Before you get too excited, know that not all toys have skyrocketed in value. What's more, it's often specific editions that are worth the most cash. Even if you do happen to have those *special* versions, they need to be in pristine condition. Sorry, but the ragged toy with a hole in the arm and Popsicle drippings isn't going to get as much cold, hard cash as the mint version in a box. Remember, that you're going to have to find a buyer who is willing to pay your high price. If not, you'll just have to do with admiring your heirloom toy. With those considerations in mind, take a look at the 18 childhood toys that could make you rich.
There are so many Cabbage Patch Kids Dolls to choose from. Look in your basement for the oldest ones in your collection because they are likely the most valuable. The manufacturer, demand for the doll, and (obviously) the condition impact how valuable it is according to an eBay buying guide. Cabbage Patch Kids Dolls were first released in 1978 so any of the original ones are prized. Same goes for special editions. Look out for "Baldies" or "Red Fuzzies." The latter have yarn-like red hair which is very rare. Pre-Cabbage Patch Xavier Roberts dolls are other winning picks. Values vary widely. eBay listings show the dolls can go anywhere from $100 up to $1,500 for some of the early 1980s ones.
A classic Nintendo gaming console in its box will sell for $1,000, reliably, online. The universal popularity of Nintendo machines and the ~iconic~ games that began with this OG console like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Excitebike give this machine a hefty dose of nostalgia bait and the universality of the Nintendo brand mean that any collector can understand the value of this piece. Buzzfeed pointed out this gaming console can sell for more than a 13-inch MacBook Air. Somehow, neither of those prices seem to make sense.
There have been a few different game consoles that have launched since Nintendo 64. But, the 1990s console remains a favorite among modern gamers. Rare editions of the Nintendo 64 console can earn you some cash, as we've said. So can the games. Mario Kart 64 was a huge success when it was released in 1997 on these shores and it remains popular today. The average used game starts around $25 on eBay. People who have factory sealed games can bank a couple of hundred. We don't know how some people could have resisted temptation to play the video game, but apparently they managed to keep it sealed for over 20 years.
If you're into cars, you likely had a collection of Hot Wheels. If you didn't, it's probable that your brother, friend, or cousin who did. Those teeny-tiny cars could lead to big bucks provided you have the right ones. If you have some of the old school ones that were passed down from the 1960s or 1970s, you're golden. Several sites, including Money Inc., list the 1969 Pink Rear O Loading Volkswagen Beach Bomb as being very valuable because it was a prototype and there's only one in existence. Similarly, the 1968 Cheetah Base Python (Hong Kong Base) has a value around $10,000 because there are estimated to only be eight of them. Of course, the Hot Wheels that are in their packages are the most valuable. The ones with broken wheels from too much "racing" aren't going to earn you very much.
If you thought anything remotely furry was adorable, you probably had a Furby in the 1990s. If you have one of the original Furbies and you never opened the box, it could fetch you a couple hundred dollars. Furbies were remodeled in 2012 and the classic design from 1998 is the most coveted one. Go Furby lists the value of the original between $25 to $500, which means you'd at least get the money back you paid for it. Anyone who has the limited-edition "Bejeweled Furby"/"Jeweled Art" Furby from 1999 is looking at a prized item. It was the most expensive Furby sold at the time for a cost of $100,000 at FAO Schwarz Toy Store. Only five were made and it's thought only two were sold. The blinging Generation 1 snowball Furby had actual diamonds and rubies on it.
If we're being honest, we will admit that it was all about the fun shaped Pez Dispensers rather than the bland candies that they held inside. Candy or no candy, those empty PEZ dispensers could pad your wallet. It will depend what ones you have, but generally the older, limited-edition ones fetch the most cash. (FYI: They've been around since 1927.) eBay reports that the 1955 Santa Claus PEZ Dispenser is the most valuable followed by the 1982 World's Fair PEZ Dispenser. In the case of the latter, there are only two in existence. If you happen to have a Mickey Mouse Soft Head PEZ Dispenser, it could earn you a couple thousand. The model was a prototype and different from the hard-headed offerings.
The Jurassic Park toys inspired by the reboot with Chris Pratt might be worth something someday. If you want to make money now, you need to go hunting for versions from the 1990s when the original movie came out. A ton of different dinosaur toys were released so prizes fluctuate widely. It shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that the T-Rex toys are the ones people want. Gemr lists the Young T-Rex and Carnotaurus "Demon" as very rare toys. Some boxed versions are on eBay for around $1,000 to $2,000. Action Figure Resource says there were many prototypes made that didn't go into production. If you have those, consider yourself lucky — and possibly rich.
