2023 Collecting Trends: Some May Surprise You

2023 Collecting Trends

This Coca-Cola double-sided porcelain sign, circa 1950’s, sold at auction for $400.

When it comes to trends in the secondary market, there are so many factors that influence consumer behavior. Sometimes it’s pop culture, other times it’s nostalgia, and trends can also be affected by the economy and world events. Bidders contribute to trends as they drive up prices for popular collectibles, particularly if there is a limited supply. Consignors should take note of trends and strike while the iron is hot. What’s expected to do well in 2023? We’re already seeing an increase in demand for these collectibles:

2023 Collecting Trends A vintage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collectors Case (1988-1990) recently sold for $150.

1980s Toys: One of my favorite decades, the 1980s, is making a comeback, and it’s influencing everything from fashion to interior design. Popular TV shows, like Stranger Things, have also contributed to a renewed interest in the 80s. That’s great news for consignors who held onto Cabbage Patch Kids, Boglins, Star Wars, Transformers, Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, and other popular toys. Remember Dungeons & Dragons? That fantasy game is so popular now, there’s a Dungeons & Dragons movie in production with Chris Pine as well as a musical set to open off-Broadway in New York City in June. Some of these toys and action figures in original packaging are worth thousands of dollars. Recently, we sold a vintage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collectors Case (1988-1990) for $150.

1878 Morgan Silver Dollar Carson City coin realized $225 at auction.

Silver and Gold: As I write this, silver continues to be on an upward swing. Many people don’t realize that silver has many industrial applications. For example, silver is used in cars, electronics, and even solar panels. From an interior design perspective, silver accents are “in.” We’re seeing the same increase in demand for silver coins and jewelry. In December 2022, an 1878 Morgan Silver Dollar Carson City coin realized $225 at auction. Gold, of course, continues to do well, and fears of a recession this year may drive prices up. Vintage Porcelain Signs: I’m a big fan of porcelain signs, not just because they’re cool, but because they give us a glimpse into what life was like many decades ago. Also known as enamel signs, these signs can date back to the late 1880s. Some collectors focus strictly on one subject, like automobilia, advertising, transportation, farm equipment, soda, or country stores while others like to mix it up. Some of the older signs were die-cut into various shapes – these tend to do very well at auction. Several months ago, we sold a circa 1950’s Coca-Cola double-sided porcelain sign for $400. Firearms: Guns and ammunition sales have been on the rise since March 2020, particularly among first-time buyers. We’re seeing an upward trend for vintage military pistols, Colt revolvers, skeet shotguns and pretty much all genres of firearms. Like any collectible, provenance matters, especially with vintage and antique guns. Whether you’re looking to grow or sell your collection, make sure you do your research to fully understand market value. And when in doubt, consult with a professional appraiser or industry expert. Erik Hoyer owns EJ’s Auction & Appraisal in Glendale. Contact him at erik@ejsauction.com, www.ejsauction.com or 623-878-2003.


1936 Pre War Colt Government Model 1911 SOLD $10,000

1933 Rare Mickey Mouse Big Little Book #717 SOLD $6,000

Shell Porcelain Enameled Advertising Aviation Sign SOLD $850

Marvel Comics The Incredible Hulk #181 SOLD $3,500

Antique Dooling Tether Car W/ Brown Jr Engine SOLD $6,500

Toko Shinoda (1913-2022) Ink On Paper SOLD $11,000

Philip Richard Morris (1836-1902) Oil On Canvas SOLD $25,000

1957 Ford Thunderbird Coupe Convertible SOLD $25,000

1909- S V. D. B. Wheat Penny SOLD $650

Levi’s 501 & 517 Denim Jeans SOLD $1,500