Socrates Bomfim-Neto has been a collector since childhood, when he would collect things like records, bottle caps, and bubble gum. “We used to joke that collector’s have a special collector’s gene,” he laughs. While he actually has multiple collections, the one that means the most to him is his collection of sports medals.
The sports medals focus specifically on Socrates’ favorite sport, futbol, also known as soccer. He grew up in Brazil, where the entire country is passionate about soccer. “We start at a young age, and everything revolves around soccer,” he shares. He follows the national team, and all his sports medals are gold medals from the national team. He doesn’t collect silver or bronze medals – only gold!
To find one of these medals is challenging! Only about 23-24 are made of each, because they are made specifically for the winners of the tournaments. Often, these players are unwilling to part with the medals as they hold sentimental value. “It’s a rare feat to find those medals, and that’s part of the fun!” shares Socrates. The very first medal that he ever obtained was a from FIFA’s “youth” tournament, the 1993 Under-20 World Cup.
Socrates has a collection of about 20 medals, and he has medal from about 90% of all the wins from the 1950s and onward. He finds it difficult to name a favorite! “My favorite might be the 1970 World Cup.” This was a big win for Brazil, as they beat the Italian team. The medal in Socrates’ collection came from the popular coach, Mario Zagallo, who is currently 92 years old. “He is a big deal in Brazil. I enjoyed watching his games!”
The medals often sell for between $2,000 and $3,000, but Socrates has paid as much as $60,000 for some of them. “I’ve heard of collectors paying over $100,000 for them. Pele sold some for around $250,000 each!” Collectors are very eager to collect the medals. Among the hardest to find in Socrates’ collection are those from 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002.
Socrates’ collection is stored in a safe location outside of his home, and everything is organized by year. Often, he will grab a medal or two to get a closer look at them. “I really love them! I enjoy them very much – that’s the reason for a collector to collect something.”
Howard Chasser’s passion for collecting started out with comic books. He was drawn to them from the young age of 5 or 6, when he saw one sitting out on the coffee table of his father’s boss. The first comic book he owned was Captain Marvel #8. By the time he was ten, he was a serious collector of comic books, especially his favorites: The Fantastic Four, The Silver Surfer, and The Incredible Hulk. “There was something really cool about the superhero thing,” he shares. “I got picked on a little bit as a kid, and comics were an escape into this fantasy world.”
Comics were such a serious passion that young Howard would study the Overstreet Price Guide to learn their value. His great aunt was very supportive and would often buy comics for him to add to his collection. His mother didn’t mind his penchant for collecting, but she didn’t understand spending a lot of money on comics. While Howard has since sold many of his childhood comics, he is dedicated to getting some of them back.
Today, Howard’s collection is mainly comprised of Robert Clemente baseball cards and other memorabilia. This collection of 700-1,000 items is ranked #2 on PSA’s set registry, where collectors can compete to have their collections ranked based on the condition and size of their collections. Howard set his sights on a Robert Clemente master set, which includes all his Topps cards, as well as other items like coins and pins. Many of the items in this set are rare, and about half a dozen of these items are the only known examples.
A favorite item in Howard’s collection is a 1960 Bazooka Complete Uncut Box. It’s a unique item, and it’s the only known example to exist. Howard is proud of this item because it took him 30 years to find it. “I didn’t even know if it really existed,” he shares. “For a while, I was offering $100 to anyone who could show me a color photo of a real one. I found it on eBay three years ago.”
The most Howard ever spent on a card as a kid was on a Robert Clemente Rookie Card – the card that started this portion of his collection. At age 13, his mom drove him to a show and dropped him off. There, he saw the card being offered for $68. With a value of $86, Howard knew this was a deal, despite it being much more than he would typically spend. After lots of begging and pleading, his mother finally broke down and allowed him to purchase the card – and the seller lowered the price to $48. Today, this card is worth between $1,500 and $2,000.
In addition to baseball cards, Topps had a think tank in the 1960s where they would come up with prototypes for new ideas. These would then get sent in small batches to test stores to determine if they would go to market. Of course, the original prototypes have become quite rare, and are now popular collectible items. One such item that Howard owns is a 1968 Topps 3-D card, where Topps experimented with holographic technology. “This card is one of the most visually appealing Roberto Clemente cards ever,” shares Howard. “It can be very expensive because of the demand.
Howard’s collection is stored in a bank vault and in boxes, with only a few items being on display in his home. He’s working on having digital images of his entire collection, which gives him the opportunity to share his collection at shows. “It’s fun to collect, but it’s more fun to share!”
In addition to collecting, Howard is a well-known seller through his business, “A Few of my Favorite Things.” He has a reputation for tracking down impossible to find items for his private clients. He also sells on eBay and Facebook, as well as at 1-2 shows per month. “People appreciate that I’m a collector in addition to running my business,” Howard shares. “I get excited about the things I’m selling!”
