Marbles were originally made with clay as far back as the 1500’s by the Dutch and later by the Germans. They were first made in North America out of clay as well into the 1880’s (The Akron Toy Company).
Most clay marble production stopped in 1950 so most clay marbles are now collectible. The standard size clay marbles are not overly valuable but are growing in popularity again.
The larger ones and the ones with hand paintings, intricate line patterns, painted scenes, Rare Benningtons (Like the one shown to the right) and other fancier marbles are very collectable. This marble on the right is worth about 15-20 dollars to the right collector.
Glass marbles can be collectible as well. Recently we found a BLUE glass marble made from URANIUM glass. This is a rarity as uranium glass was used to make GREEN and YELLOW marbles but as you can see in the next photo this guy is VERY MUCH BLUE.
… and when exposed to blacklight (Next photo) you can see it light right up BRIGHT GREEN!
Collectors also like ODDITIES in almost any collectible item (same holds true with marbles) for instance…
This marble has a inclusion that was never meant to be included. It looks like a piece of goldflake or copper. This Marble has really nice swirls as well and some bubbles.
Below I have included some photos of some of our marble stock at this time.