OK . . . I have been asked sooo many times about what are people looking for when they come to WorthPoint that I have decided to publish the top 10 items that people are searching for on our site each month. I am not going to comment if they are buyers and sellers, but these are things that people are interested in. We now have more than 62 million items listed on our site, so, there are a lot of searches and varied interests, but these 10 items are the hottest for January, 2010!
Pure White Hennessy Cognac bottle.
1) Pure White Hennessy Cognac: OK, are you a buyer or seller? I am a buyer and love this stuff. I do not know the value of a 1953 Hennessey vs. a 2003, but apparently this is a hot item and it matters. Are there readers out there who can help me learn something about cognac values?
1928 Luden’s Cough Drop/Smoking Drops advertisement.
2) 1928 Luden’s Cough Drop/Smoking Drops: I know that advertising and pharmaceutical items are well collected. Just how well is indicative of something this obscure making it to the Top 10.
1916 Liberty Standing Quarter.
3) 1916 Liberty Standing Quarter: This coin is a favorite of mine. It is the first year of what is a beautiful but short-lived coin, and it also has its own scandalous past. This is the only American coin that I know of that features a design with an exposed breast. Needless to say there was a public outcry, and congress immediately had Ms. Liberty put her top back on. No wonder people are looking for this coin and I would be a buyer of the Variety 1, topless, in good condition. The price of a Mint 10 Type 1 bare-breasted Miss Liberty Standing Quarter would be in the five digits, dependent on precise grade and mint mark.
Topps 1957 Mantle and Berra baseball card.
4) Mantle and Berra Baseball Card: Number 4 on our list is card number 407 of the Topps 1957 baseball card set. This is the last card from the set for 1957 and features the two New York Yankee power hitters of the Year, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra. It is a classic card in the set and a strong close to a beautiful set of cards. It is also a difficult card to find in a near mint condition. A mint condition #407 card would be in the thousands of dollars.
Wood Duck telephone.
5) Wood Duck Telephone: A what? This just shows there is something for everyone. I would have not given something like this the time of the day, and suspect it quacks when it rings? There are more than 100 duck phones listed in the Worthopedia and are put out by Ducks unlimited and Abercrombie and Fitch. I saw prices from $10-$60. I bet there are some rarer ones of these that top $100.
F-4 Phantom Ejection Seat
6) F-4 Phantom Ejection Seat: OK, this is too cool. Only on the world’s largest price site can you find more than 70 items related to this. I have recently been selling the personal items of a Viet Nam-era F-4 pilot’s gear and know this stuff is hot. But when I saw this ejection seat I was jealous, as I did not get a seat with my gear. The one I researched on WorthPoint went for more than $2,000. Thus, if you find one of these on your garage sale searches, definitely go for it.
Blood on Blood” by Izumi Sakurazawa.
7) Soul-Eater Arts Material: I recently wrote an article about the evolving world of collecting and the new items replacing the traditional items. I had never heard of the soul-eaters and it was too good to pass up. The only soul collectors I knew of were venture capitalists. Thus, a trip into the Worthopedia on this showed me the world around Japanese manga art. It is hot and growing market. While this is an evolving market, I think it will be a lasting one, and where the patient could have some fun and make some money. I will try to get one of my daughters—who happens to be a magna artist—to fill us in more later, but I would love to get some user comments on the Japanese anime market, which is now more than 25 years old.
MGM Grand Las Vegas Bruno vs. Tyson $100 chip, front and back, from the March 16, 1996 fight between Tyson and Bruno.
8 ) MGM Grand Casino Chips: Looking on the WorthPoint site there are more than 60 pages of these. This blew my mind, as I am used to playing poker, but with your basic chips at a casino. I did not ever think that a casino could have so many types of chips for so many occasions. This is obviously a broad and deep market with potential, as I saw chips valued in the $100s of dollars and imagine they would go well over $1,000 for the rare ones. Anyone out there with some special examples or a collection they want to showcase?
A copy of a Venice Italian plague mask.
9) Venice Italian Plague Mask: I think this query was prompted by the “Ghost Adventures” show on the Travel Channel. Recently they had a show about the haunting on an island off of Venice where they took more than 100,000 people infected with the bubonic plague to die on the island and to be incinerated. The doctors wore masks resembling large toucon beaks that would be stuffed with spices to filter out the stench and disease. We had hundreds of searches on WorthPoint looking for these masks. Alas, all we had were the values of modern reproductions, and I imagine the originals would be in the thousands of dollar and very desirable. The two copies on our site went for more than $100.
1940 WWII U.S. Navy Quartermasters Mark 1 16X Spy Glass.
10) U.S. Navy Quartermaster Spy Glasses: This description caught my attention as I thought the Nay had “messes” to eat at and the army had the quartermasters, thus I am confused. There are two pages of WorthPoint items that feature quartermaster spyglasses that span from the 1800s to WW II. There prices are nothing to scoff at, and the ones that caught my interest range from $100 to $500.
A fun summary of items, and this list shows you can always learn something by looking at what others are looking at!
Will Seippel is the president and CEO of WorthPoint. Will has been an avid collector since 1974 and dealer of just about all things—with an emphasis on ephemera—antique since 1984.
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