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Old 05-26-2013, 05:37   #1
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Lost (or thrown away) Treasure

The thread about the rare comic book got me thinking.

When I was a kid, my older brothers and I had a HUGE stash of baseball cards (circa 1964-72) and another few crates of comic books. We kept all this stuff in our "club house" i the attic of the garage. When the family moved in 1975 my mother said we couldn't drag all those boxes with us, so the got tossed ut at the dump. Bet some of that stuff would now be worth some serious coin to collectors. I know I had some original Spider Man, Silver Surfer and Fantastic Four books, plus the entire Red Sox line up in Coke Bottle caps (1969?) We even had a shoe box full of old baseball player buttons that my uncle gave us...late 1920s and 30s I would think.

Ever throw out some "junk" that later on was worth some money??

(of course...the reason the old stuff is worth money is that most people threw out the junk)
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Old 05-26-2013, 05:46   #2
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Hot damn, there will have been some big buck stuff there
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Old 05-26-2013, 05:58   #3
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Lionel Train Set.........

When I was in grade school, Santa Claus brought me a real nice train set. I think there was four or five cars. I really enjoyed playing with it, and even added track. In the years since, it was boxed up and stored. My mother passed on to me some of those toys, I remember a Tonka truck etc. Well, after marriage, my wife was going through one of my man caves, and decided I didn't need the Lionel set anymore, along with some other things, and packed them up and tossed them in a ditch on her parents farm. I think it wasn't over a month from this event, that she read in our local newspaper about the value of old train sets, along with a phone number of a collector. She went back out to the farm, and found most of the train and track. It was then that she told me about. I think the guy gave her about $40.00 bucks for everything after he called her, and he came over to look at it.
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When we were kids, my brother and i buried a time capsule. It was a big plastic 3 liter bottle. I don't remember what was in it but i hope it was gold coins. My dad built a shed over top of it. It's been buried 20 years.

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Old 05-26-2013, 09:54   #5
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When I moved out for college, I bundled all my late uncle's WWII stuff into a HeftyBag. I also put lots of stuff in the same bags that I wanted to throw out. About six months or so later when I got settled in I decided to properly store all the German uniforms, banners, flags, armbands, Reichmarks, dagger, actual Organization Todt purchase order book, etc. and opened the bag only to find if filled with old t-shirts and jeans. HH
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:05   #6
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When we were kids, my brother and i buried a time capsule. It was a big plastic 3 liter bottle. I don't remember what was in it but i hope it was gold coins. My dad built a shed over top of it. It's been buried 20 years.

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The curiosity would be too much.

I'd have to find a way to dig it up.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:32   #7
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When my wife's great grandmother died the family took all the good stuff and tossed the "junk". Didn't even let the grandkids or great grand kids go through it first.

On a hunch I went through some of the bags set out with the garbage. I found a bunch of books. Many were signed or first editions. A few were quite valuable. We also found a porcelain figure. We had it researched and found it was made in 1827 in a porcelain factory ordered built Joseph Bonaparte. Brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. Value $900

The one that makes me sick is a Leica MP with many lenses and accessories got tossed in the trash. Not the MP made today but the original 1956-59 run. They are a variation of the M2 and were intended for journalists and are very rare. A 1956 body and one lens has sold for $45,000 at auction. Someone just thought it was an old camera.
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Friend of mine needed fast money to jump on a deal for a fancier mountain bike; offered me his Diamondback cheap. I rode the DB some and got to really like it.

Then my wife went through a short phase of donating everything that wasn't nailed down, and the DB went to charity along with the kids' old bikes.

It was worth at least 4x what I paid for it, plus I had just put new tires on it.
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I tossed a lot of vinyl when music went digital.
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:28   #10
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30 years ago... after a string of nickel-and-dime breakdowns on my '67 Mustang, one day I was pulling a bad water pump. It was cold, raining, I barked my knuckles and had freezing coolant trickling up my arms. Miserable.

Two neighborhood guys were walking by. One of 'em offered me $200 cash. In a momentary lapse of reason I took it




A few years ago the wife and kids had a small garage sale to get rid of some of Grandma's old furniture, custume jewelry, etc. After some woman haggled down the price of a jewelry box and left with it, they noticed that Grandma's antique cameo brooch was missing from the table.

