Most Expensive Collectibles

Joshua Biser, Co-editor

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Collecting things has been a part of history for as long as we have known.  From rulers collecting their wealth to display it to others to a child collecting Pokémon cards, collecting has always played a role in our society, in one form or another.  For some people, collecting is a hobby which creates certain collectibles to be worth a great amount.  These are some of the most expensive collectibles from their respective hobbies:

 

Stamp Collecting-British Guiana 1 Cent Magenta, 1856

The British Guiana 1 Cent Magenta is thought to be the rarest stamp to exist.  Created in British Guiana due to a stamp shortage at the time, only one is known to exist, and sold at auction in 2019 for $9.5 million.

 

Comic Books-Action Comics No. 1, 1983

Perhaps the most iconic superhero ever, Superman’s first appearance was in Action Comics No. 1 and sold in 2014 for 3.2 million dollars.  Batman’s first appearance, in Detective comics 27, is worth around 1 million dollars.

 

Magic: The Gathering- Black Lotus, 1993

                Magic’s first expansion released in 1993, bringing many powerful spells with it.  The most iconic of these spells is the black lotus, from Magic’s first set, which has a value of 166 thousand dollars as of 2019.

 

Pokémon TCG-  Illustrator Card, 1998

Perhaps one of the most iconic Pokémon is Charizard, the final evolution of the fire-type Pokémon from the original games. While the card of the same name is known widely for its value, it’s definitely not the most expensive Pokemon card.  That title is held by the Illustrator card, given out as a prize in a Japanese tournament.  One exchanged hands in 2017 for around $125,000. Before that, it had sold for $54,000 in 2016.

 

Baseball- T206 Honus Wagner, 1910-1911

Considered the Holy Grail of baseball cards, the Honus Wagner has been a very sought after baseball card for a very long time. It sold for $2.8 million in 2011, but has most recently sold for 3.2 million in 2016.

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