Wes’s obsession with comic books started during his childhood, when his brother got him hooked on Superman comics. The first comic book he ever bought as a kid was Avengers #161, which he purchased from a general store called Ben Franklin. That comic book cost him about 30 cents, and today it has been signed by Stan Lee. “My brother got me into comic books, but I took it to a whole new level,” shares Wes.
Today, Wes’s collection stands out for the sheer number of comic books that he owns. He has about 25,000 comic books in his collection – that’s 7,500 pounds of comic books! Wes has always had the mindset of a collector, carefully reading his books in an effort to preserve them.
The majority of his collection is DC and Marvel, but Wes truly owns a wide range of comic book publishers and characters. The lack of a specific focus really makes his collection stand out for its variety. “I don’t just collect X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Avengers – I collect offshoots of those as well. And I collect variants.”
Some of the oldest books in the collection are Golden Age comics that date back to the 1950s, such as Bugs Bunny and Donald Duck. But most of the collection is from 1976 and onward. 1976 is the year that Wes became interested in comics. He typically purchased them for their cover price, but today they are worth much more. Wes isn’t exactly sure of the worth of his entire collection however – it’s so large that it’s difficult to estimate. The most valuable book in the collection might be his Amazing Spider-Man #300, which contains the first appearance of Venom.
Wes is very interested in the artists behind the comic books he loves. He enjoys Michael Turner’s work, as well as the work of Todd McFarlane, who drew Amazing Spider-Man #300. Another favorite book in the collection is Avengers #57, which contains the first appearance of the Vision, Wes’s favorite character.
This large collection is mostly in storage, but now that Wes has a dedicated comic book room, he plans to put more of his collection on display. Besides collecting his own comics, Wes also enjoys sharing his hobby with kids any chance that he gets. As a child, he had teachers who would make fun of him for his interest in comics. But Wes believes that there is a lot of creative work that goes into making comics, and it’s an art form that should be appreciated. He does his best to encourage comic book reading in the younger generation.
History brings with it a wealth of knowledge and ideas that are valuable and worth preserving. Historical documents are an important way that we preserve the knowledge and ideas of the past, and they hold a special value for both collectors and historians.
Collectors of historical documents are much more than just hobbyists – many collectors are driven to do so by an all-consuming passion for preserving the past. Their collections contain important pieces of world history, often drawing the attention of museums and history buffs.
Join us as we explore the uniquely important world of collecting and saving historical documents. We’ll discuss what constitutes a historical document and the best ways to care for such a collection. We’ll also discuss their value from both a monetary and historical perspective.
The Lexicon of Time: What Constitutes a Historical Document?
What exactly is considered a historical document? There are many different documents that fall into this category, including:
Manuscripts: Handwritten original documents that offer a peak into the thoughts of historical figures. This can include diaries, letters, or even manuscripts of famous written works.
Official Records: This includes important documents from the government, such as legal records, charters, treaties, and more.
Newspapers: A vintage or antique newspaper documents historical events, changes in society, and the popular opinion of a specific time period.
Maps: Maps document the geographical knowledge of a time period, and they also chronical territorial changes.
Other Historical Artifacts: Physical items such as tablets or scrolls can also be considered a historical document.
The Titans of Text: A Quick Look at the Most Significant Documents in History
There are some historical documents that are considered extremely important in American history. Let’s take a look at just a few of the most significant documents!
Declaration of Independence: Written by Thomas Jefferson along with a committee that included Ben Franklin, John Adam, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston, the declaration of independence is one of the most important historical documents around!
U.S. Constitution: The Constitution of the United States is the foundation of our government.
Bill of Rights: Part of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights contained the first ten amendments of the constitution, and it was set forth by James Madison.
The Importance of Being Earnestly Historical: Why These Documents Matter
Collecting historical documents is an extremely valuable pastime. Collectors engage in this hobby for many reasons. These motivations include:
Preserving History: Historical documents provide us with a glimpse of the past. Collectors are motivated to preserve these documents for future generations to enjoy.
Maintaining a Connection to the Past: Collectors may focus on a specific niche or time period that particularly interests them. Collecting historical documents from a specific era might make them feel more connected to the past.
Conducting Historical Research: Historical documents are valuable for historians, researchers, and scholars to learn more about the past. Even private collectors can contribute to public knowledge by sharing their collection with others.
Financial Investment: Historical documents can also be worth a lot of money, making them a viable financial investment for collectors.
Making it Official: Starting Your Collection of Historical Documents
Are you interested in becoming a collector of historical documents? Here are some tips to aid you as you start to build your collection!
