Although I am a fanatic about newspapers, magazines and books, the best and fastest way to get the news about our collecting passions is through email newsletters. And although I hate to add more mail to my email box, it would be impossible to keep up the Collectibles web site without reading all I can about antiques and collectible news.
The following newsletters will help you keep up with what's going on in the wonderful world of collecting.
Of course I'm going to toot my own horn here! About Collectibles is a weekly newsletter with links to new articles, blogs and auction news. Keep up to date with what's happening on this web site, as well as the rest of the collecting world.
You might also be interested in About newsletters from our Guides for Action Figure Collecting, Antiques, Coins, Comic Books, Doll Collecting, Miniatures, Sports Cards and Stamps.
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There is not much I can say about this free newsletter, except if you buy or sell online -- Why aren't you on the subscriber list? A no-holds barred look at online auctions, including legal, fraud, shipping, and selling issues. If this sounds boring to you -- it's not! I learn something every time I read an issue. It might be a link I was not aware of, a new service being offered or a way to stop image theft. There are two different newsletters - a twice monthly update and a daily newsflash.
Ron McCoy was one of the first to do a free email newsletter (over ten years ago) and is still doing a great job years later. His newsletters are always fresh, sent on the first day of the month, with a mixture of interesting collectible links and articles. Where else would I find information on everything from Elvis' face on Tennessee State Quarters to DaVinci as a Master Draftsman?
If you love comics, figures, comic art, toys or what I consider the fun collectibles -- Scoop is your best bet for finding out what's going on and where. The weekly newsletter is produced by Diamond International Galleries which recently incorporated with Hake's Americana & Collectibles, Morphy Auction units and Gemstone Publishing under the Geppi Entertainment. So while the newsletter is heavily into news and links from those companies, they cover much more.
Register on the Kovels' web site and get a free subscription to their weekly newsletter, Kovels Komments. Your registration also includes a searchable, online price guide, and previews of articles from the latest Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter.
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Learn more about the different options available from the Kovels, including (paid subscription) Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles, available snail-mailed or online.
One of the largest and oldest Internet Antique mall has published a lengthy text newsletter covering a variety of topics. There's usually an interesting collector's story or two, "vintage" recipes, and links to other sites. Numerous links are given to dealers in their online mall. There are a few advertisements in each newsletter, usually to collecting resources and services, as well as shops on TIAS.
Ruby Lane takes good advantage of their knowledgeable dealers with background articles, information and tips usually written by the dealers. Their articles are especially helpful if you are not familiar with a particular item or line of collectibles. Issues are monthly.
To subscribe to the newsletters -- you need to register (free), then go to the My Account web page, scrolling down to the subscription area.
This weekly newsletter is basically for retailers, coming once a week with news on current markets, market calendars, what's hot and what's going on in the world of decorative collectibles. I enjoy getting it to find out the news on companies, who's buying out who, new lines being offered, etc. Several different newsletters are offered, so choose the one or two that looks best for your needs.
Although this link leads to the subscription page for the mailed Antique Trader newsletter, a small box on the side of the page gives the reader an option to sign up for the free weekly newsletter. The email newsletter usually has several links to current Antique Trader stories, as well as news from related Krause Publications and companies. Advertisement banners on the side for upcoming auctions and shows will keep you up to date on what's going on in the antique world.
An occasional newsletter that brings you news of cookie jar auctions, new jars and interesting prices for older jars sold online. The newsletter has been published since 1997.
You know her and love her as the Collecting Diva -- but have you subscribed to her eMail newsletter? Subscribe to Judith Katz-Schwartz' Twin Brooks Antiques and Collectibles newsletter.