Lessons from the Antique Collector Michael Zomber


Antique collectibles have a rich history- they date back to different time periods and have been handed down one generation to another. The “American Pickers” show airs on the History Channel and features Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. The two experts are usually in search of undiscovered treasures such as antiques and collectibles around America.


Throughout this month of September, the “American Pickers” show is being filmed in Oregon and the experts have been searching for any potentially valuable antiques, collectibles. The show has been airing on the America’s History Channel since 2010. It features experts also referred to as “pickers” who can tell and differentiate valuable items that can be sold or added to collections.


What is the difference between an antique and a collectible? Well, an antique by nature is collectible. Antiques are normally at least a hundred years old for them to be described as antiques. Collectibles, on the other hand, are nostalgic items that may be valuable or ancient but deemed interesting enough to be collected. Despite the fact that a collectible doesn’t have any legal definition, most collectors agree that it’s the buying demands of that determines its value.


Antiques that have limited production and claim their value based on the exclusivity are in most cases collected to increase in value. Such collectibles are often not a good selection since manufacturers can create a false market to take advantage of the situation. Find out the true value of the items you want before purchasing them.


Michael Zomber is an author, filmmaker, and a steadfast supporter of organizations that embrace peace such as Global Exchange, Amnesty International, UNICEF, and Doctors without Borders. For over forty years, MIchael Zomber has been preserving and protecting history by collecting, caring, and selling antique arms. His mission has always been to work with people and organizations whose passion is to safeguard the past.


Michael Zomber has featured on the History Channel’s Tales of the Gun Series as a guest historian. The series includes episodes such as Automatic Pistols, Million Dollar Guns, Guns of the Famous, Shotguns, and Guns of the Orient. He has written numerous screenplays and historical novels including Jesus and the Samurai, Sweet Betsy, and Shogun Iemitsu.


Michael Zomber holds Bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Psychology and a Masters in English Literature. Zomber is a renowned authority in the area of Japanese Samurai weapons and armor.  Make sure to follow him on Facebook, or learn more about his passion on Citrite.

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