This Trading Card Gamer’s Collection Has Soared in Value Over the Years
Zach Bunn’s interest in Pokémon cards began in the 90s when Pokémon first appeared on the scene. One Christmas, when he was about 9 years old, his mother gifted him and his brother starter sets for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. “It was a whole new world to be introduced to!” shares Zach. “Each card… Continue reading This Trading Card Gamer’s Collection Has Soared in Value Over the Years
Jake Holland (AKA Pizza Beard Party) Showcases His Collection of Funko, Pokémon, Movies, and More!
Jake Holland describes himself as a human cartoon character with a love for geek culture, collectibles, and cinema. His passion is to bring joy to the internet via short-form videos on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. You may know him as Pizza Beard Party, with a big personality and an Instagram account boasting around 59.5K followers… Continue reading Jake Holland (AKA Pizza Beard Party) Showcases His Collection of Funko, Pokémon, Movies, and More!
The Most Complete Collection of Slot Cards In the World
Bob Baker has been collecting since childhood. It started with stamp and coin collections, and then evolved into a collection of casino chips, tokens, and other memorabilia. Eventually, Bob decided to concentrate on collecting just a few things, so he focused primarily on slot cards. He later started to collect the entry tickets that are… Continue reading The Most Complete Collection of Slot Cards In the World
Collector Enjoys the Nostalgia of Factory-Sealed Video Games
Daniel A’s penchant for collecting started at the age of five. “I collected Star Wars figures, comic books – I can’t really remember a time when I wasn’t collecting something!” His love for comic books continued throughout the years, and he still has a comic book collection. But as an adult, Daniel’s true passion for… Continue reading Collector Enjoys the Nostalgia of Factory-Sealed Video Games
Photographer Uses His Collection of Railroadiana to Tell the Story Behind His Railroad Photos
Fred Ripley has loved railroads since he was a kid. This love came from his father and grandfather, who passed their passion on to him. “My dad liked photography, and we would go on trips to photograph and watch trains,” he explains. This interest in railroading developed into the start of a collection of timetables… Continue reading Photographer Uses His Collection of Railroadiana to Tell the Story Behind His Railroad Photos
Guide to Comic Book Grading and Valuation with Professional Grader Bill Cole
In June of 1973, Bill Cole watched his public broadcasting channel, where three issues of a Monster Mania magazine and a ticket to a local comic book show were auctioned off. He purchased all of it for just $12 and attended the comic book show, which was in Boston, Massachusetts. Bill saw comic books that… Continue reading Guide to Comic Book Grading and Valuation with Professional Grader Bill Cole
Top Collectible Items from the 5 New Olympic Sports
After being postponed for a full year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on July 23, 2021, the Summer Olympic Games will finally have their opening ceremony. With five new sports being added to the mix, viewers of the 2021 Olympics will have something new to get excited about, and loyal fans of these sports can… Continue reading Top Collectible Items from the 5 New Olympic Sports
The History of Collectible Trading Cards
Trading cards are experiencing an unprecedented boom in popularity thanks to the pandemic, but did you know that this collectible originated in the 1800s as “cigarette cards”? And did you know that the entire concept of collecting cards emerged from Victorian-era sentimentality and a fascination with new-fangled color printing? The modern obsession with Pokémon cards,… Continue reading The History of Collectible Trading Cards
Collection of Fenton Art Glass Is Full of Colorful and Unique Pieces
It all started in 1996, when Ellen Stohler and her husband were living in a small town in New Jersey. The last to get cable, they were excited to explore the various channels when they came across the shopping channel QVC. Bill Fenton of Fenton Art Glass was showcasing a beautiful Mulberry hand painted vase. “He was… Continue reading Collection of Fenton Art Glass Is Full of Colorful and Unique Pieces
Collector Takes the Thrill of Opening Vintage Sports Cards Packs to a New Level
Like many children, Charlie Parrino started collecting cards of his favorite sports players when he was about 8 years old. “It was a pastime that was really popular all through the 70s,” says Charlie. As he got older and discovered eBay and auctions, he realized that people were selling unopened cello packs, and he began… Continue reading Collector Takes the Thrill of Opening Vintage Sports Cards Packs to a New Level
Top 7 Collectible Toys That Are Worth Insuring
Did you know that toys are one of the most popular collectible items? Collectors are acquiring (and insuring) modern and vintage toys of all kinds. We can certainly understand the appeal! For many, toys can bring a nostalgic connection to their childhood. Collecting them can be a way of remembering the past, or even of… Continue reading Top 7 Collectible Toys That Are Worth Insuring
This Collector Has a Room Full of Hot Wheels Cars
Jerry Thompson first played with the original Hot Wheels cars from 1968 when he was just six years old. In seventh grade, Jerry would take his paper route money and head to the local Sears store during his lunch time to see what new Hot Wheels cars were available. “Hot Wheels Flying Colors were the… Continue reading This Collector Has a Room Full of Hot Wheels Cars
Collection Includes Over 11,000 Comics and Incredible KISS Merchandise
Like many collectors, Joe B. got his start at a young age, collecting baseball cards, coins, newspapers of special events, and the occasional comic book from the store racks. “My mom used to give me silver coins that she would find as change, and she also gave me coin books to put them in to… Continue reading Collection Includes Over 11,000 Comics and Incredible KISS Merchandise
Reds Memorabilia Collector Focuses on Unique and Hard-to-Find Items
Jeff Cox got his start collecting baseball cards around 1987. He soon branched out and began collecting old programs and yearbooks. “The older I got, I started gravitating toward things I liked the most,” he shares. Being a Cincinnati Reds fan, he began to add game-used jerseys and batting gloves to his collection, as well… Continue reading Reds Memorabilia Collector Focuses on Unique and Hard-to-Find Items
