Friday, July 31, 2009

This is the Pow Wow Week” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog – This could be a great week.

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This year has been slow for our business, however, there have been pockets of excitement and native American memorabilia is one of them. I have seen the price of silver work, signed and unsigned, gain significantly over the last year and the same can be said of the better bead work. It is unbelievable what the better baskets are bringing and last year at the reservation I saw baskets that I should have purchased but didn't. I won't make that mistake this year.

Acoma and Pueblo pottery has reached heights that are in the stratosphere. Pots are selling in the $20,000 to $50,000 range like these are the greatest times ever. I don't know why but Cecil has a great bowl by Maria that has some small damage but he is having a difficult time selling it. This should possibly tell us to even be more careful when purchasing and try to stay with the mint pieces. This piece in mint condition could have perhaps sold for $5000 or more at one time.

I missed going to an auction in the last six weeks because of a conflict in scheduling. There was a child's vest with beaded American flags on it and I believe it sold for under $2500. I later saw an almost identical one at over $15,000. You do have to be on guard for fakes because there are many on the market today.

One area where I feel I must give you a warning is arrowheads and spear points. Arrowheads and spear points can sell in the thousands of dollars and a spear point that reaches over 8" is one that you may be able to just name your price. These are being reproduced today and they are so good it is difficult for even an expert to tell them from the real ones. Don't believe all the tales about "I dug that myself", because the ones peddling the fakes have no sense of right or wrong. Most of the fakes will be found at swap meets, flea markets or antique shops where the owners aren't experts on arrowhead or spear points. You have a better chance of finding the real things at garage sales where they have been passed down through the family.

A good book on Indian Artifacts is “North American Indian Artifacts by Lar Hothem” and it should be found on Abe Books or Amazon's site.

I have been waiting for this weekend for a year because we will be returning to Northern Wisconsin and the Menominee reservation. Last year was my first year there and it took me some time to acquaint myself with the area. But this year I am prepared and I feel that there are treasures just waiting to be found there. Last year at the pow wow there were at least 500 dancers and over 50 drumming groups present and when Joshua saw that his eyes got as big as silver dollars but before long I had him down on the dance area.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

“Carnival Glass With a Message” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog – You Will Smile.

Good luck Bowl - Thanks to

I am sure that you have heard that words are sometimes worth very little but this isn't always the truth. Let me share with you where words can mean a lot. Writing on Carnival Glass can greatly enhance its value, in fact, to a point that it is even hard for me to believe.

Because Cecil, my friend in Kentucky, was selling several pieces of Carnival glass, I thought that it might be time for me to update my personal information on Carnival. Boy was I surprised with the new prices. In fact I am glad that I haven't found any great Carnival Glass lately because I would have given it away. I am going to give you an update of five pieces and get ready to hold your hat.

A Millersburg piece called Court House came in a 7” bowl and only one color Amethyst. The old price was $2500 but today it should bring $4500. A George W. Getts plate by Northwood in Amethyst in the old book was listed for $2000 and today it is only $1850. That is where the bad news stops if you can believe it.

Now we are going to where the big money is and where finding one piece can change things in your life for awhile. The Good Luck Plate by Northwood was $5000 in my book but this piece in Ice Green now commands a price of $20,000. That could be a down payment on a house! But not to be outdone, the Soldiers and Sailors Indiana plate by Fenton has come a long way from its price of a few years ago of $3500 to where now people would search you out and pay $30,000 for one if you had it. Then we come to the lowly Indiana State House plate in Marigold that sells for $16,000 now versus the $3500 I remember. No one knows how many advertising pieces of Carnival Glass were made but I am sure there are many out there and some that haven't even surfaced yet. I hope you find one of those.

After getting the update from Cecil I had to catch my breath. I had no idea prices had climbed so high but you can bet that they got my attention. Cecil just sold a piece he had listed for $800 called the Campbell and Beesley bowl in Amethyst. I think that he was a little disappointed but still, how can you argue with almost a thousand dollars for something that was a give away?

Be sure to educate yourself to some extent on Carnival and if you have any question either call or email me. There are Carnival Glass Clubs that you can join. They are very inexpensive and I would suggest that you join one. I never thought that I would see a piece of Carnival Glass sell over $5000 and today the heavy hitters in this collectible must think that $5000 is chump change. HAPPY HUNTING.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Using Your Head” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog – Baseball Caps

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Have you ever thought that what was on your head might be worth more than what is in it?

