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What treasures might be lurking in your loft...

Modern Collectibles

How many of us have sat on edge of our seats on a Sunday evening waiting for the valuation figure to be revealed on Antiques Roadshow? Taking a wild guess with our families and then being surprised by the expert valuation has always been part of the fun of this show.

What about your own treasures? Not everything around your home has to be an “antique” to be valuable. Many modern first editions, first issues or rare collectables are increasingly popular and there value may just surprise you.

Here are 10 treasured firsts that you may have in your home

1. Harry Potter Books

A first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has proven to be a collector’s dream, as only 500 copies of the book published in hardback in 1997. There are couple of key things to look for: the print line should read as 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and the author is credited as Joanne Rowling rather than JK. In a Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscript Sale a copy of the book was sold for a whopping £43,750.

2. Pokémon Trading Cards

A rare Pokémon card titled Pikachu Illustrator was sold in the United States for $54,970. With only 39 copies of the card created and it is reported that only 10 are regarded as being in extremely good condition. If you’re not fortunate enough to have a Pikachu Illustrator lying around, it may be the case that you have Charizard card. The 1999 1st Edition Charizard Holo can fetch up £4000, if it is in mint condition.

3. Retro Game Consoles

Believe it or not the video games industry has been around in its most simple form since the 1940’s. Though, it wasn’t until the late 1970’s when consoles invaded homes across the world that this hobby really took off. Over the subsequent years, the machines and games have become more powerful and complex. Games from the late 1980’s onwards are the ones that tend to be the most valuable. Copies of Zelda Majora’s Mask (marked Not for Resale Gray) on a Nintendo 64, without packaging, have sold for $1034.38. If you chose to invest in collector’s editions, then the Elemental Gearbolt Assassin Case on PlayStation 1 has sold for $2358, so if you have one of these lying around then it might be worth keeping it safe.

4. Old DVDs

This may come as a surprise but some DVD’s have become collector’s items. So it might be worth checking through your collection to see if you have any of these movies. Heathcliff, a musical starring Cliff Richard is particularly pricey. A recording of the stage play, sellers on Amazon have priced this film between £100 and £300. Truly, Madly, Deeply starring Alan Rickman is another surprisingly collectable item, with some new copies retailing at £49.99.

5. Ladybird Books

First editions of the classic early reading series are increasingly valuable, particularly if they come with the sleeves. Cinderella published in 1964 can fetch over £150. If you have a copy of The Adventures of Wonk – The Secret, which follows the exploits of the koala bear, it could be worth up to £250.

6. Lego Sets

A number of Lego sets from the 1990’s are worth considerably more than what you would have had paid back in the day. Starting with the Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon, which in 1997 sold for around £300, now fully boxed it’s potentially worth £2712. Café Corner a set from 2007, retailed for £89.99, now its value has shot up to over £2096. Other valuable sets include, The Taj Mahal, Death Star II and Imperial Star Destroyer. Make sure that you have the box and all the pieces.

7. Walkman

Vintage Sony Walkmans are proving to be very popular with collectors. Working, original devices in excellent condition are being sold on eBay for up to £600. Aiwa models of personal stereos are also popular too. Remember though, before splashing out make sure you check the eBay description to ensure it is working before purchasing.

8. Coins

There is of course inherent value in coins, after all there is a face value to them! Some coins are worth much more than you may think. A rare 2p coin was sold for almost £1400 at auction because it was silver rather than copper. In another case of the 2p exceeding its face value, a small number of coins struck in 1983 with the phrase ‘New Pence’ rather than ‘Two Pence’ have sold for over £500. If you find an undated 20p amongst your coins, then hang on to it, these coins have been sold for up to £100. Other coins to look out for include the Kew Pagoda 50p, the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games £2 and a Peter Rabbit 50p.

9. Old iPod’s

Your £200 investment in an iPod Classic may have been smarter than you think. A large number of them are being sold on eBay for as much as £670. The value of your device is likely to be determined by the amount of storage with larger models being more valuable. Again collector’s editions prove to be the winners, a set of four U2 iPods that were still in their boxes sold for £50,000.

10. Beanie Babies

The misshapen soft toys produced by Ty Warner are proving to be to be valuable despite the number produced. Factor mistakes and printing errors are a collectors dream. The first 2000 Peanut the Elephants were a much darker shade than the common light blue (insert value). Key Beanies to look out for are: Nana the Monkey which was later renamed Bongo and Punchers the Lobster, more commonly known as Pinchers. These have sold for $4,000 and $3,800 respectively.

With all these potentially valuable items in your home, you need to make sure that you have appropriate cover in place. Things can go wrong, from accidental damage to fire or burglary. Having the right cover gives you peace of mind, but it also means that your belongings will be replaced should they be lost, stolen or damaged. NFU Mutual has been providing home insurance to homes across the UK for over 100 years. Read more about the range of Home Insurance we provide here.

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