'How you can build a world famous collection... on a limited budget'


2015-06-26 11:49:35


'How you can build a world famous collection... on a limited budget'

From cards inside packets of tea, to your very own globally-admired collection...

I got bitten by the collecting bug when I was 6 or 7 years old.

It all started from cards inside packets of tea, and then cards from bubblegum packets.

Everyone was trading and swapping in order to complete sets... and it was my first intro into dealing in collectibles.

Then we all started on marbles, in all shapes and sizes, and we played to win in the school playground...

I still have my marbles (although my children might not think so!) and those cards.

I would still have my Dinky and Matchbox toys, and my Lego, if my Mum hadn't decided on a quick clearance sale one day while my brother and I were at school... we have never forgotten that loss.

The good thing with collecting is there is a low cost entry point, or even things that are free, to get you started, and then you can build into areas of interest dependent on your budget.

Take Neil Jones for example...

Neil featured in the British media all last week. All because of his collection.The largest of its kind in the world.

Years ago Neil was given a used road tax disc by his fatherfrom one of his old cars.

It triggered something insideand he decided to collect as many as he could.

Neil'scollection now stands at 120,000, and he is still adding to it.

It is interesting that a tax disc is something that we pay hundreds of pounds for and then discard when it is out of date.

Neil'searliest is from 1922; they were first issued in 1921, so he is still searching for the elusive few.

Aswithany collection thereare always the unexpected ones that are extremely difficult to find.

This is a good example of many collectibles having little or no value in themselves, but once together they createa collectionof immense value.

Neilhas created an insight into motoring history, that possibly very few people thought to do.

I suspect that I am not alone in my various collections including boxes of matches from around the world (Although thesmoking banhas reduced the amount that now seem available).

I also have general world coinage, corks, menus, tickets, programmes, seaside postcards, old black and white photos, tickets and flyers for theatre and pop concerts...

Then there are the old invoices from famous brand companies with their elaborate artwork, and probably more items stored in the loft that I have forgotten I had.

I remember once going to a major dinner in the City of London, and the guest speaker was the Chairman of the shipping company P&O.

He touched on the history ofP&O and how stamp collecting was intertwined with their business, because of the passage of their ships around the world carrying post for the various postal administrations.

This would not have been possible without P&O.

He said that it was a pity that the Company was lacking in knowledge now on the complete routes, actual movements, and timetables.

Anyway, later that evening as a few of us were gathered around the Chairman...

Afellow guest remarked that over a number of years he had builta complete register of all ofP&O ships movements and actual timetables...

I was flabbergasted...

But it just goes to show theresearch peopleput in whenthey arepassionate about their collecting.

Again, in itself, this collection was not of great value.

But suddenly it was of huge interest and value to P&O as it could now fill in all the holes in their history.

I am still surprised by what people choose to collect, but without them so much of our history would be lost forever...

It continues to add to my fascination of all forms of collecting, keeps me focused on what appeals to me, and should allow you to direct yourself into any area, and for any reason that appeals to you.

At Paul Fraser Collectibles we specialise in 18 categories of Collectibles.

Art - Autographs -Books & Manuscripts - Classic Cars - Coins - Medals & Militaria - Memorabilia - Space & Aviation - Stamps - Unique Items - Watches & Jewellery - Wine, Whisky & Cigars

You can click on any of the links above to read hundreds of fascinating stories of what's been sold, what's coming up for sale, and what's available for sale today.

And if you are new to collecting, or even if you are looking to invest in unique pieces, please don't hesitate to contact us for free advice and guidance.

+44 (0) 117 933 9503


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