NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- At some point in many of our lives, we've tried to complete a collection of something. There's just something about having an incomplete set of collectibles that triggers this desire in our brains to go out and gather the rest of them because...well, that's a question for another day.
But if we're truly honest with ourselves, many of the collectibles we've tried to amass, either as children or as adults, were ultimately rendered worthless. We spent all that time and money to finish the set only to realize that we wasted our resources.
So looking back on it, what are some of the most devalued collections out there? Here's our list of 13 collectibles that tend to be more worthless than not...
Thomas Kinkade Paintings
Highest Price on eBay (as of 11/24/14): $399,000
Lowest Price on Amazon (as of 11/24/14): $135
Mr. Kinkade called himself the "painter of light." That may be true, but his light paintings don't really amount to much in the dollar department these days.
His works became so popular that his company, Media Arts Group, went public in 1994. But the stock lost more than 80% of its value and Kinkade bought it back for $32.7 million in 2004.
The paintings were extremely popular up until the 1990s, when the Internet made them available to pretty much anyone who wanted one. The market became over-saturated with his work and the value of the pieces plummeted.