Thursday, October 17, 2013

THE APPRAISAL OF A COMIC BOOK COLLECTION - WHY YOU NEED AN EXPERT FOR A PROPER VALUATION

THE APPRAISAL OF A COMIC BOOK COLLECTION - WHY YOU NEED AN EXPERT FOR A PROPER VALUATION

FORT PIERCE, Florida - Performing a proper appraisal of the value of a comic book collection may seem like an easy task, however, very specific knowledge is necessary to ensure that the actual worth of the books is correctly established. In an estate dissolution, the family and even the trustee are usually unaware of what collectibles are worth. And in a divorce proceeding, the equitable distribution of a valuable collection may not be so equitable if one spouse has little or no information other than what the adverse party is saying regarding values. In the case of classic comic books, a collection is even more difficult to appraise. Condition is a determining factor in appraising ungraded comics so knowing how to assign an approximately correct grade to each issue is of paramount importance that can affect it's price by hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Another interesting piece of the puzzle is knowing about characters, artists and their relationships to particular titles. A collection of Marvel's Daredevil comics, for instance, reveals that while issue #167 in high-grade condition is worth $18.00, issue # 168 in the same condition is worth $100.00 simply because the issue features the first appearance of a character known as Elektra. Similarly, Daredevil #158's value skyrockets by more than 50% over the previous issue simply because it heralds the first time the character was illustrated by popular artist Frank Miller. Artists such as Jack Kirby drew comic books for decades. While many of his titles are scarcely worth fifty cents, others can fetch astronomical figures - as much as $10,000. To illustrate this point, the beat-up copy of Fantastic Four #1 shown above recently sold for two-thousand dollars.

The St. Lucie Appraisal Company can appraise your comic book collection and place an appropriate value on it's contents. Feel free to call with any questions you may have regarding shipping your collection or making travel arrangements for us to come to you. If your comic book collection may be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, it pays to hire an expert to appraise it.



The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Tel: 772-359-4300
Fax: 772-466-8400
eMail: contact@stlucieappraisal.net   
Web Site: http://stlucieappraisal.net/


Personal Property Appraisals nationwide including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington West Virginia and Wisconsin.
 
You may obtain appraisals for Financing, Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

Appraisals of Personal Property, Art, Boats, Classic & Custom Autos, Antiques, Art, Collectibles & Memorabilia, Electronics, Machinery, Motorcycles & Choppers, Furnishings, RVs, Trucks & Heavy Equipment. Business Valuations specializing in all types of small businesses.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

HOW TO APPRAISE GUSTAV STICKLEY FURNITURE - THE VERY BEST OF ARTS AND CRAFTS

GUSTAV STICKLEY SPINDLED ROCKING CHAIR
 
FORT PIERCE, Florida - In addition to being a furniture designer, Gustav Stickley was the most well-known name of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. In 1898 he founded The Gustav Stickley Furniture Company in New York. Stickley's furniture was a departure from the Victorian designs of the day. Sturdy vs. decorative, the value of his works continues to climb. An appraiser would do well to assemble his or her own catalog of completed sales and auction results in order to stay current on market trends. The wood and leather spindled high-back rocking chair shown above has a value of $2,000.00. The St. Lucie Appraisal Company maintains an extensive database of sales records and auction results that allows us to make accurate valuations of  furniture and other items designed and manufactured by Gustav Stickley.

GUSTAV STICKLEY DESKS

The five-drawer writing desks shown above are good examples of Gustav Stickley's designs, specifically #s 709 and 710 that feature kneehole compartment shelves underneath, copper hardware, veneer and mission oak construction with pegged joints and flush-tenon support beams. Depending on condition these desks currently sell in the $1,500.00-$3,000.00 range.

GUSTAVE STICKLEY DRESSER WITH MIRROR

This Gustav Stickley dresser has two half-drawers over two full drawers, a peaked mirror supported by a frame with a butterfly joint. Collectors can expect to pay up to $4,000.000 for a relatively good example showing only minor chips in the veneer.

Turn of the century antiques are in high demand and none is more collectible than the antique furniture designed and manufactured by Gustav Stickley.


The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Tel: 772-359-4300
Fax: 772-466-8400
eMail: contact@stlucieappraisal.net   
Web Site: http://stlucieappraisal.net/


Personal Property Appraisals nationwide including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington West Virginia and Wisconsin.
 
