If you have collectibles you’d like to purge, you want to make sure you’re in a position to make the most lucrative decision. The most popular collectibles vary from season to season, but there are some items that retain a timeless value. Below are some of the most consistently valuable collectible items that are almost always in demand. If you have any of the items on this list, be sure to store them properly to help them retain their value.
If you ever come across an old piece, it’s worth your time to look into it. Antique furniture is known for being either worthless or worth a fortune. It’s very difficult to tell the difference without the help of a professional, as antique furniture is both functional and (in most cases) very well made, which makes it highly collectible. Your piece’s appraisal will depend on a number of factors, including when and where it was made and what condition it is in now. Store antique furniture in a cool, dark, dry space to avoid warping or discoloration.
Vinyl records have always been popular collectibles, but they are experiencing a recent surge in popularity. Some vinyl will only be worth what you paid, while others will be worth a lot more. Be sure to store your records properly (in their jackets, upright, and not stacked on top of each other) and be sure that you’re playing them correctly to preserve their condition.
Coins and Currency
You have probably heard about the value of specific pieces of coins and currency. It is extremely rare to come across a rare coin out of the blue, but that doesn’t make the search any less interesting. If you have a rare coin collection, keep them in a location with a neutral temperature and away from any air pollution or chemical exposure. Many collectors store their coins in safes and check on them regularly to make sure they keep their condition.
Of all the items on this list, comic books lose their value the most easily. Even the most minor defect can have a huge impact on a comic book’s overall value. Wash your hands with soap and water before handling a comic book collection; some serious collectors even wear gloves to prevent oils from their hands from contaminating the pages. Keep rare comics in their plastic coverings and store them carefully to prevent damage.
There are many kinds of trading cards that become valuable. Baseball cards are the first example many people remember, but even cards from games such as Magic: the Gathering can be worth more than you might think! Like comic books, trading cards are vulnerable to damage if they are not stored correctly. Treat them as you might a comic book (with many of the same rules) to preserve their value.
Dolls and Toys
The doll and toy collectible market operates with ebbs and flows, as different pieces go in and out of style (like with Beanie Babies, for example). However, antique dolls and toys are much more likely to hold value; it’s important to store these pieces carefully away from direct light or dust in order to keep them in good condition.
Stamp collecting is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. It combines a love of collecting with a love of history and art. By collecting different stamps from different countries and different eras of history, you can learn more about the country of origin and the sociopolitical climate that was in place when the stamp was printed. Treat your stamps the way you would treat a comic book or trading card collection – the safest way to store them is in a specialized album, kept away from bright light and other elements to prevent environmental damage.
Fine Art and Jewelry
Fine art and jewelry are known for their sentimental value on top of their monetary value. Many collectors pursue pieces based on what they like or whether it aligns with their own unique aesthetic. Oftentimes, art and jewelry collections are passed down from generation to generation, which further increases any sentimentality that might be attached.
If you have any collectibles that you think might hold value, the experts at Sol’s Jewelry & Loan can help. Reach out to us today to learn more about the services we offer for collectors in the Omaha, NE area!