What Do Baby Boomers Really Search For?

Posted on January 31st, 2014 in 1950s,Collectibles by Terry Hamburg

“I am a Buddhist, therefore I should not be collecting anything – however, I have a collection of Buddhas. I have a lot of them.” ~ Eric Ripert, chef The following is from “Kovels Top 20 Antiques and Collectibles Searches for 2013.”  <komments@kovelsonline.com> In 2013, antiques enthusiasts were busy researching: (1) China, (2) Book, (3)Read the Rest…

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On This Day in Baby Boomer History

Posted on October 11th, 2013 in Collectibles,Music,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

“History never looks like history when you are living through it.” ~John W. Gardner, politician “When a history book contains no lies it is always tedious.” ~Anatole France, writer 2006: Google buys YouTube.com for $1.6 billion. 1987: Bruce Springsteen releases his 9th album, “Tunnel of Love.” 1983: Country Music Association award for Entertainer of theRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Gold Mine

Posted on September 16th, 2013 in 1970s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  In the 1950s, a “garage sale” meant someone was selling a garage. Twenty years later, it assumed a new reality. Poised like disciplined infantry, baby boomer weekend warriors were set to descend and vanquish. Today, the garage sale is a shadow of its wild, heart-pounding heyday in the 1970s and 80s. Then, it wasRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity Name Game

Posted on September 12th, 2013 in 1950s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  I wasn’t the greatest baby boomer autograph collector of the 1950s, but I had an impressive portfolio. I specialized in television celebrities and baseball players. My family bonded around the TV. I’d write the personality and request a signed picture. Each was “my favorite star” or “the greatest talent on earth,” and “please sign yourRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Collectors: Here’s What’s Hot Now

Posted on June 10th, 2013 in Collectibles,Fads & Toys by Terry Hamburg

“Collecting has been my great extravagance. It’s a way of being. I collect for the same reason that I eat too much–I’m one of nature’s shoppers.” ~Howard Hodgkin, artist What’s hot and what’s not in the antiques and collectibles world? Terry and Ralph Kovel have been answering that question for over half a century. HereRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Pop Culture Profit

Posted on May 15th, 2013 in Collectibles,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  “Collecting has been my great extravagance. It’s a way of being. I collect for the same reason that I eat too much – I’m one of nature’s shoppers. “~Howard Hodgkin, painter   How’s this for a nice profit? In 1938 you could buy the very first pop culture Action Comics edition, the one thatRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Pet of the 70s

Posted on April 19th, 2013 in 1970s,Collectibles,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  It gave people a few moments of absolutely meaningless pleasure in a troubled world—no small accomplishment. If there were more fads there would probably be a lot fewer psychiatrists. Ken Hakuta, inventor of the Wacky Wallwalker, on the Pet Rock   It baby boomed into the firmament and then crashed to earth with aRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Art Fake-Out

Posted on April 15th, 2013 in 1970s,1980s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Crime,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

    Limited edition art prints. What a great marketing idea! What an opportunity for forgery! The market was geared to affluent baby boomers with a reputation for spending large and chasing collectibles. In the 1970s, entrepreneurs reinvented an old product. Artists execute originals and authorize official copies—prints (lithographs) or etchings, each personally signed, numbered,Read the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: What Happened to Tonto?

Posted on March 25th, 2013 in 1950s,Celebrities,Collectibles,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  Bet you a string of Indian beads and a dozen flint stones you don’t know my real name. I’m not going to reveal it until the end of the post. Is there a baby boomer who doesn’t remember Tonto? A posse of Texas Rangers is ambushed. The sole survivor, barely alive, is nursed backRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Assets In The Attic

Posted on February 14th, 2013 in Collectibles,Fads & Toys by Terry Hamburg

Attics, basements, closets, bottoms of bottom drawers. When’s the last time you explored these places? Who knows what could be lurking there? Maybe baby boomer collectible treasure. Here are some tips and inspiration: ~ The most famous baby boomer doll in history: Barbie. A 1974 survey revealed that 90% of all American girls between 5Read the Rest…

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