If you have never before gone through the junk in your garage, this might change your mind. We bet that you have toys from your childhood in there! You might have assumed that they possess nothing but sentimental value, but you are wrong about that. Certain artifacts from our childhood might give you more than just another walk down memory lane! You probably did not expect to hear that you can get several thousand bucks in exchange for these precious objects.
The toys we will show you date as far back as the ‘30s, but most of them come from the ‘80s. As a child, most of us valued our toys more than anything else. Some kids were lucky enough to start a collection of their prized possessions, but it was not the end of the world if you could not afford it. At any rate, many of us had been unwilling to part with our beloved possessions. We might no longer use them, but they are still full of nostalgia. Our parents threw away or donated most of them when we got older, but there were certain pieces that we refused to give up. If you happen to own the following things, you can sell them for more money than you thought!
These flying dolls used to go for an average price of $9.99 apiece back in the day. But in this day and age, you can sell one for $80. The dolls got popular during the ‘90s, although they were eventually recalled because they did not meet safety standards. However, this has only made them even more valuable!
Happy Meal Toys
When you buy a Happy Meal, you used to get a toy for free. Who would have thought that you can later sell it for a hundred bucks? Once McDonald’s took off Happy Meals from its value menu, these toys started to become more valuable. Can you believe that someone paid $899 for a “McFurbys” set?
Back in the ‘90s, the Skip-It was one of the most popular toys on the market. In those days, you had to shell out $12.89 for it. If you happen to own a vintage one, you can now sell it for $120! You are still finding new Skip-Its on the market, but the original ones are much higher in terms of resale value.
Time Magazine included the Lite Brite in its list of the top 100 toys in history. Released in 1967, it was very popular then and it still is. Back in the day, you can buy one from the store for $9.97. If you held onto an original one, you can sell it for $130 to $150!
We know that they look rather weird, but they made you feel like you were taking a stroll on the moon. For 40 years or so, these were all the rage. When they first came out during the ‘50s, they were sold for $37.52. These days, you can get as much as $200 for an original pair as long as it is in good condition!
The electronic diary was released in the ‘90s and proved to be an instant hit. Even though we do not know how much it used to cost, you can now sell one of these for $200. It must be in good condition if you want to fetch a good price for it.
Did you know how old the View-Master is? It was first introduced in 1939! Back then, it retailed for $12.50. It was a huge hit among kids and adults. If you own a vintage and well-kept one, you are sitting at $430. They were fun gadgets that allowed people to look at pictures through their binocular-like lenses.
Strawberry Shortcake Dolls
The Strawberry Shortcake dolls came out in 1979. Back then, you would have to shell out $20 for a doll. These days, you will find that they go for up to $550 on websites like eBay! Of course, you can get a better price if you have it in the original packaging and mint condition.
Is there anything better than hitting your friend right in the face in the middle of a water fight? We don’t think so. The Super Soaker made this possible! It has been a big success ever since it came out in 1990. It used to cost anywhere from $10 to $50. If you want an original one, get ready to pay $600 for it now.
Toy Story Toys
We all know that the Toy Story series is very popular! This has been the case ever since the first one was released in 1995. It makes sense that toy stores used to sell items based on the characters from the movies. When they first came out, these items were sold for $30 or so. These days, you would have to pay anywhere from $500 to $700 for one of these. The minor characters happen to be pricier.
Garbage Pail Kids Cards
How could kids have played with these Garbage Pail Kids cards? This is something that our parents always wanted to ask us. Even though they are freaky, children loved them. You are in luck if you happen to own these things in great condition. Recently, a person sold one of these cards for $300 on eBay. Aside from that, an entire set from 1985 went for $4,000. How incredible is that?
This is your chance to get back at the kids who bullied you for collecting these cards. The Pokémon geeks get the last laugh in the end. These cards entered the market in 1996, and they went on to be very popular among people from different age groups. You might become very rich very soon. If you have the early ones in good condition, you might be able to make thousands of bucks off of them.
1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figure
You should never underestimate the worth and power of anything related to the sci-fi series. The world went gaga over Star Wars in the ‘70s, and vintage memorabilia and toys have only increased in value. In 2015, a collector shelled out $25,000 to pay for a Luke Skywalker action figure from 1978.
Wow, do you remember these things? We will be the first to admit that our PEZ dispenser was often empty, but we at least had Daffy Duck. These toys are worth a lot of money as long as they are unique enough. If you have “Astronaut B,” a unique PEZ dispenser from 1982, you might get $32,000 for it. We are not joking about this at all!
