15 Vintage Toys That Are Worth Real Money

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Updated April 5, 2024
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If you need an excuse to start cleaning out the house, this is it. There are vintage kids' toys that can help you make extra money.

These iconic favorites from decades ago attract collectors and might fetch a pretty penny. Some sell for a couple of hundred dollars, while others could command prices into the tens of thousands.

Here are 15 vintage toys that help savvy resellers bring in extra cash. All ranges for the average selling price of these toys come from a search of recent sales prices on eBay.

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1985 Nintendo Super Mario Bros. game

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Super Mario fans are an enthusiastic bunch. In 2021, one lucky seller had a never-opened 1985 Nintendo Super Mario Bros. game. A buyer was willing to spend $2 million to become the new owner.

Did they open the game? We may never know. Generally, however, you’ll get anywhere from $20 to a few hundred for a used copy of this game, depending on its condition.

First edition of Barbie

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Barbie has seen a massive comeback in the past year, perhaps thanks to the smash hit movie released in 2023. But vintage Barbies have always enjoyed star-studded popularity.

Barbie debuted in 1959, and the First edition — in her classic striped swimsuit and perky ponytail — will generally sell for several hundred dollars up to several thousand, depending on condition.

Cabbage Patch Kids dolls

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These darling dolls were a favorite of 1980s kids, and some folks are eager to recreate their childhood by collecting them today.

Even dolls that have seen a lot of love in their lifetime can fetch $15 to $20. Dolls that were tucked away carefully on shelves can go for a couple of hundred dollars.

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Original Furby

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Furby toys captured the attention of the American public thanks to the strange way they came to life. Some people want to relive that experience today.

You can sell a used Furby for $20 or more, while an unopened Furby could be worth hundreds of dollars.

Game Boy

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The simplicity of those first video games on Game Boy evokes nostalgia for many people, as evidenced by the toy’s value on the secondary market.

Even Game Boys in fair condition will sell for $25 to $50, while you could get closer to $1,000 for one that is new or close to it.

Original Transformers action figures

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If you have original 1980s Transformers action figures crowding your attic, try selling them for a few extra dollars.

You can get anywhere from $10 to $100 for most vintage figures. Of course, the price all depends on the condition.

Teddy Ruxpin

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This storytelling bear was a favorite of children of the 1980s, and Teddy Ruxpin is still beloved across generations.

For a bear in normal pre-owned condition, you can get between $25 and $100. However, a Teddy in mint condition could fetch hundreds of dollars.

View-Master

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Remember the magic of looking through a View-Master at the myriad images that popped up on the tiny screen?

That allure hasn’t gone away. Today, you could sell your old View-Master lots for $20 or more.

Valentino the Bear Beanie Baby

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Unfortunately, Beanie Babies didn’t turn into the college savings plan that many people hoped they would. Still, a few of these plush toys are worth a lot more than they originally sold for.

One of those is Valentino the Bear, which can sell for up to $200 in new condition.

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Original Pokemon cards

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Pokemon made a comeback in recent years, but the original cards are the ones still commanding a high price tag.

If you have the original 1990s cards — particularly those made in Japan — you can sell them for more than $800 as a complete set.

Lite-Brite

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Who doesn’t recall the gorgeous glowing art of Lite-Brite? This popular toy from the 1970s and 80s remained a favorite for generations.

You can sell original Lite-Brite toys for as much as $75 or more.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1980s action figures

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Are you lucky enough to have an entire lot of the 1980s superheroes on the half-shell — otherwise known as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

If so, you can sell a set of these cute green figures for $50 or more.

Simon

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Pull out your old Simon game and stretch your brain while you try to remember fast-moving sequences of colors.

Or, you can sell yours to a nostalgia lover for $50 if it’s still in good working condition.

Jem and the Holograms dolls

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Jem and the Holograms was a short-lived 1980s series that still has a strong following today.

If you have one of these pink-clad rock stars still in the box, get ready to sell it for $175 or more.

Pogs

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The circular cardboard flippers that were known as pogs took hold of a generation, and they are still holding firm today.

If you have original Pogs — particularly full sets — you can supplement your income by selling them for anywhere from $20 to hundreds of dollars — no slammer required.

Bottom line

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If you are no longer attached to your vintage toys, then there is no time better than the present to let them go.

Once you sell these toys, you can use the cash to help get out of debt or move closer to other financial goals. Do some market research to see where current prices stand, set your prices accordingly, and wait for the cash to roll in.

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Heather Bien Heather Bien is a writer covering personal finance and budgeting and how those relate to life, travel, entertaining, and more. With bylines that include The Spruce, Apartment Therapy, and mindbodygreen, she's covered everything from tax tips for freelancers to budgeting hacks to how to get the highest ROI out of your home renovations.

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