Collection of rare triangular stamps set to fetch thousands at South African auction

Collection of rare triangular stamps set to fetch thousands at South African auction.

Collection of rare triangular stamps set to fetch thousands at South African auction.

A horde of rare triangular stamps which were among the first ever printed in South Africa are set to fetch tens of thousands of pounds at auction.

The stamps, made by London printers Perkins, Bacon & Co. in 1853, were produced in their unusual shape so illiterate workers could distinguish domestic from international mail.
Among the designs is a depiction of a reclined Lady of Good Hope – a fictional female figure who has a similar place in South African society as that occupied by the Statue of Liberty in America.
“That was our first stamp ever,” said Savo Tufegdzic, head of the stamp and coins department at Stephan Welz & Co, fine art auctioneers in Johannesburg.

The triangular stamps were used until 1864, after which square stamps were adopted.
Tufegdzic, who is overseeing the auction on Wednesday, said he expected to see people bidding on the stamps from all over the world. He has hopes of fetching over 800,000 rand (£45,158) for one lot of the scarce stamps.

“South Africa in comparison has a very small market, if you look at Europe, China, U.S. and Canada, they’re huge markets around the world,” he said. “Now people collect stamps just like art and gold, it’s an investment.”

Collectors scramble for world’s oldest egg

Expert Errol Fuller holds the egg of the extinct elephant bird, which will go to auction in November

Expert Errol Fuller holds the egg of the extinct elephant bird, which will go to auction in November

THE WORLD’S oldest egg is going up for auction. The extremely rare egg of the extinct elephant bird is expected to raise about £50,000 when it is auctioned at a sale of specialist natural history collectables in Billingshurst later this year. The giant egg, which is as big as 100 hens’ eggs and bigger than seven ostrich eggs, is one of only a handful of undamaged eggs left by the huge birds, which were native to Madagascar.

Summers Place Auctions is expecting the lot to be a cracker, as the egg is thought to be the only one in the world up for private sale.

Curator Errol Fuller, who has written several books on rare extinct birds and is an expert in the field, is particularly egg-cited about the sale.

He said: “The egg of one of these birds is simply a miracle. It’s over a foot in length. “There are probably only about 60 or 70 in existence in the world and almost all of them are owned by museums. “To see one up for private sale is very rare. It is the largest egg ever known – bigger than any known dinosaur egg.

Convention Brings Comics, Celebrities, Costumes to Houston Labor Day weekend Amazing Houston Comic Con brings Legendary Comic Book Artist JIM LEE to George R. Brown Convention Center

August 29-­‐31 HOUSTON, TX. – Thousands of comic book fans will descend upon Houston later this month for the inaugural Amazing Houston Comic Convention – an event that will bring the creators of many of this year’s blockbuster movies together under one roof, headlined by the best-­‐selling comic artist of all time, Jim Lee. The convention will take place at George R. Brown Convention Center August 29-­‐31, and will feature a show floor packed with more than 100 exhibitors, an exciting artist alley with more than 200 artists, and autograph sessions, which will give fans access to some of their favorite comic book creators.

Weekend passes are $60, Saturday passes are $35, and Friday-­‐ or Sunday-­‐only passes are $25. VIP tickets range from $150-­‐$200. Tickets are available at the door or online. Ticket information, VIP upgrades, and regular event updates are available at “We are thrilled to bring our creative and exciting programming to Houston this summer, and know it will be an unforgettable event,” said Jimmy Jay, co-­‐owner of Jay Company Comics and promoter of Amazing Houston Comic Con. “We are thrilled to bring the ‘architects of pop culture’ together, which means that fans will be able to meet the creators of their favorite comics-­‐turned-­‐movie-­‐blockbusters in one weekend.”

