Vintage Toys We All Used To Have That Are Worth a Fortune Now

Toys were generally tagged play objects for children several decades ago. Kids were hardly satisfied without a beautiful doll in their possession. Most parents found it a necessity to get the shelves in their children’s rooms decorated with toys to keep the kids excited. While parents invested in these play objects, many did not know that these items may worth something valuable in today’s world. Recently, technology has taken over almost all industries, including the development of mobile devices and applications that serve as play objects for children. There has been a sharp cut in the interest for physical toys generally. Notwithstanding, these toys are considered valuable treasures in recent times.

The financial value of toys has dramatically increased as you can hardly find some of these iconic nuggets in the market today. The good news is if you were one of those who preserved these toys long before now, count yourself lucky. 

Sky Dancer

  • Average Original Price: $9.99
  • Potential Earnings: $80

Sky Dancer toys are one of the most dangerous on this list. A twin brothers-John and Anthony developed them. Initially rejected by a lot of toymakers, these toys were later accepted and became an excellent nugget for kids. The twin brothers had the support of an aviation expert which helped in making the toys ascend into space at the pull of a string.

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Image credits: //ghostofthedoll.co.uk

The incredibly popular toys became a thing of concern to parents and health organizations. Children were finding it fun to shot the toy at their sibling, which was perceived to be dangerous. Sky Dancer Toys were recalled for safety reasons, but that action only raised their value for those who still have them.  

Sit ‘N’ Spin

  • Average Original Price: $9.99
  • Potential Earnings: $80

If you had wanted to give a toddler treat years back, these toys would have been one of the best options for you. Toddlers find them interesting while parents visit toys stores to get them.  Children could sit for hours busy with the toy as they Sit and spin it for joy. Little children could be entertained with these toys as they sit with them just as their names suggest.

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If you need to keep your baby occcupied during the afternoon period, you may invest in this toy as you keep on with your project. You can track one down on eBay with $90. If your child is now too big to use this toy, never worry. This toy could fetch you some dollars if you auction it for children of the next generation.

Socker Boppers

  • Average Original Price: $10
  • Potential Earnings: $90 

One of the ways to get your children to blow off some steam is by getting them Socker Boppers for punching each other in the face. These boxing toys are pretty soft gloves for practice. But they can also cause pain and injury depending on the usage-most times the force applied. 

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Image credits: salveo.co.uk

These vintage toys may fetch you $90 if you have them in your shelve. Given the fact that there are not many physical toys around again, you may get more value for these toys if you had invested in them in times past. There are very few of these toys around since the internet became the preferred option for.

Hitclips

  • Average Original Price: $5
  • Potential Earnings: $100 

You won’t believe an item worth $5 would sell for as much as $100 or more today. The simple reason is its scarcity and the value people place on it. In the 90s, kids would listen to music with Hitclips before iPods, and other digital devices swept off items like the Hitclips.

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Image credits: Reddit – u/MotherOfCats19

For the 21st century kid, the Hitclips is probably a funny and old fashion device. These toys have long become obsolete. But if you are to track one Hitclips down today, you may pay as much as a $100 or more. Getting one would give you access to music of about 20-30 years ago. You may find this either amazing or disgusting, depending on your age.

Nerf Turbo Screamer

  • Average Original Price: $12
  • Potential Earnings: $100 

The Neer Turbo Screamer is probably an item on the wishlist of every child in the 1990s.  It is one of the first turbo footballs in of 1989 with variations of colors- orange and black halves & red. The toys had two whistling holes on both halves. Sonic Siren Football spiritually succeeded nerf Turbo Screamer.

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Image credits: eBay

The ball is now is very difficult to find. It may go for $100 as many people seek to lay their hands on one of the 90s Nerf Turbo Screamer. The last time you probably saw this toy was when children played with it years ago. Only millennial parents would probably remember the use of this toy. 