There are a lot of people that might say that about me and even though I don't want to think about it they may be right.

I have written about all types of baseball memorabilia but never just about caps. Yes, there have been cards, uniforms, bats and even programs but never caps. Why is this important? Because what little boy or girl has ever left the the baseball park without convincing their parents that they need a cap from their favorite team. How many of you have seen swarms of kids hanging over the retaining barrier to get a player signature on their cap. I am sure this has been going on since the game became popular. Well, some of those caps have become very popular.

Let's just say you have a Mickey Mantle cap, signed by him. If you check eBay there are two listed: one for $2195 and the other one $1799. I can assure you there are hundreds of these in someone's closet or dresser drawer. Just think if you have a Joe Dimaggo or Willie Mays, what they would be worth. Why stop there? Let's just dream we found a Babe Ruth game cap signed by all the Yankees. If you sold it what kind of car would you like to buy because you could afford it. Just a simple piece of cloth with a bill but it can make your day or year.

I have found that the simplest things can often bring the greatest rewards and I believe that a baseball cap could easily fall into the category. I once went into my friend's bedroom where he wanted to show me his cap collection. There must have been over 100 baseball caps spread throughout his room and he began to explain where each one was from and what he had to do to get them signed. I hope that he didn't have the experience that so many of us had when our parents threw out our baseball collections.

I have told you this before but today it is as vivid in my mind as when it happened. In 1952, Mickey Mantle's rookie card was produced and at that time I was 11 years old and an avid baseball fan. I remember trading with all the kids at school until I had maybe 12 of Mickey's rookie cards. I had one that had a small corner crease that most people would have still graded as very good but because it wasn't perfect I took a wooden clothes pin and put it on the wheel of my bike so that it would sound like a motorcycle. If I had maintained those cards in the condition that they were in I could be slurping coconut milk on the beach in Hawaii today. Oh well, just another story to tell my kids


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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

“Holt-Howard” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog – Not to late.

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Who says you can't hit it rich with the right idea. Holt-Howard did and his creativity can make you big money. In the 50's and 60's everyone wanted to own a piece of his Pixieware. He produced those cute little condiment for Mustard, Ketchup and Jam'n Jelly. The little Pixie's became so popular that he extended his lines to include kittens.

These were made over seas in Japan and imported to this country. He knew he had a hit when his first production sold out almost immediately. His wares were so popular that many manufactures copied his designs. Companies such as Dayar, Lefton, Lipper&Mann and Napco soon joined in the popularity of these little figures. Today the original Holt-Howard pieces bring the most money and there were just 64 of the original designs.

Holt-Howard pieces can be marked which includes the date produced and often they will have a foil sticker also. The foil sticker bars the double H mark. Some of the cats and kitten pieces just had the foil so often it will be missing but if you have the Holt-Howard book you will be able to identify the originals.

In 2002 the present owners of the company made a cookie jar that was produced in China and it was so popular that the company had to reorder4 several times. There was never an original cookie jar in the line. These little cutes were expensive at one time but that has all changed. I have written about this company once before but felt it was necessary to do it again because of the growing popularity of these items.

At the present time there is a figure riding a seahorse that is listed for $2000. This is a collectible that is in favor and you shouldn't have any trouble getting the price you wish for the harder to find pieces. In the eBay listings there are several in the $1000 range and even then the prices don't drop much because the $500 to $700 range there are several more.

This would be a great book to add to your library and I am sure it can be purchase used on Abe Books or Amazon. These pieces often can be found in the kitchen at house sales and among the least expensive items at garage sales. Lets put some of the Holt-Howard pieces in our sack.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

United States of America” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog - Its Time has Come.

Let It Forever Wave

The end of the change is upon us. What are you talking about many of you are saying? Well Obama was elected for change and he told us what that change was going to be but most didn't understand that it meant establishing a socialistic society. Now that he has played his hand, the country is abandoning him on all fronts. But how can that help us, the members of the club?