The Original Monopoly
There are a lot of Monopoly versions out there, but this particular version outshines everything else. In 1933, Charles Darrow created hand-drawn boards. In 2011, one of these copies went for an incredible $146,500. Whoa. You are in luck if you happen to find one of those among your things. And just so we are on the same page, we want you to know that you will be paid in real money!
The Game Boy ate up the juice of so many batteries in our homes. Aside from this, it also ate up all the time that we could have spent on our studies. It was hard to think of anything else when we were so focused on Tetris Attack, Adventure Island, Zelda, and Super Mario. You should have held onto your limited edition Game Boy since it is now worth $1,500!
When you are a child, there is no way for you to afford any car at all. This is where Hot Wheels comes in. The company makes miniature versions for kids to play with! There have been about 4,000,000,000 units made, and at least a few of them are worth a lot of money. A good example would be the limited edition 1969 prototype of the Volkswagen Beach Bomb. It now has a value of $125,000. Whoa.
First Edition Pound Puppies Plush
Pound Puppies have changed so much ever since the first ones were introduced in the ‘80s. However, we dare say that it is very hard to forget about the originals. If you have the first edition in mint condition, we want you to know that you might be sitting on a lot of money. Around $5,000.
Cabbage Patch Dolls
Were you also a big fan of the Cabbage Patch Dolls? We doubt that you are as dedicated as this seller, however. Pat and Joe Posey are the proud owners of over 5,000 dolls in their very own museum. They are ready to let other people have their precious toys! The entire collection costs a cool $360,000.
Fisher-Price Push Cart Pete
In 1936, the Fisher-Price Push Cart Pete went for no more than 50 cents. It was a very plain toy, so we doubt that the price was very shocking. Can you believe that it has since become one of the most valuable playthings on the planet? If you one in mint condition, you can swap it in for $3,000 or so.
1982 Skeletor Action Figure
Skeletor and He-Man take us back to our favorite memories about Masters of the Universe. Do you have a 1982 Skeletor action figure in mint condition? If you just answered the question in the affirmative, then you are one lucky person! After all, it is now believed to be worth at least $2,000.
We have to admit that we are not all that familiar with the Lite Brite. After all, it is a little before our time. Popular during the ‘60s and ‘70s, an original version will fetch you more than a hundred bucks these days. This is a pretty great deal since this used to be so much cheaper than that back then!
Happy Meal Toys
This one is the best because the toys came free of charge with your Happy Meal! The offer began in 1979. Who would have thought that their value would increase considerably? Let us show you how much you can sell them off for. Recently, someone sold a Disney-themed toy from 2002 for $300!
When you were a child, we bet that you did not give much thought to your Furby. You likely ripped the box open to get to the toy in the desire to play with it and then show it off. If you own a time machine, you will want to go back to that day and keep it in the box. After all, this will fetch you a cool $900.
The Talkboy became very popular when it was featured in Home Alone 2. How stylish was this tape recorder? One of the things that made it so popular was the fact that it can speed up or slow down speech. If you want to sell one of these beauties, you might have over $200 coming your way.
The truth is that teddy bears and stuffed animals never really go out of style. In the early ‘90s, Beanie Babies were introduced to the market and proved to be a hit. It started to decline in the late 2000s. However, the truth is that some people have never dropped their interest in these toys. This is very clear when someone dropped $12,000 to acquire a 1st Edition Princess Diana Beanie Bear from 1997.
Lionel’s Pennsylvania “Trail Blazer” Train Set
This is considerably older than many of the other items on the list. If you go through the attic or garage, you might still luck out. The 1934 Standard Gauge version of the train will fetch you a lot of money. You might bring home $250,000 if you are lucky enough!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1980’s Actions Figures
When it comes to cartoons, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was iconic. It was also a comic book series. We understand why it spawned so many merch from t-shirts to baseball caps to action figures and more. Many action figures can fetch $500 per piece, but rare ones can go for $5,000!
Vinyl Caped Jawa
Did you get excited when you saw this? Hold your horses. This is a super-specific model of the Caped Jawa, which was introduced in 1978. Originally, the cape was made of vinyl. But the creators thought that it felt cheap and used cloth for it instead. The vinyl version is very rare and is now worth $5,000.