Kansas Quarters

  • Average Original Price: $0.25

  • Potential Earnings: $100

At a time in 2005, people noticed a smudge on the letter ‘T’ of the Kansas Quarters coins that were produced. The coins accidentally read ‘In God We Rust’ instead of trust in the last word of the common Kansas Quarters phrase. Although a quick correction was made to the Kansas Quarters Coin Maker, still, some people already had a few of them in their possession. 

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Image credits: © 2016 James Bucki

A few years after, the coins the Kansas Quarters worth more than 25 cents, an amount far higher than the original value. Fast forward to 2019, if you happen to have the 2005 version of the coins with the smeared ‘T,’ it may fetch you $100 or more. 

Glitter and Gold Jem Doll

  • Average Original Price: $3

  • Potential Earnings: $200

You can trust your Glitter and Gold Jem Doll to fetch you a cool $200 on eBay. All you need to is to ensure that each toy is in good shape and preferably in its case. You would maximize your profit if you can provide these toys that sold for $3 when they were introduced into the market. 

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Image credits: Flickr – alexbabs

The glitter and Gold Jem Dolls entered the market following the success of Jem and the Holograms television series between 1985 and 1988. Characters in this television series soon became priced toys in their own right. Though the series was short-lived, the toys garnered so much popularity even much after the TV series. 

Fisher-Price Little People Family House

  • Average Original Price: $40

  • Potential Earnings: $200

Some Fisher-Price items could cost as much a thousand dollars. But for Fisher-Price Little People Family House, people can get the toy for $200 on eBay if the house is in good condition with all the accessories in place. The original house was in two colors, but the yellow is more valuable based on demand.

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Image credits: eBay

The first house produced by Fisher-Price was in 1969. The ideal house (yellow and blue), had a carry-and-play handle with five significant figures which include: Dad, Mom, boy, girl, and a Dog. It was an ideal family house that contains four rooms -living room, kitchen, children’s bedroom, and another room. Having this toy today is a thing of value if you choose to sell it.

Moon Shoes

  • Average Original Price: $37.52
  • Potential Earnings: $200

The appearance of these shoes seems they were not designed for walking; truth, they were made to make you bounce in them. These shoes are meant to give you a feeling of walking on the moon as it were. Designed initially with metallic material, they were improved upon when the rubber and plastic versions were introduced.

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Image credits: Big Time Toys/Amazon

 The original Shoe was introduced in the 1950s. The reality of bouncing and walking on the moon was a bit awkward and clumsy even, with the presence of the springs in them. Although the experience never stopped kids from having fun with the shoes around the house. Provided you have them in their box; you can get as much as $200 for Moon shoes today.

Dear Diary

  • Average Original Price: N/A
  • Potential Earnings: $200

Although we could not track the original price of these pocket-sized electronic devices, reports have it that they could sell for $200 today. These electronic devices used to be the companion of young girls. Girls would write down their feelings on these secret-keepers to prevent their parents from reading them. 

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Image credits: eBay/ ImageMagick

The secret keeper diary is usually locked with a unique code that prevents other people from gaining access to the contents in it. Of course, the device is much forgotten now as a result of technological development. Now are the days of smart devices that can be locked with the use of fingerprint. Nonetheless, the secret diary still worth a fortune if it is in a perfect working condition. 

Talkboy

  • Average Original Price: N/A
  • Potential Earnings: $130

While Dear Diary rocked among girls, the Talkboy was the boys’ thing. Talkboy garnered so much popularity in the 1990s among boys. The demand can be traced to Kevin McCallister, who used the toy in Home Alone 2. Boys were found with the device which, could do some recordings that were probably kept from the reach of others.

 
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Image credits: megazinos.com

If one is to acquire this device today, it would probably be a nostalgia purchase. It can barely do what any present smart invention is capable of pulling considering its features. I wonder what secret recoding will be done with a Talkboy now. However, this device worths up to $130 on eBay today. 

