If you plan to help clean out your parent’s or grandparent’s basements, attics, and garages, don’t give away all of their stuff before reading this article. You never know if your objects are worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Keep in mind that your objects’ condition and rarity have a lot to do with their value, so not everything in these categories is considered valuable.
For example, some comic books might be worth pennies, while others are worth a half-million dollars. So don’t become a hoarder by holding on to worthless junk, hoping that everything you own will be worth a fortune someday. All it takes is a little bit of homework to figure out what it’s worth. If you’re not sure just how much your objects are worth, download the eBay app and check out “sold” listings to see what items are going for regularly. These are 55 things you might find in your attic that are worth a pretty penny.
55. Magic the Gathering Cards
The popular collectible card game (CCG) Magic the Gathering launched in the early 1990s and never looked back, seeming to gain in popularity or at least hold steady for the next two decades. Much like Yu-Gi-Oh! or Pokemon, there are many Magic the Gathering cards worth pennies or even less, wildly unpopular common cards and basic lands. However, thanks to a flourishing international tournament scene, Magic the Gathering not only has old rare cards that are expensive but constantly releases new cards that sell on the secondary market for as much as $100 and possibly even more.
Magic the Gathering has the most expensive rare card of any collectible card game out there: the fabled Black Lotus. Only printed in the relatively small Alpha, Beta, and Unlimited editions of the game, the compelling card is valued as part of the “Power Nine” of rare and powerful cards popular for tournament decks. An Alpha Black Lotus is considered the rarest card in the game and the most valuable, sold at auction for over $150,000. While it’s unlikely you’ll ever stumble across one in a thrift store due to the low number printed, Magic cards are always worth checking out.