Question: Where can I find information on, and the value of, a service-for-four set of Fiesta dinnerware given to me in 1937, consisting of dinner and salad plates, cups and saucers, a 12-inch round serving plate, salt and pepper set, creamer and sugar bowl? Local dealers I've asked, quote 'vague' prices for such pieces, but what I'd really like is a 'specific' estimate of their worth. I also have 11 Hummel plates dating from 1976 to 1986 that I'd like to know the value of since I'll be giving up my home in the near future.
-Esther Boxwell, Anamosa, IAAnswer: According to the "1998 Collector's Price Guide to Limited Edition Collectibles" edited by Mary Sieber (KP; 715-445-2214), available for $21.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659, your annual Hummel plates are listed as being worth $50 for 1976; $52.50 for 1977; $65 for 1978; $90 for 1979; $100 each for the 1980, '81, and '82 editions; $108 for the '83 and '84 editions; $110 for 1985; and $125 for the 1986 edition. Keep in mind that such market prices may differ from one geographic region to another, the condition of the plates and other factors.
Everything you want to know about Fiesta, including up-to-date values for every piece in every color made (including those you have), can be found in the 1998 "Collector's Encyclopedia of Fiesta - Plus Harlequin, Riviera, and Kitchen Kraft - Eighth Edition," by Bob & Sharon Huxford (CB; 502-898-6211). The book is available for $22.95 postpaid with packing from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
The book also pictures and prices Fiesta Ironstone, Fiesta Kitchen Kraft, Fiesta Casuals and Fiesta with stripes and/or decals, and includes values for the first five editions of the Encyclopedia ranging in price from $150 to $200 for the first, $85 to $100 the second, $65 to $75 the third, $40 to $50 the fourth, and $25 to $30 for the fifth depending on their condition. As the years go by, the 6th, 7th, and new 8th editions will also be worth more than their original cost.
Question: Where can I find information on, and examples of, old jukeboxes dating from 1930 to 1940?
Answer: Good books which picture, price, and describe jukeboxes from all years with their history, includes the "American Premium Price Guide to Jukeboxes and Slot Machines - Identification and Value Guide, 3rd Edition" by Jerry Ayliffe (KP; 715-445-2214), for $18.20 postpaid, and "Collector's Guide to Vintage Coin Machines - With Price Guide," by Richard M. Bueschel (Schiffer; 610-593-1777) for $43.95 postpaid, both available from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
Question: I have 19 eight-track-tapes (I no longer want) which includes Jim Croce's "Greatest Hits" and other great popular music. Is there anyone I can contact who may want them, or should I just throw them out?
-Marleena Streeval, Liberty, KY
Answer: Perish the thought! Instead, write Steve Tkacs, 241 Main St., East Greenwich, RI 02818 or phone him at 401-884-8668 regarding any and all unwanted used 8-track tapes he takes for free to give to classic car owners at "cruise night" meets. Steve sends a token of appreciation to anyone who sends him free 8-track used tapes but will pay for sealed, never-opened 8-track tapes he wants, should you care to call or send him a description.
Question: I have some 40-year-old childrens hankerchiefs picturing Donald Duck. Are they of interest to collectors, and if so, how can I find out what they may be worth?
-Helga Grigsley, Lexington, Ky.
Answer: Check out "Children's Handkerchiefs - A Two Hundred Year History - With Value Guide," a beautiful work by J.J. Murphy (Schiffer; 610-593-1777). It is available $43.90 postpaid from the author J.J. Murphy (who buys 19th-century printed children's kerchiefs and bandanas in fine condition), 920 Emerald St., Madison, WI 53715-1614, or phone him at 608-257-3855 regarding the value of your kerchiefs.
Incidentally, Carmen Hughes of Hamburg, N.Y., who collects mens hankerchiefs, bandanas, and silk bandanas and silk scarves wants to know of others who collect any such items should they care to write him in care of Anita Gold's column, to be put in touch.
Question: Is there now, or do you expect there ever will be, a market for Melmac dinnerware dating from the 1950s?
-C.A. Bennett, M.D.,
Answer: There certainly is a market for Melmac, which is pictured in color and priced along with melamine and all other types of such plastic dishware, in "Everyday Elegance: 1950s Plastics Design - With Price Guide" by Holly Wahlberg (Schiffer; 610-593-1777). The book is available for $23.90 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.