Did the current recession take the wind out of your 401K? Did the value of your stock portfolio deflate like a bad party balloon?
While it's true that a game's age and manufacturer could effect the item's value, an antique board game in good condition with all its pieces and original box is extremely desirable.
The Confederacy might have lost the war, but it certainly won in the world of antiques. Confederate artifacts, especially soldiers' uniforms, guns, and personal items are rare because most did not survive the conflict.
Just because a car is old and hasn't been in any accidents, doesn't mean it is valuable. A car painted in the original factory color, is a good investment.
If the upper and lower sections of a dresser is fashioned out of two different pieces of wood, chances are they were not meant to be together.
A hand-sewn flag, not its condition or the number of stars on its canton, is a tell-tale sign the standard is an original.
Restoring and repairing a painting can keep the item as close as possible to its original state, thereby making the work valuable. However, over-cleaning can ruin a painting by destroying its integrity.
The marketplace is full of counterfeit items. Guides only show what an item should look like. And don't ever take the word of a dealer. Instead, if you can, purchase an item with a hologram. Holograms are a scientific way to ensure an item's authenticity.
You can tell a Steiff bear from others by the famous button in the ear. Steiff bears without the button are not as valuable.
Although mutts are loveable, they're not valuable in the art world. Dogs such as setters and retrievers are more desirable than any other type of dog.
A signature written in one continuous motion, tends to be real. The type of letter--cursive or block--won't yield any information on the legitimacy of the signature. Neither will the paper's color.
Asian art often fetches the best price on the West Coast, where there is a large Asian population.
Former Beatle John Lennon is the king of rock 'n' roll memorabilia. His signature even commands more money than the autographs of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.
A certificate of authenticity is meaningless unless signed by the artist, the publisher or an acknowledged expert.
French furniture really doesn't sell well in France.
A piece of hand-sawn furniture is worth more than a machine-hewed piece. The roughness of hand-sawn wood is a sign that the piece was built in the late 16th and 17th centuries.
Items from extinct tribes, such as the Mandan, are more valuable because of the rareness of the items. Arrowheads are common. Scalps are valuable, but hard to sell.
The various laws regarding the sale of ivory are complicated. Buying and selling ivory is illegal, except if it was harvested before the laws were enacted.
More than vintage or taste, supply and demand drives the value of fine wine. When the supply is limited, prices go up.
De Beers designed the most expensive Barbie in 1999. Designers dressed her in a gown studded with 160 diamonds. It sold for $85,000.
Better known as grandfather clocks, tall case clocks can sell for thousands of dollars, as opposed to a few hundred dollars for most mantel and banjo clocks.