No matter how much you loved your toys as a kid, they probably all ended up in the same place: either donated to a charity or stuffed inside a box in the attic. The thing is, those old toys of yours might just be more than keepsakes from a bygone childhood—they could be absolute goldmines!
If any of these vintage toys are still lying around your house somewhere, it’s time to stop letting them gather dust. While they might not look like much, they could actually be worth a small fortune. Have a look for yourself. Who knows? You could be sitting on a forgotten treasure!
1. Garbage Pail Kids: These collectible trading cards, know for their gross-out gags, can fetch as much as $300 per card. In one instance, an entire pack of 1985 Garbage Pail Kids Series One sold for $4,000!
2. Pokemon cards: This franchise burst onto the international scene in the late 1990s, and since then, its fanbase has only grown. Some of the more rare cards will now fetch thousands of dollars at auction.
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3. 1978 Luke Skywalker action figure: The Star Wars franchise’s popularity seems to show no signs of slowing down, even after so many years since the 1977 debut of the original film. It’s no wonder that, in 2015, this old Luke Skywalker toy sold for $25,000!
4. Pez dispensers: Several of these novelty candy holders have sold for thousands of dollars over the years, including one known as “Astronaut B” from 1982. It earned its previous owner $32,000 on eBay!
5. The original Monopoly: Monopoly has been a board game staple ever since its conception in 1933 by Charles Darrow, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that, in 2011, the original hand-drawn version sold for a whopping $146,500! Collect $200 and go, please!
6. Game Boy: Hand-held gaming has advanced considerably since the birth of Nintendo’s Game Boy in 1989, but if you have one in mint condition, you could make a few hundred dollars. And if you own a special version like the Game Boy Light, you could make over $1,500!
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7. Hot Wheels: More than 4,000,000,000 of these tiny toy cars have been made since their 1968 debut, so only a few are worth anything. However, if you have a prototype like a “Volkswagen Beach Bomb,” you can make a cool $125,000.
8. First edition Pound Puppies plush: This 1980s fad has faded, but a rare first edition Pound Puppy can still make you about $5,000! Anyone who owned one of these back in the day should probably start digging through the attic.
9. Cabbage Patch Kids: Pat and Joe Prosey boasted a large collection of the most expensive dolls out there. They owned more than 5,000 Cabbage Patch Kids before selling them all for a cool $360,000.
10. Sega Genesis: If you have one of these classic video game consoles—and it still works—you can make up to $2,000! Not bad for those countless hours playing Sonic the Hedgehog.
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11. Fisher Price Push Cart Pete: It cost just 50 cents in 1936, but if you still have one of these toys (and it’s in good condition), you may have a surefire way to make $3,000! Isn’t that something?
12. 1982 Skeletor action figure: There are still plenty of die-hard Masters of the Universe fans out there, so you could make over $2,000 from selling one of these classic toys to them… as long as it’s in mint condition and still in the box.
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13. Lite Brite: There have been many different variations of this toy since the peak of its popularity in the 1960s and 1970s. Nonetheless, an original, mint-condition version can sell for over $100 these days.
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14. Happy Meal toys: These McDonald’s promotional items are not all created equal, but the most collectible toys among them, like these Disney characters from 2002, can sell for as much as $300 each.
15. Furby: This bizarre yet amazingly popular robotic toy from the late 1990s can sell for around $900 today if it’s still in the original packaging. The question is: who would actually want one? Dah-ee-tah!
16. Talkboy: Created for and popularized by the film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, this tape recorder toy can now sell for over $200. That’s enough money to draw the attention of the Sticky Bandits!
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17. Beanie Babies: Much has been made about the rapid peak and sharp decline of this toy line’s popularity, but some hardcore fans are still willing to pay a great deal for the rare ones. For example, a 1997 First Edition Princess Diana Beanie Bear may be worth $12,000.
18. Lionel’s Pennsylvania “Trail Blazer” train set: Dating all the way back to 1934, the “Standard Gauge” version of this beautiful vintage toy can net you a whopping $250,000!
19. 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures: The Heroes in a Half Shell are still going strong all these years after their 1984 debut. In fact, mint-condition action figures from the peak of their popularity can fetch between $600 and $5,000!
20. Vinyl Caped Jawa: One of these could earn you upwards of $5,000, but beware: if the cape is cloth, as all versions released after the toy’s 1978 debut are, you won’t make nearly as much. The real deal has to be made of vinyl!
It’s important to note that none of these toys are worth much if they’re not in decent condition. Still, it’s worth a look through your attic or basement to find out if you have any potential windfalls waiting for you!
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