Bop It Extreme 2

  • Average Original Price: $15
  • Potential Earnings: $212

Almost every kid in the 1990s had the Bop It Extreme 2 toy. The five-levered toy started as a stick with three simple buttons. It is a noisy speed reaction game, which requires a fast and accurate response from the player. Kids need to respond to the commands and manipulate the device to get a win.

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Image credits: eBay

You can imagine how kids would love to play with this toy considering the entertainment it offers. The game passed through a series of development and modifications like the ‘one-on-one’ feature to better entertain users. Bop It Extreme 2 is rarely available now. It sells for $212 if you have it with its battery in place.

Spice Girls Doll Collection

  • Average Original Price: $15

  • Potential Earnings: $212

Spice Girls Doll Collection is celebrity dolls of a group of five girls-Posh, Baby, Ginger, Scary and Sporty. The collection was released by Galoob Toys between 1997 and 1999 with over 11million sales recorded. The transactions recorded made the collection win the bestselling celebrity dolls of all time when they were in vogue. Long after the reign of the group on the planet, more people still are attaching value to their collection.

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Image credits: eBay

Almost 20 years now, the Spice Girls Doll Collection is worth some good dollars on e-commerce platforms like eBay. If you have some of these toys, you may find it difficult to decide to either buy the remaining set or sell the ones you have. Either way, the complete set of these celebrity dolls would cost some good cash.

Boy Scouts Memorabilia

  • Average Original Price: Free (based on Merit)

  • Potential Earnings: $240

Boy scouts badge is adding value these days since fewer people are joining the organization. It is exciting to know that those badges earned are presently worth more than just the pride and satisfaction you get from them. They could fetch you some real cash if you can get them across to those who need them.

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Image credits: iStock

The cost of these boys scout badges is also dependent on the premium placed on them at the time of collection. Since medals are given based on grade, the high-quality badges could list as much as $240 on eBay. If you are a scout with lots of honors, you can as well expect cash from the markers that have only decorated your shelve for some time now.

G.I Joe Breaker Action Figure

  • Average Original Price: $12

  • Potential Earnings: $250

Here is another toy that swept young boys off their feet in 1982. It was only $2 at the time it was released into the market. The doll had a straight arm similar to others in the collection of 16 that were released at that time. The G.I Joe Breaker Action Figure was available in the nearest store for kids to pick up.

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Image credits: Figure-Hasbro

Changes were made to the arms of the toy from straight into those that could swivel at the biceps. Also, the bulkier waist was reduced while the date changed from 1982 to 82-83. People only considered the new version as a variation concerning the year. It seems these toys are never going to slow down with two films that have featured The Rock. The G.I Joe Breaker Action Figure still goes for $250 if you need to sell one.

Happy Meals Toys

  • Average Original Price: Free! (With a Happy Meal)

  • Potential Earnings: $100

It’s been a while you probably bought a happy meal for yourself or your kids. Yes! Maybe be a few years back, you even had a free lunch with a toy as a gift for your patronage. If you have one of the happy meals toys today, you might just be owed a payday for them because they are rising in value now.

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Image credits: mybbthemes.eu

Depending on the type of toy you have, your doll which probably came for free may be worth a $100 today. Happy Meals Toys that were in circulation in the 90s would go for $100+ today. You see, time counts on these toys in terms of value. You may post your gadget on eBay and see people bid for it. There was a case of the McFurbys; these toys sold for a whopping sum of $900. 

Rainbow Brite Doll

  • Average Original Price: $7
  • Potential Earnings: $100

These little girl toys are worth some dollars if you have a rainbow collection of them. They were a major competitor with the Strawberry Shortcake Dolls which reigned in the 1980s. Later on, the Rainbow Brite Doll gained ground and increased in value even up till now. You could get as much as a $100 for the rainbow dolls if you still have them in your shelve. 

