It’s time to clean out your closets, check your attics and sort through the garage. Some of your old favorite toys that you haven’t thought about in a long time, might play a role in filling your wallet. This is a toy story worth reading. Here are some of the most valuable toys to dust off and sell.
1. Vintage Barbie
The one and the only Barbie is an American icon. Before Barbie was introduced, the toy market only had baby dolls, so this curvy, beautiful woman figurine changed the toy landscape and opened the door to little girls dreaming about future careers. Barbie, like many career driven women, has outlasted the test of time, representing more than 180 different careers, selling more than 350,000 the first year on the market and more than one billion sold to date.
Since her debut back in 1959 she is beloved in the hearts, homes and toy collections worldwide. But it is the original Barbie sporting a black and white zebra printed one piece bathing suit that is worth thousands to the right collector. A first edition 1959 Barbie that is in good condition can sell for as much as $23,000. Pretty awesome considering she probably sold for three bucks.
2. My Little Pony
My Little Pony Collectors don’t horse around when it comes to adding the originals to their valuable collections. Some are worth more than others including Mail Order ponies that are extremely rare. The value varies based on the availability of each pony but check this out.
The beloved My Little Pony line that features colorful bodies, big adorable eyes and special markings on each side was almost left in the stall because it didn’t do enough, according to the head honchos at Hasbro. It took awhile to go from an unknown new toy to a phenomenon that is still beloved by children of the 90’s. Although your.
My Little Pony doll might be very difficult to part with, it might be worth hundreds, even thousands. Rapunzel Mail Order Pony can go for as much as $900
After the 1998 fantastic Furby frenzy when everyone and their brother wanted one of the little robotic creatures had ended, Furby’s retained their value. Furbys are furry, big-eyed, cute, but creepy talking toys that were all the rage in the late 1990’s. The original price was approximately $35 and now are selling to collectors on Ebay and other sites for more than $400 bucks!
If you are lucky enough to have the rarer than rare Springtime Furby or Graduation Furby, the Singing Elvis Furby the odds are they will be worth even more.
Furby fanatics can even access a “Furby Value Guide”website to see how much their good old big eyed friend is worth today including what condition it is in!Missing eyelashes, there’s a value for that! Matted fur? There’s a value for that, too.
4. Lite Brite
Introduced by Hasbro in 1967, this first of its kind light up picture designer kept kids entertained for hours. Simply a light box with small colored plastic pegs, Lite Brites sold for $6.95. Today collectors light up for an original boxed Lite Brite for $250 or more.
Kids of the 60’s adored Lite Brite for its colorful artistic simplicity. Today, the Lite Brite brings back memories of a kinder time when families enjoyed being home and playing together.
It was a simple, but genius concept. Put colorful pegs into a design, like the famous clown on the box, that light up. That’s it! That is why everyone, including and especially collectors love this toy to this day and some will pay a pretty price for one that is boxed, includes all the pieces and still works.
5. Pokemon Cards
Why Pokemon, one might ask? Why not! Pokemon is a cartoon turned collectible card game that originated in Japan and became a phenomenon in America. Each one colorful described a different Pokemon cartoon character and explained their special abilities. Kids loved to collect, trade and share the hundreds of cards that had sentimental meaning to them
Today, collectors are paying big bucks to complete their collections, some very rare cards selling for thousands of dollars. Now collectors go on a different type of adventure and buy and sell the cards for fun and money! For example. the first series, Pikachu Illustrator Card is worth $100,000 to the right buyer.
6. Beanie Babies
Soft, colorful Beanie Babies were irresistible collectibles introduced by the Ty Company. Every toy store sold thousands and thousands of these little stuffed animals. They even made the prize in a McDonalds Happy Meal!
Most of them are not worth anything, but some might be worth more than their weight in gold. If you happen to have the first edition Princess Diana baby, hold on to your toy box! This baby is worth $507,000. Now that’s a toy fit for a princess!
Ty, the company that created these cute collectibles, knew how the word “limited edition” would play a big part in selling out of these little gold mines. But even though there are thousands and thousands out there in the big wide Beanie Babies collectible world, there is still a value that pulls at the heartstrings of those who remember the fun they had adding to their collections and continue doing so even today.
7. Cabbage Patch Kids Dolls
It was a marketing study for all time. The company creating these unique for the time doll babies made owning one an experience. No two dolls were the same, they all arrived with a birth certificate that the new parent sent back to the company for an official validation adoption certificate. During the 1980’s every little girl wanted a Cabbage Patch Doll complete with a birth certificate. There were even riots in retail stores because there was a limited supply of these dolls and shoppers would do anything to get their hands on one.
It was genius and the old adage of supply and demand took over Christmas 1983. There weren’t enough dolls to go around. That’s all changed today, but collectors of the beloved dolls are seeking out to adopt them in a different way…on eBay and other secondary market sites. Now, the riots have died down, but the price of some original dolls have increased to thousands of dollars.