Do you remember 9/11? That is a great example of what happens went someone threatens this country. We band together and patriotism becomes the word of the day. There was no partisan bickering but only talk about how the honor of the USA had been threatened. During WWII, teenagers were enlisting by lying about their age because they were underage but wanted to fight for this country. Most of you are probably too young to remember but during those war years between 1940-1945 anything that was positive about the USA was being collected by the citizens of the country. Even school kids had bond books where they purchased stamps to put into the books and then they could be turned in for a savings bond that supported the war. Posters supporting the war were everywhere and the movies had clips about the war to encourage the viewers to support it. That was a time when all Americans were bonded together for the greatness of this country and nothing could defeat us. I believe now is a time where that patriotic spirit is going to be rekindled.

Anything that represents the good of this country will come back in favor such as our money that says under God on it and the statues of the Statute of Liberty. The flag will again represent all citizens and it will be coveted by those that love this country. Anything that shows the greatness of America will be a valued possession again. Historical documents and records will be searched out and added to the collections all over the country.The people of San Francisco who no longer believe the laws of this country pertain to them and Nancy Pelosi will be discredited and soon pass into the night as others have that wished the worst for this beloved country. I believe that you will start hearing people talk about the goodness of Americans and understand that we give more to the world than any other five countries put together.

While at those garage sales and house sales, search for things that make you proud of your country and they will turn into treasures for you. Rummage through the secondhand shops and Goodwill stores for items that once brought proud of ownership to those who sacrificed for this country. Believe me, they will be treasured again as we right this ship. Yes it took the election of a President that wants to change this country into a European socialist country to wake us up but the spirit is being awakened and I am seeing its shadow grow everyday. I heard Glen Beck say if you want to take this country back, follow me. I am here to say I am ready to do whatever it takes to reclaim the country that so many have died for. This country wasn't founded to provide every citizen the right to have whatever they wish for but the opportunity to succeed if they were willing to work. I told an older lady that our dictionary should take two words out of its contents, they being "responsibility" and "accountability".

I may be very naive but I think this is going to change. People will again have to be thankful for what they are given and not believe that just because they live in this country they have the right to whatever pleases them. I think it is time for every citizen to read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights so that they know what being a citizen of the greatest country on earth entitles them to.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

“From the Mouth of Babes” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectibles Blog – Joshua Lambert.

What A Team

Over the last two years I have attempted to bring what knowledge that I have accumulated over the last 45 years to our members so that they can enjoy the same success that I have in the Antique and Fine Art community. Writing the blog has proven quite challenging on a daily basis but I believe it has been as helpful to me as anyone else. However, I know that it is how a person communicates with the market that will ultimately decide their success or failure.

Joshua, my son, has brought me information that might just be the missing link to your success. What could that be I hear you asking? Well it may be as simple as you having your own website, where you can communicate with the marketplace as well as others in the industry. "But I don't have the knowledge to make my own site" you say, but that isn't true. Joshua came in when I was working on the blog and said, "Dad I want to create a website for us." I halfway said okay just to humor him. So while we sat side by side he began what I thought was playing on his computer. After about an hour he asked what I thought of the site and I said, "There needs to be a lot of work done to it", thinking he was talking about the Club's site, but he wasn't. He had started a website and called it Daryle Lambert and Son.

He informed me that anyone could create their own website and it was free, all you had to do was go on the computer to At first I didn't believe him but after spending a few minutes on the site that he had made I was convinced. Guess what, you don't need to have any technical experience at all. This is terrific and each reader should do this because it will enable you to list things on your own site plus make it possible to inform others about what you are doing. The free site will have a webs piece to your URL like but if you get the premium package for less than $100 and register the name for a year at $21 then you url will read like ours I believe this is a great investment.

If a 10 year old can do it, anyone can, and I have to admit it looks pretty good. If any of you follow this advice please send me your site name and I will try and help you develop it. This will give you more creditability with customers and dealers. You can start your own forums, make a marketplace and post articles about the different antique and collectibles that interest you. I hope that you're as excited about this as I am. Joshua did everything on ours in less than 3 hours so you can see that it doesn't take a lot of time to put something out there that is acceptable.

Good luck and tell me what you think.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

“Stories to Share” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog – Stephen's First.

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I love to hear stories from our members and today I heard a doozy. Stephen related to me how a member of his family was tearing down a building and found a old shotgun behind the wall. This might pass as just another story but it was what they found with the gun that makes the story rather interesting. You see there were membership cards for the Communist party with the gun. Can you imagine what those walls could tell if they could talk? Not to mention what value these items might have if there can be documentation found on these individuals.

