Memorabilia is an object that is treasured for its memories; however, unlike souvenirs, memorabilia is valued for a connection to events such as historical, political, sporting, cultural or entertainment. Such items include cigarette cards, lunch tins, posters, photographs, entertainment-related merchandise, movie memorabilia, sporting items related to baseball, golfing and hockey, toys, pins with slogans that represent political and other events in history. The list can be endless.
One may ask what then is a Souvenir? What's the difference? The word souvenir derives itself as a terminology from the French language meaning memory. Memento or Keepsake are two other interchangeable terminologies that mean the same as Souvenir. Each is an object a traveler brings home for the memories associated therewith. Souvenirs can have a wide range of focus that can go anywhere from T-shirts, hats, scarves, ashtrays, plates, mugs, spoons, etc. Souvenirs frequently had and have a reputation for being tasteless or tacky. However over the years many souvenir pieces have stood their test of time and have escalated in their stature amongst collectors. Of course the attitude about them would have depended on how good they were in the first place in terms of quality of manufacture.