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If you have acquired old stock or bond certificates from anywhere in the world, and the company is no longer traded on any exchange, we can help you find out about the company...

  • Did the company go out of business?

  • Is the company in business under a different name?

  • Was the company acquired by another company?

  • How do I get in touch with the current company?

  • Do the Stock Certificates have Collector Value?

Let our staff help you find out the answers

OUR SERVICE For a $39.95 fee per company , we will serve as your Old Stock Detective SM and  will provide you with a brief profile of companies whose original identities have been lost due to a change in name, merger, acquisition, dissolution, reorganization, bankruptcy or charter cancellation.  If it is determined the certificates have no investment value, we may be interested in buying the certificate as a collectible.  Simply, send us a fax of the certificate to 703-995-4422.

If we do not find what happened to the company,  you are not charged for our service or time.  In fact, we don't even charge you until our old company research is completed.   We will tell you if the company has survived or was acquired by or merged into another company and how to get in touch with them or We we will tell you if the company went out or business and under what conditions.

To order the service online on our Secure Server 
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To print out our Fax and Mail Order Form  Click Here.  

If you have any questions, please call our toll free number at 1-888-STOCKS6 or dial direct to 703-579-4209.

There are other companies who provide a similar service and they will charge up to $100.  In addition, some of them will even want you to split any monies (up to 30%) that can be collected if the certificates are redeemable.   We simply provide you the information about the company and how to contact them (or their acquirers)  if they still exist. 

Included in our low service fee, we will also show you how to search for unclaimed property on the internet. The origin of unclaimed property law dates back to British common law. Abandoned land was returned to the king along with the transfer of the property rights. Today, this concept has been adopted by the states and applied to intangible property as well as tangible property, excluding real estate. The states do not take permanent title to the property but act as custodians to safeguard it for the rightful owner or their heir until claimed. In nearly every state, there is no time limitation for filing a claim.

We began this service due to the continued requests we were receiving from customers asking for a reasonably priced internet service to research old stocks.  There were other companies in the research business ( over 20 years ) purporting to be experts and charging  what we considered to be high we decided in 1999 to give them a little competition in the research business. 

We are proud of number of orders and positive feedback and testimonials we have received from our satisfied customers at« Yahoo, Ebay and Amazon during the past years. We always strive for 100% customer satisfaction and dedication, business experience and commitment to quality service.

We have been on the Internet for over 11 years with our and have been in business since 1990 .  We have extensive experience dealing with Bankers, Attorneys, Wall Street Professionals, States, Cities, CPA's, Trustee's and individuals.   We are in this business for the long run and believe in quality customer service! You also can see us in the News at

We have invested tens of thousands of dollars in research materials in order to provide you the answers you need.  This along with our over 25 years of business experience provides you with quality information you need to make important decisions. We will continue to acquire new resources as they become available so we can provide our customers with the highest quality service at a most competitive price.  

For more information about our products please  feel free to contact us.  Our toll free number for help at 1-888-STOCKS6 or direct at 703-579-4209.


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