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Are Trading Cards The New, Easy Way To Invest?

An intriguing report on alternative investments has just been dropped by Raisin UK.

 

Even though watches and alcohol have been the primary breadwinners for auction houses, the report shows that those categories are outshined by other categories such as comic books, retro gamins and trading cards. They are also reported to be outperforming rare sneakers, handbags and classic cars. As an example, an unopened Nintendo Entertainment System may potentially get as much as $120,000 USD, or an unopened game of World of Warcraft from 2004 could bring in as much as $4,041 USD.

 

The wildest example would also be the 1938 Action Comics #1 that sold originally for 13-cents, brought in $2.9 million USD back in 2014. In addition to the recent surge of First Edition Charizards from the Pokémon Trading Card Game breaking the quarter-million USD mark, sports cards are also seeing a surge in popularity. Sports cards such as the 1909 Honus Wagner, originally selling for $49.88 USD back in 1993 saw an auction sale that was 74,000x larger at a whopping $3,700,000 USD.

 

That being said, you might want to check the basement/attic of your parents’ house to see what sort of memorabilia they might be willing to part with for a huge payoff. You can see the value of each category in the graph below:

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