Books in Review: Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2010

42nd edition of Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide - 2010.

42nd edition of Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide – 2010.

For the past 42 years Terry Kovel has enlightened and informed antique buyers with the incomparable Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide she co-founded with her late husband, Ralph. The new 42nd edition of this indispensable reference, co-authored by Terry’s daughter Kim and published by Black Dog & Leventhal, is an incredible value at $27.95 retail. It retains all of the features we’ve come to rely upon in Kovels’ annual price guide, plus many improvements that keep this title a step ahead of the rest.

As with each successive Kovel’s guide, the book is completely fresh from the ground floor up – you’ll never get a rehash from Terry and Kim, who are known as sticklers for accuracy and detail. We’re operating in a different market than we were 18 months ago. If you’re still relying on a price guide from a few years ago, it’s probably doing your business more harm than good.

The new Kovels edition contains than 47,000 actual retail prices gathered from shops, shows, sales, auctions and the Internet; plus hundreds of factory histories, marks and logos; and expert tips about buying, selling, collecting and preserving your treasures. All of the photos – more than 2,500 – appear in full color, and readers can look forward to more definitions, pattern information, histories and dating clues than ever before. If you’re like me, you’ll love the informational sidebars and comprehensive, computer-generated index.

The user-friendly book is organized into 700 categories that cover a vast range of interests, from pressed glass, pottery and porcelain to furniture, jewelry, photography and sports memorabilia. As useful to the novice collector as it is to the experienced dealer, Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2010 is the book to take to flea markets, garage sales, auctions, antique shops or shows to buy, sell, evaluate and collect with confidence.

Terry Kovel has been a lifelong collector and has written more than 98 books on antiques and collectibles. She also writes the oldest nationally syndicated newspaper column by the original author (Auction Central News is proud to have been the first digital publication to sign up for the column after it went into online syndication.) Kovels’ monthly newsletter has over 60,000 paid subscribers, and a weekly e-zine, Kovels Komments, boasts almost 200,000 subscribers.

Until the fall of 2008, when Terry’s husband, Ralph Kovel, passed away, all Kovel ventures and adventures were the work of this indefatigable husband-and-wife team. Now Terry, who lives in a gracious old house in the Cleveland area, continues to spearhead the Kovels enterprise along with her daughter, Kim.

As one might well expect of the daughter of Terry and Ralph Kovel, Kim Kovel caught the collecting bug as a child. She grew up in a house filled with antiques and traveled regularly to antique shows and flea markets. She manages the Kovels’ Web site and has spent the last 10 years working on the Kovels’ price guides and other Kovel projects. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and her collections in Miami, Florida.

Start the collecting year off right with the book The New York Times calls “the bible of [its] field.” Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2010 (ISBN: 978-1-57912-816-6) retails at $27.95. This is the one you need.

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