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Old 05-26-2013, 12:00   #11
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When I was a kid my parents bought me a large box of national geographic magazines at a flea market since I loved to read. They dated from 1912-1930s. Perfect condition. I read them for years until we moved and they disappeared. Recently saw them selling for $90+ each. I had around 40-50 of them. Sigh...

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The curiosity would be too much.

I'd have to find a way to dig it up.
A friend and I created a time capsule but we stupidly told people about it. Our goal was to let it stay there for eternity (it was in the wall of a building)... but someone we told about it broke in and broke open the wall... it was not good....
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Old 05-27-2013, 18:14   #13
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Back in the 50's my dad wanted to increase the size of the family garden. My grandfather's old house stood in the way so had to go. I can remember going in and looking at his WW1 uniforms and other bags of army stuff, old trunks full of what they called junk, funiture with drawers full etc. What a bon fire the old house made as it burned with everything in it. I sometimes just wonder....
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Old 05-27-2013, 18:18   #14
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Hahahaha! I was talking to a young friend a while back. He's a comic freak. I told him when I was a boy - mid70's, I remember The Avengers were battling The Hulk and found it odd. I picked up a pack of 5 old comics at Stop & Shop for 50c when I went with my grandmother shopping. I read them and threw them out. He almost cried. "You threw them out?" "Yeah. Hulk is a good guy. And why save 10c comics?" Lol
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Old 05-27-2013, 18:21   #15
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30 years ago... after a string of nickel-and-dime breakdowns on my '67 Mustang, one day I was pulling a bad water pump. It was cold, raining, I barked my knuckles and had freezing coolant trickling up my arms. Miserable.

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A few years ago the wife and kids had a small garage sale to get rid of some of Grandma's old furniture, custume jewelry, etc. After some woman haggled down the price of a jewelry box and left with it, they noticed that Grandma's antique cameo brooch was missing from the table.
Yup. Few people bothered with 60's and 70's muscle cars except HS kids looking for a cheap ride in the early to mid 80's. you got a good deal at $200 then. My wife owned a 72 Nova. She paid $100 for it and sold it to her brother for $50 2 years later. I think it was 89 or so. I'd love that car today. Paint it satin black. We hated it then. It was just old. Lol
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Old 05-27-2013, 18:29   #16
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I tossed a lot of vinyl when music went digital.
A lot of vinyl people think is rare is really junk. Other items may shock you with the price they would bring.
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Old 05-27-2013, 19:52   #18
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I went into the Navy and while I was gone my sister gave my Model 1886 Winchester .33 caliber lever action rifle to her boyfriend and he traded it even up for a really cheap .30-30 bolt. Short while later they broke up.

My rifle was on the wagon when the Mormon owners settled in Salt Lake City.

My father had given it to me and it was invaluable to me, but not to her. I haven't spoken to her since.
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Opportunity. I've thrown away opportunity. When I think back to High School and that time me and that girl Diane were alone in her room while her parents were out. Remember this scene from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"? Yeah, that was me.
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When I was married, my wife was smart enough to check with me before throwing anything out.

When I was a kid, 1950s Micky Mantle BB cards were attached to my bike spokes to make it sound cool.
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Had a hockey stick that Gordie Howe gave me at a game when I was a toddler. He had all the Houston Aero's sign it including his son's Marty and Mark Howe(I believe it was both, if not it was at least one and the rest of the team). The stick I believe was stolen out of my house about 10 yrs ago.
Whatever the case I miss it very much.
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Opportunity...
...that time me and that girl Diane were alone in her room while her parents were out. The Okie Corral
I've been there too, only her name was Debbie, and we were gonna inaugurate the living room couch.

If the phone hadn't rung when it did....
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My older brother (two years my senior) had a fantastic collection of Topps baseball cards. I called him after reading a front page article in the Wall Street Journal that reported the sale of one of the cards I remember in his collection that had sold for $83M (in the mid-1990s). He told me he'd lost track of his collection years before, and among those cards were Mickey Mantle rookie season cards.

When I moved from Texas to California in the mid-1990s I didn't have room to lug the old VeeJay and Chess label vintage blues albums I'd collected over the years growing up and was told by an authority that I'd given away perhaps $50M-$80M in collectable vinyl records and the album jackets they came in. Every time I hear the Viagra commercial playing John Lee Hooker's Dimples (from the album I'm John Lee Hooker) it's like a dagger to my heart.
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