Quick! Check your parent's basement and attic because there might be some valuable toys that are worth a fortune today! From Hot Wheels to Polly Pocket sets, you could rake in a few thousand dollars. Continue reading to see how much your old toys could sell for. You might be sitting on a pile of cash.
1. Original Tamagotchi
If you were a child in the '90s, you know how hard these little eggs were to take care of. You probably killed your Tamagotchi a few times and had to reset it, but you loved that little toy. If you happen to have an original Tamagotchi, you could make some money off of it.
A Tamagotchi still in the box could be sold for $3,000. The company launched a whole new line of Tamagotchis that have colored screens and can connect to a mobile app. It is probably a lot easier to take care of them when you can access it from your phone.
2. Mario Kart For Nintendo 64
Nintendo 64 was and still is one of the best gaming systems from the '90s. The game cartridges are being sold for hundreds of dollars. If you have unopened ones, you can get even more money for them.
In particular, Mario Kart 64 is one of the most sought after games for Nintendo 64, and one of these sold for $750. Another rare game people are looking for is Harvest Moon 64. There weren't many made, so people have paid up to $900 to get their hands on it.
3. Pokémon Cards
In 1996, Pokemon trading cards became available, and kids were collecting these like crazy. People would come to school with binders full of cards to show off their collections.
Some of these cards are extremely rare. For instance, there is a holographic misprint Mewtwo card that sold for $11,997. Other cards are going for similar sums like a pre-released holographic Raichu card that is worth $10,000.
4. '90s Nintendo Gameboy
The Gameboy from the '90s gave you hours of fun. From playing Super Mario Brothers to Tetris, it was on everyone's wishlist for presents. Today, if you still have your Gameboy and the game cartridges, you can sell it for up to $1,500.
One limited edition gold-plated and diamond-encrusted Gameboy sold for $25,000. That is what we call a return on investment. Or, you could keep it and use it to have hours of fun again.
5. Original 1963 Easy-Bake Oven
The original Easy-Bake Oven was introduced to the market in 1963 and was an instant hit. It came in teal or light yellow, and every little girl had to have one. The desserts are "cooked" by a light bulb inside, and people will pay up to $4,000 for an original one.
A regular oven costs much less than $4,000 and you can actually cook food in it. Go ahead and see if you have one in storage somewhere because someone might be willing to pay big bucks for it.
6. 1938 Action Comics No. 1
The 1938 Action Comics No. 1 is the rarest comic and the most expensive. There were only 50 issues printed in the world. One of these in mint condition was sold for a whopping $3.2 million. That's a nice fortune for a comic book.
This comic is so special because it was the first appearance of Superman. When it came out, people could purchase it for just ten cents. A man who sold one of these started the bids at just 99 cents!
7. Original Furby
In 1998, the original Furby was introduced to the market right before Christmas, and it was a must-have for the holidays. Despite its creepy nature, people are still obsessed with this furry toy. An original Furby with the box can go for around $900.
If you are extra lucky, you might be holding onto one with a rare spelling mistake on the box. During one of their first releases, the Furby box was supposed to say "sing," but they misspelled it to say "sng." You could probably sell it for more because of that.
8. PEZ Dispensers
PEZ was invented in Austria in 1927 and didn't feature the character heads we know today until 1957. Some of the characters are more valuable than others because they were limited edition. The PEZ dispenser created for the World's Fair in 1982 sold for $32,000.
Other collectible dispensers include the Mickey Mouse Soft Head, 1955 Santa Clause, and the original PEZ gun. The PEZ gun was introduced in America in 1956 for the first time and was called the Space Gun.
9. Peanut The Royal Blue Elephant Beanie Baby
Remember when you were little, and your grandma would buy you a new Beanie Baby for every life event? People have boxes of these stuffed animals, and some of them could be worth thousands. Specifically, Peanut the Royal Blue Elephant.
One of these sold for $5,000. There are other rare Beanie Babies such as the Old Face Teddy Bear, Humphrey the Camel, and Princess Diana, that could be sold for a big chunk of money.
10. Vintage 1959 Barbie
The Barbie doll is the most recognized doll ever to be created. In 1959, the first Barbie was introduced by Mattel Inc. The doll was said to be a teenage fashion model from Wisconsin. The first Barbie could be purchased for only $3. Today, if you have a First edition in mint condition, it could be worth around $23,000.
There are two other barbies that have sold for a more than the original 1959 Barbie. The De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie sold for $85,000, and the Stefani Canturi Barbie sold for $302,500. It is amazing how much money people will pay for an exclusive Barbie.
