Are Action Figures Worth the Effort?

Are Action Figures Worth the Effort?

Are-Action-Figures-Worth-the-Effort4Estate sales are prime locations for collecting action figures. They are full of items the sellers would refer to as junk. One person’s junk can be a treasure to someone else.

A major factor in collecting action figures is the price point. Breaking the bank or accumulating a pool of debt because of over-zealous collection building is not a wise idea. A simple rule of thumb is, “The cheaper the price, the better the deal.” Try to pay as little as possible. A free action figure is truly a bargain.

Consider the condition when shopping for collectibles. Condition has a bearing on an item’s value. Good condition makes an item worth more. An item in the original box is more valuable than one that is not. An unopened box increases the value. Check for amputations, dings, and scratches if the figure has been removed from the box. Taking the time to assess damages may save later surprises.Are-Action-Figures-Worth-the-Effor3

Become knowledgeable about action figures. Toy collecting magazines, internet newsgroups, or friendly conversations with toy store employees are excellent sources of information. Background research of an item increases the chances of finding it.

Action figures became a top-selling category in 1965. The reason they became popular is pop culture icons came from comics, television, and movies. Hasbro, Inc. might be credited with the hobby’s inception. In 1964, children’s imaginations were infiltrated with the ‘G.I. Joe Action Soldiers’ line. The market was taken by storm when purchases of clothing, vehicles, and accessories were made. This information may give first time collectors a list of items collect. Armed with this information, a collector may be able to make an impression that affects the sales price.

Are-Action-Figures-Worth-the-Effort2Collectors who revel in the joy of the purchase rather than its potential value will have more fun. Patience is required. Do not jump at an item that is advertised as “rare.” That may be a propaganda technique. Being in the right situation, at the proper time, is how most collectibles are found.

Realistic goals are important. An item becomes collectible when there is a collector willing to pay for it. That is the purpose of price guides. A misconception that the price guide price is the set price to obtain an item is false. Price guides give a basis for the price an item may cost. They supply collectors with information about the worth potential collectors see in the item. Collectors try to find items at prices that are cheaper than those listed in a price guide.

Treating estate sellers in a cordial fashion can do much to affect the price. Someone who finds a collector friendly is more likely to help arrange a mutually agreeable price. Collecting an item that has no intrinsic value is more burden than pleasure. The possibility exists that a few disappointments will be encountered. A healthy collection can be had by maintaining a healthy attitude.

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Collecting Rare Records at Estate Sales

Collecting Rare Records at Estate Sales

Collecting-Rare-Records-at-Estate-Sales2Often people wish they could hear songs that were popular when they were children. Elvis and The Beatles are among the artists whose music brings back fond memories. Some of the records produced in bygone years are worth thousands of dollars. Some are worth more than that. A local estate sale may be a very good source to find a bargain.

Here is a list of five all-time favorites that are quite valuable.

“Do I Love You?” by Frank Wilson- Even if a collector is not familiar with Frank Wilson, the history behind the record is worth knowing. A seven inch single was not publicly released. One of the copies sold for nearly $30,000 in 1999.

Collecting-Rare-Records-at-Estate-Sales3“The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” album by Dylan-He was a top musician in his era. This album brought a price of $35,000. Dylan asked to have four songs from the album be removed. Those collectors that have a copy of the original release have a valuable piece of merchandise.

A 1958 acetate disc put out by the Quarrymen has “In Spite of All the Danger” on one side of the album and “That’ll Be the Day” on the other. The estimated value is $200,000. That is about the maximum value of collectible records. There is a slim chance of it appearing on the market in the near future. Paul McCartney owns it.

“Double Fantasy” by Yoko Ono and John Lennon does top the estimated value of the previously mentioned record. The album sold for approximately $400,000 in 1999. It is the copy Lennon had signed for Mark David Chapman shortly before Chapman killed Lennon.

These five records show how valuable they can be. If someone is in possession of old records, a close look at them may be worthwhile. Searching estate sales can put a collector in position to locate records. A dollar is the usual estate sale price of a record. Records like those put out by the Beatles may sell for $25. That is still a bargain.

Collecting-Rare-Records-at-Estate-Sales4It seems impossible that an entire generation may not have seen a record album. There are three vinyl record types. They are classified by the RPM. Those initials stand for Rotations Per Minute. The three types are 78’s, 33’s, and 45’s. Thirty-threes are often called LP’s and 45’s are referred to as singles. The 78’s and 33’s are typically 10 to 12 inches in diameter. The 45’s have a diameter of 5 inches. Thirty-threes were popular in the US and produced by many regional companies. Forty-fives were popular in the 60’s through the 80’s.

Popular music styles include popular vocal music, Dixieland, Jazz “Race Records”, early Rock and Roll, and Bluegrass. When searching for collectibles, look for records in good condition. They should be playable and in the original sleeve that is in good shape. Obscurities bring the highest market value. Popular records by popular artists are common. The do not bring a big price. Focus should be placed on remixes, singles, and foreign pressings.

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Lakewood, CO 80215
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Dolls: A Collector’s Item or a Forgotten Toy?

Dolls: A Collector’s Item or a Forgotten Toy?

One of the latest trends to sweep the desires of invested collectors is vintage dolls. These former childhood toys have been loved for generations from rag dolls to porcelain beauties. Dolls over the last century have become more and more realistic and detailed. Those made of fine materials and painstaking detail are worth the most. However, that should not keep collectors from buying dolls of little value.Dolls-A-Collector's-Item-or-a-Forgotten-Toy2

Anyone interested in starting a collection can find something of worth in plastic Barbies and small figurines. Every doll will add color and charm to the right collection. Therefore, look for dolls that catch your eye because chances are it will be the perfect addition to your showcase.

Things to Consider When Doll Shopping at Estate Sales

If you are investing in dolls for a profit, then only buy ones that are in demand. Vintage Barbies can fetch a pretty penny at online auctions sites. Take a look to see which dolls are getting the most attention. Chances are they will include the original Barbie and some special edition dolls. You need to educate yourself before hitting the estate sales looking for a gold mine in dolls.

Always look for dolls that are in pristine condition. It does not matter how pricey a doll is if it looks old and used. This means avoiding any dolls with wonky hair, missing limbs or smeared faces. Clothes and accessories can be easily fixed. However, an original body and hair are harder to replace.

Some porcelain dolls are the most difficult to find because they are so delicate. If you find one in roaring condition, then snatch it up right away. Chances are somebody is looking for that exact model, and they will be willing to pay you a handsome sum for it. If not, then you at least have a lovely doll to add to your own growing collection.

Dolls-A-Collector's-Item-or-a-Forgotten-Toy3Are Repairs Possible?

It is certainly possible to fix a doll that needs new hair or a whole new body. However, it might lose some value in the process. Cloth body dolls are the easiest to fix because new hands and legs can be attaches without a problem. Hair is a little more difficult because a wig will need to be attaches or a whole new head placed on the beauty. The paint job is also a difficult process because the doll needs to look like itself upon completion. If you are willing to put in the effort, then any doll can look like new. This might be the best solution for vintage dolls of sentimental value.

The Modern Doll Collection

Research the best dolls for a modern collection. Many dolls of the past few years have gone out of production, but they are not old enough to cause any desire among collectors. However, that will change as people remember their old toys. Look for dolls that are recently out of production. Think of them as investor pieces because their worth could easily double in years to come!

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Lakewood, CO 80215
303-479-4970