Some of these guests include:

• Jim Lee – co-­‐publisher of DC Entertainment. Lee is one of the most revered and respected artists in all of American comics. His work on Marvel Comics’ legend X-­‐Men continues to hold the all-­‐time sales record for single-­‐issue sales at an incredible 8 million copies sold in one month. Jim Lee had popular runs on Batman, Superman and Justice League

• Rob Liefeld – creator of DEADPOOL, the most popular character in the Marvel Universe, and X-­‐Men mainstays Cable, Domino, Shatterstar and X-­‐Force

• Len Wein – creator of Wolverine and the X-­‐Men, popularized by this summer’s big film from FOX • Herb Trimpe – one of Marvel Comics’ most prolific creators, the man behind Wolverine, GI Joe, Godzilla, Rocket Raccoon, Indiana Jones and Transformers The event’s guest list is indeed one of the best of any comic convention in the west, sure to thrill the most die-­‐ hard comic book fans. But the weekend also offers entertainment for the general public, including:

• Costume Contest Saturday night – from Star Wars troopers to Captain America and other superheroes, ComicCon offers fantastic visuals from spirited costumed groups • Kids’ Day Sunday featuring Mat Nastos – a veteran of animation with credits on Disney Channel and more. Kids’ Day will feature a kids’ costume contest and parade, with all participants receiving a special prize, and Nastos will do free sketches for kids 10 and under that day.

• Giant video game arena with fan-­‐favorite games including Call of Duty, Super Mario Bros, Street Fighter and more.

• Stars of the SyFy Channel’s FACE/OFF will demo special effects makeup live, including fan favorites Alan Rose and current season’s Keaghlan Ashley

• Jordan Hembrough, better known as the Toy Hunter from The Travel Channel, will meet and greet fans and tell them how much their vintage toys are worth

• “Cosplay Family Feud” – this cosplay version of the popular game show will celebrate all of the great costumes at ComicCon, with great prizes for not only participants, but the audience as well.

About Amazing Houston Comic Con: The Amazing Houston Comic Con is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comic books. Hosted by family-­‐owned Jay Company Comics, one of the largest comic book dealerships in the country, the event will bring the best of popular culture to Houston. The inaugural event will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Tex., August 29-­‐31, 2014. The event will feature a show floor packed with more than 100 exhibitors, an exciting artist alley featuring more than 200 artists, and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Amazing Houston Comic Con LINKS: Web: FB: Twitter: @amazingcomiccon ###

Ouija Board Collector Ends Family Feud

Who would have ever thought that collecting Ouija Boards could lead to the resolution of a century old family feud? Probably no one, especially the man who actually did it. Robert Murch is the guest on the Collectors Show this week, and his

Robert Murch is the world's leading authority on Ouija Boards.

Robert Murch is the world’s leading authority on Ouija Boards.

collecting has taken him places where few will ever go or be taken.

Robert Murch is the world’s foremost collector, historian, and expert on OuijaÒ and talking boards. His bizarre relationship with Ouija began after watching the movie Witchboard in 1986, a century after the talking board made its debut. Murch purchased his first antique Ouija board in 1992, and became obsessed with unraveling the mystery of its origins. Since then he’s devoted his life to researching the history of the Ouija board and its founders, with Murch often traveling the world to track down descendants of all those involved with the introduction of the Mystifying Oracle.

Murch showcases his research and knowledge on his websites and the, which together provide the most in-depth Ouija history sites ever created. Murch often collaborates with Hasbro (producers of the Ouija board today) and on various films, including Ouija, What Lies Beneath, Sugar & Spice, and Drive-Thru. He has also consulted on or appeared in numerous TV programs featuring Ouija, including 30 Odd Minutes, TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, A&E’s Storage Wars and Paranormal State, Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum and Ghost Adventures, Showtime’s Bullshit!, Smithsonian Channel’s Millionaire Made Here, HGTV’s Who’s Lived in my House?, and CBS Sunday Morning. The Smithsonian Magazine consulted Bob for a popular article on Ouija boards and featured him and his research on the topic.

Murch is an accomplished international lecturer, speaking at museums and conferences around the world. He is currently collaborating with Brandon Hodge to create the definitive history of spirit communication devices and serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Talking Board Historical Society Inc., which he founded.

But if you want to know how he ended this family feud, you will have to listen to The Collectors Show on Web Talk Radio ( or iTunes.

How To Turn Your Collection Into A Business

Brian Semling of Brian's Toys took his Star Wars collecting hobby and turned it into a successful business.

Brian Semling of Brian’s Toys took his Star Wars collecting hobby and turned it into a successful business.

