What are the col­lecta­bles worth?

Rotorua Weekender - - Arts Corner - Paul Hickey

Have you man­aged to get your hands on one of the new Armistice Day com­mem­o­ra­tive 50 cent coins yet?

I saw a couple of friends who live over­seas post on so­cial me­dia ask­ing peo­ple to save them if we got our hands on one.

And guess what? I got one, and thought my­self pretty lucky, un­til I dis­cov­ered there are ac­tu­ally about 2 mil­lion of them be­ing put into cir­cu­la­tion around the coun­try.

So maybe they won’t be as col­lectable as I thought, and cer­tainly not be worth any more than the face value of 50 cents. But they do look awe­some.

I think we’d all like to come across some­thing a lit­tle unique and col­lectable that may just be worth a lit­tle bit of money.

A rare comic book or paint­ing — as hap­pen on that US stor­age shed re­al­ity show.

The se­cret is to be pre­pared, be­cause there would be noth­ing worse than find­ing out the value of a rarity once it is no longer with you, or not so rare — like the English woman who had a laugh when she had an empty Coke can in her six­pack, with the tab still closed.

She had a laugh and de­cided to open it on cam­era, and shared the clip on­line.

Just three drops can be seen com­ing out after she tipped it over. What a mis­take.

A quick search on­line found empty sealed Coca-cola cans to be sell­ing for up to US$19,999. Empty, opened coke cans are not worth quite as much!

12 days of Wish-mas

Christ­mas is a time for giv­ing, and here at the Hits Ro­torua we’re giv­ing you the chance to give some­one de­serv­ing a lit­tle some­thing ex­tra spe­cial this Christ­mas sea­son.

We call it THE HITS 12 DAYS OF WISH-MAS. Who do you wish th­ese gifts for?

We have a few of th­ese spe­cial packs to giveaway, and we need you to tell us who de­serves one.

The pack­age in­cludes good­ies from Chal­lenge Ro­torua and Get Gas, Ar­ti­san Cafe, and Sky­line, worth close to $500 for each of our re­cip­i­ents.

Whether it is some­one you know who has done good work for the com­mu­nity this year, a friend who helped you out when you were in a tight spot, or maybe some­one who needs a bit of spe­cial Christ­mas cheer, nom­i­nate now at the­hits.co.nz

Black Fri­day al­lure

This time last week it seemed as though most peo­ple had been over­pow­ered by the al­lure of the Black Fri­day sales.

Did you buy or re­sist? For your­self or gift buy­ing?

I will ad­mit that I al­most suc­cumbed. I saw a great com­puter deal, and even though I don’t re­ally need a new com­puter I al­most went and bought it.

Sam Wal­lace on The Hits brekky show said it best.

“It’s not the 25 per cent off, it’s the 75 per cent you weren’t go­ing to spend in the first place”.

I am a lit­tle con­fused though over the lim­ited amount of neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity around the sale.

Just a couple of weeks ago we cel­e­brated Hal­loween, and lots of peo­ple were com­plain­ing it is all about com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion and just copy­ing Amer­ica.

Well at least there are some his­tor­i­cal ref­er­ences to Hal­loween, and we’ve been do­ing it here in New Zealand for at least 30 years.

But noth­ing says copy­ing com­mer­cial­ism like Black Fri­day sales, which are still brand new to us.

We have fol­lowed the lead of the USA, yet no-one seems to be com­plain­ing?

Per­haps be­cause we all be­lieve we are get­ting some­thing out of it, as in the great deals. And not just a few sweets and maybe one or two scares?

Fill that bus

A quick fi­nal re­minder from me about The Hits Fill The Bus ap­peal for the Sal­va­tion Army Food­bank.

It’s hap­pen­ing next Wed­nes­day, and I’d love to see you pop onto the bus and drop off a dona­tion.

Keep an eye on our web­site, and Face­book page for our lo­ca­tions around the city on the day from 7am un­til 7pm.

■ Hear Ro­torua me­dia per­son­al­ity Paul Hickey week­days 9am — 3pm show on The Hits Ro­torua 97.5FM. Fol­low on Twit­ter — @paul­hick­eynz Face­book — The Hits Ro­torua.

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The fes­tive sea­son is nearly here.

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