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 He is a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property in Autographs, Manuscripts & Historical Documents, and specializes in all types of collectibles.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.