Stack of rare hardcover books.
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Many homeowners and renters tend to decorate their abode with a bare minimum aesthetic–with nothing but furniture and the occasional generic artwork acquired at Target to cover their vast wall space.

Others, however, are usually collectors who proudly display their prized possessions that serve as conversation pieces for visitors.

What others think is trash could literally be treasures to their owners.


Curious to hear examples of what these might be, Redditor Maggo6452 asked:

"What’s the rarest object you own?"

People share their celebrity autographs as their rare possessions.

Comic Book Fan

"I have a copy of Avenging Spiderman #1 blank cover variant, with a hand drawn picture of Spiderman on the cover by Ken Hauser. It is #28 of 499."

"Years later I had it signed by Stan Lee at FanExpo Toronto."

– LodgedSpade

Valued Reply

"A handwritten letter from David Attenborough, he replied to a love letter I sent him years ago 😂"

– Wannyfoo

The Late Musician's Instrument

"A show used, signed bass by Cliff Burton and the rest of Metallica from the Solnahallen show in Sweden. This was Cliffs last show before he passed away."

– Slackley

These are one-of-a-kind items that Redditors are proud owners of.

Worldwide Possessions

"Found a gold tooth and a few thousand really old stamps from all over the world in a really old Jewish ladies house in NYC that had died and we were clearing out. No idea how to figure out if they're worth anything but some are super old like pre world war 2 and from weird corners if the world."

– Loud-Vacation-711

Vintage Copy

"I have a (incomplete) hardback collection of Edgar Allan Poe's writings that was bound in 1919."

– crucifix_peen

Keeping Time

"A 1775 mantle clock made in London."

"It's in pristine condition, all-original, gets wound once per week, and keeps accurate time."

– Back2Bach

Perpetually Rare

"I have an uncooked steak in the freezer."

– rumhee

Outdated gadgets get the shout-out treatment as rare objects.

Electronic Relic

"An original Microsoft Explorer 3.0 mouse signed by Bill Gates and Steven Fisher, the designer of the mouse. Microsoft Hardware gave it to me as a gift for helping them plan a research trip for gaming to Korea. One of only two I am aware of."

– sbrooks84

Spare Copy

"Unopened copy of FFVII (Final Fantasy VII). Black label, sticker and cellophane still intact."

"I got 2 copies for my birthday when i was a kid because my parents were divorced and didn't communicate what they intended to get me. Weirdly I was a smart kid and only opened one so I'd have an extra just in case I scratched a disk."

– Pineapple_Spenstar

The First Version

"First iPhone released given specifically to Apple Employees."

– Kimchi_Cowboy

Digital Pet

"An unopened Tagagotchi I bought in 1997. Probably not worth anything, come to think of it."

– holden-caulfied

My treasure is a family acquisition. It's a vintage steamer trunk that my great uncle used to transport his and his wife's belongings when they were forced out of their home–along with many other Japanese-Americans at the time–and relocated to the Heart Mountain Japanese internment camps in northwest WY during World War II.

After my great uncle died, my father brought the trunk home and stored it in our garage for decades.

When it came time to sell our house, my brother and I almost threw the trunk out. Thank goodness our neighbor across the street saw it left out on the curb for anyone to pick up and advised us against doing that.

With some research and finding out more details about the trunk, I've decided to hold onto it, and it now serves as a side table in my current home.

I can't believe this stunning piece was once headed for the dumpster or into a stranger's home. It is priceless.