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A collectible (or collectable) is typically a manufactured item designed for people to collect. In this respect, they are distinguishable from other subjects of collections, which may also include natural objects (e.g., butterflies) and objects manufactured for purposes other than collecting (e.g., stamps). Some objects designed for other purposes, such as toys, become so popular among collectors that they are later marketed specifically to that audience. The high price for certain older Star Wars action figures is a good example of this phenomenon since the figures were originally intended to be purchased as toys rather than collectibles. All Saints Chapel in the Cathedral Basilica of St. ... Superfamilies and families Superfamily Hedyloidea: Hedylidae Superfamily Hesperioidea: Hesperiidae Superfamily Papilionoidea: Papilionidae Pieridae Nymphalidae Lycaenidae Riodinidae A butterfly is an insect of the order Lepidoptera. ... A selection of Hong Kong postage stamps A postage stamp is evidence of pre-paying a fee for postal services. ... A teddy bear A toy is an object used in play. ... This article is about the series. ... Zarbon action figure of from Dragon Ball Z made by Bandai An action figure is a posable plastic figurine of a character, often from a movie, video game, or television program. ...

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History

The earliest collectibles were included as incentives with other products, such as cigarette cards in packs of cigarettes. Popular items developed a secondary market and sometimes became the subject of "collectible crazes". Eventually many collectible items came to be sold separately, instead of being used as marketing tools to increase the appeal of other products. No. ... A smoking symbol. ...


To encourage collecting, manufacturers often create an entire series of a given collectible, with each item differentiated in some fashion. Examples include sports cards depicting individual players, or different designs of Beanie Baby. Enthusiasts will often try to assemble a complete set of the available variations. Some Topps baseball cards. ... Teddy Beanie Baby A Beanie Baby is a small stuffed animal made by Ty, Inc. ...


The early versions of a product, manufactured in smaller quantities before its popularity as a collectible developed, sometimes command exorbitant premiums on the secondary market. In a mature market, collectibles rarely prove to be a spectacular investment.


Collectors items

Occasionally, a series of circumstances will take place that result in an item from a collectible series becoming exceptionally valuable. These objects are referred to as collector's items due to their rarity, and these objects have occasionally been valuable enough to be sold for substantial amounts of money. Some even later destroy remainders of such items to cause forced scarcity[citation needed]. A collectors item is an object or item of any kind that has become valuable -- often unexpectedly. ...


Popular types of collectibles

Artist trading cards, also known as ATCs, are 2 ½ x 3 ½ inch (64 x 89 mm) miniature works of art which artists trade with one another, similar to the way people trade sports cards. ... No. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A set of plates before being glazed at a pottery shop. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Look up doll in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A rare Dresden porcelain figurine Figurine is a diminutive form of the word figure, and generally refers to a small human-made statue that represents a human (or deity or animal). ... A greeting card is a folded card featuring a message of greeting or other sentiment. ... Hot Wheels Car — Dodge viper Hot Wheels is a brand of die cast toy car, introduced by American toymaker Mattel in 1968. ... A musical box (or music box) is a 19th century automatic musical instrument that produces sounds by the use of a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder so as to strike the tuned teeth of a steel comb. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Petroliana is a category of Collectibles that is related to Gas Stations or the Petroleum Industry. ... A scale model of the Tower of London. ... A selection of Hong Kong postage stamps A postage stamp is evidence of pre-paying a fee for postal services. ... Various trading cards A trading card (or collectible card) is a small card which is intended for trading and collecting. ... A lit 1968 slim model Zippo An open full-size Navy Zippo A closed black crackle Zippo A Zippo dismantled for fueling 133ml Zippo Lighter Fluid A Zippo lighter is a refillable, metal lighter manufactured by Zippo Manufacturing Company. ... A shot glass (pencil included for scale) Traditionally, a shot glass was a small, thick glass designed to measure one ounce of liquid, usually liquor, to be either drunk straight, or poured into a mixed drink. ... The classical guitar typically has nylon strings. ...

Spelling note

Although "collectable" is the spelling listed first by the Oxford English Dictionary, the dictionary observes that the "-ible" form is also valid, and has come to be common usage in the United States. The Oxford English Dictionary print set The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a dictionary published by the Oxford University Press (OUP), and is generally regarded as the most comprehensive and scholarly dictionary of the English language. ...


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