Could your old toys from the 90s be worth money? Whether you’re a nostalgic adult or the parent of grown-children, your garage or closet may be filled with toys from yesteryear. Some of these toys, believe it or not, could have accrued in value over the years — some even over a short span of time. Could your storage areas be home to some of these valuable toys? The following article will highlight some of these novelties and their worth, which will certainly inspire you to do some decluttering.
In the 1990s, a line of toys called Sky Dancers were marketed to be similar to Barbie dolls, but more interactive. These toys stood on a spinning base, and when you pulled the accompanying string the doll would twirl upward and fly in the air for a short span of time. These toys were eventually recalled due to being dangerous for small children, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming valuable collectibles. If you have a Sky Dancer that is in good condition, it could possibly fetch you as much as $100.00 — which is a bit higher than the original $10.00 price tag.
Another wildly popular children’s toy from the 1990s is Polly Pocket, and some nostalgic adults are still holding onto theirs. If you were meticulous about keeping track of all the small pieces — enough to have a complete set — then you’re likely holding on to something quite valuable. The Delite shares that some folks have paid as much as $1k for a complete Polly Pocket set, and others have paid hundreds of dollars for other Polly Pocket pieces.
If you were a kid in the 1990s, you probably remember the once-popular Tamagotchi toy. These little digital devices were small enough to hang on a keychain or put in your pocket, but (for the era) they were technologically-advanced computer companions. If you’re lucky enough to still have an original Tamagotchi, it could be worth hundreds of dollars. If you have one with its original box, then — brace yourselves — it could be worth as high as $3,000!
Specialty Barbie dolls
Barbie dolls have been collectibles for decades, but some of the special editions from the 1990s can bring in a bit of money as well. For example, the 1997 Barbie Loves Elvis set can bring you around $150 if the dolls are in good condition. On the more expensive side, the Pink Splendor Barbie from 1996 has been sold for as high as $1,000. Barbie accessories from the 90s have also gone up in value, such as the Magic Moves Barbecue set, that can sell for more than $100.00. Considering these are all children’s toys that sold for approximately $10 to $20 in the 90s, the increase in value is impressive.
Hard-to-find Pokemon cards
Pokemon cards were never pricey in the 1990s, but some of them are indeed incredibly pricey today. A Pikachu Illustrator card from the 90s recently sold on auction for more than $50k! The Charizard card from 1999 is also one of the rarest collector Pokemon cards, and it’s worth more than $10k!
The original Game Boy
The Game Boy was an iconic toy of the 90s, and if you’re lucky enough to still have an original device, it could be worth far more than the original price tag of $89.99. In fact, some Game Boys from the 90s — that are in good condition — have sold for as much as $1,500.00. On average, they sell between $100 and $750. If you have a complete set with all of the favorite accessories of the era, you could potentially get a lot more.
Harry Potter 1st edition books
They may not be toys, but the Harry Potter book series has long-been cherished by kids and adults since the 1990s. If you’re fortunate enough to have an original 1st edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, then you’re the owner of something incredibly valuable. Business Insider reports that one of these copies could be worth up to $55k! If your copy of the book has the numbers 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 in the print line, then it’s a winner! Similarly, the American version of this book titled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone can be worth nearly $7k if the numbers on the print line read 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 8.