You may obtain appraisals for Financing, Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

Appraisals of Personal Property, Art, Boats, Classic & Custom Autos, Antiques, Art, Collectibles & Memorabilia, Electronics, Machinery, Motorcycles & Choppers, Furnishings, RVs, Trucks & Heavy Equipment. Business Valuations specializing in all types of small businesses.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

AN APPRAISAL OF EDWARD WORMLEY FURNITURE - THE DEFINITION OF TIMELESS ART IN ANTIQUES

APPRAISING EDWARD WORMLEY DESIGNED FURNITURE
 
FORT PIERCE, Florida - Despite the sluggish economy of the last decade, there are items that have continued to grow in value. The unique and well-crafted furniture designed by Edward Wormley fits neatly into this category. In the world of antique furniture, Wormley designs continue to be sought after by designers and collectors alike. Mid-century pieces range from art deco to classic with an emphasis on originality - a hallmark of the line. Wormley's designs - primarily for Dunbar, are thought of as cutting-edge yet tasteful. Wormley's sofas appeared to float by means of a recessed base. Sideboards with tapered base legs, rare to find in good original condition, can fetch $10,000 at auction. To appraise these items for insurance, estate dissolution or a charitable donation is a treat as they are art as well as functional pieces of furniture.
 
Since the depression, Wormley incorporated classic Scandinavian motifs into his furniture designs. Later he began introducing more modernistic shapes into his work. Items such as teak and tile inlaid tables, parquet and woven cane dressers, elongated hexagonal and trapezoidal coffee tables and cantilevered side tables were things that set his work apart from other furniture designers. His lounge chairs were deep and low forms that combined beauty with comfort. Desks with inlaid leather surfaces were exclusive to the Dunbar line. There is no more comfortable chair than a Wormley-designed club chair or loveseat with down-filled back cushions.

The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Tel: 772-359-4300
Fax: 772-466-8400
eMail: contact@stlucieappraisal.net   
Web Site: http://stlucieappraisal.net/

Personal Property Appraisals nationwide including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington West Virginia and Wisconsin.
 
You may obtain appraisals for Financing, Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

Appraisals of Personal Property, Art, Boats, Classic & Custom Autos, Antiques, Art, Collectibles & Memorabilia, Electronics, Machinery, Motorcycles & Choppers, Furnishings, RVs, Trucks & Heavy Equipment. Business Valuations specializing in all types of small businesses.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

HOW TO APPRAISE AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY, OFFICE FURNITURE, MANUFACTURING AND RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT AND OTHER TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY - OBTAINING FAIR MARKET VALUE FOR BANK FINANCING, ESTATES, BUY/SELL, INSURANCE, PARTNERSHIP DISSOLUTION, BANKRUPTCY, DIVORCE AND DONATIONS FOR IRS TAX CREDITS

HOW TO APPRAISE TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY

FORT PIERCE, Florida - Using comparables to establish fair market value is the preferred approach when it comes to real estate appraisals but appraisal methods for tangible personal property and commercial equipment differ. Although there are many sources of information available, physical conditions vary, differing degrees of import are given to provenance, rarity, depreciation due to age and condition, improvements and modifications, the economic outlook of the particular market and other special circumstances. An appraiser's judgment is important, as is the assignment as to whether replacement cost or liquidation value is to be used.

IRS Publication 04.048.003 provides an outline for appraisals of tangible personal property. Personal property includes but is not limited to paintings, watercolors, prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, furniture, decorative arts, antiques, textiles, carpets, silver, rare manuscripts, historical memorabilia, antiquities, ethnographic art, collectibles, gems and jewelry, machinery, equipment and other items. IRS guidelines for valuation of assets pretty much apply to personal property appraisals done for other purposes. The ultimate goal is to arrive at a specific value that is both fair and equitable.


APPRAISERS IN ALL 50 STATES
 

The St. Lucie Appraisal Company handles appraisals of tangible personal property for bank financing, estate dissolutions, purchase and sale, insurance, divorce, charitable donations, bankruptcies and other insolvencies. Whether a physical inspection is done or sufficient documentation is provided, our professional personal property appraisals are compliant and accepted by business owners, collectors, banks, insurers and in all legal proceedings.


