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Antique Sheet Music: "Music to the ears of the collector!"


Because of its sheer abundance due to mass production in years past, antique sheet music has become a well sought after collectible today. Most collectors make their purchases based on the colorful illustrations that adorn the cover, which most commonly depict celebrities of their day, historic scenes, or simply the presence of a beautiful lady.

If you're looking to get into the sheet music collecting trend, however, it's important to note that it's not exactly the most profitable investment to pursue. While certain paper collectibles from the past tend to fetch a pretty penny based on their condition, antique sheet music was in such supply that it is readily available even to this day. On average you can expect to sell your individual pieces for five dollars or less, which doesn't include transactions over eBay which could drop the price even more.

If you're looking for those rare finds, however, there are a few points to consider in determining whether or not a piece is unique. Autographs are certainly a good place to start, and depending on the popularity and legacy of the author, this could increase the value of your sheet music significantly. Sheet music with a specific theme can be quite collectible to the topic-specific collector, and can certainly affect the asking price if the circumstances are right. For example, a particular piece of antique sheet music with a baseball scene or particular sports hero on the cover might be just what a sports memorabilia buff is looking for, thus making it more valueable than it normally would.

Here are a few noteable pieces to keep an eye out for:


The TIK TOK Man, 1913, lyrics by L. Frank Baum (Wizard of Oz) - $350

Bucky Boy, 1926, baseball player Bucky Harris illustration - $300

Did I Remember, 1936, Jean Harlow and Cary Grant autographs - $185

Uncle Sam is a Grand Old Man, 1917, World War I illustration - $130

Walt Disney’s Snow White, 1937, Irving Berlin Publishers - $105

There are many others out there, but for the most part the turn around can be quite dissappointing. In short, collecting antique sheet music is best left to those who have the passion for it - NOT the modern-day treasure seeker.