This happens everyday as when a couple purchased an old movie theater and in the process of removing the building of the lot they found where as insulation for the walls the owner had stuffed that space with old movie posters. Because these posters hadn't seen the light of day for perhaps fifty years, they were in mint condition. Have you seen the prices that vintage movie posters bring today and if you were fortunate enough to find hundreds of them as they did, how you would feel? Yes, you could retire like royalty and I am sure they did.

My uncle dated a girl in Lewisport Kentucky, you know, one of those small towns that didn't even have one stop light. The girl's parents owned the theater there and I have often been temped to contact her to see if by any chance the family still possesses posters or other memorabilia from the movies during the 30's to the 50's. What am I waiting for you must be asking and my answer would be, I don't know.

There is no rhyme nor reason when it comes to finding treasures as this next story will prove. I was working for my Dad in the oil fields while in high school and found a chest full of treasures. My friend and I were making our money for the summer by painting oil tanks and digging ditches for the pipes running between the tanks and wells. One afternoon we decided to explore the old farm buildings that were literally falling down. In one of the barns we found this old trunk and inside were some of the first school books ever printed plus records from the Civil War. There were also tin photographs and other miscellaneous items. We asked the farm owner if we could keep the chest and contents and his answer was yes because he had no use for them. I didn't really know the value back then but if I had kept everything in the chest I am sure that I wouldn't have to worry about Joshua's college expenses today.

I am sure that if I continued to think, there would be many other stories to share with you about treasures and the unlikely places they can be found. All of you have heard about great treasures that have been found in old farm wells. They were often used to hide family items such as money because people didn't trust the banks and often they were too far away to use anyway. Also if you run across any handmade furniture, be sure to check for hidden drawers or false backs because, like the well, these were places of safety for valuables.

What are the lessons to be learned here? First, treasures can be found anywhere so don't limit your thinking to one or two areas. Second, items were often stored in old chests and trunks so be sure to look in the basements and attics for these and then examine their contents carefully. Third, if it is old it is worth some of your time to check for its value.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

“Perhaps Dolls are It” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog – French – German – American.

What a beautiful Lady - Thanks to collectdolls,

I have to make a confession. Yes, there are still buyers for the best pieces, but even then you have to find them in these markets. In fact, I have what I consider several choice paintings and pieces of pottery that I have offered in the market with no takers. If I can't evaluate items that will sell with my years of experience, I know that it is difficult for the new or beginning dealer. However, this isn't a time to quit, but rather a time to educate ourselves and buy the cream of the crop at below wholesale values. Just like the stock market, the prices of Antiques and Fine Art will rise again. It was only a short period of time ago that people were saying that art was dead, only to see it resurrected and obtaining record prices through the early 2000's.

There is one market, however, that hasn't even looked back and that is the Doll market. The desire for the better French, German and American dolls seems to be unquenchable. With prices for the better dolls starting in the thousands, and reaching the hundred of thousand of dollars, it is no wonder that sophisticated dealers spend time educating themselves in the field of this collectible.

The collectors seem to never tire of adding French dolls to their collections. Here are a few of the French names in dolls: Kestner, Armand Marseille, Simon and Holbig. These name should become household names for you. But not to be outdone, here are the German names to watch for: Bru, Gaultier, Rohm and Huret. Just writing these names make me think of money. We shouldn't forget our Barbies with the 1959 selling at over $20,000. There are also other American dolls that can fetch a pretty penny. But that can't compare with dolls that sell for millions of dollars and there are those.

I know a lady here in Chicago that advertises for dolls in the local paper and this is her specialty. The best I can figure she must doing very well, because at the sales I see her attend there is always a big expensive Mercedes parked near the house and I see her get out of the driver's side. The truth of the matter is that few dealers really know the doll market and this would be one area of collecting that you should consider. Best of all, dolls never seems to decline in value and in fact I saw as I researched for this blog where a mechanized doll was valued over $6,000,000. Where can I find one of those so that I can stop staying up all night writing about them?

The doll market is such that if you find a great one you will never have trouble placing it. I wish it were so with other items that I have accumulated over the last 6 months. Their time will come but not soon enough for me. Like I have told you, my wish is to buy and then as quickly as I can reap my profits, but this market has slowed the pace of that a little. Dolls- Dolls- Dolls, these little ladies won't let you down.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

“It is Great to be Right” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog - Obama


The President is having a rather tough time with his Health Care and Cap & Trade legislation but if you remember I stated that his memorabilia would be prized by the collectors. We now are truly beginning to see what he has in mind for the country and it should be to no one's surprise that some like it and others say he is going to destroy the country. I personally don't agree with his direction for the country because my whole life I have prospered by being a capitalist.