The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Tel: 772-359-4300
Fax: 772-466-8400
eMail: contact@stlucieappraisal.net   
Web Site: http://stlucieappraisal.net/
 
Our service area includes the following states and area codes:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Our rates for services are as follows:

Auto Appraisals (Donations, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Insurance Disputes) $125.00

Stated Value Appraisals (Antique & Classic Cars, Street Rods, Motorcycles, RVs, Trucks) $175.00 and up

Auto/Truck/RV Condition Reports $225.00 and Up

Diminished Value Appraisals (Determines how much less your car is worth after accident repairs) $225.00

Personal Property Appraisals (Contents, Collectibles, Art, Antiques, Equipment) $225.00 and Up

All other services and additional time when necessary  $75/Hr.

Expert Witness - Court Appearances, Depositions, Mediation $225/Hr.

You may obtain appraisals for Financing, Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

Appraisals of Personal Property, Art, Boats, Classic & Custom Autos, Antiques, Collectibles & Memorabilia, Electronics, Machinery, Motorcycles & Choppers, Furnishings, RVs, Trucks & Heavy Equipment. Business Valuations specializing in all types of small businesses.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

DONATING YOUR BOOK COLLECTION TO A CHARITY OR NON-PROFIT? HAVE IT APPRAISED FOR A TAX CREDIT IN ALL 50 STATES.

Donating your book collection to a charity or non-profit?
 
 
FORT PIERCE, Florida - Some of the largest privately-owned libraries are donated to charities and non-profit organizations nationwide every year. While some of the rare books are auctioned, most items are eventually sold in bulk. It seems a shame to see hard-to-find literature tossed into dollar bins but when you consider the windfalls to be had by those lucky and knowledgeable to acquire them, it all seems to even out. The St. Lucie Appraisal Company inventories and appraises book collections in all 50 states and prepares the Form 8283 necessary for IRS tax-deductions. Ask your accountant or CPA whether a donation of a large book collection makes financial sense. There are schools, museums and public libraries that will gladly accept books and other valuable items. Have questions? Feel free to write to contact@stlucieappraisal.net and we'll be glad to lend a helping hand.
 


The Grapes of Wrath
In 1939, John Steinbeck wrote the classic depression novel "The Grapes of Wrath" and even signed a good number of them as the years passed. A first printing, first edition signed copy with the dust jacket intact will fetch $1,000+ while even an unsigned first-first will bring half that amount. Holding such a book in your hands is sublime satisfaction but as all good things must come to an end, eventually it will belong to someone else. Obtaining a sizable deduction in your federal income tax will be part of your reward but more importantly, your donation ensures that important literary works will enrich the lives of others, many of whom are less fortunate than ourselves.


The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Tel: 772-359-4300
Fax: 772-466-8400
eMail: contact@stlucieappraisal.net   
Web Site: http://stlucieappraisal.net/
 
Our service area includes the following states and area codes:


Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Our rates for services are as follows:

Auto Appraisals (Donations, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Insurance Disputes) $125.00

Stated Value Appraisals (Antique & Classic Cars, Street Rods, Motorcycles, RVs, Trucks) $175.00 and up

Auto/Truck/RV Condition Reports $225.00 and Up

Diminished Value Appraisals (Determines how much less your car is worth after accident repairs) $225.00

Personal Property Appraisals (Contents, Collectibles, Art, Antiques) $225.00 and Up

All other services and additional time when necessary  $75/Hr.

Expert Witness - Court Appearances, Depositions, Mediation $225/Hr.

You may obtain appraisals for Financing, Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

Appraisals of Personal Property, Art, Boats, Classic & Custom Autos, Antiques, Collectibles & Memorabilia, Electronics, Machinery, Motorcycles & Choppers, Furnishings, RVs, Trucks & Heavy Equipment. Business Valuations specializing in all types of small businesses.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

APPRAISING TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY - FROM CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT TO TELEPHONE SYSTEMS



APPRAISING TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY

FORT PIERCE, Florida - Evaluating exactly how much an asset is worth involves a lot of hard work. There are a limited number of comparables for used backhoes, dump trucks and excavators that can be obtained through both online and telephone research. A good personal property appraiser, however, has far more information than that at his disposal. By keeping abreast of private sales and monitoring heavy equipment auction results and adding to his database each time, an appraiser is able to prepare accurate appraisals for a bank loan, insurance claim, replacement cost policy, bankruptcy, charitable donation or purchase and sale of a business or it's equipment. Assets are part of a company's balance sheet that illustrate a vital component of it's worth. In the case of a construction firm, behind the scenes are other resources such as office furniture, inventory, telephone systems, real estate, accounts receivables and cash. All of these items contribute to the bottom line. A competent personal property appraiser maintains databases showing past sales of items from a multitude of categories. There are no typical business class telephone systems, for example. An assignment to appraise the value of a high-end system would be a difficult task without a reference library of comparable sales over a number of years.

