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101 Extraordinary Investments: Curious, Unusual and Bizarre Ways to Make Money

A handbook for the adventurous collector

By Toby Walne

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About the Author

Toby Walne

Toby Walne is an award-winning national journalist who specialises in alternative investments. A writer for the Mail on Sunday he also regularly contributes to other newspapers and is a magazine columnist. Toby was first kicked out the office more than a decade ago and told not to return until he had a story. He has rarely been back in since.

In search of adventure and stories Toby has ... Read more on Toby Walne

Contents Listing

Introduction

Action Man
Anglepoise Lamp
Antarctic Exploration
Autographs
Automatons
Bakelite Telephone
Barbie Doll
Beer
The Blues
Bonsai Trees
Bubble Cars
Butterflies
Cameras
Camper Vans
Celebrity Hair
Chess
Christmas Cards
Cigarette Cards
Classic Cars
Cocktail Shakers
Comics
Competition Entry
Corkscrews
Cricket
Cuban Cigars
Dan Dare
Dinky Toys
Dinosaurs
Dr Who
Electric Guitars
Fakes
Feudal Titles
Film Posters
First Edition Books
Fishing Tackle
Football
Fountain Pens
Gold
Golf
Gramophone Players
Grandfather Clocks
Grand Pianos
James Bond
Jeans
Koi Carp
Lego
Luggage
Magic Tricks
Maps
Marbles
Meccano
Medals
Mobile Phones
Money
Monopoly
Moon Rock
Movie Props
New Art
Old Toilets
Orchids
Pedigree Pigs
Penny Farthings
Pinball
Playing Cards
Postage Stamps
Postcards
Punk Rock
Race Horses
Rocking Horses
Royal Memorabilia
Rupert Bear
Russian Dolls
Seaside Sauce
Scalextric
Scientific Instruments
Scotch Whisky
Share Certificates
Shrunken Heads
Ski Posters
Stuffed Animals
Swords
Teddy Bear
Tin Robots
Titanic
Top Hats
Toy Soldiers
Train Sets
Travel Posters
Tribal Art
Truffles
Typewriters
Vintage Shotguns
Vinyl Records
Walking Sticks
War Games
Watches
Web Domain Names
Wedgwood Pottery
Wine
Woodland
World War Paraphernalia

About the Author
Acknowledgements
Introduction

Action Man
Anglepoise Lamp
Antarctic Exploration
Autographs
Automatons
Bakelite Telephone
Barbie Doll
Beer
The Blues
Bonsai Trees
Bubble Cars
Butterflies
Cameras
Camper Vans
Celebrity Hair
Chess
Christmas Cards
Cigarette Cards
Classic Cars
Cocktail Shakers
Comics
Competition Entry
Corkscrews
Cricket
Cuban Cigars
Dan Dare
Dinky Toys
Dinosaurs
Dr Who
Electric Guitars
Fakes
Feudal Title ...

Jacket Text

'101 Extraordinary Investments' is a fascinating exploration of curious and unusual ways to make money. Inspired by the great adventurers of the Victorian era, who hunted for everything from orchids to shrunken heads, this book keeps the spirit alive with its own modern twist on collectables.

A full range of subjects is covered, from superhero comics, toy robots and magic tricks to cigars, celebrity hair, feudal titles and pedigree pigs; plus a fresh look at classic alternatives such as wine, stamps, cigarette cards and books.

We share these investment secrets for the very first time, along with other exciting discoveries for the modern fortune-hunter. Each topic is covered in a comprehensive and entertaining manner, providing subject insight as well as practical investment guidance including cash returns, contact information and essential trading tips.

Investing need not be a bore, nor a gamble made by overpaid men in pinstriped suits. Join us and celebrate the derring-do spirit of adventure, as we share in 101 fun and fascinating money-making opportunities.

Professional Reviews

This fascinating book is a cornucopia of amusing or nostalgia-inducing trivia about collectables.


Media Coverage

UK Analyst

A book review by Richard Gill of the AIM & PLUS Newsletter

Tired of earning next to no interest on your bank savings account? Sick of seeing your shares going down in value? Spread betting just ...

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Flybe Uncovered

Toby Walne, author of 101 Extraordinary Investments - Curious, Unusual and Bizarre Ways to Make Money, counts the cost of today's treasures

Comics

Many superheroes, including Superman and ...

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Telegraph

Sharp investors choose sword collecting

Historic swords are worth big money to serious collectors

Mixing business and pleasure is often a bad idea, but investors who can afford to take a ...

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The Times

The five best childhood collectibles

From Superman to Scalextric models, we explain why your attic could turn into a real treasure trove

If the rollercoaster ride of the stock market leaves you ...

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Investors Chronicle

A ginger Barbie doll; a Christmas card featuring Santa in a purple suit and an antique feather-stuffed golf ball. What do these three curios have in common? They are all rare household items from ...

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The Mail on Sunday

Tell you what I'd love for Christmas: a shrunken human head. No, I didn't know you could buy them either until I read Toby Walne's marvelous stocking-filler, '101 Extraordinary Investments'. But now ...

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Welford and Brixworth Area News

Penny Farting bicycles, stuffed animals and even shrunken heads are just some of the bizarre investments that can turn a profit for collectors, according to a former Draughton man's new book.

Toby ...

