Ads 468x60px

Monday, July 17, 2017

This Day in Collecting History Book Review

I was recently asked to review the book This Day in Collecting History: A Year of Art, Memorabilia & Other Treasures Sold. Since I've been cleaning house and reselling a bunch of stuff on eBay, I thought it would be an interesting book to review.

The This Day in Collecting History book is put together by Michael A. McLeod and Marla K. McLeod. Michael was editor of Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine, where some of the information was gathered. The rest of the information was later researched and fact checked by Marla. Quite simply, the book takes a look at the antique and memorabilia marketplace and highlights some gems, in a day to day outlook. The day might be the day the auction happened or the birthday or deathday of the person associated with the item. It is a loose way to feature the different lots where a categorical way might have been better to find something, though less readable for enjoyment. There is a well-connected index at the end if you'd rather see if a person or item was featured in the book instead of reading through the chronological elaboration.
When reading through the book, you can literally pick it up and read anywhere and learn something. I first went to my birthday to see what happened then, though I could just as easily check read from January 1 onward, or check for today's tidbit, or see what happened on some other random day.

The items you'll read about include everything from Luke Skywalker's X-Wing Fighter where someone got it for a steal at $221,000 to Marilyn Monroe's "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" dress which went for $4.8 million, and plenty of stuff in between, lower, and higher pricewise. The tidbits you read about include little factoids about the person or the specific items. Nearly all items share a page with at least one other item so there isn't that much information shared on anything. Most entries also include a picture of either the person or item featured.

I have not read every single factoid yet. However, it is easy to read enough of the book to pass judgement on it. I liked learning about many of the different items sold at auction and seeing what they sold for, typically including the date and auction house that sold it. It is an easy book to pickup and thumb through anywhere in the book and learn something. It isn't necessary to read chronologically. In fact, even if you read front to back, you're not reading chronologically, since the years vary, not just the date. If you have a family member who likes to read about antiques and possibly subscribes to some collecting magazine or two, they'll more than likely enjoy this book. You don't have to give it as a gift, but I sense it more as a gifting book than one for oneself.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.

*Read my Disclosure


  1. This sounds like a great book for me. I am really interested in this type of thing. Thank you so much for sharing

  2. This is the type of book I really like. It captures those moments in history...and melds them with pop culture. I also like that it's a not a "read from first page to last page" book I like to just pick up a book, open it anywhere, and get right in!

  3. This book sounds like a wealth of knowledge. I like reading about the history of just about everything. The index will be very helpful in finding a topic to read about.