Jigsaw puzzles are a popular pastime, even in today’s modern world full of high tech distractions. Many savvy eBay sellers keep jigsaw puzzles on their radar as a hot item to resell, even in used condition. Some are vintage, rare, or collectible, and some specific brands and types can sell for thousands of dollars. eBay currently shows over 31,000 jigsaw puzzles in the Toys & Hobbies category. Here are three of the higher end brand of custom cut wooden jigsaw puzzles that sell for amazing prices on eBay.
The Holy Grail of jigsaw puzzles for a reseller are Par Picture Puzzles. The Par Puzzle Company began in 1932 during the height of the Great Depression. Puzzles were (and still are) an inexpensive form of family entertainment. According to ParPuzzles.com, “Puzzles offered key elements of challenge, creativity and stimulation to an intelligent societal mind otherwise forced to lethargy.” Par puzzles are finely crafted wooden puzzles with hundreds or thousands of pieces, depicting great works of art. The target audience is adults. See completed listings for Par Picture Puzzles on eBay here.
Stave custom wooden jigsaw puzzles are another name to look for. Smithsonian Magazine calls Stave puzzles, “The Rolls-Royce of puzzles.” Stave is located in Norwich, Vermont and have been crafting the “finest and cleverest handmade wood puzzles since 1974.” The wooden puzzles are custom cut and it isn’t uncommon to see them sell for $1,000. Stave puzzles usually have 200 – 600 pieces and are whimsical and fantasy designs, reproductions of famous art works, and animal themes. See completed listings for Stave wooden puzzles on eBay here.
According to Pastime-Puzzles.com, “Our premium line of 300, 500 and 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles feature beautiful paintings from famous artists. All puzzles include 30, 50 or 100 special whimsy pieces (birds, animals, objects and symbols). All pieces are made from sturdy puzzle board creating a wonderful feel and satisfying fit. No two puzzle pieces are the same and all border pieces interlock!” The designs are beautiful and very detailed. Pastime puzzles have sold on eBay for over $1,200. See all completed listings for Pastime puzzles here.
Puzzles sell best when all pieces are included, and that can be hard to determine at a garage sale or estate sale. Often the box will indicate the puzzle has a certain number of pieces, but when actually worked, the puzzle will have slightly more or less, so counting the pieces isn’t the best indicator of if the puzzle is complete. Many of the completed listings on eBay show the completed worked puzzle, but not all of them. Buyer beware - if you are looking for a complete puzzle, look for listings showing the completed worked puzzle.