11. Original Monopoly Set
The first game of Monopoly was introduced in 1933. The creator made a hand-drawn version that sold for $146,500. Other vintage versions of the game from the 1930s are being sold for about $4,000-$6,000.
Even the newer limited-edition versions are well sought after. Some of them are being sold for a few hundred dollars online. Not only can you win money in the game, but you can earn some money from the game in real life.
12. Garbage Pail Kids
In the '80s, Garbage Pail Kids were a hit. These collectible cards were so popular the many schools across the US had to ban them. Some of the original cards are now worth thousands if they are still in their original packaging.
One card, in particular, is highly desired; the Adam Bomb card sold for $4,000. If you have some of these you should see how much you can get for them. Why not declutter and make some good money at the same time?
13. 1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figures
These Luke Skywalker action figures from 1978 are extremely rare because there are only 20 of them. If you have them in the packaging, put them in a safe place because they are very valuable. One of these sold at an auction for $25,000.
A Japanese designer sold his entire collection of Star Wars memorabilia at an auction and made over half a million dollars including one of these figures. You can find some other Star Wars action figures that are worth some money as you continue reading.
14. Polly Pockets
If you managed to not lose most of the pieces to your Polly Pocket set, you might be one of the few people who has a valuable set. A complete set was sold for $500 on eBay.
It would be interesting to find people that kept every single piece and didn't lose them to the vacuum cleaner or the dog.
15. Hot Wheels
Not all Hot Wheels are valuable, but it is worth looking at your collection. One rare car was sold for $72,000, but only one of them was ever made. The car was considered unsuitable for children, so it never hit the shelves.
Other rare cars include the 1968 Cheetah Base Python that retailed for $10,000 and the 1974 Blue Rodger Dodger that sold for $8,000.
16. Wonder Bread He-Man
Back in the '90s, Wonder Bread gave away these He-Man action figures as a limited edition prize. Yes, they were absolutely free. Today, these are worth $1,000.
Your love of white bread could finally pay off if you held onto one of these prizes.
17. Toy Story Toys
Toy Story was a huge hit when it was released in 1995. Along with the movie, figurines of the characters were released, and if you have one in pristine condition you might be able to sell it. A Buzz Lightyear doll can sell for $550.
Other characters are also valuable. Remember Stinky Pete? His figurine can be sold for $700.
18. Harry Potter And The Sourcerer's Stone First Edition
The first Harry Potter book was published in 1998, there is a British version and an American version. If you have a first edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, you could make about $6,500 from it.
If you have a first edition of the British version, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, you could be holding onto a book that is worth somewhere between $33,000 to $55,000 because there were only 500 original printings.
19. American Girl Molly
American Girl Doll Molly was released in 1986. She was one of three historical characters. In 2013, the Molly doll was retired. Molly is now a collector's item and can sell for $5,000.
If you have one of these at home with the original clothing and accessories, you could sell it for up to $11,000. Other dolls like Felicity, Samantha, and Kristen are also worth around the same price.
"Lite-Brite, making things with light. Out of sight, making things with Lite-Brite." If you remember this jingle, you remember the fun toy Lite-Brite. This is one of the top 100 toys of all time, according to Time Magazine.
A vintage set in the original box can be worth around $130, $150 at most. Even though it is not worth much, it is still full of nostalgic memories.
21. Atari 2600 Games
If you had an Atari 2600 gaming system and still have some of the games, you could be sitting on a pile of cash. The most valuable game today is Air Raid. This game is valued at $13,900 out of the box, and $33,400 in the box.
Another popular game is called Red Sea Crossing. It was a Christian game that was never promoted due to religious affiliation, and it is being sold for $13,800.
22. Vintage McDonald's Happy Meal Toys
While these toys are free in a McDonald's meal, some of them have increased in value over time. If you have a complete set of them, they can sell for $100.
The most valuable figure is the McFurby that came in every color of the rainbow. One of these sold for $900. All those trips to McDonald's as a kid might actually be worth something.
These Transformer action figures from the '80s were very popular at the time, and most people probably took them out of the packaging. If you were one of the few people that kept it in the box, you are holding onto a valuable figure.
An unopened Optimus Prime figure sold for $2,000. The value has increased over 100 times. But who wouldn't take their toys out of the packaging?
24. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, heroes in a half-shell." TMNT figurines can be found in any toy store to this day. There were so many different variations and sets created, and some of them are quite rare and valuable.
