Many people collect varieties. Defective collection items with an error or a spelling mistake...can be worth a great deal!

What do we mean by variety?

Any item that is slightly different from the original is a variety. There is a long list of them and there are some in every collection. A coin that’s the same on both sides, a badly printed banknote, a stamp with a slightly different colour, a comic strip printed backwards…there a many examples and value of the items can range from a few cents to hundreds of euros.

While it’s normal that a defect in a common consumer item will result in a discount or the item being removed from sale, many collectors are interested in these slightly different items…They’re even thrilled by them!



The error game

Here are a few examples. To the left, the classic item; to the right, the variety. As you can see, the prices they were sold at are completely different…











Why are we fascinated by varieties?

By definition, a variety is far rarer than the original (except in rare instances). As a result, it is less accessible to everyone. At Delcampe, we’re well aware that low supply means a higher price.

There are thousands of varieties to discover on Delcampe.

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Written by Olivier Laurent

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  1. Collect errors on coins, banknotes, & stamps