Wednesday, November 2, 2011


FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Sports memorabilia, a first edition book, crystal and vintage cars are all pretty common items that folks want appraised. Ditto for porcelain dolls, die cast cars, baseball jerseys and firearms. Every personal property appraiser in Florida has come across these items at one time or another.

But when we were asked to place a value on a very large collection of Pez dispensers, we figured that we'd seen everything. Now there's nothing unusual about candy-related collectibles, of course, but who knew that they were worth very much? Could their value justify paying an appraiser's fee?

The Pez dispenser shown was appraised for $300.00. Others are worth far more including Disney themed examples and rare models from the 1950s.

Below you will find an assortment of oddities that we have either seen before or have never seen and probably don't expect to.

Well, maybe we're being a bit hasty.....

Advertising, Phillumeny, Matchbooks, Matchboxes, Premiums, Radio premiums, Prizes, Bazooka Joe, Cereal box prizes, Cracker Jack prizes, Pin-back buttons, Avon, Campbell's Soup, Coca-Cola, Disneyana, Disney pins, Harley Davidson, John Deere, Maytag, Ronson Lighters, Zippo lighters, Tazos, Architectural, Fireplace, Furniture, Hardware, Lighting, lamps, lampshades, Locks and keys,Tile, Art, Artifacts, Folk Art, Native American art, Photographs, Prints, Books, magazines, Advertisements, Absolut vodka ads, Got Milk? Ads, Autographs, Map collecting, Globes, Roadmaps, Paperweights, Books and periodicals, Books, Children's literature, First editions, Comic books, Manga, Magazines, Magazine clippings, Newspapers, Cards, trading cards, Phone-cards, Playing cards, Jokers, Tarot cards, Postcards, Trade cards, Cigarette cards, Tea cards, Trading cards, Insert cards, Non-sports cards, Sports cards, Baseball cards, Basketball cards, Football cards, Hockey cards, Jersey cards, Ephemera, Bookmarks, Brochures and Guide books, Cheese labels, Greeting cards, Lottery tickets, Newsletters, Pamphlets, Post cards, Posters, Public transport timetables, Airline timetables, Public transport timetables, Railroad timetables, Tickets, Clothing, fabric, textiles, Buttons, Needlework, Quilts, Scutelliphily, Patches and badges, Sewing, Textiles, Thimbles, Vintage clothing, Coins, currency, stamps, Numismatics, Coin collecting, Notaphily, Paper currency, Exonumia, Token coins, Scripophily, Bonds, Stocks, Philately, Federal duck stamps, First day covers, Postmarks, Stamp collection, Film and television, DVDs, Films, Film props, Movie posters, Television shows, Videocassette tapes ,Glass and pottery, Bakeware and cookware, China, porcelain, pottery, Art pottery, Nippon, Whisky decanters, Jim Beam bottles, Glass, crystal, Art glass, Bread plates, Bottles, Beer bottles, Milk bottles, Perfume bottles, Snuff bottles, Wine bottles, Depression glass, Paperweights, Pattern glass, Shot glass, Appliances, Beverage coasters, Candles, Corks, Figurines, Netsuke, Holiday collectibles, Jewelry and gemstones, Keyrings, Music boxes, Perfume bottles, Sterling silver, Utensils and silverware, Kitchen collectibles, Bottle caps, Beverage cans, Beverage can tabs, Cookie cutters, Cookie jars, Hip flasks, Housewares, Lunch boxes, Mason jars, Refrigerator magnets, Shakers, salt, pepper, sugar, Teapots, Memorabilia, Event memorabilia, Sports memorabilia, Baseballs and baseball bats, Boxing fight programs and posters, World's Fair, Media memorabilia, Film memorabilia, Film props, Movie posters, Organization memorabilia, Police memorabilia, Police patches, Political, Bumper stickers, Campaign buttons, Nazi memorabilia, Scouting memorabilia, merit badges (Boy Scouts of America), Music, Records, CDs, Jukeboxes, Cassette tapes, Musical instruments, Analog synthesizers, Tube amplifiers, Vintage guitars, Nature, Butterfly collecting, Conchology, Crystals, Fossils, Minerals, Gemstones, Insects, Oology, Plants, Rocks, Sports, Golf, Automobilia, Bicycles, Calculators, Clocks and watches, Computers, Fans, Firearms, Fireworks, Fountain pens, Jukeboxes, Knives, Motorcycles, Phonographs, Photographica, Cameras, Movie cameras and projectors, Radios, Record players, Recording media, Film and television, Music, Scales, Scientific instruments, Telephones, Televisions, Tools, Hand tools, Tractors, Vending machines, Weapons, Writing Implements, Inkwells, Airline, Animals, Automotive, Automobiles, Classic cars, Vintage cars, License plates, Oil cans, Farming, Gambling/gaming, Casino chip collecting, Hawaiiana, Orientalia, Historical themes, Breweriana, Beer can, Militaria, American Civil War, Faleristics, Military art, Military models, Military uniforms, Model figures, Tin soldiers, Petroliana, Railroad, Science fiction, Tobacciana, Cigar boxes, Cigar cases, Cigarette cases, Cigarette holders, Lighters, Smoking pipes, Western Americana, Cowboy, Travel themes, Souvenirs, Souvenir spoons, Trunks, Toys, games, dolls, Action figures, Board games, Collectible card games, Dolls, Barbie dolls, Beanie babies, Blythe dolls, Porcelain Dolls, Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls, Teddy bears, Toy soldiers, Figurines, Keshi erasers, Mechanical banks, Model cars, Corgi, Hot Wheels, Matchbox , Webkinz, Model horses, Breyer, Pez, Piggy banks, Playing Cards, Pogs, Rubber duck, Scale models, Model airplanes, Dyna Flites, Herpa Wing, Schabak, Skybusters, Model trains, Ship models, Video games and the list goes on and on.

You need it appraised? We can appraise it.

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Revised 09-04-2012
Updated 06-20-2013