It is not surprising for chess enthusiasts to be keen on collecting chess sets. If you are new to collecting though, consider the following pointers as you start pursuing this hobby.
- Determine the type of chess sets you wish to collect. Your decision will depend on your very reason for collecting. If you are collecting and intending to venture into business by reselling your collectibles, you may not be able to limit your scope too well. If your purpose of collecting is merely a form of personal hobby, it will be wise to establish a type that you can focus on as your leisure pursuit can be very expensive. Many collectors are after vintage boards and pieces while some pursue various themes. Examples of popular collectible chess sets are American Civil War chess set, Egyptian chess set, medieval chess sets, Connoisseur chess pieces, hand-carved chess sets from India, oriental chess sets, and modern styles among others.
- Know where to get your chess sets. While most of the valuable collectible chess sets are from around the world, there is no need to travel far and wide to find them although it is recommended to search everywhere. If you are pursuing vintage sets, head on to antique stores, specialty stores, thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, yard sales, etc. You can certainly find them too on the internet via online auction or market places such as eBay and Amazon. It will also be very helpful if you find other collectors on the internet to give you more insight on your pursuit, help you find chess set dealers, and give you idea about prices and other factors relevant to collecting chess sets. Many beginner and experienced collectors have their own sites or blogs to showcase their collectibles. Some are into selling and trading as well.
- Think before you get your collectible. This is very important especially if you are doing transaction over the internet. Consider a number of factors prior to grabbing the item of your choice. Examine the authenticity, quality, condition, weight, color, age, and every little detail to ensure you are getting an honest deal. Know the history of the item and determine whether or not you are getting it for the right price. To help you manage your collecting spree, start by establishing a particular amount of money you are willing to spend on an item before you go looking around. Have a budget, stick to it, and avoid buying on impulse.
- Display your collection. Have a storage system that will house all your collectibles the way you want to. Keep them organized and free from dust and possible damage. Remember that any defect can depreciate the value of your collection.
Remember to take pictures of your collection and post them online. The internet is the easiest venue to share your hobby to the rest of the world. Get in touch with your co-enthusiasts by blogging about your collection and perhaps have some of your collectible items available for trade.