Mantiques

January 4, 2016 by  
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Mantiques

What about collectible mantiques?

When I first read the term mantiques I was immediately intrigued. I began a search for a definition that I could make sense of. Not finding anything that was clear I looked for whatever items I could find classified as such.

Classifying anything of this sort is subjective. This is my interpretation.

The term itself is a fresh label on a previously unrecognized niche.

Though that niche has been around all along with varying overlaps. After reading through you may realize you’ve been collecting mantiques all along. I know I did.

But my collection of particular items fit into many different categories. To be honest it was a large range with overlapping niches. It was difficult to organize let alone keep track of in my head.

As with any niche once it has been given a crisp title then the collecting parameters become more clear as well.  This is a case of not only defining a niche by giving it a label but also the fine-tuning of a collection so it will conform to the parameters of that new label.

Mantiques first and foremost are masculine items that are associated with unique endeavours. Those unique qualities may include strength or a physical skill. It might be described as having a macho factor. Some examples could be military or Police memorabilia.

Another key factor is the association with a higher station or class of gentleman. It may be a political, financial or educational distinction. This would be easiest to recognize with a name association.

So just what exactly are collectible mantiques?

Politics and entrepreneurship also stand out but there are many areas. The single most pivotal element being fame.

This particular distinction seems to carry more weight if the famous person actually did something worthy and relevant for their fellow-man. Think in terms of great accomplishments without the fanfare.

Interestingly I didn’t find this same power with the fame of say …an actor or well-publicized criminal figure. Not in every circumstance anyway. While it’s true that actors can have incredible fame it’s rare to find one that stands-out for their contribution to humankind or society.

Actors may be collectible because of their association to a particular film franchise or genre. Or in the worse case scenario a public display of bad behaviour usually on a grand scale. And in those cases any high prices for their associated collectibles come with wide margins. Which leaves a lot of room for volatility.

While some of my own collectibles are military and Police items I’m not certain that by my own definition they would even qualify. I say that because the sale prices I expect to get are relatively low. Though they are still in line with what I paid.

While the price shouldn’t be a deciding factor in defining your niche it should affect your direction.

For example in comparing a Russian fighter jet helmet to Police uniform dress gloves from small town USA, I would say hands-down the helmet would qualify.  Mostly because the helmet was rare and therefore difficult to acquire. Hence the greater cost.
They absolutely must have a ‘cool factor.’

This is another big factor to consider for mantiques. The cool factor is easily determined by which item you would be quick to display. And in the example above a fighter pilot helmet is extremely cool indeed.

To illustrate the point further I did a quick search. Some items I found that would definitely fall into the mantiques category would be alligator skin luggage, a vintage jet aircraft control panel and a hand-written journal by a politician. So while it’s a little subjective I think you get the idea.

“I also noticed the entry prices for collectible mantiques to be relatively high.”

What’s the bottom line?

Collecting can be such a haphazard activity that anything able to make us more organized can only help in the end. We live in a period with strong social awareness. Everyone wants to label and package themselves with clever names and profiles. The territory of niches is no different.

I think at the very least this creates a strong category identity that can only benefit us as collectors. In my case I now have a clear and unique identity for collectible mantiques.  It will surely enable any collector to groom their collection accordingly.

Best of luck and collect well.

Peter
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Ideas for collecting Guitars

November 24, 2015 by  
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Ideas for Collecting Guitars
If you’re considering ideas for collecting guitars you’d be well advised to plan carefully.

It’s always possible that depending on the niche, you’ll find pseudo-collectors that may not always have a strong knowledge of the collectible. Collectors like this may be strictly in it for the investment.

Or more specifically the return-on-investment …the ROI. Their emotional detachment gives them objectivity. That can definitely a plus for an investor.

What they lack in passion they round-out with strategy. That can actually be a good thing in some cases. This is especially true when the goal is strictly profit.

If you’re considering ideas for collecting guitars be genuine…

What exactly do I mean by that?

I mean be genuinely interested for your own sake. I think collectors are much better off in the end if they have their heart invested, as well as their wallet.

The collector that has a passion for their particular subject does more to keep that niche alive and growing than one inspired only by profit.

Of course profit is important. But I think you would fare just as well or even better by having some genuine passion. Or at least have a guitar-playing background.  Knowing the instrument you’re dealing with is always a smarter way to buy. That’s especially true with guitars.