There are also intangible assets such as goodwill which includes the company's reputation; client lists, web presence, patents and trademarks that all contribute to the value of an organization. Appraising businesses both large and small involves building a foundation of knowledge and adding to it periodically without fail. The benefits are numerous and they more than offset the number of hours invested. It is up to each individual whether or not to maintain one but any independent appraiser who performs small business evaluations will be able to prepare a more accurate, comprehensive and cost-effective report if he has a good reference library at his disposal.


The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Tel: 772-359-4300
Fax: 772-466-8400
eMail: contact@stlucieappraisal.net   
Web Site: http://stlucieappraisal.net/
 

Personal Property Appraisals nationwide including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Our rates for services are as follows:

Auto Appraisals (Donations, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Insurance Disputes) $125.00

Stated Value Appraisals (Antique & Classic Cars, Street Rods, Motorcycles, RVs, Trucks) $175.00 and up

Auto/Truck/RV Condition Reports $225.00 and Up

Diminished Value Appraisals (Determines how much less your car is worth after accident repairs) $225.00

Personal Property Appraisals (Contents, Collectibles, Art, Antiques) $225.00 and Up

All other services and additional time when necessary  $75/Hr.

Expert Witness - Court Appearances, Depositions, Mediation $225/Hr.

You may obtain appraisals for Financing, Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

Appraisals of Personal Property, Art, Boats, Classic & Custom Autos, Antiques, Collectibles & Memorabilia, Electronics, Machinery, Motorcycles & Choppers, Furnishings, RVs, Trucks & Heavy Equipment. Business Valuations specializing in all types of small businesses.

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Updated 06-20-2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

APPRAISING THE VALUE OF MOBILE HOMES IN FLORIDA - RESALE OR DEPRECIATED VALUE?

APPRAISING THE VALUE OF MOBILE HOMES IN FLORIDA

FORT PIERCE, Florida - Citizens Insurance Company is the insurer of last resort here in Florida which means when no other insurance company is willing to insure their car or home, residents can be guaranteed coverage through Citizens. If you are one of the thousands of mobile home owners who Citizens insures throughout the State of Florida, being protected from fire, windstorm and other disasters to your residence is a necessity. However, many of these mobile home owners face loss of coverage due to a program whereby Citizens Insurance Company won't renew policies of mobile homes whose values fall below a certain threshold. What has become controversial is the method by which Citizens evaluates the worth of these units. Instead of determining fair market value through the use of comparables, the insurer uses a depreciation table. On this basis, thousands of older mobile homes have been judged to be worth less than the threshold that Citizens is willing to insure. As a licensed personal property appraiser, I wouldn't use the rules of depreciation to place a value on a 1967 Corvette or a 1967 John Deere tractor so why employ it to evaluate a 1967 Marlette manufactured home?

Mobile homes are not real estate, rather, they are classified as personal property. But just as in real estate, personal property appraisals are almost always based on comparables. Depreciation schedules work fine on newer items of personal property that are subject to wear and tear. However, once an item reaches the end of its projected life span, if it is still deemed useful, depreciation should no longer apply. Fair market value is determined by comparable sales and overall condition of the mobile home. But Citizens has cleverly devised the most effective method to date of devaluing them - by rendering them uninsurable.

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AUTO & PERSONAL PROPERTY
SERVICE THROUGHOUT SOUTH FLORIDA

Our service area includes St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, Brevard, Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties. Cities include Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Pompano Beach, Tamarac, Sunrise, Lauderhill, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Hollywood, Hallandale, Miami, Opa Locka, Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall and Homestead.

Diminished Value Appraisals throughout Florida including, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Clearwater, Kissimmee, Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Ocala, Gainsville, Bradenton, Titusville, Panama City, Bonita Springs, Naples, St. Petersburg and Tallahassee.

