Toys In Our Closets That May Be Worth a Real Fortune

Some of the most iconic toys of our childhood might still be lurking somewhere around our attic or the basement, and it looks like they could be worth a lot of money. Perhaps your parents kept the original box as well, and if so, you might be able to sell it to a collector for a considerable amount. According to toy collector, Laurie Anderson Dowell,

“The most important feature to a toy’s value is usually whether it is in its original packaging, and what kind of condition the box, card, or bubble is in. MIP (mint in package) and MIB (mint in box) toys are more highly covetable.”

Even something as common a Cabbage Patch Kid could be valuable. Let’s check out if you have any of these memorable items from many years ago.

Image credits: Pexels

Image credits: Pexels

40. SKY DANCER

  • Estimated Original Price: $9.99
  • Could Sell For: $80

This toy was made by John and Anthony Gentile, who hired a sculptor from Tim Burton’s ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ to design everything. They quickly became popular, although some were recalled because children launched it at each other.

Image credits: Amazon/Sky Dancer

Image credits: Amazon/Sky Dancer

39. HAPPY MEAL TOYS

  • Estimated Original Price: Came free with a Happy Meal at McDonald's
  • Could Sell For: $100

Happy Meals are no longer part of the value menu, and so, the price of old Happy Meal toys has risen steadily in the past few years. They can be found on eBay for $100, and the McFurbys can sell for $899.

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

38. SKIP-IT

  • Estimated Original Price: $12.89
  • Could Sell For: $120

The original advertisement for this 90s toy was filmed at the Ravinia Elementary School in Highland Park, Illinois, and it truly led to the success of Skip-Its. The ad was often played during children’s shows. They can still be purchased normally today, but vintage versions could go for a pretty penny from collectors.

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

37. LITE BRITE

  • Estimated Original Price: $9.97
  • Could Sell For: $130-$150

Making a new design with a Lite Brite could definitely calm anxious kids, and it was even named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Toys of All Time after its popularity in 1967. Just like Skip-Its, these can still be bought in stores, but vintage versions can be sold for more than triple its original value.

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

36. MOON SHOES

  • Estimated Original Price: $37.52
  • Could Sell For: $200

These are the oddest kind of shoes, but they were all the rage back in the day. It was like walking and floating at the same time. They were launched in the 50s, and their popularity prevailed until the 90s. If you have them in the original packaging, they could sell for a lot more than the original price.

Image credits: Amazon/Big Time Toys

Image credits: Amazon/Big Time Toys

35. DEAR DIARY

  • Estimated Original Price: Unknown
  • Could Sell For: $200

Many young kids and teenagers have things they need to get out of their chests, and this toy was the perfect way to keep secrets hidden from their parents. The electronic diary was launched in the 90s, and it was a huge hit that could only be accessed with a secret code. It was definitely cooler than a simple notebook.

Image credits: WorthPoint

Image credits: WorthPoint

34. VIEW MASTER

  • Estimated Original Price: $12.50
  • Could Sell For: $430

The toy was launched in 1939, and everyone could see the images through the lenses. Tourist attractions made many reels for people to buy. Disneyland rides, TV shows and films such as 'Jurassic Park' and 'E.T.' used it. It’s sold today, but vintage versions are pricey.

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

33. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DOLLS

  • Estimated Original Price: $20
  • Could Sell For: $550

She was the main character in ‘The World of Strawberry Shortcake’, which premiered in 1979 and was created by Muriel Fahrion. The little red-head became a huge piece of merchandise, and it’s currently owned by Canadian company DHX Media. The vintage versions of different characters can range from $500-$550.  

Image credits: Flickr/Tricôs da Minha Blythe

Image credits: Flickr/Tricôs da Minha Blythe

32. SUPER SOAKER

  • Estimated Original Price: $10-$50
  • Could Sell For: $600

This water gun was perfect for the summer when you wanted to soak your friends and parents. It originally grossed around $1 billion. In 2015, the Monster XL and the Super Soaker 50 were the most popular versions on eBay.

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

31. ‘TOY STORY’ TOYS

  • Estimated Original Price: $30
  • Could Sell For: $700

‘Toy Story 4’ is in theaters, and anyone who grew up with the first film probably bought one of the famous toys. Buzz Lightyear is worth $550 and Woody is around $580. However, other characters like Stinky Pete are actually more valuable at $700. Even the aliens can go for $690.

