Cigarette Card Collectibles - Cartophily

Cigarette card collectibles form an interesting hobby, known as cartophily. Unlike other collectibles, theme collecting is an important part of cigarette card collectibles. It simply means the collection of cigarette card collectibles which are similar, or belong to the same theme.

So the first thing you need to do is decide on a theme for your collection, which could be anything from maps or cartoons to scientific or just cards from a particular company. A good book to help novices make a decision is, 'Murray's Guide to Cigarette and Other Trade Cards', which gives readers information about cigarette cards, as well as various tobacco companies and the specific sets they produce.

The Value of Cigarette Card Collectibles

Like most collectibles, older the cigarette card collectible, the more valuable it is. Value also depends on how many stamps were produced of that kind. Once again, Murray's Catalogue is ideal to value cigarette card collectibles. Also, no matter where you buy the cigarette card collectibles from, they need to be in mint condition, for them to retain high value. If you are smoker, you will probably have easy access to cigarette cards, but the really valuable ones can be found anywhere from flea markets to the internet. Sites like eBay allow collectors to trade in cigarette card collectibles, but be sure you do not buy any item, which does not have a clear description or photograph attached with it.

Another great source for cigarette card collectibles are dealers, who can not only get you the exact collectibles you are looking for, but can get you rare and valuable cigarette card collectibles as well. Due to the high cost associated with some of the vintage cigarette card collectibles, it is very important that as a collector you are able to spot the difference between a fake and an authentic cigarette card collectible.

Regarding storage, the widely accepted method is albums. Some card manufacturers even provide specific albums for their card sets, but these might not be of the highest quality and may damage your cigarette card collectibles in the long run. Do not buy albums which require you to stick the cards inside, as this will also damage your cigarette card collectibles. Apart from this you could also frame your cards, using cardboard backing and non-reflective glass. Some collectors insert glass sheets at the back of the card as well, so that the back can also be viewed. As long as you keep having fun and keep learning, you are on the right path to becoming an expert on cigarette card collectibles.

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