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LaBarre Galleries Specializing In Collectible

Stocks, Bonds, and Currency

We have been in business for over 37 years and have specialized in collectible Stock and Bonds for over 27 years. We offer a great opportunity to start your own business of stocks and bonds. Stocks and Bonds have been on National TV, newspapers, magazines and in the movies! In 1978, the enthusiasm for this field began to pick up in Europe. Since then, American demand has grown steadily. The collecting of stocks and bonds is now referred to as SCRIPOPHILY.

Read The Scripophily Guide by Howard Shakespeare

Financial history is exciting and fun. Stocks and Bonds were used in colonial times, early shipping, railroads, throughout the Industrial Revolution, into the automotive age, the Crash of 1929, and all through the past decades of economic growth. Everyone knows someone in their family that either worked for a large company or perhaps on the railroad. We can enjoy this rich history in collecting Stocks and Bonds. These documents are truly pieces of history and of great educational value.

Engraved printing of Stocks and Bonds by American Banknote, Franklin Lee Banknote, International Banknote, etc., are considered serious art. These same Banknote companies have printed International Paper Money. They decorate dens, offices, boardrooms, and corporate headquarter buildings. These same certificates have been used as Educational tools.

Treasure Hunting Appeal:
Collecting Stocks and Bonds is still so new, one can say “it is still in its infancy”. As a result, there are bargains and little treasures to be found. This is a fresh, new vibrant hobby!

Back in 1981, the most valuable collectible stock sold for $3,000. This same railroad stock signed by Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt now sells for $12,000. Stocks currently sell for as much as $130,000.  Compare this record price to other collectibles. Single coins have sold for over $4 Million. A stamp can sell in the Million dollar range. Autographs have sold for over a Million Dollars. One could conclude that quality collectible Stocks and Bonds represent very good value in today’s market.

Stocks and Bonds are becoming very difficult to find. Most of our inventory was acquired 10 to 25 years ago. Demand has grown steadily over the years as supply has gone down. It has taken 25 years to build these collections that we can now offer. Remember too that stocks and bonds as an art form are slowly dying, most companies do not issue these to stockholders anymore. So this is a chance to enter this collectible world with very little money.

Collecting topics offer something for every taste. Railroads,  Automotive, Aviation,  Mining, Oils, Communications,  Insurance, Banking and Autographs. Stocks and Bonds can be collected by state, city, or region.

Most importantly, collecting stocks and bonds is “FUN” and most satisfying.



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