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Have you ever wanted to hold onto a toy hoping that it might be worth lots of money someday? Well, you might not be wrong—collectibles have been selling at record-breaking prices recently.

Last month, a factory-sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for $2 million—the most expensive video game ever sold! That record may not last long if the last year of video game sales are any indication though. Earlier this year, a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 held the title after it sold for $1.56 million. Just before that sold, the title belonged to a sealed copy of The Legend of Zelda after it sold for $870,000.

Another popular collectors’ item set a record last month, this one for a sports card. 

A T206 Honus Wagner baseball card sold for $6.6 million! That title was previously held by a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card that sold for $5.2 million.

Recent Record-breaking Sales for Toys:

• Super Mario Bros.: $2 million

• Superman comic: $3.25 million

• Honus Wagner card: $6.6 million

The Honus Wagner cards were distributed between 1909 and 1911. There are only about 60 of the Wagner cards in the world and most of them are not in great shape—not surprising considering the cards are more than a century old! Wagner was one of the earliest athletes to have ENDORSEMENT deals. He made money with his image and name selling soda, gum, gunpowder, razors and more!

No collectible conversation would be complete without talking about comic books. The Man of Steel flew into fans’ hearts when he appeared as the first ever comic book superhero—in Action Comics #1 dated June 1938.

At the time it was released, the comic book sold for 10 cents. When the mint-condition comic sold in an auction earlier this year, it went for a record-breaking $3.25 million! So how was an 83-year old comic still in such great shape? It was buried in a stack of old movie magazines for years and has only been sold a handful of times—last in 2018 for more than $2 million.

September 2021