Last updated 7 days ago
You never know what you’ll find if you take some time to dig through old belongings. If you keep a lot of forgotten possessions in the attic, you might be surprised at what’s in store if you go up and have a look.
In this video, Karl Kissner of Defiance, Ohio, relates the story of how he found a collection of old baseball cards while cleaning the attic of his family’s estate. Surprisingly, due to their rarity and value in the eyes of collectors, these cards may very well be worth millions of dollars if put up for sale. The discovery has been hailed as one of the greatest finds in the history of sports card collecting.
Coins of the Realm is one of the most trustworthy grading companies for hobbyists in Gaithersburg. We offer appraisals for collectibles and jewelry of all types. If you have a collection of vintage coins, sports cards, or postage stamps that you’d like to sell, feel free to call (301) 637-4390 or visit our website.
Last updated 15 days ago
Collectors should always exercise caution when handling and storing their stamps. Sometimes practices that seem harmless can cause a great deal of damage. A stamp’s value will plummet along with its quality no matter how rare it is. Here are a few things that should be avoided when thinking of how to store your stamps:
Many collectors like to stack their albums on flat surfaces, but this is inadvisable; pressure tends to damage stamps, so storing them this way is sure to lower their quality. This is one of the simplest and most basic stamp storage guidelines, but it’s nonetheless of the utmost importance.
If you decide to frame and hang your stamps, be careful about where you choose to do so. It’s usually a good idea to avoid windows where a lot of sunlight leaks through. Direct exposure to the sun’s rays can cause the stamps’ colors to fade. Try to display them in moderately shady areas so they’ll continue to look the way they did upon production.
Stamps aren’t as hardy as coins. Because they’re made of paper, stamps are easily damaged by water. Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that framed albums are safe; if you store them in bathrooms or other humid, steamy areas, you’ll undoubtedly encounter trouble after a while. Moisture can also damage the adhesive gum holding the stamps in place, so be sure to keep them somewhere dry.
Hinges were once a popular way to attach stamps to album pages. Recently, though, they’ve fallen out of style—and with good reason. Many new collectors aren’t aware that even damage that can’t be seen from the front can reduce a stamp’s market value. Hinges can wear out the back of a stamp and should be avoided whenever possible.
Coins of the Realm has something to offer just about every collector out there. We’re an authorized dealer, having been in business since 1974, and we’re among the most knowledgeable businesses in Gaithersburg when it comes to grading coins, stamps, and jewelry. If you’re a numismatist or philatelist, don’t hesitate to call (301) 637-4390 or visit us online.
Last updated 27 days ago
Sports are more than a hobby for some people. Many fans turn their interest in athletics into a passion, collecting all sorts of memorabilia from their favorite teams and players. If you are one of these people, it’s a good idea to preserve your collection so that its value is protected. Helmets, balls, bats, and the like should be stored in display cases that have a UV protective shield. This will help prevent fading if your collection is on display. Paper products such as tickets, programs, and photos can be mounted in shadowboxes or frames, or stored flat in bags in acid-free boxes. Baseball cards can be kept in binders, though plastic cases do a better job of preventing the cards from bending or tearing.
At Coins of the Realm, we understand your passion for collecting sports memorabilia. Contact us at (301) 637-6220 to learn what items we have in stock, or to have your collection appraised by one of our experts. We have built our reputation since 1974 on accuracy and outstanding service.
Last updated 1 month ago
Collecting baseball cards is a fun hobby for youngsters and adults alike. If you are one of the many people who have held onto a childhood baseball card collection, it might be time to dig it out of the basement and find out what it’s worth. While many baseball cards do not end up being worth more than the cardboard they’re printed on, some of them fetch a great deal of money from sports card and coin dealers. Read on for a look at some of the rarest baseball cards in history.
1909 Honus Wagner Rookie Card
If you happen to find a Honus Wagner rookie card in your baseball card collection, you are in luck. Wagner’s cards are among the most valuable on the market, fetching anywhere from $100,000 to $925,000. Wagner was one of the best defensive shortstops of all time, and his impressive batting record made his career nearly as storied as his card. There are only approximately 60 to 100 versions of this card in existence, as Wagner objected to his likeness being used to advertise cigarettes and tobacco and forced the company to drop his card.
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle
Though this is not technically Mantle’s rookie card, this card is rare and in high demand. Mantle was a New York Yankee and perhaps one of the greatest outfielders to ever play the game. As a popular player during his own time and since his retirement, many people desire Mickey Mantle’s card, making near-mint versions worth potentially more than $282,000.
1933 Goudey Gum Nap Lajoie
Goudey Gum was printing baseball cards in 1933 and made a seemingly small error that irritated many collectors. In the 241 card set, Goudey accidentally omitted a card with the number 106. In order to appease the collectors who had written in to complain, a special Nap Lajoie card numbered 106 was sent by mail just to these people. This rare card has brought in over $30,000 at auction.
What do you have gathering dust in your basement or attic? Bring your baseball cards, coin collection, and old jewelry in to Coins of the Realm in Gaithersburg to find out if you’re sitting on any hidden treasures. Call us at (301) 637-6220 or visit us in person to learn more about our services.
Last updated 1 month ago
Whether you have been collecting coins for a long time or you are just getting your collection started, you have probably wondered how to determine how much certain coins are worth. Watch this video to learn what goes into appraising the value of a coin.
It is important for every collector to know that gold and silver coins are almost always worth more than their face value. Keep in mind that a coin’s age does not necessarily make it more valuable. Rare coins, such as ones with imprinting errors, tend to be worth more because so few exist. While you can try to estimate the value of a coin using printed guides, you’ll get a much more accurate appraisal from a coin dealer.
Let the experts at Coins of the Realm in Gaithersburg tell you how much your coins are worth. Contact us at (301) 637-6220 or visit our website to learn more about the appraisal process, including our free in-store verbal appraisal.