Q: Although I don’t collect Fiesta Ware, I spotted a coffee creamer, sugar and tray set at a local thrift shop and bought it. I paid $25 for the set, which is turquoise in color. A neighbor of mine, who does collect, has offered me $150 for the four pieces, but I thought I would check with you first. — Barbara, Rio Rancho, N.M.
A: This set was a special promotion, made from 1940 until 1943, and is a unique design, different from the earlier stick-, scroll-, and ring-handled pieces. The standard color combination was Cobalt Blue for the tray (stamped “Genuine Fiesta”) and Yellow for the creamer and sugar (marked “Made in USA”) but other colors including both turquoise and red also were issued.
According to “Warman’s Fiesta Ware: Identification & Price Guide” by Mark F. Moran and published by Krause Books, you made quite a good buy. Moran believes the pieces in turquoise are rare, $4,700 to $5,000 for the creamer, $400 to $425 for the sugar and $500 to $600 for the tray.
Q: I have some Star Wars action figures from “The Empire Strikes Back” movie. I purchased them during the early 1980s. Can you recommend a good price guide for me? — Herb, Great Falls, Mont.
A: There are several excellent price guides for Star Wars memorabilia. One of the better ones is “The Official Price Guide to Star Wars Memorabilia” by Jeremy Beckett and published by House of Collectibles. This guide features thousands of items with current values, including books, action figures, posters, comics and trading cards. There is even advice on where and how to sell, along with a condition and grading guide. As I often state in this column, condition is always extremely important when it comes to antiques and collectibles, whether it be a Civil War-era newspaper or an Admiral Ackbar action figure.
Q: I have a typewriter from 1912, and I am having trouble finding a ribbon for it. Can you help me? — Steve, Albuquerque, N.M.
A: The Mesa Typewriter Exchange sells, repairs and has supplies for vintage typewriters. Bill Wahl can help you and assured me he probably has a ribbon for your machine in stock. Contact is 30 South Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85210, and MesaTypewriterExchange@yahoo.com.
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By Larry Cox
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