8. Tamagotchi Pets
Tamogotchi Pets were little pocket sized, battery operated virtual gadgets designed to keep kids, occupied. They were marketed as a tiny pet from cyberspace that needed constant care. If it wasn’t cared for properly, it would die and no longer work.
When these little hand held tech toys were introduced back in 1997, it became an overnight sensation that sold more than 82 million pet throughout 2017. As a matter of nostalgia, that equates to 15 Tamagothchis sold each and every second in North America.
Collectors and throw back wannabes of the 90’s seek out these little cyber space inspired techies to add to their toys of yesteryear collections. Back in 1996 they were priced at a few bucks, but today, an unopened one in the original packaging will sell for $4,000! That’s worth keeping alive.
The board game Monopoly has a long, long history and plays a very important part in American history. At the heart of the game is capitalism, the heart of American economy. Why oh why do we love to get rich and watch our opponents get poorer? It’s hard to say, but collectors still love everything there is to love and hate about this classic Parker Brother’s winner that still resonates in our hearts and toy boxes of today, especially if you own one of the vintage editions.
The iconic board game, Monopoly was originally hand drawn and painted in 1933. It actually sold for $146,500 at an auction. There have been many versions of the game complete with Monopoly Money, playing cards and famous game pieces. Other vintage versions have also sold for up to $6,000.
10. Easy Bake Oven
This clever culinary idea for the time was inspired by street vendors that warmed their fare with heat omitted from lamps. Kenner Toy Company transformed the idea into an entertaining toy of sorts that has gone down in history as one of the most famous toys. Children simply slid pans through a slot into a heating chamber of their Easy Bake Oven and watched through a very small window as their recipes baked right before their eyes. After it cooled, they could enjoy their baked goods of their very easy labor.
Yes, the Easy Bake Oven was targeted to girls back in 1963, but today, when cooking is cool for both boys and girls, you can still snag a vintage Easy Bake Oven for a mere $300.
11. Star Wars Action Figures
Star Wars fans love collectible figurines just about as much as the movie that broke the Hollywood mold back in the 1970s and continues to amaze and entertain collectors of all ages. But it is the merchandising that catapulted the movie into hyper drive has mesmerized collectors for more than 30 years and will continue in the future. It’s those who own the cherished Star Wars action figures that will continue to share the story that started, ” a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.”
Star Wars fans love everything Star Wars. We’re talking toys too. Today a set of the 1977 nine action figures including C3PO, Han Solo, Princess Leah and the rest of the original cast can go for $2,000.
Webkinz were a collection of stuffed animals whose collars included a secret code that when entered onto their website, they came to life. Parents and children alike loved to collect this cute creatures and virtually create a world for them online. Webkinz were released back in 2005 so it hasn’t been that long for them to grow into the height of demand. One thing is for sure that those kids who owned and played hours upon hours with in their virtual world with their furry friends stacked right beside them still have memories of fun and friendship.
ebayMost of them sold for under $10 each and now, some of the first and most rare that include the tags are worth hundreds of dollars. So the Webkinz era in the collectible world will continue on and little stuffed animals that represent a “simpler time” in many’s memories will hold value in more ways than one.
13. Polly Pocket
This miniature pretty in pink doll collection was found in the pockets and toy boxes of little girls everywhere. It was a sensation that took America by storm and now one that doll collectors consider big treasure troves.
These cute miniature collections included a little doll named Polly, and a little kit that would fit right into your pocket. Today, original sets are being “pocketed” by collectors for $450 or more.
14.Batman Action Figure
Americans love their superheros. Batman is one of the most popular because he is Bruce Wayne, a human, just like us and can do really awesome things when he puts on his clever suit and fights for the rights of his community. He has been honored for generations and one of the first figurines celebrates his timeless legacy.
Holy figurine, Batman! The original Batman action figure can sell upwards to $16,000 and that’s no “joker!”
15. Garbage Pail Kids
No one will really understand the popularity of Garbage Pail Kids except those with a dark side who love potty humor and pushing the limits of good, clean fun. This collectible card collection, called Garbage Pail Kids seemed to be in rebellion to the cuteness of Cabbage Patch Dolls.
The cards featured disgusting cartoons that kids loved as much as the teachers hated, were banned from many schools. The Adam Bomb card sells today for as much as $4,000.
16. Moon Shoes
Back in the day when astronauts were super stars and space travel was in the headlines every day, little kids dreamed of walking on the gravity free moon.
Back in the 1950’s when traveling to the moon was on the horizon, Moon Shoes, toys you attached to your shoes so you could bounce around were all the rage.. Today, a pair of Moon Shoes go for an out of this world, $200 bucks.
17. 1938 Action Comics
Kids of the 30’s treasured their comic books that took them on adventures with their favorite super heroes like Superman. This first ever comic book is referred to as the beginning of the superhero genre that we still enjoy today.