Stadium Seat Collector is Well-Known for His Restoration Services
Sean Walsh has been collecting bobble heads, bats, and other trinkets from ballparks since he was 8 years old. As he grew older, he began to collect other baseball memorabilia, including catcher’s mitts from the 1900s to 1960s. His decision to start collecting stadium seats – which now comprises the majority of his collection –… Continue reading Stadium Seat Collector is Well-Known for His Restoration Services
Napkin Collector Has Autographed Napkins from Famous Figures in Sports and Music
It all started at the age of five years old. As a little girl, Cathy Campbell recalls coming home from a birthday party with an unused napkin. “My mother asked me why I didn’t use it, and I told her it was too pretty to use,” Cathy shares. So her mother placed the napkin in… Continue reading Napkin Collector Has Autographed Napkins from Famous Figures in Sports and Music
Collector Has Statues of Popular Movie, TV, and Comic Book Characters
Like many collectors, Keith Glenn caught the bug when he was just a kid. “I collected comics,” he shares. Whenever he could, he would add to his small collection with the allowance his parents gave him. “I’ve always been a neat freak as far as organizing my stuff,” he explains. “My comic books were taken… Continue reading Collector Has Statues of Popular Movie, TV, and Comic Book Characters
Collector Is Passionate About the Healing Power of Art
When Paul Braswell first started purchasing art, he was buying posters and having them framed at a local Baltimore frame shop called Expressions. He was buying art for the fun of it, without much knowledge of the art world and without really thinking of his purchases as investments. All of that changed with a piece… Continue reading Collector Is Passionate About the Healing Power of Art
Barbie, Ellowyne, American Girl, and More: Nicole Randall Displays Her Collection of Over 1,000 Dolls
Nicole Randall’s doll collection started as a relaxing hobby to help take her mind off the stress of medical school. She had always loved Barbie as a young girl, and she had been looking at collector’s dolls on websites and wondering if she should purchase one. $100 seemed like a lot to spend on a… Continue reading Barbie, Ellowyne, American Girl, and More: Nicole Randall Displays Her Collection of Over 1,000 Dolls
Iconic MLB Stadiums of the Past, Present, and Future
Baseball has long been considered America's favorite pastime. This month, excitement and expectations are high as fans return to stadiums across the country for the first time since October 2019. After COVID-19 forced big changes to the 2020 season, the site of spectators filling the stadiums is a welcome one. Stadiums are once again at… Continue reading Iconic MLB Stadiums of the Past, Present, and Future
This Collection of Autographed Sports, Movie, and Television Memorabilia Has Something for Everyone
Al Sorenson’s collection started about 20 years ago. He and his wife – an antique collector – moved into a home with a finished basement, and he was looking for items to decorate the space with. The first piece he purchased was a baseball autographed by Fergie Jenkins. It wasn’t a super valuable piece, but… Continue reading This Collection of Autographed Sports, Movie, and Television Memorabilia Has Something for Everyone
Collector Works to Preserve Items from the Prehistoric Southwest
Like many people, Jim Owens has considered himself a collector since childhood – his earliest collections involving coins and baseball cards. As an adult, he developed an interest in an entirely different type of collection. When building his house in Arizona, the contractor added a pot shelf to the building plan. Inspired to put this… Continue reading Collector Works to Preserve Items from the Prehistoric Southwest
Comic Books: From a Childhood Collection to Tips for Selling
Joe Arciaga has been passionate about comics since he was a child. It all started when he was young and his family was living in Germany because his father – who was in the Air Force – was stationed there. His father would go to the newsstand for a paper and started to pick up… Continue reading Comic Books: From a Childhood Collection to Tips for Selling
This Funko Pops Collector Has Turned a Favorite Hobby into a Living
Steve’s interest in Funko Pops started small. It all began when he walked into a comic store one day and saw a Game of Thrones Funko Pop of John Snow. It caught his attention, so he decided to purchase this one item. Eventually, he decided to purchase all of the Game of Thrones Pops. Soon, he learned that… Continue reading This Funko Pops Collector Has Turned a Favorite Hobby into a Living
Sailor Moon Fan’s Collection Has Grown Over the Years
A few years back, we shared the story of a woman with a sparkly, shiny collection of Sailor Moon merchandise. The collection took up an entire four bookcases, and was chock-full of colorful and fun Sailor Moon items. Fast-forward to today: Sarah Forde’s collection is still going strong, and she’s had the opportunity to share her… Continue reading Sailor Moon Fan’s Collection Has Grown Over the Years
Blue Willow China: A Collection With a Storied Past
“Back in the early 1980s, my husband’s aunt gave us a few odd pieces of the Blue Willow,” shares Cheryl. “We didn’t know anything about them.” But in their travels, they would stumble across the Blue Willow pattern in antique stores, and they would purchase the pieces to add to their burgeoning collection. “We love… Continue reading Blue Willow China: A Collection With a Storied Past
Can You Hear the Turkey Call?
Many may not realize that making a turkey call is a truly American folk art. Wild turkeys are native to only North America, and hunting them requires a special device called a turkey call, which creates a sound that attracts them. Domesticated turkeys are rather unintelligent, due to breeding, but wild turkeys are very intelligent.… Continue reading Can You Hear the Turkey Call?
A Collector of Collections: Arcade Games, Coca Cola, Big Bird, and More!
Randy Feldman has always considered himself a collector. As a child he enjoyed accumulating items such as stamps and coins. While he definitely caught the bug early, it wasn’t until a much later – when he moved out of his parents’ house and got out on his own – that Randy truly started to collect.… Continue reading A Collector of Collections: Arcade Games, Coca Cola, Big Bird, and More!
