Active Interest Media acquires assets of antiques publishing brand Kovels
DES MOINES, Iowa – Active Interest Media (AIM) announces the acquisition of Kovels Inc’s assets. AIM’s Antique Trader, coupled with Kovels, positions the newly combined brand as one of the longest-standing authorities in antiques and collectibles media.
A juggernaut in the collectibles hobby for many decades, Kovels’ products include a robust full-color monthly newsletter, a syndicated newspaper column, price guides, thousands of online articles, industry reports, events listings, a dealer directory and more.
Terry Kovel, founder of Kovels, commented, “After 70 years it was time to entrust the Kovels brand to a new home. We couldn’t think of a better place than with ‘Antique Trader,’ a publication like ours that collectors trust and enjoy learning from.”
Corinne Zielke, Vice President and General Manager of AIM Collectibles Group welcomes the brand and echoes Kovel’s sentiments, stating: “We are honored and thrilled to welcome Kovels to the AIM Collectibles Group. This brings the legacy of the Kovels brand and wealth of information amassed over their 70-year history together with our Antique Trader’s 65-years of serving the collectibles hobby and allows us to form an even more informative, authoritative, and entertaining source to continue to fuel the ever-growing collectibles hobby. We wish the Kovel family the very best and look forward to honoring their legacy in the hobby for many years to come.”
About Kovels, Inc.
Kovels Antiques, Inc., was founded by Ralph and Terry Kovel. Hailed as “the duke and duchess of the antiques world,” they have authored more than 100 books and special reports about collecting. Their bylined column is the longest-running syndicated weekly column in the country, distributed to more than 150 newspapers. Their guides include the annual Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, which has sold over 4 million copies since its first edition. The Kovels passed their collecting interest to their children, Lee and Kim Kovel. Terry, her daughter Kim and their staff continue the family’s longtime interest in the collecting world.