Collectables and alternative investments

The $2.88m baseball card rescued from a watery grave

Baseball cards that once sold for cents now fetch millions at auction. Chris Carter reports.

Profit from the game of kings

Chess sets come in all shapes and sizes – and some of them are very collectable, reports Chris Carter.

Investing in whisky: liquid profits on the blockchain

The whisky industry is steeped in history, but investing in the water of life has been brought up to date with P2P platforms and the blockchain.

Bill Gross: king of the philatelists

Bill Gross, the former bond king, still occupies another throne – but he’s about to abdicate, says Chris Carter.

The richest treasure asset

Prized first editions may look good on the book shelf, says Chris Carter. But for investor-collectors, that’s not where the real money is.

Meteorites: out-of-this-world investments

Money may not grow on trees, but it occasionally falls from the heavens. Chris Carter explains how to net it.

All’s fair in love and war

Pablo Picasso’s Femme au béret gets the auction season underway at Sotheby’s, says Chris Carter. But what’s more interesting than its sale price is what it says about its painter.

Souvenirs of an empire

As a new year of auctions get under way, a treasure trove of memorabilia linked to Britain’s colonial past goes under the hammer.

Antiquities: a solid investment

There has been a flurry of sales in antiquities in recent weeks, says Chris Carter – and prices have held up surprisingly well.

Investors are taking expensive risks for little or no return

Investors are paying through the nose for risky assets that offer little in the way of returns. But there are some bargains about, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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