Everything Collectibles Book: Buy and Sell Your Favorite Treasures from Fabulous Flea Market Finds to Incredible Online Deals

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Have you ever dreamed of making money off your collection of baseball cards, dolls, stamps, postcards, or other quirky stuff you've gathered over time? Thanks to the rise in popularity of the Internet and online auctions, you can make incredible discoveries to add to your collection -- if you know where to look and how to evaluate quality and authenticity. The Everything Collectibles Book is the perfect introduction to the collectible scene -- for both buyers and sellers. This exciting, detailed book offers you a...
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Overview

Have you ever dreamed of making money off your collection of baseball cards, dolls, stamps, postcards, or other quirky stuff you've gathered over time? Thanks to the rise in popularity of the Internet and online auctions, you can make incredible discoveries to add to your collection -- if you know where to look and how to evaluate quality and authenticity. The Everything Collectibles Book is the perfect introduction to the collectible scene -- for both buyers and sellers. This exciting, detailed book offers you a wealth of information about getting your collection started -- from recognizing treasures lurking in your own home to honing in on amazing finds at garage sales, flea markets, collectibles shows, or online. Featuring dozens of photographs that exemplify the diverse world of collectibles, The Everything Collectibles Book will have you shopping -- and selling -- in no time!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580626453
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Chapter 1 Don't Throw It All Away 1
Learning a Lesson from Mom 2
Knowing What to Keep 6
Understanding the Terminology of Collecting 9
Chapter 2 Shopping for Collectibles 13
Finding Fortune at Flea Markets 14
Getting What You Want at Garage Sales 18
Going Through the Garbage for Gold 20
Chapter 3 Sports Cards 23
Seeing How Sports Cards Got Their Start 24
Starting a Sports Card Collection 29
Knowing How Much Your Cards Are Worth 30
And You Thought You Were Done with Grades 33
Keeping Your Cards Safe 38
Chapter 4 Sports Memorabilia 39
Recognizing the Pitfalls 40
Protecting Your Sports Memorabilia 43
Insuring Your Memorabilia 44
Chapter 5 Stamps 47
Knowing the History of the Stamp 48
Planning Your Stamp Collection 50
Knowing What Condition Your Stamps Are In 53
Determining Your Stamp's Grade 55
Separating a Stamp from an Envelope 58
Postmarking It 59
Chapter 6 Coins 63
The History of Coins 64
Planning Your Coin Collection 65
Evaluating a Coin's Condition 67
Understanding the Grading System 68
Understanding Coin Terminology 69
Starting and Adding to Your Collection 72
Chapter 7 Autographs 73
Knowing How Fakes Are Made 74
Getting a Certificate of Authentication and a Guarantee 78
Understanding the Terminology 79
Deciding Which Autographs to Collect 80
Requesting Autographs from Your Favorite Celebrities 81
Caring For and Displaying Your Autographs 86
Knowing What an Autograph Is Worth 88
Chapter 8 Political Memorabilia 91
The History of Political Collectibles 92
Making Sense of All Those Slogans 95
Starting a Collection 98
Understanding the Terminology 100
Chapter 9 Coca-Cola and Beer Memorabilia 103
Coca-Cola Collectibles 104
Breweriana 110
Chapter 10 The American Way of Life 113
Advertising: The Story of Us 114
Turning on the Television 119
The Big Screen: Movie Memorabilia 121
Chapter 11 Pin-Back Buttons and Comic Books 125
Collecting Pin-Back Buttons 126
Holding On to Comic Books 130
Chapter 12 Dolls 137
The History of Dolls 138
Types of Dolls 141
Doll Terminology 146
The Value of Dolls 150
Chapter 13 Figurines 153
M. I. Hummels 154
Armani Figurines 159
Precious Moments, Dreamsicles, and Cherished Teddies 160
Nodders 162
Chapter 14 Books 167
The History of Books 168
Why Collect Books 169
Types of Used Books Available 171
The Qualities That Make Books Valuable 173
The Value of Books 174
How to Care for Books 178
The Grades of Books 179
Chapter 15 Photographs and Postcards 181
Say Cheese! Collecting Photographs 182
Wish You Were Here! Collecting Postcards 187
Chapter 16 Records 195
The Condition of Your Old Records 196
What Impacts a Record's Value 197
Record Terminology 198
Chapter 17 Depression Glass, Pottery, and Plates 201
Depression Glass 202
Pottery 207
Collector Plates 215
Chapter 18 Jewelry 219
The History of Jewels 220
Jewelry Lingo 223
How to Care for Your Jewelry 227
What Impacts a Jewelry's Value 228
Chapter 19 Antique Furniture 231
Furniture Terminology 232
Chapter 20 Buying and Selling on eBay 237
How Computers Have Changed Our Lives 238
Some Things Never Change 239
How to Register with eBay 241
The Fee Schedule 242
How to Place a Bid 243
How to Sell an Item 247
Why You Should Leave Feedback 254
Tax Time 256
Chapter 21 Start Collecting! 259
How Collections Get Started 260
Fads: The Root of Many Collections 260
The Investor: Collecting for Profit 263
Nostalgia: A Collector's Main Motivator 264
The Things People Collect 265
Forging Ahead into the World of Collectibles 271
Appendix A Further Reading 273
Advertising 273
Antiques 273
Auctions 273
Autographs 273
Books 273
Bottles 274
Coca-Cola 274
Coins 274
Collector Plates 274
Country Store Products 275
Dolls 275
Glassware 275
Jewelry 275
Kitchen 275
Militaria 275
Photographs 275
Pin-Back Buttons 275
Political Americana 275
Porcelain/Pottery 275
Records/Music 276
Sports 276
Stamps 276
Television 276
Television Sets 276
Toys 276
Appendix B Web Resources 277
Index 281
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2002

    Entertaining and Informative Primer

    For an EVERYTHING BOOK this is top-notch. It is a fun and very informative read with lots of interesting anecdotes on collecting any number of things. The Web site recommendations are A-1. And the pictures in the book tap into a lot of common man and woman collectibles that are given short shrift in other intro titles. This book is well worth the very modest purchase price!!!

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