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When you think of a good return on investment, you may imagine stocks and shares in top tech giants and global corporations. But actually, there could be a fortune hiding in your drawer.
Many of us will be feeling the post-Christmas pinch this month which is why now is the ideal time to have a hunt through your house for items that could make you a bit of extra cash. Forgotten items such as a silver two pence piece, a Roses error stamp, or even a first edition Harry Potter could be in your home gathering dust – if not, there’s also a chance you may have owned a Charizard Pokemon card or a ‘God Save the Queen’ record by the Sex Pistols’ at some point.
So is there a fortune to be found in your home? Regtransfers have done some digging into the random items that have a high return on investment and created an interactive infographic to show just how much money can be made if you have purchased any of the items at their original price.
Charizard Pokemon Card
At the the height of the Pokemon craze in the late-90s, Charizard was a clear favourite among fans, and it was the Charizard card that everyone wanted. With 2.1 billion cards sold last year, the Pokémon Trading Card Game is still going strong. Even today, people are still excited when they pull this card in the ‘reprinted’ XY Evolutions set. However if you were lucky enough to buy a first edition back in 1999, with a purchase value of £5.03 (adjusted for inflation), you’ll now be looking at a value of £1,000, which means a staggering £995 increase in price.
God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols record
This record was valued at £4.80 in 1977, however, its recent value shows its price has increased to £16,450, meaning it has had a £16,445 increase in value. As it is one of the most influential punk singles of all time and it is one of the rarest records to be pressed in the UK, it may soon be the most expensive copy sold to date.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – the first edition
If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a Harry Potter first edition of The Philosophers Stone, and still to this day own it, then you may have earned yourself just over £60,000 (£60,166.37). Despite the first editions being priced at £60,186, older editions are also being sold on eBay for £5,000 – considering the book could be bought for just under £20 (£19.63) in 1997, this means it has had a £60,166.37 increase in price.
The Roses Error Stamp
In 1978 a batch of stamps were printed, although they were referred to as ‘the roses error’ because the postage price failed to get printed on them. Despite being valued at £130,000, it’s unlikely for anyone to be able to purchase one as the Queen and a private collector has them. This item has one of the biggest increments in the top ten, due to its original price valuing at just 0.77p (adjusted for inflation).
In 2015 an error 2p silver coin was manufactured. Even though the Royal Mint manufactures between three and four million coins a day, the chances of a coin featuring a minting error are actually very small. But, when mistakes happen – which is a rarity – it makes the coins which are discovered more valuable. A recent valuation of the 2p silver coin has come out at £1,400!
With the domain name eBet.com having the greatest growth in price (£1,026,010.87) if you were to invest in it 22 years ago, you would have made £85,500 annually – with the average UK salary being just under £28,000, it’s fair to say the return of investment is quite rewarding.
Batman Adventures #12 comic
Although not especially rare, the Batman Adventures comic is in high demand, which could explain why it has appreciated at the rate it has. It’s also the first time Harley Quinn, supervillain and the girlfriend of the Joker, appears in print. The comic was valued at £1.68 in 1993, however, its recent value shows its price has increased to £608, meaning an ROI of 36,095 per cent.
50 year old Macallan Whisky
The Macallan 50 Years Old is described as a ‘rich and complex’ single malt, presenting ‘sweet oak vanilla and blackcurrant characters, with a beautiful, vibrant amber natural colour.’ It also comes with a hefty price tag too. If you purchased a bottle back in 1985, it would have set you back £122, however the value at its last sale was £19,003, meaning an overall increase of £18,880 and an ROI of 15,414%
Take a look at what people are investing in today, whether it’s the next tech gadget, popular book, or bitcoin – after all, predicting the items that will give the biggest return on investment could make you a lot of money one day. Find out what other items have shown a great return on investment here.