By David Chown
In these financially difficult times when many people are wondering about the future, perhaps collecting could be a good hedge against inflation. Where better to put your money than collectables? After all there seems little point in keeping it in the bank with current rates of interest being so low.
Consider Wade figurines which have been produced since the 1930s. They have shown a very healthy return on the initial modest cost. Better one might think than had it been left in a
bank to gather interest.
Take for example the TV Pets which were first released in 1959 and ran, on and off until 1965. The original price was around 40 pence (£3/11d). They all sell now for more than £20 and some for a lot more! And the Noddy set that was first issued in 1958 and ran for three years. Now that was a great investment! Like the TV Pets they sold originally for 40 pence each. They are all valued now from between £50 and- £200. Where else would you get that sort of
return on such a small initial investment?
Even some Wade premiums given away by companies over the years have seen a remarkable increase in value like the set of Pigs issued by the NatWest Bank as an incentive for savers during the 1980’s and 90’s. Considering these were free, they now sell for anywhere between £20 and £350 if you are lucky enough to own a complete set including the elusive Wesley!
Over the years Wade collectables have increased in value in many different forms: Whimsies, Disney Figures, Felix the Cat, to name but a few.
Wade Betty Boops have also been a good investment and sell for a premium on the internet with some of the fair specials and special editions going for many hundreds of pounds.
So if you are looking for an interesting hobby that could result in financial gain, then Wade Collecting can be fun and financially rewarding in these difficult times.
There are many books, internet resources and collector dedicated websites to be found on the subject of Wade collecting. The most important resource to anyone who is interested in starting or adding to a collection is the www.wadecollectorsclub.co.uk . This club will keep you informed on any latest
developments in the Wade Collecting Circle and of course any new pieces which may be available to buy. There are several Wade gatherings during the year both in the UK and the USA where exclusive limited editions can be purchased and it really does become a social event, many collectors making new friends and acquaintances at the different shows held during the year.
The latest offering for Wade Club members is a fabulous set of Survival Animals an original design for club members only and from C&S a fabulous new series called Whimsie-Nation a collection of Whimsies representing nations, traditions and various themes from around the world.
So if you have a financial investment in mind why not try Wade, a rewarding and fun collecting experience with the added bonus of a potential increase in value.
There’s room in every home for Wade!
The World of Wade by Ian Warner and Mike Posgay
The World of Wade Whimsies by Ian Warner and Mike Posgay
2017 Betty Boop Catalogue
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