It’s that time again when I’m writing the last column of the year for Collectors Journal and Barr’s Postcard News & Ephemera.

The year, despite being filled with cautions about the pandemic, has passed quickly, and I also paused to reflect that this is my tenth year as editor of these publications.

I began in January of 2012 and quite a few changes have occurred over the past decade. We’ve lost a few of our contributors to both publications that is always sad to think about; but we’ve also welcomed additional writers and contributors to bring our readers the latest trends in antiques collecting and postcard and paper collecting.

With the pandemic, that is just a few months short of two years, we’ve changed and adapted to the new conditions. And while the antiques business is characterized by meeting people in person at sales, auctions, shows, etc., the industry has adapted very well with an increase in on-line sales and safety precautions for in-person events. Hopefully, 2022 will bring an end to this scourge and we antiques lovers can return to “business as usual.”

In addition to the interesting and informative articles featured in our publication, one of the features I’ve enjoyed reporting on is the “Young Collectors” series, which focuses on the younger generation of collectors. I’ve done a few stories focused on young people who are collecting a variety of vintage items such as Breyer horses and unusual tea cups and saucers. I hope to hear from a few more in the future. I spoke to someone at the last Kane County flea market whose daughter collects “uranium glass” or Vaseline glass. I will be contacting her after the holidays.

During the past few years we have also heard a lot about items that aren’t popular with collectors such as furniture, fine china, crystal and silver items, but recently, I think that trend is turning around. With the holidays just a few days away, many hostesses are enjoying bringing out their fine linens and setting their tables with fine dinnerware, glassware, platters and more. Let’s hope this continues! Personally, I have sold quite a few of the aforementioned pieces to young people who appreciate the high quality and workmanship that went into creating these pieces.

I have thoroughly enjoyed writing and editing these past 10 years and hope to continue being associated with Collectors Journal and Barr’s for many more years. Now, onto some recent news that took place in the auction world. Here’s some information I saw on the internet a few days ago: “Artifacts that were found in a Massachusetts home that used to belong to the family of legendary Revolutionary War figure Paul Revere have reportedly sold at auction for $20,000. The artifacts were found in the attic wall of a house in Canton, and they sold as a single lot in an auction held by John McInnis Auctioneers, of Amesbury, from Friday to Saturday. The items included a rare sign that featured the name of Revere’s son, Joseph W. Revere. Auction house owner John McInnis told the Boston Globe that the sign is likely related to the casing company the Revere family owned in Canton. Other items auctioned off included an account book belonging to Paul Revere’s descendants, tools such as wrought iron calipers, letters and other personal items. John McInnis Auctioneers initially estimated that the artifacts would fetch between $1,000 and $2,000. Revere was famed for his midnight ride on April 18, 1775, in which he warned the American colonial militia that the British Army was approaching ahead of the battles of Lexington and Concord. The ride was immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1861 poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Revere was born and lived mostly in Boston. He purchased a home in Canton in 1801 and later opened the Revere Copper Company on the land, and his descendants built other operations there.”

This article was found on wcvb.com and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A 20-lot New Year’s Day Premier Comic Auction is planned for Saturday, January 1st, at 12 noon Eastern time, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and live at the gallery in Cranston, R.I. All 20 comic books are rare, highly desirable Marvel comics from the Silver and Bronze Age, and all are from a single-owner Midwest collection (Bruneau & Co. auctioned the bulk of the collection this past year). Three of the comic books up for bid have lofty estimates of $50,000-$80,000 each. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com and bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com, plus the mobile app. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Travis Landry at (401) 533-9980; or, you can email him at info@bruneauandco.com.

All of us at Collectors Journal and Barr’s wish our readers a joyous and wonderful holiday season. Please keep us in mind with Auction Action results, Young collectors; unusual collections; club and convention news; and mystery items. We can be reached at editor@collectorsjournal.com; meego929@aol.com or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.