Beware those ‘collectibles’: You may have to keep them

By Bob Schwabach

Originally printed in the Chicago Tribune, August 31, 1981

The floor has dropped out from under the Oriental rug market. Stamps look like they might be getting back

to postage values, and all those Bicentennial quarters you’ve been hoarding can be sold almost anywhere – for a quarter.

Things are not looking good in that vast area of hard goods called the “collectibles market.” This covers anything from the nut finge- barbed wire or telephone insulation – to those who think they’re more prudent and sophisticated and so bought diamonds and Oriental carpets. Continue reading