Ceramic Artist Is the Proud Owner of an Eclectic Collection of Art
Karen Koblitz is both an artist and an art collector. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976 and has been working as an artist ever since. Her own art is mainly ceramic work that’s inspired by cultures from the many places she’s been fortunate enough to travel,… Continue reading Ceramic Artist Is the Proud Owner of an Eclectic Collection of Art
A Collection of Updates: A Guided Tour of Our New Website
If you frequently use our website, you may have noticed some changes around here – and we hope you like them! We are still the same great company, and our values remain the same, but we’ve got a new look plus some new functionality that will make it a lot easier for you to use… Continue reading A Collection of Updates: A Guided Tour of Our New Website
Collector Has Over 800 Baseballs Signed By World Leaders
Randy Kaplan has been collecting for his entire life. “I collected everything as a kid!” It started with baseball cards, comic books, monster models, and wacky packages and soon turned into rock star and celebrity autographs – including The Rolling Stones and Sting. But it was an encounter with a US President that really rocked… Continue reading Collector Has Over 800 Baseballs Signed By World Leaders
The Rising Popularity of Trap and Skeet Shooting
With many major sporting events being postponed or canceled due to the pandemic, many are itching to watch or play sports again. As the country slowly but surely reopens, many shooting ranges are now opening their doors for a limited amount of people to come participate in their activities! Trap and skeet are sports that… Continue reading The Rising Popularity of Trap and Skeet Shooting
This Appraiser/Collector is the Proud Owner of Over 60 Guitars
When it comes to guitars, Rod Highsmith knows his stuff! This appraiser and collector is the proud owner of about 60 guitars. The collection is comprised mainly of electric and acoustic guitars from as far back as 1938 until about 1972. There are a few other instruments in the mix, including ukuleles, mandolins, and a… Continue reading This Appraiser/Collector is the Proud Owner of Over 60 Guitars
For Sports Memorabilia Collector, Life Consists of “Family, Work, and Sports”
Rodney Hannah is the proud owner of a “massive” collection of sports memorabilia. This includes autographed baseballs, baseball cards, and autographed photos and jerseys. With sports being his only hobby, Rodney’s life consists of “family, work, and sports.” “I started collecting baseball cards at age six,” he shares. “I can remember buying my first pack… Continue reading For Sports Memorabilia Collector, Life Consists of “Family, Work, and Sports”
Collectible Items in Support of COVID-19 Relief Efforts
One of the unexpected side-effects of COVID-19? The number of online auctions has skyrocketed. In fact, eBay has reported that their first quarter active buyers reached 174 million, which reflects two percent growth over their prior year quarter. Auction houses are turning to the internet as a means of staying afloat. What’s more – many… Continue reading Collectible Items in Support of COVID-19 Relief Efforts
4 Tips for Improving Your Collection While at Home
The COVID-19 pandemic has kept most of us inside our houses, with very few places to go besides a necessary trip to the grocery store. For many people, this situation means that we have some extra time on our hands. If you’re a collector who is currently at home, try investing this time into your… Continue reading 4 Tips for Improving Your Collection While at Home
Baseball Card and Video Game Enthusiast Views Collecting as an Investment
Baseball Card and Video Game Enthusiast Views Collecting as an Investment Eric Naierman got his start collecting baseball cards in the early 90s. Like many collectors, he realized that the card companies were overproducing cards at the time, and this made most of the cards that he was collecting almost valueless. They still held a… Continue reading Baseball Card and Video Game Enthusiast Views Collecting as an Investment
What’s She Collecting? A Model Horse of Course!
Every little girl has had the phase – the one where she loves horses and has her very own model horse collection. For some people, this is more than a phase – it’s a lifelong passion. Just ask Corina Roberts, who was surprised to discover that the majority of her fellow model horse collectors are… Continue reading What’s She Collecting? A Model Horse of Course!
Matchbook Holders – A Unique and Storied Collectible
Andy Denes is a collector of a unique item called the matchbook holder. The matchbook holder is a 20th century version of a match safe (a small, portable box that holds loose stick matches). Rather than containing the loose matches in a box, a matchbook holder wraps around a familiar folding cardboard matchbook. Andy discovered… Continue reading Matchbook Holders – A Unique and Storied Collectible
A Passion for Collecting: Valentine’s Day Cards Through the Years
Named in honor of the martyred 3rd-century Roman priest and physician Valentinus, Valentine's Day means sending and receiving Valentine's Day cards. Legend has it that Valentinus was beheaded for helping Christian couples marry, and that he penned the world's first Valentine's card to his jailer's daughter on the eve of his execution. Around 500 A.D.,… Continue reading A Passion for Collecting: Valentine’s Day Cards Through the Years
Model Train Collection Represents a Load of Memories
It was a Lionel train set around his parents' Christmas tree that sparked Bob Pettitt’s passion for trains at the young age of six or seven years old. Years later, Bob is a collector with a vast model train collection comprised of over 9,000 items and accessories – a collection worth somewhere in the neighborhood… Continue reading Model Train Collection Represents a Load of Memories
Top Treasured Collectibles
If you are a fan of collectibles, there is no limit to the things that you can gather. It is thrilling, and you get to keep the items that you deem unique and valuable. The hobby has become unbelievably popular, with a market size of $1.5 billion for online antiques and collectibles in the U.S.… Continue reading Top Treasured Collectibles
Jukebox Heaven & Happy Days
John Belott’s love of jukeboxes dates back to the year 1968—when he was just eight years old. He and his twin brother, Joseph, were born and raised in Telford, Pennsylvania. As far back as he can remember, his father would take them fishing on Saturdays. During those fishing trips, they would go to the bar… Continue reading Jukebox Heaven & Happy Days
This Season’s Best Holiday Toys: Are They the Hot Collectibles of the Future?