Our rates for services are as follows:

Auto Appraisals (Donations, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Insurance Disputes) $175.00

Stated Value Appraisals (Antique & Classic Cars, Street Rods, Motorcycles, RVs, Trucks) $175.00

Diminished Value Appraisals (Determines how much less your car is worth after accident repairs) $275.00

Personal Property Appraisals (Contents, Collectibles, Art, Antiques) $225.00

Mobile and Manufactured Home Evaluations $325.00

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The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400
Email: contact@stlucieappraisal.net


 

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Updated 06-16-2013
Updated 06-20-2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

APPRAISING RUGS - PERSIAN WAR RUGS - A LINK TO OUR OWN COUNTRY'S HISTORY

WAR RUG - THE WAR ON TERROR - 2001 WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACKS

FORT PIERCE, Florida - Although they are by no means the most expensive carpets in the world, the War Rugs that were produced in Iraq and Afghanistan rank among the most historically significant rugs ever made. According to Wikipedia, the war rug tradition of Afghanistan has its origins in the decade of the Soviet occupation of 1979 and has continued through subsequent military, political and social conflicts. When appraising these Persian rugs it is always a reminder of those who lost their lives in war.


WAR RUG - AFGHANISTAN - 1989 SOVIET OCCUPATION


When you look at Persian rugs, some price tags seem to defy reason. Not so the maps of Afghanistan and Iraq surrounded by tanks, planes, helicopters, rocket launchers and soldiers. Many of these took up to a year to make but remain affordable.




WAR RUG - AFGHANISTAN WORLD WAR I ERA


Even as early as the 1920s, scenes of air intrusion into otherwise lush and peaceful settings became subjects of carpet weavers. Note the flowers and scrolls in the bordering that became simplified in the later War Rugs.



The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400
Email: contact@stlucieappraisal.net


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Images courtesy of: http://thetrimandbleed.com/war-rugs-of-afghanistan/
http://www.warrug.com/warrugs/styles.php, Textile Museum of Canada

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Updated 06-20-2013
Updated 09-11-2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

APPRAISING SPORTS MEMORABILIA - SPRING TRAINING IS BACK AGAIN



Appraising Sports Memorabilia in Florida - Spring Training is back!

FORT PIERCE, Florida -  Our state is renown for great weather in wintertime. Its what brings the tourists, the part-time residents and major league baseball players back to sunny Florida year after year and decade after decade. In past times, legendary players like Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams graced Florida's ball fields. The games meant nothing, of course. Who can recall the last major league baseball team to go undefeated in spring training? But working on mechanics and shagging fly balls isn't all these great players did. They also signed their names to every kind of sports memorabilia imaginable - from baseballs to jerseys; magazine covers to caps, and baseball cards, from the current issues all the way back to cards depicting them as teen-age rookies. These historic examples highlighting the lives of our heroes are what created and continues to breathe life into the sports collectible market. Being in a position to inspect and appraise these treasures often seems like a privilege as well as a pleasure. Getting paid to do it is just sweet.


Appraising Sports Memorabilia in Florida - Spring Training is back!

Today's iconic baseball players include Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols but only Derek remains in Florida since "The Machine" now does his spring training (and autographing) in Arizona. Similarly, I am appraising collections containing autographed items from phenoms Stephen Strasburg and 2012 American League Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper but have not seen anything signed by another Arizona guy and 2012 National League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout. Most of the sports memorabilia items autographed here in Florida make their way north, of course. The market for sports collectibles remains healthy because baseball fans will always love the hall of famers. Only time will tell if Strasberg and Harper become revered names like Koufax and Mantle. And only time will tell if  their autographed rookie cards will also be worth enough to put your kids through college.
 
If your sports memorabilia  is in Florida, I will be happy to let you know what your collection is worth. I'll also appreciate the privilege of  reliving memories of watching Sandy Koufax pitch up in Vero Beach each time I appraise one of his autographed items.


The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Tel: 772-359-4300
Fax: 772-466-8400
eMail: contact@stlucieappraisal.net 
Web Site: http://stlucieappraisal.net/


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Updated 06-20-2013
Updated 09-11-2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013

APPRAISING AND SELLING COMIC BOOKS ON CONSIGNMENT

CLASSIC X-MEN COMIC BOOK COLLECTION


FORT PIERCE, Florida - In the wide world of personal property appraisals, unusual opportunities abound, sometimes as daily occurrences. Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach are full of treasures and rare and valuable comic books are among them. Most important comic book collections belong to private individuals. For many, obtaining every issue of a particular series, like X-Men for instance, represents their holy grail. Then replacing already-owned issues with better copies in order to upgrade the condition of the collection follows close behind on the mania list. The most chronic obsession of all is purchasing huge lots of comics just to obtain one or two key issues. Part of the reasoning behind that, of course, is that the collector will sell off the excess issues but that almost never happens. So that leaves them with boxes and boxes of vintage Marvel, DC and other comics most of us would love to possess. But while we can't own them, occasionally we get the opportunity to sell them.