The emotionally involved collector usually has a playing background which is good for several reasons. It’s the collector who is passionate about guitars that would be better able to recognize deficiencies in the instrument.  They would be more likely to notice a part is missing – or the sound is not quite right.

Collecting anything is a lot easier when you have some emotional involvement. How else will you push yourself to chase down those obscure deals in the middle of nowhere?

Part of what makes any guitar collectible is it’s particular sound or performance quality.

Whether that performance quality is the result of specific materials or the association with a particular craftsman. That could mean anyone from the original concept person to the hands-on craftsman – the builder.

An emotionally motivated collector-player would be better equipped to distinguish all the intangibles as well. Nuances such as a slightly imperfect balance or sound quality. It takes someone musically inclined at this level of collecting. Without some musical background this may put the non-playing collector at a disadvantage.

Think of this in terms of when it comes time to check out an instrument you may be considering. There’s a steep learning curve associated with collecting guitars. It’s not really what you want to be doing while trying to collect.

With time guitar values began to climb according to the guitar’s provenance.

That emergence was based on a mix of historical relevance as well as the physical characteristics of the instrument.

Collectors of musical instruments are generally musicians with deep pockets. Or they may be individuals that at one time were contemplating a musical career.

Most likely they are of the baby boomer generation or older. And now financial stability has enabled them to go back and revisit what may have been an exciting hobby or unfulfilled musical aspiration.

While the guitar collector may not fit within the typical framework of definition for a collector they are still a special breed. They are well equipped to appreciate the art and craftsmanship of a finely produced guitar.

That means the physical attributes of the instrument as well as the quality of it’s performance – no easy task. Which may actually put them in a unique collector category of their own.

In fact their musical background probably makes them a superior judge of the quality and details. Which brings up another point. If you are planning to start a guitar collection, as a non-player, it would be a good idea to at least consult with a musician.

So where is a good place to start?

You can start by deciding on the limits you want to collect within. Some options you have are American-made versus the off-shore models. You could focus on different eras such as the 50s-60s-70s.

Some other points to consider are  electric or acoustic, make and model and of course your budget. It’s also a good time to consider the distance you’re willing to travel for a deal. Or will your focus be online auctions?

Most experts consider guitar collecting to still be in its infancy. But there are still opportunities for collectors in this growing niche. As with any area of collecting we can assume guitars were originally collected based on what people had access to as well as what they could afford.

This was especially true in the days before the Internet.

Online purchases are convenient but they do have pitfalls.

Since you can’t physically hold the guitar how will you know how it plays and sounds? You can see the make and model but even the condition is not 100% apparent through pictures alone.

Do you have confidence in the seller’s ability to communicate every chip, scratch and dent? Will they recognize if the neck is slightly bent or if all the parts are original? You could easily end up being stuck paying $50 to replace something as simple as a non-original screw, depending on the rarity of the model.

Another drawback to dealing online is the bidding-frenzy that can sometimes take place during an auction. You may have your heart set on a purchase only to find the price quickly exceeding your budget. And don’t assume you aren’t a victim of schill bidding – it does happen.

NOTE:Shill bidding is where a third party, sometimes known to the seller, places bids on the same item you may be after in order to artificially drive the price higher. Which in turn may cause you to increase your bid.

While online purchases are made safely everyday the advice here is to be diligent in asking lots of questions and request pictures from every angle. Make use of the internet for research. Check out guitar blogs and guitar forums.

Make sure to ask lots of questions. Experts love to talk about their stuff. Usually the more informed the blogger the more helpful with information.

Once you decide on a niche you need to search for price guides.

With price guides make sure to check the publication dates. Contact appraisers locally and inquire if they charge for bringing a guitar in. Let them know you’re contemplating using their services as you go forward.

Now ask for a ball park estimate on a model of the one you are looking at. Ask for a range of ‘rough to fair’ condition. They may help you out with some quick free advice if they think you’ll be bringing something in for a follow-up.

If you are determined to begin collecting guitars why not think strategically? Look for models that originated off-shore or ‘player’ models from the U.S. While you may dream about that ’59 Sunburst Les Paul, get familiar with affordable models. They may not be as sought after as collectibles but they’ll still have a serious vibe.

“So where does one start to gather ideas for collecting guitars?”

