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Top 40 Most Valuable Toys from your Childhood! Read Buy Share!

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Sarah Horne and the folks at goodhousekeeping.com compiled this list of the Top40 most valuable toys from your childhood. Since it is that time of year all the kids have opened their presents and your thinking about the good old days. Now I dont know whose childhood exactly they are referring to but you might want to check back with your mom or look in the basement or attic. These are worth a mint. I know I had a couple of them when I was a “wee Lad” ttyl

#1 Garbage Pail Kids’ Cards: $1,000 and up

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Ahhhh, the ’80s. The surreal and offensive Garbage Pail Kids collectible cards have found their ideal home on the equally surreal Interwebs, where a card like “Adam Bomb” can collect around $4,000 and even an unremarkable full set can bring in about $700. Bonus dollars if they are in their original packaging.

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#2 1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figure: $25,000

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When Nigo, the Japanese designer and founder of A Bathing Ape, decided to offload his Star Wars collection, he turned to Sotheby’s. The total haul of the 2015 auction came to over half a million dollars, and included this as-new boxed Luke Skywalker figurine, one of only 20 out there. Other MVP Star Wars action figures from the sale included Canadian and Hungarian versions of bounty hunter Bobba Fett (sold for $6,250 and $15,000 respectively).

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#3 Peanut Royal Blue Elephant Beanie Baby: $5,000

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Due to a manufacturing error, only 2,000 of these royal blue “Peanut” elephants were fabricated with a darker color than originally intended. Now, it’s the most collectible Beanie Baby in existence, and sells for as much as $5,000. Other valuable versions include Humphrey the Camel, valued around $2,000, and the 1997 Princess Diana Beanie Baby.

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#4 PEZ Dispensers: Prices Vary

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Sugar fiends will be delighted to know that even that old, candy-less PEZ dispenser might be worth something someday. In 2006, a dispenser known as the Astronaut B, created for the 1982 World’s Fair made major bank, selling on eBay for $32,000. Other collectible dispensers include the Mickey Mouse Soft Head dispenser, the 1955 Santa Claus Head dispenser, and the PEZ gun.

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#5 The Original Monopoly Game: $146,500

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An original hand drawn on oil cloth version of the game owned by the inventor of the game Charles Darrow recently sold at Sothebys for $146,000

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#6 Hot Wheels: Prices Vary

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While most of these palm-sized cars go for just a few dollars, rare finds can be worth thousands. Among the most valuable is the 1969 “Volkswagen Beach Bomb” prototype, designed with surf boards hanging out the back window and wheels that made it too large for Mattel’s race tracks. Though it never went into wide production, that’s what makes it all the more valuable to collectors, who value it around $125,000.

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#7 Action Comics No. 1: $3.2 million

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The most expensive comic ever sold on eBay, this “pristine” 1938 edition went up for auction in 2014, to staggering results. Why the frenzy? It’s the comic that first introduced Superman to the world, and there are fewer than 50 in existence worldwide.

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#8 Wun-Dar He-Man: $1,000

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Also known as naked-with-a-loin-cloth He-Man, this brawny action figure was a giveaway that came with the purchase of Wonder Bread in the 1990s. If you saved it, you’re in luck: Your love of white bread could pay off, thanks to the wonder of eBay.

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#9 Fisher Price’s Push Cart Pete: $3,000

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If they’re in mint condition, vintage Fisher Price toys can make a mint. This 9-inch 1936 pull toy is expected to rake in upwards of $3,000 — not bad since it originally retailed for 50 cents

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#10 American Girl “Molly” Doll: $5,000

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A new American Girl Doll will run you about $120, but isn’t it reassuring to know that discontinued dolls like Felicity, Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly live on somewhere? If you have one of these (Mini Molly Dolls) at home with all original accessories in mint condition it could be worth $5,000!

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#11 First Edition of “Where the Wild Things Are”: $25,000

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In 2012, a signed 1963 first edition of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book sold on Abebooks.com. The condition of the book was especially remarkable because, as parents know all too well, picture books rarely survive without rips, smudges, and smears.

