15 Dec 2014

The Most Valuable Happy Days TV Memorabilia

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 some clothes, glasses, or other props that could fetch a pretty penny. Autographs Autographs of Happy Days cast members, from the time when the show still ran, sell consistently for over $100 on eBay. Naturally, Henry Winkler and Ron Howard…

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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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3 Nov 2014

If you have ever taken an interest in collecting sports cards or jerseys, or even been a fan for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly heard the words memorabilia and collectible. These words are often used interchangeably, but there is technically a difference between them. Sports Memorabilia Something is generally considered sports memorabilia when it has been signed by an athlete and the signature has been verified and certified by a reputable source. Items range from photos to jerseys to cards to sports equipment. The source certifying the signature is usually a distributor or dealer. Sports Collectibles On the flip side, sports products that aren’t signed by an athlete or are signed but haven’t been officially authenticated are considered collectibles.…

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28 Oct 2014

Whether it is a movie star, singer, athlete or author, famous autographs are sought-after and potentially valuable. But only if they are authentic. Passing off signatures that aren’t real as the real thing has become an art form for a lot of criminals. And even though experts are occasionally fooled, there are a few things you can look for to help you determine if the one you’re looking at is real. Does It Cost More? Sometimes, there is no malicious intent when it comes to items bearing a famous autograph. The items, whether they be sports collectibles or celebrity products, are mass-produced with printed autographs. The idea is to sell them as mementos or collectibles, with no real thought to…

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21 Oct 2014

The decision to use a self storage facility for your “extras” is a relatively easy one. Storage units are convenient and inexpensive and usually do a great job keeping your things safe. However, not all self storage facilities are created equal and not any old one will do when it comes to storing your possessions. Consider Your Needs It’s always wise to think about why you need a self storage unit in the first place, before you start searching. Depending on what you need to store and for how long, the features of the ideal unit for you may vary. Things like quality security and controlling the climate inside the units is important for everyone. But if you have a…

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17 Oct 2014

One of the unwritten rules of moving is that there will be a period of time during the process where some or all of your possessions will have no permanent place to stay. Many people forget this rule when they begin the process, and end up scrambling when the time comes. A self storage unit offers several benefits when you’re moving, and will help the process run a lot more smoothly. For Buyers Sometimes, when you buy a home there is a gap between the time you have to vacate your current dwelling and when you’re able to move in to the new one. Finding accommodations may not be an issue for you, but that doesn’t mean your possessions will…

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13 Oct 2014

Most people, especially those with kids and a lot of household activity, can relate to the concept of a cluttered home. Of course, there are varying degrees of clutter, but the process of organizing any cluttered home can be maddening. It often seems like just you’re clearing mess from one area just to start a new one somewhere else. A cost-effective and convenient option is needed, and for most situations self storage fits the bill. How Bad Is It? The first thing you need to do is to determine just how bad the situation is around your house. Do you have that ‘sort of getting in the way’ kind of clutter, the ‘this is totally disrupting our lives’ kind of…

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10 Oct 2014

Fabergé Eggs were originally made for Russian aristocrats who liked to celebrate Easter not with chocolate, but with giant jeweled eggs polished with the tears of peasants. Although many knockoff “Fabergé” eggs now exist, there are only 65 true Fabergé Eggs in the world. However, many are still unaccounted for, and may be collecting dust in antique shops and personal collections around the world, waiting to be discovered. #1. Third Imperial Fabergé Egg. Since the days of the stars, you’d there would be less demand for big egg jewelry, but there’s actually more. The price of many of these eggs has increased, allowing some people to make an absolute killing buying up eggs for their face value and selling them…

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