If there’s a market for old beer cans and cereal boxes, you can bet vintage band shirts command a high price. They serve as bookmarks in the annals of music history, such as The Beatles’ 1966 “Butcher” album cover, which was immediately withdrawn, which made it to a t-shirt in the 1970s, eventually selling on eBay for $595.
An original 1987 Guns N’ Roses t-shirt from their Appetite for Destruction European tour sold for over a thousand dollars and the most valuable item is a Nirvana In Utero tour shirt given to crew members who helped, which went for almost seven thousand big ones.
Steiff Teddy Bears
You probably had one of these fine friends from one brand or another when you were a kid, something to hold during the dark nights and keep the monsters under the bed at bay. If you stayed as loyal to this toy as it did to you – and it's a specific brand – it may have one last, monetary gift for you.
Steiff bears are known as the original teddy, and plenty of them have reached a vintage status, which means cash. A fluffy Louis Vuitton-clad Steiff Bear, for instance, sold for a record $182,550 at a charity auction.
We doubt you have one of these hanging around in your home since most of the singing we do is in the car or the shower. But if you happen to have a real retro microphone, you could be sitting on some sudden cash. Exceptionally rare pieces such as the Neumann U-47 from the 1940s can, in fact, be worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Much to our surprise, one on eBay recently sold for $9,999. Of course, a microphone in poor condition – or the wrong model – is probably not even worth a hundred dollars, but there's always a chance.
Small desks and wall clocks in the Art Deco style peaked in the 1930s and '40s. Their shapes and materials reveal the opulence of the era — think gold accents, mirrored faces, and geometric designs that imitated the rising skyscrapers popping up in major cities at the time. So generally, nothing like any clock you have seen lately.
The price tag on these bad boys won't really make you rich, but they can still be worth something. Many clocks can be sold for $50, but higher-value models by esteemed makers like Westclox and Telechron can reach nearly $1,000 in value.
First Edition of "Where the Wild Things Are"
We all know how crucial it was for us to get a bedtime story before we went to bed when we were kids. Do you guys remember this book? Well, it was the real deal back then. In 2012, a signed 1963 first edition of this book by author Maurice Sendak was sold on Abebooks.com for a whopping $25k.
We are in awe because the book was in extremely good condition. One that looks like it’s brand new, which would be surprising because picture books rarely survive out there without it getting ripped, smudged, smeared, stained, bitten, or otherwise abused.