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Fun-Filled Funds: What Are Your Childhood Toys Worth Today?

Have you been hanging on to childhood toys, hoping to cash them in for big bucks? Check out our Guest Geek post for today that goes over some of the most popular items and how much they might be worth today. I had my own experience with this last year when I purged my own collection, and I was surprised how much (and how little) some things were worth!

How Much are Your Childhood Toys Worth Today?

For many of us, our childhood toys are some of our most cherished possessions. We spent hours playing with them, and they hold a special place in our memories. But what are they actually worth?

It turns out that some childhood toys can be quite valuable. For example, original action figures from the Star Wars series can sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Other sought-after items include vintage Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars. Even simple items like Pez dispensers can be worth a pretty penny if they’re in good condition. Here are some of your childhood memories that will fetch top dollar today:

Pokémon Cards

While there are many different types of Pokemon cards, some are more valuable than others. One of the most sought-after cards is the Charizard card from the original set. This card is so valuable because it is one of the rarest and most powerful cards in the game.

Other valuable cards include those that feature rare or hard-to-find Pokemon, such as Machamp and Dragonite. Collectors also tend to pay top dollar for the most valuable Pokémon cards that are in mint condition, as well as those that feature popular characters from anime and video games. No matter what type of Pokémon card you have, though, it’s always a good idea to hold onto it. Who knows? It might be worth a lot of money someday.

charizard pokemon cards

Barbie Dolls

It’s safe to say that most of us have fond memories of playing with Barbies as children. While Barbies may seem like nothing more than simple toys, some collectible editions can be worth a small fortune. 

Today, the Stefani Canturi Barbie is considered the most valuable Barbie doll in existence, with a staggering price tag of $302,500. While this doll is clearly out of reach for most people, it remains an iconic symbol of the Barbie brand and a reminder of the enduring popularity of this timeless toy.

barbie doll

Where the Wild Things Are (First Edition) 

It’s been nearly 60 years since Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” was first published, but the beloved children’s book shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, interest in the book has surged in recent years, thanks in part to a 2009 film adaptation directed by Spike Jonze. This renewed interest was on full display recently when a first edition of Where the Wild Things Are sold at auction for $25,000

Star Wars Action Figures

George Lucas is a visionary filmmaker who has had a tremendous impact on the entertainment industry. In the 1970s, he took a gamble that paid off in a big way when he agreed to accept a smaller fee for writing and directing Star Wars in exchange for 100 per cent of the merchandising rights. The movie went on to become a global phenomenon, and the revenue from toys inspired by that galaxy far, far away made Lucas a multibillionaire.

Some of the rare and most expensive Star War toys that might be lurking in your old toy chest include the Boxed Vinyl Cape Jawa ($28,000), Vlix from the Droids series ($45,430), the Double Telescoping Darth Vader ($64,000), the Double Telescoping Obi-Wan ($76,000) and Rocket Firing Boba Fett ($185,000). 

star wars x-wing toy

Vintage Atari Games

If you’re a fan of classic video games, then you’ve probably heard of the Atari 2600. Released in 1977, it was one of the first home gaming consoles and became wildly popular. However, it’s also well known for being one of the worst consoles of all time, due to its limited graphics and sound capabilities. 

Despite its shortcomings, the Atari 2600 is still fondly remembered by many gamers and is a collector’s item. If you happen to have a dusty old Atari 2600 gathering dust in your attic, then you could be sitting on a goldmine. The console itself is worth hundreds of dollars, and some of the rarest games can sell for thousands.

Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels cars are iconic. They are the stuff of childhood nostalgia for many people and their popularity is undeniable. The sleek design and bright colours of Hot Wheels cars are beloved by kids and adults alike. 

These cars are more than just toys – they are collector’s items. They hold a special place in the hearts of those who grew up playing with them. Hot Wheels cars are a source of joy and happiness. They bring back memories of childhood and innocence. For many, they are a reminder of happy times gone by. Hot Wheels cars are more than just toys – they are a part of our history.

Some of the rarer Hot Wheels collectables have achieved staggering prices at auction, like the Pink Rear Loading Beach Bomb prototype that sold for $150,000 and the 1970 Mad Maverick that was based on the 1969 Ford Maverick.

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To some people, their childhood toys are priceless due to the special place they hold in their hearts. But, they are in fact also worth a pretty hefty price tag too. So, if you’re in possession of one of these valuable finds, you might want to get the camera out and post it online, because you could be in for a high paycheck. 

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