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Image credits: ghostofthedoll.co.uk

These days, there are generous bids on eBay and a lot of people who are willing to part with some good money for dolls. Dolls are considered valuable, especially if you have those that existed a while ago. Much more premium is placed on them on e-commerce platforms. You may decide to check your attic to see if some Rainbow Brite Dolls are lying there.  

Skip-It

  • Average Original Price: $12.89

  • Potential Earnings: $120

Skip- It toys were everywhere after their screening adverts for schools in Illinois. Children were crazy about these infamous play objects as both local and online stores had them in stock to meet the demand of parents and kids. Skipping and jumping was a common sight as Skip-It toys were taking much of the attention of children.

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Image credits: Saskatoon Public Library/Wikimedia Commons

At a time, some parents believed that the use of some toys like the Skip-It and Fidget toys in school should be limited. This was because of the time and attention kids dedicated to the toys in schools and homes. Today, kids would prefer to play with pads and play games on electronic devices. But if you have Skip-It toy packed in its box, you can get as much as $120 for it.

Lite Brite

  • Average Original Price: $9.97

  • Potential Earnings: $130-150

Released in 1967, Lite Brite enjoyed full acceptance and usage for about 30 years. You may want to query what these lights were used for. Well, they LIT the atmosphere around children and even adults. They were so much fancied that TIME magazine named them among the top 100 toys of all times.

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Image credits: Thomas Ambridge/Wikimedia Commons

Children loved the design and calmness of the light, which probably made them influence parents to get and also love them as well. Today, you may get a solid $150 if you still have a Lite Brite in your custody. They are very much hot in the auction with a few stores having them for sale. There is no doubt you have a better value for the toy that cost you only a few dollars years back.

iPod (2001)

  • Average Original Price: $12

  • Potential Earnings: $250

One would hardly believe that the first generation of iPods is already considered as vintage toys for most kids. Even though a lot of kids placed so much premium on the music device, the technology that produced the iPods of 2001 was only revolutionary. Today’s kids will only look at the first generation iPod as a nothing but a paperweight box.

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Image credits: Apple

However, you can make some money if you still have one lying in your house. The pretty first-generation iPod in a working condition could be what a teenager somewhere needs. Just ensure you delete those cheesy hits you’ve gathered on the device and see people request to buy it.

 Michael Jackson: Superstar of the ‘80s Doll

  • Average Original Price: $10
  • Potential Earnings: $300

Until his death in 2009, Micheal Jackson was the biggest pop star in the world. Who didn’t love the king of Pop? His legacy and music live on in the heart of many, who still play his records years after his death.  Many enjoyed the image of the music idol in a doll, dressed in white with a microphone held with hands covered with gloves. 

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Image credits: Superstar of the ‘80s Doll-eBay

Faithfuls of the pop star would be thrilled to have the doll of Michael Jackson. When the toy was released in the 90s, it hardly left the sight of kids that that loved the music star. The Doll which sold for $10 in the 90s would go for almost $300 now. Maybe you need to Moonwalk to your shelf or attic to see if one still lies there.

Barbie Golden Dream Motorhome

  • Average Original Price: $45

  • Potential Earnings: $325

If your Barbie Golden Dream Motorhome is in a condition with a bunch of accessories, you have just got yourself a great treat if you decide to sell the package. What if you have the Barbie doll itself with the complete accessories, you stand a chance to get more than 200% of your original investment in the doll and all its accessories.  

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Image credits: eBay

Only the Barbie Golden Dream Motorhome is priced at $325 on eBay. The golden dream motorhome of isn’t the only Barbie accessory on this lift. We have a few others. Some could sell for up to a thousand. You see that your forgotten collectible worth a few dollars more than what you think of it. 

Tickle Me Elmo Extreme

  • Average Original Price: $10
  • Potential Earnings: $350

Tickle Me Elmo Extreme swept a lot of people off their feet in the 90s. Kids would give their parents no rest until they pick up one for them. It is amazing how parents combed toy stores all over the country, with the willingness to part with some good cash to get the doll for their kids. One would wonder what could be achieved the red looking image. 

