Universal Collecting Truths

No matter if its Michael Jackson autographs or Hall of Fame rookie cards, some things hold true in the world of collecting.

Barry Bonds rookie cards take a dive. Michael Jackson autographs soar. For those whose collection is focused on the present, there can be huge fluctuations in value.

Playing the market can’t be done successfully with stocks and it’s hard to do in the world of memorabilia too. The best way to go about it is to buy what you like–and not worry about what it’s worth.

"A true collector buys items because he or she loves to collect" – not because they’re trying to make a buck – said Todd Imhof, executive vice president of Heritage and a rare coin expert.

The best collection isn’t based on the success of the individual but to make sure your stuff has life after you buy it, there are some universal truths to follow, according to this story in the Dallas Morning News.