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Pawn Stars Look To Household Items For Cash

“Pawn Stars” is a cable TV hit show.  Lots of unusual items are featured on the show amidst the trauma and drama of pawn life, but the quiet truth is some common household items can be the most lucrative items to pawn.  The internet financial advice site Financially Fit asked the owners of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas to find out the five most lucrative items to pawn:

1. Zippo Lighters
Lighters from the 1950s could be worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars. “Every guy in the 1950s and 1960s had one. They ended up getting thrown away, but the sell for thousands of dollars if you have the right one. You’ll get the most money for a Zippo lighter made in 1932, which is the year the company was founded.

2. Baseball Cards
Baseball cards that were mass produced aren’t worth a lot of money. What will bring in the bucks is an original Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth or Joe DiMaggio card that’s in good condition.

3. Comic Books
The value of a comic book depends on four things: its age, the number of copies in print, the condition and the print number.

4. Antique Clocks
You’ll get the most money for an old clock if it meets these four criteria: It must be mechanically complex, designed by a well-known clockmaker, have a beautiful design and still function.

5. Grandma’s Jewelry
That hideous jewelry is sometimes made out of gold and gold means instant cash for sellers. Gold prices are up 20 percent the past year alone.

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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