7 Collectible Trends That Weren’t Worth The Money

Throughout the years, there have been a number of trinkets that people have loved to collect. Collectors keep their collectibles in mint condition in the hopes that one day they will sell these items. But many collectors have found that these items are now cluttering up their garages, and they won’t be getting the sums of money they hoped for. Here are a few collectibles that ended up being worthless:


1) Andy Warhol Cookie Jars
After Andy Warhol died in 1987, his friends and family discovered his collection of antique cookie jars. At his estate sale, the cookie jars sold for incredible sums of money. Some even sold for as much as $250,000. However, the cookie jars’ value soon expired. These cookie jars are typically only about $200 today.


2) Pokemon Cards
In the 90s, there was a huge craze among children for Pokemon cards. Children loved to trade them, and many preteens would have three-ring binders full of them. It even got to the point that schools were banning the cards so students could stay more focused on their studies. Now, Pokemon cards don’t hold much value, with 100 cards selling for $20 tops on eBay.


3) POGS
In the 1990s, POGS were quite a phenomenon. They were only cardboard circles, but people collected them as if they were diamonds. They were adorned with popular icons and cartoons of the time. While they were all the rage at the time, POGS don’t sell for much now. If you sell them on eBay you’ll probably get between $25 and $35 for 1,000 POGS.


4) Precious Moments
In the 1980s, Precious Moments figurines were all the rage. They were extremely over produced. The company stated that they were producing around 3,000 in one day. Now, they have a very low return on value. Precious Moments dolls can be sold for less than $5.


5) Cabbage Patch Dolls
Popularized in the 80s, Cabbage Patch Dolls were known for being “one-of-a-kind.” During the height of their popularity, these dolls were found in nearly every child’s play area. They were so in-demand that parents turned to the black market during the holiday season when the store shelves were empty. In the late 80s, this trend died down, and so did the dolls’ value. You won’t get much for them on eBay unless you have a rare edition.


6) Beanie Babies
Beanie babies were everywhere in the early 1990s. They were originally marketed more as children’s toys than collector’s items. However, when the manufacturer Ty Inc. started making special editions, and people began to hoard these items. These special edition items included Princess Diana and Millennium bears. People are trying to sell them now, but there is no market for them. The phenomenon of Beanie Babies just wasn’t sustainable.


7) Hummel Figurines
Hummel figurines started appearing by way of Germany in the early 20th century. Many 80s babies will remember their grandparents owning a display case of Hummel figurines. However, Hummel figurines did not remain popular past the millennium. Now, you’re lucky if you manage to sell a group of 10 for $30.


A collector can’t always predict what is going to be valuable in the future. Unfortunately for the collectors of these items, they aren’t worth much money anymore.



Ian Whittock is the Managing Director of Evoque Claims and Appraisals, Evoque Auctions and Identidot Coding. Please visit Crunchbase, Quora, and Identidot to learn more.