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One way to make so serious coin is to invest in rare collectables. Hard to find items that over the years, have become rarer and thus, more valuable. Heck, I used to collect sports cards and was able to sell my 1983 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie basketball card for well over $2000. But many people are holding onto, and hoarding away all sorts of tchotchkes that really, are worth more to the garbage man than they are you.
These ceramic figures. which first appeared in 1935, and were brought back from Germany after World War 2 by U.S. soldiers, then kept on shelves by housewives, started to gain popularity and value. While the highest price you’ll see on eBay will be around $9,000 – most sell on Amazon for just under $20.
Thomas Kinkade Paintings
Called the “painter of light, a Thomas Kinkade painting used to fly off the easel back in the 1990’s at your local big box store. You may find one listed on eBay for $21,000 – but they’re really being sold for just $15 on Amazon.
Precious Moments Figurines
Precious Moments Figurines definitely had a moment back in the 90’s where they would retail at Wal-Mart for $45. Some would sell (stupidly) on eBay for $1,200. Stupid because most sell on Amazon for just $1.86
Norman Rockwell Plates
The famous painter Norman Rockwell passed away back in 1978, and since then, commemorative plates with his works were produced to honor him. Now you may find one or two listed on eBay for $1,049. But really, they’ve become the choice collectable of those in the trailer park as they’re only $14.99 on Amazon.
You couldn’t go anywhere in someone’s house in the 90’s without stepping on one of these Beanie Babies – whether they had children or not. They were just that popular. But like anything that burns too hot on the market, it becomes oversaturated and the value drops. You can still get yours today on Amazon for the worthless price of just $0.01
What little boy didn’t play with Hot Wheels cars growing up? However, they’re not at hot as many collectors think. While some produced decades ago can still bring in a couple of thousand dollars – most on Amazon sell for just $0.01
Happy Meal Toys
There isn’t a child alive who isn’t made happy by a McDonald’s happy meal toy. In fact, many of them held onto to them from the 80’s and were able to sell them for up to $500 on eBay. But most collectors still holding onto these will be very unhappy to know that you can buy them on Amazon for the low low price of just $0.01
Pokemon Trading Cards
Don’t be fooled by the latest Pokemon Go craze, the trading card’s stock from back in the 90’s didn’t rise in tandem with Nintendo’s latest mobile game. If you’re still holding onto these cards, know that so is Amazon. And they’re selling them for just $0.01.
Cabbage Patch Kids
Back in the 80’s these dolls were so popular with every kid in class bringing one or more with him or her – that many schools banned them from the premises. You’d think just off the nostalgia alone that this Cabbage Patch dolls would rake in the big bucks today. But unfortunately the patch has spoiled as they’re only worth about $8.99 – as is listed on Amazon.
Franklin Mint Collectables
The Franklin Mint Company made a name for itself by producing a ton of collectible items, such as dolls, jewelry, sculptures, and they’re most popular item – their coins. The irony is that while they were sold as “collectables” – such as their coins which sold for more than $250 – have dropped in price as soon as you plucked them off the shelf, plummeting to less than $40 for the very same coin. Now you can pick them up on Amazon for $13.95