20 Geeky Collectibles That Could Make You Millions

Laveta Brigham

Although there are many avenues you can take to earn $1 million, here’s one that might surprise you: cashing in on your geeky collectibles. It sounds a little far-fetched, but some collectibles have made their owners big bucks at auctions.

Of course, how much your geeky collectibles are worth can be subjective and might depend on a variety of factors like condition, rarity, age and demand. You’ll likely need multiple rare and valuable collectibles to fetch $1 million, but it could be worth a try if you’ve got a collection. Check out these unusual collectibles that might just be a brilliant investment.

Last updated: Sept. 8, 2020

Comic books are still a very popular collector’s item — and the more vintage and rare your comic book is, the more it’s worth.

Just because your comic book collection might contain some rare and vintage copies, however, doesn’t guarantee it’s worth $1 … Read More

Canada secures millions of vaccine doses, but it likely won’t be federally mandated, officials say

Laveta Brigham

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Currently, there are more than 4,800 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 125,000 diagnoses so far) and 9,000 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

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Millions Made Hungry By Pandemic Could Include Your Neighbor

Laveta Brigham

Editor’s Note: Hunger and food insecurity are increasing dramatically across America. Patch has teamed with Feeding America to get more food on the tables of our neighbors in an ongoing, sustained effort. This story, running nationally across our network of Patches, provides information on how you can help.

ACROSS AMERICA — Among the many casualties of the coronavirus pandemic is a sense of security at America’s dinner tables. More than 54 million Americans may find themselves staring at sparse or empty plates before 2020 is over, according to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization.

That’s 17 million more Americans struggling with food insecurity than before the pandemic. That’s about twice the population of New York City.

Any one of the hungry could be your next-door neighbor — someone like Adriana Rosas, a single mom who cut every bit of fat out of her budget after losing her job to

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Millions of Americans are getting surprise payments from the IRS. Here’s why

Laveta Brigham

Millions of Americans are opening their banking apps and mailboxes and are finding money from the government they weren’t expecting.

coronavirus “stimulus check”; Congress still hasn’t settled on whether send out a second round of relief payments. Besides, the amounts this time are much smaller.” data-reactid=”33″No, it’s not another coronavirus “stimulus check”; Congress still hasn’t settled on whether send out a second round of relief payments. Besides, the amounts this time are much smaller.

Most people got $1,200 in stimulus money earlier this year. The direct deposits and checks people started receiving from the IRS last week average just $18, the tax agency says.

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Millions of Americans scrape by after benefits expire: ‘I lost everything’

Laveta Brigham

A single mother of three children, Sandra Bivin of Denver, Colorado, is now being forced to try to survive on $58 per week on unemployment since the $600 per week expanded unemployment benefits expired on 26 July.

It is not easy.

Before the pandemic hit, Bivin worked as a driver for Uber and Lyft, and had a part-time job in accounting. Because of her part-time position, she doesn’t qualify for pandemic unemployment assistance offered to independent contractors until her regular employment runs out in another seven weeks.

ineligible for the $400 per week unemployment benefits from Donald Trump’s executive order when it goes into effect.” data-reactid=”29″In the meantime, Bivin has struggled to make ends meet and will be ineligible for the $400 per week unemployment benefits from Donald Trump’s executive order when it goes into effect.

“My mortgage alone is $1,100 a month. I already sold my car in

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Coronavirus Evictions Are Starting, With Millions More Expected By The End Of 2020

Laveta Brigham

Mary Robinson could lose her apartment if she can’t come up with a pile of money, but her unemployment benefits shrank from nearly $900 to $247 last week. 

The 39-year-old mother of two in Rochester, New York, could face eviction as the economy sputters and Congress dithers over whether to pass another coronavirus relief bill. 

“People that are working and trying to maintain get the shit end of the stick,” she said.

There are 30 million to 40 million people in the United States at risk of being evicted by the end of the year, according to a report released Friday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Unless Congress acts to reimpose a moratorium on certain evictions, extend unemployment benefits or offer some other relief, these people could be forced out of their homes in the middle of an economic downturn and a pandemic.

“The urgency of the situation

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Millions set to see ‘big savings’ as price cap lowered

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Energy bills will fall by around £84 in October for millions after the energy regulator lowered the price cap because of cheaper gas wholesale prices.

Ofgem has cut the default price cap to £1,042, its lowest level since the cap was introduced in January 2019.

The pre-payment meter cap will fall by £95 to £1,070.

Ofgem said the changes would mean “big savings” for around 11 million households on default tariffs and four million on prepayment meters.

The regulator said the reduction was due to a sharp decrease in wholesale gas prices since the cap was last updated in February.

But it warned that the cap was likely to rise in April as wholesale prices have started to recover since hitting 20-year lows in the spring.

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“Millions of households, many of whom face financial hardship due to the Covid-19 crisis, will see big savings on their energy bills

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Wealthy donors pour millions into fight over mail-in voting

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep-pocketed and often anonymous donors are pouring over $100 million into an intensifying dispute about whether it should be easier to vote by mail, a fight that could determine President Donald Trump’s fate in the November election.

In the battleground of Wisconsin, cash-strapped cities have received $6.3 million from an organization with ties to left-wing philanthropy to help expand vote by mail. Meanwhile, a well-funded conservative group best known for its focus on judicial appointments is spending heavily to fight cases related to mail-in balloting procedures in court.

And that’s just a small slice of the overall spending, which is likely to swell far higher as the election nears.

The massive effort by political parties, super PACs and other organizations to fight over whether Americans can vote by mail is remarkable considering the practice has long been noncontroversial. But the coronavirus is forcing changes to the way

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How a little-known 1980 law slashed pay for millions of truck drivers and created big-box retail as we know it

Laveta Brigham

An Illinois truck driver in 1940.
An Illinois truck driver in 1940.

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  • Today’s network of big-box retailers and online shopping likely wouldn’t exist without the deregulation of the trucking industry 40 years ago this month.

  • The Motor Carrier Act of 1980, passed by President Jimmy Carter, slashed the cost of moving goods by truck.

  • It also eroded one of America’s great blue-collar jobs: truck driving.

  • A truck driver’s salary has decreased by as much as half since deregulation.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

When Larry Heine was a working man he drove a truck eight hours a day. He saw his family every night, owned his home, sent both his kids to college, and took his wife on vacation to Hawaii whenever he could land some overtime.

As a member of the Teamsters, Heine was guaranteed good health care and a pension. He retired at 51, receiving a cake

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millions fret as Republicans threaten to halt $600 weekly lifesaver

Laveta Brigham

If Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have their way, roughly a week from now, the US will swap an imagined economic problem for a predictably devastating one, economists have warned.

Related: 1.3m more file for unemployment as US economy continues to reel

To keep people safe at home during the pandemic and to support them during the resulting jobs crisis, Congress in March instituted a $600 boost to weekly unemployment insurance benefits. Unless lawmakers step in, the money stops on 31 July.

The money is an unusually robust benefit in a country with a weak social safety net. With it, researchers estimated somewhere between 40% and 68% of US workers could make more from unemployment than they did working, because of the high concentration of job losses in low-wage positions.

Republicans, as a result, have warned of hordes of people “disincentivized” from returning to work. But economists say the real

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