Collectibles Unveiled: Discovering the Top 5 Most Commonly Collected Items in the World
Have you ever wondered what the most collected items are and where collectors keep them?
Over the course of time, collecting items has been a beloved hobby for many. As collectors grow their collections, they often face the challenge of finding somewhere safe to store their items.
In this blog, we will explore the fascinating world of collectables and delve into the top 5 items enthusiasts safeguard in self-storage units.
One of the most popular items to store worldwide is vinyl records, which are growing increasingly popular and becoming a cherished collectable. The most expensive and sought-
after vinyl record was “once upon a time in Shaolin.” This one-of-a-kind album was sold at a private auction for a whopping $2,000,000! To this day Vinyl’s are incredibly popular due to their durable and hard-wearing characteristics; making them the perfect item to store for a long period of time without succumbing to deterioration and the subsequent loss of value, that is often important to collectors. Assuming they have been kept in good condition, vinyl’s from as early as the 1930’s can still be played and sound the same as they used to all those years ago.
Since their creation, comic books have been viewed as fashionable and are often sought after by collectors. The highest-value comic book in the world, Superman #1, sold for $5,300,000, but there are many other rare and valuable comic books that entice collectors. Many factors can increase/decrease the value of a comic book. The condition it’s in, the age, how many owners etc, all play a large factor in this.
Classic cars are popular collectables as they evoke a strong sense of nostalgia and are something to be remembered over a period of time. For instance, the Lamborghini Countach is one of the most collected cars of all time. This is because it acted as an icon for the century in which it was produced and is still seen as iconic today. The most expensive collected car ever sold was a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé. This sold for an incredible £114.4 million!
Coins have been collected since the renaissance in the 14th Century, generally by the privileged or royal families where coin collecting was known as “The Hobby of Kings”. Coins hold historical significance and represent moments in time, making them fascinating to collectors. Further to this, they can be worth a lot of money! The most expensive coin ever sold went for $20,165,100, proving that these small pieces of metal can hold immense value and historical importance.
Old toys are another of the most commonly collected items in the world. One of the reasons for this is their rarity and limited availability. Vintage dolls in particular are extremely difficult to find and once you do, they are very expensive to purchase! Even if you manage to find one, it is even harder to find one in a good enough condition to sell. Although, many have no intention of selling them at all. From vintage dolls to China tea sets, the variety of collectible vintage toys to collect is never-ending.
What you can do to keep your Collectables in Top Condition
Whether you’re storing a prized painting, or your vintage toy car collection, it is important to keep them in the best condition possible.
Firstly, it is important to monitor and limit the amount you are touching your collectibles. Touching them too much can cause the oils from your fingers to transfer onto the items and damage or stain them.
Secondly, it is important to try and preserve your items in protective wrappings such as bubble wrap to further aid in preventing any damage. By doing this, you can rest assured that you are doing the most you can to protect your treasured items.
Finally, you should store your collectables in a secure, temperature controlled, dry environment. Without taking these precautions you are exposing your items to an environment in which they are likely to suffer damage; in some cases, to a state of disrepair. So, it is important to store your items in a place well suited to these requirements, such as a storage unit.
If you want to ensure that your collectables stay in tip top shape, let us help you here at Beehive Storage. We can help to eliminate some of the stresses that typically come along with storing your treasured collectibles. We offer a range of storage unit sizes, all of which are 24/7 security monitored, temperature controlled, isolated and dry; making them the perfect home for your collectibles!
Do you want to start collecting, or have you already but need somewhere to store your collection? No matter your needs, Beehive Storage can provide you with the flexibility and trust necessary to meet your requirements. Visit our website here.