It takes guts to transfer a lone nut into a leader!

Help a loner to start a movement!

It is hard work and a lot of time to build something new, unusual. Yes, we consider ColFolio.com new and unusual because of what we are trying to achieve: to build a platform for the collector community, similar to your Etrade or Schwab portfolio management platform, where you can monitor the performance of your stamps or coins collection, by using different measurement tools to assist with the “colfolio” evaluations.

 

 

This is what inspires us! Being a leader, or in our case the “shirtless dancer”, the developer of a new collectibles management platform, is the first step, but not the trigger of a movement. Indeed it is essential, but not as much as the first followers who are the ones bringing a whole crowd together. We need your help in guiding us through the development and testing of our site so we can achieve our goal: help the collecting community to value their collection and ultimately value their collection real time. Have the courage to follow, join our lone dance and register today! Be part of the in-crowd: upload your collection, send us your feedback, criticize or encourage!

With your help we may be able to change the “portfolio” description of a grouping of financial assets such as stocks, mutual funds, bonds and cash equivalents to include stamps, coins, banknotes and other collectibles.

Testers wanted: ColFolio is Now Online!

ColFolio is a the platform developed for collectors to facilitate the management of stamps, coins, banknotes, token and other collections. It is now released for testing and we’re asking for feedback!

Before you get started, there are a few things you should know:

What is ColFolio? – ColFolio.com is a comprehensive, user driven coins, banknotes, stamps, token and other collectibles inventory management system and a new way to identify, catalog, manage and (still under development) appraise your collection at current market value.

This is a REAL beta – This means that you will be using a version of ColFolio that is not yet ready for public release. You should be prepared to find things which don’t work perfectly so please give us feedback on how to make ColFolio better. You can give us feedback by sending email to ColFolio @ gmail.com . The more feedback you give us, the better!

We’re small but growing – Right now our database is small, around 8,000 items. That means that sometimes you might not find what you are looking for. If that happens, please help us developing the database by adding your collection to ColFolio. You will notice that we have several tools to facilitate this: ex. clone existing items. Our goal is to have as many items in our database as possible and we thank you in advance for helping to build ColFolio.

We’re getting smarter – Our platform will get smarter and better over time. Right now it is like babies, but will grow up fast as more and more people use ColFolio. We will be updating our platform and content with new material daily.

We like criticism – As a new site, we’re sure you can find lots to criticize – remember, though, we’d prefer constructive criticism, so we can make the site better. And please send your criticism to us at ColFolio @ gmail.com before you post it on your blog! Remember the old saying before posting: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!”

Share the love – Although ColFolio.com is in BETA release, it is not really publicly launched yet and we are still working on the development, we’re no longer keeping the details under wraps — and you’re welcome to invite your fellow collectors.

Thanks for trying ColFolio. Please let us know what you think!

The ColFolio Team

What is ColFolio.com?

We’re about to launch the coolest, most dynamic collectibles inventory management and value guide that’s ever existed: ColFolio.com. This website is created for you – the collector who feels that the traditional ways of collectibles management and tracking have failed and is tired of using cumbersome old-style desktop software or an excel spreadsheet. Imagine managing and valuing your coins, stamps or any other collections in matter of minutes and tracking their market value on daily or weekly basis.

ColFolio.com is a new idea from a handful of people who are passionate about making the collectibles industry a “better place”. Along with our mission to serve you, the collector of coins, banknotes, stamps, sports cards or other collectable’s, we understand that life has become more “connected” than ever before.

Social Networking is everywhere: we all want to share and connect. The principle at the core of social networks is that valuable things come from the people you know… and from the people those people know. We are creating a platform and opportunity to share your collection, pull content from existing “col folios” and connect with fellow collectors. That’s why we will make it easy for you to invite your friends or fellow hobbyist to your own collector “circle” on the ColFolio platform. We are committed to defining the future of collectibles management, creating a product intended to serve collectors and dealers alike.

We hope you will enjoy the ColFolio experience. We will always value the opinion or feedback you have. Don’t forget to bookmark us and catch our updates through Twitter and Facebook and sign up for our mailing list to receive an invitation to beta test our product!

 

Welcome to ColFolio.com!