When the holidays approach, many parents are frantic to get their hands on the hottest toys of the season before they are all gone, in an effort to make their child’s experience happy and memorable. But others have a different goal in mind when seeking to snatch up this holiday season’s popular offerings: collectible value.… Continue reading This Season’s Best Holiday Toys: Are They the Hot Collectibles of the Future?
The Super-Powered Comic Book Collector
Nowadays, lots of movies are coming out that are based on comic books. We may think we have a deep understanding of the stories and the characters in these and other comics. Compared to Bob Bretall, though, we don’t. Bretall is no ordinary comic book collector. He holds the Guinness World Record for World’s Largest… Continue reading The Super-Powered Comic Book Collector
All Aboard for Holiday Train Shows!
Now that the holiday season is upon us, many adults will be looking back fondly on childhood memories of model trains running under the Christmas tree. Of course, there is no need for these memories to be restricted to childhood, as many adults continue their passion for train collecting throughout their lives. Collectors of trains… Continue reading All Aboard for Holiday Train Shows!
Can’t Contain This Collector’s Passion in Just One (Beer) Can
Ever since he was just a boy, Jason Haupt has been collecting beer cans. Though he grew up in South Florida, his parents are originally from England. His father was an airline employee, which meant annual trips to the “homeland” to visit friends and family. Jason remembers an informal rule of drinking in England—if you… Continue reading Can’t Contain This Collector’s Passion in Just One (Beer) Can
Love for Pizza Leads to World’s Largest Collection of Boxes
Scott Wiener didn’t plan on amassing the world’s largest collection of pizza boxes. But nine years ago, he came across a stack of boxes unlike any other. Used to seeing a generic phrase paired with a simple drawing, this explosively colorful design took him by surprise. The box top presented an image of the Ponte… Continue reading Love for Pizza Leads to World’s Largest Collection of Boxes
Getting Ready for Hunting Season: A 2019 Guide
As the Fall weather approaches, many Americans look forward to the beginning of hunting season. It’s an activity that can truly provide a challenge—a trek through nature, a test of skill against a known objective, and the prize of providing sustenance for you and your family. The Internet is full of excellent hunting resources and… Continue reading Getting Ready for Hunting Season: A 2019 Guide
Can’t Extinguish This Firefighter’s Love of Fire Collectibles
Kim Stellhorn was practically raised in a fire station. His grandfather was a volunteer fireman in Illinois. Much of Kim’s childhood was spent with his grandfather taking him on fire truck rides, going to the station, and attending events at the firehouse. His lifelong passion for collecting fire memorabilia started when he was a young… Continue reading Can’t Extinguish This Firefighter’s Love of Fire Collectibles
Commemorative Stamps Issued as Sesame Street Turns Fifty
In 1969, Sesame Street debuted with a bold mission. Unlike many children's TV shows of the era, Sesame Street put education at its core . While other programs often did have an educational component, Sesame Street was constructed around a learning curriculum designed by experts in the field. And wouldn't you know it, it worked.… Continue reading Commemorative Stamps Issued as Sesame Street Turns Fifty
The Lure of Fishing Leads to Collection of Fishing Lures
Dan Magers loves to fish and, like many fresh and salt water enthusiasts, he uses lures to catch his prey. A quarter century ago, Dan became as fascinated with the lures he used as with the sport of musky fishing. After inheriting a case of lures from his grandfather, he started a collection of his… Continue reading The Lure of Fishing Leads to Collection of Fishing Lures
The Most Affordable Magic Card in the Deck
Whether you've been collecting and playing Magic: The Gathering since the release of the very first edition, or if you'll soon be picking up the new Core Set 2020, you know that there's something special about these sets of cards. In addition to the unique and beautiful artwork featured on each card, and the countless… Continue reading The Most Affordable Magic Card in the Deck
From One Minimoog Synthesizer to My Collection of Instruments
Vince Pupillo has always had an interest in electronic musical instruments, but it wasn’t until 2005 that his collection started to flourish. “I owned and played a Moog Minimoog Synthesizer back in the 1970s, but that instrument had to be sold at one point to pay for college,” Vince recalls. “I purchased another vintage Minimoog… Continue reading From One Minimoog Synthesizer to My Collection of Instruments
Top Summer Art Exhibits Around the U.S.
Around the nation—literally from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.—the summertime presents a prime opportunity for you to head out to your city’s most respected collections of art and view exhibits that represent the pinnacle of mankind’s ability for visual expression. This year is no exception, so we’ve rounded up a few of 2019’s hottest upcoming… Continue reading Top Summer Art Exhibits Around the U.S.
