1 Jan 2016

Hidden Treasures: Do You Have Any Of These Toys In Your Closet?

It’s all too easy to gather up unwanted toys, relocate them to the far flung reaches of a deep, dark closet and forget that they ever existed. Toys, especially after we stop playing with them, tend to be treated with very little respect, and let’s face it, they are not necessities. However, some of these trinkets and gadgets are actually worth quite a substantial amount of money these days and you might have a treasure chest collecting dust back there. Here are five toys that have considerable monetary value in 2015.

Toys In Your Closet

  1. Furby. Most of us who came of age in the 90s remember the familiar sayings and recitations of the cute and cuddly “Furby” from Hasbro. Furbies, like many other fad toys of the 90s, came and went, had a small resurgence, and drifted back into obscurity, but in some cases, the original toys are selling on eBay for as much as $6,000.00.
  2. Mario Kart 64. If you had Nintendo 64, chances are you had all, or at least a couple of the flagship Mario games. Mario 64, in addition to being a great game, is still very highly sought after. Some cartridges are still quite reasonably priced, but if you have a mint condition, first generation game, you might be able to list it on eBay for as much as $2500.
  3. Pokemon Cards. The mere mention of Pokemon can be enough to give parents of 90s children uncomfortable flashbacks. The Japanese trading cards became a worldwide phenomenon and obsession in a very short time and parents and children alike were shelling out money hand over fist to try and “collect them all.” Many claimed at the time that the cards would not only retain, but increase in value over the coming years, and according to eBay sellers, who are unloading mint condition cards online, some are being offered for as much as $10,000.
  4. The Easy-Bake Oven. Another massive success from Hasbro, the Easy-Bake Oven, allowed children to mimic adults in the kitchen with their own, tiny oven that really worked. These have been collectible for quite some time and it is not uncommon for toys in good condition to go for $300 dollars or more online.
  5. Tamagotchi. The fads never end. Every kid born in the mid-80s had one of these virtual pets to take care of. Sometimes multiple. By no means cheap at the time, original Tamagotchis are bought and sold online in 2015 for over $300.

The lesson to be learned here is: Take care of and keep track of your toys. That expensive, faddish little gadget that beeps and spins and lights up that the kids just have to have for the holidays or birthdays might seem like a frivolous little piece of plastic at the time, but people’s nostalgia often comes with some amazing future price tags and you may just have a closet full of money collecting dust back there.

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