The Flip Wilson Show’s Trio
The Flip Wilson Show broke many barriers when it aired in 1970. Hosted by comedian Flip Wilson, the show featured a mix of comedy sketches, musical performances, and guest appearances by celebrities of the era.
The show was groundbreaking for its time, as it was one of the first major network television shows hosted by an African American. In 1971, the show brought together Tim Conway and Burt Reynolds with Wilson for a skit performance. Indeed an iconic time in American television.
Stevie Ray and His Guitar
In 1971, Stevie Ray Vaughan was just a struggling musician trying to make a name for himself in the music scene of Austin, Texas. This rare photo was taken the same year, on a night when he and his band were supposed to open for singer Muddy Waters.
Despite his incredible talent, he faced many challenges and setbacks in his personal life. The singer, thankfully, persevered to become one of the most influential and celebrated guitarists of all time.
Rocking in Switzerland
For musical talents back in the day, wild days weren’t unusual. This snapshot was taken in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1968 and included Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon, Stu Leathwood, Noel Redding, Trevor Burton, John Mayall, Keith Ellis, Roy Wood, Carl Wayne, Steve Winwood, and Roy Morris.
The photo captures a moment of camaraderie and creative energy among the artists. Each of them had their unique sound and style, but together they helped shape the landscape of rock music for generations to come.
The Graceful Sophie Loren
With a career spanning over six decades, Sophia Loren is one of the most accomplished actresses of all time. Loren’s unique combination of talent, charisma, and beauty made her a beloved icon in the film industry.
Her attitude and inner strength helped her navigate the challenges of the film industry and carve out a successful career for over six decades. This rare and candid photo, taken in 1955 by The Canal Grande in Venice, proves that the Oscar winner embodies grace.
The Founders of Desilu Studios
The photo of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz standing outside Desilu Studios in 1960 is a rare and captivating glimpse into the history of TV. The couple, once the reigning monarchs of the television industry, founded the production house in 1950 to make the kind of shows they wanted to make.
This couple’s expertise in the world of TV is visible in the kind of shows they produced, including the groundbreaking I Love Lucy and the long-running The Andy Griffith Show.
A Nervous Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds, the larger-than-life actor of his time, captivated an entire generation of moviegoers, whether with his tough-guy role in Gator or his memorable portrayal of Bo ‘Bandit’ Darville in Smokey the Bandit.
However, despite all his greatness, Reynolds still struggled with his confidence. During the filming of The Longest Yard, he would get nervous when having to film dialogue-heavy scenes. However, director Robert Aldrich allowed Reynolds to improvise in some takes, resulting in some of the film’s most memorable moments.
The Ultimate ’90s Action Hero
Long before he was a Hollywood action star, Steven Seagal was a highly skilled martial artist with a black belt in Aikido. He discovered his passion for Aikido when he was young, spending most of his free time training at the local dojo and blasting loud rock music.
Seagal’s dedication to martial arts eventually led him to Japan, where he further honed his skills — becoming one of the most iconic action stars of the ’90s.
A Little Shop of BTS
The 1986 musical-horror Little Shop of Horrors centers around a nerdy florist named Seymour, who discovers a strange and monstrous plant. The film features an all-star cast, including Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, and Bill Murray.
Behind the scenes, the film’s production was fraught with challenges, including a tight budget and difficulties with the film’s climax. However, despite these setbacks, the film was a critical and commercial success and has since gained a devoted following. Here is a BTS photo of the monstrous plant looking not so scary.
The Garden of Sound
Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in 1984 in Seattle, Washington. Chris Cornell was the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of Soundgarden. He was known for his powerful and distinctive vocal range and his introspective and poetic lyrics.
When they were starting out, one of the band’s most significant obstacles was the constant comparison they faced. Soundgarden was often compared to other grunge-era bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains. Here’s a rare photo of Cornell wearing a Nirvana T-shirt.
Sharon Stone Poses
At the beginning of her career, Sharon Stone was getting minor roles, but she wasn’t yet a household name. Stone knew that she was attractive, but she also knew that Hollywood was a tough place for actresses and that looks were often just as important as talent.
She decided to pose for a magazine and was able to showcase her beauty to a broader audience. She ultimately landed the iconic role of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Emergency of TV
For Grey’s Anatomy and Law and Order to fly, it was an itty-bitty show called Emergency! that first walked. The show focused on the daily lives of paramedics and firefighters in Los Angeles, California.
It was the first show of its kind and aired from 1972 to 1979 for six seasons. Emergency! was groundbreaking in its portrayal of first responders, inspiring a generation of viewers to pursue careers in emergency services.
