10 highly lucrative collectibles

If you want to make money off your hobby, here are some things you might try collecting.

By Jennifer Alsever, SwitchYard Media, special to MSN Money

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Aug 16, 2013 7:49PM
Gold, Silver, and Ammunition the currency of the future...
Aug 16, 2013 8:21PM
The way this countrty is running I think practical things may be what becomes valuable. Food and water, camping gear. Incompetence at the top like weve never seen, and 1/2 a nation with toadstools for brains means I am probably right.
Aug 16, 2013 9:12PM
I worked as a chemist for a Company back in the 60's and every year the owner would give us ladies as a Christmas bonus at least 10 Silver dollars from the 1800 each.  I have a box full of them and I would like to sell them.  I wonder how to go about to find their value.
Aug 16, 2013 9:12PM
I had tons of Star Wars action figures when they first came out and my mom sold them all. I am still mad at her for that.
Aug 19, 2013 7:17AM
Guns and ammunition.  "Collect" all of the guns, and ammunition, that you possibly can "collect".  The day is coming.
Nothing is worth anything unless u have a buyer.................period.

Example, you have a diamond ring that u say is worth(what u might have paid) $10,000.00, if u can't get more or at least what u paid for it ...........................IT'S WORTHLESS.
Aug 16, 2013 8:50PM
Coin collecting took off when the Gov started minting the state quarters. Today, even with the current drop in metals, coins retain there numismatic value. If you are going to collect, or invest in coins, buy certified coins by PCGS or NGC. If you can afford it, buy Morgan or Peace dollars, as they are the most collected. Pre 1933 gold coins also have upside numismatic value. Knowledge is best , but most people learn by trial and error.
Aug 16, 2013 11:37PM

I like silver dollars. I just wish I could afford more than ten of them.


Aug 16, 2013 8:51PM

Comic books? Puh-leeeease! All the valuable ones are spoken for and accounted for. It's too late to get into that niche now as a greenie. Nothing, and I mean nothing printed within the last 30 years will be worth anything more than what a hardcore old-school comic book fan will want to pay for them. And they're buying them to read or complete an old collection.

The only value in comic books right now is the value that Hollywood sees in using the characters from them and turning them into clichéd summer flicks.

Aug 16, 2013 10:50PM
The value is in direct proportion to the demand . If there is no demand , than there is very little value . What's in demand now , may not be in demand tomorrow . I remember reading about thousands of Spanish silver coins found in a shipwreck , although the silver value was worth a lot , the dates on the old coins ( early 1700 ) had little value because there were so many of the coins with the same dates .  
Aug 17, 2013 12:41AM

Not sure there is much fact or truth on this regarding the value of baseball and all sports cards.


Vintage (pre-1980) cards, certified autographs and memorabilia sell very well especially when in graded condition from the top grading companies.


Jennifer should stick to subjects that she knows about and avoid those she does not.

Aug 19, 2013 9:48AM
My best investment was never collectables but a 3 family house purchased in February 2009 which was at the bottom of the crash of the Dow. I paid only $4,000.00 out of pocket at the closing and signed a mortgage for only $120,000.00. The person I purchased it from had paid $228,000.00. It was a super bargain. The house is now worth 2 1/2 times what I paid for it and my mortgage is only $960.00 per month due to refinancing this year. It is a great tax shelter in addition to paying rental income while the value continues to climb. In my opinion gold, silver and coins have peaked out or so many people would not be trying to sell it to you but buying more for themselves. Don't believe the hype. Also rental property is much harder to steal and your tenants pay your mortgage. You live for free.
Aug 17, 2013 1:03AM
Muscle cars and classic  cars sit right next to my precious metals and ammo stash. 
 We just saw a 1969 BOSS 429 sell for $550,000.  It sold new for $6200 only 43 years ago.
Aug 16, 2013 11:14PM
This should make us all think twice before we toss that  toy our kid likes so much. I shudder when I see what they get for the 60,s G.I. JOES of which I had all nations even the John Glenn complete with capsule.I still have the record of the flight.RAZ stole my beatle mags and jill stole my full color Beatle cards,I still have a full B&W set and a full set of MAN from UNCLE cards.But 6 figures either walked out my door or was thrown in the trash.I guess we all have a room full of 5 gallon buckets of would,a ,should,a,could,a. HA live and learn.

I think gold and silver will always be a good investment , I have bought and sold for years it's a very interesting hobby to get into . Beware of the counterfeiters out there China is really hurting the market for new collectors .


Aug 16, 2013 9:25PM
22 Ammo is the money of the future, LOTS of it and of course the the pistols and rifles. Don't forget to flatten the point and hollow it out!, does a better job than a 38!
Aug 19, 2013 10:32AM

This article was recycled.  eBay, eBay, eBay. Seems they think it's the last word in collectibles.

Well, it could be, but realize when you sell there to cash out on your bonanza (and most of those categories given above are littered with so many commons that have little resale value), eBay takes a 13% cut.  10% commission and another 3% for PayPal.  When you sell on eBay, you have to accept PayPal, unless you are a huge merchant who draws so much revenue, eBay lets you write your own rules.


For the rest of us, eBay is the judge, jury and executioner.  Have fun!

Aug 19, 2013 9:14AM
I also have 2 intact tickets from Woodstock 1969. Not worth much I understand. What a hippy bummer.

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