Mergers, bankruptcies and an industry-wide effort to go paperless have made stock certificates quite rare, especially for the companies below. This is great news for those lucky enough to already have a physical stock certificate because their collectible value goes up. For those that missed the boat, it's kind of sad!
The industry-wide effort to eliminate paper stock certificates and move toward electronic ownership is picking up steam so the days of physical certificates for any company are numbered. For those who appreciate the artistry and historical value of paper stock certificates, there is no better time than now to get one! See our entire stock list or unique stock certificates list. If you missed the boat or want to see other cool collectible stock certificates, go to www.scripophily.com .
The stock certificates for the companies below are either extinct or soon to be extinct! See what their stock certificates look like.
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