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The Art of Collecting

Maybe it's the thrill of the hunt. Maybe it's to satisfy our inner pack rat. For whatever reason, collecting is a big hobby and even bigger business. Remember pogs and Beanie Babies?

Clubbing

Whether you're a seasoned collector or just getting started, the best place for accurate, up-to-date information is probably a professional club. For example, the American Matchcover Collecting Club offers matchcover history, links and Rematch -- the online matchcover auction. For stamp collectors there's The American Philatelic Foundation , which can help you appraise your stamp collection, and the American Stamp Dealers Association , where you'll find club news, an events calendar and a collectors' message board. And who could miss the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts , the exclusive club (membership is fixed at 50, and there's a waiting list) for corkscrew lovers.

Old Standbys

Here's a sampling of can't-miss sites for more common collectibles.




Oddities

These collectibles were too interesting to omit. A fan of air sickness bags has posted his collection on the Internet at The Air Sickness Bag Virtual Museum. And if you have a sweet tooth, check out the U.K. Sucrologists Club , an organization for people who collect sugar packets.

Bidding Wars

Thanks to online auction sites, collectors can buy and sell from the comfort of their own home. The best-known auction site is ebay. A more specialized site it Amy's Auctions for sports cards. If you prefer to see what you're buying in person -- not on a screen -- check out the auction listings at The Auction Guide.




   --- R. May

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