Some More of Demi Moore
In 1982, Demi Moore posed for the French edition of a controversial magazine, which sparked controversy and made headlines worldwide. While some criticized the decision as exploitative, others praised Moore for controlling her image.
The shoot was tastefully done and showcased Moore’s natural beauty, which helped establish her as a rising star in Hollywood. Today, Moore is regarded as a trailblazer for women in the entertainment industry and has hits like Ghost under her belt.
Debbie Harry the Punk
Debbie Harry was the punk rock queen in the 1970s, and her style was as scandalous as it was iconic. With her bleach-blonde hair, leather jackets, and smokey eye makeup, Harry personified the rebellious spirit of the punk movement.
She was a role model for women who wanted to break free from traditional roles. If there were a punk rock hall of fame, Debbie Harry would be the first inductee – and she’d probably celebrate by smashing a guitar or two.
A Spanish Love Affair
In the 1950s, Brigitte Bardot was the IT girl, the French beauty that had everyone weak at the knees. But despite her success, Bardot found it challenging to work outside of France. However, when she finally got to film in Spain, she discovered the wonders of the country.
A Spanish Love AffairShe fell in love with everything, from the paellas to the flamenco dancing. She soon had the Spaniards wrapped around her fingers, with the locals calling her Guapa, meaning beautiful, and the Spanish media following her every move.
In the mid-1970s, Natalie Wood briefly retired from acting to focus on her personal life. She had already succeeded with films like Rebel Without a Cause and West Side Story. During her break, Wood focused on her family and took up various hobbies, including painting and horseback riding.
She also reconnected with her former husband, Robert Wagner, and the two eventually remarried in 1972. Wood’s sister, Lana Wood, commented that her hiatus was the most relaxed Natalie had ever looked. Wood eventually returned to acting to much acclaim.
Banded in Comedy
Did you know that a group of musicians once won an Outstanding Comedy Award at the Emmys? In 1967, The Monkees, a rock band created for a TV show, took home the prestigious award for their hit series The Monkees.
Despite being known for their music, The Monkees’ wacky antics and hilarious sketches made them a hit with audiences and critics alike. Their Emmy wins even beat out the likes of popular comedies like The Dick Van Dyke Show and Bewitched.
Spy on Call
Ah, Get Smart — the show that brought us the infamous shoe phone. It’s hard to forget the iconic image of leads Don Adams and Barbara Feldon with their shoes to their ears, ready to take on the forces of evil.
But did you know that the shoe phone wasn’t just a prop? Don Adams used it to make actual phone calls during filming! Whether you’re a show fan or love a good spy spoof, Get Smart has some of the wackiest spy gadgets.
The Right Men
When Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef were cast in For a Few Dollars More, they weren’t the original choices for their respective roles. The parts were initially offered to Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson, but they needed more time to complete the project.
However, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the iconic Man with No Name and ruthless bounty hunter Colonel Mortimer. The two actors had great on-screen chemistry and helped to elevate the Spaghetti Western genre to new heights.
Ginger in Paradise
Get ready to take a trip to Gilligan’s Island, where the glamorous Ginger Grant, played by Tina Louise, reigns supreme. With her flowing red hair and sultry voice, Ginger was the epitome of Hollywood glamor amid a tropical paradise.
But did you know that Tina Louise initially turned down the role of Ginger because she thought it was too one-dimensional? Luckily, the show’s creators convinced her to participate, and she quickly became one of the show’s most beloved characters.
Some Like it Monroe
Even captured relaxing on the set of Some Like it Hot, Marilyn Monroe exuded effortless glamor and beauty. The 1959 film was a classic comedy, with Monroe playing the role of Sugar Kane, a ukulele player and singer in an all-girl band.
Monroe’s talent shone through in her performance, bringing a sense of vulnerability and depth to the character. From her sparkling dresses to her unforgettable rendition of “I Wanna Be Loved by You”, Marilyn Monroe’s work in the movie is a true masterpiece.
John Ritter was a beloved actor with a smile as warm and inviting as his personality. He was best known for his work on the sitcom Three’s Company, and he loved to make people laugh with his work on the show.
He once joked that most people didn’t realize how accomplished an actor he was. Whether he was making audiences laugh or bringing them to tears, John Ritter’s talent and charisma made him a true icon of Hollywood.
The iconic 1977 photo of Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, David Johansen, and Joey Ramone captures the essence of the emerging punk rock scene. The four musicians were at the forefront of the punk movement, characterized by a raw, rebellious sound.
