Forget about investing in the share market or getting into the property game. You could already be sitting on a gold mine at home.

The increase comes after eBay reported sales growth of 7,769 per cent in the collectable card game category since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

eBay Australia head of communications, Sophie Onikul says “trading cards saw a huge resurgence during COVID. In December 2020, sales were up more than 7,000 per cent year on year driven by nostalgia and the cancellation of live sorting events.

“Pokemon cards recently experienced 300 per cent growth between December 2019 and December 2020…. The most valuable card sold on in the last 12 months was a 1999 Pokemon Base Set Complete collection featuring manufacturing errors for more than $85,000.”

eBay Australia currently has a complete set of 1999 Pokemon Charizard cardswhich Ms Onikul says are among the most valuable, listed for a whopping $165,000. That’s the equivalent of a home deposit in Sydney.

If you’ve got any lying around you could be sitting pretty.

Another user has listed an English base set of shadowless Charizard cards1st Edition Charizard PSA 10 Holo< for $620,000 so if you sold that you’d be able to buy an apartment in Sydney.

Other sets on eBay range in price from $1,248.91 to $100,203.31.

Comic books are also soaring in value, with a signed copy of Incredible Hulk #1 going for $67,995.95 and Journey into Mystery #83 comic signed by Stan Lee available for $50,996.87.

Queen Elizabeth II memorabilia is also soaring in value, with a document photograph signed by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 selling for $26,064.1 and a rare 1955 Queen Elizabeth II Signed Card Lilibet Royal Autograph Document Letter for $19,551.99.

Coins have also increased in value, with a rare 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee 1 kilo coin selling for $250,000.

Wine also increases in value, so it could be useful to check out the date of the wine in your cupboard. A bottle of Powell and Son wine is selling for $44,000 and a bottle of Domaine de la Romanee Conti Richebourg Grand Cru 1976 magnum is listed for $27,500.

Meanwhile, a 1952 Fender guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen will fetch $43,566.64 and a guitar signed by Michael Jackson is going for $25,000.

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