Who wants to be a millionaire? You can if you own a June, 1938 Action Comic book featuring for the first time, everyone’s hero, Superman! The comic book sold for $.99 in 1938 and now is worth $3.2 million if you dare to part with it.
Hot Wheels is a tradition, almost a rite of passage for little boys and girls alike and are still popular today, but it’s the first models that collectors are racing to. Hot Wheels collectible cars have gone down in history as one of the most popular toys. There were introduced in 19 and are still in every child’s toy box.
Some of the originals including the 1968 Cheetah Base Python and the 1974 Blue Rodger Dodger which is valued at thousands of dollars but it’s the 1969 pink VW beach wagon that is the leader of the pack. It sold for a turbo charged $74,000.
Some consider it a preview to virtual reality, some an educational toy, others an entertaining toy. It was introduced at the World’s Fair and was an instant hit.
But one thing is for sure. It is part of American popular culture. Back in 1939 everyone loved the Viewmaster, a binoculars looking toy that kids could view different slide shows through. Today a vintage Viewmaster and slides is worth hundreds of dollars.
20. American Girl Dolls
American Dolls celebrate the beauty, intelligence, creativity and diversity of girls throughout the world. Young girls couldn’t wait until a doll was introduced that “looked just like me.” American Girl Dolls hit the scene and after a while are discontinued. This makes them very valuable to collectors.
Dolls like Kirsten Larson, Samantha Parkington, Felicity Merriman and Kanani Akina are a few friends who are worth a pretty penny to collectors… up to $5,000 each.
21. Harry Potter Original Book
Toys and dolls aren’t the only thing that is worth big bucks to collectors. Books, especially originals signed by the author increase in value every day.
Before the amusement park, before the movie, even before the Harry Potter ultra wizard universe that hit readers by storm, there was the first, the original book that started it all. The original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is worth $6,500 and if it is signed by author, J.K. Rowing, it is worth a wicked $15,000 to a muggle collector.
22. G.I. Joe
The ultimate war hero celebrated our service men, many who paid the ultimate price so America paid tribute to all service men serving our country with an action figure. G.I. Joe was an instant hit. This popular action figure was introduced by Hasbro in 1964 during a time when our soldiers needed more support than ever.
In 2003, when our soldiers needed more support than ever, the prototype of the original action figure sold for $200,000 during a special auction.
23. McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys
McDonald’s Golden Arches are an icon of American fast food, and so are the colorful boxes filled with tasty food and a carefully packaged toy, called a Happy Meal.
McDonald’s is known for the Big Mac, Ronald McDonald, and some of the best fast food out there. But it’s their Happy Meal toys that are going for big mcbucks.
They might be free, but if you have an oldie but goodie they are very valuable. Some Happy Meal toys sell for more than $100. One that goes for even more is the McFurby toy collection. They can sell for as much as $900 to collectors.
24. Toy Story Collection
“You’ve got a friend in me” are the lyrics from the classic movie, Toy Story where some of America’s favorite toys come to life, celebrate friendship and go on fantastic adventures together.
Toy Story is a movie that has taken on a life of its own and created celebrities out of toys!. The prices for Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and all the gang have gone straight to “infinity and beyond!” These collectibles have sold for more than $500 each!
25. Nintendo Game Boy
Some say the Game Boy is the grand daddy of handheld video games. These portable games were released back in 1989 and featured hours and hours of personal entertainment fun.
The Game Boy can be considered as one of the most popular toys of the 1990’s. Vintage Game Boys that are in tip-top shape are cashing in the big among collectors. Some are selling for an impressive $1,500 on auction sites like eBay.
26. Pez Dispensers
Nostalgia and Pez Dispensers go hand in hand, literally and can be considered the ultimate collector’s sweet dream. Pez Dispensers are cute and clever candy dispensers that have been around for years and years and are loved by collectors.
Some Pez worth nothing but the candy the give out, but others are worth their weight in a lot of gold.. One Pez Dispenser known as Astronaut B, introduced at the 1982 World’s Fair, sold on eBay for $32,000!
27. Atari 2600 Games
Space Invaders was one of the games played on the Atari 2600 that now is considered a dinosaur in the gaming industry but collectors love it. Way back before the popularity of X Box and all the online games of today’s digital world, there was Atari 2600 that led the way.
The most valuable one is Air Raid that has sold for as much as $13,500 out of the box, but if it is unused and still in the box it can go for an incredible $33,000! Game on! Game, way, way on!
28. Vintage Baseball Cards
Take Me Out To The Ball Game! Baseball is as American as Apple Pie and the Red, White and Blue. Baseball players, especially those of many years past were honored on a card that becae collectible and cherished.
If your family has some old baseball fans in the house who used to collect baseball cards, maybe it’s time to see if you have the 1952 Topp’s, Mickey Mantle card laying around.. This one very expensive card sold for $525,000 to a collector. Now that’s a home run!