The punk movement gained momentum in 1977, with bands like The Ramones and Blondie paving the way for a new sound. The music and fashion of punk were a form of rebellion, challenging the status quo and inspiring a new generation of artists and musicians.
The Flute Player
In 1969, Ian Anderson was the charismatic frontman of the progressive rock band Jethro Tull, known for his distinctive voice and virtuoso flute playing. The band’s concept albums, such as Thick as a Brick and Aqualung, were hugely popular and helped define the progressive rock genre.
After that, Jethro Tull remained a popular live act, selling out arenas worldwide. Anderson’s stage presence was theatrical, often dressed in his trademark codpiece and one-legged stance. His influence on rock music and flute playing is still felt today.
A Woman of Experience
In the golden era of European cinema, one actress shone brighter than most — Luigina Gina Lollobrigida. With her stunning looks and remarkable talent, Lollobrigida quickly became one of the most famous actresses in Europe during the 1950s and 1960s.
During her later years, the actress acknowledged that getting older can be a challenge for women but thanked her past experiences for giving her the courage to face that head-on. She emphasized the importance of staying positive and living life to the fullest, regardless of age or gender.
The Raleigh Chopper
This 1971 photo of model Annie Walker with a Raleigh Chopper bike symbolizes the bike’s dedicated fan base and enduring popularity. The bike was a cultural phenomenon of the decade, and its coolness factor was off the charts. Acquiring a Raleigh Chopper was challenging, as premium prices and waiting lists were commonplace.
Even today, the Chopper remains highly sought after by collectors. Darren Sykes, a collector, once witnessed a deal for over $8,700 (£7,000) for a still unboxed Mkl 10-speed.
In 1982, Tom Cruise wasn’t quite the megastar he is today, but he was still a total dreamboat. For six months, he dated Heather Locklear, the Melrose Place star. But let’s just say that things didn’t exactly go swimmingly.
According to Locklear, Cruise was a bit of a handful to be around. One time, Cruise started doing that infamous dance from Risky Business while the two were out. Locklear was mortified and didn’t quite know what to do. It’s an endearing, albeit awkward, look into the megastar’s life.
The Denim Way
In the 1970s, high-waisted bell-bottom pants were all the rage. The style perfectly blended chic and comfortable, quickly becoming a fashion staple. The bell bottom design was known for its dramatic and eye-catching silhouette.
Among all the fabrics used for high-waisted bell-bottom pants, denim truly stole the show. They became an instant hit, and everyone from celebrities to everyday fashion lovers sported them with pride.
In 1961, the iconic comedian and actor Don Knotts were named an ambassador for McCulloch’s Go-Karts. Knotts was a naturally funny man who made everyone around him laugh, so it was a natural fit for him to represent the fun and excitement of go-kart racing.
According to Knotts’ daughter, he had a blast filming commercials and promotions for the go-karts, and he loved getting behind the wheel and tearing up the track. Even while he was sick, his daughter recalled how he had his loved ones laughing with his natural comedic charm.
Eastwood and the Ape
Every Which Way But Loose was a 1978 movie centered around a man named Philo Beddoe, a truck driver who also happened to be a bare-knuckle fighter, and an orangutan he befriends on the way.
The movie vastly differed from lead Clint Eastwood’s previous roles in Dirty Harry and other gritty films and was initially met with low expectations. However, the movie’s rating of PG opened up a new audience for Eastwood, and the inclusion of the orangutan added a unique element to the film loved by audiences.
No Beard Nelson
After Willie Nelson’s stint in Nashville, he found his footing in Texas. Nelson’s popularity increased, and he started touring with his entourage, the Rolling Smoke Revue. According to Rolling Stone, the group traveled incognito using aliases, with Nelson adopting the name ‘Fast Eddie,’ his manager dubbed ‘Poodie,’ and his bodyguard known as ‘Snake.’
Although Nelson is often associated with his signature long hair and beard, during the hot summers of the late 1970s, he would often shave it all off for comfort.
Marilyn on the Roof
In 1955, Marilyn Monroe’s career was on the rise, and she was determined to become a serious actress. That same year, she took private acting lessons from the renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg.
He recognized that Monroe had a sensitive nature that could be channeled into her acting, and he helped her develop a deeper understanding of her craft. She worked closely with him for three years. Strasberg later praised her as one of the best actors he had ever taught, along with Marlon Brando.
The Never-Ending Night
Carrie Fisher and John Belushi had wild parties while filming The Blues Brothers in 1980. Instead of returning to their hotel rooms after a long day on set, the crew would party well into the night, often continuing the revelry to the next day.
