Collectible Item Ideas
I wanted to start a sort of brainstorming thread on collectible items seeing as how rare Pokemon cards have exploded in value in the past couple years, with Youtuber collectors like Logan Paul helping the hype. Personally, I probably won't be investing in any collectibles for a few years at least as I want my assets to be liquid in the short-term, but this is a topic I find super interesting and it's something I want to get into down the road.
I thought I'd share some ideas of other types of rare items that could increase in value with time. Of course we all know about Pokemon, but other toys like Webkinz, Tamagotchis and Beyblades were actually a bigger part of my childhood. I imagine that the scarcity of early/retired editions of these toys could make them valuable to collectors.
For example, the original Cheeky Cat Webkinz with a sealed code, which was retired in 2006, is being offered for $200+ USD on Ebay:
Or one of the first three Beyblades ever released, Ultimate Dragoon, which is being offered for sale (albeit in badly damaged boxes) for $900+ USD on Ebay:
Or rare editions of Tamagotchi pets, which are offered for thousands of dollars:
I haven't looked very deeply into any of these (except Beyblades), but I wanted to start a thread so that if people have any ideas of collectibles, whether it be Pokemon cards or Funko Pops or Teslas signed by Elon Musk, we could share them here.
Somebody mentioned they were collecting UFC cards. I think that is a very cool idea and would like to learn about that market. Have a few Pokemon Shiny V Boxes tucked away but have to keep rebuying bc my kids are doing chores to earn money and tap out my current inventory.
Allsopp I know collects shoes and clothes...Curious how that market has been working out.
@jb826 UFC cards was something I forgot on my list! It would be very cool if we are able to identify memorabilia since this community so closely follows MMA. Whether it be cards, signatures, fight gloves, I don't know; but for context, the gloves Ali wore to fight Frazier sold in auction for $600,000+.
If MMA continues to grow as a sport, I can imagine that the gloves that Conor wore vs Aldo, or that Dustin wore vs Conor, or that Izzy wears against Jan, will be worth a heck of a lot 20 years from now. Of course it would be a speculative gamble, but super interesting to think about.
Something I want to add to the brainstorm list is vinyl records. Old LP's of iconic musical acts will never decrease in value, as old vinyl is valued for superior sound quality and historical value.
Thanks for creating this thread Metern, it's a great idea.
I have been collecting stuff for a really long time. When I was a kid I wasn't interested in Pokemon cards at all but loved the video games. I put hundreds and hundreds of hours into the original Pokemon Blue game.
Every month for about the last 25 years I have been spending $100 - $200 on Retro video games and Consoles and as a result I have built up a huge collection. This has temporarily gone on hold while I buy Pokemon cards. I am kind of kicking myself for collecting Retro Games instead of Pokemon cards but if ever Retro Video games boom like Pokemon has, I will be sitting on a Mountain of money!!!
Using the same rationale as collecting Pokemon, I try to pick old stuff, rare stuff and stuff in excellent condition. I love smpratte's mantra; older, rarer, minter the better. I am always on the hunt for Sega Master System, Sega Megadrive / Genesis, NES, Super Nintendo, Commodore 64, N64, Playstation 1, Big Box PC games, Gameboy stuff. Sealed copies of cult classic games go for thousands.
One of the reasons why I am so passionate about Pokemon cards and Video games as a store of wealth and future investment is because I've been doing this for so long with Retro Video games and Consoles. This stuff is 100 times better than Gold because people have an emotional attachment to it, it's scarce and you can never produce more of it. The value will only ever go up on this kind of stuff.