Nine Reasons that Make Investing in Collectibles a Smart Choice

When one looks at different investment options, the most commonly suggested ones include stocks, currency, real estate or bonds. But what if someone is not looking for conventional investments? What if they’re not ready to bear the risk attached to stocks or real estate markets?

They can explore alternative investments — art and collectibles. As an investor, one’s prime goal is to maximize wealth with steady profits, but investing in collectibles offers much more. Here are ten benefits that make investment in collectibles a bright prospect.

Defying inflation: You can call collectibles the rebel category of investment. After all what other form of investment gains value over time above the prevailing inflation rates?

Time and Value: You’ve read about the traditional long-term investments. This is beyond that. With collectibles, the more you wait before selling them off, the more chances there are of an increase in value. Whether you hold on to it for decades or pass it down to your later generations, a collectible will earn you sizeable returns.

They’re Trending: 2015 saw an uptrend for collectibles and experts predicted 2016 to continue with the same. More than halfway through 2016, we feel the experts played their cards right as collectibles continue to sell at record prices.

They’re Global: Don’t think your collectible is attracting the right buyer in your own country? Sell to someone in another as long as they pay you the value you desire. Collectibles are universal; you just need to find the right market.

The Demand: Historical collectibles are quite limited in supply. Most of these end up being bought by museums which makes them rarer. This helps keep the overall demand for them high over a long period of time. Makes the ones you own more valuable, now doesn’t it?

The Treasure Hunt: Ordering stocks or bonds on a computer can be boring. That’s not the case with collectibles. Finding the perfect investment is more of an adventure as you set out to hunt piece after piece in a real world setting.

The Increase in Middle Class: There has been noticeable growth of middle class (higher disposable incomes) in emerging markets. This means that despite of the predicted volatility of these markets in the upcoming years there will be an increase in the number of buyers for collectibles.  

Interest Rate Fluctuations? Who cares: Normally when interest rates fluctuate, they tend to impact investment gains. Collectibles are not susceptible to interest rate changes. This means there are fewer chances of decline in investment gains and subsequent reductions in the level of disposable incomes.

Utility: Probably the best thing about investing in collectibles is that you do not need to lock them away unless you want to sell them off. Like a painting can hang in your living room and the wife can wear those heirloom baubles you so fondly collect. It’s an investment you can enjoy.

The bottom line is that collectibles pay off substantial returns. However, investing in collectibles is a long term investment. You need to hold on to them for longer time periods to improve the returns you wish to reap. So if you are looking for regular returns this is not a feasible option for you.

Five Unbeatable Tips for Coin Collectors

Did you know that the roots of collecting coins date back to the ancient era of the kings and queens?

Flowin Hair Liberty Dollar
Most Valuable Coin Ever Sold 1794 – Flowin Hair Liberty Dollar

The activity has been commonly known as “The Hobby of Kings”. That’s not all. The coin collecting hobby has also earned fortunes for a number of collectors. The biggest one in history amounted to $10,016,875 – a Flowin Hair Dollar sold in 1794.

Collecting coins is a hobby that attracts people of all ages and backgrounds. While some get bored in no time, others have found bliss in it for years. If you’re pondering upon the idea of taking up this rewarding hobby, here are five tips that will help you become an apt collector of coins.

Keep Your Patience

Don’t just go in and start buying coins for your collection. Take time to gain adequate knowledge about the pros and cons of buying your coins; such as, the MS70 Capped Bust Dimes (If that’s what you’re interested in). The point is that you need to be composed and resourceful when deciding the type of coins you’d like to collect. Learn about their artistic appeal, their historic value, and their current quality. The more you know, the better you’d be at collecting coins.

You’ve Got to Have Goals

Setting goals as you tread into collecting coins is a great way to keep the excitement alive. It gives you purpose and a mission. Trust us, there is nothing as satisfying as completing ‘your collection’ – the feeling uplifts your spirits and makes you beam with pride. Wouldn’t you want to be able to display your perfect collection to everyone around you?

