5 Jan 2015

Which Living Celebrities’ Autographs are Worth the Most?

In a world that celebrates movies stars and A-listers, a market for their memorabilia has grown as well. With celebrities from the sports, political, and entertainment world, their signatures compete for the dollars of collectors from around the world. Of course, out of appreciation of past legends, the signatures of celebrities who’ve passed away command the highest prices but some current celebrities have their own clout as well. Madonna Lives in a Material World She has made hit music for decades and is still a powerhouse in today’s world of music. Her autograph is worth $1,629 and continues to grow in value every year. Starr of the Show Ringo Starr of the Beatles has a signature that sells for $750, which is the least in demand of all four band members. Still it’s considerable for a musician who no longer makes new chart-topping music. Muhammad Ali Is a Permanent Icon His peak was in the 60s, but the impact he…

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1 Jan 2015

Along with those who appreciate Elvis’ music and movies are those fanatics who will pay large amounts of money for any genuine article that’s related to the star. That may explain why strange memorabilia has made their way onto this list and through the wallets of buyers. While going through the boxes in your storage, think twice before throwing what might be very valuable to the right collector.

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31 Dec 2014

Commemorative Beanie Baby Bears Most Beanie Babies do not age well. Their value has dropped out in recent years. Beating this trend are certain extremely rare bears that were created to commemorate special occasions. The greatest example is the Princess Diana commemorative bear, now valued at half a million dollars. Old-School Video Game Systems Nothing sells like nostalgia! Refurbished old Nintendo and Sega consoles currently sell for way more than their original price. Although you might not want to take the time to fix them up, someone will. Try to find a vintage store or pawn shop. You might be surprised at the prices you can get! Toys for 90s Kids Shows Many cartoons in the 90s made a lasting…

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24 Dec 2014

Major League Baseball is full of historic events, players, and achievements. Record home runs, no-hitters, and star players have led to a wide range of valuable memorabilia from the baseball world! Collecting memorabilia has always been an integral part of MLB, ranging from baseball cards to jerseys to bats. But now, many fans are more than willing to pay a very high price for some the most sought after MLB memorabilia on the market. The following are some of the most expensive MLB memorabilia ever sold. Babe Ruth’s Jersey Perhaps no other player in the history of Major League Baseball has come to symbolize the sport as much as Babe Ruth. The famed hitter is an icon among sports fans…

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22 Dec 2014

The only problem with Big Band instruments is right in the name: “Big.” These bulky but beloved objects can cramp living space, especially if you collect a lot of them. Many people benefit from putting some instruments into storage, but they have to take great care to store them correctly. Use a Climate Controlled Facility This step is so important, we’re repeating it twice. Use a Climate Controlled Facility Climate control is an absolute necessity for storing instruments. Ontario gets alternatively very hot and humid and very cold and dry, and this can wreak all kinds of havoc on your instruments. The expansion of alternating heat and cold cracks wood faster than you would believe. Any micro fissures will soon…

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18 Dec 2014

The story of the Titanic is one of the most iconic moments in history. A ship designed to be unsinkable ultimately sunk to the bottom of the ocean and claimed over 1,500 lives. Source: wikipedia.org The Titanic was the largest vessel of its kind at the time and carried over 2,200 passengers on the maiden voyage. It became one of the largest disasters ever, making it one of the most memorable moments in history. Memorabilia from the Titanic consists of the most valued collectibles in the world. It’s a collection of items that include maps, equipment, and personal belongings that are valued into the millions. A Moment in Time Titanic memorabilia is the only connection to this tragic event. Many…

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15 Dec 2014

H-eeeey! If you collected Happy Days merchandise, autographs, or memorabilia as a kid, you might have made a pretty good investment. Many items that sold for dirt cheap a generation ago now might go a long way towards finally buying you that motorcycle. Actual Props By a mile, the most valuable collectibles are actual props from the show. The most valuable item from the show is Fonzie’s Triumph TR5 Trophy motorcycle that helped him win hearts and jump sharks. Its value is estimated at $90,000. Even Richie’s school sweater sold recently for a cool three grand. Many other props made their way into the hands of collectors and disappeared. If you or your parents were serious collectors, you might have…

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10 Dec 2014

Celebrity autographs have been a valuable form of memorabilia for years. Fans and collectors have gone to great lengths to have an encounter with their favorite celebrity, athlete, or musician. Source: wikipedia.org But which autographs fetch the highest price for collectors? As with collectible, the more scarce an item is, the more valuable it becomes. Living celebrities can still sign more and more autographs. But some are more valuable than others. Why Autographs Are Valuable Collecting autographs has been a popular pastime since the dawn of the celebrity culture. Although those who collect autographs have traditionally been in North America and the U.K., the practice (and profit) has begun to spread all over the world. Rare autographs have become big…

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8 Dec 2014

Could a set of baseball cards be worth more than a house? Yes, if they’re the right cards, and if we’re talking about a small house. The following list shows the most expensive sets and individual cards on eBay. Of course, these are only the ones for sale right now: some cards in private collections can be worth much, much more. Source:www.wikipedia.org As of August 2014, the most valuable baseball cards for sale on eBay are: 10. 1993 Derek Jeter Foil Rookie Card, $21,000 Derek Jeter has twenty seasons under his belt, and he has made thousands of amazing hits. His rookie cards are hard to find in gem mint condition, making a single one of them worth over twenty…

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4 Dec 2014

Video games are changing every day. The design of popular games has come a long way in the last 25 years. As the graphics and storylines improve, players expect new and improved elements in the games they purchase. But some of the older games have increased in value with time, despite their dated technology. Perhaps for that reason, along with their scarcity, many of the games have been sold for tens of thousands of dollars. This has led to collectors seeking out (and paying for) some of the most valuable games out there today. The Value of Video Games The reason most collectors pay large sums of money for video games is the nostalgia and rarity that some of these…