Trading cards are one of the first things people think about when they consider childhood toys that could make you rich. They are many options and they can be packed away in storage without taking up too much room until their value goes up. If you hoarded Garbage Pail Kids Collectible Cards back in the day, you could earn a few extra dollars. The average opened card can start at $5. If you have an unopened package or one of the very rare cards, the value can jump to a couple thousand, if you're lucky. Note there are two different versions of every card which are denoted by "a" or "b."
Garbage Pail Kids trading cards are super valuable, but you'll get the most bang for your buck with an OG Adam Bomb card. Maybe it's because Adam Bomb was featured on most of the marketing and packaging for the brand, but a mint condition Adam Bomb card can sell for around $1,000. Full sets of used cards in good condition can go for over $500, and international versions like this Japanese Bukimi Kun card set have sold for $1,592 on eBay.
Hands up if you were one of the millions of people who became addicted to collecting Beanie Babies in the 1990s? Beanie Baby fans will likely know that certain Beanies can be very valuable because of manufacturing changes during production. You will want to go through your stash to see if you have Peanut the Royal Blue Elephant Beanie Baby. The royal blue color is key. The Beanie ended up being darker than producers intended so the color of it was changed. eBay says only 2,000 were made and names Peanut the top most valuable Beanie and reveals "it has an appraised value of $1,500 to $5,000."
Who didn't love Strawberry Shortcake and all of her adorable friends? If you are willing to part with your doll(s), you can make some decent cash. It depends on what Strawberry Shortcake dolls you have in your possession. The original dolls from 1979 often command the highest value. What is surprising is that Strawberry Shortcake isn't the biggest ticket. Collectors often cite Banana Twirl as the most valuable doll. Besides her and Strawberry Shortcake, there was Mint Tulip, Orange Blossom, Peach Blush, and Plum Pudding. If you have a toy that's in mint condition and still in the box, you can hopefully get a couple of hundred for it. Anything vintage including accessories can bump up the price.
There have been countless teddy bears but there haven't been many like Teddy Ruxpin. The toy debuted in 1985 and was pretty much an instant hit thanks to the non-creepy way it moved its eyes and mouth while "reading" stories. (The stuffed toy had an audio cassette tape holder in its back.) If you have an original Teddy Ruxpin bear — ideally still in its box and in mint condition — you could score around $1,000 for it, give or take a hundred. If you have a collection of Teddy Ruxpin add-ons like the different tapes and outfits, it should help boost the price of your bear.
Did your parents complain in the late 1990s about how buying Pokemon cards was "a total waste of time and money"? They might be wrong. If you've kept your stash of Pokemon cards in good condition, you could be looking at thousands. Fans shouldn't be surprised to hear the "shinies" are the most valuable ones. There are pre-releases and cards that could only be won at competitions that are so rare. The Holographic Shadowless First Edition Mewtwo card remains a very popular pick according to The Gamer. It can go for $1,000 for one card. The Holographic Shadowless First Edition Chansey card can get you a similar price. The rare Tamamushi University Magikarp has a value of $15,000. (There is no extra zero in there.) eBay users are attempting to flog different cards and sets of cards for much, much higher.
If you have one American Girl Doll, you will know the cost of them can quickly add up between the clothes, accessories, and the endless add-ons. As for the ones that will help you recoup your money, it's all about the retired dolls, particularly the OG ones. When something isn't made anymore, its value obviously goes way up. The Molly McIntire Doll was recently up for auction for thousands along with the retired Samantha Parkington and Kirsten Larson dolls. They're all special because they're part of the first American Girl Dolls that were produced in 1986. If you've cut the hair on the doll or added "makeup" to it, you're not going to get a good return on it — unless you happen to be a famous artist.
Here is another Beanie Baby that could make you a lot more than you paid for it. The Princess Diana Beanie Baby is one of the most coveted and can earn people thousands. Naturally, the tag and body of the Beanie need to be in tip-top shape. The catch is that you must have the right Princess Diana Beanie Baby. The Beanie Baby was released on October 29, 1997, months after the untimely death of Princess Diana. There are different versions with different pellets, tags, spacing, and embroidery. First editions or "ghost" versions where the rose embroidery is missing are on eBay for way over $1,000. Just be aware that the ones selling for half a million aren't realistic. Ty Collector points out a lot of versions aren't worth zillions.
Hands up if you stood in line for hours to be one of the first people to get Spice Girls dolls? If you amassed the entire collection and managed to never open the boxes, the set could be worth a few hundred dollars. There were about 10 different versions made. The first-edition "Girl Power" dolls from December 1997 are one of the most prized. Surprisingly, so are the "Viva Forever 2" dolls from Fall 1999 with "Viva Forever" fairy finger puppets. Look out for the Posh Spice "On Tour" doll from 1998 because there were two versions made. The original had her signature bob. The second version showed off her new cropped hair. Who knows, with all of the Spice Girls reunions, the dolls might go up more in price.
