How to Get Rich Off Your Junk
Dusty old toys and vintage computers can bring in big bucks on the collector’s market: Here, people’s “trash” that turned out to be treasure.
First Apple Computer
Today’s value: One model sold for $212,000 at Christie’s in London.
Introduced in July 1976 and originally worth $666.66, the Apple I computer “guts” were hand-built by Steve Wozniak. Supply your own wooden-body keyboard and a small screen to build it yourself. First-generation iPods have also turned into trendy collectibles.
Lionel Toy Trains
Today’s value: $1,700 to $1,800
If you have a blue and yellow
O-Gauge Virginia diesel freight
locomotive in your toy station, you’re in luck. Built around 1958, these engines are part of the last
Lionel Train Master diesel freight set of the postwar era—a big hit
with toy collectors.
The Beatles LP Records
Today’s value: $800 to $1,200
Music to your ears: A boxed set
of 14 vinyl remastered records by the Beatles circa 1982 is a favorite among record enthusiasts. The
original box is an added bonus.