Collectors and Memorabilia

A bit about Collectors and Memorabilia

We hold two of these very popular collectors auctions each year at The Exchange saleroom.  All sales feature live internet bidding to reach a global market place. Catalogues are usually available 7 to 10 days in advance.

Classic Toys

Planes, trains and automobiles as well as dolls, action figures, games and models fall within this category. Names like Dinky, Corgi and Hornby are among the most famous however the list of manufacturers across the globe is an extensive one.

Vintage toys are extremely sought after and the better the condition, the more valuable they become. Original boxes or packaging are also key to their value although some rare examples that have been well played with, can also command good levels of value.

Our expert valuer has a wealth of experience in this sector of the market and will be happy to provide free valuation advice if you are thinking of consigning an item or collection.

Music and Film

Whether it is instruments, books, autographs or equipment for playing prerecorded music and film, the music and film section covers all manner of items.

Although mainly reserved for our collectors sales, items under this category can find there way into any of our sales depending on the timing of their consignment. Our valuers carry out extensive research into all items in order to arrive at the right recommendations and guide prices for sale.

If you would like to discuss the sale or to have an insurance valuation of any item then please contact our valuation team.

Other collectables

There are too many categories for the collectors & memorabilia section to have individual pages for each one. The 'others' section, therefore, covers a wide range of vintage and classic items that are collectable.

Categories of lots that we consign include;

  • Instruments
  • Books
  • Radios, TV's, telephones and phonographs
  • Automobilia (now offered in our Classic Car sales)
  • Advertising Displays & Signage
  • Vintage machinery

Although covering a broad range of items there are few things that our valuers have never seen before. The online live bidding and buyer alerts ensure that any item reaches the attention of a global audience of collectors. Please call or visit one of our frequent open valuation days to discuss any item you are thinking of selling.


There are hundreds of different sports played and watched by millions of people across the world. To many, the purchase of items associated with their favourite sport or team is where the passion for collecting begins.

As such the Sports section covers an extremely broad range of items, whether it be memorabilia in the form of match day programmes and clothing worn and signed by their favorite players or vintage equipment associated with that sport.

When you think of the number of years sport has been played, the amount of people either playing or watching and the types of sport, then you can expect that there are millions of items in private collections across the world.

Our valuers are able to advise on the value of items you may wish to consign or provide insurance valuations on individual items and collections. Please contact the saleroom if you wish to get advice on the subject.


We have been fortunate over the years to have a steady flow of stamps and coins pass through the Exchange Saleroom, including many private collections. Most are sold within our specialist collectors sales however items of lesser value can also be offered in our more regular general auctions. Gold sovereigns and half sovereigns are frequently consigned and can be offered in both collectors and Antique & Fine Art sales.

Coins of interest to collectors often include those that circulated for only a brief time, coins with mint errors and especially beautiful or historically significant pieces. Coin collecting can be differentiated from numismatics, in that the latter is the systematic study of currency.

Stamp collecting has been one of the world's most popular hobbies since the late nineteenth century with the rapid growth of the postal service. Stamp collecting proved to be an almost perfect hobby for collectors because there was a never ending stream of new stamps as each country sought to advertise its distinctiveness through its stamps. Because some stamps became rare, a thriving international trade in stamps was created.

If you have any stamps or coins whether they are single items, small or large collections, then please discuss their value with one of our experts.


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