Quick Tip

The most valuable marbles are pre-1950's. Collectors are looking for marbles made in the late 1800's through the 1940's.

Why? It was about 1950 that the Japanese started making the cat-eye style marbles. These popular marbles were very cheap to buy and put most of the remaining marble companies in the U.S.A. out of business.

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Fake & Reproduction Marbles

Fake and Reproduction Marbles

Some are glass and try to mimic old machine made or German handmade marbles.The last 5 years or so have seen a huge influx of these fake clay and sulphide marbles.

The most common are clay marbles said to be dredged from a river, from the Tennessee area, Civil War marbles, etc. If these clay marbles had been in a river for 100 years you can bet they would have disintegrated, be in pieces and not be in perfect condition.

These are easy to catch. They are very heavy for clay, have crude magic marker drawn graphics and many have crazing added to make them look old.

New Clay Marbles - Very heavy, crude graphics, crazed

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Civil War Marbles - painted clays are old, stars are new

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Painted Chinas - bad fakes of antiques

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Reproduction or New Sulphides

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