According to some stories, Fisher once showed up at the set still wearing the same clothes from the night before, and Belushi had to be woken up on set after falling asleep from the previous night’s festivities.
Don the Navyman
Before Don Rickles became a legendary comedian, he served in the U.S. Navy. During his time in the Navy, he quickly became known for his comedic talents and entertained his fellow troops whenever possible.
However, despite his reputation for making others laugh, Rickles himself found the experience of being in the Navy challenging. He later revealed that he didn’t want to go and cried when he was drafted and that it was the last time he ever cried.
The Rare Volvo
The two-door sports car P1800 Volvo is a classic car model from 1961 to 1973. It’s most famous for its role in the hit TV series, The Saint, driven by the show’s star, Roger Moore.
However, with less than 8,100 of these cars made available for sale, spotting one of these cars on the road was rare. It eventually went out of production in 1973, and it remains a sought-after classic car by collectors and enthusiasts alike.
The Infamous Morrison
Jim Morrison, the iconic frontman of The Doors, shot to fame at the young age of 23. Morrison’s charismatic stage presence and poetic lyrics made him an instant star, alongside the band’s constantly successful albums.
However, fame proved to be a double-edged sword for him, and soon he began to struggle with the pressure of living up to his rockstar image. In a 1967 interview, Morrison spoke about the media’s control over the public’s mind, further contributing to his disillusionment with fame and the music industry.
The Bond Girl
Kim Basinger’s insecurities ran deep when she auditioned for the role of Domino Petacchi in the Bond film Never Say Never Again. Despite her stunning looks, she was so unsure of herself that she suggested other actresses play the role during the casting session.
However, after extensive research and meeting with the producers, she eventually found herself in the Caribbean acting alongside Sean Connery in his final James Bond film. Basinger admitted in an interview that Connery’s wife persuaded her to audition and eventually won the part.
A War for Star Wars
In 1977, a queue was waiting to see the Star Wars premiere, but for movie theaters, it was a challenging decision to screen the movie. 20th Century Fox had to practically beg movie theaters to screen the film since they weren’t thrilled about showing what they perceived as a kiddie flick.
However, the theaters were soon eating their words as the movie became a smash hit. One theater in Minneapolis, St. Park, struggled until the film, then it made $250,000 in its first week.
The Secret Inspiration
Stevie Nicks is known for her soulful voice and poetic lyrics, but did you know she’s also a true romantic at heart? The Fleetwood Mac front-woman has always believed in love, which shows in her music.
Her song “Secret Love” is about the thrill of a new romance, but Nicks has admitted that she can’t even remember who she wrote it about! In a 2011 interview, Nicks revealed that she still remembers being in love even though she doesn’t remember the inspiration behind the iconic song.
Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant had one of the biggest rivalries in the WWF, and it kept fans on the edge of their seats. Between 1980 and 1983, they went head-to-head over 20 times.
But behind the scenes, the two men were great friends and raked in the dough. While Hogan took notes to plan their matches, Andre was a purist who didn’t believe in scripted fights. According to Hogan, they would argue, someone would throw a punch, it would be blocked, there’d be some slams, and so on.
Olivia Fights Back
Olivia Newton-John’s 1978 Rolling Stone interview was quite a shock for the otherwise perfect, blond-hair angel of the ’70s. A quote from Randy Newman was read to her where he called her song “I Honestly Love You” boring.
Newton-John wasn’t about to take it lying down. She retorted that if Newman were correct, then she would be upset. But she believed it was a great song, and if he didn’t like it, it was his problem. She also pointed out that just because something is commercial doesn’t make it wrong.
The Karate King
Elvis Presley was known for more than just his rock and roll music; he was also passionate about karate. He trained under Master Kang Rhee in Memphis and often wore his boots while training. Elvis was also known for incorporating his karate moves into his live performances.
Rhee praised Elvis’ technical ability and the amount of time he spent practicing karate. Rhee wrote a book called Elvis’ Karate Legacy, which documents the singer’s love for martial art. It’s no wonder that Presley was widely respected in the Memphis karate community.
Awkward Teen Angelina Jolie
This is a classic tale of an ugly duckling turned into a beautiful swan. From an awkward teen to a Hollywood icon, Angelina Jolie’s journey proves that sometimes we need a little time to grow into our beauty.
Like every other teenager, Jolie struggled with self-doubt, clothing choices, and peer problems in school. Despite her struggles, Jolie never gave up on herself and has become a household name famous for her beauty inside and out.