Look for special features and craftsmanship details. Buy yourself  a sleeper, something less popular. and work up to a sought-after collectible version. Remember to buy what you can afford, and of course what you like. Decide on a niche and get passionate about it.

To decide on a niche try to align yourself with something you may be familiar with already.

You may already be passionate or at least familiar with a time period, location, type of music or specific musician. Those answers will steer you towards your starting point when searching for your niche.

As you get more involved with the actual buying and selling of guitars you will invariably meet many experts. Just by getting started and putting yourself out there you are sure to find yourself in the right-place-at-the-right-time for that sweet deal.

At the very least all this should lead to even more ideas for collecting guitars.

Best of luck and collect well.

Peter
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Collecting ROLEX Watches

November 3, 2015 by  
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ROLEX Watches

When the subject of luxury time-pieces comes up ROLEX watches may come to mind. But it’s actually much more than that. In the case of the ROLEX brand it goes way beyond luxury.

First off I have to state, I’m a huge fan of the ROLEX brand and their line of watches. And I have been from the time I was quite young. My first exposure to a luxury watch, or a luxury brand at all, was ROLEX.

I remember being heavily influenced by the movies and references to ROLEX watches surfaced now and again. I saw every secret agent or hero as a ROLEX wearer. But my fascination lasted long after I saw behind the curtain of movie fantasy.

Especially as I began to learn more about their engineering. It’s not often I admit to being impressed by a product but when you read through you may understand.

It’s a fascinating story of cutting-edge engineering and a dedication to perfection. Even while writing this article I can’t help but feel I’m still under-stating their achievements.

At the time of this writing the ROLEX brand has just over 100 years of history. Even more incredibly most of their biggest engineering strides took place within their first 50 years of operation. Incredible in itself when you consider some of the turbulent history they have traversed.

Now, that’s not to say they’ve been sitting idle for the second 50 years.  In fact it’s the contrary. They’ve continued to push the limits of engineering to this day. And  ROLEX has never looked back.

It all started in 1905, when the ROLEX brand was founded by Hans Wilsdorf.
At the time the ROLEX brand was being conceived the typical timepiece of the day was a pocket-watch design and not especially reliable.  Hans decided he would create a watch that could be worn on the wrist.

He also believed that precision time-keeping was not only attainable but that the ROLEX brand would achieve it.

Hans was true to his word on both accounts. The wristwatch style was not only created first by ROLEX but in 1914 his development had received a Class A Precision Certificate from the Kew Observatory of Great Britain. This was the first time such a distinction had been granted to anything other than a marine chronometer.

“ROLEX watches were now synonymous with precision”.

ROLEX pushed forward.
If that was the only benchmark of this product it would have been a great accomplishment but ROLEX had continued to push forward. In 1926 they had succeeded in creating a hermetically sealed case for the wristwatch. This led to the world’s first waterproof designed timepiece and the Oyster line was born.

To prove their claims of being water tight the Oyster was worn throughout a long-distance swim across the English Channel. It was 10 hours after she began that the swimmer emerged. Her ROLEX Oyster was then scrutinized and found to be in perfect working condition. What followed was a full-page ad in the Daily Mail. This published testimonial was a marketing first.

Something we take for granted in our modern automatic watch is the self-winding mechanism. But this feat of engineering genius was invented and patented by ROLEX back in 1931.

During the world’s first flight over Mount Everest in 1933 all crew members wore ROLEX watches. As exciting as that must have been for the watchmaker it was still just the beginning.

The year was 1935.
One of the fastest drivers in the world at the time was Sir Malcolm Campbell. He already had a string of record breaking land speed trials. His latest was 300 miles per hour (485 km per hour), while wearing his ROLEX Oyster.

He followed his latest record by penning a testimonial letter to the watch maker. Could this have been one of the first celebrity endorsements? This too was published becoming part of the marketing campaign.

The next development of note was in 1945. Again for a feature we take for granted today. The datejust – the tiny calendar ‘day’ – visible on the dial. It was another first for the self-winding watch.

So far, ROLEX  had ventured into the oceans and the skies. The hostile terrain of Everest was next. In 1953, Sir John Hunt and all of the expedition team members were wearing their ROLEX watches as they reached the summit. The brand status was now iconic.

Even with those bigger than life accomplishments and professional associations the watchmaker was just getting started. In 1953 we saw the introduction of the Submariner model.

