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  2. I realize my pictures leave something to be desired, I have a hard time picking up av. in them unless it's ridiculously heavy, this tiger has a moderate sprinkling w/ a few micro areas of pitting, not visible to the naked eye. I said i traded Sami out of this marble when in actuality he probably came out better in the end. I had a 3/4 wet mint flaming dragon and a 3/4 miller swirl w/ a very busy red and orange pattern on a white opaque base, also wet mint, that was traded to him for this marble a heavily aventurined ruby bee and what I would call a golden bee due to the golden base glass. I realize the marbles I traded where probably a little higher on the pay scale but I had them for quite some time and really liked the marbles he showed me. As is said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder monetary value to me is merely personal perspective. Regards, Chad G.
  3. I will have some pics of my faves as soon as I figure out the right cord to transfer from my handy cam to laptop. Oh I also collect hand made's that I like, allot of joseph coats and onion skins. ( Here's a nice tiger I traded Sami out of at the 2018 I.A.M.C. show ) Regards, Chad G.
  4. Transparent cobalt blue base, 5/8”.
  5. Wow. I had not heard. Sorry for your loss.
  6. Welcome! We like Peltier and Alley and assorted goodies!
  7. Steph


    ^^ what he said
  8. I'm 100% on the side of Peltier. The same chemical reaction which MFC and Akro used on purpose to create oxblood could create oxblood by accident in other makers when the right chemical colorants were present.
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  10. I think I got this in '90 from a shop in Spokane. I remember I paid 5 bucks for it. All the time thinkin' I should have my head examined. I posted it once, long ago, on the other , now defunct site. The conclusions were errr... inconclusive. I thought I would try again. It's maybe a hair under 15/16ths. The pattern looks Pelt to me, the colors not so much. The ox looks Akro, streaky with black lines. Could be old Vitro, because of the U shaped seam. Except for the ox it's translucent. Any thoughts? Thanks Bruce
  11. Berryb


    On the film I would have said Alley all day, but now seein' the stills.. Idunno. It's nice whatever it is. Bruce
  12. Hard to tell as both CAC and Alley made marbles with those colors. Looks like it could be an Alley. But...(what looks like a cutline) and the '9' or "turkey head" pattern makes you think twice. Any still photos? What's the size?
  13. Greeting's, My name is Chad, I've been collecting and trading for over 35 year's, marbles mostly peltier and alley, some marble associated material and assorted goodies. Very nice to join in the fun and learn something new as it is never ending in this hobby. Regards, Chad G.
  14. I was so sorry to read about this when I first saw it on Facebook. He did a lot for the marble hobby and the numerous books that he (and your family) published over the years were helpful to all collectors. Prayers to you and your family.
  15. As some of you know, my Dad passed away a couple of weeks ago. Here's his obituary, and a couple of pics. Bob TRUMBULL CONNECTICUT - Stanley A. Block, age 87, of Trumbull, Connecticut passed away at home surrounded by his loved ones on July 17, 2020. Stanley was the founder and chairman of the Marble Collectors Society of America, from its inception in 1975 through 2015, an uninterrupted forty years. He was also a collector, antique dealer, auctioneer and author. Stanley was born in Brooklyn, New York, son of the late Irving and Nancy Block. He graduated from Central High School in Bridgeport Connecticut, where he was Center and Linebacker on the three-time CT State Champion varsity football team (1948, 1949, 1950) and was also a member of the track team, throwing shot put. He went on to graduate from the University of Bridgeport with a degree in Business Administration. As a Public Accountant he maintained his own practice for several years before going on to serve as Assistant Controller of Barnes Engineering, followed by a lengthy career at one of Connecticut’s premier liquor wholesalers, Connecticut Distributors, Inc. of Stratford, CT, where he was Controller, Corporate Treasurer, Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President. His wife, Claire, likes to tell people that she met her future husband when he crashed her Sweet Sixteen party. They soon began dating. Stan turned down football scholarships at University of Connecticut and George Washington University to attend college closer to his future wife. They married in 1957 and soon settled in Trumbull where they raised their three sons and resided the past 60 years. Block enjoyed numerous hobbies and pastimes. He was a lifelong fisherman, enjoying weekends with his sons and friends aboard his boat