Collectors corner: end to end to close 2021

As we approach the end of 2021, we can’t help but reflect on what a weird few years this has been. And not just because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As baby boomers retire, fundraising is undergoing a generational change.

But nothing really changes.

Generations X, Y (Millennials), Z, and A may not be interested, or want to keep everything the Baby Boomers have amassed (and there is a LOT), but they do and will collect, even if a part of this their value exists, like NFTs, only in the ether.

It’s human nature.

Here is an overview of some bric-a-brac in the world of the collection to close the year.

Auction catalogs

If you’re lucky enough to come across auction catalogs – from fine art to farm equipment, stoneware to toys – destined for recycling or landfill, save them. You will find that collectors are willing to pay surprising sums for even used copies when they are related to their areas of interest.

Examples from recent online auctions include Julien’s Amy Winehouse auction catalog, November 2021, $ 80.00 (20 bids); Christie’s Chinese Furniture Auction Catalog, September 19, 1996, $ 107.50 (7 bids); and Sotheby’s Maria Callas Auction Catalog, December 2007, $ 117.00 (8 auctions).

Meanwhile, package sales are strewn across a wide range of prices up to and including a 1946 Parke-Bernet catalog, featuring items from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, which piqued someone’s interest at height. of $ 750.00!


Remember those digital pets that generated emotional crises in their owners when they “died” and were the bane of teachers and parents who had to deal with distracted and crying children?

Well, it’s the 25th anniversary of their release, and they’re back! (In fact, they never went away. They just evolved, like security cameras or Ring bells.)

Tamagotchi (Japanese for “egg watch”) was first released by Bandai on November 23, 1996 in Japan and May 1, 1997 to the rest of the world, and the celebrations include exclusive special editions and a redesign of the brand.

This means, of course, that older, rarer editions of the toy will be worth even more to collectors, and online auction prices are already starting to reflect that. Recent results include a used 2004 Glam Rock Music (no packaging!) Star which sold for $ 304.00 (42 bids); a 2009 (new in box) Music Star Purple MIP that reached $ 510.00 (77 bids); and a 1997 edition of the MIP Hong Kong P2 which finally closed at $ 1100.00 (12 offers)!

Cheez-It celebrates its 100th anniversary!

Ohio didn’t just give us seven US Presidents (we’re not counting William Henry Harrison as he was actually from Virginia), the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and Superman (creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster met then they attended Cleveland High School), but 100 years ago this year, the Cheez-It cracker was born in Dayton.

We’re only mentioning it here because there will definitely be specials, clothes, and the like – there’s even a Cheez-It cake! – and any changes in the packaging design can be kept with the Uncle Ben’s rice boxes and Land O’Lakes butter cartons that you hid in that box in the back of your closet (unless you have them already sold to other collectors).

Heinz Ketchup Marz Edition

Speaking of special packaging, HJ Heinz has released a new “Marz Edition” of their ketchup.

Of course, this isn’t from Mars (note the tricky spelling difference), but the company claims the tomatoes used were grown under the same conditions and using soil similar to that of the Red Planet. (Read more about this in Smithsonian Magazine.)

You can now add another item to your collection packaging stash!

Vinyl still booming

We’ve written in the past about the resurgence of vinyl (records), and it looks like the supply in some parts of the world is struggling to keep up. The United Kingdom is getting a new baling plant, but this is still not enough to meet demand (see “Wax On, Wax Off”).

In the meantime, you might be interested in the utterly fascinating process used to produce a record (below).

We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous 2022,

and good collection!

Michele Alice

Michele Alice

Michele Alice is editor in charge of updating EcommerceBytes. Michele is a freelance writer in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. She collects books, sci-fi memorabilia and more!

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