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Call of the Auction Man

A weekly Blog featuring Rich Ranft, an auction expert from Beloit Auction, and his co-host Laura Baker. Rich is one of the premiere auctioneers in Beloit, Wisconsin and hosts both live on-site and online auctions featuring antiques, collectibles, and resale items. Rich also hosts real estate auctions regularly each week.


Episode 12-Restore and Preserve Antique Furniture

In this episode, Rich gives tips for care and preservation of antique furniture–and finishes up with Part 2 of the most Frequently Asked Questions of newcomers at auctions.


Episode 11-Auction FAQs

In this episode, Rich gives the best items sold at auction, and in a two-part series, he gives answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about auctions.


Episode 10-Collector’s Edition

In this episode, Rich discusses the psychology of why people collect things, how to protect your collectibles, and gives us Part 2 of the most unique items he’s ever auctioned. Later, he digs into the value of some unique treasures.


Episode 9, Secrets Revealed of Best Auctioned Treasures

In this episode, Rich discusses some of the best treasures he’s ever auctioned, what to look for in collectibe and high-end lamps, and how to be profitable if you open your own store with your auction treasures. He then digs into the values of some unique finds.


Episode 8, Decorate Your Home for Under $1000

In this episode, Rich discusses spring cleaning, decorating your house for under $1000, and the turth behind real storage wars. He then digs into the value of some unique treasures, including a grandfather clock made by Howard Miller.


Episode 7, Auction Self-Control-April 2, 2014

In this episode, Rich gives tips for auction self-control, reveals what happens behind the scenes at an auction, and explains how to identify, value, and dispose of inherited stuff. He also gives a special coupon for Blog readers to be used at this week’s auction.


Episode 6, Gun Collector’s Edition-March 26, 2014

In this episode, Rich gives tips on hosting benefit auctions, gives the top 5 things you should not collect, and discusses what you should know concerning firearms sales at auctions. Rich discusses some unique guns coming for auction–including a rare handgun used in Vietnam.


Episode 5, Collector’s Edition-March 19, 2014

In this episode, Rich identifies some of the most collective pieces of pottery, the top five selling auction items, and reveals a recent indicator towards growth in online real estate auctions.


Episode 4- March 4, 2014

In this episode, Rich discusses some real hoarder horror stories, what to look for and how to get started in coin collecting, and why auctions seem to draw people from all over.


Episode 3-February 26, 2014

In this episode, Rich discusses the trend toward online real estate auctions, the myths of buying and selling property through auction, and offers tips for both real estate buyers and sellers.


Episode 2-February 12, 2014

In this episode, Rich discusses why you shouldn’t clean silver, the popularity of stained glass, and gives tips for starting a resale business with your auction finds. He then digs into the value of some auction treasures.


Episode 1-January 29, 2014

In this episode, Rich discusses being an auctioneer, his greatest auction find, and gives tips for the first-time auction attendee.