No, we are not referring to the movie series! We are talking about the ‘80s original Transformers toy that allowed us to change robots into cars, guns, and fighter jets. If you have a mint one in the original packaging, you are in for a lot of money. When you find the right dealer, you can get upwards of $2,000!
Jurassic Park Figures
The movies were amazing, but did you know that you can get rich off the Jurassic Park toys and merch? You are in luck if you own one of the original dinosaur figurines. After all, it turns out that you can fetch as much as $1,200 for these precious objects! Go through your garage right this instant.
Vintage Super Soaker Gun
Super Soakers must have felt like the best things ever made in the summers. The company made a lot of models after the Lonnie Johnson version came out. The 1982 water gun pretty much changed how we engaged in water fights! If you have an original one, you might soon be richer by as much as $1,000.
We love Hasbro for introducing this amazing toy to the world. Didn’t you love how stretchy the “Stretch Armstrong” was? Just so you know, these toys are super valuable. Wait until you hear how much they are worth! They have been auctioned off for a grand a piece in the past. Whoa.
Mario Cart 64
You probably already know this, but Super Mario has always been a hit among kids and adults alike. We hope that you did not throw out or give away your Mario Cart 64 cartridge. After all, you might be in for $750 if you want to sell a vintage one in mint condition. Fingers crossed that you do!
G.I. Joe Circa 1964
It is difficult to determine how many G.I. Joe versions are in existence. However, we can at least let you know which one has the highest value. Consider yourself very lucky if you happen to own the 1964 figure in original packaging and mint condition. It is said to be worth $10,000!
Don’t you miss the Playmobil guys? It was pretty impressive how many different types of them you could get! Do you have any idea just how valuable this German toy is? We really hope that you have a set that is in good condition. In the past, people have been able to sell theirs for more than $800.
In 1959, the world first got to know Barbie! Over the years, she has transformed how girls picked their dolls. It is not a stretch to say that she has also impacted beauty standards in the decades to come after that. You might want to hold onto your dolls. Rare and older dolls have even been valued at $23,000!
When you need a little surge of inspiration, you should think of the Harry Potter series. The first book had a hard time looking for a publisher that won’t turn it down! It has since become a huge cultural global phenomenon. A first edition copy of the first book is now valued at upwards of $6,500.
Beauty And The Beast VHS
If you ask us, Beauty and the Beast is one of the best movies that Disney has ever made. We have to admit that Beast was not quite as princely as the other Disney princes. Most people would just stream or download the movie online, but a VHS copy might rake in as much as $300,000. Whoa.
Marilyn Monroe POGs
Do you call them Slammers or POGs? At any rate, you know what we are talking about. Maybe you even had a collection of your own. If this was the case, you should check if you had those rare Marilyn Monroe ones. There are ten of these, and you can get $1,250 for the entire collection.
My Little Pony
We hope that you did not treat your “My Little Pony” the same way we did. After all, the more haircuts you give it, the more its value starts to go down! You are in luck if you were more careful with yours, especially if you have My Little Pony Greek Blue Baby Glory El Greco Unicorn from the ‘80s. It is now worth $1,500.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in Lego Paradise? We do not know the answer to this and nor do we have the time to think about it. Moving on, the “Lego Town Paradisa Poolside Paradise” has increased in value ever since its 1992 release. In fact, you can now sell it for $679!
This is not the most pleasant stuffed toy on the planet, but you can still get a decent amount of money for a Puffalump. It is worth checking your garage to see if you have the “Puffalump Easter Chick With Flowers.” If you get lucky, you can exchange it for $225. That is not bad at all!
Krystal Princess Dolls
Do you have any idea what you are looking at in that photo? In case you are not familiar with it, this is a Krystal Princess Doll. People who have this in great condition lucked out. After all, they can sell these beauties for $248! That amount should be enough to motivate you to check your attic just in case.
Are you willing to pay $500 for a mall? Obviously, we are not talking about a real one! For this amount, you can only get one that is as big as a board game. Mall Madness was the game that inspired so many young girls to shop until they drop! The game first came out in 1988 and inspired an electric version.
In the past, there were a lot of different versions of Polly Pocket. Which one was your favorite? It is hard to choose since they were all so dreamy. Let us tell you something if you happen to own the “Musical Dream Wedding” version from 1995. This is a rare artifact that can fetch you $500!
Rainbow Brite Dolls
You probably do not remember the TV series on which these toys were based on. If you happen to be old enough to prove us wrong, you might be sitting on a lot of money. You can get $300 or so for an original doll! However, that figure gets higher if you have certain accessories such as this horse.
