There are a number of people today who look upon the game of chess as far more than just a game. They see it as a way of life, akin perhaps to a religion or philosophy. It is intriguing, challenging and exciting and carries a mystique – enhanced no doubt by the many books, paintings and films featuring differing aspects of the game. The proof you seek is found in a wide range of themed chess sets which are guaranteed to wow the most discerning buyer and thrill a diverse set of customers.

How to Start and Benefit from Your Own Chess Collection

Not surprisingly, there's also a group of aficionados who are not just loving the game but also delving into chess set collectibles. The game has become a global sensation, and its followers are growing in sheer numbers! I am surprised at just how much the game has moved on from its perceived "boring and ancient" niche to "hot and exciting". And it seems as if chess will stay that way in the future: well liked, ever popular and ever exciting. Whether you're already into it or just about ready to start your own chess collection line, right this moment is always a good time to do so.

As you probably know, chess sets can be fashioned from a wide selection of materials. By far, the top favourite choices include crystals, wood, glass and metal. There's always something for everybody.

Perhaps your first concern about starting a chess set collection is the cost. After all, good sets are expensive aren't they? Can you truly afford it, you muse.

Despite the fact that some chess sets are priced quite high, you might be surprised at what you can get from shopping around. You have modern pieces and some outdated sets to select from, for a start. The important thing to remember is that buying a chess set will not only add to your collection now, but it may also grow in value as an antique in the future.

The more familiar you are with where to buy your sets and what to look for in each one, the easier decision-making will become for you. As a plus to your experience, you can start and grow your base of business contacts.

It is all too easy to spot an attractive set, grab it hurriedly and have the misfortune of repenting at leisure. Thoroughly inspect the set prior to making a buying decision. If you do not exercise caution, you will fall prey to the sales pitch of some dishonest individuals and you might end up exchanging your money for a set of very low quality.

Nothing beats the feeling of grabbing a beautifully made chess set for your collection. You know you've made a good deal that you can't help but feel pleased all day.