Ken's Korner: Did you give an antique or collectible as a gift?

Ken’s Korner: Did you give an antique or collectible as a gift? – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – February 2006
This holiday season, did you give or receive an antique or collectible? Aside from being interesting and different, they can often appreciate in value, making them even more intriguing as gifts. Voltron (shown), Transformer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle characters from the ‘80s are hot right now and can command hefty prices ($250 for a boxed Voltron figure, for example). Popeye memorabilia is fetching $750 and up. Obviously, toys in great shape in original boxes bring the best prices.
Coins make a great gift, too. A U.S. mint proof set for the year a person was born is already popular. A 2005 1-ounce silver proof coin is available from the U.S. Mint for $27.95 (usmint.gov). Coin dealers sell uncirculated silver 1-ounce coins for about $11. Gold, of course, is more. Stock certificates are another great gift. A set of certificates from the four railroads in Monopoly (Short Line, Pennsylvania, Reading and Baltimore & Ohio) sells online for $39.95 (www.scripophily.net).
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