REVEALED: The Marvel Collectables Range you’ve all been waiting for…

Melissa Brannan
By Melissa Brannan
on February 25, 2019

REVEALED: The Marvel Collectables Range you’ve all been waiting for…

REVEALED: The Marvel Collectables Range you’ve all been waiting for…

Now, in the excitement of the release I have decided to collate a range of stunning Marvel pieces, celebrating the universally cherished superhero universe with some of the finest collectables available, including some exclusive and strictly limited edition pieces featuring those brand-new coveted Royal Mail Marvel Stamps.

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How the Gruffalo 50p became the fastest selling 50p EVER…

Lauren Brewer
By Lauren Brewer
on February 20, 2019

How the Gruffalo 50p became the fastest selling 50p EVER…

What’s that creeping out of the woods? It’s a Gruffalo!

Yesterday, the nation went into a collecting frenzy. At 00:01 the Gruffalo 50p went on sale. By 10:30am, the Gold and Silver Proof versions of the 50p, a total of 25,600 coins, had completely SOLD OUT at The Royal Mint. Making it the fastest selling 50p EVER released!

Thousands queue to get their hands on a Gruffalo

I’ve never seen anything like it. In fact, it was so popular, thousands were queuing to get onto The Royal Mint’s website to secure one. Collectors who were lucky enough to get in early and secure themselves a Gold or Silver version were over the moon.

But the frenzy certainly didn’t end there. Once the Silver Proof version had sold out, collectors shifted their focus on the Brilliant Uncirculated edition of the coin (this is the non-precious metal version of the coin struck to a superior quality to the ones you would find in your change), desperate to secure themselves one of the UK’s most sought-after coins.

50p coins are more popular than ever

The lucky collectors who got their hands on a Silver Proof Gruffalo 50p for £65 now own a coin that is selling for over double the price on eBay as those who missed out are determined to find a way of owning one.

The Gruffalo 50p isn’t the first 50p to cause such a frenzy – in fact, a number of our fictional friends who have appeared on UK 50ps over the last few years have also caused a huge stir among collectors. In 2016, the Peter Rabbit Silver Proof 50p also sold out in record time, followed by the 2017 and 2018 versions. In fact, the 2016 version changes hands on eBay now for up to £500! The Paddington 50ps released in 2018 were also incredibly popular followed by the sell-out Snowman 50p released at the end of that year.

The Gruffalo 50p release has proven, the demand for 50ps definitely isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, so keep your eyes peeled for further 50p releases!


If you’re interested…

We have a stock of the Gruffalo 50p in its superior Brilliant Uncirculated Condition live on our website right now, it’s now one of the only ways you can still own the Gruffalo 50p and they’re proving incredibly popular!

Secure yours now whilst you still can >>

BREAKING NEWS: Brand NEW Marvel Stamps just announced…

Melissa Brannan
By Melissa Brannan
on February 19, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Brand NEW Marvel Stamps just announced…

BREAKING NEWS: Brand-New Marvel Stamps just announced…

Royal Mail have literally JUST announced one of the most exciting stamp issues of the year; Marvel! From Marvel Comics to the most successful film franchise of all time, the stamps pay tribute to some of the world’s most iconic superheroes and their timeless stories which have dominated the popular culture sphere for 80 years now!

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JUST RELEASED: the brand NEW UK Gruffalo 50p coin that collectors cannot wait to get their hands on!

Melissa Brannan
By Melissa Brannan
on February 19, 2019

JUST RELEASED: the brand NEW UK Gruffalo 50p coin that collectors cannot wait to get their hands on!

JUST RELEASED: the brand NEW UK Gruffalo 50p coin that collectors cannot wait to get their hands on!

There have been few coin releases more eagerly anticipated than The Gruffalo 50p! Since The Royal Mint announced its upcoming release, collectors and fans across the generations have been itching to get hold of one, myself included!

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Rare Star Wars collectables on sale at Star Wars mega-auction!

Dermot Martin
By Dermot Martin
on February 16, 2019

Rare Star Wars collectables on sale at Star Wars mega-auction!

All eyes will be on a fascinating Star Wars auction in Valencia, California at the end of the month.

