A branch of paper collecting often overlooked given the emphasis on
paper currency is the related field of stocks and bonds, or
scripophily. Hoping to change that, a new nonprofit organization, the
American Stock and Bond Collectors Association, devoted to the
interests of collecting old stock certificates and bonds, has been
founded, according to a March 15 press release.
Its founding directors are Bob Kerstein and Scott Winslow.
“We have developed what we hope to be the destination site for
people seeking out information on scripophily,” Winslow says. “We intend to foster
an environment of confidence and excitement in the future growth of
this wonderful and important part of the history of entrepreneurship,”
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Scripophily is concerned with historical certificates that have no
value as financial items but are bought by collectors for their
artistic and historical value, which can range from a few dollars to
more than $100,000. Tens of thousands of buyers collect such items
worldwide — some casual, some serious and, the ASBCA says, some who
are even home decorators (many of the items can be displayed for their
website contains information on the history and collecting of
stocks and bonds, and on the pricing, grading and rarity, and for
prospective buyers and sellers, where to get in touch with
Bob Kerstein is the founder of Scripophily.com and Old Company Research Service.
After a 39-year career in financial management he is now the president
of the Professional
Scripophily Traders Association and spends all of his time in
the field of scripophily.
Scott Winslow is president of Scott J. Winslow Associates Inc. and a
member of all the major trade organizations. He has been involved in
the paper collectibles business for more than 30 years, has given
numerous talks on paper collectibles, and has been consulted in the
identification of forged securities and historical materials.
For more information visit scripophilyusa.org, or call Bob Kerstein at
1-703-787-3552 or Scott Winslow at 603-641-8292.