New data from Raisin has shown just how much some items we may consider ‘junk’ in our houses might actually be worth.
We’ve all got items lying around, but until it comes to having a clear-out, do you consider that you could actually be sat on MILLIONS of pounds worth of collectables?
As part of the study, it was revealed classic video games were one of the TOP returns on investment alongside watches, handbags, comic books and even cars.
Classic video games increase in value by £24,433
The games that brought you joy in your childhood could bring you a considerable payout now.
The original Super Mario Bros for NES has substantially increased in value, with a version still in the shrink wrap selling for a whopping £86,389 since releasing in the mid-eighties, with the titular characters going on to define a generation of virtual fun.
There are smaller profits to be made in gaming too. A limited-edition of the first release of World of Warcraft would have cost you £60 in 2004, but could now bring home £568, or upwards of £3,000 if you’ve left it unopened.
Comic Books can be turned into cash
Once upon a time, it might have been people’s cheapest way of entertainment, not knowing that it might be worth a whole lot more now. Items such as comic books and playing cards selling for huge sums as collectors look to own the rarest editions.
In 2014, an original copy of Action Comics #1 (where we first meet Superman) sold for a staggering £2.4 million, when you consider that it initially sold for a mere 10p in 1938, it’s clear that this is a huge leap in value.
The difference in value is largely down to how rare an item it is – fewer than 100 copies still exist, with many of them in poor condition due to their age. It’s also important to keep them in good condition.
Trading cards can be worth a lot more than what you originally bought them for
A baseball trading card featuring Honus Wagner, who made his name way back in 1909, was first listed in auction in 1993 for £37.
Still a lot for a trading card, you might think.
It was then sold for a staggering £2,365,381, which is the equivalent of a 6,239,900% increase.
Sport of a different kind pays off too. Pokemon cards, in particular 1st editions, are some of the rarest around. A 1st edition Charizard sold at auction for £172,996, well exceeding its 1999 price of £2.50 for ten cards.
With a 277,223.41% interest rate and a £31,236 average yearly increase, it’s probably hard to ignore the amount they could potentially be worth – it’s always worth taking these old games to be estimated, as you might end up earning big bucks.
Which collectable returns the best investment?
Overall, after luxury watches it’s comic books and trading cards that are the best investments. Worth noting that for video games, cards and comics the yearly interest rates work out at thousands of percent increase year-on-year.
Might be worth hanging onto those old copies!