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Image credits: eBay

Looking back today, it seems the whole rush to get a tickle me doll worth it after all. The value of Tickle Me Elmo Extreme on eBay is as high as $350 for some auctions. You will surely laugh when you cash out a few hundreds of dollars for the sale of your laughing doll. 

Vintage Lunch BoxesAverage

  • Original Price: $2

  • Potential Earnings: $400

One of the most iconic possessions of school children from the 1950s until recent years, there was no school day without a lunch box. What is a school day without lunch boxes? It was a must-have for every child back in the 90s. Although recent years have witnessed its evolution, the tin made versions have continued to stick to the mind of the older generation.

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Image credits: eBay

These boxes were popular for iconic designs. There were different versions featuring acts like The Beatles, Superhero figures like Superman, Batman or Spiderman. Also, action figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger (Commando), Sylvester Stallone (Rambo), Tu Pac, Snoopy, and famed Disney cartoons (Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mickey, Minnie Mouse) were popular features in the Vintage Lunch Boxes. These boxes worth some dollars today, the classics can earn you hundreds of dollars on eBay.

View-MasterAverage

  • Original Price: $12.50

  • Potential Earnings: $430

The view-master was first introduced in 1939 by Sawyer Photographic Services. The binocular device which, was used as special viewers for pictures mainly at tourist sites, made its debut at the New York world fair. Incredibly popular and common before the advent of television sets and smartphones, the device has gone through several transformations over the years, but the original concept behind the toy has remained largely unchanged. 

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Image credits: kobbaka/Wikimedia Commons

Besides tourist parks, the View-Master was also used in National Parks and Monuments sites. Using things using the device is like viewing the world from another angle through a pair of glasses. Considered as an exciting innovation of the 20th century, a classic unit of Sawyer's binoculars today's vintage market is worth $430, this is over 400% of the original price.

Strawberry Shortcake Dolls

  • Average Original Price: $20

  • Potential Earnings: $550

These Adorable baby dolls were designed by Muriel Fahrion.  They have inspired Tv shows, films, toys, and blossoming merchandise over the years. Introduced in 1979, they appeared in the strawberry shortcake line in 1984 with the debut of miniature versions of four iconic characters namely: Blueberry Muffin, Lemon Meringue, Orange Blossom, and Strawberry Shortcake. The Strawberry Shortcake was introduced as the redheaded heroine of the world of Strawberry Shortcakes. 

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Image credits: eBay

This vintage little girl doll is energetic with an adorable smile. Do you still own this doll today? You can get up to $550 if you decide to sell it. Other dolls in the strawberry line can reach similar price provided their packaging is still in place. The 6years old red dress and white pinafore dressed doll and family can get you some bucks on eBay.

Typewriters

  • Average Original Price: $35
  • Potential Earnings: $560

First introduced in 1874, typewriters were important machines for typing documents and other correspondences. Around this period, typewriters became so popular that they were an almost indispensable tool used by secretaries and receptionists in offices, and for most business engagements. Until the advent of computers in the1980s typewriters were the king in offices. Although they are out of use today, a few folks, which make the typewriter niche still love to use them.

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Image credits: iStock

 The 21st century and technological advancements in computing have made typewriters obsolete. But even with the multiplicity in typing solutions, there still appears to be a growing number of people who are interested in typewriters. Not surprising this classic invention still has a niche market for its lovers out there. Due to its unavailability in stores, the old stock would even sell as much as $560 per unit.

Super Soaker

  • Average Original Price: $10-50
  • Potential Earnings: $600

A brand of recreational water shooting guns, Super Soakers was a fun toy for young children in the 1990s and 2000s invented by Engineer Lonnie Johnson.  The weapon uses manually pressurized air to shoot water. In 1992, it topped the charts for the highest-selling toys.  Fun was the outdoor battles that had kids aiming water spitting guns at each other. The losers were usually drenched lot in the soak-and-get-soaked game. 

