Remember the Beanie Baby craze of the 1990’s? Chances are either you or one of your mom’s friends went crazy going all over town and hitting the stores as soon as they became available – not because they loved the toys necessarily, but because they hoped it would one day be worth a lot of money.
They weren’t all wrong. Turns out there were a lot of Beanie Babies that held their value well into the 2000’s, including a Princess Diana Beanie Baby that recently sold for half a million dollars. If you’ve got one of those, congratulations; you hit the toy jackpot.
But there are other collectible toys worth money too, and some you would never even expect. Here’s a list of ten items that are worth looking into if you’re fortunate to still have them lying around.
Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow on Gameboy
Pokemon has seen a resurgence as of late, thanks in large part to the massive success of Pokemon Go. The ability to actually get out into the real world and collect Pokemon that were previously only on a video game system proved too alluring, and it caused a trickle-down effect to all the other Pokemon merchandise from years back, as people tried to recapture the memories from their childhood.
Because of that, if you have an original copy of Pokemon Yellow, Blue, or Red on Game Boy – especially if it’s still in its box and sealed – you could be looking at a few hundred dollars each. Also, Pokemon cards are a big hit still too. One first edition holofoil Charizard recently sold on eBay for over $5,000.
Everyone’s favourite action figures not only save the world on a regular basis, but they could also save your wallet too. While some action figure sets like a space shuttle complex or Starduster can go for a few hundred dollars if you have the G.I. Joe Mobile Command Center, you might be able to get a couple grand out of it, even if it’s used. Whether you sell it is up to you, but as they say, “Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.”
From one 80’s phenomenon to the next, a 1995 version of Megatron – the evil leader of the Decepticons that were bent on cosmic domination – sold online for nearly $750. Not to be outdone, a pack with both Megatron and Optimus Prime went for $1,000. Time to clean out that closet and see if you have any Autobots hanging around.
These little guys have been collectibles for years, so it should come as no surprise that they’ve held their value into the new millennium. What should surprise you is how much they still go for. 1995 saw the release of their Treasure Hunt series that had twelve different vehicles inside; a sealed box of all twelve can sell for nearly $1500 today.
Modern-day legos are outrageously expensive anyways (try $800 for a full 7,541 piece set of the Millennium Falcon), so saying that Legos are expensive isn’t really saying much at all. Still, if you have old lego sets laying around that are still sealed and in their original box, it can still be worth a pretty penny. Because you can only complete the item if the set is complete, used items don’t nearly go for as much money, but are still worth investigating.
Toys from Happy Meals
If you’re like most children, you played with the toys you got in Happy Meals, and then promptly left them outside in the rain to get ruined or sucked them down the garbage disposal by accident. If you still have some laying around in their original packages, however, they could possibly be worth enough to buy you a second happy meal today. They’re not the most collectible toys worth money today, but they’re not worthless either.
Where the real money comes in on these are the displays. Although not every display is a guaranteed home run, displays that feature other collectible genres like Tiny Toons or Super Mario Bros should find a nice home in a secondary market.
VHS Wrestling Tapes
There’s something especially nostalgic about wrestling in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The characters were almost larger than life, and figures such as Hulk Hogan and the “Macho Man” Randy Savage were fan favourites. If you have tapes that feature those types of characters or were of notable events, you could probably sell them for a couple hundred dollars a piece. Get them autographed, and the value may go up even more.
Everyone’s favourite intergalactic fighting force has a cosmic value to match. Though the toys weren’t necessarily noteworthy to mass audiences, if you find a few special toys still in the original boxes, they might be worth your time. The Carrier Zord known as Titanus can go for almost $300, while other used Power Ranger toys can sell for a little less.
Water guns are fraught with memories of warm summer days running around the backyard with friends, and your street cred was almost always directly tied to how big of a gun you had.
No matter which weapon you ultimately chose, the envy of all kids was the Super Soaker CPS which had the reputation of being one of the most powerful water guns on the market. If you have one, it could bring in nearly $300. A Super Soaker Monster XL, which is one of the biggest water guns that was ever made, can bring in almost $500.
Super Mario Bros
Let’s face it: Super Mario 2 was kind of a disappointment. After the fun Koopa-bouncing fun of Mario 1, its sequel just seemed to kind of be weird. There wasn’t as much fluidity, the gameplay was jagged, and seriously, what was up with the eggs and the birds? This may be due to the fact that it was never supposed to be a Mario game to begin with, regardless Mario 2 never found the devout audience that traditionally comes with a Mario game.
Anyway, Super Mario 3 was, by all accounts, a runaway success, and still holds a special place in many people’s hearts for the long hours spent fighting on ships, underwater, and deserts with an angry sun. Because of that, collectors are constantly on the lookout for a sealed version of the game that they can either play, hand down to their kids, or stare at for a little while. One even recently sold online for nearly $1,000.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering if you still have a copy of Super Mario 1 in the factory seal, it’s worth about $30,000.
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