Q: I have a mustache cup that I purchased at a flea market. I paid $10 and think it could be worth much more. -Susan, Metarie, LA
A: Maybe and maybe not. It depends on who made the mustache cup, when, and its design. Victorian-era mustache cups are always in higher demand than those made during the 1970’s and 80’s.
Q: I have several paperback novels from the late 1940s and early 50’s that I think might be worth a little money. They belonged to an uncle who took meticulous care of his property. How can I find out current values? – Steve, Ramona, CA
A: One of the better references is “The Antique Trader Collectible Paperback Price Guide” by Gary Lovisi (Krause, $19.99). This book proves that you can, indeed, sometimes judge a book by its cover.
Q: I recently found an “Uncle Wiggily Water Color Box,” with 16 little vats of colors and a brush, all contained in a metal box. On the lid is Uncle Wiggily in full color. Do you have any idea of its value. I don’t think the set was ever used. -Mark, Rio Rancho, N.M.
A: In mint condition, $50 to $100, according to “A Century of Crayola Collectibles: A Price Guide” by Bonnie B. Rushlow and published by Hobby House Press.
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