In 1989 Nintendo dropped its very first 8-bit handheld Game Boy. In 1996, the Game Boy Pocket came out. It was lighter and required fewer batteries. In 1998, the Game Boy Color was released. If you have any of the editions and they're in good condition, you could get a couple of hundred for them. The Sun reported OG unopened Game Boys sold for over £215 (approximately $277) in recent years. If you were one of the lucky ones to get a limited-edition version, they can fetch even more. Games Radar lists the Osamu Tezuka Game Boy Light as a rare version because it was only sold in Japan. Some of the games are valued, too. Trip World wasn't released in North America so it holds good value. Pokemon Red can also bring in the cash.
If you were an avid Pokemon card collector, that might have led you to collect Digimon Cards, too. (You know, Di Di Di Digimon Digimon/Di Di Di Digimon Digital Monsters /Digimon are the Champions?) Digimon cards didn't hold up as much as Pokemon cards, but you might be able to get some cash for that Digimon card collection in your shoe box. Rare cards can go for around $100. That's not going to set you up for life, but it's a decent amount for a paper playing card. Complete or near-complete sets are listed on eBay for $1,000 to $2,000. Like with Pokemon cards, the holographic Digimon cards tend to be the most prized. What's more, limited-edition cards, foreign language cards, and ones that were used for promotional events can fetch higher price tags.
You might have seen the headlines about how some vintage Polly Pockets are selling for thousands online. If you're trying to figure out what childhood toys that could make you rich, the mini dolls do have potential. The Bluebird era toys are highly valued. It goes without saying that anything that's new in packaging with all the pieces is most prized. Limited-edition versions, especially Disney ones, are also hot sellers. eBay says the Polly Pocket design was reworked when Mattel stepped in 1998 so older versions with the smaller size and hinged design tend to command higher prices. Note that there are over 350 dolls, sets, and accessories and some hold up better than others.
Who didn't want a My Little Pony doll? Everyone wanted to brush that long, flowing mane. That gorgeous head of pony hair could be why My Little Ponies are still prized today. The Rapunzel My Little Pony doll, in particular, can fetch $800 to $900 if you want to sell yours. The pink pony with flowing curly blonde hair was a mail order pony from Year Nine (1990 to 1991). It was priced at just $8.95 back then (about $20 today with inflation). Clearly, it has gone up in value. Rapunzel came with a purple comb and two barrettes and they're essential if you want full bucks for the toy.
This super rare version of your fave Easy Bake Oven toy regularly goes for thousands of dollars on eBay if it's still in its original box, but you can still get at least $100 with your old, used version from your childhood. The 1990 toy included a chocolate candy maker, a soda pump, an ice cream maker, and a popsicle maker. You can combine the different sections to make a rootbeer float, use the chocolate melter to make fondue, or even make your own ice cream cone. You can make over eighty recipes with this machine, so really you'll save money with all of the snacks you can make for yourself at home.
This classic 1982 toy will only get you like $25 if it's been used, but new, working in-box models have gone for as much as $6,500 on eBay in the past. Maybe it's because it can move on its own, maybe it's the superfly packaging, but this mint-condition model goes for even more than the mythically expensive G.I. Joe USS Flagg Flag Aircraft Carrier playset, which can run a cool thousand dollars even out of its box. In its box, the Flagg can sell for as much as $13,750 on eBay, so god only knows how much a sealed, mint condition Motorized Battle Tank could get you.
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Most kids today don't even know about HeMan and the Masters of the Universe. Feel old yet? Hopefully, the $4,000 you can get for a She-Ra and Swift Wind Action Figure Pack will help soften the blow. This high price-point comes specifically from the rare packaging of both figures together, so don't think you can splice together a She-Ra and a Swiftwind in a random box will probably get you $25 and an eye roll. This pack came from the mid 1980s, so ask your older siblings where they keep their toys and take a look around.
Surprisingly, Fireball Island is neither a New York City gay bar nor the theme of the latest UCLA frat party. Well, TBH, it might also be those things, but *this* Fireball Island is a board game that can get you a couple hundred of dollars on the interwebs. The makers of Fireball Island recently repackaged and revived the game, but the original set in its original packaging can get you $400. AKA, enough to buy the new and (not) improved version four times with some cash leftover. Yup, even the remake is going for $70 on Amazon.
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Original Transformer toys from the 80s can get you major bank on eBay. The 1984 GI Soundwave Toy will sell for $1,000 because of a rare misprint on the packaging. The 1987 Fortress Maximus Transformer also goes for around $1,000 in its original box, and most Generation-1 action figures get you at least $100, so a complete collection could be very, very valuable when sold together. Even a pair of *used* Optimus Prime and Megatron figures from this era going for $900, showing just how valuable the originals can be to collectors and Transformers enthusiasts. Wonder how they feel about the Shia LaBeouf films.