Boba Fett Action Figure
It turns out that buying Star Wars merch had been a great idea. Considering how popular the series was, we can see why people are eager to shell out a lot of money for the real deal. Just check out this action figure of Boba Fetta. If you have it in the original packaging, expect at least $5,000 for it!
Vintage Lego Trains
Who doesn’t love Lego? It kept us busy for hours on end when we were kids. Honestly, we would not hesitate to play with it even now. Apparently, the trains are now considered to be collector’s items. The right train set might fetch you at least $1,000. Some of them have even gone for as much as $3,500!
The craze first started with the Tamagochi. A lot of variants came out after the original did. We bet that you also felt like an adult when you fed and raised your “baby.” If you have the Digimon toy in great shape, you can expect to sell it for upwards of $100. Did you know that it is short for digital monsters?
Vintage Strawberry Shortcake Dolls
Are you an ‘80s kid? You must be if you recognize these dolls. Otherwise, you might have older sisters or cousins who really liked Strawberry Shortcake. Are you thinking of selling these vintage dolls? You are in luck. After all, collectors are willing to spend anywhere from $400 to $600 on them!
She-Ra Princess Of Power
We already mentioned He-Man earlier, but let us not forget about She-Ra. It looks like the epic value runs in the family. You are a very lucky person if you have an original one that is still in the original box. Get ready to make a lot of money if you have the one with her horse since it is worth $4,000!
Jem And The Holograms Dolls
Come on. You have to be kidding us if you think that this is just another Barbie. Just so you know, they are completely different things. The value of these dolls has skyrocketed as well. As a matter of fact, you can now sell a single Jem and the Holograms doll for over $700.
Honestly, we have always loved coloring books. It is pretty cool that they have made a comeback among adults. They offer us a very calming and relaxing way to channel our creative energy. Do you own one of those vintage colorforms from the ‘80s? If so, you would be glad to hear that they are now worth $250.
As a kid, it felt like there was nothing cooler than teddy bears. However, we dare say that it is better to have one that can read bedtime stories! What a great deal. We can see why people are willing to spend $500 for a Teddy Ruxpin. It goes without saying that it should be in mint condition to reach that amount.
Masters Of The Universe Eternia Playset
This is probably the cream of the crop when we talk about the “Masters of the Universe” toy collection. An eBay seller went as far as to say that it was the Holy Grail of this valuable collection. Well, you would probably agree with this once you hear what someone paid for it! After all, its $1,900 value is insane.
Mario Kart 64
Yes, looking at this photo also gave us feelings of nostalgia! It is pretty amazing to see how far this game has come. Anyway, let us try not to get off topic. Do you own a cartridge of this game in excellent condition? If this is the case, you should know that it might fetch you $750.
Vintage Atari Cartridges
On the topic of old game cartridges, we are sure that Atari rings a bell. You might have heard of the great burial scandal that dates back to 1983. This is a story for a different time. Anyway, when some of these cartridges resurfaced, they were said to be worth as much as $107,000.
Where The Wild Things Are
You probably know why “Terms and conditions” apply here. In 2012, a mint copy of “Where the Wild Things Are” was auctioned off on eBay. The final price was $25,000. You might be able to make the same amount of money if you own a copy of the first edition from 1963.
American Girl Molly Doll
The truth is that these dolls are still in circulation. However, you won’t get a lot of money if you sell the new versions. We added this entry to the list for the rare ones that are no longer being produced. If you have an original doll with all the accessories, you might be in for $5,000!
Wun-Dar He Man
Isn’t it awesome when you can sell something that came for free for a lot of money? In the ‘90s, you must have gotten one of these together with a pack of Wonder Bread. Even though we do not know exactly how much it is now worth, we promise you that it is worth a decent amount of money.
We have seen many items on the list go for hundreds and thousands of dollars. However, this one is worth $3.2 million! Whoa. In 1938, this issue of Action Comics cost no more than 10 cents. It is impressive to see how much its value has since ballooned. Apparently, less than 50 copies entered the circulation, so it is very rare.
Sega Genesis Console
These days, children get the privilege of playing computer games in HD. However, they will never know how amazing it was to use the Sega Genesis. Fair enough, it is very different from what they are used to. But even so, nothing beats the original in our eyes. If you have one of these babies in your garage, you might be able to sell it to the right collector for as much as $2,000.