For many, collecting is a favorite pastime activity. People collect cards, game items, pictures, paintings, toys, souvenirs, etc. On the other hand, digital collectibles are unique, scarce virtual elements. The growth of blockchain technology, crypto, and NFTs, brought an increase in digital collectibles. People have varying opinions about physical vs digital collectibles.

Thus, Real Research launched a survey on the public preference for digital vs physical collectibles. The survey aims to find types of digital collectibles, preferences of digital collectibles, etc. Here are the results.


  • 59.45% own physical collectibles
  • 58.32% like to collect digital art
  • 59.84% prefer digital collectibles as they are easy to travel with

The Majority Own Physical Collectibles

The survey starts with questioning respondents on whether they own any collectibles. On this, a majority of 85.27% own collectibles, while 14.73% do not.

Figure 1: Types of collectibles respondents own

Next, the survey asks if respondents believe they are collectors. Here, 83.88% say ‘yes’ and 16.12% say ‘no’.

Furthermore, upon asking what type of collectibles respondents own, all 59.45% own ‘physical collectibles’ whereas 20.38% own digital collectibles, and 20.17% own both.

The Majority Collect World Currencies

Next, the physical vs digital collectibles survey asks respondents what physical collectibles they prefer to collect. In response, the majority (54.17%) prefer collecting world currencies, while 17.09% collect world coins and 9.34% collect art. Adding on, 4.55% collect keychains, 3.13% collect comic books, 3.02% collect action figures, and 2.87% collect game cards.

Figure 2: Types of physical collectibles respondents collect

Following this, the survey asks about the type of digital collectibles respondents collect. A majority of 58.32% collect digital art while 10.81% collect digital figures. A further 6.50% collect NFT videos, 6.38% collect digital cards, and 6.23% collect digital land. Lastly, 5.81% collect musical/audio NFTs and 4.94% digital game items.

Furthermore, the survey on physical vs digital collectibles asks respondents which type of collectible they prefer. Accordingly, between physical vs digital collectibles, 67.57% prefer to collect physical collectibles while 32.43% prefect to collect digital collectibles.

Respondents Like to ‘See, Hold, and Feel’ Physical Collectibles

Subsequently, respondents were asked why they prefer physical collectibles? To this, a majority of 79.30% like to see, hold, and feel them’. Meanwhile, 8.68% feel collectibles do not feel real unless they are physical.

Figure 3: Reasons respondents prefer physical collectibles

Moreover, 3.30% cannot display or enjoy digital collectibles and 3.28% feel collectors are more interested in physical collectibles than digital. A further 2.78% say there is more variety in physical collectibles, whereas 2.38% say they started with physical collectibles and do not want to switch to digital.

To conclude, the digital collectibles vs physical collectibles survey asks respondents why do people prefer digital collectibles? A majority of 59.84% say they are easy to travel with, whereas 13.35% feel they can be used without worry of damage.

Moreover, 5.86% feel the value will not fall because it cannot be damaged. Meanwhile, 5.77% say digital collectibles are popular now. Lastly, 4.41% feel it is easier to keep secure and 4.17% feel it is still a growing sector and exciting developments may come soon.


Survey TitlePublic Preference for Digital vs Physical Collectibles
DurationApril 10 – April 17, 2022
Number of Participants50,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.