It all started around 35 years ago in Transylvania, Romania. Back in the 1980’s, in the heights of the communist dictatorism the 3 hour per day TV programming and handful of newspapers and magazines could cover only internal events. One of the only accesses to the world was through mail and postcards. This is when I started to collect European postcards which later evolved into collecting photos of Hollywood stars and musicians. It wasn’t however until recently that I found out: my early hobby has a “scientific” name as importantly sounding as a doctor”s specialization: deltiologist (collector of postcards).

Even the most familiar sort of collecting however, may have a given name that is much less familiar. Later in my twenties I become an avid numismatist (coin collector) and notaphilist (banknotes, paper money collector). It’s not unusual to know someone who collects dolls, but until recently I did not know that these collectors are known as plangonologists. When I was a kid, several of my friends would swap matchbook covers for their collections, but I doubt that any of them knew that they were phillumenists.

Over the years, I’ve known people who have collected butterflies (lepidopterists), recipes (receptarists), books (bibliophilists), stamps (philatelists), beer coasters (tegestologists), teddy bears (arctophilists), autographs (philographists) and flags (vexillologists).

With the seemingly limitless number of things that someone could start collecting, it provokes the question of what it is exactly that makes collectors out of so many of us. And what is it that compels us to collect the specific things we’ve chosen to collect?

These are questions only a philosopher or a psychologist may be able to answer. We at ColFolio aim to help in a more practical way by building a comprehensive and interactive online database of collectibles and a new way to identify, catalog, manage and most importantly appraise a collection at current market value.

Here is the unofficial collector name list, terms used by collectors that are becoming pretty common:

Aerophilatelist – a student or collector of airmail stamps, cancellations, etc.

Arctophile / arctophilists – a person who is very fond of and is usually a collector of teddy bears

Audiophile – a person who is especially interested in high-fidelity sound reproduction

Bestiarist – a writer and/or collector of bestiaries. Bestiaries are collection of moralized fables, especially as written in the Middle Ages, about actual or mythical animals. More on bestiary: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bestiary

Bibliophile / bibliophilists – a person who loves or collects books, esp. as examples of fine or unusual printing, binding, or the like

Brandophilist – collector of cigar bands

Cameist – one who collects cameos or relief images (mostly images of a woman’s head and shoulders) in fashion jewelry

Conchologist – a collector and student of mollusk shells

Copoclephilist – key rings collector

Deltiologist – a person who collects postcards as a hobby

Discophile – a person who studies and collects phonograph records, especially those of a rare or specialized nature

Errinophilist – one who collects revenue or tax stamps (NOT postage stamps)

Exlibrist – a collector of ex-libris records (inscription in or on a book, to indicate the owner; bookplate)

Exonumist – a person who collects exonumia (items, as tokens or medals that resemble money but are not intended to circulate as money)

Fusilatelist – one who collects telephone calling cards

Helixophile – person who collects corkscrews

Heortologist – collector of religious calendars

Iconophile – a connoisseur of icons or images

Lepidopterist – the collecting of butterflies and moths

Lexiconophilist – collector of dictionaries and other books of words

Notaphilist – collector of banknotes, paper money, paper currency or plastic notes

Numismatist – a person who collects numismatic items for ex. coins

Oenophile – a person who enjoys or collect wine, particularly grape wines from certain regions, varietal types, or methods of manufacture.

Oologist – a collector of birds’ eggs

Philatelist – the collector of stamps and other postal matter ex revenue stamps, stamped envelopes, postmarks, postal cards, covers, and similar material relating to postal or fiscal history

Phillumenist – a collector of different match-related items: matchboxes, matchbox labels, matchbooks, matchcovers, matchsafes, etc.

Philographist – a personn who collects autographs

Phonophile – a collector or connoisseur of phonograph records

Plangonologist – someone who collects dolls

Pyrographer – one who collects items with designs burned on wood, leather, etc.

Receptarist – a person who collects recipes

Scripophile – a person who collects receipts, certificate representing a fraction of a share of stock or paper currency in denominations of less than one of the official currency (ex. dollar)

Sucrologist – a hobbiest who collects sugar sachets and/or packets

Tegestologists – someone who collects beer mats or coasters

Telegery – is the hobby of collecting telephone calling cards

Vecturist – a person who collects transportation tokens as a hobby

Vexillologist – the collector of flags or banners

The list most likely is incomplete. Your input and suggestion of additional collector names for this list is welcome!

PS:
Acknowledgement: thank you Mike Mendel for suggesting “bestiarist” to the list!