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How much is a premium worth? It depends on demand. Some are worth 32 cents when they're made and 32 cents when they're thrown out 10 years later. Others are eventually valued at hundreds of dollars.
Ironically enough, eBay, the world's new high-tech trading ground for trinkets and trash, has actually had a net effect of lowering the prices people are willing to pay for an Expos Bobble-Head or vintage Burger King train.

How much is a premium worth? It depends on demand. Some are worth 32 cents when they’re made and 32 cents when they’re thrown out 10 years later. Others are eventually valued at hundreds of dollars.

Ironically enough, eBay, the world’s new high-tech trading ground for trinkets and trash, has actually had a net effect of lowering the prices people are willing to pay for an Expos Bobble-Head or vintage Burger King train. Why? Simply because such easy access to a worldwide depository of ‘hard-to-find’ items had made such items, well, less hard to find.

All the same, die-hard kitsch collectors are still willing to pay big bucks for the right item. Here’s what the five most expensive premiums were being offered for on eBay.ca as of late July, complete with the item’s description, in the seller’s own words.

Lionel #8160 Burger King GP20

US $85.00 (CDN $134.34 )

This is a Burger King GP20 diesel in Excellent condition. Pullmore motor and illuminated. Made only in 1981-1982. Has been run. Runs and reverses well. Has headlight, and operating couplers.

Expos Rusty Staub Bobble Head

US $61.00 (CDN $96.24)

This is an Authentic high quality collection item. This is a rare Rusty Staub BobbleHead doll given on June 16th. These Bobble Head are NOT sold in stores. Staub is the 1st Bobble of a collection set of 6 including Rusty Staub, Steve Rogers, Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Gary Carter and Vladimir Guerrero. There is only 5000 dolls on the market! They were never opened except to check their collection number. THIS IS A RARE AND LIMITED ITEM. Since this is the last season of the Expos, they will surely worth more in the future. At this pace, Staub is one of the most foreseen bobble since a lot of fans missed it (they didn’t thought this could be so popular). Here’s your chance to get yours.

Toronto Blue Jays Vintage 77′ Hat RARE!

US $29.99 (CDN $47.32 )

Whoa man!! Brand new 70′s shelf stock. Like a time warp or something. This hat is so freakin’ obscure I cant believe I found one!!! New Era Pro Hat 7 1/4 the older, rarer series hats.

7 NHL Goalie Masks (McDonald’s)

US $23.50 (CDN $37.14)

You will be bidding on 7 NHL goalie masks in ‘MINT’ condition. These masks were available for purchase at McDonalds restaurants a few years ago and are a must for the serious sports collector. These are NHL and NHLPA endorsed items and are stamped as such.

15 ’100 Years of Magic’

McDonald’s Toys

US $21.59 (CDN $34.12 )

There are 15 characters from McDonalds in total. They are Grumpy 1937, Sneezy 1937, Mowgli 1967, Tantor 1999, Meeko 1995, Bianca 1977, Belle 1991, Lucky 1961, Dale 1943, Tramp 1955, Aladdin 1992, Cheshire Cat 1951, Abu 1992, Kuzco 2000, and Winnie the Pooh 1966. All in good condition.