You may have been getting a lot of flack for hoarding all of that junk in your attic, but we are here to tell you that you could have thousands of dollars sitting up there.
Not only do all those toys you kept from your childhood fill you with fond memories of simpler times, they could also be the key that unlocks wealth for you.
We will list below how much many old toys are worth these days, and you can go through all your old boxes and trunks and find your own treasures that you can cash in.
Transformer Figures – $2,000
This toy really is more than meets the eye – if you kept an original in it’s box, these robots disguised as trucks and cars could further transform themselves into thousands of dollars for you.
Barbie – up to $23,000
These dolls have been popular since the late 50s, so it is obvious they are going to be a favorite with collectors. If you managed to retain early and rare editions, they will earn you many thousands of dollars. If you own the very first Barbie, she could earn you up to $23,000.
American Girl Doll – $5,000
If you managed to get for yourself a rare American Girl Doll, and it is still in pristine condition with all of it’s original accessories and clothing, someone is going to be willing to pay you anywhere up to $5,000 for it.
Masters of the Universe Figures – up to $4,000
If you have toys from this popular cartoon from the 80s and 90s still in mint condition, they could be worth thousands of dollars now. An original He-Man figure could be worth up to $1,000, a Skeletor Figure around $1,500 and a She-Ra Figure even more lucrative, up to $4,000.
Hot Wheels Cars – up to $125,000
Most of these hot little cars ended up racing around dirt racetracks in the backyard – but if you kept any rare designs, you could earn yourself thousands of dollars. If you managed to keep a mint condition “Volkswagen Beach Bomb” from ’69, you could earn yourself a nice $125,000.
Pez Dispensers – up to $32,000
These candy dispensers have been around since the 50s, so if you managed to keep one of these characters long after the sugar treats were gone, it may be the best financial decision you ever made. In 2006 a rare Astronaut B dispenser sold for $32,000 – sweet indeed!
Star Wars memorabilia – up to $25,000
Star Wars has proven popular in every decade, and original 70s action figures can earn for you thousands of dollars. For example, a Boba Fett figure can get you around $5,000.
If you kept a mint condition Luke Skywalker action figure, from when you were a kid in the late 70s, you can end up earning yourself thousands of dollars. If you managed to keep him inside his original packaging, you can make yourself a hefty $25,000.
Blue Elephant Beanie Baby – $5,000
Sometimes a manufacturing error ends up becoming the equivalent to printing money. Beanie Baby plush toys that have been kept in perfect condition can be worth hundreds, and thousands of dollars. If you have one of these elephant plushies that were given a darker blue skin than intended, you could be cuddling a cute $5,000.
Monopoly Board Game – $146,500
If your grandparents have an original Monopoly board game from the 1930s, it will be worth thousands of dollars to them now. If they managed to keep an original version in totally mint condition, they could add $146,500 to their retirement fund.
Action Comics – up to $3.2 million
Before people complained about kids spending too much time with electronic devices, they complained about their noses being in comic books too much. If you had a comic book obsession as a kid, and managed to hold onto some of your originals, you could earn yourself thousands of dollars. If you happen to own the very first Action Comics comic book ever printed, you my friend are officially a millionaire!
Push Cart Pete – $3,000
You really need to spend some bonding time with your grandparents, and what better way than offering to go through their old junk for a clean out. They will thank you very much indeed if you manage to find some of their old toys from the 30s that can earn them thousands of dollars. For example, if they manage to find this Push Cart Pete toy from Fisher Price, they can earn themselves $3,000 today.
Train Set – Up to $250,000
An old train set can be worth thousands of dollars these days. If granddad has a train set from his childhood, check the make – if it is the 1934 Standard Gauge Version of the Lionel brand, his retirement fund is going to improve to the tune of $250,000
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles up to $5,000
What little boy was not obsessed with the pizza eating Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles during the 80s? If they collected the toys and managed to keep them in pristine condition, some figures can be worth up to $5,000 these days.
GI Joe Figure – up to $200,000
This was the classic boy toy, and since the 60s, young lads have been modeling themselves on this tough character. Owning original figurines of this character can get you thousands of dollars nowadays, and in 2003 a prototype toy soldier from the 60s sold for $200,000.