A collection of gold and silver age comic books arrived via UPS from Jacksonville for an estate appraisal.  We work throughout South Florida but collections from other parts of the state like Tampa, Orlando, Tallahassee or Fort Myers have to be shipped in. After we completed the report, the executor asked whether we would be interested in selling the collection on behalf of the estate. Below are the sales results of the 1st lot, a short box of 125 X-Men in excellent condition.

The retail value of these comic books was $5,000+, we listed them on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $3,250 with provisions to accept any offer over $1,999.00. Bingo! A lucky (and savvy) buyer scooped them up for the minimum price of $2,000. The client was more than happy because the local estate auction companies estimated that each short box would bring about $250.00!



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 125 ISSUES X-MEN, BEAUTIFUL CONDITION COLLECTORS LOT


US $3,250.00 Best Offer Price was Accepted
Sold for: $2,000.00 plus $45.00 Standard Shipping
125 ISSUES X-MEN, BEAUTIFUL CONDITION LOT - EACH ISSUE IS GRADED AND PRICED. THE SCANS SHOW THE COMICS STILL IN THE BAGS WITH STICKERS THAT LIST THE GRADES AND PRICES. ADDING UP THE STICKER PRICES, RETAIL VALUE OF THIS LOT IS $5,000+.

I will be glad to bring these to any local comic shop for their inspection. You arrange it.

Included are the following issues:

16 Very fine
18 Very fine
19 fine – very fine
21 very fine – near mint
24 Very fine – near mint
29 Very fine – near mint
30 Very fine – near mint
31 near mint
35 Very fine
35 very fine – near mint
37 Very fine – near mint
47 Very fine – near mint
47 Very fine – near mint
48 fine –
55 near mint
60 near mint
60 Very fine – Near mint
61 Very fine – near mint
62 Very fine
63 near mint
63 Very fine
65 near mint
65 very fine – near mint
73 Very fine – near mint
74 Very fine –
78 near mint
78 Very fine
79 near mint
82 near mint
84 near mint
85 near mint
86 near mint
86 near mint
88 near mint
92 near mint
92 very fine
102 very fine
103 Very fine-
107 near mint
110 near mint
110 very fine – near mint
110 Very fine
111 near mint
111 near mint
111 Very fine – near mint
112 near mint
114 near mint
114 fine – Very fine
115 near mint
116 near mint
116 near mint
116 near mint
117 near mint
117 near mint
117 near mint
118 near mint
118 near mint
118 near mint
118 near mint
119 near mint
119 near mint
119 near mint
124 near mint
126 near mint
127 near mint
128 near mint
129 near mint
129 near mint
130 near mint
132 near mint
132 near mint
134 near mint
135 near mint
135 near mint
143 near mint
143 near mint
143 near mint
143 near mint
144 near mint
144 near mint
144 near mint
145 near mint
147 near mint
147 near mint
148 near mint
148 near mint
148 near mint
148 near mint
148 near mint
149 near mint
149 near mint
149 near mint
149 near mint
149 near mint
154 near mint
156 near mint
156 near mint
161 near mint
165 near mint
165 near mint
165 near mint
165 near mint
165 near mint
165 near mint
165 near mint
165 near mint
165 near mint
165 near mint
174 near mint
184 near mint
184 near mint
184 near mint
186 near mint
186 near mint
186 near mint
186 near mint
186 near mint
186 near mint
186 near mint
186 near mint
186 near mint
186 near mint
186 near mint
187 near mint
191 near mint

Here is a grading chart that explains how numerical ratings correspond to actual comic book conditions.
 
10.0 MINT
9.9 MINT
9.8 NEAR MINT/MINT
9.6 NEAR MINT +
9.4 NEAR MINT
9.2 NEAR MINT -
9.0 VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
8.5 VERY FINE +
8.0 VERY FINE
7.5 VERY FINE -
7.0 FINE/VERY FINE
6.5 FINE +
6.0 FINE
5.5 FINE -
5.0 VERY GOOD/FINE
4.5 VERY GOOD +
4.0 VERY GOOD
3.5 VERY GOOD -
3.0 GOOD/VERY GOOD
2.5 GOOD+
2.0 GOOD
1.8 GOOD-
1.5 FAIR/GOOD
1.0 FAIR
0.5 POOR

The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Tel: 772-359-4300
Fax: 772-466-8400
eMail: contact@stlucieappraisal.net 
Web Site: http://stlucieappraisal.net/


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Updated 06-20-2013
Updated 09-11-2013