Stick to a Theme

US Half Dollars
Set of US Half Dollars

This is more of a suggestion for beginners. There is a plethora of coin types out there to collect. When stepping into the world of coin collection, it is ideal to stick to a theme in order to keep your collection focused yet diverse. You could look into ancient coins or explore their world or select silver coins, perhaps even .99% pure silver precious metals. The last option is a bit off the limits of coin collecting, but is a wonderful (and lucrative)  hobby to pursue in addition to old coins. If you’re more interested in a timeline of coins compile a yearly collection or think of a series of time periods.

Get Help

The coin business, especially grading a coin can be technical for newbies. In instances as such it is advisable to seek help from the ones who’ve been in the field for a long time. Know someone who’s been collecting coins for a while now? It’ll pay off well to learn under his/her wing. All those local shops and dealers can provide insider knowledge of how things work in the industry. It’s a good Idea to visit them frequently and get to know them on a personal basis. Speaking to coin shop dealers is another great way to learn. Ask them any questions. They love to help offer their knowledge for free. 

Learn the Lingo

Like every other specialized industry, numismatic comes with a unique set of jargons. Familiarizing yourself with the language can help you set your feet better into the coin collecting hobby. Terms like brockage, business strikes, bag marks and more make for more effective communication during dealings and discussions. Normally, the coin collecting community is quite accepting and amiable – they can help you gain ample knowledge of the business. But don’t completely rely on them. Do your homework. Learn the lingo and of course the anatomy of the coin.

It may have begun as a hobby for the kings, but coin collection over the centuries has evolved into a fun and profitable activity for the masses alike. If you’re looking for a hobby that will keep you occupied and interested in it for a long time to come, take a dip into the ocean of collecting coins.

Top Five Most Valuable Collectibles

Collectors are passionate about collecting just anything they like. Collectibles could be anything from crockery to jewelry and from coins to classic vehicles. The possibilities are simply endless. Here are the five most valuable collectibles you should consider buying and keeping with you.

Chinese Ceramics

Nothing matches the loveliness of the beautifully carved ceramics back then. Considering the ceramics in particular, the Chinese crockery and ceramics are the most attractive and valuable item you can purchase. According to Huffington Post, despite the doubts about the forgery and authenticity, the sale of the Chinese ceramics rose by 83% in 2013. Considering these results, it is proved that collectors are taking Chinese ceramics more seriously now, and it is not slowing in collection.

Antique Furniture

Experts believe that the trend of antique furniture keeps changing with years. As per reports, the antique furniture market had dropped during the past few years because people were leaning towards purchasing contemporary designed furniture. But now it is trending again, and thanks to the collectors. Antique furniture is very captivating for the collectors. They have a huge list of antique items to choose from and have major pieces in the market that they would want to collect.

Ornaments and Jewelry   

Unlike other collectibles, the market for the ornaments and jewelry is likely stable and volatile. This is because the prices of the jewelry vary widely due to import bans and supply constraints; for this reason, it often becomes easier for collectors to purchase the type of ornaments they love. Though, this does not happen every time or stays for long, the prices of the jewelry do rise yet thrive as collectors purchase them regardless of the high prices.

Classic Cars

All vehicle aficionados in the collectibles market stay updated about the classic cars. Like other markets, the market for the classic cars is not sluggish either. As per Huffingtonpost, back in 2013, a Mercedes-Benz was sold for $26.5 million, which is the highest paid price for the classic cars to date.

This record was broken by another collector who paid $27.5 million for a 1967 model of Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider which was worth $14,000 in 1967. That being said, it proves that collectors who are fond of classic cars would pull out all stops to purchase the classic car they like, regardless of the cheaper modern cars today.   

Coins

Being one of the most common collectible items in the list of collectibles, coins are the most expensive item sold to the collectors. The interest in investing in coins has never fallen among the collectors, instead it keeps on increasing. Some people collect coins from their grannies, while some pay a high price for it; despite how they are collected collectors love keeping coins along with other collectibles in their museums.

If you are also a collector, in which valuable collectible would you like investing in?

