20 Valuable Things You Probably Threw Away But Shouldn’t Have

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9. Air Jordans

Air Jordan Sneaker
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Your parents complained when you threw away those pair of expensive Air Jordans you begged them for. But, if they’d known how much they were going to be worth one day, they really would’ve pitched a fit when they saw you chuck them in the trash. In 2016, a pair of Air Jordans sold for $30,000 on eBay. How much they sell for depends on the model and the condition. The $30,000 pair sold for that much because they had never been worn.

8. Outdated Computers

Old Apple Computer
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The 1976 Apple I, one of Steve Jobs’ first computers, sold at auction for $200,000. That was after someone found it at a recycling center in California. According to MSN, a woman threw the computer away back in 2015. The recycling center had been trying to track down the woman who donated her old computer to the center so she could claim her portion of the money, The Daily Mirror reported.

So, the moral of the story is the next time you are tempted to dump your older model computer after purchasing a newer model, DON’T!

7. Magazines

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Old magazines are in a category called “ephemera.” Simply put, ephemera is paper items that were intended to be discarded, but instead became collector’s items. “The value of items in this category is related to rarity, condition, and the number of issues,”Jacquie Denny, co-founder of online estate sales company Everything But The House (EBTH), said in an article published by Reader’s Digest. The April 9-15, 1983 TV Guide issue featuring Elvis Presley on the cover sold for $36 on EBTH.com, while a special edition Life magazine from 1969 featuring the Woodstock musical festival sold for $113 on the website.

6. Cookbooks

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Out-of-print cookbooks like Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking book set, volume 1 (1961) and volume 2 (1970) can be quite valuable. This one is currently selling for $9,500 on AbeBooks. Even if a cookbook isn’t vintage, it still could be worth a lot. For example, cookbooks that were mass-produced and widely used–as long as they’re in good condition–are quite valuable. And, just like signed yearbooks can be worth a lot, so can cookbooks that were signed by a famous chef.