The Value of Stuff


It’s no secret that there is a large secondary market out there for collectibles. Just check out an episode of Antiques Roadshow, if you want to see people getting knocked over by the current value of their items. However, if the show is a rerun, they have recently added the current appraisal of the piece. If the price has dropped, there is an accompanying “whaa-whaa-whaa” sound. Bummer. 

When I was a kid, there were a few collectibles that I kept up with. There were stamps, baseball cards, and of course the holy grail, comic books. I waited impatiently each month for the latest adventures of Peter Parker (aka The Amazing Spider-Man). Plus, many of the other characters in the Marvel Universe. You either collected Marvel or DC. I was Marvel all the way, despite watching the Superman and Batman TV shows. Both staples of the DC Universe.  

As a result of my addiction to comics, I built up a pretty good collection over the years. Thankfully, the Flood of 2014 didn’t take them out, even though they were in the basement. A couple of Archie comics on the bottom of the cardboard box took a hit, but the rest of them were just fine. Both of my sons are fans of the genre as well, and I have told them that they will inherit my comics when I move on from this world. However, I made sure I don’t have anything in my collection worth bumping me off.  

Recently, I nearly had a heart attack when I discovered that the value of old Disney VHS tapes had skyrocketed on eBay. It seems that the younger generation is nostalgic as well. Even though they don’t even have a VCR, they still like to put the tapes on their bookshelf, as a reminder of days gone by. It’s like putting vinyl album covers up on the wall. Those are experiencing a resurgence as well. I don’t know what happened to our Disney VHS collection, but I still have Toy Story 1 and 2 on a basement bookshelf.  That reminds me to check out the value of Buzz and Woody.    

What it all comes down to is, just enjoy your hobby. Maybe your stuff will be worth a lot of money someday. Maybe it won’t. There’s probably a good chance you might get hit with the “whaa-whaa-whaa” when you check out the current value. However, what truly matters is what these items are worth to you. Not some nerdy cellar-dweller from Columbus, Ohio.  

As usual, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read this article. I hope you will continue to enjoy and follow this blog. Please feel free to share these stories with your family and friends!


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