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Unusual Investments Quiz
by Staff
Did the current recession take the wind out of your 401K? Did the value of your stock portfolio deflate like a bad party balloon?

Of the following, which increases the value of an antique board game?

  • manufacturer
  • age
  • A game with all its pieces, instructions and box
  • its popularity

Why are Confederate Civil War artifacts often a better investment than Union Civil War artifacts?

  • Because the Confederacy lost the war
  • Because the Union won the war
  • Because Confederate artifacts are rare
  • Because nobody wants Union Civil War artifacts

Which of the following impacts the value of a classic car more?

  • age
  • factory paint
  • number of accidents
  • color

Which is the best way to tell whether the top and lower sections of an antique dresser belong together?

  • both sections are made of the same wood
  • both sections were made by the same person
  • the brass handles on both sections are the same
  • both sections are the same color

How might you tell whether an antique flag is real or a reproduction?

  • faded color
  • hand-stitched
  • number of stars
  • size

Does cleaning a painting affect its value?

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe

What is one way to tell whether a sports collector knows an item is authentic?

  • If the item has a hologram
  • the seller says it is
  • you can found the item in a collector's guide
  • it looks authentic

What is one way to tell whether a toy bear is a Steiff?

  • the bear's nose
  • the quality of the bear's stuffing
  • the button in the bear's ear
  • the color of its eyes

Which is more desirable to art collectors?

  • A painting of an Irish setter
  • A painting of a border collie
  • A painting of a mutt
  • A painting of a cat

How might you tell a fake autograph from a real autograph?

  • the color of the paper
  • flow of the signature
  • types of lettering
  • the color of ink

Which section of the country might you get top dollar for selling Asian art?

  • New England
  • Midwest
  • West Coast
  • Southeast

Which of these rock 'n' roll stars commands the most money for memorabilia?

  • Elvis
  • John Lennon
  • Elton John
  • Mick Jagger

Does a certificate of authenticity impact the value of a piece of art?

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe

Is France the best place to sell French art?

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe

Why would a piece of antique furniture be worth more if the wood was hand sawn?

  • Hand-sawn wood typically means the piece is very old
  • It shows the quality of the workmanship
  • It designates what part of the country the piece was made
  • It means the piece has been refinished

Which Native American artifacts are the most valuable?

  • arrowheads
  • scalps
  • items from extinct tribes
  • items from existing tribes

What is one reason why the price of ivory has increased over the years?

  • dealing in ivory is illegal
  • it tarnishes easily
  • it is rare
  • it's very breakable

Which of the following factors determines the price of high-end wine?

  • vintage
  • supply and demand
  • taste
  • age

In what year was the most expensive Barbie created?

  • 1999
  • 1965
  • 1959
  • 1972

What type of clock is a better investment?

  • mantel
  • tall case
  • banjo
  • brass