Q: How can I find out more about basketball cards and which ones are most valuable? Are there shops or sources that specialize in them?
A: The game of basketball recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. The 1991-92 Series I of NBA Hoops official basketball cards feature statistics, biographical information and career highlights and are available in packs of 15 to 47 cards.
"Dr. James Beckett's Official Price Guide to Basketball Cards" is $6.99 postpaid from the House of Collectibles, 201 E. 50th St., New York, N.Y. 10022; (800) 733-3000. Beckett Basketball Monthly is $19.95 a year from Beckett Subscriptions, Box 1915, Marion, Ohio 43305-1915. Also write to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Box 179, Springfield, Mass. 01101-0179, enclosing an addressed, stamped envelope for information; telephone (413) 781-6500. The museum is named for James Naismith, a physical education instructor who, in the autumn of 1891, was looking for an indoor activity for his students. He asked a custodian to nail two peach baskets to the balcony on either side of the gymnasium, then divided his class in half and tossed them a soccer ball, and thus invented one of the world's most exciting sports.
Q: Where can I find material relating to Lizzie Borden, who was accused of murdering her parents with an ax? (She was found not guilty.) Is there a Lizzie Borden museum?
A: Write to the Fall River Historical Society, 451 Rock St., Fall River, Mass. 02720, enclosing $7.50 for a postpaid copy of the "Official Lizzie Borden Centennial Edition of the 1892-1992 Fall River Historical Society Calendar." It features pictures of Borden, her relatives and Fall River. Also available from the society are "History of the Borden Murders" by Edwin H. Porter, reprinted in 1985 from its original 1893 edition, for $28 postpaid; and "Lizzie Borden: A Case Book of Family and Crime in the 1890s" by Joyce G. Williams, for $13.95 postpaid.
Q: Does anyone make reproductions of tin "Betty" lamps such as the Ipswich model, made to fit into a stand on a saucer base?
A: Winckler's Handcrafted Colonial Lighting and Utensils of Tin (612 S. 4th St., Aurora, Ill. 60505; (708) 892-4941) has Ipswich "Betty" lamps for $95 postpaid.
Q: Where can I find information on "Vaseline" glass?
A: The glass takes its name from its resemblance to the color of petroleum jelly. An outstanding book with color photos is "Yellow-Green Vaseline! A Guide to the Magic Glass" by Jay L. Glickman; $30.45 postpaid hardcover or $22.45 postpaid softcover from Antique Publications, Box 553, Marietta, Ohio 45750; (800) 533-3433.
Q: Where can I find information on duck decoys?
A: Decoy Magazine offers a seven-issue annual subscription for $25; copies are $5 from Decoy Magazine, Box 277, Burtonsville, Md. 20866; (301) 890-0262.
Also, write to the Midwest Decoy Collectors Association, 1100 Bayview Drive, Fox River Grove, Ill. 60021, enclosing an addressed, stamped envelope for information; telephone (708) 639-9392. Also write to Decoy World Magazine, RFD 1, Box 5, Trappe, Md. 21673; (410) 476-3092; and the Decoy Hunter Magazine, 901 N. 9th St., Clinton, Ind. 47842; (317) 832-2525.
An important decoy auction will be held Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Ramada Oceanside Tower Resort in Virginia Beach, Va. An illustrated catalog offering 700 decoys (from which one can bid by phone or mail) is available for $28 postpaid from Gary Guyette-Frank Schmidt Inc., Dept. J, Box 522, West Farmington, Maine 04992; (207) 778-6256.
"The Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys," edited by Joe Engers with photographs by Bill Buckner, is $78 postpaid from Abbeville Press, 488 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022; (800) 227-7210.
"Decoys" by Linda and Gene Kangas is $26.95 postpaid from Collector Books, Box 3009, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3009.
Q: I collect Tarzan-related items. Is there a collectors club?
A: Contact the Jungle Club, 5813 York Ave., Edina, Minn. 55410, enclosing an addressed, stamped envelope for information; (612)