1960s Mickey Mantle bobblehead

The world today is in a mess with a most serious pandemic among all of us. It seems downright frivolous to even write about collectibles, but those of us who are collectors are quite active in our desire to expand our investments and our hobby.

In the past, we have written about cycles and condition. Good examples of cycles are bobbleheads and Pokemon, two very unimportant categories for everyday life, but which are once more are very active on eBay and auctions.

Bobbleheads came on the scene during the 1950s and ’60s, then disappeared almost overnight – only to reappear in the ’90s at ball parks, featuring star players. Once more, they faded away.

But guess what? They are once again popular. In this third phase, the first round bobbleheads have become quite pricy – in the hundreds of dollars. Viewers of ESPN or MLB will often see multiple bobbleheads on the announcers’ desks.

Pokemon burst onto the scene in 1996 and personally, we could not believe the demand that all kids ¬– and adults – had for these cards and allied products.

After this tremendous surge, poof! They were gone again – until now! A visit to Walmart will offer a large display of the return of Pokemon.

Recently, an unopened box of the original Series One Pokemon sold for $24,000!

There are countless categories that fade away, only to re-emerge at some point. PEZ dispensers come to mind, as last week a fancy version sold tens of thousands at $139 each. Of course, they had to be special, as the tiny pellets were made of silver. The old cry came up: “Gotta have it!”

This month’s column is more like a collector’s news release, but the pandemic is having little effect on the avid collector. Last week, a national auction took place out of New Jersey. The catalog was 1-inch thick, with 3,300 lots. Results were nearing $10 million for collectibles. Interesting enough was the fact that after two weeks, prices accelerated by 25% the last two hours!

Finally, earlier this year we pointed out the new 2020 American Silver Eagle one dollar coin was a bargain at $21. It was a bargain because it is the last year of the current design. Coin collecting, especially silver, is booming. This same Silver Eagle is now priced at $52 for an ungraded, uncirculated piece, and $95 for a PR70 perfect specimen.

I guess we can deduce that our homebound pandemic era has reignited interest in our individual collecting world.

It was Gen. Douglas McArthur who said, “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” In collecting, categories never die, they live on to re-emerge once more and flourish in each of our collecting lives.

Be happy and search on! Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.

Jerry Glenn is co-owner of Reminisce in Bluffton, where sports collectibles are bought and sold.