Question: I have a Campbell's Soup standing ashtray in excellent condition. How can I find out what it's worth?
-Doris Dyas, Maquoketa, IowaQuestion: For 15 years I've been collecting round glass ball ornaments put out by Campbell's Soup which depict various Christmas scenes. Last Christmas, my 1992 ornament accidentally dropped and broke. Where can I possibly find another to replace it?
-Despo Mac Neill, Malone, N.Y.
Answer: To check out or request Campbell Soup items, write The Soup Collector Club (for Campbell Soup Collectors) c/o David and Micki Young, 414 Country Lane Court, Wauconda, IL 60084. Enclose a description of what you have, seek or want to sell and a long self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply or a club membership application. You also can phone or fax them at 847-487-4917.
Or, send $20 for annual dues and six newsletters; make checks payable to David or Micki Young.
Question: My husband and I have inherited a travel trailer and would like to get some idea of its value. It is a 1936 Travel Coach manufactured in Huntington, Long Island, and has been kept in a barn since 1939. It measures approximately 18 feet in length, is constructed of wood and covered with leather and is in very good condition. Who can tell us what it's worth?
-Ken and Mary Valentine,
Answer: Write the Antique Trailer Coach Club of America, 7244 Mohawk Drive, Tribes Hill, NY 12177, and the Classic Trailer & Motorhome Club c/o Todd and Kristin Kimmel, P.O. Box 43737, Philadelphia, PA 19106-7737; enclose a long self-addressed stamped envelope for each to receive a reply, and/or membership information.
Question: We have an extensive collection of Sarah Coventry jewelry from the "home party" era of the '50s and '60s and would like to know if there is any literature on the subject?
-Marian Buckman, Milton, Fla.
Answer: An excellent book that includes information on the Sarah Coventry company and its home parties is "Costume Jewelry - A Practical Handbook & Value Guide," by Fred Rezazadeh (Collector Books; 502-898-6211). It is available for $26.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
Speaking of jewelry, the International Gem & Jewelry Show is May 22-24 at the Rosemont Convention Center (Hall A) at 5555 N. River Road in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago.
Question: I've inherited a large collection of popular records which date back to the early 1950s and beyond, and for which I've been offered a substantial sum. Although I'm tempted, I don't want to make a hasty decision and would like to know if there's a price guide listing current values for such records I could first check out?
-Anne S., Albany, N.Y.
Answer: Better be smart than sorry as some old popular records can be worth hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Such records can be found listed, described, and priced in the new 1998 edition of "Rockin' Records - Buyers Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide," by Jerry Osborne (ATB; 757-446-4657). It is available for $47.95 postpaid with packing, from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
Question: Is there a book available that lists old hardcover books and their values?
Answer: The 1998 10th edition of "Huxford's Old Book Value Guide," by Bob and Sharon Hux-ford (Collector Books; 502-898-6211) lists nearly 25,000 books with their current values, buyers and the specific books they're searching for, and book dealers. It is available for $21.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.