If you have any of these items in your possession, hang on to them. They could be worth a lot of money in the not-so-distant future.
10. Recent First Edition Books
When books first come out, there are a limited number of copies printed just in case they don’t sell too well. What most people don’t realize is that these are the books you want to grab up because when they do start selling, the first edition books will be worth quite a bit. This is especially true if the books have been autographed. “So if you were one of the lucky few who took a chance on a first-edition copy of Twilight, The Da Vinci Code or George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, consider it a good investment,” MoneyWise.com says.
9. Photos Taken by Emerging Photographers
There’s big money in photos taken by unknown photographers who are on the verge of stardom. Just a few years ago, three collectors from Chicago stumbled upon some prints and negatives taken between the 50s and 70s by an unknown street photographer named Vivian Maier. After one of the collectors posted some of Maier’s photos on his blog, she became famous, so to speak. Since then, there have been several books and films covering her work. As a result, her prints are now worth thousands of dollars.
TIP: If you are interested in finding emerging photographers, you can do so by visiting local galleries and student art shows, or by searching for them online. You can also check out Emerging Photographer magazine. It’s published by Photo District News and highlights the work of rising international photographers.
8. Instant Photos
Speaking of photography, did you know that instant photos might someday be considered collector’s items? Why not now, you ask? Well, believe it or not people are still buying Polaroid-style instant cameras that print photos on the spot. That means they haven’t become extinct just yet. Still, there’s already a market for these kinds of photographs on eBay. Some individual Polaroid photographs are selling for as much as $10 while slides of vintage trains, beach scenes and tourist attractions sell for up to $50.
7. 2016 Election Newspapers
Perhaps the most shocking thing in American election history was when real estate mogul Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. For that reason, any newspapers from the morning after Election Day 2016 might some day be worth a fortune — at least a small fortune anyway. According to Poynter, the legendary “Dewey Defeats Truman” front page from 1948 can be worth thousands.
FYI, if you have any newspapers from the 2008 election, you’ll definitely want to hang on to those as well. Obama victory newspapers were going for more than $100 on eBay the morning after the election results were in.
6. Today’s Sneakers
If a pair of Air Jordan sneakers from the 1980s sold for $30,000 on eBay back in 2016, it only makes sense that today’s sneakers — at least certain ones anyway — will someday be very valuable.
According to MoneyWise.com, there’s a huge market for first-edition or limited-release sneakers, especially when it comes to Nike and Adidas shoes. There’s just one catch, though: If you’re going to try to sell yours someday, they must be in perfect or near-perfect condition. The Jordans that sold for $30k had never been worn. But, even if yours are gently used, they can still earn big money.
According to Realtor.com, Bruce Treadway, owner of Caring Transitions in Illinois, which specializes in senior relocation, downsizing, and estate sales, said that his company has sold city maps for over $3,000. The reason why maps are so valuable is that they are quickly becoming outdated. Since GPS units and maps are everywhere, people no longer need traditional maps.
If you happen to have a map and you want to know how much yours is worth, check out the Old Maps website. Even if you find out yours isn’t worth much right now, WiseBread.com recommends holding onto it. In another 10-20 years it’s value will rise.
4. Controversial Items
Controversial artwork, movies and books that get pulled from the shelves can be worth a lot of money just a few years down the road. Brian Graves, co-founder of EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE, a company that connects and serves people who have or seek uncommon things, told Reader’s Digest about a controversial Beatles album cover that sold for nearly $4,000! Since the album covers were pulled from the shelves, there aren’t that many out there — which means they’re rare. And, when an item is rare, its value increases dramatically.
In an article published on its website, Investopedia says we should all “keep an eye out for the next groundbreaking electronic product to be released and grab it.” That’s because in a few years from now, they’ll possibly be worth big bucks. According to Investopedia, the most valuable electronic items are those that are the first of their kind. The original 1976 Apple I computer, for example, sold at auction in Cologne, Germany, for $671,400.
It’s important to note that used electronics don’t fetch as much — but they are still valuable. For example, a used 1984 Original Apple Macintosh 128k recently sold for $2,749.
Wine can be VERY expensive (one bottle can cost more than a 3-course meal), so it’s no wonder this beverage can be worth a fortune in the future. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on it to one day make a fortune. Last summer, Walmart launched Winemakers Selection, a collection of wines from around the world that includes Sparkling rosé from France, Chianti from Italy, and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles in California. The good news is you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank on these wines. Each bottle costs about $11. If you hang on to them long enough, they could fetch quite a bit. Graves recommends looking at the market trends and how brands position themselves. If a company puts out a limited supply of an inexpensive wine they’re hoping will gain in popularity, it would be in your best interest to buy it before it’s in high demand.
1. McDonald’s Straws
Due to environmental concerns, McDonald’s recently began shifting from using plastic straws to using paper straws. In fact, paper straws are already in use in the UK. As a result, McDonald’s plastic straws are selling on eBay for quite a bit. A buyer recently paid nearly $100 for 400 of them!
Other McDonald’s items that have sold for quite a bit include the mini coffee spoons that were discontinued years ago and the limited-edition Szechuan dipping sauce for Chicken McNuggets.
What items are you hanging on to in the hopes of cashing in on them later? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!