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The Best Ways to Spend $100

Can you earn cash investing in collectibles? It depends

  • Gift Cards
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    Play your gift cards right

    En español | Check out gift-card exchange sites — like or — to sell or buy unused gift cards at a discount. With $100, you could net a card worth $120 or more, says certified financial planner Dannell Stuart of Mission Wealth Management.

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  • Baseball autograph
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    Snag a budding star's autograph

    Buy 20 baseballs, a blue ballpoint pen and two tickets to a nearby minor league baseball game for a potential major league profit, says Financial Safari's Pete D'Arruda. During batting practice, have your photo taken getting balls autographed by many players. Former Triple-A player Evan Longoria's ball fetches up to $195 today.

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  • Child rides a Sting-Ray Orange Krate bike (Schwinn via Getty Images)
    Schwinn via Getty Images

    Schwinn Sting-Ray Bicycles

    These banana-seat bikes once ruled the suburbs; if you kept yours (or your kid's), it might fetch $1,000 today.

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  • millennials drive a quarter less than counterparts did 8 years ago (Getty Images)
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    AARP Offer: Protect your money, grow your nest egg

    Take advantage of great information and tools to help build your future and prevent your money from going down the drain. Join AARP and start saving for your dreams today.

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  • Lego Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon Set (The Lego Group)
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    Lego Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon Set

    Lego investors struck gold with this 5,000-piece set, which sold in 2007 for $500 and now trades for about $3,000 in mint condition.

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  • Marilyn Monroe (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
    Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

    Vintage Hollywood Memorabilia

    Items owned by iconic figures such as Liz Taylor or Marilyn Monroe are good bets, says Elizabeth von Habsburg, managing director of Winston Art Group.

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  • 29-cent Elvis Presley stamps issued in 1993 (USPS/AP Photo)
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    Commemorative Stamps

    Those Elvis stamps from 1993? They're still not worth much more than 29 cents each.

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  • Beanie Baby Mountain Goat By ty Soft toy (Art Directors & TRIP / Alamy)
    Art Directors & TRIP / Alamy

    Beanie Babies

    A 1998 handbook predicted that Stripes the dark tiger, which sold for $5 in 1995, would be worth $1,000 by 2008. Current value: about $25.

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  • Souvenir plate is seen to mark the anticipated engagement of Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton (Woolworths via Getty Images)
    Woolworths via Getty Images

    Collectible Plates

    In fact, just about anything recently produced that's touted as rare or limited edition is unlikely to appreciate in value.

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  • Eisenhower dollar (rusm/Getty Images)
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    Most Newer Coins

    Until 1964, U.S. dimes and higher denominations contained 90 percent silver; they're now worth about 14 times face value, according to Rohan.

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  • 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car (Robert Wisdom |
    Robert Wisdom |

    1978 Chevy Corvette Indy Pace Car Edition

    Many buyers of this low-volume commemorative model stored their $14,000 'Vettes and waited for values to rise. Today, cars sell for an underwhelming $20,000.

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