In the ever-evolving landscape of hobbies and passions, the world of collecting is experiencing a vibrant and transformative renaissance today.
From vintage comic books to rare action figures, from antique stamps to digital NFT art, collectors around the globe are pursuing their passions with unprecedented enthusiasm. Let’s see what’s new in the world of collecting today!
In this article, we’ll look at Royal Mint’s Sovereign and Britannia coins, that was sold for $5.1 Million, updates about the new Jordan 8 ‘Playoff’ release, and new exclusive Funko Pops that will be released at NYCC 2023!
What’s Happening in the Hobby of Collecting Today:
Royal Mint’s Sovereign and Britannia Coins Sold for $5.1M:
The recent Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction showcased a remarkable collection of special Britannia and Sovereign bullion coins on behalf of The Royal Mint, achieving an impressive total of over $5.1 million in prices.
These coins, part of the Royal Succession coin series, hold a unique place in history as they mark the transition from Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy to King Charles III’s portrait on British coinage.
Each of these Royal Succession coins tells a significant story in the annals of both British and global history.
To ensure their quality and authenticity, these coins underwent grading and encapsulation by the esteemed Numismatic Guaranty Company.
The auction itself was a lively affair, lasting nearly nine hours on August 21, with enthusiastic collectors and investors fiercely competing for these historical treasures.
This intense bidding activity resulted in numerous record-breaking prices and, remarkably, a 100% sell-through rate for all 690 lots, underscoring the profound importance and desirability of these coins.
Two remarkable Britannia gold coins secured the highest prices in the auction. The last 1-ounce gold Britannia coin minted during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign fetched an impressive $50,000.
In contrast, the very first 1-ounce gold Britannia coin produced under the reign of King Charles III commanded a substantial $42,000.
These two coins have now claimed the titles of the most valuable 1-ounce gold Britannia coins ever sold at auction since the series was inaugurated back in 1987, according to Stack’s Bowers.
Notably, the last and first gold Sovereign coins also achieved remarkable results, commanding prices of $42,000 and $34,000, respectively.
Furthermore, the silver 1-ounce Britannia coins established new price records yet again, with the last coin minted under Queen Elizabeth II fetching $19,000 and the inaugural coin under King Charles III realizing $18,000.
This successful collaboration between Stack’s Bowers Galleries and The Royal Mint follows a previous groundbreaking partnership between Stack’s Bowers Galleries and the United States Mint in 2022.
In that endeavor, Stack’s Bowers Galleries facilitated the sale of special transitional coins from the American Eagle bullion coin series, which ultimately yielded over $4.6 million in total sales on behalf of the United States Mint.
Jordan 8 ‘Playoff’ 2023 Release:
Jordan Brand is commemorating the 30th anniversary of Michael Jordan’s eighth signature sneaker, the Air Jordan 8, with the upcoming release of a special edition Jordan 8 ‘Playoff’ as part of their Fall 2023 collection.
This 2023 edition of the beloved sneaker pays homage to the rich history and enduring legacy of the Jordan 8 silhouette, faithfully adhering to the original specifications from its debut in 1993.
Let’s delve into this iconic sneaker set to hit the shelves in September.
The Air Jordan 8 ‘Playoffs’ last made their appearance in 2013, and fans of this classic colorway will be delighted to know they’re making a triumphant return in 2023.
This release is a tribute to the very same shoes that Michael Jordan donned during the pivotal Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns.
Mark your calendars for September 30th because that’s when the Playoff Jordan 8s are slated to drop.
They will be available in a comprehensive range of sizes to cater to the entire family and can be snagged via the SNKRS app and select Jordan retailers.
The retail price for these highly anticipated sneakers is set at $210.
Exclusive 2023 NYCC Funko Pops:
New York Comic-Con 2023 is set to run from October 12th to the 15th, and Funko is gearing up for the event with a theme they’ve coined “Heavy Metal Halloween.”
As expected, collectors can look forward to a slew of NYCC 2023 Funko Pop exclusives.
Here’s your first official glimpse at the NYCC 2023 exclusive Funko Pops, featuring the One Piece Luffy Wanted Poster, Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Magician Girl and the fully human Inuyasha.
These Pops will be up for grabs on the Funko Shop, with the likely release time slated for October 12th at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET, based on historical patterns.
It’s worth noting that the Yu-Gi-Oh! and Inuyasha Funko Pops will be exclusive to Toy Tokyo, while the One Piece Pop will be available exclusively through the Funko Shop and the NYCC booth.
For more specific details about each of these Pop figures, you can find additional information below.
Check out the exclusive Pop Game Case: One Piece – Luffy Wanted Poster. Monkey D. Luffy, on his quest to become the Pirate King and discover Gol D. Roger’s fabled treasure, is a character full of determination. Enhance your One Piece collection by adding the Pop! Monkey D. Luffy figure, featured here in a special Pop Poster showcasing his Wanted Poster. It’s a must-have for fans of the series and collectors alike!
Introducing the exclusive Pop Animation: Yu-Gi-Oh – Dark Magician Girl (MSRP – $15). Get ready for a duel of epic proportions in your Yu-Gi-Oh collection as you bring forth the Dark Magician Girl card! Summon this enchanting creature into your Dueling Arena with the exclusive Pop Dark Magician Girl figure. It’s a must-have addition for fans and collectors alike, adding a touch of magic to your collection!
Introducing the exclusive Pop Animation: Inuyasha – Inuyasha (Human) (MSRP: $15). In a unique twist, Inuyasha has shed his demon powers under the new moon, rendering him vulnerable in his human form.
Join forces with him to safeguard his fellow travelers in your InuYasha collection. Extend a warm welcome to this exclusive half-demon Pop figure, a distinctive addition that adds depth to your collection and showcases Inuyasha’s human side.