When thinking of the 1990’s, what toys pop into your head? Snap Bracelets, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, maybe Beanie Babies? There’s a chance you’re still obsessed with or fondly remember the toys and collectibles of the nineties. If you are, you may want to get out in the garage or hit the attic and start rummaging through boxes. If you happened to save some of your toys from the decade, you could be sitting on some cash.
Some people like Mark Bellomo, a toy-collecting expert and author of several books including, The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Transformers Action Figures have been collecting toys for years and even as a children, never opened some of their toys to keep them in pristine condition. Contrary to what most people think, Mark says in his book, “It’s rarely the action figure that’s worth a lot of money — it’s the accouterment because that’s what makes the figure complete. Accessories are as important or more important than the base figure itself.” Owning more than 65,000 toys, Bellomo is considered an expert in the toy collecting field. He knows how toy collectors think, and what makes a toy worth something.
Of course 1990’s toys haven’t aged as much as toys from the seventies and eighties which in general means they are not worth as much. Bellomo says, “Usually 15 years later is when the market starts to bear fruit.” That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start taking a look to see what you may have. You could be surprised.
A few examples of toys that are currently worth placing on eBay are;
American Girl Dolls: Kirsten Larson
The Kirsten Larson American Girl doll can sell for roughly $1,500. But of course, there’s a caveat. Bellomo says the doll will only fetch that amount if she’s sealed in the original package and comes with all of her original accessories.
Deluxe Power Rangers Gold Galaxy Megazord
A rare find is the Deluxe Power Rangers Gold Galaxy Megazord released in black and gold – extremely limited in 1999. In fact, the toy was only sold at the now-defunct FAO Schwartz and today could fetch up to $1000 on the secondary market.
Sega Genesis and Games
The console and even some Sega games can go from $300-400 dollars, but the key requirement is everything needs to be sealed in its original packaging and in mint condition.
Toy Biz Rare X-Men Action Figures
Toy Biz was one of the few companies to hold the license for DC and Marvel at the same time in the nineties. If the action figure is still in the package and is in pristine condition, it may fetch anywhere from $50-$200
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