I stumbled across this TheStreet.com article: Worthless Collectacles that includes 15 products, names like The Franklin Mint, Hummels, Llardros, Norman Rockwell plates, Cabbage Patch, and I can't but help think of the crate of Beenie Babies we have stored in our attic. I did not collect them. Guess who did... One thing is that Llardros are pieces of art and we have a few of those too, even if resale on them is low. I think in many cases, younger people today look at things like Hummels as things their Grandparents were into and have no interest in them. Personally I have never cared for them although I have a few that were my Mom's. I've always considered The Franklin Mint to be a scam.