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Television Memorabilia

Although television broadcasting began in 1928, it was over a decade before commercial programming became widely available. After World War II, production of television sets increased rapidly, making them affordable additions to some homes as well as entertainment beyond radio and theatre. Retrospectively, television memorabilia has had a fairly short history, with collectible items dating back to the 1940s.

Television’s “Golden Age” is said to have existed from the 1950s to early 1960s, with popular series broadcasts such as “I Love Lucy,” the “Tonight Show,” and “The Mickey Mouse Club.” The era’s program quality is purportedly linked to the rise in suburban living, with producers gearing shows to a growing middle class. By the late 1960s, many United States and European households owned televisions, as they became easily affordable. Subsequently, programs and networks widened, with genres developing along with culture.

Adding television memorabilia to a collection may be a matter of following a certain actor, series, character, or time period. Whatever the motivation, a collector has many choices, especially considering the growth of advertising and merchandising during the 20th century. Props, scripts, and authentic, signed pieces will be scarcer, specifically from television’s early days. Merchandise such as toys, clothing, books, and posters are often easier to locate.


Quick Facts

  • A manuscript Charlie Chaplin wrote in the late 1940s was found archived at Cineteca di Bologna in Italy and reconstructed by his biographer, David Robinson, as the novella, “Footlights”
  • A rare Felix the Cat wind-up toy carousel sold on a 2013 auction for $37,200. It is one of only several known to exist
  • One of the longest running American sitcoms is, “The Simpson’s,” beginning in 1989 through present day

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Sideshow Collectibles Vlad Dracula Figure
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Sideshow Collectibles Vlad Dracula Figure
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$101 Bid
Group of Three Peanuts Lunchboxes with Eight Thermoses
Nov 08, 6:00 PM EST
Group of Three Peanuts Lunchboxes with Eight Thermoses
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
The West Wing Seasons 1-7 DVD Box Sets
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
The West Wing Seasons 1-7 DVD Box Sets
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$101 Bid
Vintage Television, Lassie And Timmy Photo Print
Nov 13, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Television, Lassie And Timmy Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $30- $60
$200 Bids
Vintage Television, The Andy Griffith Show Photo Print
Nov 27, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Television, The Andy Griffith Show Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Cast of Gunsmoke, Western Television Series, Photo
Nov 27, 2:00 PM EST
Cast of Gunsmoke, Western Television Series, Photo
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Bradley Walsh signed 12x8 colour photograph Walsh is known for his roles as Danny Baldwin in
Oct 29, 10:00 AM BST
Bradley Walsh signed 12x8 colour photograph Walsh is known for his roles as Danny Baldwin in
by Chaucer Covers & Auctions
Est: £8- £12
£80 Bids
Lot of Family Guy
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of Family Guy
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
The Walking Dead Season 1 Press Kit DVD Box Set
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
The Walking Dead Season 1 Press Kit DVD Box Set
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
Frasier Seasons 1-11 DVD Box Sets
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Frasier Seasons 1-11 DVD Box Sets
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids
Hogan's Heroes Seasons 1-6 Box Sets
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Hogan's Heroes Seasons 1-6 Box Sets
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids
Lot of Simpsons Spooky Light Ups Fast Food Toys
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of Simpsons Spooky Light Ups Fast Food Toys
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $25- $75
$100 Bids
2 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sideshow Collectibles 12" Figures
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
2 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sideshow Collectibles 12" Figures
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
Sideshow Dana Scully Figure
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Sideshow Dana Scully Figure
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $60- $120
$100 Bids
Sideshow Fox Mulder Figure
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Sideshow Fox Mulder Figure
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $60- $120
$100 Bids
The Amazing Spider-Man Painted Statue
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
The Amazing Spider-Man Painted Statue
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
The Joker & Harley Quinn Statue
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
The Joker & Harley Quinn Statue
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
DAME EDITH SITWELL. 'THIS IS YOUR LIFE'. 1962.
Nov 17, 10:30 AM GMT
DAME EDITH SITWELL. 'THIS IS YOUR LIFE'. 1962.
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £250- £300
£1500 Bids
Jetson's pin back button
Oct 28, 11:30 PM EDT
Jetson's pin back button
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $20- $25
$100 Bids
Collection of vintage Super Girl collector cards
Oct 28, 11:30 PM EDT
Collection of vintage Super Girl collector cards
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $25- $30
$100 Bids
Cheers Original Script - Rich Man, Wood Man
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
Cheers Original Script - Rich Man, Wood Man
by Heroes and Legends
Est: $200- $300
$250 Bids
Cheers 1991 Original Script - Home Malone
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
Cheers 1991 Original Script - Home Malone
by Heroes and Legends
Est: $200- $300
$250 Bids
My VH1 Music Awards 2000 Backstage Pass
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
My VH1 Music Awards 2000 Backstage Pass
by Heroes and Legends
Est: $100- $150
$250 Bids
Cheers Original Script - Head Over Hill
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
Cheers Original Script - Head Over Hill
by Heroes and Legends
Est: $200- $300
$250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Television Memorabilia


Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Connoisseur Online

Connoisseur Online

Heroes and Legends

Heroes and Legends