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#12 Lionel’s Pennsylvania ‘Trail Blazer” Train Set: $1,100

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Lionel’s nostalgic electric train sets evoke a bygone era (and are now made with 21st century technology), but if you happen to find an original Lionel set in your attic, check if it’s the 1934 Standard Gauge version, which could be worth as much as $250,000.

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#13 First Edition Barbie: $23,000

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Barbie may have recently undergone a makeover, but for some collectors, the classic, hourglass-shaped 1959 version will always be the one and only. Originals, complete with zebra-stripe swimsuits and a sweeping up-do, retail from around $8,000 to $23,000.

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#14 Vintage Atari Cartridges: Prices Vary

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In a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction twist, an urban legend that Atari had buried hundreds of its game cartridges in the New Mexico desert in 1983 turned out to be true. In all, 881 recovered cartridges were sold, totaling $107,000 in proceeds. Individually, the more rare and popular games can go for hundreds of dollars on eBay.

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#15 Original Furby: $900

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These furry interactive toys came on the scene in 1998 an original early edition in an unopened box could fetch $900 or more!

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#16 Game Boy: $750 – $1,500

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Before we were obsessed with our cell phones, we whiled away the hours on Nintendo’s handheld game system, which was first release in the U.S. in 1989. These days, mint condition Game Boys go for hundreds and, if you have a special edition like the Game Boy Light, over $1,500.

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#17 Original Transformers Action Figures: Prices Vary

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Hasbro produced the first line of these transforming robot action figures in 1984. If you were lucky enough to keep the originals in their box, they can be worth way more than their original value: Optimus Prime figures in pristine packaging are listed on eBay for upwards of $2,000, about 100 times more than their original sticker price.

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#18 First Edition of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”: $6,500

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Originally published in 1998, first editions of the U.S. version of J.K. Rowling’s story that kicked off the Harry Potter phenomenon have sold for up to $6,500. Score one for Gryffindor if you find a signed copy, which adds to the value, like this one selling for $15,000.

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#19 Mario Kart 64: $750

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One of nintendo's most beloved games can now sell for around $750!

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#20 Cabbage Patch Kids Dolls: Prices Vary

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Cabbage Patch kids first created by Xavier Roberts in 1978 An official collectors club annual fee of $35 is cheap compared to an actual doll prices vary!

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#21 Masters of the Universe Eternia Playset: $1,900

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Described by one eBay seller as the “Holy Grail” of Masters of the Universe toys, this battleground where your He-Man and Skeletor action figures might have fought, can fetch upwards of $1900 in an unopened box.

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#22 Teddy Ruxpin: $500

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This beloved, animatronic bear “reads” kids stories thanks to an audio cassette player built into its back. These days, bears in topnotch conditioncan be had for around $500.Teddy Ruxpin: $500

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#23 Jurassic Park Action Figures: Prices Vary

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We all loved Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film about a theme park gone wrong, and there’s lot of merchandise to prove it. If you held on to the original ’90s action figures and kept them in the originalbox this T-Rex was recently listed at $1250.

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#24 1982 Skeletor Action Figure: $1,650

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He-Man’s evil nemesis Skeletor is the most popular action figure from the Masters of the Universe World. Fans are willing to pay upwards of $1,500 for an in-box, mint condition 1982 original of this skulled villain

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#25 Pokemon Cards: Prices Vary

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First published in Japan in 1996, Pokemon trading cards have a huge following and rare cards can go for wildly high prices. This mint-condition Pikachu card is on sale for $100,000, and other cards can fetch similarly expensive sums.

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#26 Lite Brite: $130 – $350

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First marketed in 1967, this toy allowed children to create glowing art by fitting small, colored plastic pegs into an illuminated board. Full sets go for well over $100, and Lite Brite Cubes can sell for about $350.

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#27 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1980s Action Figures: Prices Vary

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These “heroes in a half shell” first made an appearance as comic book characters in 1984, and a wildly popular animated series soon followed in 1987. Pretty much every kids’ birthday party we attended in the late 80s was Teenage Turtle-themed, and plenty of the action figures were gifted. In mint condition, these figures can go for about $550 a piece, with rarer pieces being offered for as high as $5,000.