on Long Island Sound or clam digging at Cockenoe Island off the coast of Norwalk, CT. Stan became unhappy with commercially available consumer fishing rods and took the opportunity to learn to turn and finish his own custom rods. He was also a noted woodworker, crafting furniture for his family, turning bowls and other functional and decorative pieces with a lifetime friend under the moniker GST (Glue, Screw and Turn). He handcrafted solitaire marble game boards, and in his later years began hand turning custom pens and pencils in both exotic woods and acrylics. Stan was also a nautical model-making aficionado, specializing in plank on hull mast boats. in addition to his professional career, Stan collected and dealt antiques, running an antiques business and mail auction company, Block’s Box, for many years. Throughout his life, he had a special affinity for antique marbles, paperweights, and philately. Stan and Claire spent decades collecting and attending antique shows, flea markets and tag sales throughout the Northeast, along with buying trips to England and Scotland in the early 1970s. Their sons, Robert, Mark, and Jonathan remember as young children being taken to the Woodbury, CT flea market and Brimfield (J&J’s), MA in the late 1960s-early 1970s. Block took great enjoyment in collecting antique handmade German marbles, antique French paperweights and those of noted early American contemporary artist, Charles Kaziun, Jr., along with continuing to enhance his comprehensive collection of U.S. stamps. Much of his early paperweight collection was acquired from noted members of the paperweight community, including Paul Jokelson and Larry Selman. He later became very friendly with Charles Kaziun Jr., and added many of his pioneering American contemporary paperweights to his personal collection. Stan also collected Perthshire Paperweights, traveling to Scotland to meet with Stuart Drysdale, owner of Perthshire and becoming a Perthshire dealer. He maintained his valued friendship with both Kaziun and Drysdale during their lifetimes. Over the years, Stan and Claire attended several annual Paperweight Collectors of America conventions. As good quality paperweights became more difficult to find at antique shows and flea markets, he added antique marbles. He had discovered a spherical object that he could not identify in his mother’s jewelry box following her death in 1963. Several years later he discovered it was a handmade German Swirl marble. He became fascinated with these because antique handmade marbles were nothing like the machine-made marbles he had played with as a youth in the late 1930s and 1940s. Gradually, he recognized them at flea markets and began building and adding to his personal collection. At the time he could find little information about them and knew of no other collectors to share his hobby. In 1973 he placed ads of interest in various antique publications including the Antique Trader, and Arts and Antiques Weekly, seeking out other marble collectors. This group of collectors coalesced into the Marble Collectors Society of America that he founded in 1975; a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the hobby of marble collecting. Over time the MCSA has had over 12,000 members worldwide. Under Stan’s supervision, the MCSA assembled substantial and comprehensive marble collections which were donated and remain at the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Stan was honored on behalf of the MCSA at a reception at the Smithsonian in 1984 for donating the collection which is available for research and study. Block also produced and directed the first marble-making video, showing early-American contemporary craftsman, Bob Dane creating a marble. Following a trip to the Amana (Iowa) Marble Meet in 1980, Stan believed there was a need for a local meet for collectors in the Northeast. Living in Connecticut, he began by organizing and holding a show not far from his hometown. The first Northeast Marble Meet (then called The North East Marbles Fair) was held on October 26, 1980 in Fairfield, CT. Stan went on to hold the annual Northeast Marble Meet for five more years before handing management of the show over to other collectors. The Northeast Marble Meet continues to be held in New England every Columbus Day weekend. Through the 1980s, Stan continued to collect and deal marbles, nearly all antique along with some of the earliest contemporary marble makers, including Jody Fine, Bob Dane, Rolf and Genie Wald, Steve Maslach and Josh Simpson. He was a pioneer in supporting young contemporary marble artists and encouraging marble artists to sign their work. He sold mostly through a mail listing. Under his aegis, the MCSA published several small booklets and numerous color plates identifying the different marble types and styles as they became better identified for collectors. He also produced