"Drawing the line for nostalgic investments; worth it or not?" by: Jessica Shepard

   In a world full of traditional and diehard investment strategies like stock, bonds, and whatever coffee can of cash you’ve got buried in the back yard – things are shaking up. 
   And I’m not just talking about the fad for digital currency and cryptocurrency markets. 
   There’s a strong drive for reviving nostalgic favorites that are making things like an original, un-opened copy of 1985’s “Super Mario Bros” to sell for $2 million at auction a few weeks ago. 
   Note that also brings up the curiosity about what will be worth money over time and what won’t. 
   I’m looking directly at the Beanie Baby toy crisis from the 90s. 
   Sure, they’re cute and span everything from dragons and unicorns to seasonal/movie characters and the iconic teddy bear formats. 
   But, overall, outside of nostalgia for a certain toy – they’re relatively worthless. 
   Now, I have to admit to having a small hoard of Halloween-related beanies, but, those double as Halloween decorations for that holiday along with a few Christmas ones, so, I think they’re exempt from the title of “useless junk.” 
   I know, in theory, that it all boils down to the rarity, demand, and cosmetic/working condition of the items in question and that’s what impacts their resale price the most. 
   My uncle used to be an avid baseball card collector and spent plenty of time reassuring me that his boxes of player jersey cards, signature cards, and limited runs would amass to something. 
   He legitimately saw them as an investment while I saw them as completely off the wall and useless – not to mention heavy when it came time to help him move into his new house. 
   But, such fads have been around for decades – actually centuries since the first baseball cards made the rounds in 1868 New York. 
   We’re not even going to talk about my mom’s investment in certain porcelain figurines that she just “likes” for herself, but tells my sister and me that they could be worth something someday when she’s gone. 
   And the both of us just kind of shake our heads and hope she stops soon. 
   I’m also looking at vinyl figures like Funko Pop items, Barbie dolls, and other assorted action figures. 
   I mean I collect things because I like to display them and make them as part of my décor – I’m not looking to get rich off of the Edward Scissorhands action figure that I had to glue an arm back into place. 
   But, overall I get it, buy the shiny special things that make you feel good or remind you of better days – childhood memories even. 
   I’m that way about some books, too, but the hope is to eventually, possibly grow past needing it and then donating said items. 
   However, I do have some rarities from original 1996 Pokemon cards and limited edition Funko Pop figures – but, I’m not giving those up any time soon. 
   If you’re ever curious, just start a Google search for some toy you had as a kid and see where its price has gone up to now. 
   Then, you can kick yourself harder for losing said item or letting your parents get rid of it!

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