Costumes and masks have been used for thousands of years to disguise or to frighten. This Mousketeer costume was made by Ben Cooper Co. in the 1950s.
A collector with very deep pockets decided to "Play Ball!" and bought his very own World Series game for $44,400 at a Julia auction. It's a perfectly restored coin-operated 1937 World Series Baseball pinball machine featuring the New York Yankees.
A collector paid $4,750 for this redware apple pie plate but probably not to use for cooking. Redware was the first pottery made by European colonists after settling in America.
Antique toys are usually a good investment and this one rewarded its collector better than today's financial markets. It's a Hubley showroom sample motorcycle with sidecar, mint condition, that sold for $14,400.
The Kovels' Top Twenty list is based on the results of hundreds of thousands of searches that took place on its website during September, 2008. As summer draws to a close, collectors' tastes stayed consistent.