Rollermania fans can find and collect all kinds of Bay City Rollers memorabilia from places all over the world. The Bay City Rollers fan base is still increasing, due in part to the band's songs popping up in many popular movie sound tracks. You don't have to be Scottish, or enjoy wearing tartan plaid pants, to enjoy the pop songs generated by this group from 1973 to 1991.
The Bay City Rollers weren't actually from Bay City, Michigan. In fact, they named their band after throwing darts at a map of the United States. The Bay City Rollers, formerly known as the Saxons, originated in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1967. The founding members of the band were Alan and Derek Longmuir, as well as Gordon Clark. Once the band was discovered, managers of the band proceeded to make frequent changes in the lineup of the members. This may help to explain why there are so many fans of the band and why people continue to collect Bay City Rollers items. With so many different band members, there was someone for everyone to admire!
Markets for Bay City Rollers Memorabilia
It is not as difficult as you may think to find your favorite Bay City Rollers memorabilia items. From record covers to awards that were presented to the group, the Internet is one of the best ways to find items related to Rollermania.
There are many businesses on the Internet that buy and sell collectible items. Many of these businesses are located in areas throughout the world. Be sure that you have specific contact information, such as phone numbers and addresses on the business before you place an order and always insist on insurance for the items you have purchased. A few businesses that sell Bay City Rollers memorabilia include:
- Memorabilia UK - offers a great selection of music memorabilia, all are certified and authenticated. They are registered members of the Universal Autograph Collectors Club.
- Vinyltap - a great selection of albums, 7-inch singles and signed photos for the Bay City Roller collector.
- Musicstack - sells a unique selection of albums, books, CDs, singles and pictures from bubblegum packs and much more.
- eBay - find the widest selection of available Bay City Roller items on eBay by using the search by selecting the worldwide location option. Many items related to this band can be found in Europe, since this was where they originated.
Although memorabilia for the Bay City Rollers isn't considered an antique, collectible items can often be found at antique stores. Antique dealers often acquire memorabilia items in the normal course of their businesses. Items that may be found at an antique store include used books, magazines, photographs and more. Visit your local antique store to see what they have to offer and be sure to let the dealer know that you are interested in Bay City Roller memorabilia. Dealers will be happy to call you to let you know that a Rollermania item has come into their store.
- Eil.com - selling rare vinyl in various formats by the Bay City Rollers
- Amazon - by using the search function on the website you can find used items in eBay stores, not just new ones. Collectibles on this site range from books and albums to rare items such as posters, signed photographs, books and CD collections.
- Alibris Books - an online used book and media seller with a collection of signed books, albums and other music ephemera
- ABE Books - bookseller of both new and used books, which includes signed books
Safely Purchasing Memorabilia
Whether you purchase an item on the Internet, or order it on the phone from a reputable antique dealer, insist on insurance on your purchases. Losing an item through the mail is upsetting, even more so if you don't purchase insurance.
If you use your credit card to make a purchase, be aware that your credit card company may not cover purchases made outside of the United States. Read the back of your monthly billing statement regarding international purchases, or call a customer service representative prior to making a purchase.
Finally, never send cash in the mail. Reputable businesses will never ask you to send cash in the mail, since there is no way to track it or prove that the recipient received it.