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February 14, 2009

My "Best items to buy for resale" list

Mr. Blackwell's annual "Worst/Best Dressed List" has little effect on my wardrobe. The songs that VH1 considers "The Best Songs of the Year" simply reaffirm that my tastes are anything but mainstream. And I try to never admit (publicly) that I look forward to People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue. "Best" lists have become a part of American culture, and while many of them are worthy only for their entertainment value, I have a list of "bests" that can increase your buying power. Yes – it is time, once again, for my annual "Best Items to buy for Resale" list.

Comic books – Golden age comics, printed from 1938 through 1955, are a good find. Watch for jungle, romance, and illustrated classics. Comics published from 1956 through 1969 fall into the Silver Age category. From this era collectors watch for books featuring super hero and war stories. The newest collectible comics from the Bronze age, 1970 through 1979, are most valuable if they are westerns. Remember when you are dealing with any paper collectable that condition is the number one factor in determining value. Water spots, dog ears, discoloration, and writing on the pages will diminish value and it is usually a good idea to pass by a book with these problems.

Advertising – Almost anything advertising is worthy of attention. Small items such as key rings, ash trays, and banks are often $1 or less at garage sales. Of special note in this category are pieces related to petroleum products. Watch for gas pumps, gas pump parts and both lollipop and flat tin signs.

Post cards – Most post cards were mass produced and still exist by the thousands. The cards to watch for are those which are actual photographs, and those with risqué content. Also in high demand are picture postcards featuring non-US towns and cities. There is a demand for small town USA shots but if you are going to resell these on eBay it can be a "hit or miss" situation. A friend of mine who buys up old postcards for resale on eBay recently sold an early picture card of Rushville for $85! She also did quite well with two cards featuring scenes from early 1900s street scenes of Shelbyville. But, let me hasten to mention, that while she ran 23 cards in total on this auction group, only one other card sold and it brought $3. Ten day auctions and the willingness to relist are important to make the postcard resale game pay off.

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