ARE THESE REAL?
YES! We only sell authentic
stocks and bonds that have been used in actual commerce or from
company archives. Old
stock certificates from our catalog have been cancelled and no longer
have investment value but are still the real deal. We do
not sell copies or reproductions.
We also sell real, live shares on certificates in your
name. Certificates for these current companies are available in
our store for Live
Shares. The certificates sold in
out live shares store still have investment value as you are a
real shareholder for the company of your choice.
THE VALUE IN THESE?
Since old stock certificates no longer have investment value, aren't they
worthless? Basically, they are only worth the paper that
they are printed on. The same can be said for baseball
cards and stamps but it is really the collectible value that
makes these worthless securities valuable.
Old certificate values vary on rarity, beauty, recent
interest, historical importance, autographs, breadth of
collectible theme, number of interested collectors, etc.
Essentially, like all collectibles, value is based on
supply and demand. Interesting pieces have a lot of
demand; supply may vary.
pieces in our live
certificates represent real shareholder value. However,
these should be appreciated more than just one share of stock
interest in the company that you select. These are sold
through a registered securities representative since we do not
have this authority on this site.
Some of most popular selections of our live share
certificates that you can get in your name (or as a gift):
How do you know that you are getting a good
deal? Start by knowing (1) your interests and (2) the
market. Collect what you like. Set your own budgets for
single pieces and your collection. Check where pieces are
sold and get to know who are reputable
We provide free
estimates on collectible value of your certificates. We
have a large collection of references and databases that provide
past realized prices. Also, our vast knowledge of the
hobby can provide you the latest pricing on any US
certificate. We cannot provide the investment value of any
Our pricing is based on a numbers of references - past auction
sales, other dealers, similar pieces, our own cost basis, and sometimes only best
guess. We do have to make a profit so please understand
if you think we are overpriced or unfair in our
charges. Our shipping is based on our actual costs.
You will find that we are comparable to
other dealers, sometimes cheaper. However,
if you are not pleased with any purchase, we offer a 100%
refund, no questions.
Reference Guides for collecting and pricing
(see more in Scripophily
COLLECT (just a few)!
The collectible art of news is always a great theme - the BP oil
spill, the financial mess at AIG, Bernie Madoff. Stocks and
companies are always in the news and make collecting stock
certificates from these companies entertaining and fun.
The artistic value of detailed vignettes and fine lines of the
engraver's skill are worth admiration in themselves.
Modern pieces are also rich with color. Stocks are perfect
Some companies are well-known highlights in the building of
American financial history. Railroads, automobiles,
mining, and other industries have formed the hotbed of
capitalism in the US. More recently, corporate greed has
become more infamous than notable. Enron, WorldCom,
Air Lines are now low-lights to US financial history.
What a great way to show your kids how companies are funded,
bought, and thrive. A neat show and tell item. Great
for school projects. Teachers can use them for accounting,
economics, finance, business, and history classes. Interesting
classroom incentives too!
Very often, a relative worked for an old company that, now, only
exists in the world of collectibles and ephemera. Did your
father or grandfather work for one of the old railroads? General
Motors perhaps? Companies come and go - only their stocks
You can be a millionaire (on paper). You can look like a tycoon
with stocks and bonds hanging on your home or office wall.
These certificates look fantastic when framed!
Many pieces are signed (some by hand, others in print) by famous
financiers and infamous corporate giants. Edison,
Rockefeller, the Vanderbilts, the DuPonts, Wells and Fargo, Ken
Lay, Bernard Ebbers, John Rigas, Bernie Madoff, and others can be found on
certificates in this hobby.
Most stock collectors are not originally certificate
hounds. This is the reason that we have organized our
catalog into areas such as Railroads, Aviation, Automotive,
Sports, and more.
Please note that OldStocks.com
does not sell investments or investment advice. It
is highly recommended that you contact a registered investment
professional for these services. Items sold in
are cancelled or
obsolete, and only sold as collectible items.
live shares store
are real shares sold by our partner who is licensed to sell actual
securities. We are the only site on the internet to sell both old stock
and real, live shares.
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