This really has nothing to do, however, with what is going to be a wild ride for anything that bears his name especially if it is signed. In the past I have stated that items pertaining to Barack Obama would be treasured right alongside of Lincoln's and Washington's and I wish to restate this again in this blog. The real money has yet to be made in Obama memorabilia and even though he is having a rough start in his first term, this should only delay for a short time the appreciation that I foresee for his items.

Here are just a few items that I gleaned from eBay: White Sox Jersey signed $3495, Campaign poster $1995, many items from 4-5 hundred dollars, Obama State Senator 1996 Celluloid pinback $2738.88, The book “Dreams of our Fathers” advance reader's copy $2000, the book “ The Audacity of Hope” $1075 and last but not least Obama's etopps card $787. With figures like this already, can you imagine what we will be seeing in a few years?

Like I said this is just beginning and each of you should be souring the second hands shops, flea markets and garage sales for any item featuring Obama. Remember there are ways to get items signed. If you are fortunate enough to be at an event where he appears, try to get something with his signature or in the special circumstance that you get to meet him, have something signed even if it is just a flier from the event. This will be an opportunity that only comes around maybe once every fifty years so be sure that you take advantage of it.

Please let me know if any of you were able to pick up items that featured Obama before he was elected. I will share your good fortune with the rest of our readers.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

“Back to the Past” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog - Anything for a '53 Olds Super 88

My Dream Car

I was riding around looking at all the cars that gather in Gatlinburg for the car show on the 4th of July and what did appear to my wandering eyes but a 1953 Olds Super 88. Why do I mention this in a blog I am sure you're asking? This was the first car my parents owned and I was twelve years old at the time. This could have been a Rolls Royce as far as I was concerned. You see I was brought up in a poor neighborhood where few owned cars and if they did own one it would have been used. I would give anything to own that car again, robin's egg blue and fast as a bullet. You see my parents didn't know it but as soon as I received my license I raced everything in sight.

Here we go again you are saying to yourself not know where this blog will go. Well, just think of a car that has meant something to you through the years. What would you pay to own it again? With the prices as they are today, it may be out of most people's reach to purchase the cars of their dreams but this is where models and toy cars come in to play. There are models that can be purchased for a few dollars or ones that command prices in the thousands. I know there is a market willing to pay whatever it takes to recapture the excitement of their old cars even if it is only by buying a model. Yes, if you find a “53 Olds model please call me.

I just received an auction flier from one of our members that contained perhaps 50 automobile models and my recommendation was for him to buy them all if the price was right. Most of these models were still in the original boxes which even made them more desirable. Whether you find the 24 inch models or the hot wheels, there is money to be make dealing in them. Yes the VW bus with a surf board on top did sell for over $18,000 dollars while I have seen large models approach the $100,000 mark. Whether it is plastic, tin or cast iron makes little difference if it is the right model.

I have shared with you how I missed out on owning a Edsel Convertible so that is definitely a car that holds interest for me and if I ran across the model of this car I am sure that I would pay a premium for it. However, when I was in high school I attended the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg car sale in Auburn, Indiana and a gentleman from St. Louis offered me a Cord with the rumble seat for $1800. I just wonder what it would be worth today?

I may, like most people, never have a car collection like Jay Leno's but I still can have a collection of models that I can set around and look at while dreaming of how things could have been. You can make yourself a lot of money with models of cars from the past.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

“The Right Spot” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog – Cecil was there.

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Yes I have shared with you that if you are at home there will be a great chance of missing treasures that others find. I have found items that have brought me thousands of dollars by going where I thought nothing would be found. If you have a couple of hours, visit the re-sale shops, second hand stores, malls, antique shops and pawn shops. The first question that I ask as I enter one of these establishments is, "Do you have anything that I can't afford?" This usually gets a laugh and the relationship starts out on the right foot.

