AOL cds as collectibles

Remember when you’d see AOL cds everywhere in the 1990s? They were in grocery stores, hardware stores and of course in everyone’s mailboxes. Sometimes I wonder if those very CDs will become collectible 30, 40, 50 years from now. Part of what could make an item a desirable collectible is that it never ever was considerable a collectible at its time of manufacture. Look at baseball cards from the 1950s. And then there’s the opposite side of the coin with Beanie Babies from the 1990s. Tons of people collected them back then and they’re completely worthless now.

So will historical cultural enthusiasts be clammering for AOL cds when they become retro and eventually antique? Perhaps not. The designs were ALWAYS pretty ugly and their logo always had a creepy new age thing going.

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Matt Maldre
13 years ago

Neat idea, however, are people a fan of AOL? Do people follow AOL’s stats and history? Oh but wait. There are old time cigar cards that aren’t about a particular sport. And those are valuable. The question is, do you want to hang onto AOL cds? If not, then I’m not sure people will value them 100 years from now.

13 years ago

I *HAD* a collection of AOL CDs. I’d get them in the mail, and grab them whenever I saw them in stores (Target and Blockbuster are the only 2 I can recall right now that had them). This went on for several years. I also had various versions of the original AOL 3.5″ floppy. The logos transitioned from a plainish design (I think it was teal-like and white) to bright reds and yellows. I’m not sure how many CDs I had, but it was about a 2 foot high stack. Doing the math puts a 2′ stack of CDs at… Read more »