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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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BOB COUSEY SIGNED JERSEY TRI-STAR CERTIFIED
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
BOB COUSEY SIGNED JERSEY TRI-STAR CERTIFIED
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$17148 Bids
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19TH CENTURY THORNE MINING & REFINING CO. ARIZONA 2.7 OZ .9998 SILVER ASSAY INGOT
Apr 28, 9:00 AM MST
19TH CENTURY THORNE MINING & REFINING CO. ARIZONA 2.7 OZ .9998 SILVER ASSAY INGOT
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$13,80046 Bids
Rare Governor John Y. Brown Carved Walking Stick Dated 1891
Apr 14, 6:00 PM EDT
Rare Governor John Y. Brown Carved Walking Stick Dated 1891
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$52543 Bids
4-NOLAN RYAN SIGNATURE SERIES PORCELAIN AUTOGRAPHS
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
4-NOLAN RYAN SIGNATURE SERIES PORCELAIN AUTOGRAPHS
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $200- $1,000
$10143 Bids
Bowie Knife in Silver Sheath
Apr 14, 6:00 PM EDT
Bowie Knife in Silver Sheath
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$3,10041 Bids
1948 LEAF JOHNNY VANDERMEER PRO 5.5
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
1948 LEAF JOHNNY VANDERMEER PRO 5.5
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $100
$7238 Bids
2024 AMERICAN SILVER EAGLE 20 COIN BU ROLL
Apr 14, 12:30 PM CDT
2024 AMERICAN SILVER EAGLE 20 COIN BU ROLL
by Gold Standard Auctions
Est: $10- $10,000
$42535 Bids
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1999 FRANCE GOLD AND SILVER EURO CONVERSION PROOF 2 COIN SET
Apr 28, 9:00 AM MST
1999 FRANCE GOLD AND SILVER EURO CONVERSION PROOF 2 COIN SET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1,70033 Bids
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MR. BRAINWASH "MARILYN MONROE" 2022 MIXED MEDIA ACRYLIC & SILKSCREEN ON PAPER
Apr 14, 9:00 AM MST
MR. BRAINWASH "MARILYN MONROE" 2022 MIXED MEDIA ACRYLIC & SILKSCREEN ON PAPER
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$2,65033 Bids
An Underwater Scooter, Untested
Apr 16, 6:00 PM AEST
An Underwater Scooter, Untested
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD32031 Bids
Rare Green River Whiskey Store Countertop Advertising Display
Apr 14, 6:00 PM EDT
Rare Green River Whiskey Store Countertop Advertising Display
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$35029 Bids
1988 STARTING LINEUP MICHAEL JORDAN W/CARD
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
1988 STARTING LINEUP MICHAEL JORDAN W/CARD
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $100
$5629 Bids
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2003 SOUTH AFRICA TIFFANY DIAMOND & GOLD KRUGERRAND PROOF SET
Apr 28, 9:00 AM MST
2003 SOUTH AFRICA TIFFANY DIAMOND & GOLD KRUGERRAND PROOF SET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$3,00029 Bids
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1985 CHINA 1 OZ .999 GOLD PANDA 100 YUAN
Apr 28, 9:00 AM MST
1985 CHINA 1 OZ .999 GOLD PANDA 100 YUAN
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1,65028 Bids
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1945 MEXICO CENTENARIO .900 GOLD 50 PESO
Apr 28, 9:00 AM MST
1945 MEXICO CENTENARIO .900 GOLD 50 PESO
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$90028 Bids
1975 Topps Mini Wax Pack GAI 10 Perfect
Apr 17, 7:00 PM EDT
1975 Topps Mini Wax Pack GAI 10 Perfect
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$21027 Bids
DEREK JETER SIGNED BASEBALL JSA LOA
Apr 21, 8:00 PM EDT
DEREK JETER SIGNED BASEBALL JSA LOA
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $200- $350
$15526 Bids
A group of T206 Piedmont "350 Subjects" baseball and fish cards
Apr 16, 10:00 AM PDT
A group of T206 Piedmont "350 Subjects" baseball and fish cards
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $300- $500
$3,50025 Bids
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1794 LIBERTY CAP LARGE CENT HEAD OF 1794 PCGS XF45
Apr 28, 9:00 AM MST
1794 LIBERTY CAP LARGE CENT HEAD OF 1794 PCGS XF45
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$52023 Bids
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1887-S LIBERTY HEAD (CORONET HEAD) GOLD $10 EAGLE NGC XF45
Apr 28, 9:00 AM MST
1887-S LIBERTY HEAD (CORONET HEAD) GOLD $10 EAGLE NGC XF45
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$80023 Bids
A Camera Body, Marked Canon EOS-1D Mark 2, Turns on, Untested
Apr 16, 6:00 PM AEST
A Camera Body, Marked Canon EOS-1D Mark 2, Turns on, Untested
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD28023 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Collectibles


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Gold Standard Auctions

Gold Standard Auctions

Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer