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.
Another interesting category of collectibles is 1st edition books from popular authors. Check this stuff out:
A Game of Thrones, UK 1st Edition Signed ($4,500 USD): https://www.ebay.com/itm/A-Game-Of-Thrones-A-Song-Of-Fire-Ice-Signed-1st-edition-1st-print/324495051804?hash=item4b8d698c1c:g:VmUAAOSwSMRgMk3r
A Game of Thrones, US 1st Edition Signed ($2,300 USD): https://www.ebay.com/itm/A-GAME-OF-THRONES-SIGNED-1ST-1ST-PRINTING-GEORGE-R-R-MARTIN/264910369155?hash=item3dade37183:g:VzEAAOSwgPtfk5YZ
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, US Edition ($850 USD): https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Harry-Potter-And-The-Sorcerer-s-Stone-J-K-Rowling-First-Edition-First-Printing/254827687623?hash=item3b54e9eec7:g:yM8AAOSw3rxf77sn
Note: The UK 1st Edition of the first Harry Potter book is so rare that they can go for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars since only a few hundred copies of the first print run were created. They basically don't exist 😀
With 1st edition books you need to be really careful that they really are the first edition, since sometimes different printing runs look similar. Signed/inscribed books tend to go for more as well. It can be difficult to determine how many books were printed in the initial run, but it is usually not many because the authors were usually not big sellers at the time of publication. For example, there were 3,000 copies of the UK aGoT hardcover first editions created, and probably about 10-15,000 of the US aGoT hardcover first editions created.
I would expect these books to only increase in value with time. More movies, TV shows, spin-offs and games are likely to be produced over time, and sadly the creators of these books will pass away at some point; this will likely only increase their value.
This is a special edition of the book with unique artwork, only 500 copies printed. Auction starting at $2000 USD!
This is the edition of Asimov's Science Fiction from July 1996. It contains chapters of Daenerys Targaryen's POV from the first book in the form of a novella called Blood of the Dragon. This is the first form that the story of "A Game of Thrones" was ever published under (the first book was released later that year), which I find super cool.
To me it seems like a really cool piece of history, although I have no idea as to how scarce it is. All I could find is that circulation of the magazine publisher in 2012 was 23,000 or so; but in 1996, the magazine was not doing well commercially and had to combine their monthly issues to make bi-monthly issues instead (6 per year). Also, magazines are much more likely to be thrown out or destroyed than books. Full disclosure, I bought a copy already from another eBay seller 😆.
I have no idea if this will appreciate in value and to be honest, I don't really care. I am just a major geek of the A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones series, so I'll be happy to just hold on to this forever.
This is similar to the Blood of the Dragon post I made above; before the Dune books were printed, the story was published in the Analog magazine in 1963. Again, I don't know how sarce these are, but with the new Dune movie coming out featuring Zendaya and Chalamet I think this is pretty cool.
I thought this article did a good job of explaining different types of UFC cards and mentioning factors worth considering for future card values.
I found this site which is helpful to sort out which cards came from where.
Thanks for sharing the article, Metern. I started looking up UFC cards last night and had no idea they have been out for so long.
Let's get the UFC Topps card discussions going!