Here's a fun bit of history from the criminal side of marblesÂ as printed in the New York Times, November 20th, 1894. Some boys were arrested by "a dealer in toys and notions" for playing marbles on a Sunday.
My favorite line has to be toward the end, where it reads:
When the lads were brought before Justice Hogan, who has boys of his own and is still something of a boy himself, they were at once discharged. "The lads have got to play some time, you know," he said.
That to me describes the essence of most marble collectors. I am still something of a boy myself.