collectibles

The Truth About Storage Auctions: More Trash, Less Treasure

Attention "Storage Wars" fans: Though the hit cable-TV show does give viewers an idea of what goes on at the auctions, it doesn't give the entire picture. The odds of you striking it rich at a storage auction are slim, and there are plenty of ways for the novice buyer to lose his shirt.

Investing in Comic Books for Fun and Profit: Super, Man!

Why not let a superhero save you from the evil economy? Investing in comic books can be a recession-proof path to steady returns, according to experts at last weekend's New York Comic Con. Just don't let ignorance be your kryptonite.

Selling 9/11: The Strange Market for Relics of Tragedy

As America prepares to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, eBay is seeing a surge in sales of relics and memorabilia from the World Trade Center and the terrorist attacks, fueled partly by speculators, and partly by our desire to connect with history, however painful.

10 Tips to Win at Baseball Card Investing

If you want to be a player in baseball card investing, you'll probably have to swing for well-preserved, expensive cards. The free-agent vintage cards that have already appreciated are the safest path to big wins in the future.

Should You Invest in Elizabeth Taylor Memorabilia?

Elizabeth Taylor fans have been flocking to eBay to pick up memorabilia since the movie star died last week. But do these collectibles makes sense as investments? Appraisers from Antiques Roadshow weigh in.

Mike Wolfe on How American Pickers Became a Hit

In a Q&A, Wolfe (pictured, left) recounts how he came to be the creator and star of The History Channel show, and he provides some behind-the-scenes glimpses into the life of a collector always hunting the next big find. Also, he recalls finding his "holy grail" in a barn near Philadelphia.

Don't Swing at Stephen Strasburg's $40,000 Rookie Card

Bidding on a one-of-a-kind Stephen Strasburg autographed rookie card is already up to $11,000, and is expected to go as high as $40,000. But while the new rising star of the Washington Nationals appears to be worth the hype, the value of that baseball card almost certainly won't be.

LeBron Lags Kobe, Michael in Sports Memorabilia Game

When someone recently asked basketball great Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest player in NBA history, whom he thought was better -- LeBron James or Kobe Bryant -- he blurted out "Kobe." Based on what people pay for their sports memorabilia, it appears collectors would tend to agree.