How would you like to put a little extra spending money in your pocket, and clean out your house? Efficiency appeals to just about anyone, and you can pay yourself for your time by hunting for a few things that most people have in their garage. You probably won’t end up a millionaire, but you can put the bonus cash toward upgrading your house, paying off debt, or buying more collectibles!
Fun Fact: if you were one of those headphone wearing kids from the 60’s – 80’s, and you owned records by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and other popular artists, you might be able to make some cash selling those records on eBay. Sealed records always have a higher value, but some used records can sell for $15 or $20 depending on their rarity.
Baseball cards might not be as popular, but the art of collecting and swapping rookies and rares is still alive today. In a broad sense, rookies are always nice to have, but you can look for card information online to see if your collection has cards of value in it. The value of your card will be dependent on the rarity of it, so full sets are also highly desirable.
Comics and Toys
Collectible Toys, especially Star Wars, have been popular as of late. The rise of geek culture has brought a nostalgia that puts value on that old Hoth Base you’ve been saving. Toys that have been kept in their original packaging are most desirable, but if you can find all of the little pieces (the weapons and accessories) some of the value can be recovered. Disney merchandise is also hot, but Beanie Babies are not. Sadly, outside of a few very specific dolls, the “collectible” little friends are largely worthless.
Comics that feature first appearances will usually fetch anywhere from $20 to hundreds per issue depending on the character, rarity, and quality. Number ones and entire series’ are also sought after. Issues are best in mint condition, meaning no tears, no bends, and binding that still holds. Get your comics graded by the CGC comics graders if you suspect that you have an issue of high value.
If you have a classic poster from a well-known movie, you might have a great collectible on your hands. Some examples include Stanley Kubrick films, like 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the original “Pulp Fiction” poster featuring Uma Thurman. These posters are widely distributed as prints, but originals can fetch hundreds to thousands of dollars if kept in great condition.
Getting Maximum Value for Collectibles
The Society of Certified Senior Advisors has a few tips that you might find helpful. First, consult the web for lists available. Searches for broad terms like “types of baseball cards worth money” can reveal interesting information that will help screen out large parts of your collection and narrow your search for gold. Consult multiple places for price lists. EBay is a great start, but there are established collectors guides for comics and baseball cards, and most shops will give you a free appraisal. If you think you have something of value, pay for an appraisal and have it verified to increase its authenticity.
You never know what you might find in the garage, or your closet, but you will end up with a neater house.