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The fascinating truth about collecting is that most everyone is a collector, whether they realize it or not. You may know someone who for years has collected matchboxes, masks or even magnets. Possibly your mother has 60 magnets on her refrigerator door. Maybe your friend has 20 masks from throughout the world on his wall.

They are all indeed collectors, because those masks or magnets mean something to the person who owns them. These people are not like serious art collectors, but people who collect things such as vintage movie posters or records albums are still collectors.

Here is a brief list of what is being collected today: coins, lunch boxes, books and Bibles, postcards, fountain pens, sheet music, playing cards, autographs, dolls, Disney items, baseballs and milk bottles.

If none of the above interests you, there are still many other options because nowadays collections truly span the spectrum. A recent publication, “Men and Collections” by Brian Jenner, features stories about people who collect such obscure items as signposts, sugar packets, military vehicles, lawn mowers, shoes, valves and rulers. But that is what makes it interesting – you create your own boundaries and rules.

There is not an exact date when the collecting craze mushroomed, but ever since the late 1950s and into the 1960s, people have been attracted to items of the past, to trivia. Television shows like “Antiques Roadshow” and “Jeopardy” have cashed in on peoples’ nostalgic craze about the past.

People were amazed when they heard about a Honus Wagner baseball card selling for more than $1 million dollars. Some wondered it the baseball card collection that their mother threw out years ago might have contained a Wagner card. What if? What if? How about the person who took apart a picture frame only to find an original copy of the Declaration of Independence. If he was so lucky, why can’t you be?

Collect because you want to have fun. Sure, collections can be used as investments, but enjoy what you are doing. After you have had a hard day at the office, walk into your house and look at a few collectibles on your mantel. Your attitude might quickly improve.