Image credits: Flickr/Loren Javier

Image credits: Flickr/Loren Javier

30. NINTENDO 64 GAMES

  • Estimated Original Price: $59.99
  • Could Sell For: $750

Your old cartridges are probably too used to be sold, but a mint-in-box version could go for $750. You might get even more if they are rare games such as Harvest Moon 64, which only made a few cartridges. Farm games are popular today unlike back in the day, and that could be why it can sell for $900.

Image credits: Flickr/Nelo Hotsuma

Image credits: Flickr/Nelo Hotsuma

29. ‘JURASSIC PARK’ TOYS

  • Estimated Original Price: $26.99
  • Could Sell For: $900

These movies were huge, and they still retain a loyal fanbase. The merchandise is varied, and the action figures of the dinosaurs and the humans can be worth a lot. The vintage, well-preserved versions are the best. In 2015, a ‘Jurassic Park’ Lost World Series One Thrasher Tyrannosaurus Rex was sold for $900.

Image credits: Flickr/Loren Javier

Image credits: Flickr/Loren Javier

28. FURBY

  • Estimated Original Price: $35
  • Could Sell For: $900

Most girls had the popular Furbys, which were like cute Gremlins that talked and yelled. These are apparently still sold in stores today, but a vintage, mint-in-box Furby can be sold for a lot of money.

Image credits: Flickr/Holly Hudson

Image credits: Flickr/Holly Hudson

27. MY LITTLE PONY DOLLS

  • Estimated Original Price: $13
  • Could Sell For: $900

In the 80s, around 150 million toys from this franchise were sold in America alone. Just like other previous toys, new versions from the franchise are still sold today, but the vintage items could be worth a lot. But there were even more special versions that could only be ordered through the mail that are even more valuable.

Image credits: Flickr/Jennifer

Image credits: Flickr/Jennifer

26. POGS

  • Estimated Original Price: Free with the purchase of certain snacks and other products
  • Could Sell For: $1,000

Pogs came inside milk caps for kids to trade, and they could go for big bucks if you have a complete set such as the Marilyn Monroe one. However, the Jurassic Park set is even more valuable as it went for $1 million, and it came with six holographic Pogs. Other, less-pricey sets could go as high as $100.

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

25. GAME BOY

  • Estimated Original Price: $89.99
  • Could Sell For: $750-$1,500

Before iPads, children had Game Boys, and most 90s kids had one at home. An original Game Boy can go for $1,000 on eBay, but special editions, like the gold-plated, diamond-encrusted version, are worth around $25,000.

Image credits: Flickr/Michel Ngilen

Image credits: Flickr/Michel Ngilen

24. POWER RANGERS

  • Estimated Original Price: $20
  • Could Sell For: $1,400

‘Power Rangers’ was one of the most popular shows of the 90s, and everyone had their favorite hero. More than $350 million worth of merchandise was sold in 1994 alone. By 98, it was still raking in big numbers, but not many of them can be flipped for a lot. Only special editions like The Lost Galaxy Deluxe Gold Galaxy Megazord was sold for $1,400.

Image credits: Flickr/William Tung

Image credits: Flickr/William Tung

23. SKELETOR

  • Estimated Original Price: $4.99 (He-Man)
  • Could Sell For: $1,600

In the 80s, people loved ‘Masters of the Universe’, and He-Man was the main character, but his enemy, Skeletor, is the valuable toy. Collectors will buy a Skeletor action figure for a lot, but it has to be in the original box.

Image credits: Flickr/Pato Berroeta

Image credits: Flickr/Pato Berroeta

22. TEDDY RUXPIN

  • Estimated Original Price: $159
  • Could Sell For: $1,640

The teddy bear was released in 1985, and it could read kid’s bedtime stories with cassettes. However, it lost its popularity quickly due to the steep price. It was released again in 2017, and many people purchased the new versions. The vintage toys, however, are the valuable ones.

Image credits: Flickr/Vincent Diamante

Image credits: Flickr/Vincent Diamante

21. POLLY POCKET

  • Estimated Original Price: $14.99
  • Could Sell For: $1,926

These tiny dolls were the trendiest items in the 80s and the 90s, and every vintage set goes for a different price if they were well-maintained. The Sparkle Surprise Polly Pocket set is around $500, while a big castle set with all its original parts can be sold for $1,926.

Image credits: Flickr/Herry Lawford

Image credits: Flickr/Herry Lawford

20. ‘TRANSFORMERS’ ACTION FIGURES

  • Estimated Original Price: $20
  • Could Sell For: $2,000

These toys were launched in the 80s, and their value has risen steadily since then, especially Optimus Prime. There are still new versions of the items sold at retailers everywhere, but of course, the vintage originals earn the big bucks.

