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The Best Collection When I Have Lost My Marbles

Updated on February 12, 2017
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There is only one thing better than watching adults enjoy playing marbles, that's kids playing a challenging game.

The Best Marble Collection in the World is The One You Have

My marble collection
My marble collection | Source

The Best Collection

Many people have different ideas when it comes to collecting marbles and playing amateur or professional games . I think the The Best Collection of Marbles to have is the one you have especially after I Have Lost My Marbles, and I will tell you about that below.

I choose to feature one collection of 300 plus glass marbles because if you are starting out, its best to have plenty if you are challenged to a game of marbles. There are so many different collections of marbles that come in solid colors and mixed colors, and some the are colored clear glass that look like gems.

"Serious Collectors" will spend a pretty penny on the rare antique marbles. Though I can't imagine any more serious collector than a child that sits on their bed and pours out their treasure just for the pleasure of admiring and handling the little gems. There always seems to be at least one very special one that is admired most and is not for trades and will not be risked in a game.

Meaning: I Have Lost My Marbles

“I have lost my marbles!”, is one of those little sayings that we do not hear much any more.
The statement was often accompanied by cupping one’s forehead with their hand.

It basically meant that you had just discovered that you had made an unusual mistake, usually a common sense one.

The saying had some variations, like for instance:
“You have lost your marbles!”, which of course, was aimed at someone else who made an error in judgment.

Whether aimed at yourself or someone else, the words didn’t seem to have much of a sting.
It was easy to move on with some gentle humor and a shrug of the shoulders.

Also, perhaps there was a bit of shared laughter with no feelings being hurt.

“I do not know what I was thinking”, was often the next line.

It seemed to bring a sense of camaraderie and shared understanding of an “Oops” moment.

We seem to have found other ways of saying the same thing with some harder words that do not bring the same good feeling in the end.

I wonder sometimes if there is a way back to those softer, gentler times.

Do They Have World Marbles Championships

I tell you that adults will go all out for World Championship Games of Marbles. When I watched the video above I was impressed with the light heartedness and seriousness at the same time. People do take the game seriously while just going out to have a great time with a festival happening around them.

Deluxe 4 Pounds of Cat's Eyes Marbles and Shooters with Storage Bag

Deluxe 4 Pounds (300+ Count) of Cat's Eyes Marbles & Shooters with Exclusive "Matty's Toy Stop" Storage Bag
Deluxe 4 Pounds (300+ Count) of Cat's Eyes Marbles & Shooters with Exclusive "Matty's Toy Stop" Storage Bag

A 300+ count set of glass marbles is enough to get anyone started with playing marble outdoors or indoors. Just in case you are beginner at the game of playing marbles for keeps, you will want to begin with plenty to lose. Remember winning isn't everything, but learning how to be a good looser is just as important with playing with friends, brothers, sisters, or your neighbors. Being a "good sport" builds character!

I like this mega large glass marbles set. That is a nice red bag to keep your marbles all together in and will make it easier to carry them around with you whenever or wherever you may go for your next challenging game of marbles.


A Day To Remember Challenged To A Game To The Death

When I was in grade school an older boy challenged me to a game of marbles during recess right after lunch time. He was much more skilled at the game then I. He ended up winning all of my pretty glass marbles and my steel shooters.

When I saw my sister I began to cry and told her what had just happened. She knew just what to do! She went to that boy and challenged him in a game to the death. She was determined and won all of my marbles back from the boy, plus she won all of his marbles from him fair and square.

Well, I got all of my colorful marble like gems back, and all my steel bearings I used as shooters, and then some. I felt rich that day, and very happy to have a sister that could play better then I could or that boy. Big sisters or brothers can come in handy when it means winning!

Trading Marbles With Friends Is Fun To Do Too

I found my marbles
I found my marbles | Source

When I Was A Kid

I would bring my bag of marbles with me to a friend's house and we would end up trading marbles some times. It was always fun to get a new pretty gem to add to my collection. Trading with a friend is a nice way to bond with them too. It is like they get to have a piece of you and you of them to admire and protect when playing a serious game of marbles.