Define Your Area of Interest: Narrow down your search for historical documents by deciding on a niche that interests you. Perhaps you focus solely on collecting historical newspapers, or maybe you focus on documents from a specific time period. Having a defined area of interest will help you stay focused in your search.
Conduct Research: Once you’ve determined a niche, be sure to research that area and learn as much about it as you can. Knowledge is power, and will help you determine the best items to add to your collection.
Set a Budget: Decide how much money you are willing to invest into this hobby. Your budget can be big or small, but it will determine the quantity and quality of the documents that you add to your collection.
Connect With Other Collectors: Attend history-related events or find communities of collectors online. Share your interest with others and you may glean valuable knowledge that will help you in your collecting journey.
Authenticate Your Collection: It’s important to have your collection authenticated by an expert who can verify the provenance of your historical documents. This will also add to their value!
A Collector’s Guide: How to Care for Historical Documents
When it comes to collecting historical documents, proper preservation and care is of utmost importance. Many historical documents are fragile, so you’ll want to ensure that they are preserved well and can be enjoyed for many generations to come. Here are some tips to help you care for such a collection:
Store Properly: Be sure to purchase archival-quality storage solutions. Acid-free boxes and sleeves can help protect your materials. You may also want to invest in display cases that protect from humidity and light.
Handle With Care: When you must handle your documents, clean your hands and use cotton gloves to avoid soiling the documents with oils and dirt.
Professional Conservation: If you’re documents are valuable, it may be worth investing in professional conservation. Seek a pro in your area to keep your collection in top shape for years to come.
Diving into the Archives: Where to Find Authentic Historical Documents
If you are a serious collector of historical documents, a great place to buy them is through Sotheby’s auction house. Their specialists are experienced at appraising and selling historical documents, so you can feel confident about purchasing from them.
You may also find historical documents at antique stores or on sites such as eBay. Keep in mind that these items may not be authenticated, so be sure that you are knowledgeable enough to assess the authenticity of the item – or consult with an expert before buying!
How can I start my own collection of historical documents?
Determine a niche, set a budget, and learn as much as you can about your chosen area of interest. Then, start the process of collection building! You can buy at in-person auctions, antique stores, or online auction sites.
How do I ensure the authenticity of a document before purchasing it?
The best way to authenticate a document is to consult with an expert authenticator.
What types of historical documents generally hold the most value?
Rare and hard to find documents are going to be the most valuable when it comes to historical documents. Some of the rarest items, like the Declaration of Independence, are already stored away in museums!
Jamison Pack is the proud founder of the GroveWood Baseball Museum, located in Morristown, Tennessee. His love for collecting started when he was about 7 or 8 years old. His neighbor collected baseball cards, and Jamison wanted to do the same. Ever competitive, Jamison would find ways to acquire a few dollars so that he could buy packs of baseball cards and get cards that his neighbor didn’t have.
By the time Jamison was in college, he stopped collecting baseball cards. He went about 12 or 13 years without collecting. Around 2013, his passion was reignited, only this time he didn’t collect cards: he collected game-used items, which excited him much more. He especially fell in love with what is known as the Deadball Era, the era from 1900-1920. This era was when baseball was all about getting on base. The era ended with the started of Babe Ruth’s career, which is when baseball became about the excitement of hitting home runs.
Visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York also fed Jamison’s ever-growing passion for collecting. At the time, his collection was still contained by just one room in his home. He enjoyed sitting on the couch in that room, reading baseball books and surrounded by the items he had acquired. It was then that he began to dream bigger – he thought about how cool it would be to own an actual museum.
In 2021, the opportunity presented itself in the form of a 3,500 square foot space with 18-foot-tall ceilings. There was plenty of wall space for collectibles to be displayed, as well as for wall murals. Jamison also adds to the experience by burning baseball-scented candles that smell like caramel popcorn, cotton candy, and other ballpark favorites. He plays scenes from classic baseball movies to add to the nostalgia.
Of his collection, Jamison has a hard time selecting a favorite. “I have a top ten – that’s easier to come up with!” But this top ten is ever evolving, as Jamison is consistently adding new items to the mix. Among some of his favorites are a Babe Ruth home run ball from 1927, a Ty Cobb bat, a 1909 game-used World Series ball, and much more. “I’ve gotten away from autographs because there are so many in existence,” shares Jamison. “I tend to gravitate toward the rare, game-used items.”
Overall, the collection dates back to the 1860s and ends with items from the early 2000s. It contains 11 different exhibits that are chronological. Among the oldest items are an 1864 letter from a Civil War union soldier asking his sister to send his baseball so that he and the other soldiers could play in their downtime. Another notable item is a ball from the famous “Called Shot Game.” Allegedly, Babe Ruth pointed to the outfield wall, announced that he was going to hit a home run, and then hit it. An entire exhibit is built around this game, with two original Wrigley field seats, a recreation of the outfield wall, and an inning-by-inning account of the game handwritten by a Chicago sportswriter who was in attendance.