Two days ago Cecil Roeder my friend from Kentucky called and shared this exciting story with me. He had nothing to do so on the spur of the moment he headed to the mall where he has a booth. As you know I am not a big fan of setting up at malls but after hearing this it may change my mind, although I doubt it. When he arrived there was quite a commotion around one of the booths so he ventured over to see what was happening. Two individuals already had several pieces of Carnival Glass in their hands but there were still perhaps 30 pieces still on display. In fact, the owner was still unwrapping more pieces as he watched. Cecil immediately began to inspect what was left and eventually purchased maybe 10 pieces. It was evident from the descriptions of the pieces that he purchased that they had come from a serious collection of Carnival. How do I know that? Because they were all in special colors like ice green, ice blue, green and blue. Some were electric iridescent which increases the value tremendously. Also there were several plates, which are my favorite pieces of Carnival Glass.

Yes Cecil again hit the Jackpot but it was because he was out looking. His month and perhaps several months are made now and whatever he does for the rest of the month is just gravy. I have written many stories about Cecil but I think you know why and that is because he is successful and follows the rules that we have set out in the Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Club. There is another part of this story, however, and it has to do with the early bird gets the worm.

Yes Cecil did hit a home run but remember earlier when I said there were two others that got to the booth first. Well there was one of them holding a plate in a pastel shade with one of the most popular patterns in its design. Cecil said that he was sure that the purchase price was in the hundreds not thousands of dollars. After doing the research he found that it was a $10,000 plate or more. In this case the largest worm had already been harvested but guess what, I assure you that Cecil wasn't shedding any tears.

Isn't it strange how those old sayings that we have heard all our lives seem to be so true? I hope that we have nothing but early birds in our club.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

“Let's Talk About Fish” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog – Your Future

Make Them Think Your Big - Thanks to

I hope that these little pearls of wisdom will keep you on the right track. When I was younger my father would share these little sayings with me and to tell you the truth they didn't mean much to me until later in my life. Perhaps you need some encouragement now and these will help.

As you know I am an avid fisherman so we will start with a fish story. You have heard all your life that you can be a big fish in a small pond but have you ever really thought about that saying? All it means is that yes, you may start at the top but this only gives the other fish the opportunity to grow and catch you so then you will no longer be the big fish but only another member of a group in the pond. The other half of this story is you may be a small fish in a big pond. This indicates that there are larger fish in your pond. What are you supposed to come away from this story with? If you are lucky enough not to be eaten then you may someday become a big fish but, guess what? You will also still be in a big pond.

I have analyzed these two sayings and my conclusion is that I still want to be the small fish with unlimited possibilities to reach the top. Yes, there may be sharks out there to get you but if by your craftiness you avoid them, your goals and ambitions will be achieved, My father said it another way, “One of the secrets to success is to hang out with the successful people in the industry that you had chosen for yourself." I have to agree with him because you see he was my father and a very wise man.

Another pearl is one that I have shared with you before. The biggest deterrents to your success are your friends and family. Yes, they both love you but your friends are afraid that if you are extremely successful you will stop being their friend and your family is afraid that if you step out of your comfort zone you will be hurt. Because of these factors it is your responsibility to assure not only your family but also your friends that by doing nothing, failure is guaranteed.

I believe that I have very few readers that have achieved everything in life that they want to accomplish. So by working together perhaps we can make those dreams come true. In this business to be truly successful you have to find a few people that you trust. In Church we call this the cord of the triple strands. One strand by itself can be easily broken but a triple strand is stronger than many strands by themselves. So you must be asking what can these other people do for me because they may be competition, right? No, they are the ones that will encourage you when you want to quit or give you the right advice right before you make a mistake. They are the ones that want to accompany you to a sale when everything in your body says don't go, or they may partner up with you on a purchase because they know you need for something good to happen in your life. God didn't create us to go it alone.

I am going to end with a little poem called "Don't Quit".

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
- Author unknown

My mother had this framed and sent it to me when I was going through some difficult times. If you ever need it be sure it is close at hand.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

“Reedy, But Which One? “ - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog – J. Loren not Leonard Howard.

J. Loren Reedy

I know today I was supposed to share some pearls of wisdom with you but that will have to stew for a day. The reason for changing my mind is because I met an exceptional artist and wanted to share him with you while my memory is fresh, you know how that is.