Collectors of Star Wars figurines and other memorabilia will be salivating at the thought of this collection of rare Star Wars figures going under the hammer.

Source:Prop Store

At the heart of it is a unique collection owned by Howard Kazanjian, who produced the movie Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Howard is a lifetime friend of George Lucas and for many years he was a vice president of the Star Wars production company Lucasfilm.

Howard is part of the history of the Star Wars franchise being closely involved in the day-to-day operations following the release of the first Star Wars movie in 1977. Experts believe his personal collection could be worth £20,000 but that may be a gross underestimate. It includes rare Star Wars bling that has not been opened since it was manufactured 40 years ago. Other memorabilia at the auction is extremely sought after.

There is a Star Wars ‘Early Bird’ kit made by the Kenner company which is certain to sell for big bucks. The story goes that Kenner were unable to supply its toys in time for the first Christmas after the release of the original movie in 1977.

Source: Prop Store

 

But Kenner took a gamble and created cardboard boxes with little more inside than stickers and a note to say the toys would be ready in the spring. It was probably one of the boldest marketing moves ever made in the history of film merchandising.

The Early Bird box was Kenner’s promise to deliver Star Wars collection later. Boxes sold for about $10 at that time. The kids clamouring for Star Wars toys on Christmas morning, found only empty boxes at the foot of the tree. Crazy, but the idea worked!

The toys promised to the box owners were a 3.75-inch figurines of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Artoo Detoo. They arrived a few months later but the Kenner company was canny to the last.

It enclosed a leaflet with the figures advertising a further offer. Just fill out a form, send two dollars, and Kenner would send a "Collector's Action Stand" designed to house eight new figures also released that spring. 

Fans and collectologists will be fascinated to see how much attention a Luke Skywalker action figure with a rare extending light-sabre gets. It’s expected to net around £7,000 ($10,000)

Other items on the schedule for the mega auction are original production toys, posters, cast and crew items, and items from a variety of separate franchises, including Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTransformersBatmanMarvelLord of the Rings.

The auction will take place at Prop Store


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7 RARE Harry Potter collectables that will leave you spell-bound!

Dermot Martin
By Dermot Martin
on February 10, 2019

7 RARE Harry Potter collectables that will leave you spell-bound!

Seven is a magic number in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. It takes seven years to train at Hogwarts. There are seven floors in the school building. Would-be wizards are even taught seven basic skills.

Harry Potter plot-lines are littered with references to seven and other magic numbers.

I wondered which seven items closely linked to the Harry Potter franchise have caused the biggest stir in the collecting world. Which are the really special items likely to fixate fans and collectors when they come up for sale in the future? Here’s my list.

1. Tale of the £1.95 million pound book

Source: Yahoo News UK

The most expensive item of Potter-phenalia is a book which isn’t even about Harry Potter.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a book which has become world famous but there are only seven copies on the planet.

The title is mentioned in passing in Deathly Hallows, the last novel in the series, but JK Rowling later decided to reward her closest Potter helpers and friends, by producing a hand written and self-illustrated book of wizarding fairy stories. She called it The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

The seven editions were all bound in Moroccan leather and decorated with silver ornaments and semi-precious stones.

Only one of the books went to auction and it was bought by the Amazon company for £1.95 million. That was a world record for a modern manuscript. The money for the sale of the seventh edition went to JK’s favourite childrens’ charity and it is now the stuff of Collectology folklore.

2. Inspiring chair sold for more than a quarter of a million

Source: The Guardian

The oak chair on which JK Rowling wrote the first two Harry Potter stories has the words “Do not judge me on what you see”. She painted them herself recognising that it wasn’t much to look at as a chair. She also painted on the simple message “I wrote Harry Potter while sitting on this chair.”

The chair dates back to the 1930s and she got it for nothing when she was a struggling writer in a council flat. When it sold in New York a few years ago, her writing chair raised £278,000.

3. Wand-erful wand sold for £7,000 in 2013

Source: Daily Mail 

Those in the know about wand-lore will agree that wands absorb the expertise of those who use them. They also absorb cash especially - if it’s a Harry Potter Elder Wand. The Elder Wand is one of the most sought-after objects in the Harry Potter universe.

Unlike other wands, this particular prop had the distinction of passing hands from two major characters: Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and Harry himself (Daniel Radcliffe).

