8 Collectables you WISH you owned

Published: 16th Oct, 2012

Including this STAMP

Hey, next time you’re filling bin liners full of crap that you don’t think is worth anything, think again – that pile of shit could turn you into a MILLIONAIRE. Don’t believe us? Here are some things that were once practically worthless, but are now extremely expensive…

Yesterday and Today – The Beatles

NOW JUST £24,000!

Released in America in 1966, and only available for one day in its original form, Yesterday and Today was an album of Beatles hits cherry picked from Help!, Rubber Soul and Revolver. They misjudged their audience massively, finding Americans hopelessly unimpressed when they saw pictures of John, Paul, George and Ringface dressed in bloodied butcher’s smocks, surrounded by decapitated baby dolls and chunks of meat. It was only intended as a conceptual art piece by the hip 1960s photographer Robert Whitaker until McCartney pushed it for the cover, and after a flurry of outrage from infuriated US parents, it was replaced with something more in tune with their old fashioned gun-toting family values. A mint, sealed copy was sold for just over £24,000 in 1996.

Inverted Jenny

FOUR FOR £1.7MILLION!

This hilarious upside-down Curtiss JN-4 bi-plane stamp was printed by mistake (CRINGE!). Issued in May 1918, with 100 of them accidentally coming out all skewiff, it has since become so sought after that a block of four went for £1.7million in 2005.

Whiz Comics #2

KABOOM! $90,000!

Published in February 1940, the first issue of Whiz Comics confused buyers by being marked #2. “What the HELL is that about?” absolutely everyone on the planet wondered, and quite rightly. But hold your horses, this wasn’t in fact a mistake – the inventors of Captain Marvel had already issued a prototype magazine a month previously called Flash Comics, with their hero known as Captain Thunder. It was only when they found out that all of these names had been trademarked that Flash became Whiz, Thunder became Marvel, and an original copy in good nick will now set you back a mega-cool $90,000. BOOM! POW! OTHER CARTOON NOISES!

J-slot Rocket Firing Boba Fett

YOURS FOR THOUSANDS OF POUNDS!

So it goes that the rocket-firing Boba Fett Star Wars figure was hurriedly removed from production when a young lad died after shooting a missile into his throat whilst playing with a very similar rocket firing Battlestar Galactica hunk of shit. Hence these prototypes are considered to be the Holy Grail by Star Wars collectors, who start flapping around and clapping insanely at the mere mention of it. Only 14 are known to exist.

Treskilling Yellow

JUST $2.3million!

Like the Inverted Jenny, this Swedish stamp was also created by mistake, which proves two things. Firstly, that stamp printers have trouble caring about their rubbish jobs. And secondly, people who buy these things have far more money than sense. This one was supposed to be green-blue, but it came out yellow, and that was reason enough for some maniac to fork out $2.3million on it in 1996. Back in 1855 it would have been worth 3 Scandanavian “skillings”, which was literally pocket change.

Mamma Can’t Buy You Love (1977 Original UK 7”) – Elton John

ELTON JOHN! FOR JUST £500!

Uh oh, spelling mistake alert! Only in this case, it’s a PROFITABLE one. Copies of Elton John’s hit Mama Can’t Buy You Love will only set you back around £5 on Ebay or Discogs or any number of online car boot sales, but if you happen across the 1977 version on The Rocket Record Company label, misspelt as MAMMA Can’t Buy You Love, you’re looking at somewhere between £500 and £1000. Even though it’s exactly the same song.

Revenge of the Jedi poster

£500-£1000!

The minute that George Lucas decided that “revenge” would go against a Jedi’s strict code of behaviour whilst “returning” to exact their revenge probably wouldn’t, memorabilia featuring the movie’s original title suddenly rocketed in price and became instantly collectable. The teaser poster, by the US artist Drew Struzan, sells for around £500-£1000, and is particularly thrilling because Luke has an evil red lightsaber, whilst Darth Vader’s is in good-guy blue! Just what the hell is that about, Georgie Lucasplums?

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

FOR THE BARGAIN PRICE OF £22,000!

One of the most sought after pressings in the world, Columbia records reportedly pulled four of the tracks off the album – “John Birch”, “Let Me Die In My Footsteps”, “Rambling Gambling Willie”, “Rocks and Gravel” – at the very last minute, and were thought to have destroyed all original copies. Yet some still turn up, and have been known to sell for around £22,000. You can spot these rare gems, as the cover is very slightly different to the one that went on general release – look for a “Stereo/360 Sound” logo, and a sticker reading “Singing His Sensational Hit, Blowin’ in the Wind”. Then sit back and wait patiently to become a BILLIONAIRESS.

Josh Burt
About the author:
Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

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