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Join the RelicRecord.com Affiliate Program!

RelicRecord Affiliate Program

Like many small business owners, my brother and I started RelicRecord.com on a shoestring budget. Two-years later, we’re still dangling by that string! We’ve never viewed our start-up funding (or lack thereof) as a limitation, but rather as motivation to be creative, innovative, and resourceful. The past two years we’ve relied on the feedback of collectors, and our software users, to help guide and shape the development of our products. Everything we’ve been able to accomplish thus far can be attributed to good ole’ fashion hard work and word-of-mouth marketing. Read more

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Railroad Date Nails

Common place in the late-19th century through the mid-20th century, Date Nails were driven into railroad ties, utility poles, bridge timbers, and other wooden structures for record keeping purposes. Today, Date Nails are highly sought after artifacts by Railroadiana collectors.

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9 Warning Signs That Your Civil War Relic Collecting Has Become an Obsession

Civil War Collecting Obsession

When asked, you’ve probably given numerous reasons as to why you collect Civil War related objects. You may say you collect for preserving history, opportunities to meet other likeminded people, the thrill of the hunt, or possible financial gain. Whatever the reasons, I’m here to tell you that you may have a problem. Read more

Those Are Some Hot Wheels!

Hot Wheels

My introduction to Hot Wheels collecting came early on in my professional career. As a store manager for a national retailer, I was always amused by the familiar sight that greeted me every morning when I opened the doors for business. Without fail, a handful of middle-aged men were congregated at the entrance of the store, nervously pacing back-and-forth, uncomfortably making small talk with one another. As I approached the doors, they began to jockey for position, and with the thud of the lock sliding back into the door, they were off to the races. First one to the toy aisle won the right to claim first dibs on newly stocked Hot Wheels! Talk about fanatical collecting!

Such fervent fandom peaked my curiosity in the genre of Hot Wheels. Here’s what I learned. Read more

6 Reasons For Documenting Your Collection

Over the years, we all accumulate objects that are important to us. Some are carefully chosen to enhance an existing collection, while others have been inherited or received as gifts. Whether your possessions hold monetary value, historical significance, or sentimental value, you should maintain thorough records about the objects for several important reasons.

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18 Hilarious Baseball Cards

18 Hilarious Baseball Cards

For many, one of the greatest joys of growing up as a kid, was collecting baseball cards. On those rare occasions that I managed to compile consecutive weeks of average-to-good behavior, I was bribed rewarded with a trip to the local coins, cards, and collectible shop. I can still vividly recall the excitement of opening up the packages of baseball cards, hoping for a prized rookie card of an up-and-coming star.

I was recently rummaging through my old stash of cards, and a new kind of excitement washed over me. The excitement of finding hilarious cards of yesteryear. Here are 18 of my favorites… Read more

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The Greatest Single-Wing Tailback Ever to Play Pro Football

Rock Island Independents, 1919

“All Right” Dwight LeRoux played 9 seasons (1913 to 1922) for the Rock Island Independents beginning in 1913. At the time he retired after the 1922 campaign, many observers proclaimed that he was the finest single-wing tailback ever to play pro football. Read more

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Benjamin Franklin’s Paper Money

Benjamin Franklin Paper Money

In 1723, at age 17, Benjamin Franklin arrived in Philadelphia – the same year that Pennsylvania first issued its colonial paper money. Upon arrival, Franklin bore witness to a city in distress – an obvious lack of permanent residents, vacant houses, and anemic economic activity. Read more

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13 Things You Can Do To Protect and Preserve Autographs, Photographs, and Paper Documents

Preserving Autographs

Everyday I’m reminded of my failure to observe some of the most basic rules for protecting and preserving the items in my collection. Hanging in my office is a framed, autographed Peyton Manning photo, and a list of the records he set in his rookie season. At one time, his signature boldly sprawled from one edge of the photo to the other. Today, it’s barely visible. Read more

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19 Must-See Vintage Photographs

19 Must-See Vintage Photographs

Here are 19 must-see photographs from the past. Highlights include Hitler in shorts, a jackass wearing a gas mask, an astrochimp, a Confederate fighter pilot, and a monstrous bass! Read more