How many people started a collection based on a nice childhood memory? How many turned that collection into a $5 million per year business? If you guessed Brian Semling who is the owner of “Brian’s Toys”, you were correct in both instances. Brian is also the guest this week on The Collectors Show with Harold Nicoll. The Collectors Show can be heard on Web Talk Radio ( or iTunes. Lots of people think about turning a hobby into a business, but Brian actually did it and at a very young age.

From Movies To Collecting

Brian Semling who is 37 years old, was born too late to experience the first three Star Wars movies in theaters. So it was during a visit to a friends’ house to watch “Return of the Jedi” and a look at his buddy’s impressive “Masters of the Universe” collection that he connected some dots from his early childhood. As he discusses with host Nicoll, his earliest memories of Star Wars were much earlier. He had owned Star Wars toys and Halloween costumes as a youngster but had sold those items at a garage sale. Seeing his friend’s collection, he then wanted them back. So he started his quest to recapture those remembrances of childhood and did so, very successfully.

From Collector To Business Owner

Semling’s collecting was so successful that later in high school he started his own mail order business from his parent’s home. Business was good. So good in fact that Semling dropped out of MIT to run his business full time. “I thought that took a lot of courage,” said Harold Nicoll, host of The Collectors Show. “Degrees from a prestigious school like MIT do not grow on trees. What Brian did took guts. I wonder how many of us have that kind of confidence in ourselves and in our futures to do what he did?”

In the time since high school, Brian transformed his hobby into a successful family business. He has expanded his enterprise to include more than Star Wars and now deals in other vintage and in some cases new toys that include G.I. Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe and other Comic Book, TV and movie themed action figures. He has customers in all 50 states and 100 countries.

The Future

Brian tells host Nicoll about an App he is designing that will allow collectors the opportunity to scan a barcode on one of their toys and receive a report on it. This replaces cumbersome Excel spreadsheets and bound price guides.

And if you are concerned that he sacrificed his education, fear not. Brian did finish college at Winnona State University in Minnesota with a degree in history.


Mezko Announces New Collectible Frankenstein For New York Comic Con 2014

The Son of Frankenstein figure from Mezko will be available exclusively to attendees at the New York Comic Con.

Lines of toys and action figures made exclusively for trade events like Comic Con are popular with collectors. At the summer Comic Con in San Diego, there were reports of attendees buying these figures and selling them on ebay to pay for their trip to Comic Con. Now comes Mezko, generating early buzz for Comic Con in New York this coming October. Mezko Toys announced they will sell an exclusive Son of Frankenstein Figure available at the New York Comic Con this coming October.

Fans that are attending the show this fall (October 9-12) will have the chance to purchase this 9-inch tall Son of Frankenstein figure in his attire from the classic 1939 film. He boasts 10 points of articulation and is going to be covered with scars from his assembly. Frankenstein comes dressed in a genuine simulated fur tunic with cloth sleeves, complete with booth allowing him to tower over the rest of your action figures.

There are only going to be 500 pieces of the exclusive Son of Frankenstein figure made, so if you want one head directly to the Mezco Toyz booth at New York Comic-Con. A select number of the figures are going to be made available on the Mezco Toyz website to non-attendees beginning August 22nd, 2014.

Life-size Han Solo In Carbonite Could Be Yours

A frozen nerd herder like this one is over 7 feet tall and and costs $7,000.00

A frozen nerd herder like this one is over 7 feet tall and and costs $7,000.00

Sideshow Collectables and Empire Magazine are giving you the chance to adorn your living room with a certain carbon frozen scruffy looking nerf herder. The best bit is you don’t even need to hand your creds over to Fett to get this prized piece in your Star Wars collection.

They’re giving you the chance to win a life-size Han Solo in Carbonite, along with some other cool looking prizes, in what they’re billing as The Biggest Giveaway In The Galaxy! Quite literally – this magnificent replica comes in at seven-and-a-half foot tall and is worth a cool $7000.

If you’d like to check out Jabba’s most sought-after trophy in all its glory then head on over to Sideshow, but make sure to enter the competition quick as entries close today, 15th August at 11:59pm PT.