Some things are worth holding on to, especially if they’re old toys. With technology advancing and newer, shinier toys being released, older toys are getting a following. Some have become collectibles for people and some people only want a simple toy, for the pure enjoyment of having something old and vintage in this day and age. Here are the 20 hidden treasures hiding somewhere in your attic!
1. Garbage Pail Kids Cards
Garbage Pail Kids cards may have not been so popular with parents, but kids loved them. Hopefully, you went against your parents’ wishes and kept buying the cards anyway, because they are worth a lot. Some cards can sell for hundreds and some can sell for thousands — it all depends on which card it is, when it was made, and the condition that it’s in. One card recently sold for $300 and an entire 1985 Garbage Pail Kids Series One is going for $4,000 on eBay.
2. Pokemon Cards
Who said collecting Pokémon cards would never pay off? Clearly, they were wrong. Since their release in 1996, Pokémon cards have gained a huge following. Some Pokémon cards are even worth thousands, if they are rare and kept in good condition.
3. 1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figure
Collectors are willing to spend a certain amount of money to get what they want, sometimes even passing that limit. Star Wars has had a devoted fan base since its release during the 1970s, and their collectible products are known to sell for a lot. These fans are so diehard that in 2015, the Luke Skywalker Action figure released in 1978, was sold for $25,000. That is some serious devotion for any collector.
4. PEZ Dispensers
PEZ Dispensers have been a collector’s dream since their release, with many people having an entire collection. Some PEZ Dispensers are so rare and can sell for thousands, along with a whole collection. The popularity of PEZ dispensers never really went away — a 1982 PEZ dispenser known as the Astronaut B, sold for $32,000 on eBay.
5. The Original Monopoly
The original hand-drawn version, made by Charles Darrow in 1933, sold for $146,500 in 2011. If you have any vintage versions from the 1930s or limited edition versions of Monopoly, you can be looking at some serious cash.
6. Game Boy
With all these amazing graphics and stellar game systems, who needs a Game Boy these days? For that reason alone, you should get your hands on your old Game Boy and check what the value on it is. Mint condition Game Boys sell for hundreds, and if you have a special edition Game Boy, such as the Game Boy Light, it can go for over $1,500.
7. Hot Wheels
Since 1968, 4,000,000,000 Hot Wheels cars have been made, and only a handful of them are valuable. Some Hot Wheels cars were only made as prototypes, like the 1969 “Volkswagen Beach Bomb” prototype, never making it to wide production, making it one of a kind and with a high value of $125,000.
8. First Edition Pound Puppies Plush
When Pound Puppies first made their appearance during the 1980s, kids went crazy for them. Today, a first edition Pound Puppy can make you a pretty penny, going for $5,000.
9. Cabbage Patch Dolls
Cabbage Patch Dolls were huge for a long time and depending on which doll you have, you can earn some serious cash for it. As of now, the most expensive Cabbage Patch Dolls belong to Pat and Joe Prosey. The Proseys have over 5,000 dolls in their custom-built Maryland museum and are selling their whole collection for $360,000.
10. Sega Genesis Console
If you happen to come across your old Sega Genesis game system one day, do not throw it away. Instead, check to see if it still works and if it does, hit the internet with it because you can be looking to make up to $2,000 for it.
11. Fisher Price Push Cart Pete
This 1936 toy was on the market for 50 cents. Today, if you happen to come across Pete and he’s not looking too bad, you can make an easy $3,000.
12. 1982 Skeletor Action Figure
He-Man and Skeletor are the most popular action figures from the Masters of the Universe World. If you had the 1982-edition, in-box, mint condition Skeletor action figure, you could sell it for at least $2,000 today.
13. Lite Brite
These were particularly popular during the 1960s and 1970s, with different versions of the game being made. Today, an original Lite Brite can go for well over $100, not bad for a game you paid $20 for.
14. Happy Meal Toys
The value varies depending on which Happy Meal Toy you have. Happy Meal Toys have been around since 1979 and have remained popular. Certain themes have become collectibles, like the 2002 Disney theme characters, which recently sold on eBay for $300.
A mixture between a hamster and an owl, these Furby toys became incredibly popular in the 90s. For an original Furby in an unopened box, you could expect to see a $900 value.
After the release of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Talkboy became really popular. It was a stylish version of a tape recorder, but if you’re still holding on to one of these today, you can look to make over $200.
17. Beanie Babies
Beanie Babies were a huge deal for a long time, from the early 90s into the late 2000s. Today the fad has died down, but there are still collectors willing to pay thousands of dollars for rare or limited edition Beanie Babies. The price varies depending on which Beanie Baby you have. Some are worth hundreds and some are well into the thousands. A 1997 1st Edition Princess Diana Beanie Bear could go for up to $12,000.
18. Lionel’s Pennsylvania “Trail Blazer” Train Set
If you ever come across a 1934 Standard Gauge version of this train set while cleaning out your attic or basement, you’re in luck. You can make up to $250,000.
19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1980s Actions Figures
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took over the late 80s with action figures, comic books, and a television series. Mint condition Turtle action figures can go for at least $600 a piece, and rare pieces can hit $5,000.