Collector plates were a popular market many decades ago, when many people bought them as investments as well as aesthetic items. According to an Allentown Morning Call interview with antiques expert Harry Rinker, most collector plates are now worth 15% to 25% of their original purchase price. Rinker notes that good conditions make all the difference; otherwise, they might be thrown out as trash.
While some people do buy collector plates hoping to sell them for a profit later on, this is not a good investment strategy. If you want to earn money off your plate collection, then the best thing to do is to register it with the National Plate Collectors Society so you can join online auctions or sale events where your item will be exposed to a larger audience with higher bids. However, even with this extra exposure, experts say it's unlikely you'll ever get back what you paid for your plate.
The bottom line is that investing in collector plates is not a wise decision because there are no guarantees they will rise in value. It may be safer to save your money instead.
Many plate collectors explore the Internet and antique stores seeking new plates to add to their collection. You may sell your own collection plates or acquire and resale collector plates for a profit with a little study. Examine the plate's condition. If the plate has any chips, smudges, or stains, its value plummets dramatically.
Plate collections can be displayed on bookshelves or cabinets. To enhance the appearance of these displays, you can paint the walls or furniture black or white.
Some people create miniature landscapes for each plate in their collection. These scenes usually feature items such as trees, flowers, and buildings that appear on only certain plates in the collection. Displaying plates in this way creates a unique gallery wall that shows off the limited design styles used by plate manufacturers during certain time periods.
Collector plates are fun additions to any library or museum display. Because they are often very rare, valuable, and unique, plate collections are popular possessions among book and movie fans.
According to Antique Trader, Norman Rockwell plates, which were originally worth $50 to $75, are now selling for $10 per plate. Collector plates by Norman Rockwell are only worth approximately $10. The Franklin Mint also produced collector plates with Norman Rockwell artwork printed on the surface. These plates are not considered to be authentic but are instead souvenirs that are sold in conjunction with Rockwell paintings.
Norman Rockwell was an American artist who specialized in political cartoons and posters. He is best known for his cover illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post from 1958 to 1978. Rockwell's covers often included a scene or character study done in pen and ink with oil paint as a background.
During his career, Rockwell created over 800 drawings and paintings. His work has been described as capturing "the heart of America at its patriotic best."
In 2001, an auction house in Massachusetts sold four plates painted by Rockwell for $400. This is when they began to sell for real money. In 2016, an auction house in Pennsylvania sold two more plates for $150, bringing the total value of the collection to $600.
Even though these plates were not made by Rockwell himself, they are still considered antiques because they were manufactured before 1964. The year 1964 is when copyright law was changed to include artists' works.
Look at online collectors' forums or the websites of collectible magazines. Many collectors' bulletin boards include up-to-date information from collector plate aficionados, but always double-check it against official pricing guides and current eBay bids for identical plates. Selling direct is your best option if you can afford to ignore overhead costs.
If you do want to try to sell through a dealer, then look at places like American Collectors Exchange (ACE), Heritage Auctions, or Small Lots. These are all national chains that buy items in bulk and then resell them through their individual storefronts. They tend to be more expensive than simply listing an item on eBay, but they also take care of shipping and other fees for you.
The last option is to sell it yourself. This is easiest if the plate is small, easy to pack, and not too valuable. If you choose this route, then you will need to search for a buyer through sites like EBay or Amazon. Be sure to use detailed photos and clear descriptions in your ads so that people will know what they're buying and avoid any misunderstandings before closing the deal.
Collector plates are becoming increasingly popular with both traditional and digital photographers. There are many different companies that produce photographic plates that range in price from free to $40 or more. Some common names include Agfa, Ilford, Kodak, and Polaroid.
When offered for sale at auction, most plates, even when accompanied by their box and all of the material that came with them, sell for a few dollars, i.e., between $1 and $4. Some high-quality copies command prices up to $40,000.
After they were introduced in 1993, thousands of these plates were sold through Kinkade's company, which sent them to various institutions where they were used for student projects and other activities. Today, fewer than 50 remain in existence, making them extremely rare.
Thomas Kincaid was an American painter who specialized in landscapes. He had his first show in Santa Rosa, California, in 1990 and created a sensation with his colorful, idealized images of rural America. The following year, he started selling prints of some of his best-known paintings directly from his website, www.thomaskincade.com. These prints were based on photographs taken by himself or his staff and they too were very popular. In 1994, he opened his own gallery in San Francisco's Mission District where he showed new works along with old favorites from his career so far.
In 1995, Kincaid announced that he was closing down his gallery because he wanted to spend more time painting. A few months later, he released another series of prints called "Garden Series" which were also very successful.