By Audrey Erb
Old toys gain popularity and value over time as they become vintage. Fashion does as well, for certain styles many come back in style and have more value and gain popularity again. Some people want these toys as collector’s items, while others just want to get rid of them. Over time, some people store these toys into boxes and keep them safe and in good condition, while others do not and can’t get all of their money’s worth out of their toys, because of the bad shape they are in.
The first big one is PEZ dispensers, and if you have the right one you will get a lot of money out of it. The most popular is the Astronaut B from 1982, which can be sold on eBay for $32,000. PEZ dispensers have always been a collector’s dream since their release. Many people have a near collection. Take into consideration that some PEZ dispensers are so rare, they can sell for thousands along with the entire collection. The PEZ dispensers don’t have to have the candy inside of them to be valuable, so keep ahold of certain valuables as they just might contain something you didn’t know you needed.
The second one is the original Monopoly hand-drawn by Charles Darrow in 1933. It was sold at an auction for $146,500 in 2011. If you have any vintage versions from the 1930s or limited-edition versions of Monopoly, you could be looking at some serious cash. Games from the 1930s have sold at Sotheby’s for $4,000 to $6,000 and even newer limited editions of the game can be sold for hundreds on eBay.
The third one is the Nintendo Game Boy, from back in the ‘90s that almost everyone had at one point in time. An original Game Boy can bring in anywhere from $750 to $1,500 on eBay. If you just so happen to have the gold-plated, diamond-encrusted special edition Game Boy, you’re looking at a nice sum of $25,000. Below that one is a special edition Game Boy, such as the Game Boy Light, that can go over $1,500 in value.
The fourth one is Hot Wheels, which can hold a profit of up to $125,000 if you have the right car. With 4 billion different Hot Wheels cars that have been made, only a handful of them are valuable. Some only made as prototypes such as the 1969 “Volkswagen Beach Bomb” that didn’t make it into wide production which makes it the highest valued car at $125,000. The 1968 Cheetah Base Python retailed for $10,000, and also the 1974 Blue Rodger Dodger at $8,000. There are many others out there, so if you happen to have a collection, it’d be worth taking a look at.
There are so many more toys to list, and this includes the Vintage 1959 Barbie retailing up to $23,000. The Garbage Pail Kids were very popular in the 1980s and got banned from many schools and retail up to $4,000 for Series One. Just one card can get up to $300, and think about how much money that could give you if you have more than one valuable card. Next is The Original Easy-Bake Oven from 1963, and can value for $4,000 which every little girl had to have one back then.
The last few do include the 1978 Luke SkyWalker Action Figure was sold at an auction for $25,000 in 2015. The 1938 Action Comics No. 1 which is the most expensive comic book in existence that can retail up to 3.2 million, as there were fewer than 50 issues printed in the world. Lastly is Pokemon Cards as they are worth thousands like the Japanese-version Pikachu Illustrator cards, one sold on eBay for $100,000. Another valuable card is the Pre-Release holographic Raichu car that is worth over $10,000, but only 10 to 15 cards were ever produced.
As this is only a handful of valuable old toys listed, there are some more that could be valuable, just not as much as these. Since hoarding is not something everyone does, think about what something might be worth before throwing it out or giving away to someone else.