If you once had one of the valuable toys on this list—and you played with it very gently (or not at all)—selling it to the perfect, passionate collector today could mean big bucks. Toys from the ’70s, ’80s and even the ’90s, especially those linked to favorite television shows and movie characters, may be hot commodities among collectors on the second-hand market.
Here are 10 valuable toys you had as a kid that are worth tons of cash today:
10.) Game Boy
People will pay big bucks for vintage toys, and the Game Boy is one of those valuable toys almost everyone had at some point during the ’90s and early 2000s.
An original Game Boy can bring in anywhere from $750 to $1,500 on sites like eBay. If that isn’t enough money for you, then check to see if you happen to have the gold-plated, diamond-encrusted special edition Game Boy. If so, you’re looking at a nice sum of $25,000.
Frankly speaking, the diamond would be distracting while playing games like Tetris.
Monopoly is also one of those valuable toys most people played with as kids. But I bet you didn’t know that the money game is a valuable toy which is worth big bucks today. A hand-drawn and -painted original version of the game, made in 1933 by the creator himself, sold for $146,500 at auction.
There might be very few of those out there, but even other versions of the game can sell for large sums of money. Other vintage versions from the 1930s have sold at Sotheby’s for $4,000 to $6,000, and even newer limited editions of the game can sell for hundreds on eBay.
8.) Super Mario Bros 3
Okay, so just for the sake of this list, let’s just all agree that video games are toys, or at least pretend. Some beloved games from the ’90s have sold for ludicrous prices, and they’re worth mentioning.
One such game is Super Mario Bros 3 for the NES. Interestingly, the Japanese Famicom version doesn’t seem to be worth much, selling on its own, complete and in the box, for just $26. However, a complete and sealed copy of the American or European NES version can easily net you $405.
Released in North America in 1990, Super Mario Bros 3 is often considered the best of the original Super Mario Brothers games. That being said, it has been re-released multiple times over the years on various consoles, and it was pretty common when it first came out, which has dropped the value of the game significantly.
The first Barbie doll came out in March 1959. It launched at the New York Toy Fair. If you’ve somehow still managed to keep the original in mint condition in her black and white swimsuit, as opposed to changing her outfits, cutting her hair and giving her tattoos, and she’s in the original packaging, she may be worth up to $8,000 or even more, with one selling at auction for over $20,000 and the brunette version selling for much more because of its rarity.
Other early Barbies, clothing sets and accessories may also be worth hundreds of dollars, and more recent limited edition collector’s dolls are also coveted, including the Tokidoki tattooed Barbie.
6.) Polly Pocket
The genius of Polly Pocket was that there were so many different miniature locations to collect. The problem with this toy, however, was that the pieces were so tiny, it was impossible not to lose some.
This issue is what makes this toy one of the valuable toys in today’s world because a complete Polly Pocket goes for a cool $650+ on eBay.
5.) 1972 Blythe Doll
Blythe was “the doll with a surprise in her eyes.” Blythe’s eyes freakishly changed color when you pulled the string at the base of her neck. Spooky yet satisfying, the Blythe doll stood almost a foot tall and sported funk-a-delic mod clothing with boots.
She came in a variety of hair colors—blond, brunette and redhead—and in 1972, she sold for around $6. Today, a single disembodied Blythe leg can fetch upward of $100. If you have the whole original doll in good condition, don’t blink—you’re probably looking at a chance to score about $2,000.
4.) 1970s Stretch Armstrong
If you were an eight-year-old boy in 1976, you probably either had, wished for or played with a Stretch Armstrong figure. Made of latex rubber and filled with sugary corn syrup, of all things, the original Stretch Armstrong was manufactured by Kenner from 1976 to 1979.
Stretch was aptly named, as his whole appeal rested on the fact that kids could stretch him to impossible limits and he would always return to his original shape. Today, collectors happily pay thousands of dollars for this simple, bendable toy. Mint in the box, with the paper instructions and accessories, Stretch Armstrong can net you around $2,500. Sweet!
3.) Peanut the Royal Blue Beanie Baby
Ty, Inc. issued Peanut, the royal blue elephant, on June 3, 1995. The Beanie Baby remained in production for another three years, but the royal blue version was produced only through October of that year, making it a rare and ultra-collectible plush toy.
Ty’s Beanie Babies were conceived in an effort to produce an affordable toy for kids that they could purchase using their own allowance. Because they originally sold for about $5, many children in the mid- to the late 1990s owned a version of Peanut the elephant.
Those fortunate enough to still have one of the first 2,000 ever produced in the royal blue color could be sitting on $1,500 to $5,000—and that’s not peanuts.
2.) Double-Telescoping Darth Vader
If Dad held onto the early Star Wars toys, it’s possible he might have a double-telescoping version of Darth Vader packed away in Grandma’s attic. The most valuable figure in a series that featured Vader, Luke and Obi-Wan, this version of the Dark Sith Lord featured a lightsaber that extended from his hollow arm, then extended again in a thinner, more-fragile tip.
The dual-extending weapon was costly to manufacture, and Kenner quickly changed the design in the next wave of figures. Because it’s estimated that only three of the figures remain—still packaged and unaccounted for—each is valued between $2,000 and $7,000, depending on the condition and whether or not it’s in the original packaging.
Not bad for a $2.49 investment. Take that, Rebel Alliance.
1.) Magic: The Gathering — Black Lotus Card
The 1993 collectible card game Magic: The Gathering was the first of its kind to spawn a professional player circuit. Introduced by Wizards of the Coast, MTG still boasts a following that numbers in the millions. Particularly collectible among Magic cards was the powerful Black Lotus.
Whether an Alpha Black Lotus or a Beta Black Lotus, an authenticated card of this variety in mint condition today can help you collect upwards of $15,000, making it one of the most valuable toys today.