From Barbie dolls worth $300,000 to Beanie Babies ringing up at a cool almost half-a-mil, these are the ones you want to look out for in your old collections. But there's a catch: They have to be in mint condition.

By Zara Hanawalt
December 29, 2020
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Turns out, your childhood penchant for collecting Beanie Babies (or trading cards or Barbie dolls or comic books) could turn you into a millionaire. According to some new data from OnBuy's toy department, these nostalgic toys could be worth staggering amounts of money right now.

The report indicates that even simple relics from your childhood like Disney VHS tapes could sell for thousands (the highest-earning on record for one of these is a whopping $15,000).

Classic board games and toy cars have sold for six figures. And the highest recorded sale for a Barbie doll was over $300,000, which is still significantly less than the highest recorded Beanie Babies sale, a cool $600,000.

We're not done yet: Join me as we head into the seven figures, won't you? Back in 2014, a first edition of Action Comics sold for $3.2 million. And listen up, trading card enthusiasts: A rare signed Mike Trout rookie card sold for nearly $4 million, according to a release for these findings. Excuse me while I head to my parents' house to check for old toys in their basement.

Of course, there's a caveat. Unsurprisingly, the items should be in pristine condition if you want to earn the big bucks in exchange for them (as a parent who routinely watches my children badger toys and stuffed animals, I realize this might pose some challenges). And more importantly (and more prohibitively, if we're being honest), your run-of-the-mill toys are probably not going to be as in-demand as those rare finds, which will undoubtedly hold higher value. For example, the Barbie doll that sold for literal millions was the Stefani Canturi doll, an item that was designed by the jewelry designer and contains emerald-cut diamonds.

With that being said, it might be worthwhile to shoot your shot, as they say, if you have an item you don't want to keep. The comic book that sold for $3.2 million? It was originally listed for under a dollar.

Nostalgia is a powerful thing. I mean, I randomly started craving those tangerine Altoids that used to be all the rage a few days ago and decided to see if I could find them online (I did, albeit for an absolutely absurd cost).

While these items seemed so ordinary when they were readily available in stores, they feel like precious relics now. Just ask my mom, who shelled out to buy my kids Teddy Ruxpin stuffed animals for their first Christmas as a nod to my first holiday gift. I'm guessing she spent a lot more money on the gift the second time around.

The moral of the story? You might want to sell your old toys. Who knows? You just might make some serious money.

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