|Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer. Along with the temperatures, excitement for Antique Traders annual contest is also heating up. (See the Favorite Finds contest rules on page 48.) If youre not quite in the
treasure-hunting mood, youll find many examples of recently uncovered sports related treasures in a story by Jeffrey Copeland beginning on page 26. Some of the stories are about items picked and flipped, but even more are about collectors finding Holy Grail items at yard sales and unexpected places items that they otherwise may not have been able to afford.
Speaking of amazing picks, in 1994, one astute thrift store shopper made the fi nd of a lifetime. According to a Golf Digest (www.golfdigest.com) article, a consigner with Green Jacket Auctions picked up a Masters jacket from the 1950s for just $5 at a Toronto second-hand store. Model Jodie Kidd wore (only) the jacket on the cover of Golf International (April 2007). When the now-famous jacket came to the auction block in 2017, it sold for an astounding $139,349! According to the Golf Digest article, Ryan Carey of Green Jacket Auctions said, The golf-collecting hobby has never been so strong.
Which leads us to a Special Feature courtesy of the Golf Collectors Society. Society member George Petro gives a rundown of some recent Masters fl ags sold at auction. Jim Jeselnick, president of the Society, explains, Virtually every PGA golf tournament sells pin fl ags that adults and children alike take around to get autographs. We think youll enjoy reading about their value.
This issues adventures dont stop there. Melanie Carnation Thomas makes an appearance in this edition. Recently, Melanie and her husband Jay moved from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Knoxville, Tennessee. You may want to make sure youre rested up before you read about their adventurous move. Melanie presents the angst and excitement of making a new start.
Authentic versus a reproduction is always a concern when it comes to collectibles. Robert Shea of The Fire Mark Circle of the Americas helps us out by pointing out four ways to spot a reproduction fire mark.
The always-popular Pickers List returns with a full page of callouts by collectors in need. Remember: If youre on the hunt for a specific item (or many items), submit your wants and well run your callout for free. This is an exclusive benefit to subscribers; its one of our ways of thanking you for being part of our community.
As youve seen, Tupperware is our headlining story in this edition. Contributor Chriss Swaney discusses the mid-century marketing marvel with collectors, users, and contemporary dealers.
Editor, Antique Trader