As the year ends we take a fond look back at where we hit this year at auction. As a disclaimer I just have to say that 90%+ of rooms we bought (hundreds) were nowhere neat this clean or lucrative. Then again that is why this is a highlight reel!
#4: THE $5 ROOM
We were at an auction that didn’t have many people at it. They opened the door and it was an OCD room. The room contained about 50+ milk crates and 4-5 wardrobe boxes. Each milk crate contained all of the supermarket circulars ever received by the tenant in chronological order. Noone wanted anything to do with the room. I won the room with a minimum bid of $5. When doing the initial inspection I found a small case containing a glass cicada from Steuben glass. Turns out this very rare piece was worth a whopping $2,000 and was a 24k choker. We also found the wardrobes were full of fur coats! We paid a couple hundred dollars to get rid of the paper to a recycler and cashed in a very nice payday.
#3 A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
We picked up a unit for $200 bucks. Small room maybe 10 boxes and a bicycle. In this room the boxes contained a HUGE collection of Disney and other movie snow globes. Most of these are not worth too much but we had a complete set of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS snow globes. It turns out these extremely limited and extremely collectible pieces brought in the big bucks! The collection sold for just over $2000 and was turned around in less than a week
#2 MONEY MONEY MONEY!
Picked up a unit because I saw a pack of wrapped collectible nickels. Spent $500. 5 x 10 unit about 14 boxes. NOTHING BUT SILVER & CURRENCY!! I do not know how they let this room go. 132 ounces of US MINT Collectible coins and $793 in US silver certificates, star notes and similar. Also a bunch of Monty Python and other 1980s collectibles to boot. We would get close to 10k and were able to turnaround all of it in a single day!
#1 BEER & BASEBALL
This was the most expensive unit we ever purchased at $5800 a plain to see Baseball Card and Beer Collectibles store. We would find our largest ever vintage (1950s baseball card) collection in this unit. Including Mickey Mantles for every year and variant and many many more. These cards were all in EX condition too. The unit would bring over $20,000
These are the kind of units that keep us in the game. To everyone good luck and happy holidays!