The Dangers of Batman
The original Batman show from the 1960s was one of the most fun and beloved shows at the time, paving the way for today’s superhero-drenched Hollywood. Not only was it fun to watch, apparently, but it was also a joy to act in.
It was, however, also pretty dangerous. Burt Ward, who played Bateman’s sidekick, Robin, opened up about the many dangerous stunts he had to do and the injuries that were caused by them. He even had to go to the emergency room. Despite all that, he still said he had a great time filming.
Aunt Esther’s Purse
Say hello to the Aunt Esther purse from the 1970s! This bad boy has got it all: a sleek and stylish design, enough room for all your essentials (and then some), and, let’s remember, the secret pocket for your emergency stash of chocolate (we won’t tell).
The purse was actually named after a character from Sanford and Son. Despite her fiery and combative personality, Aunt Esther was a character who demanded attention and respect, much like the purse named after her.
Dancing With the Princess
In 1985, during a diplomatic event, Clint Eastwood was lucky enough to get to take a spin around the dance floor with the one and only Princess Diana. Apparently, Neil Diamond, John Travolta, Clint Eastwood, and Tom Selleck were specifically invited for a chance to meet the British princess.
Instead of twirling, Eastwood and Diana spent their dance mostly talking. Even though the picture makes them look uncomfortable, when asked afterward how it was for him, Eastwood said that dancing with the Princess made his day.
Beanie babies have been a collectible item for a very long time now. The Ty toy collection has been a kids’ favorite since the ’80s.
In 1995, the craze caught on with adults, as Beanie Babies became financial investments due to their high resale values. The toys were flipped on eBay and sold for 10 times the original price! But, the fad died down quickly and so did their resale price!
Vinyls are cool collectibles, period. Sadly, though, they no longer hold the same rarity that they did once upon a time.
In 2017, Sony Entertainment announced that it would begin pressing vinyl records again, introducing an era of what is referred to as the ‘vinyl revival.’ So, unless you have a really rare and old record, you won’t be making much money off vinyl records.
Norman Rockwell Collector Plates
One of the most famous press illustrators in the world, Norman Rockwell ruled the scenes during his time. His cover illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post entertained readers for over five decades.
Even though his paintings sell for millions of dollars, the same can’t be said for the collected plates. These plates, featuring the artist’s work, are worth no more than $10 each, according to Antique Trader. Well, it seems safe to say that this might not be the best choice for collectibles if you’re looking to sell them someday.
Some toys just don’t meet collectible standards. Pez is the brand name of an Austrian candy and is associated with the manual candy dispensers that we’ve all come to know and love.
It does sound like the perfect item to build a collection off of, but sadly, these dispensers only go for a buck or two each. Even the rarest of them — like the limited edition Elvis Presley Pez dispenser collection — is valued at a very low $9.20. It hardly seems worth the hassle.
Pandora charms are among the most recent items that people have turned into collectibles. These accessories blew up on the scene in the early to mid-2000s. Most teenage girls were sporting these charm bracelets and necklaces during that decade.
Slowly, as some charms were discontinued, their value went up. However, this is only true for the few and rare charms. Exclusive designs — like the Winiper Staff Charm, the Blue Primrose Path, and Perfume Bottle/Scent Charm — have been retired and so, they can now fetch a pretty penny!
Newer ‘Star Wars’ Toys
The 1970s Star Wars toy collection has the power to boost your bank account. These collectible items can fetch quite a few bucks in the resale market. Figurines such as Yak Face (Saelt-Marae) are worth thousands of dollars when you’ve got the right buyer.
The newer Star Wars toy collection doesn’t hold the same place in the market. Trying to sell action figures and toys from the ‘90s and ‘00s isn’t worth as much money, as they’ve been recently mass-produced.
Vintage Band T-Shirts
Vintage band tees have become the underdog of the fashion world. So, it’s no wonder that people think this type of clothing will fetch them big bucks when resold.
That’s not the situation. An Eagles or a Queen t-shirt won’t make you much money, even if it’s in pristine condition, or from the live concert. Unless you have a rare t-shirt, you’re pretty much out of luck.
Royal Family Memorabilia
The royal family hasn’t lost its hold on the people. Whenever any event takes place in the British royal family, people all over the world join in. These events are commemorated by the people in the form of memorabilia.
The faces of the royal family, quotes, and whatnot are printed and sold on cups, or mugs — you name it, it’s available somewhere. Collecting them might be fun, but since these items are mass-produced, turning them into a financial collectible collection is next to impossible.
New Comic Books
Marvel and DC together have ushered in a new dawn of comic lovers. These superhero franchises have turned countless viewers around the world into hardcore fans.