ROLEX had once again pushed the engineering envelope by developing a model that was now waterproof to 300 feet (100 metres). Being designed for divers, the bezel was now able to rotate allowing divers to track how long they had been under.

As the 1950s continued to unfold so did the introduction to the jet age.
Inter-continental flights were now a reality. As pilots and travelers crossed time zones it became necessary to track those changes. The watchmaker, always with an eye to the future, introduced the GMT Master in 1955.

Specific to the needs of the professional pilot, the GMT Master displayed both day and night time hours on the bezel. This became the official watch of several airlines including Pan Am.

It was only 1956 when the next new feature appeared. The Oyster Perpetual Day-Date arrived. Along with all the other features this model now had not only the date but the day of the week on the dial. The watch was available only in platinum or 18 kt gold. Elegance was now on the table.

The scientific community now took notice.
It followed with a report that an Oyster model was able to resist magnetic interference of up to 1,000 gauss. As tested and reported by the European Organization For Nuclear Research (CERN). In 1956 the Oyster MILGAUSS had arrived.

Note: CERN is the world’s leading institution when it comes to solving mysteries of the universe. They host the world’s highest-energy particle accelerator.

By the 50s ROLEX watches were considered specialty tools for the greatest achievers.

While the world’s boldest individuals conquered the planet, so too the watchmaker with it’s philosophy of perfection.
It was 1967 when the Oyster Sea Dweller made it’s debut. The model was specifically engineered to address the demands of professional deep-sea diving.

This newest design could remain waterproof to 610 metres. The engineers also considered the forces of the decompression chamber. The watch was fitted with a special gas release valve to prevent damage during a diver’s decompression.

As more of the world was being explored ROLEX watches were there each step of the way. Explorers were navigating the earth’s poles and it’s secrets below the surface.

In 1971 the Oyster Perpetual Explorer II met the challenge. It was developed with a 24 hour dial. Exactly what one would need while exploring the planet, or below it, where you can’t distinguish day from night.

A new Sea Dweller.
In 1978 the company had re-visited their waterproof benchmark and surpassed it. The Sea Dweller 4000 set the new waterproof limit at 1220 metres / 4,000 feet.

The Yacht Master debuted in 1992. It reconfirmed the watchmaker’s association with the open sea. It was also the first time a watch in the Oyster collection had been made available in three sizes.

With most of the planet’s environments having been studied or challenged, ROLEX now looked within for improvement. Advancements in efficiency and craftsmanship soon followed. It was 2000 when the company re-engineered the 4130 movement. They had reduced the total number of parts to just 290 – far less than the standard chronograph.

The year was now 2007.
In answer to the needs of competitive yachtsmen the watchmaker created the Yacht Master II. The newest model utilized the same rotating bezel but described it as a programmable countdown with a mechanical memory. The new feature allowed for time-saving and race winning calculations.

The quest for perfection pushed ahead.
And just a year later, in 2008, the ROLEX Deep Sea arrived. The tolerances for pressure were incredible. A new innovation referred to as a ring-lock system allowed for pressures of 3 tonnes on the crystal itself. This watch could travel more than 100 times the depth any human could survive.

ROLEX watches were now firmly associated with sportsmen and the spirit of adventure.

A watch for the world traveler.
The Oyster Perpetual Sky Dweller was introduced in 2012. The dual time-zones were a design cornerstone. It also required only a single date adjustment per year. Convenience and perfection.

When you take a moment to consider some of the engineering feats ROLEX watches have displayed, it’s hard to not be impressed. So many features that today we consider standard were actually developed at times of limited resource and harsh historical periods. Yet the brand not only endured but they pushed forward. They scaled every challenge and delivered an engineering masterpiece. All that and they still had room to become a luxury watch as well.

Best of luck and collect well.

Peter
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History of Slinky

October 7, 2015 by  
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History of Slinky

Let’s take a closer look into the history of Slinky – one of the best loved classic toys.
With the popularity of internet shopping classic toys that were once hard to find have now been discovered by a whole new generation. These toys, which sold very well after they were introduced never seemed to go completely out of style.

Okay, first a little background. It was in 1943 when a Naval engineer, named Richard James, had accidentally knocked some springs off a shelf. At the time he had been working on a specially designed meter. One that was designed to monitor a battleship’s horsepower. 

It was the odd movement of these springs that gave Richard James the kernel of an idea. In an instant a new had arrived. That toy was the Slinky.

