Best Collectibles for Investment
Collecting modern American first editions is an extremely popular field because these books are so available. This area of book collecting is thought as including works of fiction or poetry by American writers published in the 20th Century. Most collectors also include significant works published in the latter portion of the 19th Century.
Limited Signed First Editions
Limited signed first editions have been issued since the 1920s for a number of writers including; Sherwood Anderson, Pearl Buck, John Steinbeck, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill, John Updike and Joseph Heller. Most are first editions printed from the same plates as the ordinary trade edition. They are produced on better paper, with better bindings and in a slip case. These limited editions are numbered and are signed by the author.
In determining the value of a first edition, condition and rarity are most important. Condition is an important measure of value. Special emphasis is placed on the dust jacket. The dust jacket is indispensable.
Children's books have been published since the middle of the 19th Century. One of the most popular was written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and it's sequel, Through the Looking Glass. Collectors look for "classics", the books everyone remembers.
Many children's books are valuable for their artistic qualities. Picture books with talented artists are sought after.
First editions in good condition command higher prices than later editions or battered copies. These factors are not as crucial to collectors of children's books. Nobody expects books handled by children to be pristine. Collectible editions include Milne's stories of Winnie the Pooh, James Thurber's The White Deer, and E.B. White's Charlotte's Web and Stuart little.
Comics are classified by time of publication, into what collectors call, the Early Period, the Golden Age and the Silver Age. The Early Period begins with the invention of the newspaper comic strip in 1895, when Richard Outcault created Hogan's Alley. If you are a lucky collector you may find an artists original drawings or some yellowed newspaper pages.
The first of the modern paperbound comic books appeared as an advertising giveaway for Proctor and Gamble in 1933. The first series of comic books to be sold from stores was, Famous Funnies in 1934.
To collectors the Golden Age began in 1938 with Action Comics No.1, which introduced Superman. The most sought after comics are those in which a new hero or humorous character was introduced, or first published in a series with his or her own name.
After WW 11 another category of comic books supplanted the Golden Age. William M. Gaines, founder of Mad Magazine, dreamed up eight series of horror tales. These comics and others are called the Silver Age. Some of the desirable comics of the Silver Age are; The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, and Spider Man.
The greatest name in detective fiction is Sherlock Holmes, chronicled by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in four novels and 56 short stories.
Other notable authors include; Ellery Queen, John P. Parquand, Mickey Spillane,
Erle Stanley Gardner, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, John Dickson Carr, Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich, Graham Greene, Josephine Tey, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Rex Stout, John Greasey and Ross Macdonald. First editions of these authors are the ones to invest in.
The earliest science fiction is very old and so rare that first editions are museum pieces. The authors that collectors seek fall into three groups. First there are the 19th Century writers such as Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. The second group consists of 20th Century authors who are famous for general works but also responsible for outstanding science fiction. The third group is composed of 20th Century specialists in science fiction.
Notable authors are Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, George Orwell's, 1984, Frank Herbert, Ray Bradbury, and our favorite Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Other Exciting Collectible Areas
Coin collecting is the collecting of coins or other forms of minted legal tender. Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, including coins. Collecting Morgan Silver Dollars, Peace Dollars, Walking Liberty Half Dollars, Mercury Dimes and othe silver collectible coins are our favorites. Investors and collectors can own silver the metal and also invest in a long standing collectible asset, collectible silver coins. Coins in good condition can be bought at a modest premium over spot silver melt values. In the next 5-10 years demand for silver should increase and also the spot price.Silver is used in cars, electronics, jewelry and other industrial uses. We expect a significant price increase in silver. Also, we expect collectible silver coins will continue to appreciate as younger investors and collectors look to numismatics. People have been collecting coins since coins were invented (c.700 BC).
Limited Edition Art Prints
This group of art prints should retain their value and will probably go up in value, especially if the artist gains more fame over time. These types of reproductions are signed and dated by the artist, printed on archival quality, acid free paper or even cotton with quality inkjet printers. Limited edition prints are official copies of art and hold more value than unofficial reproductions. A limited edition print is one which a limit is placed on the number of impressions pulled in order to create a scarcity of the print. Limited editions are usually numbered and are often signed to increase rarity. The number of prints in any edition is established by the artist. Each impression in the edition is signed and numbered by the artist. There are usually two numbers separated by a slash 4/70. Every edition also has artist proofs, extra prints pulled by the artist to proof the edition.There can also be different states, as well as publisher's prints. The artist proofs or publisher's prints may not exceed 10% of total impressions.
The study of stamps is called philately and collectors are called philatelists. Stamp collecting is easy to start without a big investment. One thing common with most collectibles, especially stamps, is that condition is everything. The stamp collecting boom of the 1930's resulted in collectors hoarding newly issued stamps, and the US Postal Service therefore printed more stamps to meet demand. The net effect is that virtually all US stamps produced since the 1930s are available in large quantities.
Vintage Board Games
Board games from the 1950's to 1970's should appreciate in value over time. Like other collectibles, condition is very important for a board game's value. Condition will not make a worthless game valuable but can make a rare game very valuable. The most important thing is that the game have all of the pieces. A game missing dice is not as important as missing key game pieces. Game pieces for rare games can also be valuable. Really old games are very hard to find. Most collectors prefer games released between 1950-1970. The most important factor of value is the game's theme. A board game's theme is most important to collectors.
Vintage Movie Posters
Movie posters are still relatively inexpensive. Classic movie posters in good condition should continue to increase in value. Vintage movie posters are highly collectible, especially those for films released before the 1940's. Movie posters and lobby cards were made for publicity purposes, and most were trashed after the film finished. Starting in the early 1940's, studios began using a consolidated printing and distribution method (National Screen Service) to handle posters. Theaters bought them and returned them for a credit. This allowed the posters to be re used for later releases. A reproduction is simply a photographic copy of an original poster and has little value as a collectible.
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