What could possibly make Antiques Roadshow better? We’re glad you asked! Enjoy these Antiques Roadshow appraisals, made better by your friends here at RelicRecord.com. Read more
While the value of an antique or collectible ultimately comes down to what someone is willing to pay for it, figuring out how much that should be isn’t as straightforward as people might imagine. Why? Because an antique or collectible has three different values: its auction value, its retail value, and its insurance value. Let’s break down the differences between the three. Read more
So you’ve just inherited a collection huh? While each situation will differ, the most difficult decision is often the most basic one: do you keep it? Read more
One of the most rewarding aspects of collecting, is sharing your passion for what you collect with others. Sharing comes in many forms, whether it be on social media, online forums, collectible shows, trade publications, clubs, or simply sharing what you love with friends and family. Most people show genuine interest in what you have to share and are happy to indulge you. On the other hand, we’ve all encountered people that are quick to offer less than flattering opinions about you and/or what you’ve chosen to collect. Read more
If your collectibles were lost, damaged, or stolen, would they be covered by insurance?
When asked this question, most people would emphatically respond, “Yes, of course it is.” Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Most collectors wrongly assume that their collection is adequately or wholly covered under their homeowner’s insurance policy. Read more
“I don’t need an inventory management system, my notebooks and spreadsheets work just fine. Besides, I don’t trust putting my personal info online.”
I hear those objections from time-to-time when speaking with collectors and dealers about our online collectible inventory management system, RelicRecord. And here’s the thing, I get it. We all find comfort in using the same methods that we’ve always used; and for the most part, we’re resistant to change – I’m no different in that regard. After all, Momma always said “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”… right?
How much is your collectible or antique worth? If you’re a seller, what price should you assign to an item? If you’re a buyer, how do you know you’re getting a fair deal? Instead of schlepping your items to an appraiser, consider an online valuation service.
Such services typically offer DIY research tools and estimates by professional appraisers and other experts in areas ranging from sports memorabilia and books, to Native American art and even classic cars. It’s important to note, these services offer valuations, not authentications. However, for the purpose of helping buyers and sellers determine a fair price, such services can be very helpful.