Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: TV show collectibles
Did you ever wonder if there was any resale value associated with those collectibles objects from your favorite TV shows, both new and old? As a new crop of TV shows is highlighted this season, TV collectibles are flooding the online marketplace.
Autographed photos of the stars of classic sit-coms like studio shots of Jerry Seinfeld, Michael J. Fox, and Charlie Sheen hold their value long after the show is off the air.
Some of these coveted collectibles, like autographed photos, command a few hundred dollars in good condition.
Established TV brands
Established network TV shows promote shows to their national network affiliates using unique collectible objects like American Idol Keurig coffee makers with Randy Jackson k-cups and Ryan Seacrest non-dairy creamer, Jack Bauer action figures from the series 24, and red rubber dodge balls from gym class on Glee. Dedicated tv viewers hoard these collectibles in the hopes of amassing rare objects or down the line, reselling them once the shows are broadcast in syndication in years to come. Embarking upon its 13th season, American Idol collectibles are the tv items that I would be amassing for long term value.
TV shows that are living on other networks along the cable and satellite TV landscape have related collectibles that are collected with vigor. For instance, a bottle of orange pop (soda) from the Formans’ basement on That 70s Show is not easy to find these days. Street value for this Wisconsin-based tv show collectible is $25.
Long running TV shows continue on as times and trends change in American culture. Friends debuted while we were all still brewing drip coffee and just as the Starbucks craze went into high gear. As such, a collectible Friends instant coffee tin (worth $75) with the famous cast on the label dates back to the era when a spoonful of international flavored coffee was a treat during an afternoon of relaxing TV viewing.
Remember the promotional items are not to be confused with actual props that are used during the filming of these classic shows and new TV shows. Actual props used in famous TV episodes command big bucks with collectors.
Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and award-winning TV personality, Dr. Lori hosts antiques appraisal events worldwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on Discovery channel’s hit TV show, Auction Kings. Visit DrLoriV.com, @DrLori on Twitter Facebook.com/DoctorLori, or (888) 431-1010.