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1 Dec 2014

Mudge Green Nautical Clock In pre-modern times, nautical clocks were the keys to wealth and power. Only a perfectly accurate timepiece could be used by navigators to calculate their latitude. If your clock was even a quarter hour off, a ship’s navigator could only guess at the ship’s coordinates. Nautical clock production was such a serious business that this masterpiece Mudge Green clock took three years to produce. The result was an object of unprecedented mechanical genius: with using constant force escapement and perfectly designed gear work, this clock keeps time even in the worst sea storms. It is now valued at 1.2 million dollars. FDR Cartier Victory Clock Typically, million dollar clocks are centuries-old, gilt, and elaborate machines made…

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28 Nov 2014

Mayan Artifacts – $17,000 In 2004, a junk removal company stored away a cardboard container from a storage locker, hoping to get to categorizing and disposing of it eventually. Later, they discovered it contained the statue of an ancient Mayan god! Aretha Franklin`s Wardrobe – Unknown thousands Aretha apparently forgot to keep paying for one of her Michigan storage lockers, causing dozens of her iconic outfits to hit the auction block. Even smaller items like hats went for hundreds. Harley Davidson Motorcycle – $20,000 (if real) In the United States, abandoned storage lockers are often sold in blind auctions. Despite not knowing what they are buying, buyers have turned up in crowds to try their luck. The story that keeps…

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25 Nov 2014

The Star Wars franchise has become one of the most successful in the history of film. Its popularity continues to grow, and its merchandise has made George Lucas one of the most powerful figures in the movie industry. Star Wars fans are known for their enthusiasm for the films, characters, and collectible memorabilia. But some items have been sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars, making Star Wars memorabilia some of the most valuable collectibles on the market. The Star Wars Legacy Star Wars first entered the public consciousness in 1977, with the release of the first film in a series that has culminated into 2 trilogies. Merchandise around the films includes action figures, books, video games, comic books, T.V.…

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21 Nov 2014

Coins are one of the more popular items that collectors like to search for, always hoping for that one ancient coin that will bring them riches beyond their wildest dreams. When you put it that way, coin collecting sounds rather romantic, and for some collectors it is. But like anything that is potentially worth vast sums of money, coin collecting has a dark side, too. In fact, just as some collectors base their lives on finding valuable coins, some counterfeiters base their lives on creating perfect fakes and selling them. Spotting counterfeit coins is challenging and even experts are fooled once in a while, but here are some tips that may help you on your search. Some Common Signs Even…

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19 Nov 2014

No two models of banjos sound alike. Older banjos are highly prized for their unique tones that evoke the late great artists of blues, bluegrass, and folk. This handy guide lets you know if you’re picking on a goldmine. Age With a few exceptions, older banjos are more sought-after. This is because older models use now-defunct materials, giving them tone that is unique from more modern instruments. Many early Gibson models are incredibly valuable. You can find the age of your banjo by Google searching the model name and serial number. If your banjo was handmade, you can have it dated by an expert. Extreme rarity Some banjos are incredibly rare and can be worth thousands. The 1938 Gibson Mastertone…

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16 Nov 2014

Ever since collectibles and antiques became so mainstream, and the popularity of collector-type reality shows has taken off, garage sales have taken on an entirely new meaning. It certainly isn’t difficult to draw a crowd to almost any garage sale, and while not every one has hidden treasures to find, they are out there. Here are a few tips to point you in the right direction. Finding the Sales Naturally, if you want to find some valuable collectibles at garage sales, you must have garage sales to visit. Websites like Craigslist and Kijiji are good places to look, as are the classifieds of your local newspaper. People still place signs up around town so watch for those, especially in areas…

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13 Nov 2014

Many types of Hendrix memorabilia are valuable. Since Hendrix fans are all about the music, and not the image, the most valuable items on eBay are limited-edition vinyl records. However, virtually anything Hendrix-related will mean something to a fan, and there are few truly worthless items. Categories that hold a lot of value include: Original Photographs Even unsigned photos can still be worth several hundred dollars, provided that they are original. Both fan photos from concerts and commercial photos from magazines can be sold for good chunks of money. The only catch is that you need to prove that the photos are original. This is easiest to do if you also have the negative from which the photograph was printed.…

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10 Nov 2014

Here’s the scenario, you’ve come into possession of some valuable collectibles but you’re not sure where to store them. Whether you paid good money for them or they were left to you in a family member’s will, keeping them safe is a high priority. If you don’t have the space in your own home, the idea of using self storage may come up at some point. Yes, you can use self storage to store your valuable collectibles, but not any old unit will do. Insist on Climate Control If you’re serious about preserving your photos, antiques, baseball cards, or whatever you are storing, climate control inside the storage unit is a must. Excessive heat, cold and humidity can damage your…

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6 Nov 2014

Modified Handcuffs, $4000 Houdini was the real deal. If he was ever arrested, he would be out of handcuffs in a second. He rarely prepared his own props, preferring to instead use commercially purchased irons and handcuffs. However, Houdini made an exception for his most dangerous trick, the Chinese Water Torture escape. For this trick, Houdini specially modified handcuffs to make sure the catch would give under enough pressure, and thus never cause him to drown. These handcuffs are now among the most valuable Houdini props. Judd Leg Irons, $2000 Although not modified, the Judd company leg irons were specially selected by Houdini to use in his more dangerous escapes. Their short chain gave a sense of danger and confinement,…

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