Old comics that were published between 1930 to 1950 have become so valuable that they could pay for a small village. The new comics, however, don’t hold the same value in the market. So, don’t make the mistake of buying up every new comic you come across, thinking that they’ll become collectibles!
We have all, at one point or the other, decided to start a stamp collection. An entire generation grew up collecting stamps as a hobby. Sadly, this collection doesn’t necessarily hold the key to the bank.
Stamps are mass-produced items, and it is the very rare stamps that fetch a good sum when sold. Finding the right stamp for a willing buyer is like finding a needle in a haystack. So don’t pin all hopes of becoming a millionaire on this hobby!
Everybody, who grew up in the ‘90s, knows that Pogs — Milk caps — were once the most coveted toys around the block. People built up massive collections of these toys, and showing off who had the biggest one was a flex.
Even though the game and the toys were very popular, they don’t hold a lot of value in the market these days. A collection of Pogs can fetch around $10, while individual Pogs go for $1 each. It’s better to keep these items as a memory than an investment.
Silverware has been around for a very long time. It’s inherently an heirloom product. Families pass down silverware collections from generation to generation, no matter where you are in the world.
Silverware might hold a lot of sentimental value, but the same can’t be said for its resale value. If you try to sell your fancy cutlery online, like on eBay, you will come across many other listings for entire antique sets by people. Hence the value of this collectible item has been driven down considerably.
More often than not these collectible items are used as an extra in horror movies! Porcelain and ceramic dolls have been popular among collectors for ages.
The resale value for these dolls, though, isn’t high. In fact, they go for around $10 per piece. So, it goes without saying that these dolls aren’t the best way to rack in the dough.
Model Train Sets
If you’re a locomotive lover, you probably have your private collection of model train sets. These collectibles have websites and clubs dedicated to them. However, the resale value of the trains is nothing to boast about.
In rare instances, these trains sell at a good price. Take, for instance, the Howard Gondola — which was listed on eBay for $1,715. But, mostly, entire train sets in good condition go for as little as $100.
Whether you’re young or old, hip or nerdy, chances are you’ve probably heard of Barbie. This iconic fashion doll was first introduced in 1959 and has since become a franchise so vast, it has spawned movies, TV shows, games — and, of course, countless dolls!
However, unless you have a mint condition original Barbie from the early days, chances are it won’t get you very good resale prices. Since these toys were mass-produced, finding one in good condition isn’t difficult for interested buyers!
Vintage Playboy Magazines
Playboy magazines have a fan following of their own. A publication full of scandalous history, these magazines have helped many boys, as they say, grow up. Whether you bought the magazines for the articles or the pictures, selling them today might not be the best idea.
Unless you’re holding onto a first edition copy from before 1970, these mass-produced items aren’t good for much. So, it’s better to keep these on your bookshelf for memories rather than selling them to earn some money!
Precious Moments are little porcelain figurines centered on an angel named Timmy. Introduced in 1978, these figurines have been proudly collected and gifted across America.
But, it seems like Precious Moments are good for just that — precious moments. The figurines don’t rank very high in collectible value, with even rare ones getting sold for a few hundred dollars only. It’s better to enjoy this collection for the nostalgia it offers than have any financial motive for it.
There was a time when holding a piece of America’s favorite pastime in your hand gave you bragging rights. Collections of baseball cards were proudly carried and showcased, with children making a game out of trading cards and building the biggest collections.
If you own such a collection, it’s best if you just keep them for the good times. These cards are low in demand. Even one featuring star player Ken Griffey Jr. is only worth $100.
Funky Figurines are designed for only one purpose – to be collected. Created in 1998, these collectible toys have turned numerous TV and movie characters into miniature figurines perfect to keep on a desk or a shelf.
Since these toys are so recent, it’s hard to pinpoint how well they will fare in the resale market. So, don’t blow all your money building a collection in the hopes of future investment. But, Funkos do make the cutest decorations — so if you have a particular favorite, be sure to snag it!
Some collectibles see peak glory days, but fall down just as fast. Such is the case with Hummel figurines, a popular World War II souvenir sent back home by Americans stationed in West Germany.
These figurines saw their price increase dramatically in the 1970s as a collector’s item, but the flurry didn’t last long. As of today, unless you have an extremely rare figurine, chances are it won’t sell for much. Your best options would be to either sell them to a nearby thrift shop, or let them continue adorning your shelves.
Franklin Mint Collectibles
The Franklin Mint dolls have been advertised as a collectible investment — buy them today for a great payoff tomorrow. Collectors, therefore, ensure that they keep their dolls in pristine condition and have already listed them for resale!