Overall, there are thousands of items on display in the museum – and many items aren’t even displayed. This is because Jamison is conscious of not overloading people. He wants each item on display to be given its due.
This incredible museum is by appointment only. The thing Jamison loves the most about his museum is the connection it gives him with others. He loves seeing which exhibits are people’s favorites. In fact, GroveWood’s slogan is, “A collection that connects us.” You can learn more about the collection or request a visit at GroveWoodBaseball.com.
When it comes to sports cards, a rookie card collection is perhaps the most coveted and valuable card sought after by collectors. A rookie card features an athlete’s first appearance on a team in the highest level of competition in their sport of choice, whether that be baseball, basketball, hockey, or another sport entirely.
There is some debate in the world of collecting about which trading cards constitute rookie cards. Some believe that it’s an athlete’s first appearance on any trading card, while others believe it’s the first widely distributed, licensed issue from a major manufacturer. Either way, these cards make a great addition to any card collection!
Join us as we explore the world of rookie cards and discuss the top rookie cards in each sport, as well as how to add popular rookie cards to your collection.
The Rookie Revolution: Why Collecting Rookie Cards is More than Just a Hobby
Collecting rookie cards is more than just a hobby. Rookie cards are both a monetary investment and a means of preserving culture.
Rookie cards tend to be more sought after than a player’s other cards, making them extremely valuable, especially if the player is particularly famous. Collecting rookie cards can be quite lucrative, and many choose this hobby as a means to fund their retirement.
Additionally, rookie cards hold a special significance in baseball history. They are a record of a player’s first year at the top of their sport, making them historically valuable for collectors and even for museums.
The Rookie Rundown: Understanding the Monetary Value of Rookie Cards
So what exactly makes some rookie cards more valuable than others? Here we’ll break down the factors that contribute to the value of a rookie card.
Player: The more famous the player, the more valuable their rookie card will be. Collectors seek rookie cards from the top players in various sports, such as Michael Jordan in basketball, Ken Griffey Jr. in baseball, or Wayne Gretzky in hockey,
Card Condition: The better condition a card is in, the more valuable it will be. PSA and other grading agencies will grade a card on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the best grade for a card in mint condition. When grading, they examine the printing, the card itself, and the edges of the card.
Rarity: The less plentiful a card is, the more valuable it will be. Rookie cards that are hard to come by tend to be much more valuable than those that are plentiful.
Hoops and Dreams: Zeroing In on Valuable Basketball Rookie Cards
Basketball rookie cards are a popular collectible item, with certain players topping the list of valuable finds. The top rookie card of all time in this sport is the 2009-10 Panini National Treasures Logoman Stephen Curry. This card sold for a whopping $5.9 million, making it the most expensive basketball card ever sold, and also one of the most expensive collectible cards ever made across all categories (including sports cards and Pokemon cards).
Other top rookie cards are those belonging to LeBron James, Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kobe Bryant, Anthony Davis, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, George Mikan, and Wilt Chamberlain. Rookie cards featuring these players have sold for a pretty penny!
Ice Cold Treasures: Uncovering the Worth of Hockey Rookie Cards
When it comes to the ice cold sport of hockey, there are certain players that stand out from the rest. If you come across a rookie card from Wayne Gretzky’s legendary career, be sure to take excellent care of it – it could be super valuable!
Also valuable are cards featuring Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, or Jack Hughes.
Diamonds in the Rough: Identifying Valuable Baseball Rookie Cards
Valuable rookie baseball cards are perhaps the most popular collectible sports card on the market. Rookie cards for popular players of America’s pastime are among the most valuable baseball cards, and they can fetch a high price at auction! Keep an eye out for cards featuring Mickey Mantle and his remarkable career – his rookie card is the most valuable baseball card of all time, and only a handful of these exist!
Also valuable? A Honus Wagner card is considered the Holy Grail of rookie cards. Babe Ruth, Roberto Clemente, Ty Cobb, Eddie Plank, Pete Rose, Lou Gehrig, Joe Jackson, Sherry Magie, and Hank Aaron are also very sough after rookie cards.
How to Care for Rookie Cards
Got a collection of rookie cards? How you store and care for these cards has a big impact on their value!
Grade & Authenticate
If you own any extremely valuable cards, you may want to have them professional sports authenticator. They can give insight as to the authenticity and value of your cards.