The real-life prop used in the Deathly Hallows films may not have any real magical properties, but when it came up for sale in California in 2013 it sold for a magical £7,000 more than double the initial valuation.

4.The "Holy Grail” among Potter stuff

Source: The Sun

Earliest editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone are precious because only 500 copies were ever printed and 300 of those were donated to libraries.

If you own a copy with the author’s name printed as “Joanne Rowling” then you might be sitting on a small fortune.

The true first edition from the 1997 is the UK Bloomsbury edition, and copies are extremely scarce.  There are several points to look for. The word Bloomsbury is included in the title page. The copyright date is 1997. The copyright page will include the full number line and there is a misprint on page 53, which lists "1 wand" twice in the school supplies inventory.

UK first editions of the early books and US first editions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (they changed the name from Philosopher’s to Sorcerer’s to suit the US market) can all be expected to thousands of pounds.

5. Harry did not go to Specsavers

Source: Hindustan Times

Those trade mark lenses worn by Daniel Radcliffe in the movies are a prize piece of his wardrobe that everybody recognises.

Whenever they have exchanged hands at auction that’s been reflected in their sale price.

Naturally during a movie making process there were quite a few pairs of the glasses used by Daniel though it’s not clear just how many.

The sizes must have changed down the years, so there will be quite a few tucked away somewhere. A test of how collectors prize them came at an auction in Los Angeles four years ago, One certified pair from the Sorcerer’s Stone, sold for £15,000.

Another pair used in the film was reportedly kept as a souvenir by Daniel Radcliffe and who could blame him.

6. Broom! Broom! The price is sky H-igh

Source: Harry Potter Wiki - Fandom

The actual broom on which Harry learned to fly was swept up by a collector for £8,000. The original estimate was about £3,500. There was no doubt about its authenticity because it distinguished by an "H" scrawled on the handle and the word "Harry" at the base of the broom head distinguish it from other brooms used in the same movie scenes.

7. Taylor made artwork from first novel snapped up for £85,750

Source: BookTrust

Four years after Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published —the series had become a global phenomenon. That made original artwork special and the original cover art sold for a cool £85,750.

The work was by Thomas Taylor who used pencil and watercolour to show of Harry standing in front of the Hogwarts Express. It was Taylor’s first commission as an artist and was the only drawing of his used in the entire series. It was bought by a private US collector when it was auctioned in London.

For me these are seven top hits but Harry Potter fans and collectors may take a different view. What’s your top seven?


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REVEALED: Our brand NEW British Coins range…

Melissa Brannan
By Melissa Brannan
on January 28, 2019

REVEALED: Our brand NEW British Coins range…

I must admit, of all our collectable ranges, British Coins is by far my favourite because it is constantly changing! In recent months, coin collecting has really taken off with exciting new UK coin designs inspiring a new generation of collectors and breathing new life into those age-old collections!

With that in mind, I am so excited to (finally!) share with you the latest additions to our British Coins Range, including not one, but TWO exclusive and strictly limited 10p collector sets celebrating the most iconic British symbols, two exclusive signed pieces PLUS the brand-new 2019 Coin Set from The Royal Mint!

If you managed to catch our British Coins LIVE Show, I hope you’ll agree that there really is something for everyone! If you missed it, I’m here to tell you exactly why this range is so great and exactly what makes each piece so collectable

The Royally British 10p Collector’s set limited to just 1,995 worldwide!

Featuring three 10p coins from The Royal Mint’s A-Z of Great Britain 10p Coin Series which has sent the nation on the Great British Coin Hunt, this collection honours one of the most internationally renowned parts of British culture; our royal heritage!

From classic folklore and the legend of King Arthur to the Yeoman Warder royal guard who can be found outside the iconic Buckingham Palace and the Jubilee anniversaries, marked throughout Great Britain and the Commonwealth with street parties and commemorative events; Royalty is at the very heart of being British. This exclusive Collector’s Edition 10p Set features the exquisite ‘K’ for King Arthur, ‘Y’ for Yeoman and ‘J’ for Jubilee 10p coins – three of the most popular in the A-Z series.

