Bradford Exchange Collector Plates



2015-06-26 11:20:55

Bradford Exchange Collector Plates are limited-edition ceramic plates produced by the American manufacturer The Bradford Exchange.


Brief history and description

The Bradford Exchange has become one of the most recognized companies to produce and market limited-edition collectibles and giftware items.

The company was established in 1973 by J. Roderick MacArther and was initially founded as a computerized trading center for limited-edition collector plates. Since then, the company has earned more than 100 awards and distributed numerous different plates featuring a variety of designs, characters and motifs.

Some of the many collectible Bradford Exchange items include plates featuring celebrities (such as Elvis Presley, John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe), animals (such as wolves, dogs and birds), and much more.

Guide for collectors

Bradford Exhange collector plates which feature motifs from movies such as Gone With the Wind, My Fair Lady and The King and I are considered to be the most valuable among collectors, but not necessarily the most rare. Plates which feature the artwork of William Chambers are considered to be both rare and valuable.

Restoration of a Bradford Exchange collector plate is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring the plate may decrease its value.

For more information regarding Bradford Exchange collector plates, visit the Bradford Exchange's official website.


Universal Live in Northbrook, Illinois sold a My Fair Lady Bradford Exchange collector plate featuring the artwork of William Chambers for $3,250 in May of 2011.

Universal Live in Northbrook, Illinois sold a Gone With the Wind Bradford Exchange collector plate also featuring the artwork of William Chambers for $1,700 in June of 2011.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold "The Brave Little Tailor" Bradford Exchange collector plate featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse (circa 1994) for $490 in August of 2008.

Kodner Galleries Inc. in Dania Beach, Florida sold a lot of three Bradford Exchange collector plates (including "The Red Wolf," "Red-Spotted Purples" and "Monarch Butterflies") for $25 in May of 2005.

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