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Articles - July - 2010 Issue

Getting Down with MatchMaker: A Step by Step Guide

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MatchMaker matches.


By Tom McKinney

This month I'm writing a step-by-step guide to the AE premium service MatchMaker. If you're already a premium member and don't use the service, maybe this will make it less intimidating! I've included a screenshot thumbnail at each step—click the smaller image to open a larger one.

So, first, getting to MatchMaker. There are a few ways, but the simplest, is to click on the Premium Services link in the lefthand menu bar (visible on every main AE page, just not pop-ups). See screenshot below.


From the Premium Services page, scroll down to the bottom where it says AE Services. See screenshot below.


Click MatchMaker. See screenshot below.


Below is what your MatchMaker page looks like before any wants are added. There is a small explanation of the service near the top, and each button/link in it - like those to create or review wants - is live in that paragraph. So you can use those links to interact with MatchMaker, or use the same buttons located further down the page.


A "want" is either a specific subject of interest based on keywords or a specific Author/Title that you are interested in buying. Wants are very specific in that the terms you define them with all have to be present to show up. Usually, you cover a larger subject by having many specific wants related to it.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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