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Collectibles

Collectibles

The category of collectibles (also commonly spelled collectables) is one of the most exciting and far-reaching fields at auction, including anything from autographs, advertising and ephemera to memorabilia, books and manuscripts, to coins, stamps and world currency. Many collectible items are considered relics of a bygone era, and often bear sentimental value in addition to their market value.

Types of Collectibles For Sale at Auction

Some of the most popular areas of collecting today include: books and maps, vintage advertising, memorabilia, coins and stamps, hunting and sporting collectibles, military and wartime collectibles, and fashion accessories. Prices in these categories depend on popularity or trends, scarcity of the item and comparable items, condition, perceived importance, and the overall state of the financial market.

Other popular collectibles at auction today include enamel signs, vintage Coca-Cola ads, U.S. coins, comic books, baseball cards, football cards, memorabilia and more. Personal effects and other items associated with celebrities (famous athletes, musicians, and actors) are wildly popular at auction, including Elvis Presley collectibles and Star Wars memorabilia

Coins and Stamps

The estimated annual market for rare coins in the United States overall is around $3 billion, with over 5,000 coin companies in the country. The US Postal Service estimates that 11 percent of Americans collect US stamps, making it the largest collecting hobby in the country. Roughly the same percentage of the British population also collects stamps, while percentages rise in Germany, Switzerland, and Eastern Europe.

The most expensive stamp ever sold is a British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, which sold at auction in June of 2014 for $9.5 million. Prior to that, the most expensive stamp ever sold was a Treskilling Yellow, which sold for $2.2 million in 1996. Not all stamps sell for earth-shattering prices, and many U.S. stamps can be easily acquired at auction for reasonable prices.

Memorabilia

Passing many performers in memorabilia sales, Elvis Presley lives on years after his death. Items dating from the 1950s and ‘60s, when Presley produced most of his music and films, are typically most valuable. And among sports fans, baseball cards still attract high prices at auction. Some cards even shockingly reach values in the millions; in 2016, Goldin Auctions sold a 1909–11 T206 “Jumbo” Honus Wagner, for $3.2 million.

Factors that can determine the value of a collectible item include its scarcity (how rare it is to find that item at auction), condition, and even provenance. Before buying at auction, be sure to research the item in advance and request a condition report.

Recommended Items at Auction

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Gould (John) & Richter (H. C.) Collection of plates from The Birds of Great Britain
Jun 17, 8:00 AM EDT
Gould (John) & Richter (H. C.) Collection of plates from The Birds of Great Britain
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: ¥800- ¥1,200
¥4,30018 Bids
1929 Five Dollar Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelp
Nov 21, 9:00 AM PST
1929 Five Dollar Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelp
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $100- $200
$404 Bids
PORCELAIN SIGN RUSK OIL CO PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA GLOBOLINE MOTOR OIL
Jul 01, 10:00 PM CEST
PORCELAIN SIGN RUSK OIL CO PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA GLOBOLINE MOTOR OIL
by Asté Maison de ventes
Est: $0- $0
$404 Bids
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1983 United States Mint Proof Set 5 coins
Mar 26, 10:00 AM EDT
1983 United States Mint Proof Set 5 coins
by Eldred's
Est: $250- $500
$53 Bids
PORCELAIN SIGN RUSK OIL CO PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA GLOBOLINE MOTOR OIL
Dec 07, 1:30 AM EST
PORCELAIN SIGN RUSK OIL CO PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA GLOBOLINE MOTOR OIL
by Lawsons
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD103 Bids
Certified 1.21 CTW Round Diamond Stud Earrings H/SI3
Feb 22, 10:00 AM PKT
Certified 1.21 CTW Round Diamond Stud Earrings H/SI3
by Asté Maison de ventes
Est: $6,200- $7,440
$3,4003 Bids
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1983 United States Mint Proof Set 5 coins
Mar 26, 10:00 AM EDT
1983 United States Mint Proof Set 5 coins
by Eldred's
Est: $250- $500
$52 Bids
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PORCELAIN MUNICIPALITY SIGN CITY PUEBLO COLORADO
Jul 01, 10:00 PM CEST
PORCELAIN MUNICIPALITY SIGN CITY PUEBLO COLORADO
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €0- €0
€202 Bids
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HUSSA BREWING BANGOR WI PARAGON BEER TIN SIGN
Jul 01, 10:00 PM CEST
HUSSA BREWING BANGOR WI PARAGON BEER TIN SIGN
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €0- €0
€202 Bids
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PORCELAIN SIGN RUSK OIL CO PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA GLOBOLINE MOTOR OIL
Jul 01, 11:30 PM CEST
PORCELAIN SIGN RUSK OIL CO PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA GLOBOLINE MOTOR OIL
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €0- €0
€202 Bids
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TIN SIGN CHEVROLET SALES & SERVICE HERON LAKE MN
Jul 01, 10:00 PM CEST
TIN SIGN CHEVROLET SALES & SERVICE HERON LAKE MN
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €0- €0
€102 Bids
DIE CUT PORCELAIN SIGN KURTH'S BEER COLUMBUS WI
Jul 01, 10:00 PM CEST
DIE CUT PORCELAIN SIGN KURTH'S BEER COLUMBUS WI
by Asté Maison de ventes
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
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Wood and cast brass mechanical wafer press
Feb 28, 10:00 AM EST
Wood and cast brass mechanical wafer press
by Eldred's
Est: $60- $100
$401 Bid
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A 20thC cast standish / inkstand with Art Nouveau floral and foliate decora
Feb 26, 10:00 AM EST
A 20thC cast standish / inkstand with Art Nouveau floral and foliate decora
by Eldred's
Est: $30- $50
$201 Bid
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2000 United States Mint Proof Set 10 coins
Mar 28, 10:00 AM EDT
2000 United States Mint Proof Set 10 coins
by Eldred's
Est: $250- $500
$101 Bid
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WELCOME TO THE AUCTION
Feb 26, 10:00 AM EST
WELCOME TO THE AUCTION
by Eldred's
Est: $80- $100
$701 Bid
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WELCOME TO THE AUCTION
Feb 26, 10:00 AM EST
WELCOME TO THE AUCTION
by Eldred's
Est: $80- $100
$701 Bid
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DIE CUT PORCELAIN SIGN KURTH'S BEER COLUMBUS WI
Jul 01, 10:00 PM CEST
DIE CUT PORCELAIN SIGN KURTH'S BEER COLUMBUS WI
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €0- €0
€101 Bid
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COLUMBIA GRAFONOLA TIN SIGN BRAINERD MINNESOTA MN
Jul 01, 11:30 PM CEST
COLUMBIA GRAFONOLA TIN SIGN BRAINERD MINNESOTA MN
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €0- €0
€101 Bid
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TIN LITHO SIGN BIG BANG SAFETY CELEBRATOR CANNONS
Jul 01, 11:30 PM CEST
TIN LITHO SIGN BIG BANG SAFETY CELEBRATOR CANNONS
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €0- €0
€101 Bid
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COLUMBIA GRAFONOLA TIN SIGN BRAINERD MINNESOTA MN
Jul 01, 10:00 PM CEST
COLUMBIA GRAFONOLA TIN SIGN BRAINERD MINNESOTA MN
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €0- €0
€101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Collectibles


Asté Maison de ventes

Asté Maison de ventes

Eldred's

Eldred's

Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists

Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists

Carlo Bonte Auctions

Carlo Bonte Auctions