The vintage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures, especially ones that were discontinued due to errors in the design, can be worth up to $25,000. Specifically, the Krang action figure from 1994.
25. Cabbage Patch Kids
In 1978, Xavier Roberts created the first Cabbage Patch Kids. Everyone wanted one of these interesting looking dolls. One of the most valuable dolls is the 1985 James Dudley which sold for $3,000.
There are two people who are obsessed with collecting these dolls named Joe and Pat Prosey. They have a collection of over 5,000 dolls and if you want to buy one, you will have to shell out $360,000.
26. G.I. Joe
G.I. Joe figures hit the shelves in 1964 and quickly became one of the most popular toys. One of the prototype action figures sold for $200,000 at an auction in 2003.
There are rare versions and accessories that people will pay lots of money for. The Missile Commander Center was sold for $17,500.
27. Air Jordans
Air Jordans are popular sneakers created by Michael Jordan with Nike. The most expensive pair that were sold were the pair Michale Jordan wore for the 1997 NBA Finals. They sold for $104,000.
The second most expensive pair were the Air Jordan 12 OVO that sold for $100,000. They were a replica of a pair Drake wore, which were white with gold on the sides and top.
28. Baseball Cards
This one is not a surprise because baseball cards continue to get more valuable with time. At the moment, the most valuable card is the Honus Wagner Sweet Caporal card. Only 200 were produced, and one was sold for $2.8 million.
The next most valuable card is a 1952 Mickey Mantle card that sold for $525,000. The longer you hold onto these cards, the more valuable they will become.
29. Sky Dancers
These dangerous toys that flew around your house and pissed you, parents, off are actually worth something today. These were recalled because they were too hazardous for children, but you can purchase one online for $80.
While they may not have any other purpose than being a danger to your face, they might be worth more in a few more years. If you snatch one up now maybe you can make even more money in the future.
Webkinz were fun stuffed animals that sold had codes to use to access Webkinz world online so you could play with your virtual pet. These were popular not that long ago, but they still sell for $500 to $600.
There were some rare animals that were released, and if you collected them all, you could make $5,000 by selling them.
The cardboard circles with pictures printed on them do not seem like something that has any value today. These are Pogs and they were popular in the '90s. The pieces featured pop culture icons, movie and tv characters, and other fun images.
They came in sets and if you have a complete rare set, they can be sold for $1,000. A set of Jurassic Park that included the six holographic pieces sold for $1 million. Remember these are pieces of cardboard.
32. Boba Fett Action Figure
This is another Star Wars figure that is now worth a lot more than people originally paid for it. Boba Fett is the bounty hunter from the franchise and he is the second most desired character after Luke Skywalker.
If you kept him in the packaging in good condition, you could make around $5,000 from the sale.
33. Lego Trains
Have you ever stepped on a Lego piece and cursed the day they were invented? Well, don't get too mad because you could make some money from these painful pieces. Specifically, if you have a Lego train set, you could sell it for a good chunk of change.
The 1985 High-Speed City Express train, the 1985 Steam Cargo train, and he Diesel Freight train can all be sold for an amount between $1,500 and $3,000.
34. Teddy Ruxpin
To some people, having a bear read you bedtime stories may be peaceful, and to others, it is nightmare-inducing. Regardless if you like it or not, the Teddy Ruxpin was a popular toy released in 1985 that read to you.
If you happen to have one of these bears still, it could be worth around $600 with the box and accessories.
35. 1982 Skeletor Action Figure
Masters of the Universe was a popular franchise in the '80s. Skelator was the villain who fought against He-Man, and there was a movie and collectibles that went along with the story.
The action figure of Skelator is now worth a whopping $1,650 if you can find a diehard collector. The action figure has to be in mint condition and in the box to be worth this much. Skelator is surprisingly worth more than his hero counterpart, He-man.
36. Masters of the Universe Eternia Playset
As we said before, Masters of the Universe was a hit in the '80s. Out of all the collectibles from this series, the favorite has to be the Eternia Playset. These were only produced by Mattel for one year!
If you have one of these sets with three towers, all the pieces, and the figurines, it could be worth $1,900. Even if you only have one of the towers, you could make around $550.
37. Vintage Colorforms
In the early '50s, Colorforms was a toy made of vinyl pieces that kids could peel and stick to create designs. As these became more popular, the stickers were based on popular shows, movies, and celebrities.
A full set of these from the '50s or '60s that is still in the box could sell for $200 or $300. The most valuable set was a 1977 Space Warriors set that sold for $400.