What Is It Worth ?
Many different factors go into appraising the value of an item. The primary factors effecting value of most anything are Condition, Location, and Rarity. But there are just as many myths as there are truths about value.
For instance, lets look at the subject of rarity. A rare item many times has a higher value than a common item. But if an item is too rare, nobody may collect the item, and as such, the value is far lower than a more common item that people routinely collect.
Location can also be a big factor in value. Many items have regional value, but not national value. A vintage Flora Dairy Milk Bottle in Elkhart County Indiana may sell for $100+, but if that same bottle were offered in Alabama, it would hardly bring $5.
The biggest factor effecting value is condition. A mint condition item will always bring the best return, over the same item with condition problems.