You’ll also want to have them graded by an agency such as PSA or Beckett, to verify their condition. Cards with a grade of PSA 10 are considered to be in gem mint condition, while PSA 1 means a card is in poor condition. PSA graded cards are more valuable than cards that are ungraded.
Store Cards Properly
Store your cards in special card cases that protect your cards and prevent the edges from being damaged. You’ll want storage cases that are acid free and will also preserve the printing and colors of your card.
How do I start collecting rookie cards in a particular sport?
Decide which sport and players interest you the most, and start searching online and in local hobby shops for cards to add to your collection! Consider the greatest players from your favorite teams, such as the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox, the San Diego Padres, or the New York Giants.
What should I look for in a rookie card to ensure it’s a valuable addition to my collection?
First, consider which player is featured in the rookie card. Rookie cards of well known players are more valuable! Then, consider condition. Has the card been graded by PSA or another grading company? Finally, consider the person or company you are buying from. Are they a reputable seller? Are clear photos of the card provided so you know what you are purchasing?
Where can I buy or sell rookie cards safely and reliably?
You can purchase rookie cards from sites such as eBay, as well as from local sports cards stores or online dealers of sports cards. When purchasing, remember to consider that graded cards are more valuable as their condition has been verified by a trust third party grading agency.
Which sports cards brands are considered the best?
Popular sport card brands include Upper Deck, Topps, and Fleer, among others.
For many millennials, it’s hard to believe that CDs have become a thing of the past, akin to vinyl records. CDs were popular in the 90s, when you could listen to popular music of all kinds, from Nirvana to Green Day. They replaced vinyl records and cassette tapes due to their superior sound quality.
Today, CDs are a nostalgic collectible item, sought after by young and old alike. The beautiful album booklets, stored in their plastic casing, are pieces of art in their own right, while the CD itself plays music from a now bygone era.
Join us as we explore the world of collecting CDs. We’ll discuss the popularity of this hobby, the monetary value of CDs, and how to manage your very own burgeoning music collection.
The Resurgence of CD Collecting in the Digital Age
Despite the fact that we are living in a digital era – where digital music files are played on iPhones and iPods or listen to on streaming services, collecting physical media such as CDs still has its place. Like records, CDs are tangible and physical objects that allow you to collect classic albums and hold them in your hands. They remind those who grew up with CDs of a simpler time, while for younger generations, they are a unique novelty item for music fans to collect.
The album artwork, showcased on the album booklet, is interesting to look at and is displayed in the plastic casing. The CD itself can be played using vintage CD players, and it’s shape and artwork are also fun to look at.
In a digital world, it’s nice to be able to put your hands on something. That’s the appeal of CDs for collectors and music lovers.
The Real Deal: Assessing the Worth of Your CD Collection
Let’s get real: CDs aren’t worth much. Only rare CDs or autographed CDs will bring in a hefty price tag. But the positive thing about the low value of CDs is that collecting them is relatively easy. There’s no barrier to entry, and you can quickly amass a fairly large collection for a low cost.
This hobby is perfect for collectors who love music, enjoy having a large collection, and don’t want to sink a lot of cash into what they are collecting. Buying a CD is a great way to introduce yourself to new music or listen to your favorite albums or favorite artists.\
Current Pulse: The 2023 Perspective on CD Sales and Popularity
In 2023, CD collecting is rampant, perhaps for the great memories and emotional connection that many people have with CDs. As digital platforms become the go-to place for listening to music, CDs are now viewed as collectible items. CDs can be purchased easily at thrift stores, music stores, or online. There are many CD collectors who choose to focus on a specific genre, while others collect CDs in multiple categories.
Overall, CDs are growing in popularity as an alternative way to experience music. They are easy to care for and easy to find. All you need to listen to them is a vintage CD player!
For the Love of Music: The Emotional and Tangible Value in CD Collections
Many CD collectors have taken up this hobby for the emotional experience that a CD brings them. Perhaps they owned CDs in their teens, and having the first CD they ever bought brings back positive memories. CDs often have great sentimental value. The CD booklets are a tangible and often beautiful object that enhances the listening experience, as many of them display album artwork and lyrics to the songs on the album. This is something that simply cannot be replicated by digital downloads!
What’s Next? Strategies for Managing Your Existing CD Collection
Caring for your CDs is pretty easy to do. First, be sure to store them in the case that they come in, for maximum protection. You can purchase a simple CD or DVD cleanser and a soft cloth to keep your CDs clean and in working order.
You’ll also want to figure out how to store your CDs, which can actually be quite exciting! Many collectors store their CDs on shelving. There are actually pieces of furniture you can buy that were made specifically for storing CDs. You can also replicate a CD store in your own home if your collection is large enough, sorting your CDs by date and genre.