My love of art is growing everyday and when I think back just a few years I barely knew who Picasso was. But it was during those early days that I began appreciating Western Art as my family returned to a ranch in Wyoming over and over and I visited the art galleries around that area. To my surprise I encountered the work of Leonard Howard Reedy, a Chicago artist, and over the years I have bought and sold many of his paintings, mainly water colors. His best pieces are of Indians, Cowboys and Stage Coaches. However this isn't the Reedy that I would like to discuss with you today. This artist name is J. Loren Reedy and he is also from Chicago.

Let me tell you how Mr. Reedy and I got to know one another. I had just completed having work done on one of our bathrooms and we needed accessories for it so off to the “Bed Bath and Beyond” we went. As we entered the parking lot of the mall, I noticed that there was an art fair going on and this gave me the excuse that I needed to not go shopping which is my least favorite thing to do. Pretending that I really had interest in the show, I asked Vickie if it would be okay for me to browse around. Her answer was "sure" but I could see in her eyes that she was saying to herself "He has done it again", and she would have been right. I really had very little interest in the booths but it was better than shopping.

This is when things began to change because the first booth that I approached stopped me in my tracks. Usually I have very little interest in contemporary art, but when my eyes landed on several paintings by Mr. J. Loren Reedy, I knew that I had to talk with him. That didn't take long because I thought that the gentleman with the badge must be him. My instincts were right and we immediately struck up a conversation like we had know each other for years.

One of his first questions was “What do you think?” Since I have complemented few contemporary artists and usually sidestep this question, I surprised myself by telling Mr. Reedy how much I liked his work. The colors and composition of several of his pieces really caught my eye. Even though there was an impressionist look to his canvasses, there was also a quality of realism. I wasn't as impressed with his figures as I was with his landscapes and still life's because the landscapes and still life's seemed to really flow, while some of his figures seemed to me as if they were painted while he was looking through someone Else's eyes. That is what makes art so wonderful. Everyone has a different opinion but in my case I try to be truthful to my opinion. I believe that in the future you will be hearing great things about J. Loren Reedy and if you have the chance to purchase his work now you may be well rewarded in the future. In fact Mr. Reedy's work should be among your artists to watch and he would love to talk to you about selling his paintings.

I would encourage you to go to his website “” and if you like what you see, give him a ring at 773-404-0584. I can promise you that some of my clients will have their walls adorned with select pieces of this gentleman's art.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

“Lots to Learn” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog – Don't get in a Hurry.

Working Together

Yesterday's Blog must have struck a cord with many of the readers because of the questions I received. The question that I will try to answer first is how did you know the paintings were fakes? This requires more than just a casual answer because of the numerous components that have to go into the answer. But if you will be patient, my now favorite word, I will give it my best college try.

Over the years, I have viewed as many painting as has been possible and this included visits to museums, studying sales catalogs, visiting art galleries and previewing thousands of auctions, not to leave out the many hours I have spent on the computer at sites like eBay and others. Once I have done the research I try to group artists by Western, Midwest, Eastern and this gives me a focal point to work from. By keeping a visual image of as many artists works as I can in my head often I simply can say that piece isn't by the artist it is represented to be, the quality isn't there. If I am not totally sure ,then I run through the steps that will give me confidence in reaching this conclusion.

The first step I use to authenticate a painting is checking to see if the signature is right and if the subject matter of the painting is something I have seen this artist do in other paintings I have viewed. Next, I find a painting listed somewhere like Askart, Artprice or Artnet to compare it with. By this time I should begin to form an opinion but even then I may pass it by another person that I respect for their opinion. I am always aware that there are special situations and I have told many people to seek another person to view the painting to confirm my appraisal.

One of the greatest advantages of being a member of the Daryle Lambert Antiques and Collectibles Club is that I will assist you until we both are satisfied with our conclusions. All the resources necessary in the process of analyzing a painting is available to you through the Club. In five minutes,I should be able to set you on the right course as to what you have or something you may want to purchase.

If you have further questions please call or email me and I promise to take the time to answer your questions. If by any chance you don't get a reply please re-ask your question because some of my emails end up in my spam file. There isn't anything better for an art dealer than the number of paintings he previews. By seeing more and more paintings, we in the business say you develop an eye and I have never found a person that could totally describe this but once it is obtained you will know it.

Yesterday, I had a wonderful conversation with a young man,Stephen, that I am certain will be a great success story in this business in the near future. During the time we spent talking many keys to success were discussed and the next blog I write will contain some of these.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

“No Patience Hurts” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog- Lesson Learned.

