RarityGuide.comŽ is a an ever expanding online project dedicated to categorize, index, appraise, photograph, collect information about, document, review and discuss collectibles.
In thus doing so, we seek to educate people on the value of collectibles,
preserve the past, and explore how collecting and collectibles are affecting past, present, and future generations. RarityGuide.comŽ features
comprehensive online listings of item rarities and
pricing. RarityGuide.comŽ has an open channel of communication to the growing community of members, who participate in Forum discussions covering many interesting topics.
RarityGuide.comŽ also features a library of articles covering a wide variety of topics related to collecting and
collectibles, an Online Museum for preserving the past, and extensive Commodore 64 BASIC learning materials.
There are many good reasons to use RarityGuide.comŽ as opposed to other sources:
RarityGuide.comŽ maintains a close connection to the community via its Forums. What you say can affect the categories we choose to research,
new features, new directions and more. If you do not yet have a Forum account, head over to the Forums and register. Registration
is free and takes 2 minutes to complete. By registering you also gain access to the Price Check forum where you can get
feedback from the community regarding a value of an item.
RarityGuide.comŽ is an online guide, meaning it is dynamic and constantly updated as opposed to books. You do not need
to purchase a new book every year.
RarityGuide.comŽ is easily searchable.
RarityGuide.comŽ is constantly updated with new categories and new items.
RarityGuide.comŽ has a convenient ebay link near each item, which will immediately take
you to the eBay search results for that item.
RarityGuide.comŽ's simple yet elegant design does not distract you from the information. We do not use colors
that will burn your eyes or flashy advertisements.
RarityGuide.comŽ has the most variety of categories in a single place, and the list of categories we cover is
RarityGuide.comŽ has a rich repository of fresh articles in a variety of topics related to collecting
and various topics.
That being said, we always recommend you check several sources to help you determine the value of your item.
Your best bet would be to try eBay, the world's largest auction
site. For your convenience, we provide a link to the direct search results of any item. Just click on the eBay icon. Some items have additional online
marketplaces linked to.
How does RarityGuide.comŽ determine the rarity and price of an item?
Our revolutionary RarityMeter™ system was devised after talking to many collectors and listening to
their needs. RarityGuide.comŽ's rating deviates from the strict definition of "Rare" as just number of units
produced. Instead, we factor in many additional factors including popularity, demand, age and collectibility.
In addition, we use a percentage system which allows a more precise rating then a 5 or 10 point system.
The percentage system tells you how much collectibility value an item has and/or how hard it is going to
be to find that item. A visual meter illustrates the item's collectibility. The closer the meter is to the red side, the
more collectible the item is.
In some item categories, in addition to our percentage rarity rating, we also list the
official production rarity (the rarity corresponding to how many units were produced)
RarityMeter™ Rating System:
01% to 10%: Extremely Common. Hardly any collectibility value. Abundant in all markets. This can also apply
to items that are still in store.
11% to 20%: Very Common. still abundant, but have slightly more collectibility value.
21% to 30%: Common. These items are still not hard to get, but many collectors still desire them.
31% to 40%: Uncommon. These have decent collectibilty value. still widely available, but you might have
to exert a little extra effort and cash to get them
41% to 50%: Sought After. Not easy to find and/or good collectibility value. Desired by most collectors. If you are persistent
you will sooner or later get the item.
51% to 60%: Very Sought After. Difficult to find and/or high collectibility value. You will most likely compete against many other collectors
to get an item in this category
61% to 70%: Highly Collectible. Very hard to find and/or very high collectibility value. Be prepared to pay a lot for it.
71% to 80%: Extremely Collectible. Especially hard to find and/or extremely high collectibility value. Among the top items in the collectibility value. Grants you legitimate bragging rights.
81% to 90%: Super rare. Every collector dreams to have these items.
91% to 100%: Ultra Rare. The most sought items in the category.
Note that rarity ratings change over time, so be sure to check the guide often.
Make sure you are in the correct category. If you are positive
you are in the right place, then most likely we just haven't gotten
to add that item to the list yet. Check back often as items
are constantly added!
For boxed items, the condition classification
NIB (New In Box): Item has never been opened. This often implies that it is factory sealed.
CIB (Complete In Box): Item has been opened, and most likely used, but includes
all parts it originally came with, for example the box itself and the manual.
L (Loose) Item only, without packaging. Does not inlude box, manual or other acessories.
In many cases, such as items
that have very long been out of print, there is a huge price difference between a NIB item and
a non NIB item .
For other items, the condition classification categories are:
M/NM (Mint/Near Mint): Item is in perfect condition without any flaws,
or very close to perfect.
EXC (Excellent): Item has some minor, but still noticeable, flaws.
G (Good): Item is in ok condition, but looks used and
has numerous flaws such as scratches or blemishes.
We are aware that there are
many different conditions such as fair, fine, poor etc. We chose not to list all conditions because
we want the guide to be simple and the prices to be easier to digest, but still give you a lot of information.
The conditions listed should give you a good idea of prices. Use
your discretion to factor this when using the rarity guide. For example, for an item in poor condition, consider
the price to be lower then the lowest price which we list for that item. In some cases, such as virtual items, these classifications may not
We are constantly adding new categories to the guide,
so yours might be just around the corner! Be sure to check
back often. still, if there is any hobby you are interested in but it is not covered,
feel free to request it and we will do our best to add it.
Use the contact form or post in the forums to suggest a new category.
While we make every effort to appraise all items, this guide is intended to be- a guide.
Many subjective issues can factor into an item's price which is why
different guides always have different values. Use common sense
when doing any trades based on guide prices. If you believe any value to be a mistake,
please let us know via the forums or the contact form.
Video Games: do rarities and values correspond to NTSC or PAL versions?
While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information
listed here, due to the sheer volume of data we handle
we cannot always guarantee it. Please use the contact form or post in the forums to
report any discrepancy you think you have found.
Please use the contact form or post in the forums.
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