Although the internet provides a great deal of information when trying to discern what items you have in your collection (or ones you might be interested in purchasing), there's still something quite satisfying about checking guide books. For almost every item you can think to collect, there's a price and guide book for conditions, makes, models and years items were in production and better yet — you can usually get them second hand!
Even though there's always something new to add to a printed book when it comes to collecting, they're still a great way to find a concentrated source of information concerning your goods. Many of them detail specific markings that indicate years of production and artist information.
Even though you can purchase them from most major bookstores and retailers, they are in plenty of second hand bookstores. You won't find newer items in them, but the other items will still always be covered. They're great for ceramics, coins, artwork, and other collectibles. They are packed with pictures and many first hand accounts of folks who have devoted their lives to the study of one specific type or era of item and they're perfect for brushing up on items you don't yet own.
Do you have a book you've found particularly helpful? Let us know in the comments below!
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