The Bradford Exchange is a producer and marketer of collectible goods, jewelry, sports memorabilia and apparel. Now part of the Bradford Group, it was founded in 1973 as The Bradford Gallery of Collector's Plates by J. Roderick MacArthur. The company created its first live price quotation market in 1983, but increasingly turned to creating new lines of collectibles (rather than just facilitating exchanges between collectors). The company sells its products through its website, direct mail and media advertising.
The Bradford Group of companies, headquartered in Niles, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, includes many groups of collectibles, including Ardleigh Elliott, Ashton-Drake Galleries, Bradford Editions, Bradford Exchange, Hamilton Authenticated, Hamilton Collection and Hawthorne Village. Internationally, they have a presence in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, Sweden, Ireland and the Netherlands.