From Jerseys to Jockstraps: Baseball Collectibles Bat Above Average
Early this year, Bryce Harper set a pair of baseball records—off the field. Late in February, sources confirmed that he'd signed the largest guaranteed contract in North American sports history: $330 million for 13 years with the Philadelphia Phillies. After a successful seven seasons with the Washington Nationals, he hung up his #34 jersey and took… Continue reading From Jerseys to Jockstraps: Baseball Collectibles Bat Above Average
Teenage Beatles Fan Grows into a Life-Long Beatles Collector
When does a Beatles fan grow into a Beatles collector? Mark Lackey, who is retired from the military and is now a meteorologist residing in western North Carolina, had to give that question some serious thought. “I think my first Beatles (related) record purchased was the Capitol 45 RPM single, Listen to What the Man Said, in… Continue reading Teenage Beatles Fan Grows into a Life-Long Beatles Collector
Eighty years of Marvel comics: reviewing the past, protecting the future
As the second decade of the new millennium ends, Marvel's iconic superheroes seem to have found a global stage in cinema. In 11 short years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has shattered box office franchise records, grossing over $18 billion worldwide. With the final film of the flagship Avengers arc (Endgame) hitting theaters in late April,… Continue reading Eighty years of Marvel comics: reviewing the past, protecting the future
LA Rams Memorabilia Through the Years
Super Bowl LIII is around the corner! Eric Geller is a Los Angeles Rams fan that has been collecting memorabilia for years. Some items in Geller’s collection include tickets from the 1980 Super Bowl to numerous Rams toys and autographed jerseys. According to ABC7, “Geller's most cherished piece is a Rams helmet signed by members… Continue reading LA Rams Memorabilia Through the Years
Toys Worth Keeping
Thinking about giving away some of your childhood toys? Before you clean out your attic, you may want to check how much the toys are worth. Certain Barbie dolls, Pokémon cards, and PEZ dispensers are worth a fortune today, while some Beanie Babies and Tamagotchis may increase in value in the near future. Read more here.
These Collectibles May Make You Millions
Have any sports memorabilia laying around your house? How about old books or comic books? Before you clean out your attic, you may want to check out the value. A copy of Action comics #1 with the first appearance of Superman, for instance, sold for $3.2 million a few years ago. In addition, a hardcover… Continue reading These Collectibles May Make You Millions
Babe Ruth Items Going Up For Auction
Calling all Babe Ruth fans! Multiple items owned by Babe Ruth will be going up for auction next June at Yankee Stadium. According to WABC, “Items include a professional model bat with home run notches from 1926 to 1929, a 1923 Yankees World Championship presentational Spalding trophy, and a 1923 Yankees World Champions team autographed… Continue reading Babe Ruth Items Going Up For Auction
Stan Lee Collection in Recent Auction
Attention Stan Lee fans! A rare collection of items by Lee, former president of Marvel Comics, were recently auctioned off on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 in Beverly Hills, California. The collection included a signed copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man, valued between $30,000 and $50,000, as well… Continue reading Stan Lee Collection in Recent Auction
Ceramic Christmas Trees May Be Worth Hundreds
The holidays are upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by taking out your vintage ceramic Christmas tree that’s been laying around your house for years? But did you know that tree may just make you hundreds of dollars richer? According to Today, the value of vintage ceramic Christmas trees significantly increases around… Continue reading Ceramic Christmas Trees May Be Worth Hundreds
Luke Skywalker’s Home Saved
Luke Skywalker’s famous igloo home, located in the Tunisian desert, has been saved. A team of six Star Wars fanatics raised around $9,000 to renovate the igloo. According to one of the team members, Terry Cooper, “It's such an iconic building to fantasy fans. It was going to waste for the sake of a relatively… Continue reading Luke Skywalker’s Home Saved
New Stamp Honors First Responders
Check out this new Forever Stamp, which was recently unveiled in Montecito, California, home of the Thomas Fire last December. The stamp features a firefighter, a paramedic, and a police officer. As Oprah Winfrey said, “The stamp is merely a symbol of what the spirit of each of you represents. Each of you represents the… Continue reading New Stamp Honors First Responders
A Tribute to Stan Lee
Stan Lee, former president of Marvel Comics and co-creator of Spider-Man and Black Panther, to name a few, passed away yesterday at age 95. According to NPR, Lee gave us “superheroes we could identify with, characters that allowed us to suspend our disbelief because they reacted to bizarre situations like you or I might.” To… Continue reading A Tribute to Stan Lee
Fortnite Battle Royale Collection
Moose Toys and Fortnite developer Epic Games have partnered up to produce the Fortnite Battle Royale Collection. According to a press release from Moose Toys, “The Fortnite Battle Royale Collection will give fans the opportunity to collect a huge roster of characters and miniature scale fort building sets.” Check it out here.
Toy Collection Featured at Minnesota Show
Attention toy collectors! The New Ulm Toy Show recently displayed a toy collection that includes farm equipment as well as miniature cars, beer steins, dolls, and more. Check it out here.
Pokémon Halloween-Themed Items
Halloween is right around the corner! Check out this new collection of Halloween-themed items that was recently unveiled by the Pokémon Center. The collection includes a variety of items, ranging from plushes to keychains. Our personal favorite is the Pikachu Pumpkin Card case! Check them out here.
The Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers Recently Found
Did you hear? Dorothy's ruby slippers have been found! The slippers, which have been missing since they were stolen from The Judy Garland Museum in 2005, were recently found after a man called the insurer stating he could help get them back. According to the Associated Press, the slippers were insured for $1 million. Read more… Continue reading The Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers Recently Found
Everything from A to Z, Collectibles Insurance Services is Here for You
Like most collectors, we’re specialists. Providing collectible insurance is all we do so we’re able to passionately focus on servicing the needs of collectors like you. Do you collect vintage gas pumps? How about pens or paper weights? Generally, if you can collect it, we can insure it. Below are several unique collections we’ve insured… Continue reading Everything from A to Z, Collectibles Insurance Services is Here for You
Massive Star Wars Collection Auctioned in United Kingdom
Check out this Star Wars collection that was auctioned off by Aston’s Auctioneers on Tuesday, September 18 in the United Kingdom! The collection, which included over 600 different lots, sold for almost $130,000. One of the most valuable items - Kenner’s Boba Fett action figure - had no bids although it was expected to bring… Continue reading Massive Star Wars Collection Auctioned in United Kingdom
Rare Stamps From 1850 May Be Worth $20,000!
