May 30, 2024 | Eul Basa

Items From Your Childhood That Are Worth Money Now


Nostalgia sells

The following rare items not only bring back warm memories of the '80s—they're also worth a whole lot of money today, especially if they are in mint condition. How many of these do you still have?

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Super Mario Bros.

Up to $2 million

Vintage Super Mario Bros. is a moneymaker. In 2021, Rally, a collectibles website, announced a new record sale of an unopened 1985 Super Mario Bros. video game cartridge for $2 million. This surpassed the previous record of $1.56 million set at Heritage Auctions for a Super Mario 64 edition.

Close Up Photo of 1985 Super Mario Bros. cartridgeGeorge Gabriel, Flickr

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Up to $245,000

CGC 9.8 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 is the comic that introduced the Turtles, Master Splinter, and the Shredder. It shares the same grade as a record-breaking sale in 2021 for $245,000, making it the most valuable comic in 40 years. The book's value continues to rise steadily today.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 1. #1~ tOkKa, Flickr

Astronaut B Pez dispenser

Up to $32,000

The most expensive Pez dispenser in the world, known as The 1982 World's Fair Astronaut B, was auctioned on eBay in 2006. The unique white helmet and green stem of the item stood out from the only other known example with a blue helmet and stem. The bidding has reached over $32,000 with 5 days remaining.

Close Up Photo of Pez Astronaut koobiedoo, Flickr

Topps #482, Rickey Henderson

Up to $30,000

Don't throw out your baseball cards, especially if you have this one. In 2015, Mile High Card Company's Spring Elite Extra Innings Auction set a new record by selling a 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson RC PSA 10 for over $30,000.

Close Up Photo of 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson RCyanksfan09, Flickr

Transformers Collectibles

Up to $30,000

Transformers toys come in a range of options, with some series more valuable due to their age and popularity among fans. G1 toys like Optimus Prime Pepsi edition and Jetfire can sell for up to $25,000. Starscream and other G1 Transformers are also highly sought after, with unique features like Perceptor's functional microscope.

Close Up Photo of Transformers Optimus Prime Pepsi EditionGustavo Vargas, Flickr

Panerai Compass

Up to $23,800

On eBay, a Panerai Compass from 1984 is listed at a whopping $23,890 by CJ Charles Jewelers. The item comes with the original black nylon strap, GPF buckle, and box.

Close Up Photo of Panerai, watch bathometer and compassGarrett Fong, Flickr

U.S. quarter with errors

Up to $21,000

A US quarter from 1983 may not seem worth all that much—but if you spot one with a printing error, it could make you a whole lot righer. On Etsy, one such quarter with a smudged "In God We Trust" is listed for $21,000.

Close Up Photo of The American coin in twenty five centsBennyartist, Shutterstock

Star Wars Medical Droid FX-7 Action Figure

Up to $12,000

FX-7 appeared briefly in Empire Strikes Back, helping Luke after Han rescued him. Before its release, Palitoy FX-7 figure was priced at $100 second-hand, but original painting sold for $12,000.

Close Up Photo of FX-7 Medical Assistant DroidJoe Crawford, Flickr

Thundercats Lion-O Action Figure

Up to $6,000

The Thunderwings Lion-O in mint condition, part of the Thundercats collection, is the priciest figure, costing collectors a hefty $6,000. An unboxed figure in good condition can fetch between $800 and $1,400.

Close Up Photo of vintage Lion-O's placed on a tableSkip T. Frogman, Flickr

Garbage Pail Kids Trading Cards 

Up to $5,000

Garbage Pail Kids are highly coveted by collectors, with certain cards fetching thousands based on rarity and condition. Complete sets or sealed packages can also sell for big money. Third-party grading, like PSA, is important for collectors. Cards with unique names or glossy finishes are more valuable.