Friends are great people to practice skills with because you can make up whatever rules you want if you don't want to lose any of your precious gems.

My favorites have always been the steel boulders which are actually bearings I suppose. I like them to use as shooters because they have more weight to them than other types of marbles. I feel like I get more traction out of them.

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Marbles of different sizes and types
Marbles of different sizes and types | Source

Marble Size Chart

Marble Size Chart
Marble Size Chart | Source

Itty Bitty = 10mm
Pee Wee = 12mm
Fancy = 14mm
Player = 16mm
Whopper = 25mm

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5 stars for Playing Marbles

© 2017 Susie Lehto

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    • colorfulone profile imageAUTHOR

      Susie Lehto 

      16 months ago from Minnesota

      Fay, its very nice to see you stopped by. It is lovely to be in touch with an old friend, so thank you so much for visit. God bless!

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      Susie Lehto 

      16 months ago from Minnesota

      Peggy, I bet you felt great having found the lost dog's family and returning it safe and sound. I know I would feel great about being able to help out like that.

      We are up in the high 80's and we just are not use to this way up north. I am grateful to have ceiling fans in every room. Are you roasting down there in TX, Peg?

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      Fay Favored 

      17 months ago from USA

      I have always wanted to do this, but haven't yet. My husband said he used to play when he was a kid. Thanks for including the video Susie, I'll going to check it out for fun. Another winning topic my dear friend.

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      Peggy Woods 

      20 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hope you had a wonderful Easter also Susie. We were able to rescue a lost dog that day. A man was visiting his father here in our subdivision and his dog got out of the fence while they were coloring eggs. Fortunately the dog had a collar and tags. They were from Austin, Texas so quite far from home. It was nice to be able to reunite the dog with his owner. The dog was on our street and far away from where he had gotten out of the fenced yard. Fortunately it came to me and I was able to get it in our backyard. Another neighbor man had tried but with no luck.

    • colorfulone profile imageAUTHOR

      Susie Lehto 

      20 months ago from Minnesota

      Peggy, C E Clark and Sandy! I should get around to updating this hub a little since its still newly published. I apologize for taking so long to get to your comments, but I will certainly stop by to visit your hubpages of you as soon as I can, promise. Hope you all had a lovely Easter. ~ Kudos!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      20 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      I had collected marbles as a child of all kinds and sizes. Very interesting.

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      C E Clark 

      20 months ago from North Texas

      Such pretty marbles in your photos! I played marbles as a kid, but it was only for fun. No one ever lost any or gained any.

      Do kids even play marbles anymore? I never see them doing that or hear them talking about it. A nice nostalgic walk down Memory Lane.

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      Peggy Woods 

      22 months ago from Houston, Texas

      If kids are playing digital games they do not have the real interaction as we did when we were young. Being out in the fresh air and getting to play outside was fun. That was the usual way I played marbles with my brothers unless we played inside during the cold Wisconsin winter months. If the weather was nice we always preferred being outside.

    • colorfulone profile imageAUTHOR

      Susie Lehto 

      22 months ago from Minnesota

      Peggy, I wonder about that too. Hopefully most kids will have good memories of marbles games they played...but would that be digitally?

      Have a lovely day, everyday!

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      Peggy Woods 

      22 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      At least we were fortunate in that we got to experience those earlier times. We have our memories. I wonder what the kids of today will treasure in the years ahead?

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      Susie Lehto 

      22 months ago from Minnesota

      Peggy, thank you for stopping by. Yep, those cats eye marbles are nice to look into, they are all different. - Oh, how we could use those kinder and gentler ways of saying things again. - Kudos!

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      Peggy Woods 

      22 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I played marbles with my brothers when we were children. I always liked the glass ones which we called cats eyes. All of them are pretty. Your photos are so pretty. The saying "I have lost my marbles" is an old one which I have not heard in a long time. As you was used in a kinder, gentler time. Wish those days could come about again! Loved reading this!


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