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August 09, 2011


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My mom gave me a box of stuff to eBay. There was a steel cone top beer can from a local, defunct, brewery. I listed it for $0.99. When I started to get "What's your buy-it-now?" price emails, I actually researched the value. It sold for $96.

While it's not a lot, I use this an example of surprising things of value.

I sold a t-shirt from 1994 with a video game character on it for > $800 on eBay. I also started getting 'let's make a deal' emails once I had posted it. I was hoping to get at least $30, but was curious as to how much it would go for, so I didn't make any deals. I was SHOCKED when I checked the price the next day and saw it was up to $700+. :O

So, I now check every GoodWill store I see just in the chance that I'll find another one...

I have not had much luck myself, but my parents scour auctions and yard sales for this type of thing to resell. Their best find was a vintage Barbie collection. They bought it for about $100, and sold it for well over $3000. Who knew Barbie and Ken were so pricey?

George Walton was a coin dealer who, shortly before his death, had claimed to own a 1913 Liberty nickel. He would shortly be attending a coin show as a dealer, and announced that he would be bringing the coin.

He never made it to the show, dying en route in a crash. The celebrated (hyped) coin (which was a surreptitious late-night creation of the Mint Director, along with four identical copies) was not found at the scene.

For years I believed he did not, in fact, actually own the coin. I was mistaken.

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