8 Nearly Worthless Collectibles
November 8, 2010

The topic of collectibles and what figures and toy lines are worth comes up a lot on our message boards.  Should I buy up all the X?  Can I retire if I collect figure X?  What is "hot" right now?    The speculator market hits every hobby at some point.   Those of us that have been collecting for a long time know the simple truth of "invest your money elsewhere, where it can grow.  If you collect, just collect what you love."   Something that is "hot" or "rare" today will most likely drop in value over time.  The secondary market price on most toys drop rapidly, in as little as a month or two.    

 MSN Money had a great article this morning posted from TheStreet.com about this very subject.   It’s all about collectibles that burned brightly, and cooled off quickly.  It’s well worth a read for everyone that has put their future in the hands of their collection.

You can read the whole article here.



Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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