Each of the 10ps have been struck to an uncirculated finish, meaning they are free from the scratches and imperfections of circulation coins and come presented in a tamper-proof capsule, alongside the full colour exclusive artwork by artist, Diane Fawcett – complete with her signature.

Finished in a deluxe presentation case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity confirming its place within the tiny edition limit of 1,995, this really is a special and entirely unique collector piece and one of the most limited ways to own these 10p coins.

I’ve been checking my change in search of these coins for months and it looks like I’m not the only one as I haven’t found a single one! These hugely popular coins are being snapped up by anyone lucky enough to come across them, making them very scarce indeed!

This is a great, fun addition to any collection or the perfect, affordable way to get started!

To get your hands on the Royally British trio, you will need to act fast – Click here for more details >>

Own the Official RAF Spitfire £2 coin, hand-signed by an actual Spitfire Pilot!

Now, as a collector of autographs, this is probably my favourite piece in the collection! Not to mention the fact that this Stunning UK 2018 RAF Spitfire £2 coin has been issued to mark the centenary of our incredible air force.

The Supermarine Spitfire is an example of era-defining aviation. Playing a huge part in 20th century warfare, the Spitfire, along with the heroic pilots that flew them, have become etched our history. This slick but deadly aircraft is captured in intricate detail on the reverse of the coin

With only 30 Spitfires remaining airworthy today, a Spitfire Pilot’s experience is almost unparalleled. Antony Parkinson or ‘Parky’ flew with the RAF for an awe-inspiring 38 years! He was a Red Arrow and flew with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight before flying Spitfires regularly at Headcorne aerodrome in Kent. ‘Parky’ has exclusively hand signed JUST 250 of these £2 coin packs!

The coin has been struck to a Brilliant Uncirculated finish, a superior quality to the circulating coins you will find in your change, free from imperfections and highly sought-after by collectors…

The coin will come delivered to you in the official Royal Mint presentation pack, which has been created in collaboration with the RAF especially for the centenary celebrations.  

Our Capsule Edition signed by ‘Parky’ also limited to just 250 completely sold out within days of release so I have no doubt these will also sell-out very soon.

This is one of the most limited ways to own the RAF Spitfire £2 Coin - click here for more details and to secure yours now >>

 

Own BOTH of the 2018 UK Paddington Bear 50p coins in an Exclusive Capsule Presentation hand-signed by the artist - limited to just 250!

Last year saw The Royal Mint issue not one but TWO Paddington™ 50p coins to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Paddington™ Bear. The coins’ release marks the first time that Paddington™ has ever appeared on UK coinage so, combined with recent release of the latest Paddington™ films, it is no surprise that they have been extremely sought-after and are becoming more and more difficult to get hold of! 

The first coin in the series, the Official UK Paddington™ at the Station 50p features Paddington™ experiencing London for the very first time at Paddington Station, while the second in the series shows Paddington™ in true patriotic spirit outside Buckingham Palace!

Both coins have been struck to a Brilliant Uncirculated finish, giving them that sought-after collector quality and encapsulated to keep them safe for generations of collectors to come!

This classic Collector’s Edition is an incredibly unique way to own the popular Paddington™ 50p coins, in fact, it’s one of the most limited! What’s more, they are framed within a beautiful, full-colour illustration of a London backdrop, hand-signed by the artist himself, Nick Watton. For me, the growing collectability of signed artwork is the most exciting element of this piece. Nick has hand-signed just 250 - such a rare collectable will be snapped up in no time!

Sell-out history!

Our previous Collector’s Edition featuring the Paddington™ 50ps limited to 995 completely sold out in just a few days – with that in mind, we don’t expect this new signed edition be around for long! Only 250 collectors can own one hand-signed by the artist!

Find out more and secure yours here>>

 

Celebrate our most iconic British landmarks with the limited edition 10p collector set!

There are few things more deserving of their place within the A-Z of Great Britain 10p coins series than three of the most iconic British landmarks, celebrated internationally and attracting millions of visitors to the UK every year.

From the North of England, standing at a staggering 20 metres tall and 54 metres wide, The Angel of the North stands on the River Tyne as a tribute to two centuries of coal mining and is one of the most iconic sculptures in Britain. In London, the Houses of Parliament are home to our national government and remain one of the most striking landmarks along the River Thames. Finally, in South West of England, one of the wonders of the world – the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge can be found.