Check out the stamps on this envelope that was sent from Charleston to Columbia in 1850! During this time, the postal service operated on two tiers. One stamp was worth 5 cents - the fee to send the letter from Charleston to Columbia. The next stamp, worth 2 cents, would get the letter from the… Continue reading Rare Stamps From 1850 May Be Worth $20,000!
$20,000 Reward for Stolen Sports Collectibles
Scott Cooper recently had more than $100,000 worth of sports memorabilia stolen from his garage in Phoenix. Some of the stolen items include a photo of the 1981 World Champion Boston Celtics, which was autographed by all players, a kid’s baseball glove signed by Cal Ripken Jr., and autographs from Barry Bonds, Mickey Mantle, Sandy… Continue reading $20,000 Reward for Stolen Sports Collectibles
Saving Money with Your Collection
We get it. Between the price tag of the item, storage, traveling to trade shows, and more, keeping up with your collection can be expensive. How can you save money while still doing what you love? Whether you’re a long-time coin collector or novice stamp or art collector, these tips from Bankrate can help you save!
Two Brothers Find Five 1952 Mickey Mantle Cards
Who knew that cleaning out your mother’s house could lead to the discovery of five 1952 Mickey Mantle cards? That’s exactly what happened to NJ brothers John and Ed, who had collected baseball cards when they were younger. In addition to the Mickey Mantle cards, two of which were recently sold for $230,000 combined, the… Continue reading Two Brothers Find Five 1952 Mickey Mantle Cards
Items Laying Around That Could Generate Cash
You may want to think twice before taking that coin to the bank! Rare coins, classic books, military memorabilia, and childhood toys are just a few items that may be worth more than you could ever imagine. Next Avenue gives us ideas on what items to look for here.
USPS Pays Tribute to WWI Veterans with New Stamp
The USPS recently paid tribute to WWI veterans with a new stamp that reads, “World War I: Turning the Tide.” According to Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, “The USPS has a history of memorializing significant historical events, and now we can add the WWI stamp to its impressive collection.” Read more here.
Marvel Announces Conan Chronicles Epic Collection
Marvel recently revealed the new “Conan the Barbarian” reprint collections, and you’re not going to want to miss this! The first two volumes of Conan Chronicles Epic Collection, a line of paperbacks reprinting Conan stories, will be released next February and April. Check out more details here.
Coolest Collectibles Seen at San Diego Comic-Con
Just because you may have missed San Diego Comic-Con doesn’t mean you have to miss out on seeing the awesome collectibles that were featured! DC Collectibles’ DC Animated Universe action figure line, NECA’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures, and Hot Toys’ diorama portraying the cockpit of Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon are just a few of… Continue reading Coolest Collectibles Seen at San Diego Comic-Con
13 Must-Have Autographs at National Sports Collectors Convention
Heading to National Sports Collectors Convention? Don’t miss out on these must-have autographs from Jim Brown, Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, Ray Bourque, and more! You can check them all out here. Be sure to stop by booth 2273 from Wednesday - Sunday and tell us about your collection. We can’t wait to see you there!
Collectibles That Almost Always Become More Valuable
Are you looking to start a collection but don’t know where to start? According to Wise Bread, comic books, board games, video games, and Hot Wheels vehicles usually always become more valuable over time. One Hot Wheels vehicle could be worth $100,000! Read about the top 10 valuable collectibles here.
Awesome Collectibles Featured at San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego Comic-Con is finally here! Are you excited? We know we are! Gizmodo recently came out with a list of collectibles that you will find at San Diego Comic-Con, and we’re pretty stoked about them! Check them out here. Our favorites include the Forces of Destiny Chewbacca and Porgs as well as the Comic Color… Continue reading Awesome Collectibles Featured at San Diego Comic-Con
Toy Soldier Collection Unlike All Others
Holy toys! Michael Connors, a Brooklyn attorney, has almost 10,000 figurines in his collection. Connors started his collection 22 years ago after his son received a military miniature for his birthday. The collection, now worth close to $300,000, is showcased in his law offices as well as his home. Read more here.
Small Store in Florida Packed with Goodies for All Collectors
Do you live near Spring Hill, Florida? If so, you may want to check out Karran Toys & Comics! Whether you’re looking to start your collection or add to your current collection of Funko Pop! collectibles, this store has you covered. Read more here.
Baseball Collection Hits It out of the Ballpark!
Check out retired attorney Marshall Fogel’s nationally renowned collection, with items that not even the National Baseball Hall of Fame contains. You can check it out at the “Play Ball! A Celebration of America’s Game” exhibit at the History Colorado Center. Here you’ll find memorabilia, including a ball from Don Larsen’s 1956 perfect World Series… Continue reading Baseball Collection Hits It out of the Ballpark!
Game of Thrones New Stamp Set
The UK has come out with a new Game of Thrones stamp set, which features ten characters, including Jon Snow, Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and more! Another five-stamp sheet features the Night King, White Walkers, dragons, the Iron Throne, and more. If that’s not enough, there’s also a Prestige Stamp Book… Continue reading Game of Thrones New Stamp Set
Magic: The Gathering Reveals New Set of Cards
Magic: The Gathering has revealed a new set of cards called Dominaria to celebrate its 25th anniversary! What type of world will Dominaria be? According to Polygon, “The solution was to recast Magic’s original setting as a living, modern world filled with the people, places and things that represent its history. As Rosewater put it,… Continue reading Magic: The Gathering Reveals New Set of Cards
Automobilia & Petroliana Auction
Check out this automobilia & petroliana auction, which will be held in Denver, PA on May 24! Some of our favorite items include the Cadillac Authorized Service Porcelain Sign as well as the Weather Bird Shoes Light Up Pam Clock. If you don’t live near Denver but would like to bid, you may bid online here.
