Shout out to J. Money for planting the idea for this blog post into my head.
Marbles – or is there anything that doesn’t sell on eBay?
Yes, marbles sell on eBay – I have a feeling that very few things haven’t been sold on eBay! Marbles aren’t something that I’ve bought, and I probably wouldn’t take a shot on them unless it was from an estate sale at a deep discount. I do like to branch out, but I also like it when I’m not going to have to do a ton of research! There’s only so much time in the day… but at least it will be interesting to learn about them a little.
First, I’m going to say that if you want to become an expert, check out some resources like BuyMarbles.com or even better (or at least a blast from the past) Marble Mania. This guy will appraise marbles for you and give you $$ for them! If that’s not your thing, just peruse his website to see a lot of different brands/types that are popular/common. He has to be legit… he still uses an AOL e-mail and has a website straight from the 90’s.
Let’s take a look at some completed listings for marbles and figure out why they sold on eBay for so much money!
Lots of Marble Lots
So there you go, if you find a huge lot, and you’re pretty sure they’re old, take a picture of them on a blanket and sell them for ~$400! Done and done. Probably not simple to ship, as you’ll want to make sure they’re individually wrapped, but still can be a big win if you can get them for cheap!
I’m going to steal a little from Wikipedia here, but I had no clue what I was looking at when I was reading these marble titles or descriptions.
Apparently, marbles were originally handmade in Germany during the 1800s. Then they were brought over to the US and started to be mass-produced (what wasn’t?) using glass. The main companies were Martin Frederick (M.F.) Christensen (1903-1917) and Akro Agate (1911-1951). Some others that can be out there are listed on the BuyMarbles website that I mentioned earlier.
And finally, the most important part: HOW DO I KNOW WHAT BRAND THIS IS?
I have absolutely no freaking clue, and it seems like a lot of other people aren’t sure either. Sorry for that, but I think it’s one of those situations where it’s easier to tell when the marbles are in your hand.
Basically, if you have ones that are post 1940’s, they’re not worth a lot. People want the older ones… go figure!
Like most antique toys/items, condition is very important, but if you’ve got a rare one, it can still sell for a lot
This marble looks like crap and still sold for $600!!!
There’s a big crack in this sucker; the only saving grace is that it’s one of the bigger ones (a shooter). I’m guessing this is the reason it sold for so much.
Well, there seems to be a ton of information out there for anyone who’s interested, but in the end, I probably won’t buy any marbles. But then again, now that I say that, I’m going to buy a ton this weekend on the cheap and end up slipping on one and breaking my ankle. That’s how the marble rolls I guess…