Thursday, April 5, 2018

33,333 Bank Cards Cataloged

Our Bank card catalog has surpassed the milestone of 33,333 unique bank cards on display.


Bank cards are used for withdrawing money from your bank account or paying for various services straight from the card. These cards are issued by a specific bank and they store the information about your funds in that bank's account. Despite the card and the account being connected to a certain bank, it's common that other banks offer services which let you access your funds for some fee.


Bank cards differ by type. Most common one on Colnect is a debit card. Second most spread type is a credit card. Difference between these two is that when using a debit card, money comes from the bank account, while credit card functions as the way of taking a credit from the bank quickly.


Probably most of you have also noticed that many cards have their own unique design. There are various themes offered by card issuers. Some even offer custom designs, letting owners customize their own cards.


We want to thank every dear editor, translator, and contributor who worked on this category and made this achievement possible. Special thanks to an amazing coordinator of this category, Irina Alferova [alfcard].


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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Interesting facts through collectibles: Eiffel Tower opens

What comes to your mind when you think about France? The first thing to pop up into the most people's head is the Eiffel Tower. It is not only the most recognizable symbol of  France but also it is the most-visited paid monument in the world.


After 2 years of hard work, construction of the Eiffel Tower was finally finished on March 15, 1889. After 16 days, on March 31, it was opened and celebrated by commencing the first ascent to the top of the tower. The elevator was not working yet, so 1,710-step climb had to be done by foot.


Eiffel Tower is very popular in the collecting world. There are many different types of items which display this magnificent tower. Here are some examples from our categories of coins, phonecards, and even lego sets.


On average, 25,000 people are visiting the tower every day. The most popular Eiffel Tower-themed collectibles are postcards and stamps. In addition to being able to share the experience with family and friends, they serve as a memory trigger for the days of visiting Paris and the Eiffel Tower.


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Stamp, Chagall - The Betrothed and Eiffel Tower, France, Colnect Catalog
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

155,551 Gift Cards on Colnect

Gift cards catalog on Colnect now shows over 155,551 gift cards. A big thank you to everyone who contributed. Special thanks to the coordinator of this category, Claude Martin [Claude], for taking such good care of it.



A gift card is a prepaid card which is commonly used for purchasing things from specific shops. In 1994 Blockbuster Entertainment issued the first gift card in Florida. Over years popularity skyrocketed and in 2006, gifts cards were second-most given gifts, most wanted gifts by women, and third-most wanted by men in the US. On Colnect there are already more than 5,000 different companies listed which have issued gift cards over the years.



Gift cards are very similar to prepaid debit cards. What is the difference between them? Unlike a prepaid debit card, gift card is not identified with a name but rather with a specific number or code so it can used by anyone. Usually the value of a gift card is kept in the database of a store and is connected to its code.




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