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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Jul 31, 2013 9:54AM
Rarest thing on earth is an honest politician!
Jul 30, 2013 7:52PM
As impressive as these stories about these "rare finds" are, people need to keep in mind that they are just that....rare. In other words, don't expect to find something worth tens of thousands of dollars at every garage or estate sale. There is an awful lot of worthless records, action figures, comic books, etc. out there, and finding things like the ones mentioned in the article is akin to winning the lottery.
Jul 31, 2013 8:31AM
eBay is a great place to 'cash in' if you truly have something rare that many people will want.

However don't forget the 13% commission it costs to sell there.  10% to eBay and another 3% to PayPal (which is conveniently owned by eBay). 

Example in point.  The seller of that Railroad lantern was further ahead to accept the $10K off-eBay offer than to say "let's try eBay" and get $11,211.  Not only does he get LESS after commissions, he may also get a nice surprise from PayPal in the form of a 1099K statement as reported income.

Jul 30, 2013 10:32PM

Just because something is old does not make it valuable.  I scour the auction, flea market, yard sale and thrift stores for items to resell. My "best" resale - purchased a box of comics at an auction for $1.00 each - inside were 1st and 2nd issues of The Walking Dead comics, Oct 2003, 10 issues of each, graded at 8.5 or better. Total purchase price $20.00 - sold 1 held on to the rest, BTW SOLD FOR $1450.00

I do get a lot of "this is really old, is it worth anything?", more often the not the answer is "not really". Unfortunately with the "reality" shows, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, American Pickers... people think what old Aunt Mimmie owned is really valuable - like everything else on TV it is made for entertainment and more often then not, what they say the can sell something for and what is actually sells for is something else. Ebay is another animal, people tell me "I saw ...., on ebay and it was selling for $200, I'll sell it to you for $100". I use the example of a sheet of paper, if I put it on ebay for $10, it does not mean I will sell it for $10 and a ream of paper is not worth $500.  To determine the value never check what things are selling for, check what they sold for and remember that what something sold for is just a snap shot in time and may not be the true value of an item, it may just be the value to someone who wanted it really bad at that moment. I gave rocking horse banks to my daughters and purchase the same banks for my grandchildren, are they worth what I paid for them, to someone else I paid to much, but I wanted them.

Jul 31, 2013 6:43PM
Collect friends.  The can only increase in value.
Aug 2, 2013 4:49AM

just remember.. ..It's not worth anything until you find someone to pay you something for it.
Aug 2, 2013 4:02AM
Ebay may possibly be the most vile evil corrupt marketplace on the planet.
They treat their sellers like dirt.
If you ever have an issue, and call customer service, chances are they will flat out lie to you about what they are going to do to help you.
When you try to follow up with a promise some customer service rep said they would do, you will never be able to speak to the same one twice. If you call them enough and get upset, they will do their best to get you kicked off or suspended and make you grovel to be let back on with probation. If buyers give you low ratings (which is kept private from the seller) then eBay may decide to hold your paypal funds for 3 weeks while you are on some sort of probation.
They have ruined my life a few times, since I was relying on sales through them to pay my bills when I was between jobs.
If there was a decent competitor , I would sell there immediately .
I hope the CEO (the 3rd highest paid on the planet) rots in hell for the way his policies hurt 'the little people'.

Aug 2, 2013 8:14AM

"This bed goes back to Louis the sixteenth!"

"Awe, that's nothing, we had a bed that went back to Montgomery Wards on the eleventh".

Three Stooges, circa 1930.

