12 Overrated Collectibles That Have No Resale Value

Ever dream of striking it rich with your old stuff? Many of us have attics or garages full of things we think might be worth a fortune someday. However, not all collectibles are created equal. In fact, some items that were once hot commodities are now gathering dust with little to no resale value.

In this article, I’ll look at 12 overrated collectibles that probably won’t make you rich.

Beanie Babies

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These cute stuffed animals were a huge craze in the 90s. People thought they’d be worth tons of money someday. But now, most Beanie Babies are worth less than $5 each. Only a few rare ones have any value. Most are just gathering dust in attics across the country.

Hummel Figurines

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These German porcelain figurines were once popular collectibles. Older folks especially loved them. But younger generations aren’t interested, so prices have dropped. Most Hummels now sell for a fraction of their original price. Only very old or rare ones are worth much.

Franklin Mint Items

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The Franklin Mint made all sorts of collectibles, from coins to plates. They marketed these as “limited editions” that would go up in value. But they made so many that they’re not rare at all. Most Franklin Mint items sell for way less than what people paid for them.

Precious Moments Figurines

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These big-eyed figurines were super popular in the 80s and 90s. People thought they’d be valuable collectibles. But now, most aren’t worth much more than $10-$20. Only a few rare ones have kept their value. Most people just don’t want them anymore.

Modern Comic Books

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While very old comics can be worth a lot, most modern comics aren’t valuable. Companies print so many that they’re not rare. Even “special editions” usually don’t increase in value much. Unless you have a super rare issue or misprint, your comics probably won’t make you rich.

Pokémon Cards

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Pokémon cards have been popular since the 90s, and some people think their collections are worth a fortune. But the truth is, most Pokémon cards aren’t very valuable. Only a few rare cards, like first edition holographics or misprints, are worth big money. Common cards, even from old sets, often sell for less than a dollar each. While it’s fun to collect them, don’t expect your binder full of cards to pay for college someday.

Vinyl Records

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Many people think all old vinyl records are valuable, but that’s not true. Common records, even if they’re old, often sell for just a few dollars. Only rare pressings, first editions, or albums from very popular artists tend to be worth much. Also, condition matters a lot – scratched or worn records lose most of their value. While vinyl has made a comeback, don’t assume your grandpa’s old record collection is a goldmine. Most records are more valuable for the music and memories than for resale.

Collector Plates

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Remember those fancy plates with pictures on them? They were marketed as great investments. But now, most collector plates are worth less than $20. There are just too many of them, and not enough people want them. They’re more likely to end up at yard sales than auctions.

Funko Pops

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These big-headed figures are popular now, but they probably won’t be worth much later. So many are made that they’re not rare. While a few limited editions might keep some value, most will likely lose value over time. It’s best to buy them because you like them, not as an investment.

Modern Sports Cards

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While very old sports cards can be valuable, most modern ones aren’t worth much. Card companies make so many that they’re not rare. Even rookie cards of famous players often don’t increase in value much. Unless you have a super rare card or misprint, your collection probably isn’t worth a fortune.

Pandora Charms

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These customizable bracelets were a big trend, and some people collected lots of charms. But they don’t hold their value well. Used charms often sell for way less than their original price. While they’re fun to wear, they’re not a good investment.

DVD and Blu-ray Collections

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With streaming services so popular, most DVDs and Blu-rays aren’t worth much anymore. Even “collector’s editions” usually don’t increase in value. Some very rare or out-of-print movies might be worth something, but most collections won’t make you rich. They’re taking up space in many homes with little resale value.

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