Bradford Exchange

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The Bradford Exchange
IndustryDirect to Consumer Marketing
Founded1973; 47 years ago (1973) (as The Bradford Gallery of Collector's Plates)
FounderJ. Roderick MacArthur
Key people
Richard Tinberg (CEO)
Number of employees

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.[1] The company created its first live price quotation market in 1983,[2] 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.

Under the Ashton-Drake Galleries name they have sold dolls like Gene Marshall and Blythe as well as Reborn dolls.

In 2019, they released a coin through their mint commemorating the World War II victories in Europe and Japan which on the reverse included flags for the Allied Powers of America, France, and England, but left out the Soviet Union.[3][4]


  1. ^ The Genius Behind The Founding of the Bradford Exchange Archived copy Company PR Article
  2. ^ The History of the Bradford Exchange Archived copy Company PR Article
  3. ^ "США исключили СССР из союзников во время Второй мировой войны". REN TV. 23 May 2019.
  4. ^ "WW II 75th Anniversary 24K Gold-Plated Proof Coin Collection". Bradford Exchange. Retrieved 22 May 2019.

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