Jul 31, 2013 5:29PM
Used to go to thousands of garage sales yearly, looking for treasures, mainly in the nineties. Also went to flea mkts., auctions and thrift stores. Have bought and sold, thousands of items, would buy and sell any antique or collectible, that I could make a few bucks on. Sold at over twenty antique stores, flea mkts. antique shows, yearly auction, and ebay.  Most all, but the very rare antiques, have gone down in value, since the nineties. Middle class Americans, no longer have the disposable income, they had in the nineties, plus millions of people have gotten burned on modern collectibles, beanie babies, precious moments, collector plates cabbage patch dolls, stamps, baseball cards etc. My best buy, a  Rookwood  pottery ewer, bought at flea mkt. for two dollars, sold to another dealer for six hundred. Advice, be careful buying, the Chinese have reproduced, a good share of the antiques in this country. Right now there are several chinese sellers on ebay, selling jewelry marked, sterling, and 14k gold, for a dollar. Of course the jewelry is junk, not hardly worth a dollar.
Jul 30, 2013 8:56PM
What I consider a collectible or rare find is someone else's junk. True the market is there for collectibles in every nook imaginable, but what is valued at $10,000.00 is not necessarily what someone will pay me for it when I want to sell it.
Jul 31, 2013 3:55PM

How'r those Beanie Babies doing?


I collect coffee-brewing devices. Dripolators, moka pots, percolators, pour-overs...I have about 30. And I use them. I don't collect them because of some misguided idea they'll be worth something someday. I know they won't. I collect them because I love *good* coffee, and I use them. It's gotten to where I can't stomach store-bought swill anymore. I had a fairly impressive coin collection once, but I passed that on to my oldest grandson.


I collect for personal pleasure, not greed.

Jul 30, 2013 10:22PM
Not everything old is rare, or valuable.  vintage cars are valuable.  Only cars that sold in extremely small numbers are "rare" and valuable.  Mustangs are great cars, but they sold in such high numbers, they are not rare.  People who modify them are not really hurting the value.  Cobra roadsters are rare.  They were great cars, but not many were made, and although there are thousands of "replica" cobras, the original ones are worth a million or more.  An old 4-door Galaxie in the same age range is nearly worthless.  They made lots of them.  Same with other collectibles.  DO YOUR RESEARCH.
Aug 2, 2013 5:25AM
When it comes to rarities and collectibles, the individual has to have some skepticism about the actual value of the item.
TV shows, such as Antique Roadshow, can be misleading when an appraiser will tell a person that the cookie jar she owns is valued at $2,000.
My question is this:  "Does the appraiser know of an individual that will sign a check for two-grand to the cookie jar owner on the spot?"

It's one thing to tell a possession owner about the "value" of the item, but it does not reflect what the buying public will want to actually pay for the collectible.

And as other comment posters have said:  just because an item is "rare", that does not equate to being "valued" as a collectible that others will be willing to pay handsomely for.
Jul 31, 2013 12:30PM
After 30 = years collecting and selling I can tell you that you may one find one or two rare items in your life time and in 3 or 4 yrs that may change with the market what is hot now.
Aug 2, 2013 4:07AM
Well, YESMAN . . . educate us---what exactly is a/an "EWER?"   

Is it NEWER, and FEWER, 'cause it comes from the SEWER, served on a SKEWER? 
Relax---just funnin' wit' ya'.  

And those of you pointing out that the TV shows aren't fully candid about the return on their "rare finds", are absolutely correct.  The "Picker" guys say "We VALUE this item at $$$",  but they never tell what somebody actually wrote a check for back at their store.  

And ain't it strange . . . they call themselves "AMERICAN Pickers", but they cruise the backwoods in a German-built vehicle.  

Gary in Arizona    
Jul 31, 2013 5:20AM
Tastes change. What may be the hot collectible now, could be the drug on the market 5 years from now.
Jul 31, 2013 4:34PM
Can you say beany babys??? If so I have a trunk full of them for sale....
Aug 2, 2013 7:00AM
Forbes does a list of list every year of the top collectible items. Cars,jewelry and antiques but they also mention firearms. Look at some auction prices from Rock Island Auction or James Julia Auction, the prices will shock most people.
Aug 2, 2013 10:51AM
I've got an old newspaper from way back, long ago when they actually reported the news. I wonder what it is worth these days.
Jul 31, 2013 4:09AM
Wow, what a shameless "pseudo-article" promoting the online auction giant EBAY. Another so-called "online journalist" at work pretending to be a real writer. Sad.
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