celebrates 20 years on the Internet with offering a United States House of Representatives Signed Check and Atari Corporation Stock Certificate

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All Orders will receive an authentic United States House of Representatives Sergeant of Arms Signed Check and all orders over $200 receive an authentic Atari Corporation stock certificate - The Gift of History

20 years ago, no one knew what the word Scripophily meant. Now it is all over the Internet, and is defined in encyclopedias and dictionaries, used in spelling bee's,and has its own category on eBay, and is listed on Google over 370,000 times.®, the Internet’s largest buyer and seller of collectible stock and bond certificates is celebrating 20 years on the Internet by offering an authentic free United States House of Representatives Sergeant of Arms signed check from the 1950’s with all orders plus a free Atari Corporation - Famous pioneer video game (Pong) Company stock certificate with all orders over $200. opened its virtual doors in 1996 with a mission to use the Internet to transform the hobby of collecting stock and bond certificates as the fastest, easiest, and most enjoyable shopping experience possible. While our customer base and product offerings have grown considerably since our early days, we still maintain our founding commitment to customer satisfaction and the delivery of an educational product and an enjoyable shopping experience.

The authentic Sergeant of Arms House of Representatives signed check we are offering is from the United States Government issued in the 1950’s. This historic document has a vignette of the U.S. Capitol in the background and has been hand signed. The Sergeant at Arms of the United States House of Representatives is an officer of the House with law enforcement, protocol, and administrative responsibilities. The Sergeant at Arms is elected at the beginning of each Congress by the membership of the House.

The Atari Corporation Stock Certificate is issued no later than 1992 and was printed by the United States Banknote Corporation. This has an image of the famous company logo and has the printed signature of the company's president, Jack Tramiel. These certificates are highly desirable and very collectible.

Scripophily (scrip-ah-fil-ly) is the name of the hobby of collecting old stock and bond certificates. Certificate values range from a few dollars to more than $500,000 for the most unique and rare items. Tens of thousands of Scripophily buyers worldwide include casual collectors, corporate archives, business executives, museums and serious collectors. Due to the computer age, more and more stock and bonds are issued electronically which means fewer paper certificates are being issued. As a result, demand for paper certificates is increasing while supply is decreasing.

Certificates are collected and given as gifts because of their historical significance, beauty and artwork, autographs, notoriety, as well as many other factors. Old Greek, Chinese, Confederate and Panama Canal bond certificates have been very popular this year. In addition, scandals like Lehman Bros. and Enron, and stock certificates signed by John D. Rockefeller and other famous businessmen continue to be our top sellers.

The supply of new certificates reaching the collector market has been substantially reduced due to changes in state laws and stock exchanges rules. Many companies are no longer required to issue physical stock and bond certificates by stock exchanges and the Securities and Exchange Commission, a process called “dematerialization.” Stock certificates can now be registered and transferred electronically. Paper stock certificates are slowly being removed and retired from circulation in exchange for electronic recording. This means fewer new paper certificates are reaching the market and older ones are destroyed when they are redeemed. As a result, the supply of paper stock certificates is significantly reduced.

In 2011,, the parent company of Old Company Research Service, acquired the old stock & bond business research service correspondence, archives and copyrights from Herzog & Co., Inc. (formally R.M. Smythe Old Stock Research Services). The acquisition included rights to all reference material published by the Marvyn Scudders Manuals, the Robert D. Fisher Manuals, and Herzog & Co., Inc. as well as all correspondence from the R.M. Smythe Special Library used in the Smythe’s Obsolete Research activities which began in 1880. - The Gift of History is the Internet's leading buyer and seller of collectible stock and bond certificates and has items on loan for display in the Smithsonian's Museum of Financial History in New York. Our company has been featured on CNBC, USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, Nightline, Today Show, Baltimore Sun, and Washington Post and in many other media publications. The company also offers the World’s #1 old stock research service at and offers high resolution scans for publications. has over 17,500 selections on its website. /Old Company Research Service, founding member of the Old Stock Exchange, is the successor company to all material published by the Marvyn Scudders Manuals, the Robert D. Fisher Manuals, R.M. Smythe Stock Research Service, and the Herzog & Co., Inc. obsolete research services. and Old Company Research Services was founded by Bob Kerstein ( Bob is a CPA and CGMA, and has more than 40 years of senior management experience in the Cellular, Cable TV, Satellite, Internet, Professional Sports and Entertainment Industries. Bob is also the President of the Professional Scripophily Traders Association (PSTA) and co founder of the American Stock and Bond Collectors Association.

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