Good Afternoon everybody and welcome to the 2015 Spring season! It’s that time of year again when folks are cleaning out their basements, closets and attics and having a yardsale. With this first post of the season we’d like to share with you a unique type of item in the world of something very common. Motorcycle helmets are a necessity for some, a freedom issue for others but for a large number of riders a fashion statement.
Everywhere you look you can find scores of boring black, grey or white helmets and they’re usually a dime a dozen. However there is a huge market for uniquely designed helmets from previous generations. The old adage “they don’t make them like they used to” definitely applies here.
In the picture above you can see an early 1970’s example of a pretty unique helmet. The civil war “Confederate flag” is painted over the top in a metal flake pattern. Who wouldn’t want to ride down the road on their 70’s Harley sporting this piece?
I found this helmet at a local yardsale stashed under a table and was able to negotiate the price to $3. The best tip I can offer from this post is to trust your sense of awe when you see a unique item even if it is just a variation of something typical or boring. This applies to literally everything not just helmets. If you like it, chances are someone else will too!
Price Paid: $3.00
Sale Price: $69.95
Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus is a series of large hardcover anthologies published by DC Comics from 2007-2008. Each volume of the series reprints in chronological order issues from the four series’ making up Jack Kirby’s Fourth World: Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen, The Forever People, The New Gods, and Mister Miracle. The Jack Kirby Omnibus series are typically published in hardcover editions but I found these at a local Goodwill in paperback so additional research was required. Once validated these were an easy purchase because of their rarity and collectibility in both hardcover and paperback.
The author Jack Kirby was an American comic book artist, writer and editor regarded by historians and fans as one of the major innovators and most influential creators in the comic book medium. He worked for both DC and Marvel throughout his career.
Comic book Omnibus or Graphic Novels are good sellers but since there are so many, and only a small subset are collectible, research is required before making the purchase. A valuable tip for beginners that I want to express from this purchase is to do your research on the exact comic or graphic novel you are buying. Just because it is a certain genre or written by a certain author does not automatically mean it is worth a lot of money.
Price Paid: $20
Sale Price: $200
While searching a local thrift store I was able to find a large box of these cast aluminum Hershey’s Syrup ice cream scoops made by Nuroll out of Ohio USA. These are my favorite type of collectibles because they look great and are functional pieces. The scoops have a sharp edge perfect for scooping ice cream as well as a brand new shiny finish making them look great in any collection. There is also a hole in the end of the scoop which could allow it to be hung in a Hershey’s kitchen display. Whatever the scoop is used for it is sure to be an impressive item.
Price Paid: $2.00 each
Sale Price: $9.95 & available in my eBay store