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Betcha Didn t Know That! 101 Antiques and Collectibles Trivia Tips (Volume) Paperback – November 20, 2007

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Fantastic! I am mainly known for producing antiques and collectibles price guides which appeal to those wonderful sentiments of nostalgia and the need to know how much something is worth. What Leon and Brian have reminded me is that what we also love is the colorful characters and the humor which are so much part of the reason we love this business. Judith Miller,Publisher-The Price Guide Company --Judith Miller

The Grand Prize goes to Brian & Leon for a book filled with fun factoids, tumultuous trivia and hysterical historic information about collecting. This book is a big winner, a must read for all appraisers, auctioneers and collectors of STUFF! Tim Luke (HGTV s Cash in the Attic) --Tim Luke, HGTV Cash in the Attic

About the Author

Leon Castner, ISA CAPP AAA, Ph.D. Leon Castner has been an appraiser for over thirty years. He grew up in the auction business in northern New Jersey and worked as runner, cashier, trucker, auction manager, and eventually president and chief auctioneer. Leon served as President of The New Jersey State Society of Auctioneers and was named Auctioneer of the Year. His company regularly held over 50 auctions per year. Leon joined forces with Brian Kathenes in the early 1990’s establishing NAC (National Appraisal Consultants, LLC). Leon travels across the country still appraising as Senior Partner and serves as expert witness in many appraisal methodology and procedure cases. Brian G. Kathenes, ISA, CAPP Brian Kathenes is a professional appraiser, radio talk-show host and TV personalty. He is the of 'Value This! with Brian and Leon', WRNJ’s weekly call-in antiques and collectibles talk show. He and his business partner, Leon Castner, share antique tips, take listeners’ calls, and answer questions on all types of antiques and collectibles. Brian is also the Managing Partner of National Appraisal Consultants, a firm specializing in personal property appraisal consulting, appraisal theory, and litigation support. He is a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property in Autographs, Manuscripts & Historical Documents, and specializes in all types of collectibles. Brian is the past Chairman of the International Society of Appraisers Ethics Committee. His clients include: Disney /MGM Studios, Chubb Insurance, U.S. Department of the Treasury/IRS, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, The National Museum of American Jewish History, and The Ronald Reagan Museum at Eureka College. He is an expert on the Declaration of Independence. Mr. Kathenes has also served as an expert witness and consultant in many appraisal-related court cases including: Richard Nixon versus the United States of America -- The Watergate Presidential Papers Trial.

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Leon Castner is the Senior Partner of National Appraisal Consultants. He has been an appraiser for over 35 years and was the first auctioneer to ever receive the CAPP (Certified Appraiser of Personal Property) from ISA (International Society of Appraisers). His CAPP was awarded through ISA/Indiana University and he is also a Certified member of the Appraiser's Association of America
Mr. Castner holds a B.A. from Gordon College (1970), and an M.T.S. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1972). His resume includes being an adjunct professor at Centenary College (Hackettstown, NJ) and the University of Washington (Seattle). He has taught at many adult and community schools on antiques and collectibles and was the co-presenter of Appraising the Appraisal- a professional development seminar for the NJ Insurance industry.
Leon served as chairperson of The Foundation for Appraisal Education and is currently the Director of Education for ISA, as well as chief instructor for all the core, re-qualification, and advanced level courses. He serves as a member of The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council for ISA.
Leon owned a very successful auction gallery in New Jersey for many years. He has worked with the RTC, FDIC, US Marshall's Office, Attorney General, FBI, US District Attorney, TASA, and has provided major appraisals for these organizations. He was the editor of Collector's Compass, a series of books on antiques & collectibles and is the co-author of Betcha' Didn't Know That, a book about antique trivia and facts. He co-hosts a weekly nationally syndicated public radio show called Value This with Brian and Leon.
Leon has been an ISA member almost since its inception in Chicago in the late 1970's and has served on the board of directors as well as head of almost every committee. His talents are many and varied, as indicated by his bio, but includes the fact that he is an ordained Orthodox Priest, a father of seven children and fifteen grandchildren (at last count), and a man with more wit than hair (to misquote Shakespeare).

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