Joe Beeler Painting - Thanks to

A couple of days ago I shared with the readers that I had exercised patience by not buying a damaged and repaired piece of pottery. I was proud of my ability to resist the temptation to try and squeeze a profit out of what was a sure loser. Hopefully this will be the tract that I follow in the future but it may take a little teaching to get everyone on board with this philosophy.

I met a young man at my home yesterday who wanted me to look at several pieces of art that he had purchased on eBay. I walked out to his car and in the trunk were perhaps half a dozen paintings. With the speed that can only be related to Superman I looked at each one and passed on to the gentleman that they were all fakes. I could see the disappointment in his eyes but I assured him that he was very lucky because it could have been much, much worse. We then returned to my office where I got the whole story. He had been buying these pieces on eBay to replace pieces that had been in his family. That was when I told him that in my opinion 50% of the paintings listed on eBay are fakes. He then pulled out of his briefcase some watercolors by well known western artists such as Beeler, Wieghorst and several others that he had purchased from a lady who said they were her father's collection and the real thing. Guess what? They weren't and they couldn't even pass for real with my 10 year old son. I believe that this gentleman will some day become a very serious collector. We shared perhaps a couple of hours together. I told him it was time to slow down and if he purchased one good piece a year he would soon have a fabulous collection. He thanked me and I am sure that we will stay in touch over the years.

He is a businessman so I asked him if the prices from his vendors for a product came in at $1000 at the lowest and $1500 at the highest but on the last day a vendor entered his office and said I can sell you that product for $100, what would you do? “I would kick him out of my office” he said. “Then why did you buy art that should have cost you $25,000 to $125,000 for $500? Isn't it the same situation?”

Remember mistakes can be made by dealers if the items they are selling aren't easy to research but if the items are available to everyone I doubt they will make many mistakes. Fakes survive because of people thinking that they have found something no one else knows. But if you take the time to become knowledgeable, fakes will never dent your armor. Here is the most amazing thing about this story. The gentleman had taken several of these paintings to an Antique Road Show and he had been assured that some were real. Unfortunately the person stating that these paintings were real must have been talking outside of his or her expertise. This is why it is often advisable to get a second opinion. If a doctor told me I had an incurable disease I can assure you I would get that second opinion.

Time, research and patience will be necessary for you to become the professional that you wish to be in the Fine Art and Antique business.

P.S. When you come into contact with someone selling fakes as originals turn them in for the good of all of us.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

“When Is a Signature Valuable?” - Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Blog – When it is Picasso's.

Picasso Print - Thanks to

Many times I have stated that the original works of an artist are what we as members of the Daryle Lambert Antique and Collectible Club wish to deal in but there are always exceptions. One of the rule breaking items would be anything that bears the original signature of Pablo Ruiz Picasso.

Because Picasso is so well known often people assume that any print or etching that is signed with his name is a fake or copy. This doesn't necessarily have to be true and I personally have owned a piece that was an original print signed by him that I bought as if it were a fake. It wasn't a million dollar piece but if I have been in our “Million Dollar Race“ back then I would have taken several steps forward. If you become a member of our Club you will understand the reference to the Race.

Yes there are thousands of fakes and fake signatures on the market bearing Picasso's signature but don't forget this is what gives us the advantage over others. We do our research before we purchase. There are books on the genuine prints and they can be found and purchased on Abe Books and Amazon. A supposed copy that proves to be the real thing can bring a huge smile to your face. I know that most of you have heard this before but it reminds me of when my friend Jim purchased what most thought was a print for $40 and soon sold it for over $22,000 because he knew it was the real thing.

Let's examine a few of Picasso's prints from Art Price. First let me tell you that most real prints bearing Picasso's signature will bring at least $1000 and most of them will fall into the $3000 to $8000 dollar range. Now for the names and descriptions of a few prints, Sans tite $2500 July 12, 2009, Tete de faune 1966 $10,000, Le crane de chevre 1952 $8000. Have I got your mouth watering yet? Well I am just beginning, so now to the big boys: Taune devorlant une femme de la Suite 1936 $42,252 and last but not least Buste de femme an chapeau a Pompons et au Corsage imprime 1962 $207,639. I hope that I spelled at least half of these correctly.

There are pages and pages of sales records and almost any of them would make me happy if I owned them. But being able to identify the real items is a must so do your research.

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