Popular Collectibles Through the Years

There’s something about collecting that seems to appeal to almost everyone. It often starts with childhood rock or insect collections, and as we age, our changing interests naturally result in a desire to collect other items associated with our hobbies. Here’s a closer look at some of the most popular collectible niches.


Diecast Models

If you want a collectible diecast, you’re in luck — model cars and trains are still quite popular today, even if they aren’t quite as prevalent as in previous decades. Diecast models are available in a wide range of styles and sizes. Whether you’re interested in 1:18 scale miniatures to go with a train set or larger, more detailed models, specialized retailers make it easy to find exactly what you need.


Video Games

Believe it or not, retro video games (and related memorabilia) have become highly sought-after collectibles. Generally speaking, older systems like the Super NES and Nintendo 64 are considered the most valuable, thanks to a mix of nostalgia and relative scarcity. Cartridges for rare games often sell for several hundred dollars — and if you still have the original packaging, the price can get even higher. It could be well worth it to go through a box of your old games.


Sports Memorabilia

There are few better ways to express your fandom for your favorite sports teams than building your own collection of memorabilia. There are countless items that can be added to such a collection, ranging from ticket stubs and posters to signed footballs and jerseys. What you decide to include is limited only by your imagination, but one thing is certain — such a collection is the perfect accompaniment to any “man cave.”


Advertising Paraphernalia

Another interesting “retro” collecting trend reflects an increased interest in marketing materials from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Largely based in an appreciation for the art style used in these early print ads, both original copies and modern reprints can serve as a great complement to your current home decor.



Though the rise of email has led to a decline in the use of stamps in modern society, stamp collecting remains relatively popular among historically minded collectors. Several countries across the globe even have their own Postal Museums, designed to provide extra historical context for these popular collectibles.


Are You Ready to Start Collecting?

When it comes to collection options, these examples are only the tip of the iceberg. No matter where your interests may lie, you can be certain that there are fun and exciting items that you can add to your own collection. You just need to start looking!

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