One Person’s Trash: How to Sell Your Old CDs
You may not get a lot of money by selling your old CDs on the secondary market, but if you are no longer interested in them, selling them to someone who is is much more eco-friendly than trashing them. You can sell your CDs on eBay, sell them to a consignment shop, or donate them to your local thrift store so that someone else can experience the joy of collecting CDs.
How can I start or expand my CD collection in 2023?
Expanding your CD collection is easy and inexpensive! Look for CDs at thrift stores, music stores, or online on sites such as eBay.
Are there specific genres or artists that make CDs more collectible?
Focus your CD collection on music that you personally love, rather than popular music. CDs aren’t worth a whole lot of money, so you’ll want to focus your collection on music that has a lot of personal value to you.
Sneaker enthusiasts, also known as “sneakerheads,” are interested in acquiring a large collection of unique and colorful sneakers as a hobby. They are interested in a variety of top brands, including Nike, Adidas, Puma, and many more.
Collecting sneakers as a hobby is a concept that has picked up speed in recent years, but the passion for sneakers owes its thanks to two events: the introduction of the ever popular Air Jordan, named after famous basketball player Michael Jordan, and the hip-hop movement, which turned sneakers into a status symbol.
Today, the sneaker resale marketing is booming more than ever. In 2021, this market was estimated to be worth $10 billion, making sneaker collecting more than just a hobby – but an investment opportunity as well! The savvy sneaker collector can also become a successful reseller, if they play their cards right.
Read on as we explore the lucrative and exciting world of collectible sneakers, from acquiring, to authenticating, to selling a popular pair of limited edition sneakers.
Justifying the Hype: Is Sneaker Collecting a Worthwhile Investment?
During the pandemic, sneaker collecting experienced a huge boom. This is likely due to the fact that collectors had more time on their hands and were stuck at home. Many people took this opportunity to organize their sneaker collection, as well as make online purchases or even sell sneakers online. The value of many sneakers soared during this time.
As we make our way through 2023, the price of entering the hobby has simmered down, making it an excellent time for new collectors to enter the market. If you are interested in investing in sneakers, start by purchasing what you like, and learn more about the brands and styles of sneakers that interest you the most.
To stay on top of trends, follow accounts on Twitter or Instagram that are dedicated to sneakers, and download the apps for popular sneaker brands that you are interested in learning about. You’ll be in the know when new releases come out in retail stores, and you’ll be able to jump on these purchases before they sell out.
Keep the sneakers in excellent condition if your plan is to resell. If you are able to procure a sneaker that sold out, you’ll be able to sell it at a profit online. You can also hold on to your purchases and wait for the opportunity to sell for a maximum profit, if you are patient enough to wait it out.
Sneaker Spectrum: The Most Coveted Brands and Models in the Collector’s World
Among the sneakers available on the market today, there are certain brands and styles that truly stand apart from the rest. Read on as we explore the top brands in sneaker culture that you may want to add to your collection.
Top Sneaker Brands
Nike: Known for their superior product and the most popular sneaker of all time, the Air Jordan, Nike continues to produce an assortment of iconic sneakers that collectors everywhere covet. The Nike swoosh has come to signify a high-quality, stylish sneaker.
Adidas: Known for their trademark three stripes, Adidas is nearly as popular as Nike for the shoes that they produce. In recent years, they have done some collaborations that have boosted their popularity, including collabs with Blondey McCoy and Kerwin Frost.
Skechers: Started in 1992, this American company is headquartered in California. They are the third largest brand of footwear in the country.
Vans: Started in the 1960s as skater shoes, these sneakers soon became popular across the country. The signature style of this brand is called the Authentic.
Reebok: An international brand that was founded in Britain, their home base is in Boston, and they were later purchased by German brand, Adidas. The most popular style of Reebok is the Club C style.
Puma: Started in 1948, Puma is known for it’s retro classic styles made of suede and other materials.
Converse: Converse Chuck Taylor basketball shoes are super popular among sneaker lovers. This classic style comes in a variety of collectible colors. Many Converse lovers own multiple pairs!
New Balance: These “Made in the USA” sneakers are known for their chunky style. The company has been around since the early 1900s, and the sneakers tend to be more popular with the older generation.
Counting Kicks: When Does Your Assortment Become a Collection?
What’s the difference between owning lots of sneakers and being a collector? The average sneaker owner tends to focus on being stylish and wearing the the sneakers that they own. This means that the sneakers they own will endure some wear and tear.
A sneaker collector, on the other hand, may do one of a few things: they may keep their sneakers in top condition and on display, rather than wear them out. They may also attempt to resell their sneakers for a profit. If you want to become a collector, you’ll want to quit wearing your sneakers around and focus on curating a stunning sneaker display in an assortment of styles and colors.
