Question: In the attic among family possessions, I found a box of old marbles and yo-yos that belonged to my uncle. How can I find out more about them, and if they have any value? --Dan Thomas, Albany, N.Y.Answer: Check out the following books:
--"Big Book of Marbles -- Antique & Machine Made -- With Prices," by Everett Grist (Collector Books; 502-898-6211). It's available for $22.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
--"Marbles: Identification and Price Guide," by Robert Block (Schiffer; 610-593-1777). It's available for $23.90 postpaid from Ace Enterprises.
--"Collectible American Yo-Yos -- 1920s-1970s, Historical Reference & Value Guide," by Christopher Cook (Collector Books; 502-898-6211). It's available for $18.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises.
--"Collector's Digest of Tops & Yo-Yos & Other Spinning Toys -- With Prices," by various authors (LW Books; 765-674-6450). It's available for $15 postpaid from Ace Enterprises.
Question: How can I find out the value of old decorated Mexican pottery, including plates, vases, bowls, and other pieces that our parents purchased over the years on their many trips to Mexico? --Sarah Peterson, Houston, Texas
Answer: Try the book "Popular Arts of Mexico -- 1850 to 1950 -- With Values Reference," by Donna McMenamin (Schiffer; 610-593-1777). It's loaded with information and color photos of plates, figurines, tableware, tiles, furniture, sarapes, straw mosaics, wood panels, rugs, laquerwork, marionettes, clay figures, clay and coconut banks and more. The book is available for $63.90 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
Question: Where can I find information on old glass orange juice squeezers and their value? --Amy Richards, Stockton, Calif.
Answer: You'll find a large selection pictured and described, along with their current values, in the fifth edition of "Kitchen Glassware of the Depression Years," by Gene Florence (Collector Books; 508-898-6211). It's available for $22.95 postpaid, from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
You also can join the National Reamer Collectors Association (which has more than 350 members) by writing Deborah Gillham, 47 Midline Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20878; enclose a long self-addressed stamped envelope for membership information.
Question: My father has many old Coca-Cola bottles and holders. How can he find out their value? --Jim Hanson, Albuquerque, N.M.
Answer: Coca-Cola bottles and holders of every type -- as well as everything else relating to Coca-Cola -- can be found in "Petretti's Coca-Cola Collectibles Price Guide -- 10th Edition -- The Encyclopedia of Coca-Cola Collectibles." by Allan Petretti (ATB; 319-588-2073). It's available for $47.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
Write Anita Gold, P.O. Box 597401, Chicago, IL 60659; enclose an addressed stamped envelope. Due to the high volume of mail, only a very limited number of letters can be answered personally, but priority will be given to those that include a copy of the column and the name of the paper it ran in. Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service