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COLLECTIBLES

October 25, 1992|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: Where can I find a 1957 Corvette automobile Christmas ornament issued last year?

A: The 1991 Hallmark Keepsake ornament (which was the first edition in the Classic American Car Series) originally sold for $12.75 but now is worth $55. Write to dealer Pat Andersen, Box 70, Oak Lawn, Ill. 60454-0070, enclosing $1 for a list of ornaments and other retired collectibles for sale, or send Pat Andersen your requests with an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply.

Q: My uncle has a collection of small Tarzan figurines offered as promotional gifts with Foulds macaroni, spaghetti and other noodle products. He believes these figures were offered in the '30s or '40s. How can I find out what such figures are worth?

A: A complete set of Tarzan statues in mint and unpainted condition in their original containers are worth $600 to $800; a set that has been painted is worth $200. Or contact Tarzan collectors in care of the Jungle Club, 5813 York Ave., Edina, Minn. 55410; (612) 922-9144.

Q: I have a bicycle that's 40 or 50 years old. Where can I find out more about old bicycles and what they may be worth?

A: Send a photo or description of any vintage bicycle, motorcycle or scooter to Ken Robins at Restorations Plus Inc., Box 7177, Prospect Heights, Ill. 60070-7177; (708) 299-1965. Enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply, evaluation or offer.

Q: My daughters are interested in quilting. How can they get involved with other quilters or quilting clubs?

A: Send for a copy of "Quilt Groups Today -- Who They Are, Where They Meet, What They Do and How to Contact Them -- A Complete Guide for 1992-1993," available for $15.95 postpaid from the American Quilter's Society, Box 3290, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3290; (800) 626-5420.

Q: I have an "I Dream of Jeannie" doll dressed like the character Barbara Eden played in the old TV series. How much might it be worth?

A: The doll, 20 inches tall, was produced by the Libbey Majorette Doll Corp. and was copyrighted in 1966 by Sidney Sheldon Productions Inc. Last month an "I Dream of Jeannie" doll in its original box with its original clothing and red plastic shoes, in mint condition, sold for $400 at a Ted Hake Mail and Phone Bid Auction. To place TV collectibles in a Hake auction, write to Hake's Americana & Collectibles, Box 1444, York, Pa. 17405, or phone (717) 848-1333; enclose $20 for the next four mail- and phone-bid catalogs, or send $5 for a sample copy. "Hake's Guide to TV Collectibles" is available for $18 postpaid.

Q: I collect "Gone With the Wind" items. Where can I find information on the making of the movie and its stars? Also, where can I find "Gone With the Wind" collectibles?

A: You'll find an incredible amount of information regarding the making of the movie in "Gone With the Wind on Film -- A Complete Reference," by Cynthia Marylee Molt ($49 postpaid from Molt, 364 N. May Ave., Monrovia, Calif. 91016).

You can check out movie-related collectibles for sale by writing to Yesterday, 1143 W. Addison St., Chicago, Ill. 60613, or phone (312) 248-8087. Another shop that deals in movie memorabilia is Metro Golden Memories, 5425 W. Addison St., Chicago, Ill. 60641; (312) 736-4133.

Q: Who buys old foreign travel postcards as well as those with real pictures of people and towns from various U.S. states?

A: Contact John L. Simmons, Box 5044-0044, Woodridge, Ill. 60517-2157, phone (708) 969-3215, enclosing a description of the cards and an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply or offer.

Q: Where can I find information on duck decoys and related items?

A: At a July auction in Kennebunk, Maine, a pair of circa 1880 duck decoys sold for $258,500; at a 1986 auction, a pintail decoy sold for a world-record $319,000. Both of those decoys, carved ++ by Ball Caines, are of artistic and historic importance, as are any other decoys carved in Georgetown, S.C., by the Caines brothers -- Ball, Bob, Hucks, Sawney and Pluty. For post-auction catalogs with price lists, write to Richard W. Oliver Inc., Plaza One, Kennebunk, Maine 04043, or phone Steve O'Brien in the decoy department at (207) 985-3600.

"Collecting Antique Bird Decoys and Duck Calls -- An Identification and Value Guide," by Carl F. Luckey, is available for $25.95 postpaid from Books Americana, Box 2326, Florence, Ala. 35630; phone (205) 757-9966. An exceptional book with color decoys and information on their carvers (including the Caines brothers) is "The Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys," edited by Joe Engers with 250 photographs by Bill Buckner. It is available for $80 postpaid from Abbeville Press, 488 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022; phone (800) 227-7210.

Write to Anita Gold at the Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611. The mail volume precludes a personal response.

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