Even though the sellers are now trying to get around $200 for one doll, most Franklin Mint dolls go for around $20 to $50, without their original packaging. Not the best investment, after all.
Today, we all basically walk around with cameras in our pockets. But, once upon a time, cameras needed their own separate cases or bags. Vintage cameras are a thing of beauty no doubt, but they’re also a lot of hassle for people who collect them.
According to a New York pawnbroker, people come in with film cameras from the ‘70s and ‘80s, which end up being worth nothing. The film for the camera cost more than the camera itself! Not such a sound investment for the new buyers.
VHS and DVD Collections
VHS tapes were once highly coveted items. Before Netflix and Hulu changed the way people consume movies and TV shows, VHS and DVD collections were all the rage. The disappearing technology has driven up the price for these tapes, but only in our minds.
These collections are only worth something if you find the right buyer. Even then, don’t get your hopes too high. It would be better if you keep them for nostalgic purposes than for investment.
Morgan Dollars are now a dime a dozen. These silver coins found popularity in the late 19th century and again in the 1920s when their prices shot up — way up. But, even though the older dollars are almost a century old, today they hardly fetch any money.
Supposedly, Morgan Dollars are one of the most common silver coins that someone can own. Their resale value ranges from $10 to $100. Not the best long-term collectible to focus your energy on.
Indian Head Pennies
The value of any collectible item in the market depends on the supply. If too many exist on the market, the value will decrease significantly. The Indian Head Pennies, minted between 1859 and 1909, have a similar story.
Even though these coins were extremely valuable during the postwar period, their worth has gone down considerably owing to their number. Around 100 million of these were produced by the end. It’s better to just keep one of these pennies at home for entertaining stories rather than financial gains.
Happy Meal Toys
Mcdonald’s is famous for many things — its food, quick service, witty advertisements, as well as its Happy Meal toys. The fast-food brand has been giving away toys with its Happy Meals since 1907, much to the delight of the kids and collectible enthusiasts.
However, unless you have a toy in mint condition, inside the packing and with the Happy Meal box, it’s not worth much. The chances of you having all three are close to none so — in other words — you’ll have better luck collecting something else.
Brown furniture refers to antique pieces of furniture that are usually dark-stained and sturdy. This can include pieces like cabinets, bed frames, dining room tables, and more.
Brown furniture with historical value has gained quite a reputation and value in the resale market. However, average items from the 19th and 20th centuries won’t fetch you much money. The trend has shifted to mid-century modern and Art Deco pieces — and so, brown furniture has somewhat lost its appeal.
All parents like to pass a piece of their childhood to their kids — either through clothes, experiences, and/or stories. Sometimes, these parents are even ready to shell out a little extra money to get a copy of this book.
But, unless you have an incredibly rare first-edition copy, these books are pretty easy to find. With the internet, almost everything is available instantly. So, don’t go thrift-shop hunting for some children’s books. It won’t be worth your time unless you get really lucky and find a first edition copy!
Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids were very famous when they were first released in the late 1970s, and their value only increased in the 1980s. Parents fought over these unusual dolls that were priced for around $30 retail!
Even though you might think Cabbage Patch Kids must now be a collector’s item, it isn’t so. The dolls are rarely in good condition, so they don’t make a profit. It’s better to hang onto your doll for nostalgic purposes.
Vintage College Pennants
If your grandparents or parents went to a prestigious college, like Harvard or Yale, it’s possible that you have a lot of vintage college pennants lying around your house. But, if you’re thinking of turning it into a profit, you might want to think twice.
Personal college items like this hardly hold any value to people other than the owners themselves. Very few people will want to own somebody else’s college pennant. So, maybe hold onto that flag for the good old days.
Hot Wheels have been around since the ‘60s, and they’ve entertained countless children for hours on end. Sadly, these toy cars from Mattel are basically worthless today.
Since these cars were mass-produced and usually end up being severely depleted because of their usage, they fall short of being a collectible dream and are sold for a few dollars only. Unless you have a special version in mint condition, you’re pretty much out of luck.
Autographed Sports Memorabilia
Autographed sports memorabilia was all the rage once, with people shelling out ridiculous amounts of money for them. Even though the prices for these collectibles are still relatively high, selling memorabilia is now riddled with complications.
Firstly, buyers are more often than not doubtful about the authenticity of the product, and convincing them might not be possible every time. Secondly, the recent period of time has seen a mass production of items with sports stars’ autographs on them — making signed sports memorabilia a not-so-special collectible anymore.