A fad had been born and the history of Slinky was being written.

He was fascinated with the way they walked instead of falling.
Richard James then spent the next two years testing and refining the best steel and coil specifications to utilize for his new toy.

It was his wife Betty who actually came up with the name, “Slinky” for his new toy creation. The word Slinky also happens to be the Swedish term for traespiral or sleek.

The couple borrowed the sum of five hundred dollars. James then designed a machine to coil eighty feet of wire into a two-inch spirals and manufacture their new toy. Sales were disappointingly slow at first.

But during the 1945 Christmas shopping season, at Gimbels Department Store in Philedelphia, a sales demonstration took place. Sales soared. The first 400 Slinky units sold out within ninety minutes.

Richard James suffered what some called a mid-life crisis.
Around 1960 he left his wife and six children to join a Bolivian religious cult.

I guess 15 years of staring at a spring had it’s downside. But not to worry, Betty James then took over as CEO of James Industries and introduced other toys for the Slinky line-up.

They included Slinky Pets, Crazy Eyes Slinky and the Neon Slinky. Betty also had the original black-blue Swedish steel replaced with American steel. Lastly, she moved the company headquarters from Philadelphia to Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.

The history of Slinky comes complete with real life drama – included free in every box.

What followed was an aggressive advertising campaign complete with the now famous Slinky jingle.
The Slinky is not just an entertaining toy for children. It’s used in physics classes to demonstrate wave properties, forces and energy states.

The Slinky continues to sell (roughly 250 million have been sold to date) and are still manufactured in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania using the original equipment designed by Richard James.

As for the Bolivian religious cult…well, who knows. With a track record like that it’s easy to believe the history of Slinky is still being written.

Best of luck and collect well.

Peter
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What’s my Sports Memorabilia Worth

October 4, 2015 by  
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Sports Memorabilia
Perhaps the most important factor in determining the worth of your sports memorabilia is athlete popularity. Merchandise branded with the name of a highly regarded sports hero will in turn command higher prices for that particular piece of merchandise.

A name like Tiger Woods, for example, would increase the value of sports collectibles overnight. The value of golf memorabilia, by the way, has increased tremendously since Tiger Woods has been on the circuit.

There have been many other athletes who have left their mark on a particular sport.
I remember the days when every kid in the school yard had a stack of baseball cards bundled with a rubber band. The point being that baseball and hockey cards dominated the sports collectible market in the 60s.

“Supply and demand factors heavily into the value of any sports memorabilia.”

Today you are just as likely to find those same kids with an autograph collection, vinyl figurines or wearing the numbered jersey of their favorite athlete.

Across the country sports clubs and organizations engage in various activities to give more exposure to their athletes. All in the hopes of enhancing the value of their branded memorabilia.

Consider also the popularity of the sport itself.
Research has shown that football, basketball, golf and NASCAR are some of the most popular sports. Not to say other sports are not popular but in terms of sports memorabilia value you have to consider viewer involvement.

There are other issues to consider as well.
While their influence may be in varying degrees they still play a role. For example, the origins of one sport may be more story-worthy than another. Some sports may be quite young while some could have historical significance. Geography may play a role in sports.

A good example would be skiing. Unless one moves to a area dominated by winter sport there may be little or no interest in winter sports memorabilia.

So when you think in terms of  value consider all facets of the particular sport.
There are very few people who show enthusiasm for every sport. While marketers must work harder to capture a collector’s attention the ones that are interested are highly targeted.

Marketing will increase the collectability of sports memorabilia.

So the value is highly dependent upon the sport, the athlete, the availability, the supply and demand and where the item is located.

Also to be considered is the  availability, or rarity, of the merchandise itself. But at the end of the day any sports memorabilia is worth simply what the highest bidder is willing to pay.

Best of luck and collect well.

Peter
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How to Collect Sports Memorabilia

October 4, 2015 by  
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Collect sports memorabilia
Many new collectors are interested in how to collect sports memorabilia profitably.  To address that we need to first think about the basics. Right away most people think only in terms of baseball or football memorabilia.

Like the rest of us they see some of the crazy prices these objects are going for. These are indeed extremely popular and profitable. But there are many other sports to consider that can provide an avenue for collectors.

People will pursue items their favorite sports personality has signed, used or donated.

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For example, NASCAR is a sport with hundreds of thousands of fans. People from all over the world enjoy the thrill of the race and the items associated with it.

