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page is provided to offer basic information related to collecting
collectible items, understanding the terminologies in the naming
of pieces as well as insight on the value of retired items on
What is the
The secondary market is the buying and selling of collectibles previously
sold on the primary market by retailers to collectors. Secondary
market prices are determined by the collectors themselves who are
buying and selling collectibles. Many of these trades take place
through The Bradford Exchange, while many others are transacted
through dealers, newspaper ads, collector's clubs and local buy-and-sells.
In many cases, secondary market prices are higher than those of
the primary market. Of course, not all collectibles go up in value;
some go down. If there are more buyers for a particular collectible
than there are people willing to sell . . . the price goes up. If
on the other hand there are more people wishing to sell than buyers
. . . the price goes down till the buying and selling market balances
out . . . much like the stock exchange.
do all those terms mean? - A Collectibles Glossary
Annual Edition - a new piece created annually, usually for
a long-running series.
Backstamp - a legal mark or logo put on the bottom of a
figurine or the back of a plate as proof of authenticity.
Certificate of Authenticity - a document that accompanies
a piece denoting the name of the manufacturer, artist, date, size
of the edition, etc.
Cold-cast - a type of resin that is set by a chemical process
as opposed to heat - this process allows for great detail.
Collector's Club - a society that usually charges annual dues
that include special pieces, newsletters, exclusives, etc.
Club Piece - a piece that is included in the annual membership
dues of a collector's club
Event - a special happening for collectors, e.g. artist signing,
collectibles show, demonstration, etc.
Event Piece - a piece that is made specifically for a particular
event and available only to those who attend - these are generally
valuable on the secondary market.
Issue Price - the manufacturers suggested retail price at the
time a piece is first introduced for sale.
Limited Edition - a manufacturing run that is restricted to
a limited number of pieces.
Limited Production - a manufacturing run that is restricted
to a limited amount of time.
Numbered - pieces are numbered within an edition - lower numbers
are generally more desirable.
Porcelain - a hard-fired ceramic with smooth lines and light
detail - the original medium for collectible figurines.
Resin - a plastic material that allows for fine detailing in
Retired - a piece that the manufacturer has decided to stop
making - from that point it will only be available on the secondary
Secondary Market - collectibles sold by private collectors,
not the original retailers.
Signed - a piece that either comes signed by the artist or
is signed at an event specifically for the collector.
- see who the winners are for current and previous years NALED
(National Association of Limited Edition Dealers) Awards.
LINKS - links
to websites related to art and collectibles both current and historical.