What Things Are Worth Collecting?
Art. Collectibles, antiques, museum items, gemstones, comics, there are lots of things out there that someone might want to collect.
For something to be worth collecting, it has to have some value in the real world. A good rule of thumb is that if something isn’t worth a lot of money, you shouldn’t bother collecting it because your time and effort will yield little result.
If you do decide to collect anything, whether it is comics or bottle caps, be prepared for the possibility that what you’ve collected may decrease in value or become obsolete over time.
And don’t bother unless/until something has monetary value. Don’t expect much return on your time and money because sentimentality matters more than you might think (and can vary by person).
Realize that if you stop collecting, your items will probably only retain their sentimental value (meaning low resale) unless sold one at a time for high prices.
Also, realize there’s always the possibility, however unlikely, of complete loss due to theft/fire/etc. Realize that things may become obsolete over time (e.g., an eight-track tape).
Images worth collecting
First, we will discuss images. Two types of images can be collected: photographs and digital art. Photographs may not always have monetary value alone, but they usually have sentimental value and thus can be considered collectibles.
That said, photographs usually do not increase in value unless someone famous is in them or the photograph itself is highly sold as a print.
Digital art now has an online market where creators upload their work to sites such as Tumblr and Deviantart so some artists now can profit off of their work if it is popular enough.
However, the motivation behind people who collect digital art is usually the artist themselves rather than the image’s monetary value.
Things that are not worth collecting
Mugs, plates, figurines, etc.: Some people enjoy collecting things like mugs or plates to add a personal touch to their home decor. But they will rarely have a monetary value on their own, so don’t expect much in return for your money/time unless you later decide to donate them.
If you decide to collect something, it should be because it holds some sentimental value and not monetary value alone.
Comics: Something similar could be said about comic books/mangas.
While some manga series, such as Naruto, Yu-Gi-Oh! , One Piece, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Monster Musume have gained international popularity and thus could increase in value, while the majority will not increase in value so much as sentimentality.
Comics can be a good way to introduce your children to reading and storytelling, but if you want to collect them, it should be because of sentimental value and not monetary value.
Bottle caps: Another popular collection for people with metallic things is bottlecaps; however, they don’t increase in value like some collectibles do (e.g., rare coins) because there are too many around to make them worth anything close to their original price (the most bottlecaps usually sell for is about 5 cents).
If you decide to collect them only do it if the process of collecting gives you sentimentality meaning.
Artistic trends that are not worth collecting
Some artistic trends appear and disappear over time, making previous art obsolete.
For example, older video game graphics will not be remade or updated so therefore any hard copies of games from before the year 2000 will not increase in value.
While some games may be popular enough to make a remake/update, the graphics cannot be updated without someone buying it because no one can purchase an object that is “digitally extinct.”
People who want to collect video game art usually do so for sentimental purposes for they are likely gamers themselves and enjoy preserving the history of their hobby.
If it’s about trying to make a profit, then start slowly and try to buy things that interest you. And be prepared to make some bad decisions along the way. You can always take it as paying for your education in the world of collectibles.
Most people start out collecting as a hobby and pick up enough knowledge along the way to turn their past time into a profitable venture.
Below is a list of 11 things you could start collecting as a hobby to get you on your way.
11 things to collect as a hobby
Still a reliable source of entertainment and knowledge, books can often be collected as part of a series or set. For example, you could collect the entire oeuvre from a particular author or those from a specific period. There are also endless variants on this theme: first editions, signed copies of classic authors’ works, limited edition presses, etc., all of which will become more valuable as the years pass.
2. Toys and Games
From childhood favorites, to board games that have stood the test of time. Toys and games provide an accessible way of collecting with many options for specialization. As well as being appealing simply because of their age and appearance, some items offer nostalgic value.
You might want to collect toys that you remember from your childhood, for example. If you are the parent of small children, then this is a great way to share their enjoyment in playing together when they get older.
3. Records and CDs
Another form of historical entertainment, music, has come an amazingly long way during the last century. While vinyl records have made something of a comeback, modern technology means CD collections are more portable than ever before with top-of-the-range speakers, so it’s easier than ever to listen to your favorites wherever you choose – whether on display or within reach!
4. Sporting Memorabilia
A staple hobby for any collector, sports memorabilia makes another good starting point because there are endless ways to specialize just using items directly related to a favorite sport. You can collect items related to your team or that have featured in major matches, for example, or something more specific such as cricket bats, racing cars, rugby balls, trophies, and medals.
Postcard collecting is one of the simplest ways to get started with a collection. Historical postcards from different eras or countries are popular choices, but even postcards featuring pictures you find interesting will be worth collecting!
With no intrinsic value beyond their monetary worth, coins represent an investment opportunity rather than brand loyalty.
Although harder to specialize in due to the sheer number of different currencies throughout history, coins often become more valuable simply because of their age. They are also easy to store and come in many different shapes, sizes, and finishes making them great for display.
Another type of currency that is easily accessible, stamps are especially, interesting because they attract slightly different sorts of collectors depending on what you collect.
While some people enjoy the challenge of finding the rarest stamp within a particular country’s collection, others may choose to focus on postage stamps from other countries where there are fewer examples available or perhaps specialize in first-day covers or commemorative issues.
Since the earliest days of development during the industrial revolution, trains have been an integral part of our lives by transporting us faster than horse-drawn carriages but at far less expense and in greater quantities than by using ships, making them a popular theme for collecting. Although, the sheer number of specialized options available can be overwhelming.
9. Postage Stamps
Stamps are another collectible that varies considerably, depending on the area you choose to specialize in because each country has its unique history when it comes to postage stamps.
Some countries, such as Great Britain, have been issuing these since 1840. While others, such as Australia, started even earlier in 1855.
10. Trading Cards
Trading cards provide a mix between collectibles and gaming culture because they were initially intended to serve a functional role within tabletop games. Cards could also potentially be collected and traded with other players.
Nowadays, trading cards are a popular hobby for those who enjoy both collecting and gaming, as well as those who collect a specific brand or even a particular character.
11. Sports Cards
While becoming less common these days due to the rise of computer games, sports cards have been around since the 1880s and remain popular with children and adults alike. Some sets can sell for thousands of dollars, so it’s worth considering if you want something more unusual!
Of course, there are many other things to collect, but these tend to be some of the most interesting options that everyone should be able to find at least one example of in their home – whether you’re starting out or just looking for an extra challenge! Good Luck.