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An asset of limited quantity and the perception of high value. Many collectibles are antiques. For example, a Babe Ruth baseball card is a collectible. Perhaps the main market for collectibles exists among persons who simply like collectibles; that is, a person who enjoys baseball is more likely to be a buyer of collectible baseball cards. However, because collectibles tend to maintain their value, investors may buy collectibles in addition to securities as a hedge against inflation. The problem with collectibles as an investment is the potential lack of liquidity: an investor may not be able to find an avid baseball card collector to whom to sell his/her collectibles.


An asset of limited supply that is sought for a variety of reasons including, it is hoped, an increase in value. Stamps, antiques, coins, and works of art are among the many things usually classified as collectibles. Collectibles are often regarded by investors as hedges against inflation, since their value tends to appreciate most when general prices are rising. The collectibles market represents a very tricky investment for inexperienced investors.


When you invest in objects rather than in capital assets such as stocks or bonds, you are putting your money into collectibles. Collectibles can run the gamut from fine art, antique furniture, stamps, and coins to baseball cards and Barbie dolls.

Their common drawback, as an investment, is their lack of liquidity. If you need to sell your collectibles, you may not be able to find a buyer who is willing to pay what you believe your investment is worth. In fact, you may not be able to find a buyer at all.

On the other hand, collectibles can provide a sizable return on your investment if you have the right thing for sale at the right time.

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Now toys are being marketed as collectibles, and they may not turn out to be so valuable, Beckett said.
The weak performance of first-issue collectibles in these two leading product categories suggests that collectors are satisfying their collecting passion with other types of collectibles.
Current estimates of 2006 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, excluding the loss on the sale of the sports trading card and die-cast collectibles business of approximately $0.
Some of this stuff, I wonder why I never had it growing up,'' said Dianna Quille, a 42-year-old Valley Glen tax preparer who accompanied her sons Conor and Liam to look for collectible figures.
However, the focus of the moment is letting the collectibles world know that The Franklin Mint is now in the hands of individuals who are committed not only to maintaining the glory of Franklin's past but building on that excellence to take it to an even higher level in the future.
The newest collectibles include hand-painted polystone busts of the characters Legolas Greenleaf, Saruman and Galadriel.
a full service precious metals trading company, positions GMAI as a leading vertically integrated distributor, wholesaler and retailer in the collectibles market.
But the new wave of interest in collectibles dates back to the mid-1970s, possibly fueled by newly manufactured commemorative items and reproductions of Early American antiques produced for the United States bicentennial celebration in 1976, dealers theorize.
The company has built a worldwide following for its authentic replicas of military and civilian aircraft, cars, trucks and other die-cast vehicles, as well as its Hollywood-licensed DC Comics Batman(TM) Collectible Die-Cast Editions and James Bond(R) Director's Cut series.
Hake's Americana & Collectibles, established almost four decades ago, is one of the most respected names in the industry.
A broad selection of collectibles will be offered at a variety of market levels, ranging from higher-end items for the serious collector to moderately priced pieces for the casual enthusiast.
Much like marbles, fans of all ages can have fun with these new, exciting collectibles.

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