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Starting Your Marble Collection

Updated on October 13, 2016

Do You Collect Marbles?

I remember as a kid, having a large tin filled with marbles. We would pull them out and find out all kinds of ways to play with them. I don't even remember playing marbles with them. I remember rolling them on everything I could find from inside of a frizbee to rolling them down hot wheels tracks. They were very simple toys, but they provided hours of fun.

Now people collect these things. I don't know if mine were ever collectible, but I do know there are a lot of antique marbles out there that are worth a nice chunk of change.

How Are Marbles Made? - A Episode of "How It's Made"

I find this fascinating. This is an old way of making marbles. I know there are machines that make all the new marbles in the world. I just find the artistic way these guys shape and roll glass into marbles is just cool.

Marbles: Identification and Price Guide - There are some Serious Marble Collectors Out There

You could collect all kinds of marbles. But where do you get started?

Marbles: Identification and Price Guide
Marbles: Identification and Price Guide

If you are thinking about starting a collection of marbles or already have a collection you would like to do a little research on, this book would be a great place to start.


Marble Collections

It amazes me some of the collections that people have out there. They go as far as to build or buy racks to hold all their marbles. These marble collections are worth a lot of money too. They collect them over the course of their lifetime, but it isn't till you see the collections massed on their walls do you understand the enormity of the hobby

Names for the Different Marbles

Alley - Is Your best marble. It will most likely be your mosr expensive marble.

Aggie - Marble Made from Agate

Cat's Eyes - Glass marbles made with an injection of color added to them. If done right, they actually look like a cat's eye.

Marrididdles - Clay Marbles made by hand at home. These were made by kids many years ago. They are not made often now that you can buy marbles very cheaply.

Shooter - Larger Marble, the one you used to shoot with.

Taw - Is you best Shooter. This is the one you have becoe friends with because it has won you many games. This is the one you will probably make the rule in the game that you will not give up to you opponent. You will gladly give them another marble in it's place. This rule has to be stated before the game begins to keep things fair.

How to Play Marbles

They way we always played the game of marbles was to draw a circle. Then we placed all our common marbles into the circle We usually just let them drop and land where they wanted to. If any fell out of the circle, we would pick them up and drop them back in.)

Then we would choose who would go first by eith flipping a coin or shooting a marble towards the rind. Whoever got closest to the ring without going over went first.

We would take turns trying to shoot the common marbles out of the ring. When we shot one out of the ring, we kept it. Then the next person went. (Sometimes we used the rule if you got one out, you got a second turn. This would give the person with the better skills an advantage.)

When all the marbles were hit out of the ring, whoever had the most won the game. Usually when we played, we were using only one person's marbles, so we didn'y play for keeps. I have heard of people bringing their own marbles and leaving with the marbles they hit out of the rind. If they left with more marbles than they came with, that was the gamble made when you play marbles.

Playing Supersized Marbles

I was looking for something to do with the Cub Scouts indoors. I came across this game of marbles that she can play with whatever balls you may have on hand. You're going to need about 10 different size balls including soccer balls, basketballs, baseballs, a kickball and possibly even a football if you want to get challenging.

We were lucky to have a gym where our group met. In the center of the gym was the jump circle for basketball. We decided which ball was the largest. In our case it was the kickball. Replaced all the other balls in the center of the circle. Each of the kids took turns rolling the kickball at the other sports balls in the center of the circle. If they were able to knock one of the balls outside the line they got to keep that ball.

Whoever had the most at the end of the game won that game. It was a fast-paced game. The kids were excited about it and it was slightly challenging because of the heavy baseball in the odd shaped football. This made it interesting to see who can get those specific sports balls out of the ring.

Tell Me One of Your Marble Memories

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      Ashly Rain 7 years ago

      Very nice lens. I never had a very large collection of marbles, but I had a basic "starter kit". I just added this lens to the lensroll for

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      poutine 7 years ago

      I remember playing with marbles in the school yard....decades ago.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      I didn't know they still made them? I used to collect, but was never good at playing. And I sure didn't want to lose any when I lost the game (that was how it was played in my neck of the woods!)