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#28 Vintage Colorforms: $250 – $300

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Given the current popularity of adult coloring books, it’s no surprise that old school Colorforms, with their colorful backgrounds and reusable stickers, are in demand, too. Toyhelper carries a wide variety around the $250 mark, with ’80s themes ranging from Gremlins to Masters of the Universe to Michael Jackson.

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#29 Jem and the Holograms Dolls: $700

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Girls of the ’80s all loved this cartoon rocker. And the prices these dolls currently fetch are truly, truly, truly outrageous indeed — Jem dolls can sell for upwards of $700, with accessories and related toys.

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#30 She-Ra, Princess of Power and Her Horse Swift Wind: Prices Vary

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He-Man’s twin sister was a badass, and collectors are still keen on She-Ra. The original action figure in-box, packaged alongside her horse, was recently listed at $4,000, although individual action figures and accessories sell more in the range of $150 – $600.

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#31 Vintage Playmobil: Prices Vary

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Childhood is practically synonymous with German toymaker Playmobil. Which helps explain why collectors are so nostalgic for throw-back pieces and willing to shell out the big bucks for them: This 1995 Victorian Dollhouse is listed at $800 and this knight’s castle is on the market for $6

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#32 Vintage Strawberry Shortcake dolls: $400 – $600

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Who didn’t adore Strawberry Shortcake and all her adorable friends with dessert-themed names? The original dolls were released in the 1980s and now command between $400 to $600 for characters still housed in their bo

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#33 Digimon: Prices Vary

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These virtual monsters were first created in 1997 and gained in popularity after an anime series and video game followed. Mint-condition versions can go for well over $100 these days, and Digimon cards are also collectors’ items.

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#34 Lego Trains: $1,500 – $3,000

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Take two things people are wildly passionate about (Lego + trains) and it’s no wonder that the vintage railroad sets from the beloved brand command top dollar. Sets range from Steam cargo trains to Diesel Freight Trains to High Speed City Express Trains and all go for between $1,500-$3,000.

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#35 Magic: The Gathering Card Collections: Prices Vary

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If you were into this fantasy card game growing up, your collection could be worth a pretty penny today. Collections have sold for tens of thousands of dollars, and rare individual cards like the Alpha Black Lotus have sold for $27K!

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#36 Boba Fett Action Figure: $2,000 – $5,000

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Given the franchise’s massive popularity, it’s a safe bet that vintage Star Wars merchandise will command some of the highest prices in the galaxy. Bounty hunter Boba Fett is among the most popular action figure from the films, with mint-condition, in-box versions being sold for as much as $5,000.

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#37 G.I. Joe Action Figures and Accessories: Prices Vary

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Hasbro’s G.I. Joe has been around since 1964 and remains a favorite for a large base of collectors (there’s even an annual G.I. Joe convention). Vintage Joes and their accessories run a broad range of price-wise with enemy organization cobra accessories among the most popular this missile command center alone is priced at $17,500 while some individual figures are set as high as $10,000. A prototype GI Joe Soldier from 1963 sold on ebay for $200,000 in 2003.

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#38 Vintage Rainbow Brite Dolls and Accessories: Prices Vary

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We still remember the theme song from this animated TV series about Rainbow Brite and her sidekicks the Color Kids, who were in charge of preserving all the color in the world. These days, original Rainbow Brite and Color Kids dolls can sell for around $300, and some accessories, like Starlite the horse, are listed for as much as $1,000.

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#39 Happy Meal Toys: Prices Vary

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McDonald’s Happy Meals have come with toys since 1979, so it’s no wonder there’s a following of collectors that loves these pint-sized playthings. On eBay, you’ll find collections

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#40 Vintage Super Soaker Water Guns: $100 – $500

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Super Soakers took water fights to the next level, and these vibrantly-colored aqua guns are still in high demand. Models like this one from the 1990s start around $150 and can go for as much as $500 in mint condition.

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