As a personal hobbyist or as a professional collector there are many of us who want to learn more about our old toys and especially as to how rare or valuable they may be.
Most of us still have a few childhood playthings that we have kept with us through the years. We have questions which is why so many collector's price guide books have those answers within them.
There are hundreds of excellent toy catalogues and field guides available to help you discover the approximation of a toys value and age, so take advantage of this wealth of information. Every seasoned toy collector should have at least a couple good quality value guides in their library. Novice collectors should also have at least one good reference catalog to guide them in their hobby as well. The answer to your questions are likely to be found in these guides so open one up and take a look.
Collect the Items You Love and Love the Items You Collect
Collecting a specific or theme group of items is a hobby. Generally begun for the enjoyment it brings its owner these collections are also entered into sometimes strictly for monetary gain.
What classifies a toy as collectible is the fact that you or another person desires it. If you have a toy that someone else is willing to purchase then you own a collectible that is a valuable one. The value of any vintage item is completely reliant on the price that another person is willing to pay for it.
Purchasing items that you enjoy is a great reason to invest in them. These items may never be exceptionally valuable but if you enjoy them then their worth to you will be beyond value. Should they one day be desirable to others than that is simply an added bonus.
You never want to bypass a potentially rare toy simply because you are not quite sure what makes it a unique find. Often times the best collectibles are discovered buried away in a box at a local garage sale or thrift market. With a guide book you can further investigate distinctive items that you luckily stumble onto.
Tips for Starting Your Collection
You Never Know When You Will Stumble Onto a Rare Toy
Each and every day classic, discontinued, or vintage toys are discovered in toy boxes, attics, garage sales, thrift stores, auctions, and even in neighbor's backyards.
Toys are everywhere and there are many factors which make a specific item desirable to hobbyists. Virtually everyone has one somewhere that could fall into the category of a collectible.
A nice aspect of toy collecting is that many of these items are quite small in size. This means that you can easily display an entire collection without taking up a great deal of space. This is especially helpful if you have a relatively large number of items in your collection.
Choosing Which Items to Collect Can be a Challenge
It is easy to be very exciting when we discover an item that we enjoy. With toys as that item it is very easy for things to sometimes get a little out of hand. These lovable collectibles are quite easy to find and even easier to fall in love with.
Depending on the amount of room and the degree of money that you are willing to invest in your collection in can be a wide choice to keep your acquisitions within a specific theme within the broader theme. Narrowing down your area of interest can help keep the size of your collection in perspective.
When you have a guide book in your field of interest it can make the job of sorting your collectibles into categories a much simpler task. The toy reference guides can advise you as to which playthings are rare, which ones are valuable, and provide you with reasons as to why these toys make it onto a collectible list.
So What Type of Toys do People Collect?
What type of toys do people collect? The answer is anything and everything. If it is a plaything then it is likely an item that someone somewhere is eventually going to want to collect. Toys are a very popular collectable.
Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Corgi, Dinky, and other small die cast metal cars are some of the most collectible toy vehicles in the world. Do you know how rare your small vintage cars are? The slightest variations in color and style can make a big difference in how your toy cars and trucks are valued.
Barbie's presence was welcomed into the playroom as few other toys have ever been. Barbie was more than a doll, she was a trend setter for young girls and they adored her. Girls grew up with Barbie, her fashions, and her friends. Barbie dolls were and still are one of the most collected toy dolls in the world. But she isn't the only doll desired by collectors, there are many others out there as well. Which dolls are your favorites?
Transformers are those wonderful toys which bend and twist into an entirely new entity. Kids were completely thrilled with these robot like beings and more than a few of the older versions can be extremely valuable today. You will have to check out a guide book to see if one of yours is on the list.
A Wee Little Teddy Bear History
The collectable toy teddy bear has soothed thousands of children into a relaxed slumber. Cuddling and crooning sweet nothings to their snuggly companion was the manner in which many children chased away any scary night time thoughts. The teddy bear truly is one of our most remarkable toy collectables.
Teddy's Bear was actually the name given a stuffed toy bear after Theodore Roosevelt refused to participate in what he believed was an inhumane black bear hunt. It is an interesting bit of toy history and since then the plush Teddy bear has been around to soothe, love, and cuddle with people of all ages.
Do you have an old toy bear hanging around your house? It could be quite valuable today. With the passing of time the plush toy we refer to as the teddy bear has become a highly collectable toy. Although not generally referred to by the teddy bear name, Steiff bears are some of the most collectible toy bears in the world and even today are purchased specifically for toy collections.
Cars, dolls, marbles, die cast metal banks, action figures, games, playthings made of wood, plastic, or metal are wanted by someone somewhere. There are hundreds of thousands of collectible toys out there that someone somewhere is wanting to put on display in their home. What do you collect?
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