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Northampton Evening Telegraph

A former Montsaye School pupil wo is now a financial whizz has written a quirky book about unusual ways to make money.

Toby Walne, who was born in Draughton and attended Montsaye in Rothwell, has ...

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Interactive Investor

Making money need not involve risky stockmarket punts, overpaid men in pinstriped suits or dire-rate savings accounts - it can actually be relaxing and lots of fun.

Increasingly investors are ...

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My Money Diva

If you are about to sit down to write your Christmas cards for this year, and have had some trouble finding the ones that you want to send at the right price, then consider this: you might be able to ...

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Moneywise

From vintage toys to football memorabilia, an unusual item that grows in value is a great festive gift. Toby Walne shares his top 10 buys.

Why not celebrate Christmas with gifts that have the ...

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Money Marketing

Former Money Marketing reporter Toby Walne has published a book about alternative investments.

101 Extraordinary Investments covers covers a wide range of unusual investment opportunities, ...

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Mail on Sunday

You can sit on a small fortune with old jeans.

A well-worn pair of Levi's from the Fifties or Sixties can change hands for £500 while makes such as Wrangler and Lee fetch £200 or more.

'You ...

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Guardian

Bizarre investments that turn a profit
Shrunken heads, toys like Barbie and Action Man, punk paraphernalia and top hats can all be worth collecting, says Toby Walne

The spirit of adventure and ...

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The Daily Telegraph

Collecting: vintage shotguns
Top-quality old British shotguns can be beautiful, valuable and practical.

Vintage British shotguns can be a sure-fire investment winner for country sports lovers. ...

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This is Money

101 Extraordinary Investments - Book Review
Simon Lambert

Ever wondered how people make money and have fun doing so? In 101 Extraordinary Investments, Toby Walne features the passions, however ...

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Headline Money

Toby Walne
Financial freelancer and author
www.tobywalne.co.uk

Toby's headlinemoney Who's Who entry

Tuesday 10 Nov 2009

This week, freelancer and recently-published author Toby Walne ...

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Mail on Sunday

Can investing ever be a genuine pleasure? Absolutely: all you need do is take your favourite hobby or pursuit and apply a little financial nous. Imagine if you could find an investment that delivered ...

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Waltham Forest Guardian

The Credit crunch exposed the bizarre nature of some the investments made by money-men in the City of London ? but that's nothing compared to the deals outlined in a new book.

Author Toby Walne, ...

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Dailymail.co.uk

Why Tintin in Tibetan is the best read of all: Figurines and books fetch big sums - especially those in rare languages- Toby Walne, Mail on Sunday26 March 2011

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Dailymail.co.uk

Could you write a best seller with a great plot and become the next Philippa Gregory?- Toby Walne, Mail on Sunday13 March 2011

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Media Review


101 Extraordinary Investments featured in Standort Magazine3rd December 2010

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Uk-analyst.com

"Highly entertaining and witty...All in all this is a fun and fascinating read which stands out from other books currently on the market and which make an ideal gift for any investor."- UK Analyst3rd ...

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Media Review


101 Extraordinary Investments featured in Flybe Uncovered, Flybe's Inflight Magazine1st July 2010

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Telegraph.co.uk

The toy cars worth more than the real thing- Toby Walne, The Sunday Telegraph2nd April 2010

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Telegraph.co.uk

Sharp investors choose sword collecting- Toby Walne, The Telegraph6th February 2010

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Timesonline.co.uk

The five best childhood collectibles- Toby Walne, The Times2nd January 2010

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Mailonsunday.co.uk

Join the cru and enjoy a fine profit from wine- Toby Walne, Mail on Sunday2nd January 2010

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Investorschronicle.co.uk

The ultimate collection- Claer Barrett, Investors Chronicle22nd December 2009

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Media Review

a cornucopia of amusing or nostalgia-inducing trivia about collectibles...everything about this book is perfectly judged. 4 stars.Book Review, Mail on Sunday, 20th December 2009

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Media Review

Toby shows the weird way to make cash- Northampton Evening Telegraph19th December 2009

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Iii.co.uk

Delving into alternative investments- Toby Walne, Interactive Investor18th December 2009

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Media Review

Turning bizarre items into profit- Ian O'Pray, Welford & Brixworth Area News18th December 2009

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Moneywise.co.uk

Give a collectable gift this Christmas- Toby Walne, MoneywiseDecember 2009 edition

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Moneymarketing.co.uk

Walne explores an alternative world- Money Marketing20th November 2009

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Mailonsunday.co.uk

Making a fortune is in the jeans- Toby Walne, Mail on Sunday15th November 2009

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Guardian.co.uk

Bizarre investments that turn a profit- Toby Walne, Guardian14th November 2009

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Telegraph.co.uk

Collecting: vintage shotgunsTop-quality old British shotguns can be beautiful, valuable and practical.- Toby Walne, Telegraph14th November 2009

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Thisismoney.co.uk

At a time when list books are all the rage, 101 Extraordinary Investments manages to stand out from the crowd. A great deal of painstaking research has clearly gone into the title and that ...

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Dailymail.co.uk

Making profits with pleasure: The world of collecting- Toby Walne, Mail on Sunday7th November 2009

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Guardian-series.co.uk

An author from South Woodford has delved into the world of weird and wonderful investments in a new book- Guardian (East London and West Essex Guardian Series)5th November 2009

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