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THE JOKE AND SCAM THAT IS PSA SPORTS CARD GRADING

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  What a concept. Give a baseball card a grade from 1-10. Encapsulate the card, protecting it from harm. Then, when selling the card to someone across the country, they will have confidence that the card is of a certifiable condition. Right? Well.....maybe...and many times not. Below, I give you two examples of the same card, a 1971 Topps High Number, Lee Maye. Now, this card is a little tougher to find in great condition than some of the other high numbers. Both cards are graded NM-MT 8. Yet, in my humble opionion, there is an entire grade that separates the two. The top one appears to have  a fair amount of "chipping" along the black border for a card that is an 8. It has a definate "touch" to the upper right corner and it's other corners are not black. More disturbing, there is a printer's line or two or scratches that show through his hat into his face on the left side of his head. These are visually distracting to the card. I will even give the benefit

SHAWNEE POTTERY FLARED SWIRL VASE

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I grabbed this vase at a yard sale for $1, it matches our McCoys very well, just slightly darker on the teal color, plus it ONLY has the USA marker, which I know many companies did during WWI, any help with identification would be helpful! This was made by Shawnee Pottery in the 1940's-1950's. 

FLEISCHER-SMITH - CALIFORNIA POTTERY

  We found this Bassett Hound ceramic pottery bank that is marked "Fleischer-Smith USA CAL (copyright symbol) 59" It is a cute little guy with the coin slot in the mouth. We cannot find any information on this company/pottery. 

New York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association Ribbon

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Hello, I have an award ribbon from Madison Square Garden from 1909-1910, 21st Annual Exhibition.  I do not know what the competition is from.  I tried to do some online research but could not find anything.  It might be from a farming, cattle, livestock competition, or maybe a Boy Scouts thing but I have no idea. Your ribbon is from the 21st annual exhibition of the New York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association. 

BRUSH POTTERY PLANTER

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Hello! I stumbled across your website while trying to find information on these two pieces that I found today. Any help that you can offer would be greatly appreciated thank you so much! Your little planters were introduced in 1948 by Brush Pottery. Some people, incorrectly, identify them as Brush-McCoy. Brush-McCoy Pottery existed from 1911-1925. Brush Pottery produced many pieces that were similar to McCoy Pottery and because of their past partnership, people tend to group Brush wares with McCoy. 

VILLEROY & BOCH - VIKING PATTERN CATALOG

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Villeroy and Boch released the fish pattern called Viking around the early 1970's. The pattern was designed by Christine Reuter who joined  Villeroy and Boch as a designer in the late 1960's.  This catalog shows all the pieces available in the Viking Pattern.  Oval Casserole            4 1/4 Pint Oval Roast Dish          14" Casserole                     3 Pint Oval Flat Plate             14 1/4"  Tureen                          4 Pint  (2) Pickle Dishes         10 1/4" , 8 3/4" Gratin Dish                   9 1/2" Sauce Bowl                  3/4" Pint Salad Bowl                   9 1/4"  Egg Plate                      8 1/4" 6 Ramikins on Stand   1/4 Pint Casserole Stand           6" x 6"  Casserole w/Handle     2 5/8 Pint Frying Pan                     8" (6) Flat Plates                9 1/4" (6) Dessert Plates         7 1/2" (6) Cups and Saucers   2/5 P

SHAWNEE POTTERY GNOMES and LOG PLANTER

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Hello! I have two pieces, one marked and one unmarked, that I am curious about. Can you tell me anything about them? The Gnome planter was made by Shawnee Pottery.