the MCSA’s quarterly newsletter, Marble-Mania, uninterrupted for 40 consecutive years. Having participated in mail catalogue paperweight auctions through the 1970s and 1980s, in 1989 Stan began holding mail catalogue marble auctions under the business name Block’s Box, which had become a partnership with his son Robert. Block’s Box also held several mail catalogue paperweight auctions in the early 1990s. Through that decade, Block’s Box added videotape marble catalogues to its offerings, and in the mid-1990s moved to internet-based marble catalogues and auctions. To this day, Block’s Marble Auctions continues to offer periodic catalogued sales (having held 1,120 auctions), as well as a wide variety of marbles on eBay. In the mid-1990s, Stan’s wide national recognition as an expert in the marble collecting field led Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. to approach him to write a book on the growing hobby of marble collecting. Over the years, Stan wrote a series of hardcover, tabletop marble-related books published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., which remain in print and are the standard for marble-collecting hobbyists. Among these, Marble Mania (First and Second editions), Sulphide Marbles, Antique Glass Swirl Marbles, Antique Glass End of Day Marbles, and Marbles Beyond Glass. Stan spent countless hours researching material for these books and crisscrossing the country to gather pictures of the various examples illustrated in these volumes. Stan and Claire were a fixture for decades at various marble shows around the country. They attended and set up at the Amana (IA) Marble Meet for thirty years creating lifelong friendships with marble collectors and dealers from around the nation. For many years Stan also set up at the Buckeye Marble Meet in Columbus, OH and the Northeast Marble Meet. Stan and Claire would use the excuse of going to a marble show to travel around the country, visiting historical sites as well as marble collectors. They visited places as diverse as the John Wayne Birthplace and Museum in Winterset, Iowa, World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO, Mount Rushmore National Park, and various Presidential Libraries including the Lincoln, Truman, Hoover, and FDR libraries. They traveled as far as Montana to buy marble collections, with no trip being taken where they would not return home raving about some restaurant they had found along the way. Stan was also a gem and mineral enthusiast, mining for Herkimer Diamonds in Fonda, NY, amethyst in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada and Petosky stones along the coast of Michigan. His dream of mining at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas after a marble show was quickly ended by Claire when he packed so many rock and mineral hunting tools into the car that there was no room for her suitcase. In more recent years, Stan continued to collect paperweights and returned to his first collecting hobby, postage stamps, amassing an extensive worldwide collection while focusing on continuing to build his personal U.S. collection. Stanley is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Claire Waldman Block, his devoted children; Robert and Sarah Block of Trumbull, CT, Mark and Ann Sales Block of Trumbull, CT, and Jonathan and Cynthia Block of Fairfield, CT; his adored grandchildren, Kali (Matt) Cordes, Emily, Kevin, Jessica, Benjamin and Nathaniel; great-granddaughter, Eliana Cordes; sister Cynthia Shapiro, and brother and sister-in-law, David and Barbara Waldman. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Irving and Nancy Block and brother Herb. A private family service was held at the Congregation Rodeph Sholom Memorial Park, Fairfield, Connecticut.
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  17. (I had labeled 1st batch cateyes when I got started with marbles- seems so long ago-10 mons.& pre-pandemic, the good ol'days)
  18. Yes, leaning modern Asian on the gold. On the purple and blue, I'm not sure. Not sure about modern or vintage, not sure about American or foreign.
  19. Top right is vintage MK Bumblebee. Bottom is modern MK Rainbow. Middle right might be MK. Leaning Vitro on Middle Left. Top left ??? Maybe Vacor? ???
  20. Leaning Master at 9 o'clock, 11 and 1. Leaning Vitro at 6 and wondering about Peltier at 3.
  21. I think I have Master Marble Sunbursts in the 1st group, but Akro Sparkler comes to mind also. The next 2 pic.s I had in labeled Marble King, but now I don't know: as I look at the seams I'm not so sure. The last batch I have no clue except maybe not USA? (I had labeled 1st batch cateyes when I got started with marbles- seems so long ago-10 mons.& pre-pandemic, the good ol'days)
  22. Al Oregon

    More fun

    Looks like you will have a lot of fun going through all those!
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