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BBB Accredited Business since

Phone: (703) 787-3552 Fax: (703) 995-4422 View Additional Phone Numbers PO Box 223795, Chantilly, VA 20153 View Additional Web Addresses

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Description LLC, The Gift of History , is a leading provider of collectible stock and bond certificates and other old paper items. We also provide research information on old stocks and companies through our affiliated company Old Company Research at We are committed to help promote the importance of financial history around the world. In doing this, we will professionally provide unique products and services to our customers in a competitive manner. We will always strive for 100% customer satisfaction.

Where We Started
We have been buying and selling collectible stock and bond certificates since 1990. opened its virtual doors in January 1996 with a mission to use the Internet to transform the collecting stock and bond certificates as the fastest, easiest, and most enjoyable shopping experience possible. While our customer base and product offerings have grown considerably since our early days, we still maintain our founding commitment to customer satisfaction and the delivery of an educational and inspiring shopping experience.

BBB Accreditation

A BBB Accredited Business since

BBB has determined that meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

BBB accreditation does not mean that the business' products or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB, or that BBB has made a determination as to the business' product quality or competency in performing services.

Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 13 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that raised the rating for include:

  • Length of time business has been operating
  • No complaints filed with BBB

Customer Complaints Summary

0 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 0
Total Closed Complaints 0

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

9 Customer Reviews on
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 9
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 9

Additional Information

BBB file opened: September 07, 2004 Business started: 01/01/1990 in VA
Type of Entity

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Business Management
Mr. Bob Kerstein, Owner
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Bob Kerstein, Owner
Business Category


Products & Services offers the following product(s): Autographs, Old Company Research Services, Stock and Bond Certificate

Method(s) of Payment
All major credit cards.
Refund and Exchange Policy
If you have changed your mind regarding your purchase for any reason, feel free to return your item within 15 days after receiving it for a full refund. All we ask is that you return the item in the same condition you received it. If you have items on Layaway, and you change your mine, we do not refund payments if they are over one month old.
We will, however, give you a credit of the same amount for other items you can purchase on our website.
Alternate Business Names Old Stock Exchange - Stock Research

BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Overview

BBB Customer Reviews Rating represents the customers opinions of the business. The Customer Review Rating is based on the number of positive, neutral and negative customer reviews posted that are calculated to produce a score.

Customer Review Experience Value
Positive Review 5 points per review
Neutral Review 3 points per review
Negative Review 1 point per review

BBB letter grades represent the BBB's opinion of the business. The BBB grade is based on BBB file information about the business. In some cases, a business' grade may be lowered if the BBB does not have sufficient information about the business despite BBB requests for that information from the business.

BBB Letter Grade Scale

BBB Rating Value
A+ 5
A 4.66
A- 4.33
B+ 4
B 3.66
B- 3.33
C+ 3
C 2.66
C- 2.33
D+ 2
D 1.66
D- 1.33
F 1
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Star Rating scale

  Average Score
5 stars 5.00
4.5 stars 4.50-4.99
4 stars 4.00-4.49
3.5 stars 3.50-3.99
3 stars 3.00-3.49
2.5 stars 2.50-2.99
2 stars 2.00-2.49
1.5 stars 1.50-1.99
1 star 0-1.49

BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating is not a guarantee of a business' reliability or performance, and BBB recommends that consumers consider a business' BBB Rating and Customer Review Rating in addition to all other available information about the business. If the BBB Rating is NR then only Customer Reviews are used for the Star Rating.