To Wear or Not to Wear: The Collector’s Dilemma
As mentioned earlier, collectors of sneakers may focus more on preserving their shoes than wearing them. This is a common debate in the sneaker community, and it is the dilemma of sneakerheads everywhere: to wear, or not to wear?
The answer truly depends on you. Are you interested in sneakers because you want to be stylish? If so, you may want to wear your finds. However, if you are collecting for display or for eventual resale, you’ll want to preserve your sneakers. Sneakers that are unworn and in their original box have the most value.
The Sole Purpose: Unveiling the Psychology Behind Sneaker Collecting
Why do sneakerheads do what they do? What is the driving force behind building a sneaker collection? There are multiple factors that influence people to collect. Read on as we discuss these factors in greater detail!
Thrill of the Hunt: Many people are drawn to sneaker collecting because of the thrill of the hunt. It can be exciting to finally procure that limited edition sneaker you’ve been on the hunt for! This is the motivation behind collections of all kinds, but it’s definitely something that influences sneaker collectors as well.
Social Status: The hip hop movement turned sneakers into a status symbol, and owning certain sneakers, such as the Air Jordan, can signify wealth or popularity. This is a driving force for some sneakerheads.
Emotional Connection: Some people enjoy collecting sneakers because they have an emotional connection to a specific brand. Perhaps the classic style of Converse makes them nostalgic, or they enjoy reminiscing about Michael Jordan’s basketball career so they collect Air Jordans.
Future Gold: Predicting the Next High-Value Sneakers
While Nike is considered the top brand on the sneaker market with a rich history, some collectors have their eye on other companies – such as New Balance and Saucony. Another popular trend is luxury sneakers. Luxury brands such as Burberry, Jimmy Choo, and Prada are developing their own sneakers, which could be a popular collectible item in the future!
Your First Pair: Tips for Kickstarting Your Sneaker Collection
Looking to get started with collecting sneakers? Start by following plenty of social media accounts of various sneaker brands or collectors. Download the apps for your favorite sneaker brands or stores. It’s important to be in the know so that you are aware of all the newest releases.
Start buying your favorite brands, especially designs that are limited edition. Finally, be sure to display your collection in your home. There are some cool sneaker displays out there that can really make your collection pop!
How do I initiate my journey in sneaker collecting?
Follow popular sneaker brands and influencers so that you are in the know when it comes to your favorite brands. Start purchasing sneakers in your favorite styles and brands and display them creatively in your home.
What factors contribute to a sneaker’s resale value?
The resale value of a sneaker depends on the brand, the style, and the condition of the sneaker. Unworn sneakers in their original box will retain the most value.
Are there platforms or communities where sneaker collectors can exchange insights and deals?
Follow Nike, Adidas, and other popular sneakers on Twitter, and download their apps to keep up with new sneaker releases and hot deals. You may also want to follow the accounts of your favorite sneaker stores.
The miniature world of collectible dollhouses is a fascinating one! Vintage dollhouses are both beautiful and charming, full of tiny treasures that are often acquired from individual artists. Unlike the world of mass-produced plastic Barbie dreamhouses made for playing with Barbie dolls, tiny antique doll houses are unique collectibles, appealing to both children and adults alike. And believe it or not, the hobby is genderless – with many dollhouse collectors actually being men.
Follow along as we explore the wonderful world of collectible doll houses, the from the houses themselves to the whole selection of unique handcrafted accessories that you can decorate with.
The Enchanting Universe of Collecting Dollhouses
Dollhouse collecting is a fascinating hobby. First, there are the houses themselves. You can purchase a house that is an exact replica of a real, full-sized home. These come in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and styles and are available for purchase online. You can purchase a pre-assembled dollhouse, or if you’re feeling especially crafty, you can buy a kit to start construction on your own house. You can also opt to furnish a single dollhouse room or apartment. These are known as “room boxes.”
Equally as fascinating as the houses and room boxes are the miniature furnishings that are placed inside of them. Dollhouse collectors select miniatures with the utmost care, with hyper-realistic items being the most sought after. Dollhouse miniatures are usually made by highly-skilled artisans with the best materials, and can be found online or even commissioned. Because so much care goes into these pieces, they are usually quite expensive to procure. Dollhouse collecting is an expensive hobby if one is serious about it!
Hidden Treasures: Uncovering the Value in Antique Dollhouses
Vintage and antique dollhouses can sell for hundreds or thousands of dollars! The price of the dollhouse depends on a variety of factors, including the age, the maker, and the craftsmanship. As tiny dollhouse accessories can tend to go missing over time, their presence can add a lot of value to a collectible dollhouse. Dollhouses that are furnished tend to sell for much more than empty, unfurnished doll houses.
