Updated October 27, 2020, 4:26 p.m.
Already in the Stone Age, whatever was collected was collected. At that time the collecting mania still served the survival and self protection, today more fun, adventure and big returns are in the foreground. Action figures, cartoons or trading cards are particularly trendy and can, if you strike, run into the money. US rapper “Logic”, for example, recently bought a rare Pokémon card for over $ 200,000. You don’t treat yourself to anything else …
It is remarkable what people collect. Cars, books, whiskey bottles, beer mats, playing cards, sneakers, comics or action figures – the passion for accumulating things is evident no limits set. Actor Tom Hanks has been collecting old typewriters on a large scale since the 1970s, while Manager Quentin Tarantino again, old board games that are related to TV and film are accumulated.
Gathering is a pastimethat has existed since time immemorial and always with the change of time subject. Because over the centuries they have kept coming back new trends developed while others lost in importance to have. Postage stamps, PEZ dispensers or tin soldiers, for example, are no longer as popular today, but action figures, comics or playing cards are very much.
Action figures – unusual investments
While children like to play with action figures, adults tend to just look at the ten to 20 centimeters tall heroes, monsters & Co. from films, cartoons or PC games hoard or trade in it. Important for people who like to collect and trade: The action figures should be unplayed and in their original packaging, because only with “immaculate” figures can high returns be achieved later. A small scratch, a slight kink? Already will for “GI Joe”, “Captain Action” or “He-Man” paid less.
Who is a real treasure wants to buy, has to dig a little deeper into the wallet. So a special one costs “Boba Fett”, the bounty hunter from the “Star Wars” series, definitely sat $ 500,000. If you want to grab one or the other action figure bargain, you will for example on Ebay, but also on www.actionfilmfiguren.de, www.actionfiguren-shop.com or www.meinesammlung.com find it.
$ 3.2 million for first Superman adventure
Although there were comics before, their real global triumphal march was guided by characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Fix and Foxi or Superman from the 1930s onwards. The drawn stars also quickly aroused the interest of passionate collectors, some of them nowadays horrific sums for first editions numbers. So, the very first Superman adventure was 2014 for whopping $ 3.2 million auctioned on Ebay. When it first appeared in 1938, it cost just 10 US cents. If you believe experts, the first Batman adventure, which appeared in 1939 as Edition 27 of the “Detective Comics” series, is even said to be worth over $ 3.5 million to have.
Comic locations on the internet
If you want to get an overview of comics, the “German Comic Guide” (www.comicguide.de), of the largest German comic database on the web, it’s great pleasure. But also on www.sammlerforen.net or www.dersammler.eu is there for the passionate “Cartoonists” lots to discover. Already none Exotic status Of course, the Asian comic culture also has more, at its center the worldwide coveted Japanese manga stand. On the portals www.mangaboerse.de, www.mangakiste.de as well as on www.sammlerecke.de Those interested in Japanese comics will find a wide range.
Rapper “Logic” acquires the crown jewel of the Pokémon trading cards
How much the analogue even for them Generation Z. – for all those who saw the light of day between 1997 and 2012 – has gained in importance, can also be seen from the Pokémon TCG with its somewhat weird-looking, but well-known creatures. Only recently did the Rapper “Logic”who put his career on the microphone on hold, caused a sensation. The 30-year-old submitted for the first edition the shadowless holographic “Charizard” card from 1999 believe it or not 226.000 US-Dollar (including bonus) on the table. The card has achieved the highest value ever achieved for a Pokémon card and is also the highest upgraded Nintendo collectible at all. “When I was a child, I absolutely loved Pokémon, but couldn’t afford the cards,” said the rapper, who was now also busy collecting cash, on Instagram.
Trading card games – analogue right on trend
who from the 1990s grew up, can probably still take part in the duels with “Yu-Gi-Oh” Cards or barter with others Pokémon collectors recall. The business with the “Trading Cards” for gigantic sales. So should the “Pokémon Company”, a subsidiary of “Nintendo”, sell over two billion Pokémon cards a year. Incidentally, it is considered a veteran among the trading card games “Magic: The Gathering”. It was released in 1993, making it the first trading card game of its kind.
In contrast to well-known card games such as skat or poker, sit down Trading card games composed of several hundred different cards, some of which are higher, others one lower rarity value to have. And to get the cards you need, you have to trade or swap. But playing itself has it all. Hardly any other genre relies so much on one another as trading card games. Connect with other players around the world in a ranking list measuring is a great fascination for many players. You never reach your goal, because the Card collection can always get better.
For sales: a flawless appearance is essential
Here, too, high values can only be achieved with flawless cards without grease spots or dog ears Achieve, which is why it is advisable to always buy the cards immediately matching cases and for full collective enjoyment corresponding scrapbook to buy. You can find a lot of cards from different genres on www.cardmarket.com or on www.collect-it.de.
What the stars accumulate
Not just Tom Hanks and Quentin Tarantino are passionate collectors. Also Angelina Jolie (ancient daggers), Leonardo die Caprio (“Star Wars” and “He-Man” action figures), Phil Collins (Artifacts from the Battle of the Alamo), Janet Jackson (Porcelain pigs) or Claudia Schiffer (Images that are inspired by insects) are downright collecting. John Travolta hoards something as well. He collects Planes and can already call five pieces his own. There is still a little room for improvement.
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