Close Up Photo of Garbage Pail Kids sticker trading cardsJelene Morris, Flickr

Vintage Skateboards

Up to $5,000

Skateboards from the 1980s designed by Tony Hawk have become highly valuable due to their cultural significance, scarcity,and  sentimental value. Their rarity further increases their worth, as original boards in good condition are becoming harder to find.

Close Up Photo of Tony Hawk Vintage Mini & Full Size SkateboardsJohnathon Hawkins, Flickr

Cabbage Patch Kids Dolls 

Up to $3,000

Cabbage Patch Kids dolls were a huge toy trend in the 1980s, known for their soft faces and adoption certificates. The dolls were so popular that they often caused shopping frenzies due to limited supply, becoming iconic in popular culture. Now, well-preserved dolls with original packaging and adoption papers are highly valuable as collectibles.

Vintage Coleco Cabbage Patch Kids Boy 1985 - Wallace Regan.jadedoz, Flickr

First Edition Dungeons & Dragons Books

Up to $3,000

The original D&D books from the 1980s are highly sought after today, especially after the success of Netflix's hit series Stranger Things. The early editions in particular laid the foundation for modern RPGs, introducing players to immersive stories and teamwork.

Close Up Photo of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons—1st Edition BooksJason Coleman, Flickr

Star Wars Comic Books (Marvel, Issue #1)

Up to $3,000

Marvel's Star Wars comic books, particularly the first issue, are highly valued today due to their nostalgic appeal. Star Wars 1 is the inaugural installment of the Star Wars Legends comic book series. Roy Thomas wrote it, with George Lucas providing the screenplay and story, and it was released on April 12, 1977.

Close Up Photo of VCU Libraries, Flickr

Happy Holidays Barbie

Up to $2,000

The Happy Holidays Barbie was launched in 1988 and sparked an annual collection loved by collectors. High demand is driven by scarcity of well-preserved dolls in original packaging.

Close Up Photo of Happy Holidays Barbie from 1988Trickles, Flickr

Sony Walkman (TPS-L2, First Edition)

Up to $2,000

The original Sony Walkman, the TPS-L2, released in 1979 revolutionized music consumption by introducing the first portable cassette player. This was the first time music lovers were able to enjoy music on the go.

Close Up Photo of Sony Walkman TPS-L2Sony Brasil, Flickr

1980s Apple Macintosh (Original Macintosh 128K)

Up to $2,500

Launched in January 1984, the 128k Macintosh introduced the Graphic User Interface to personal computers, ushering in the future of home computing. It was the first model with a 3.5" floppy disk drive and its travel case increases its value as a collector's item, selling for over $2,000 on eBay.

Close Up Photo of 1984 First Macintosh ApplePinot Dita, Flickr

He-Man Action Figures

Up to $2,500

span style=" font-style: normal; font-weight: 400;">He-Man's influence on culture is vast, dominating the toy industry. The rarity of mint-condition figures has increased their value, as many were used or discarded over the years. The original figures' intricate designs make them desirable for collectors, driving up prices as high as $2,500 for well-preserved items.

Close Up Photo of Mattel Masters Of The Universe 80s - He-Man & Battle Catsemihundido, Flickr

Peanut Royal Blue Elephant Beanie Baby

Up to $5,000

Production error resulted in only 2,000 dark royal blue "Peanut" elephants. They then became highly sought after Beanie Babies, with prices up to $5,000. Other valuable versions include Humphrey and Princess Diana.

Close Up Photo of Peanut the Royal Blue Elephant.hytam2, Flickr

The Original Monopoly Board Game

Up to $147,000

In 2011, an original hand-drawn oilcloth Monopoly board from 1933, owned by Charles Darrow, the game's inventor, was sold at Sotheby's auction house for $146,500, almost twice its predicted value. Even if you don't own a rare version of the game, vintage editions from the 1930s have been sold for $3,125 and limited editions fetch hundreds on eBay.

Small box version of the original 1935 monopoly gameLucianomarq, Wikimedia Commons


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