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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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1979-80 Topps Basketball complete set - Most NM - Few VG Commons
Mar 07, 9:00 PM EST
1979-80 Topps Basketball complete set - Most NM - Few VG Commons
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$9447 Bids
SNAPPER BATTERY POWER LEAF BLOWER (WORKS)
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
SNAPPER BATTERY POWER LEAF BLOWER (WORKS)
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$10143 Bids
1964 Topps Giants Mickey Mantle - High Grade
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
1964 Topps Giants Mickey Mantle - High Grade
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $100- $250
$10034 Bids
1964 Topps Giants Roberto Clemente - High Grade
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
1964 Topps Giants Roberto Clemente - High Grade
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$6133 Bids
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LEICA 35MM RANGEFINDER CAMERA, MODEL M3, WETZLAR GERMANY M3-1158909 WITH LEICA LENS
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
LEICA 35MM RANGEFINDER CAMERA, MODEL M3, WETZLAR GERMANY M3-1158909 WITH LEICA LENS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD1,05033 Bids
1982 Topps Complete Set (-2 cards)
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
1982 Topps Complete Set (-2 cards)
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$7031 Bids
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LEICA 35MM RANGEFINDER CAMERA, MODEL M4, WETZLAR GERMANY M4-1183674
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
LEICA 35MM RANGEFINDER CAMERA, MODEL M4, WETZLAR GERMANY M4-1183674
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD8,00031 Bids
Vintage Louis Vuitton Bag
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Louis Vuitton Bag
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$6530 Bids
2003 U.S. American Gold Eagle 4 Coin Uncirculated Complete Set
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
2003 U.S. American Gold Eagle 4 Coin Uncirculated Complete Set
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2,05029 Bids
2000 U.S. American Gold Eagle 4 Coin Uncirculated Complete Set
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
2000 U.S. American Gold Eagle 4 Coin Uncirculated Complete Set
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1,20028 Bids
Five Piedmont cigarette baseball cards
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Five Piedmont cigarette baseball cards
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $500- $1,000
$2,40027 Bids
Hank Aaron Autographed Baseall with Stand & COA
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
Hank Aaron Autographed Baseall with Stand & COA
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$5226 Bids
Pamp Suisse 1 Ounce Sealed Gold Bar 999.9
Feb 29, 2:00 PM EST
Pamp Suisse 1 Ounce Sealed Gold Bar 999.9
by Saco River Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,80026 Bids
SMALL MEAT SLICER
Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
SMALL MEAT SLICER
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$5326 Bids
Gucci Italy Floral Purse
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
Gucci Italy Floral Purse
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$6026 Bids
INTER ITALIAN STILETTO PICKLOCK SWITCHBLADE DAGGER
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
INTER ITALIAN STILETTO PICKLOCK SWITCHBLADE DAGGER
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $300
$39026 Bids
Important Andrew Jackson And Martin Van Buren Signed Patent Document
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Important Andrew Jackson And Martin Van Buren Signed Patent Document
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$85025 Bids
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LEICA M4 35MM RANGEFINDER CAMERA, WETZLAR GERMANY M4-1252358 WITH LEICA LEATHER HARD CASE
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
LEICA M4 35MM RANGEFINDER CAMERA, WETZLAR GERMANY M4-1252358 WITH LEICA LEATHER HARD CASE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD1,15025 Bids
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CAMERA STORAGE/TRAVEL BOX WITH TWO LENSES: LEICA AND LEITZ WITH ADAPTERS AND LENS CAPS
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
CAMERA STORAGE/TRAVEL BOX WITH TWO LENSES: LEICA AND LEITZ WITH ADAPTERS AND LENS CAPS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD1,05025 Bids
Nautilus Shell with Sterling Silver embellishments all handmade. Very rare and collectible.
Mar 03, 7:00 PM AEDT
Nautilus Shell with Sterling Silver embellishments all handmade. Very rare and collectible.
by Lawsons
Est: AUD350- AUD450
AUD40025 Bids
(7) Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Ball Point Pens
Feb 29, 2:00 PM EST
(7) Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Ball Point Pens
by Saco River Auction
Est: $100- $200
$42524 Bids
WWII GERMAN THIRD REICH FOREST HUNTING DAGGER
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
WWII GERMAN THIRD REICH FOREST HUNTING DAGGER
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $250- $400
$34024 Bids
230 Assorted World Coins
Feb 28, 5:00 PM EST
230 Assorted World Coins
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$10524 Bids

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Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

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