Collectibles vs Memorabilia: What’s the Difference?

While they are often used interchangeably, did you know that collectibles and memorabilia are not actually the same thing? The word “collectibles” represents items that are collected for fun and do not have any value outside of their intrinsic value to the collecting community. “Memorabilia,” on the other hand, represents items that were originally created with a specific purpose, but have since derived value from their rarity or condition. Collectibles include trading cards, model trains, or art. An example of memorabilia is a hockey ticket from a specific game in 1961, which would now be close to one-of-a-kind due to its rarity.

Food for thought: is your collection comprised of collectibles, memorabilia, or both?

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