When you're a youngster shopping for toys, the last thing on your mind is prospective inflation. That is why all of us Gen-Xers despise ourselves since we ALL had toys that are now worth tens of thousands of dollars that we can no longer obtain because we actually PLAYED WITH OUR TOYS rather than storing them in crates. However, if we had stored some of them in boxes, many of us would be in much better financial shape now. The truth is that there are a lot of valuable vintage toys out there, especially from the 1980s and 1990s, that are worth a lot of money for a variety of reasons. One possibility is that the toy contains an error or misprint. Two, it could be extremely uncommon (which is the most likely scenario), and three, it could have been discontinued, which normally increases demand for premium toys.
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, first edition, $6,500.00
Reading does pay off, youngsters! If you have the first edition of Harry Potter's first adventure and haven't read it or dog-eared the pages, you are sitting on a book worth about $7,000.00.
Reading is, after all, FUNDAMENTAL! Both your brain and your money account will benefit from it.
2. Luke Skywalker ORIGINAL 1978 Action Figure ($25,000.00)
To be honest, the entire list might be made up of Star Wars toys.
There have been so many discontinued figures, and the series has grown so legendary, that a good collection of Star Wars figurines in their original packaging could currently fund a down payment on a home. A good example is the original Luke figure.
3. Many Lego sets, like the ORIGINAL Star Wars Millennium Falcon, are valued at over$15,000.00
This one is hotly contested among geeks, with some claiming a worth of $12,000 and others claiming twice that. However, we can all agree that if you own the original Millennium Falcon (that HUGE one) Lego set, that sucker is DEFINITELY worth well over ten thousand dollars.
As we all know, Star Wars toys have a strong tendency to appreciate in value over time.
4. $ 250,000.00 Worth Gundam Fix Platinum Toy Robot
The fine print on this one is as follows. When you put the words "toy" and "platinum" together, you realize "toy" isn't the most accurate descriptor.
This was a highly expensive collectible based on the Gundam anime series, and the eyes are actual friggin diamonds.
PEOPLE, DIAMONDS FOR EYES!
5. $145,000.00 for an ORIGINAL Monopoly Game
So there are no special editions or anything like that here. We're suggesting that if you have a copy of the first Monopoly game that was ever released that isn't torn to shreds, you're sitting on close to $150,000.
Monopoly stinks, which is the funniest part.
I don't care what anyone says, math and real estate aren't pleasant. But, hey, at that price, it proves that Monopoly is the original board game (original gangster for those blissfully unaware).
6. $3,2 Million Dollars for Action Comics #1
We all know you don't have this initial appearance of Superman, so I doubt you'll find it in your attic, as it is the most highly sought-after comic book of all time among collectors.
And while this could be due to the fact that it was the first time the world encountered Superman, it's more likely due to the fact that the comic is worth over three million dollars in immaculate condition. Yes, it's a three-million-dollar comic book.
7. $13,600.00 Babe Ruth McFarlane figure with blue hat
Although this item is newer than most of the others on this list, don't assume that owning a McFarlane Babe Ruth figurine automatically qualifies you. There are only FOUR people wearing blue hats out there, as you can see.
If your Babe Ruth memorabilia contains a blue hat, you might be worth about $15,000! Because of its rarity, once again.
8. First Edition of Where the Wild Things Are, worth $25,000
Where the Wild Things Are is one of the best-selling children's books of all time, and if you have a first-print, first-run copy with no tears, stains, or rips, it may fetch you 25 Gs from the proper collector.
Do you want to know what sucks? I have this, but I've read it so many times that the condition is shite, which implies the value is shite as well. It's funny to think I could be so much better off right now if I had just put that aside and forgotten about it, but I have no regrets.
This indicates that books are supreme.
9. Barbie's $302,000.00 diamond choker
Yes, for a toy from the 1990s, this one is quite expensive. This Barbie doll features an ACTUAL DIAMOND CHOKER with a one karat square pink diamond among numerous lesser diamonds, and was designed and published in 1999.
On the plus side, this doll was auctioned off for a worthy cause, and you're unlikely to own it, but it's still a shock to learn that there's a Barbie out there dressed better than your real wife or mother and valued as much as your home.
10. Up To $100,000.00 In Pokemon Cards
Pokemon had to make an appearance somewhere on the list, and here it is. The Pikachu Illustrator Card was recently sold on eBay for one hundred thousand dollars, despite the fact that various cards have varying values.
So, recall all those times when people called you a loser for playing or your parents were irritated by your behavior? So, thrust this card in their faces and tell them they're incorrect, then spend your newfound wealth on something flashy.
11. The First Prototype of Gi-Joe is valued at $200,000.00
That's right, you read that accurately. The first prototype of the first Gi-Joe action figure was auctioned off for 200 G's. For an action figure, that's almost a quarter of a million dollars.
It almost makes you want to rush out to Toys R' Us right now and buy a bunch of toys to put away on the off-chance that their value will increase.
12. $125,000.00 Hot Wheels Volkswagen Beach Bomb 1969 Prototype
This is another firm that now has a lot of high-quality toys in its line-up. The Beach Bomb Prototype Hot Wheels car is one such toy. The car itself was a cool little beach van, but it was so uncommon that the value listed above is simply an estimate because so few people may own one.
It's insane to believe that a toy car you acquired as a youngster can today buy you a top-of-the-line REAL car, let alone a drag car!
13. Multiple Pez Dispensers, with a total value of up to $32,000.00
Those strange plastic toys that opened at the neck and spewed out awful candies that tasted like pills are no longer considered children's toys. Astronaut B (simply a spaceman) is so uncommon that collectors can pay over 30 Gs for it!
However, good luck finding it now, as it was given out at the 1933 World's Fair, which is why that specific dispenser is so valuable.
14. $23,000.00 Nintendo Stadium Events Cartridge
This was a very rare cartridge that was handed away at an early Nintendo event, and collectors are scrambling to get as many as they can. The game itself isn't particularly noteworthy, but its rarity makes it a valuable collectible for genuine collectors.
Also, in order to play the game, you need one of those ridiculous "Fitness Pads," which no one owns, which adds to the value.