Then there are sports like wrestling, cycling, Olympic sports, hockey, tennis, boxing plus many more. There is the familiar sight of people fighting over a towel, hat or glove tossed into the crowd of spectators.

And while that isn’t uncommon the more routine approach is for collectors is to bid for these items. They go to auctions online or in person. They also have the option to trade with other collectors.

Children can be, and often are, avid collectors of sports memorabilia as well. What might have begun as a gift from a loved one, or a chance meeting of a player in public, could start a lifelong adventure into collecting.

It may even begin sooner, as the child experiences their parent’s idolization of a particular athlete. Collecting can be a shared passion and a bonding point between parent and child.

“Take the time to learn how to collect sports memorabilia well.”

For those new to collecting, there’s even a “Sports Memorabilia for Dummies” book, which might be a big help in learning exactly how to collect sports memorabilia. Pete Williams and Gary Carter are the authors.

The largest private collection known of baseball memorabilia was one held by New York Yankees fan Barry Halper. He was a minority owner of the Yankees. He began to sell off his collection in the late 1990s.

One of the more valuable items in his collection was a glove used by Lou Gehrig in his last game, which brought $387,500 at auction. Another item owned by Halper was a glove used by Mickey Mantle, which brought $239,000.

A sports memorabilia niche often overlooked by the majority of fans is that of postage stamps.

These are of interest to stamp collectors and sports fans alike. Some stamps may depict the sport itself, the stadium venue or a particular athlete. Commemorative stamps depicting the finale to a specific sporting series is another collecting option.

“Children can learn to collect sports memorabilia as a responsibility builder.”

The amount Olympic memorabilia purchased is phenomenal.
People who collect sports memorabilia attend these events to buy for themselves as well as for loved ones who were unable to attend. The towns or cities where the events are held make their own fortune off their local souvenirs. Some of those souvenirs become gifts where the joy of collecting is introduced into yet another area.

Best of luck and collect well.

Peter
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What You Need to know about Collectible Coins

October 3, 2015 by  
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Collectible Coins
Perhaps you’ve just recently started collecting coins. If so, it’s possible your plans include creating a profitable collection. One that can eventually be sold or passed on. If you answered, “yes” then read on. We are going to address some of what you need to know about collectible coins.

A big factor in coin collecting is determining value.
This is important since purchases and sales are based on the individual coin’s value. Evaluations and appraisals give an indication of the overall worth of the complete collection.

This is important when it comes time to purchase insurance for your collection. While an appraisal does paint a picture of worth none of that can be realized until there is an actual sale.

Not all coin collections that are for sale will find a buyer.
And the sales that do take place may bring in much less than expected. Take for example a full collection of statehood quarters. It may sell for much less than a smaller collection of rare coins from the early 1900s. The take-away point here is that doing the proper research is critical.

To research coins and values it is important to start with the basics.
Coin collecting basics are extremely important to beginners and their success. The most important thing to remember is to never overpay for a coin even a rare coin.

And it should go without saying to never pay full value for a coin that appears damaged or distorted. Following these basic tips can do wonders for a coin collection and its value.

“When possible it’s recommended to buy collectible coins in person”.

Additional research that you may want to do includes examining the exact values and conditions of coins. This is important before choosing to make a coin purchases. This is especially important if dealing with anyone other than a professional coin dealer.

Many dealers are considered experts in the field and will provide you with detailed information. Some information may include history, current value or even a coin rating from The Sheldon Scale: or Sheldon Coin Grading System. This system and other popular coin rating systems are ones that you may want to look into further.

Online you will find a number of resources at your fingertips.
A standard search will lead you to a number of professional coin dealers. Those dealers may offer either a generalized service or operate within a niche coin market.

The internet is one of the best ways to research collectable coin values. Purchases can still be made online just be sure to request pictures and detailed descriptions.

Printed guides are another one of the many ways that you can go about researching values.
A number of printed resources are available online as well as local libraries or bookstores.

A special note about using printed resources – take the publication date into consideration. Look for updated resources, as they are likely to provide you with the most valuable and accurate information.

Research is vital to coin collectors who are collecting for profit.
Researching coin values is just as important if you’re planning to pass down your collection to family members. Carefully tracking the value of your collectible coins now can help you to profit with them in the future.

Best of luck and collect well.

Peter
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