The Collector’s Handbook, 10th edition is written by James Halperin, Gregory Rohan and Mark Predergast in conjunction with Heritage Auctions. Updated in 2016, it contains sections on administering, estate planning, evaluating and selling your collection. There are good references in the appendices as well. At 181 pages, there is a wealth of information and advice for collectors and their heirs on how to protect their investment.
There are discussions in several chapters about the importance of having your collection appraised for different reasons including insurance, planning, donation, selling, estate tax or division. It also mentions the importance of using professional and qualified personal property appraisers.
The book is available by free download on the Heritage Auctions website (registration required) or by hard copy for a nominal fee. I highly recommend taking the time to download and keep a copy of this handy reference book.
2016 Revised Edition, Ivy Press, Inc.