To make room, during a move or a garage sale, we are often tempted to get rid of collectibles that we do nothing and that we have stored for too long. Be careful, however, not to part with it too quickly. The value of some coins can indeed soar over the years.
This is particularly the case for comics. If you keep old albums by Tintin, Lucky Luke, Tarzan, Blueberry, Asterix, or even Captain America in your cellar or attic, it’s time to dust them off.
Knowing that the value of a comic book depends on its age, its rarity, and its condition. A comic strip in “very good condition” corresponds to a premium of 30% and if it is in “new condition”, the price can quickly skyrocket, the premium being 150 to 300%.
It should be noted that those which take the most value are generally the original editions like “Tintin in the land of the Soviets” (1930), “Tintin in America” (1932), or Lucky Luke, volume 1, “The gold mine of Dick Digger ”(1949).
MINIATURE CARS survived
Another object that hasthe years very well: miniature cars. Some of these scale models sold for a handful of euros at the time, can now be worth a small fortune.
In particular those of the brand Dinky Toys and Corgi Toys, in scale 1/18. And if you still have the original packaging, the price can even double, provided that the object is not too damaged.
If parts are missing, the rims are bent, or if there are too many paint chips, its value will be less. In May 2020, a small Peugeot 204 sedan Dinky Toys for example sold for more than 7,000 euros at an auction in Nîmes.
Certain coins, old but also contemporary, can be worth much more than their face value. If you are lucky enough to have a safe copy, keep it safe.
On average, the value of a coin can increase by 220% over a ten-year period, according to the online auction platform Catawiki. In addition to the condition of the object, it is the draft which is decisive: the more it is limited, the more the value increases.
Pay particular attention to coins put into circulation to commemorate a specific event, or to pay tribute to an important person, and those which have been minted in error. An anomaly actually increases the price of the part.
If you are in possession of dolls antiquemade of noble materials, such as wood, biscuit, leather, wax, or even papier-mâché, celluloid, and porcelain, know that they age very well.
In particular those of the brand Armand Marseille, Schildkröt, Jumeau, Simon and Halbig, and Lenci. The name of the mask is usually found on the back of the doll’s neck, on its back, or on its shoulder.
Well preserved – hair and clothing in good condition, unpeeled paint, original limbs… – some can now sell for several hundred euros. Another important detail: the eyes. If they close and open, the doll’s value increases.
Stamp prices have stagnated for several years. Due to the decline of mail, replaced by emails and other electronic messages, these little pieces of paper have indeed lost their value. However, not all are affected. But to avoid keeping stamps without potential, sorting is necessary.
You should know that the price of a stamp varies in particular depending on the obliteration. The more ink hides the stamp, the lower its value. On the other hand, prefer old stamps.
In 2014, a stamp printed in the 19th century in British Guiana, the “One-Cent Magenta”, for example, was sold for around 7 million euros. Finally, as with coins, particularly aim for those commemorating certain events or birthdays.