Image credits: Flickr/J Q

Image credits: Flickr/J Q

19. PLAYMOBIL

  • Estimated Original Price: $18-$26
  • Could Sell For: $1,999-$2,322

Similar to LEGOs, these toys have recently earned the attention of collectors. Since the company released many unique sets, one vintage complete version can be worth a lot of money. One, in particular, was sold on eBay for $1,999, but some of the original figures in their boxes are even more valuable. Luckily, a few can be sold without the original packaging.  

Image credits: Flickr/a_marga

Image credits: Flickr/a_marga

18. LEGO TRAINS

  • Estimated Original Price: $159.99
  • Could Sell For: $1,500-$3,000

LEGOs first came out in 1949, and children fell in love quickly. One particular set was designed so kids could make their own scenes and have an electronic train moving around. There were many different models, and those in unopened boxes are worth a lot.

Image credits: Flickr/Bill Ward

Image credits: Flickr/Bill Ward

17. CABBAGE PATCH KIDS

  • Estimated Original Price: $24.99
  • Could Sell For: $3,000

These dolls first came to American in 1978, and they were some of the most popular toys ever sold. Toy collector Laurie Anderson Dowell said,

“One didn’t buy a Cabbage Patch doll, one ‘adopted’ it. Hence you were paying an adoption fee.”

The rare versions are the most pricey such as the James Dudley 1985 Cabbage Patch Doll that goes for $3,000, and the 1981 Blonde Girl Little People Doll that is worth $2,000.

Image credits: Getty Images/Bethany Clarke

Image credits: Getty Images/Bethany Clarke

16. TAMAGOTCHI

  • Estimated Original Price: $17.99
  • Could Sell For: $3,000

The virtual pets were insanely popular, but they required a lot of attention, or else, they would die. Like many old toys, these are coming back as Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom were recently spotted with a set on the red carpet. A Tamagotchi in an unopened box can be worth $3,000.

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

15. EASY-BAKE OVEN

  • Estimated Original Price: $10.97
  • Could Sell For: $4,000

Everyone wanted one of these “ovens” when they were launched in 1963, and a vintage version can be worth so much money. It’s might not be as entertaining as other toys, but it was so popular that the National Toy Hall of Fame added it to their ranks.

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

14. GARBAGE PAIL KIDS

  • Estimated Original Price: $0.25 a pack
  • Could Sell For: $4,000

These were sticker cards that first came out in the 80s and had child characters in horrible fates. Some schools even banned them because kids were too distracted by them. Only some of the rare cards are worth a lot of money. The Adam Bomb was sold on eBay for $4,000.

Image credits: Flickr/Konrad Lawson

Image credits: Flickr/Konrad Lawson

13. BOBA FETT ACTION FIGURE

  • Estimated Original Price: $24.99
  • Could Sell For: $5,000

According to Anderson Dowell,

“The Boba Fett action figure was a mail-away promotion, advertising a firing missile from his backpack. This was deemed unsafe, so this version wasn’t released.”

However, some were actually sold for a big price, and anyone with an unopened, well-maintained version can earn $5,000.

Image credits: Flickr/davidd

Image credits: Flickr/davidd

12. BEANIE BABIES

  • Estimated Original Price: $5
  • Could Sell For: $5,000

The Beanie Baby popularity was insane, and everyone wanted the entire collection. Some people are reselling their coveted plushies, but there is a particularly important one. There were only 2,000 Peanut the Royal Blue Elephants ever made and sold worldwide.

Image credits: Flickr/Barbara Bresnahan

Image credits: Flickr/Barbara Bresnahan

11. AMERICA GIRL DOLLS

  • Estimated Original Price: $82
  • Could Sell For: $5,000

These dolls were the worst nightmare of parents and their wallets. Their accessories could really go for large amounts, but that might pay off now. One in 1950’s style doll, Molly McIntire, can go for $5,000 because its production halted in 2013. Other discontinued dolls such as Kirsten, Samantha, and Felicity are also valuable.

Image credits: Flickr/Jeff Wilson

Image credits: Flickr/Jeff Wilson

10. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE

  • Estimated Original Price: $10.99
  • Could Sell For: $6,500

Aside from toys, some children definitely had valuable books, and the first edition of the first ‘Harry Potter’ book is worth a bunch of cash. Most first editions are valuable, and one signed by the author J.K. Rowling herself can actually be worth around $15,000. However, they have to be in mint condition.

