A Guide To Collecting Frisbees: Preservation, Finding And Other Tips

If you're in the unique hobby of collecting frisbees, here are some tips on where to find them and how to store and clean them.

There are literally millions of different Frisbee designs and if you're a collector, you could spend your lifetime gathering Frisbees and still never have even a fraction of the different Frisbees ever manufactured. Frisbees were created with the images of famous stars, presidential candidates, logos from sports teams, theme park promotions, food and beverage advertisements, store openings, and even to commemorate one-time historical occasions. And then there are the various colors. Solid-colored, multi-colored, glow-in-the-dark are only a few of the selections ever created. Frisbees can be found at yard sales, flea markets or old country stores, but since Frisbees were made for playing, many of them have seen some rough treatment. Some may have the picture worn off of them; others may have been dropped in water or mud. Obviously, a Frisbee with the teeth marks of a German Shepherd won't be worth as much as a Frisbee in mint condition, so examine the Frisbees thoroughly before making a purchase.

If you're serious about collecting Frisbees, try setting up a website where you can show off your collection, advertise to buy or trade Frisbees, and list an email address where interested parties may contact you. You can also go online and search for other enthusiasts who might want to sell or trade Frisbees. While you're online, check out some of the worldwide auctions, but look for those auctions that supply a picture of the item. Also, check the seller's status with other buyers. There is a feedback section at most auctions where you can see what others have to say about the quality of the merchandise they have purchased from that particular seller.

When it comes to storing your Frisbees, zipper-lock bags are ideal, but store only one in each bag. Storing multiple Frisbees in a single bag can leave scuffmarks on the Frisbees. And, when you've begun to accumulate quite a few Frisbees, you can store them all, in their bags, in cardboard boxes. Never stack the Frisbees on top of each other. They can get smashed flat or buckle on the sides. Instead, line them up, like cards in a file, front to back. Don't cram the Frisbees in the boxes, but allow plenty of space.

After years of accumulating Frisbees, you might have to look in to a storage unit to house them, if your own home doesn't have the space. If you have some very rare Frisbees, you might even want to consider insuring your collection.

Since most Frisbees are plastic, with a paper emblem, it's important to keep Frisbees away from water that might damage the logo or image. Also, keep Frisbees away from heat sources and sunlight, which might fade the images or warp the Frisbee itself. When collecting Frisbees, clean them with warm, soapy water, and immediately store in the plastic bags. If the Frisbee has a paper emblem, check to see if it has a plastic coating. If it does, you can gently wash, but if it has only a paper center, wipe with a dry cloth and store.

Some Frisbees of interest to collectors might be ones that are signed by a famous personality, ones that were among the first to be invented, ones that are unique to a city, state or country and ones that have slight design flaws. To broaden your range of places to locate Frisbees for sale, run some ads in area newspapers stating specific ones you're searching for or asking the public to call you with info on Frisbees or Frisbee-finding locations.

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