Ed Kranepool

The ‘Amazin Mets’.  1969, 1986, what can we say?  And one of the former players that helped win the 1986 World Series was Ed Kranepool as well as one of the Allstar players in 1965.

‘Ed’ was born in Manhattan on November 8, 1944. His family then moved to the Bronx where he attended James Monroe High School and when he graduated, he was immediately recruited into the major league baseball. He entered baseball on September 22, 1962 at age 17 and continued on till 1979, when he retired.

Ed still holds the Mets club record for most games played, which is 1853.

Besides his professional career as a baseball player, Ed played the role of himself in the 1960s sitcom ‘The Odd Couple’.

Ed Kranepool Baseball Card
Shows slight wear, but a favorite card among collectors

This card (above) would run about $40.00 on the market today.

 

 

 

Baseball Cards

There’s no telling how many of us used to ‘flip’ Topps baseball cards against the wall, seeing who got closer and there’s no telling how many of us took a brand new 1962 Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays or Carl Yastrzemski card from the package and slammed them into the wall, causing dents on the corners of the cards and who knows what else. Kids!

Then there was our mothers, who when they decided our rooms were too messy, they would throw out what they thought we didn’t need anymore and that included our bent corner Willie Mays cards.

For those of you who were lucky enough to be able to salvage your players from the flipping and powers that be, you win, provided you took good care of your cards and kept them until now.

For example, you are in the winner’s circle if you have a professionally graded, 1954 Hank Aaron card, which could possibly bring you $1000.00 or more, or if you have a 1956 Tom Seaver Topps card, you could possibly pull in a good $3000.00.

Good luck to all who had the wisdom to keep your cards pristine for all these years. If you ever decide to part with you collection, you could well be a millionaire or if you are like Ben Landa, you will keep them for another 50 years and then hand them down to your children, who hopefully, will not flip them to their demise.

 

B-2 Stealth Model Replica

This Warplane Model was made with total accuracy in mind, employing the highest quality Philippine Mahogany. Purchased from the Franklin Mint, this aircraft is an amazing desktop showpiece.

About the B-2 Stealth Bomber

The B-2 (AKA Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit) with its “low observable” stealth technology, is a multirole heavy bomber that has the ability to enter into thick anti-aircraft defenses and drop both standard and nuclear firepower. Due to its exorbitant budget and operations expenses, the endeavor was contentious in Congress and among Pentagon brass throughout its creation. By the beginning of the 1990s, the U.S decided to obtain only 21 of the bombers at a cost of $737 million each. In 1997, the total cost of the project averaged $2.1 million each.

Offering impressive design features include a two pilot crew, the aircraft can dump around sixteen 2,600-pound B83 nuclear bombs or eighty class JDAM “smart” 500-pound bombs, all in just one pass. The B2 is also used in espionage and counter-espionage exercises.

The plane was first introduced to the public on November 22, 1998 in Palmdale, California at Air Force Plant 42, where it was manufactured. The first time it was flown publically was on July 17,1989 from Palmdale. The B-2 Combined Test Force, Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Flight Test Center, has the responsibility for flight-testing Air Force planes.

Originally 132 B-2 bombers were planned for in the mid-1980s, however than number was cut to 75. President George H.W. Bush ceded to budgetary pressures and opposition by Congress and announced in his 1992 State of the Union Address that the number was further cut to 20 aircraft. The disintegration of the Soviet Union also played a part in the reduction of the number of planes, since one of the primary missions of the B-2 bomber was to carry out Cold War spy missions, which diminished in the 1990s and considered not as significant as when the Cold War was at its peak.

The substantial creation expenses also highlighted the inefficiencies of splitting up design groups into completely different areas of the U.S for purposes of both design intelligence compartmentalization for counter-espionage purposes, and as a political tool to generate well-paid jobs producing various component elements of the aircraft in a number of Congressional regions across America.

Northrop Grumman was the lead contractor and was responsible for the complete program design, development and integration. Other members of the contractor team included General Electric Aircraft Engines, Vought Aircraft Industries, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems and Raytheon (then Hughes Aircraft).