The ‘A’, ‘H’ and ‘S’ 10p coins featured in the Collector’s Edition Set pay tribute to these historic landmarks. Each coin has been struck to an uncirculated finish and is framed within the intricate miniature artwork of artist Diane Fawcett and encapsulated for years to come.

For me, the Stonehenge 10p takes me back to childhood years celebrating the summer solstice next to those ancient stones. Whether you’ve visited all three of these landmarks or not, they are undeniably three of the most iconic parts of Britain, and that’s definitely something to celebrate!

As some of the most instantly recognisable coins in the A-Z collection, any one of these 10p coins is particularly difficult to get hold of in circulation, let alone all three. That makes this one of the only ways to own all three in an exclusive capsule presentation. With just 1,995 available these are bound to extremely popular.

Don’t miss out>>

Be one of the first people to own the new 2019 UK coins…

With the New Year well underway, the British Coins range would not be complete without the brand-new 2019 UK Annual Coin set! The set features the eight new definitive releases, including the 50p which celebrates its 50th birthday this year, as well as five stunning commemorative coins, each uniquely designed to mark a significant anniversary in British history. 

Of course, the newest definitive coins issued are a must-have for any collector but, for me, the commemorative coins in the annual set are what I look forward to the most. In fact, they remind me why I love collecting so much; the stories behind the coins.

In this set, the D-Day £2 Coin is issued to mark the 75th anniversary of the largest seaborne invasion in history, in honour of thousands of Allied troops who made the Normandy invasion a success and paved the way to the end of WWII. For anyone with an interest in recent history, the opportunity to own such a powerful commemorative cannot be missed and it’s already one of the most popular of the new 2019 issues.

The diversity of the commemorative set always amazes me, with this set also including The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 50p in celebration of 160 years since the birth of one of Britain’s most prolific authors and the legacy he has created as the father of the iconic Sherlock Holmes.  Of course, collectors are already keen to get their hands on this one.

The other coins featured include a Queen Victoria £5 coin and £2 coins celebrating the unparalleled insight of Samuel Pepys’ Diary – famous for its insights into the Great Fire of London and the Plague and the creative ceramic genius of Wedgwood.

Each coin has been struck to an exquisite Brilliant Uncirculated finish and comes enclosed in the official Royal Mint collector pack which will tell you everything you need to know about the brand new 2019 coins!

This is one of the only ways to own the new 2019 coins ahead of the crowd and before they’re released into circulation!

Secure your set today at The Royal Mint issue price of £55>>

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for our LIVE British Coins Show but if you missed it, don’t worry, you can catch the whole thing here>>

To check out the full British Coins Collectables Range, click here>>

You could be so "Lucky" with those old cassettes...

Dermot Martin
By Dermot Martin
on January 27, 2019

You could be so "Lucky" with those old cassettes...

Is it time to hang on to your old cassettes?

They may be awkward to use, easily twisted and tied up in knots and you always need a pencil on stand-by to rewind them, but there are signs of revival in cassette culture.

Kylie Minogue’s team decided to include three collectors’ versions of her latest album Golden and surprise its sold more than 6,200 copies. Kylie herself is still a fan of the cassette Walkman combo as she shows in a YouTube snippet she posted.

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Why digital technology will make vintage road maps worth preserving

Dermot Martin
By Dermot Martin
on January 23, 2019

Why digital technology will make vintage road maps worth preserving

These days, with the spread of GPS technology and sat nav devices fitted in most cars and lorries it is almost impossible to get lost.

So how will the slow death of neatly folded detailed maps change the way we appreciate and cherish them?

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Why Hollywood A-lister Paddington Bear is trading up!

Dermot Martin
By Dermot Martin
on January 17, 2019

Why Hollywood A-lister Paddington Bear is trading up!

Why Hollywood A-lister Paddington Bear is trading up!

Thirty-six years ago, I was involved in a scientific caving expedition to Peru. For three weeks, I was part of a team exploring and mapping caves in the Andes high above the capital, Lima.

Whenever people ask me why I did it, I jokingly say: “I was looking for the home of Paddington Bear”.

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