Newspaper collecting is a hobby in which enthusiasts acquire and keep old newspapers. There are a number of reasons someone may want to collect newspapers, it could an interest in the medium of print or for sentimental value, such as wanting to own a newspaper that was printed on a certain, significant date, a birthday, for instance. The purpose of collection may be to catalogue or display the newspapers. The newspapers may also be considered an investment, however, in general, newspapers, no matter how old, are not particularly valuable. This is because of the large amount of copies that were originally produced, making the commodity quite common, although there are certain criteria that do add to the value of a newspaper.
The value of an edition is normally in direct correlation with the feature on the front page. For instance, a front page report on a major event in history, such as the sinking of the Titanic, the death of Sir Winston Churchill or the death of Elvis Presley, can add significant value to a newspaper. The geographical proximity of a paper to a major event can also affect how collectible it is. For example, a local newspaper report on a major event that took place in the region is likely to be more collectible than a national paper's report on the same occurrence. The value of a newspaper may also be increased should the copy come from a defunct journal, such as the Scottish Daily News, The Spectator or the St James' Gazette. However, poor condition of even first report newspapers (this is this copy in which a newspaper first reported a certain event) can detrimentally impact on the value of a paper.