How to Find Information about eBay Collectibles Online
If you’re a serious buyer or seller of collectibles on eBay, plenty of resources offer great information on every kind of collectible item. Here are some specialty publications you can check out:
Action Figure Digest: Find out who’s hot in the action figure biz in this monthly magazine. Its Web site sells back issues.
Antique Trader: This magazine has been the bible of the antiques collecting industry for more than 40 years.
Autograph Magazine: This magazine gives the lowdown on the autograph business as well as samples of many autographs for identification. Its Web site features links to price guides it publishes.
Haute Doll: This magazine was originally Barbie Bazaar and was packed with everything Barbie! It seems the magazine couldn’t find enough to say about Barbie, or they just didn’t have enough readers. Haute Doll now covers everything in trendy dolls — including Barbie.
Coin World: In addition to the print magazine, this respected source for all ranges of numismatists has many online services for their subscribers as well.
Doll Reader: The ultimate authority, Doll Reader has been dishing out the scoop on collectible dolls of all sorts for more than 25 years. It’s the place to go to catch the trends on the latest in doll collecting.
Goldmine: The Web site for this is the magazine for CD and record collecting has many sample articles and information from its issues.
Numismatic News: Numismatic News has been around for more than 50 years. The first issue each month includes a pull-out guide to retail U.S. coin prices. Every three months, it also includes a U.S.-paper-money price guide.
Sports Collectors Digest: This publication takes sports collectibles to the highest level. Visit the Web site and sign up for a free e-mail newsletter.
Linn’s Stamp News: The magazine has been serving philatelists since 1931.
Teddy Bear Review: Since 1986, this review has offered pages of information on collecting teddy bears. For a free sample issue, go to their Web site.
Many Web sites devoted to different collectible areas list prices at recently completed auctions. These auctions are the best evaluation of an item’s value because they’re usually directed toward specialists in the collectible category. Most of the participants in these auctions really know their stuff.
You may have to poke around the following Web sites to find the prices realized at auction, but once you do, you’ll have the Holy Grail of estimated values. Look for links that point to auction archives. Many of these sites will consign an item from you as well, and sell it to their audience:
Sotheby’s: Antiques, art, and all kinds of rare stuff.
Art Price: Art auctions; they charge for their searches by artist, but have an immense database.
Collectors.com: For all your sports memorabilia needs.
pgcaglassclub: Collectible advertising glasses — you’ve got to see this stuff!
pcgs.com: United States coin price guide.
lynknight: Currency auctions.