Now Available: Picker’s Pocket Guide – SIGNS: How to Pick Antiques like a Pro Picker’s Pocket Guide SIGNS: How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro by Eric Bradley (Krause, 2014) opens the world of advertising signs with a 208-page pocket-sized guide packed with tips and 150+ photos.
News-Antique.com - Dec 22,2014 - IOLA, Wisconsin — Picker’s Pocket Guide – SIGNS: How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro (Krause Publications, 2014), packs 208 full-color pages with tips, tricks, and strategy on how to collect and sell vintage advertising signs. Illustrated with more than 150 color photos and steeped in history, the handy pocket-sized guide offers professional and practical advice on where to look for advertising signs, what you need to know to buy intelligently, and how to sell a sign for the best money possible.
“The advertising sign is one of the most popular categories on the market today,” author Eric Bradley said. “All across the nation, dealers and auctioneers are amazed at the demand for vintage signs in almost every condition — a recent auction saw more than 50 records set across three categories of collectible signs. Even signs in low to mid-grade condition are drawing new collectors to the fold as they compete to own these fascinating pieces of “everyman’s art.”
Packed with real-life collecting stories, detailed descriptions, and a reverence for sign history and craftsmanship, the book shares valuable perspective and advice from some of the biggest names in the hobby. It covers today’s hottest collecting categories such as: Beer • Oil & Petroliana • Farm & Implement • Coca-Cola • Neon • Trade Signs • Soda Pop • Home & Garden • Food & Drink. Chapters including “Explaining Advertising Signs,” “The World’s Best Signs,” “Product Branding,” and “How to Value, Flip and Avoid Reproductions,” put these colloquial works of art in context and explain what’s driving today’s market.
Picker’s Pocket Guide – SIGNS is the first in a new line of collectible pocket reference guides by Krause Publications, an imprint of F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company. Additional volumes include Picker’s Pocket Guide – Baseball Memorabilia by Jeff Figler (January, 2015), Picker’s Pocket Guide – Bottles by Michael Polak (January, 2015), and Picker’s Pocket Guide – Toys by Eric Bradley (July, 2015). All editions form a complete set.
Picker’s Pocket Guide – SIGNS: How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro is available in two editions for both the Amazon Kindle and a 208-page, pocket-sized collector’s guide. It retails for $14.99 and is available at booksellers nationwide, select retail shops, and directly from the publisher online at www.KrauseBooks.com or by calling 855-864-2579 (M-F 8a.m. - 5 p.m.).
About the Author
Eric Bradley is a public relations associate at Heritage Auctions, HA.com, the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff (Krause, 2014) and the editor of the annual Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide. He has appeared as an expert on the collectibles market in The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Four Seasons Magazine, Bottom Line/Personal, and The Detroit News, among others.
Featuring expert advice, real world stories and 150+ full-color images, Picker’s Pocket Guide – SIGNS: How to Pick Antiques Like a Pro by Eric Bradley (Krause Publications, 2014) takes you behind the scenes of the white