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Image credits: eBay

Advancements in the production of newer versions of the guns led to pockets of complaints of these innovations taking the fun out of Super Soaker. These developments made the older versions valuable in today’s market. A unit of Super Soaker vintage gun can rack up to $600 provided the wear due to use is minimal.

Toy Story Toys

  • Average Original Price: $30

  • Potential Earnings: $700

Most kids of the 1990s are familiar with both the major and supporting characters of the animated movie franchise Toy story- a computer-animated Disney Production. The movie was released in 1995 alongside the animated film of the same name.  Due to the popularity of the film, the image of characters such as Woody, Buzz Toy, Jessie, and Mrs. Potato became favorite toys amongst kids.'

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Image credits:eBay

 Market sales for these toys are bound to increase due to the release of the fourth film in the franchise; Toy Story 4. There are a lot of people who are interested in owning one or more of these figures at the right amount. Do you own any of these toys? You stand a chance of earning as much as $700 from selling any of these collections.  

Nintendo 64 Games

  • Average Original Price: $60

  • Potential Earnings: $750

Unlike other Toys, the Nintendo 64 game was a bit on the high side when it was released into the market. But it is a good thing the game has aged well now. More advanced games and online entertainments are what kids concentrate on right these days. However, the extinction of Nintendo 64 Games has only increased its value. 

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Image credits: editorchoice

A unit of Nintendo 64 Games will go for as high as $750 today. That is a lot of cash compared to how much the game cost when released. One could even sell other gams for more money, depending on their value. A game like Mario Kart 64 is one of the tops in-game collections. Those who are fervent and faithful lovers of the console will part with some hundreds of dollars to have the game.

The Real Ghostbusters: Fright Feature Action Figure

  • Average Original Price: $15

  • Potential Earnings: $900

Do you have a copy of the real Ghostbusters-fright feature action figure? It probably worth more than you think. The doll has a connection with Real Ghostbusters film. Though it is over 30 years since the production of the film, yet the action Figure toy still proves to be valuable to date. All you need to do is to call for one who appraises toys and get your doll sold.

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Image credits: editorchoice

Amazingly, the Ghostbusters action figure has survived through time. One of the probable reasons is that a recent film on the Ghostbusters was released in 2016. The current value of this toy is up to $900. Following the rebooting of the toy since the gender-reversal wasn’t accepted, there are increased chances of people getting a copy.

Jurassic Park Toys

  • Average Original Price: $27
  • Potential Earnings: $900

The Jurassic Park toys are vintages that are associated with historical animals. It is wonderful having these toys around, because to a large extent, they bring about the feeling of having a piece of history with you. The Toys are considered a blockbuster as other merchandise are well promoted through the collection. Though at a superficial level, you can learn something about the features of this historical animal.

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Image credits: Loren Javier/Flickr

One major thing that makes the Jurassic Park Toys so fascinating is that they mostly represent dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are ancient animals that do not exist anymore. More dinosaurs are being lab created apart from the existing TRex, Carnotaurus, Gallimimus, etc. These items seem to have increased in popularity and in no small extent, value. If you possess these toys, they are precious. They can go as far as $900 on auction!

Furbys

  • Average Original Price: $35

  • Potential Earnings: $900

Parents in the 90s had concerns about the usage of some toys that their kids had. Such was the case of the Furbys. They make gibberish sounds screaming across the rooms with their rolling eyes. Even with the concern of parents, Furbys were one of the biggest toys in the 90s.  

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Image credits: Holly Hudson/flickr

Children enjoyed the gibberish sound made by Furbys while most parents found them to be offensive. Some people, who had this toy at some point, took time to explore the inside. This toy is