Cookie jars are not the most common collectibles people look for. But, ever since Andy Warhol’s collection of 175 ceramic cookie jars sold for $247,830 in 1988, they have also come under the microscope as a possibility.
Sadly, not everyone can dredge up the same interest as a pop star, and the price for a regular individual would be a few dollars for a jar. So, it’s better to use the jars you have to store cookies than your dreams to become a millionaire.
Once upon a time, just like fridge magnets and brochures, people brought back porcelain or metal bells from their travels and events they attended. Even events like the FIFA World Cup had these bells customized for them.
However, you can find these bells on the internet easily for a few dollars. So, while they might be a good souvenir for your travels, they might not be the best item in your house for the resale market!
Salt and Pepper Shakers
Much like porcelain bells, salt and pepper shakers have been a souvenir for people to showcase where they’ve been. Whether they’re quirky or elegant, these delightful little pieces easily find buyers in the market.
These might be easy to sell, but they won’t necessarily earn you much. It’s very rare for a set to be sold for more than $50 to $80 dollars. It might be better to dress your dining tables with the sets you have than to pawn them on eBay.
Newspapers might be an everyday item, but some newspapers hold headlines that changed the course of history. A lot of people preserve newspapers from olden times and then sell them off in a bid to get rich.
These mass-produced items might not be the best collectibles, though. Unless you have first prints of iconic editions, like the one declaring the sinking of Titanic, you probably won’t get much out of it. Furthermore, the internet has made it easy for people to have a look at any newspaper they want.
Thomas Kinkade Collection
The thing that killed the value of Thomas Kinkade’s artwork after his death was the same thing that made him money while he was alive. The ‘Painter of Light’ reproduced his paintings so much during his lifetime that they’re essentially worthless today.
After his death in 2012, the value of the artist’s work dropped massively, with many of his paintings being priced at $20. The Guardian also reported that his work could be found in one in twenty U.S. homes. It’s quite different from the exclusivity of collectibles.
iPods & Other MP3 Players
Gadgets have proven to be incredible collectibles over the years, but the same cannot be said for the gizmos popping up now. It’s too soon to estimate the value of iPods or any other MP3 players, as they were mass-produced for the market.
Recently, an iPod Nano was sold for a meager $69. So, if you’re holding onto all your music players for future investments, it’s better to put them in the back of your cupboard for a very long time.
A quirky collection tends to bring in more money, or so is the saying. However, this doesn’t apply to collections of license plates — a hobby for many people who aim to collect plates from different states, with a variety of stories behind them.
License plates, just like stamps, are easy to come by. Hence, their collectible value has decreased significantly. Even if you have a collection featuring all 50 states, you might get much less than what you were hoping for.
After the salt and pepper shakers, these pins might be the most charming items on the list that one can collect. However, it doesn’t make them any more valuable than the others!
Whether they’re from old events, concerts, or an anniversary pin of a sports team, vintage pins probably won’t sell for more than five to twelve bucks online. Only extremely rare ones sell in thousands. Otherwise, these little trinkets are better for a bout of nostalgia and laughter than for earning money.
Vintage College Clothing
Personal items, until they carry the trace of historical incidents, don’t really hold weight in auction markets anymore. This is the case with vintage college clothing, too. Be it a t-shirt or a hoodie, you’re not likely to find success selling your grandma’s Harvard t-shirt on eBay.
Most likely, you’ll get around $30 for a vintage college sweatshirt. It’s better to hold onto it rather than make a sale.
Yes, it’s true that rare coins are probably one of the most collectible options for people looking to make good dough. But, not every penny will fetch you a good sum.
Wheat pennies are coins that have wheat stalks printed on them. Even though these coins have seen their value appreciated, it’s not worth the hassle to go down and track one. At most, one wheat penny will fetch you a couple of dollars.
Anything vintage has a story to tell, be it big or small. Things like farm tools also tell a story of struggle, and give us the first glimpse into evolution. However, these tools also became décor items for a period of time, leading to mass-produced reproductions flooding the market.
A lot of these tools have gone unsold as the trend has shifted to a more modern and cleaner look. If you’re planning to sell a pitchfork you have lying around, don’t expect to get more than $50 for it!
Yes, at one point, you had to catch them all. But, now if you’re trying to sell them, you’re probably not going to find a lot of luck.
The Pokémon fad during the ’90s was the best time to sell these cards. Nintendo ensured that some rare and special cards were on the market, sending the collectors into a frenzy. Now, the market is flooded with Pokémon merchandise, which has hurt the resale value of these cards.