8 collectibles that beat the stock market

It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes a treasured autograph or piece of art turns out to be a very sound investment.

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May 13, 2013 9:04AM

Health, Happiness, Family and Friends. The true riches.

May 13, 2013 3:15AM
The reason that these items have gone up is obvious; the recession hurt the middle class and poor. The recession was actually good for the wealthy. The wealthy have gotten even more wealthy since 2008. All of these things are very expensive things that only the wealthy can afford and they have more money now than they did a few years ago.
May 13, 2013 8:13AM
Art, wine, cars ,celebrity stuff- its all BS value based on cheap money of the ultra rich.  These people pay big dollars just to have something that another rich guy doesn't.  Most of them couldn't tell the difference between Chateau Rothschild and Boones Farm in a blind test.  Same with art- they pay based on the name or some trendy  style.  Put them in a room with a bunch of unsigned paintings of the same style and  not 1 in a hundred could find the real Van Gogh.   A bunch of clever car guys buy the Bugatti name and slap together a mud ugly supercar and these rich guys pay 2-3 million just to get one, but wouldn't take a second look at a true classic.
May 13, 2013 11:06AM
Experience has taught me to examine every item I intend to put in a garage sale. 99% of the items will be sold(or given away) at the garage sale, but on occasion I'll find something that will bring a fair price if I sell it on ebay. It's strictly a hobby, and gives an old man something to do. And, if you can go to auctions(small towns are best) go there and once in a while you will find something of good resale value. The whole idea is to have a little fun. And you will find new friends at the auctions too.
May 13, 2013 6:25AM
Overlooked... American Made. The older versions of the cheap knock-offs we deal with now are great finds.
May 13, 2013 5:05AM
With Jesus Christ in your life a person needs nothing to beat the stock market !!!!!!!!
May 13, 2013 11:37AM

Some things may have value but finding someone to pay is almost impossible.


May 13, 2013 10:11AM
Something is only worth what someone is worth paying for it.... if you don't have the connections that million dollar item might only get you ten bucks.... Why do you think places like Sotheby's make such high commissions?
May 13, 2013 2:23PM

I am reading a lot of class envy and jealous comments here.

Has a poor guy ever signed your paycheck or given you a job?

Do you try to get the best deal when you buy something?

Do you try and get the highest price when you sell something?

When you hire labor (painter, plumber, roofer, mechanic, etc) do you take comparison bids and try to get the best work for the cheapest price?

When you sell your labor do you do so cheaply or try and maximize your pay?

Your employer will do just fine without you,  are you sure you can say the same?


Disagree, thumb it down, call me names, what ever you like.   Just be honest when you answer the questions.

May 13, 2013 1:39PM
I have been digging in trash cans since I was 9 years old. I read alot, especially good history books,and have been to lots of historical places , around the world. My thirst for knowledge about almost anything ,has created a vast wealth of knowledge that I put to good use at garage sales, swap meets, gun shows and other venues where stuff is sold.Last week I picked up a Navajo rug made in the '40,s for $5 . It had laid there almost all morning. I never buy anything I don't like and although I could never get rich doing this, it is a hobby that supports itself. More than anything, now, it's something to do. Many times, my wife and I find nothing and we spend more on Breakfast than we did at the Swap Meet or Garage sales. To us, it's a treasure hunt.
May 13, 2013 9:49AM
Funny thing is these wealthy people will try and give you the excuse that your stuff is not worth as much BECAUSE of the economy and will offer you less. Now, if these same wealthy people are SELLING to you, they'll give you some BS about 'supply and demand' and how the bad economy has made getting it difficult,etc.and rip you off. See how it's different when the shoe is on the other foot? I don't care how desperate or hungry I am, I am not giving my stuff away for pennies on the dollar. I'd rather burn it than sell it to condescending jerks who think I'm stupid. If they are reselling my stuff, I understand they wish to make money (a profit) on the buy. But, I also know what a profit-margin is. Many people expect obscenely high profit margins, while you get pennies. And, these 'business people' don't turn around and hire people, as many are small players, they spend it on themselves (nothing wrong with that-just not at my expense when I am in a desperate situation).
May 13, 2013 12:28PM
There is a huge difference between what a dealer is selling a collectable for and what he will give you for yours. It's usually 25% of his selling price. Put your money in the stock market and avoid the collectable scams. If it comes with a "certificate of authenticity", run like hell!
May 13, 2013 10:53AM
It seems wealthy as a class of people has already divided a world of have and have nots
May 13, 2013 3:47PM
stupidity and fine wine are 'two of a kind'....the older they get, the more expensive they become!
May 21, 2013 11:22AM

Why all this damning of the successful?


We once saw a successful guy and say, "I want to be that guy, I want my kids to grow-up to be successful".  Now we vilify the guy so we can justify advocating the government to steal the guys stuff, either to satisfy our covetouos heart or in the hopes that the government will share that larjest (spelling?) with us.


If you build boats, where would you be if no one was successful enough to buy one?  If you build houses, where would you be?  When was it last that a poor guy gave you a job?  Where does all the money come from to fund the charities and hospitals around the world? Clearly not from socialist Europe where almost no one can achieve a leave of success to allow for charity.


Ok the rich guy has some extra to throw around buying bobbles, but you can not have a society where people are "allowed" to succeed and then take their stuff, or to dictate how their success is to be enjoyed.  The benefits of our society where people are "allowed" to succeed are great.  If no one could succeed, no one would work hard, no one would recreate jobs, no one would produce wealth.


So check your greed, check your envy, check your covetousness, before we too become stagnate Europe. 

May 13, 2013 1:59PM

based on the posts...lots of folks think poorly of "rich" people.   No better or worse than others imo. (aka, who cares)

May 14, 2013 11:03AM
how do i sell my autograph neil armstrong for what this says its worth
May 13, 2013 1:25PM
I've seen a vintage Rolex Cosmograph on "sale" for $36,000.00.  When I was a teen -- in 1954 -- that same watch sold for $70.00 pus tax. That was just too much for me to afford although I really wanted one.
May 21, 2013 1:15AM
other than an item being worth what someone is willing to pay it all boils down to supply and demand .
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