The collecting of obsolete automotive stock certificates can be quite fun and a
potentially rewarding sidelight to your automotive hobby.
By the way, doing so would make you a "scripophilist" (one who collects old
Where can you find such items?
Why would you collect automotive stocks?
- Parent and grandparent attics can often be a good source for those old stock
certificates which were deemed "worthless" during the 1929 Stock Market Crash.
Many people found it hard to throw away something they had spent good money on. After all,
"you never know, they may be worth something again some day".
- Estate and garage sales may turn up the occasional stock certificate.
- Antique shops specializing in paper and books.
- Dealers and art galleries actually exist for such items.
- Auction companies may specialize in or occasionally offer stock certificates.
- Automotive museum gift shops.
"The site that allows everyone to give stock ownership as a gift"
- Its a relatively inexpensive hobby (certainly compared to rechroming the
grill on your MGVA Tickford).
- It provides great scavenger hunt-type fun looking for and
"discovering" stock certificates for an automotive company which no longer
exists. (You might actually find this to be an "interesting" past time while
your wife wanders through yet another antique or quilt shop).
- Researching the companies and certificates is both interesting and educational.
- As with collecting all things, there is always the possibility that you may come
across an extremely rare and valuable certificate at a garage sale price.
What should you look for when collecting/selecting automotive stocks?
- Early issues of a companys stock would most likely be the rarest and most
- Stocks issued by historically significant, defunct or extremely obscure automobile
companies. (Obviously, this would include British Leyland, BMC, etc.)
- Signatures of famous persons would make the certificate more valuable even if that
person is not directly associated with the auto company. For example, Abraham
Lincolns signature would increase the stock certificates value even though
this Lincoln had nothing to do with the auto company. (And yes, something would also
appear to be fraudulent, either the signature or the certificate.)
- Many stock certificates are collectible just for their intrinsic beauty or interesting
- As with the collecting of anything, this should be something you like for your
own personal reasons. For example, you may own a Flint automobile or you may have
always wanted to own 100 shares of stock in an automotive company. You may just find the
certificate attractive or the "right" color to hang in your den. Whatever the
reason, it needs to be yours and not anyone elses. This way if you never make
a nickel from you investment, it will still be something you enjoy.
What can you do with automotive stocks?
- Stock certificates are often matted and frame-mounted for display as art in a
den, study or office. Certificates can be stored in notebooks for viewing or drawers for
- How about displaying the certificates under table-top glass as
- Of course, you could always display your certificates on your
just learning about this aspect of the automotive hobby myself and certainly am neither an
"expert" nor a "dealer" in such items. If, however, you have some
automotive or automotive-related stock certificates that you would be interested in
selling, please contact me. Douglas S. Pulver (858) 278-5359.
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