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Historical Collectibles and Americana Memorabilia Value Guide

How Much is Your American Historical Memorabilia Worth?

Finding the value of your historical and Americana collectibles is easy as 1-2-3! First, check the list of valuable historical collectibles. Next, search the Heritage Auctions archives to find the value. Ready to sell? Request a free appraisal.

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List of Valuable Americana and Historical Collectibles

Formerly the Americana collectible category, historical collectibles we seek include early American political items, autographs, and manuscripts, plus rare books, space artifacts, photography, and natural history. Read more

Formerly the Americana collectible category, historical collectibles we seek include early American political items, autographs, and manuscripts, plus rare books, space artifacts, photography, and natural history.

YES
  • Advertising from 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Early Photography from Civil War, important people, and Black Americana.
  • Coca-Cola before 1950 and other soda items
  • Tin toys and early board games prior to 1920
  • Mickey Mouse and Disney prior to 1940
  • Other comic character items before 1950
  • Cast iron toys, still and mechanical banks
  • Colonial and early ephemera and autographs
  • Newspapers from the 1600s through Lincoln's Assassination
  • Political items prior to LBJ,
  • Presidential manuscripts and relics
  • Rare and early books and manuscripts
  • Historical posters and broadsides
  • Early Suffrage material
  • American Indian art and artifacts including pottery, beadwork, and textiles
  • Western expansion and Wild West manuscripts, photographs, posters, and documents
  • Period Civil War material including uniforms, flags, edged weapons, firearms, accoutrements, and important documents
  • Air and Space collectibles including original material the early days of aviation and quality original space memorabilia
  • Original material relating to the early history of Texas
NO
  • Advertising with pitting or damage
  • Lithographs that are stained, torn, or have pieces missing.
  • Pinback buttons that are cracked, defaced, or stained.
  • Franklin Mint or Danbury sets
  • Jim Beam or Avon bottles or any modern "Limited Edition."
  • Reprints of any type
  • Damaged items, except for very rare cases
  • Nazi material
  • Picture postcards
  • American Indian arrowheads
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What is My Historical Memorabilia Worth?

Search the Heritage Auctions archives to find the value of similar items. Read more

Search the Heritage Auctions archives to find the value of similar items.

The best way to find out what Americana items are worth is to look at what collectors are actually paying for it. Heritage Auctions archives show actual prices paid at auction for thousands of fine historical collectibles and Americana memorabilia.

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How to Value Historical Collectible Memorabilia

Most people and even many collectors struggle to determine real market value from sentimental value. If you still think your historical collectible is valuable and you want to sell, look to the experts at Heritage Auctions. Read more

Most people and even many collectors struggle to determine real market value from sentimental value. If you still think your historical collectible is valuable and you want to sell, look to the experts at Heritage Auctions.

Request a free appraisal for your Americana memorabilia. Get a free estimate of auction value for books, manuscripts, Americana collectibles and historical memorabilia. Cash advances available when you consign to Heritage Auctions.

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Craig C. Kissick began his lifelong love affair with Natural History when he was given a Fluorite specimen, and book about minerals, at the age of nine. After studying business at The University of Texas at Austin, working in the financial industry, and then obtaining his graduate degree from SMU, he went to work for The Discovery Store where his passion for the geological sciences was ignited. He later operated his own company specializing in marketing decorative mineral and fossil specimens to architectural firms as well as interior designers and individual collectors. Kissick was a member of the Retail Advisory Board for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and is an active member of the Dallas Paleontological Society. He is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences (AAPS) and is currently serving as the President. Kissick joined Heritage nearly 10 years ago and has served as Director of Nature and Science for America’s Auction House for the past five years helping to lead and expand the category for the company. He has written numerous articles for various publications and often lectures to groups related to natural history, appraisals, and education. Kissick is often interviewed about the marketplace.



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