This is assuming all three sets are in excellent condition.
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