Image credits: Flickr/Gwydion M. Williams

Image credits: Flickr/Gwydion M. Williams

9. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

  • Estimated Original Price: $8.95
  • Could Sell For: $25,000

This is another children's book that can be worth a bunch of money. A 1963 first edition with the signature from author Maurice Sendak was recently sold on Abebooks.com for $25,000. The written work remains one of the most popular ever created with more than 20 million copies sold by 2013.

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

8. LUKE SKYWALKER ACTION FIGURE

  • Estimated Original Price: $20
  • Could Sell For: $25,000

‘Star Wars’ action figures are a dime a dozen, but only a special Luke Skywalker is worth a lot. The limited edition 1978 version was sold at Sotheby’s in 2015 for that high amount. There were only 20 copies made in the world, and it featured a double-telescoping lightsaber.

Image credits: Flickr/zuko1312

Image credits: Flickr/zuko1312

7. PEZ

  • Estimated Original Price: $1.79
  • Could Sell For: $32,000

The first PEZ was created in 1927 in Austria. Anderson Dowell explains,

“The name is an abbreviation for the German word for peppermint, ‘pfeffermintz'. The dispenser was designed with sanitation in mind, so you wouldn’t be touching more than one sweet at a time.”

It came in many shapes, and the rare ones are extremely valuable. The Rabbit Fat Ear PEZ was sold for $124 on eBay, but the Astronaut B was worth $32,000.

Image credits: Flickr/Karen

Image credits: Flickr/Karen

6. ATARI 2600 GAMES

  • Estimated Original Price: $199 (console)
  • Could Sell For: $33,400

If you have a bunch of old Atari games, they could be worth a lot of money. One, in particular, the Air Raid, was sold for $13,900 used, but the mint-in-box version is worth $33,400. Another game called Red Sea Crossing was sold for $13,800 because many gamers didn’t know about it until 2007.

Image credits: Flickr/Tomer Gabel

Image credits: Flickr/Tomer Gabel

5. POKEMON CARDS

  • Estimated Original Price: $10-$20
  • Could Sell For: $100,000

If you loved Pokemon back in the day, those cards you collected might be more valuable than you imagine, especially the Japanese-version Pikachu Illustrator card. In 1998, it sold for $100,000 on eBay. These trading cards are still popular today, with more than 25.7 billion sold around the world by March 2018.

Image credits: Flickr/yum9me

Image credits: Flickr/yum9me

4. HOT WHEELS

  • Estimated Original Price: $0.59
  • Could Sell For: $125,000

These tiny toy cars might actually be worth more than your regular car. The 1969 pink rear-loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb Hot Wheels car was sold for $125,000, but only because there was only one toy ever made. Other rare cars can be sold for big bucks, and there is an Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Convention in Los Angeles where people go to buy them.

Image credits: Flickr/Brave Heart

Image credits: Flickr/Brave Heart

3. MONOPOLY

  • Estimated Original Price: $2
  • Could Sell For: $146,500

Parker Brothers released this board game in 1933. Anderson Dowell said,

“Ironically, it was based on another 1903 toy called ‘The Landlord’s Game,’ meant to show the greed of monopolization.”

The original maker, Elizabeth Magie, wanted to show the perils of capitalism, but Charles Darrow made the current version based on it. The first one was drawn on an oilcloth instead of cardboard, and that one was sold for that incredible price.

Image credits: Flickr/chrisforsyth

Image credits: Flickr/chrisforsyth

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2. G.I. JOE

  • Estimated Original Price: $2.54-$5.66
  • Could Sell For: $200,000

This toy was first released in 1964, and depending on the version, it could go for two or six bucks. Only several vintage G.I. Joes are valuable, though. In 2003, a prototype was sold for $200,000, but others such as The Missile Comment Center, range between $10,000 and $17,500.

Image credits: Flickr/WishItWas1984

Image credits: Flickr/WishItWas1984

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1. BARBIE

  • Estimated Original Price: $1.92-$3.96
  • Could Sell For: $302,500

Not every Barbie is worth so much. This particular version was designed by Stefano Cantori, and it sold for that huge amount. It came with a black evening gown and a pink diamond necklace. The money went to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Barbie was created in 1959 by Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel. There are many versions of the doll, and other vintage ones, like first editions and the De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie, range between $23,000 and $85,000.

Image credits: Alux.com

Image credits: Alux.com

It’s time to search in our houses for these old toys. Let us know which one was your favorite growing up. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who need a little extra cash. See you next time!

Source: Finance101

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