5. Collectors Universe
Business: Collectible evaluation
Market cap: $199 million
Collectors Universe Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT) is unique to the field of sports collectibles, serving as a grader and authentication service for collectors of sports cards, autographs, memorabilia and coins. It claims to have certified more than 50 million collectibles to date. Revenue in its latest fiscal year totaled $49 million, and net income was $5.73 million. Collectors Universe has competition in sports card grading and in other aspects of its business, but it is unique in that it is publicly traded. In the company’s most recent nine months, its service revenue increased by 26% from the same period last year to nearly $44 million, a company record. Currently, the stock has a dividend yield north of 5%. The company is very small, with a market capitalization of less than $200 million.
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