The five rarest comic books are all considered icons in American cultural history, and each has left its mark on the national identity. Each of these comic books has sold for more than $25, 000 and their value increases every time one comes up for auction. The five rarest, in no particular order (except the first one are:
- Action Comics #1 is the rarest, marking the first appearance of Superman
- Detective Comics #3 features the first appearance of the Batman
- Amazing Fantasy #15 marks the debut of Spiderman
- Zap Comix #1, the first of the underground movement in comics and drawn by the legendary R. Crumb
- Fantastic Four #1 – The debut of the Fantastic Four in 1961.
Baseball cards have been collected for generations, and are always in demand. Despite the propensity for mass and overproduction, there are some baseball cards that are quite rare, and their selling prices reflect this – running from thousands of dollars to several million. Here are what are considered the five rarest cards
- 1909 White Border, Honus Wagner (Pittsburg Pirates). There are so few of these in print that a mint condition one sold recently for $2,350,000, and one in poor condition went for over $200,000.
- 1933 Goudey, Nap Lajoie (Philadelphia Phillies), $20,000 to $30,000
Collectors had to write and request the card because it was not included in the original set issued by Goudey.
- 1914 Cracker Jack, Ty Cobb last sold for $3,600 to $6,000
- 1914 Cracker Jack, Joe Jackson. It most recently sold for over $9,000. It drew a higher price than the Ty Cobb card because of the popularity of Shoeless Joe in baseball circles and history of the game.
- 1933 Goudey, Babe Ruth. Depending on condition this card is valued from $3,500 to $5,000.
It is extremely difficult to identify the five rarest antiques. While each category of antique has its own hierarchy of value, to single out five across the board would be quite impossible. There are certain criteria that must be met to qualify, among these are the age of the item, the quality of workmanship, and the scarcity of the object – the only one of its kind being the rarest. Beyond that, the concept is wide open. However, the value of an antique is not tied to its rarity – it is the quality of the object and the demand for it, and its provenance. These three factors are what drive prices up (or down), and fan the flames of interest in the field.