Rare Comic Collection Available for Purchase
Check out The Jimmy Scott Collection of 1,067 vintage comic books collected by Jimmy Scott in the mid-1960s. Scott tragically passed away in 1966 in a motorcycle accident. His family recently sold the collection to The Toys Time Forgot in Canal Fulton, Ohio. The Collection includes a first appearance of Marvel’s Black Panther as well… Continue reading Rare Comic Collection Available for Purchase
Rare Colt Firearm Sells for $1.84 Million
Check out this rare Colt Model 1847 “Walker,” which recently sold for $1.84 million during a Rock Island Auction Company (RIAC) sale! According to RIAC President Kevin Hogan, "This is a major milestone in the collecting community…Not only is this a world record for a single firearm at auction, but further demonstration that the art… Continue reading Rare Colt Firearm Sells for $1.84 Million
Two-Year-Old Golden Knights’ Giveaways Now Sought-After Collectibles
Attention Golden Knights’ fans! Check out these giveaways, including pucks and posters, which were given out for free during the Golden Knights’ ticket drive two years ago. Today, these giveaways sell for hundreds of dollars and are highly sought-after items. Check out more here.
Small Town in Missouri May Just Be The Perfect Vacation Spot For Collectors
Check out this quaint town in Missouri! Founded in 1819, the town of Hannibal was home to Mark Twain, author of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Here you’ll find a variety of antique and collectible stores, making it the perfect spot for a weekend getaway! Check it out for yourself here.
Multimillion-Dollar Stamp Collection Up For Sale
Calling all stamp collectors! Check out bond guru Bill Gross’ multimillion-dollar stamp collection, which is up for sale. In addition to having six of the first U.S. stamps (valued anywhere between $500,000-$750,000), Gross also has a ton of other memorabilia, including a letter from the Pony Express, signed by co-founder William H. Russell. Check it out… Continue reading Multimillion-Dollar Stamp Collection Up For Sale
The Art of Collecting Coca-Cola Memorabilia
Whether you’re an avid Coca-Cola collector or are just looking to start your Coca-Cola collection, you’ll realize there are not a lot of places to find memorabilia. But did you know places like sporting events, antique shops, and flea markets may be the perfect spot? According to Sarah Kieffer, owner of the antique store called… Continue reading The Art of Collecting Coca-Cola Memorabilia
Sports Fanatics – Run, Don’t Walk, To This Auction!
Do you live near Denver, PA? If so, you may want to check out Morphy Auctions’ upcoming Premier Sports Memorabilia sale, which will be held on March 29, 2018. Here you’ll find the Gary Traugh Cassius Clay Collection, which includes a 1956 Cassius Clay Louisville Golden Gloves & WAVE TV Future Star Trophy, athletic gloves,… Continue reading Sports Fanatics – Run, Don’t Walk, To This Auction!
NIU Library Home to at Least 3,000 Comic Books
Are you a Black Panther fan? If so and you’re near DeKalb, IL, be sure to head over to Northern Illinois University’s Founders Memorial Library, home to comic books from the Bronze and Modern ages as well as the Silver and Golden ages. You’ll even find books with Black Panther on the cover! According to… Continue reading NIU Library Home to at Least 3,000 Comic Books
It’s More Than Just A Bottle
Did you know you can tell the average age of a milk bottle based on its shape? Depending on where it’s from, you can also predict the price. Check it out here.
Minneapolis Convention Center Turns Into Super Bowl Theme Park
If you’re in Minneapolis for the big game, you may want to check out the Minneapolis Convention Center, which was recently converted into a Super Bowl theme park. Here you’ll find the Vince Lombardi Trophy display, an exhibit of Super Bowl championship rings, locker room replicas, and more. If that’s not enough, there will even… Continue reading Minneapolis Convention Center Turns Into Super Bowl Theme Park
Organizing Your Comic Book Collection
We understand – organizing your comic book collection can be frustrating. If your collection is too heavy, it can break the shelf. Single issues may be too flimsy to stand on their own. But don’t fret – there are numerous ways to keep your collection organized, ranging from using magazine files to using cube shelving… Continue reading Organizing Your Comic Book Collection
Stamp Collection Sets a World Record
Check out this stamp collection! Y. Abdul Rasul’s 5,915 mosque stamps has set a world record, paving the way for Rasul’s entry into the Guinness Book of Records! Read more here.
Firearms & War Memorabilia Now on Display
At least 114 firearms and war memorabilia are being stored in the historic firearms exhibit at the Yakima Valley Museum in Yakima, Washington. Many of these items have never been on public display. Learn more here.
Slideshow Reveals Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Figure
Slideshow revealed the new Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi figure! This news came just weeks after Star Wars announced the third stand-alone film, which recently hit theaters, would revolve around the Jedi Master. Check out the new figure here.
UK Mail Unveils Limited Edition of Star Wars Stamps
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be hitting a theater near you on December 15. To commemorate this occasion, UK Mail has unveiled a limited edition of Star Wars stamps! Check them out here!
Maize & Blue Collection at Michigan Games
If you’re attending next weekend’s Michigan game, be sure to say hi to Mike Alexander and Mark Marek, who will be tailgating at Pioneer High School. Here you’ll find some of their maize and blue collections, ranging from footballs to player cards. Check out some photos here.
Yankee Candle’s Boney Bunch Collection
Attention Yankee Candle lovers! This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Boney Bunch collection. We love the “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” and “Last Tango” candles. Check them out here for yourself!