The top price that a dollhouse has ever sold for was in 1978, when a dollhouse known as Titania’s Palace sold for almost $300,000 at auction at Christie’s in London. This 16-room mansion from the 1920s came with heat and electricity, making it a desirable purchase.
Queen Mary’s Dollhouse: Meet the Most Valuable Dollhouse Ever
There are a variety of beautiful and expensive dollhouses in existence, but perhaps the most valuable is one that was gifted to Queen Mary of England. Commissioned by her cousin, Princess Marie Louise, this dollhouse was created by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. The furnishings are detailed, with some bottles of real wine, miniature paintings by well-known artists, and over 300 miniature books. The famous dollhouse now sits in a room at Windsor Castle in England.
Trend or Timeless? Assessing the Contemporary Popularity of Dollhouses
Dollhouses remain a popular niche hobby. Dollhouse collectors still exist, as do the talented artisans that produce their furnishings. Originating in the 17th century, antique and vintage dollhouses are experiencing a resurgence of popularity in the 2020s. The 19th and 20th centuries are considered the “golden age” of dollhouses, with beautiful designs and stunning craftmanship on display in houses from that era. Still, more modern dollhouses are in demand as well. You can still find brand new dollhouses in a variety of online and brick and mortar stores, as well as tiny accessories.
Collectors tend to enjoy dollhouses that mimic a variety of styles of full-sized décor, such as Victorian, Colonial, and mid-century modern. Decorating a dollhouse is a fun way to exercise ones interior design skills on a smaller scale – which is perhaps why many people find this hobby so appealing!
How do I begin my own dollhouse collection?
You can look for vintage, antique, or even brand new dollhouses by searching online on eBay, Etsy, and other stores. Once you have a dollhouse or room box set up, it’s time to fill it with beautiful miniature finds, which can be bought online from dollhouse artisans.
Where can I find reliable platforms for buying and selling collectible dollhouses?
What are the key features that make a dollhouse valuable?
Dollhouses that are furnished tend to sell for higher prices than empty ones. The miniature, detailed décor pieces on display in the dollhouse add a lot of value. Dollhouses are also valued for the age, condition, rarity, and design details.
Michael Dixon refers to himself as an “eccentric collector.” Shares, Michael, “If I like it, I put it in my collection.” The unique feature of this collection, dubbed “Dixon’s Dungeon,” is the sheer variety of items that are included. Unlike many collections, there is no specific focus. There are action figures, toys, books, antiques, license plates, comic books, wrestling items, instruments, records, cassettes, sports collectibles (especially hockey), and so much more!
Michael was a kid in the 1980s, where he developed an interest in action figures – many of which are still in his collection today. “I never let any of them go!” says Michael. About 15 or 20 years ago, he started really building his unique collection, buying items from places such as thrift stores, antique shops, garage sales, estate sales, and auctions. “I had to do some psychoanalysis to decided if I was a collector or a hoarder,” Michael explains. “I like my house filled up with knick knacks!” He even shares this passion with his daughter. His home has been called a mini museum.
Among the variety of items in his collection are 2,000 comic books, 400 Star Wars action figures, and 150 wrestling figures. Michael’s favorites include a set of lawn Jarts, which are darts that were banned in the 80s and 90s. He found them in his grandma’s closet and added them to the collection. He also loves a 1985 Power of the Force Star Wars Yakface action figure, a 1978 blue Snaggletooth, and the first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that was released in 1983.
The oldest item in the collection is a dinosaur bone, which is about 30 million years old. Other notable older items are some books from the 1700s, as well as vintage toys from the 1960s and onward. One of the most sentimental items in the collection is a Star Wars Emperor figure from 1983, which Michael has had since childhood. Also notable is the 1980s editions of the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons books.
Many of the items in Michael’s collection have appreciated in value over the years. In the early 90s, Michael paid $12 for his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic, which is signed by Kevin Eastman, one of the creators of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is now worth between $4,000 and $5,000. Another item that has increased in value is his Devo record, which he bought for $5 and is now worth $300 or $400.
The collection is on display in a few places: in two rooms in Michael’s house, in an off-property storage room, in Michael’s classroom where he teaches, and at his brother’s record store called Maynard’s Music. “I have what I call my Comstock Comic Book Closet, which is a room with my comics and superhero action figures. My dining room has my instruments, antiques, and a cabinet full of vintage Star Wars figures. The back room contains wrestling, Dr. Who, Star Trek, a line of toys called Final Faction, books, drums, vinyl records, Star Wars, Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe, diecast cards, and more.”
Whenever Michael travels, he seeks out places where he can add to his collection, which has grown to include between 3,000 and 4,000 items, or “relics”, as Michael refers to them. He refers to them as relics because of his love for Indiana Jones, who also collects relics.