Cubs’ World Series Items on Display
Are you a Cubs fan? If so, you’ll want to check out the “Crossroads of America” exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. Here you’ll find Bleacher seats from Wrigley Field, a baseball fouled off by Kris Bryant, and a Ben Zobrist jersey and hat. Read more here.
MLB Teams Donate Gear to Young Baseball Fan Who Lost Collection in the California Fires
A 9-year-old baseball fan recently lost his baseball memorabilia in the California fires. He wrote a handwritten letter to the Oakland Athletics stating his collection, which included 10 hats, 17 jerseys, a ball signed by Bob Melvin, Rickey Henderson, and “the whole team,” as well as his baseball card collection “all burned up.” At least… Continue reading MLB Teams Donate Gear to Young Baseball Fan Who Lost Collection in the California Fires
34-Year-Old Man Loses Movie Collection to Wildfire
Mark Orsillo, a 34-year-old man with Down syndrome, recently lost his home to a wildfire. Mark’s primary concern was his movie collection. Mark’s sister, Danielle Devine, was able to grab about 20 DVDs from his collection of about 300. The rest were ruined in the fire. The story soon went viral, with strangers from across… Continue reading 34-Year-Old Man Loses Movie Collection to Wildfire
Roberto Clemente Items Auctioned at All-Star Game FanFest
Were you a Roberto Clemente fan? His family recently auctioned some of his personal items at this year’s All-Star Game FanFest, with items ranging from his personal golf clubs to membership cards. Check it out here.
Charlie Sheen Sells Babe Ruth Memorabilia for Over $4 Million
Did you know Charlie Sheen recently sold Babe Ruth’s World Series ring and transfer contract to the Yankees from the Red Sox? He made more than $4 million! Forbes gives us some tips to emulate his investment strategy here.
First Official Stamp Used in the United States was Sold!
Check this out! The first official stamp used in the United States – a “wonderfully preserved” pine tree stamp – was recently sold for $19,200! Read more here.
Family Finds Hundreds of Unopened Sports Card Packs
This family found hundreds of unopened sports card packs, ranging from a 1961 Fleer Basketball unopened box of wax packs to a 1948 Bowman, in their aunt’s attic! The collection is expected to top $1 million! Read more here.
Our Coverages: Why Insure with Collectibles Insurance Services
Why insure with Collectibles Insurance Services? We are uniquely focused on the needs of individuals like you - people who collect for the love of it. That’s why we offer a collection of benefits that less specialized insurance doesn’t often provide. This includes: A full range of protection, including (but not limited to): accidental… Continue reading Our Coverages: Why Insure with Collectibles Insurance Services
How Collectibles Insurance Services is Different from Homeowners Insurance
Why Collectibles Insurance Services? The reason is simple: we do what homeowners insurance can’t. Homeowners insurance is great for every day, easily replaced personal property. But what about your prized possessions you may have spent a lifetime collecting? Homeowners insurance just doesn’t go far enough. Below are some reasons why: Homeowners coverage is typically based… Continue reading How Collectibles Insurance Services is Different from Homeowners Insurance
Is Howard a Gun Collector?
Howard Delo doesn’t consider himself a gun collector. Sure, he may have some firearms here and there, but that doesn’t mean he’s a gun collector... or does it? Read more for yourself. From what we’re reading, we would say Howard is most definitely a gun collector!
21,000 Vinyl Collection
Vinyl is one of the hottest new items! If you’re in Madison, Wisconsin, go to Agrace Thrift Stores, which is now home to this 21,000 vinyl collection. Genres include country, classical, and rock music. Records sell anywhere from $1 to $60. Be sure to check it out for yourself!
Million-Dollar Hot Wheels Collection
Vroom, vroom! This million-dollar Hot Wheels collection will blow you away! We love the pink Volkswagen Bus from the mid-1970s, which is worth $150,000 alone. Check out more about Bruce’s collection by watching the video. Don’t forget to tell us if you have anything like it on our Facebook page!
Sailor Moon Collector Has Over Four Bookcases Worth of Memorabilia
“I didn’t mean to collect over four bookcases of Sailor Moon, but here we are…” Sarah Forde’s love for Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon began in high school. “I managed to scrap together enough money to buy the comic books, and I used to record the TV episodes on VHS tapes,” she shares. After college, Sarah began working… Continue reading Sailor Moon Collector Has Over Four Bookcases Worth of Memorabilia
A Special Thanks to Dan Walker
Collectibles Insurance Services was founded in 1966 by Horace Harrison, a celebrated stamp collector and active member of the American Philatelic Society. Harrison saw that conventional insurance companies couldn’t fully serve the needs of stamp collectors like him. So he created an agency that could: Harrison & Associates. In 1983, he sold the agency to… Continue reading A Special Thanks to Dan Walker
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“I didn’t mean to collect over four bookcases of Sailor Moon, but here we are…”
I became a fan of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon when I was in high school. I managed to scrap together enough money to buy the comic books, and I used to record the TV episodes on VHS tapes. After college, I started working full-time while selling my artwork online. From 2006-2012, I built the majority… Continue reading “I didn’t mean to collect over four bookcases of Sailor Moon, but here we are…”
How My Search for Stamps Led Me to My Wife
It was back in 1979, and I was in Newark, NJ, for a show. Actually, it was my first time exhibiting—in this case, with my collection of Grenada postal history. I was probably a bit nervous about being a novice exhibitor, especially when I met Patricia Stilwell. She was a veteran postal history exhibitor, but… Continue reading How My Search for Stamps Led Me to My Wife