Ah, Barbie! She was every little girl’s dream toy. Her stylish clothes, fantastic hair, and cute face made her a quick favorite. Barbie was first released in 1959, but she seems to have existed since the beginning of time. Have you ever stopped to wonder how much the original ones cost?
For all the hardcore collectors out there, they would die to get one of those in their hands. If you have an original Barbie doll that is in mint condition and still inside the box, you can earn more than $23,000 for it. Now, that’s a lot of money!
Action Comics No. 1
Okay, we all know that many comics are available, but we can fondly remember what it felt like to collect them at a young age. It was a favorite pastime for kids around the world, and it always opened up our imaginations in the most interesting ways. But, of course, nothing beats the first editions. The most expensive comic book ever sold on eBay was this one.
It’s a pristine 1938 edition, and it went up for auction in 2014 to unbelievable results. Well, you must be wondering, why the frenzy? Well, it’s the comic book that first introduced Superman into this world, and there are fewer than 50 that exist worldwide. So how much did it sell for? It went for a whopping $3,207,852. That’s right; this comic book is worth more than your house. Mind Blowing! (But I’d still keep the house).
First Edition of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Another childhood favorite, of course! Who could forget Harry Potter? Before the movie and all the merchandise that became available on the market, there were books. Kids (and adults) used to love it so much that the books would quickly sell out at every bookstore. Did you know that J.K. Rowling had a hard time finding a publisher? A full dozen publishers read the synopsis and thought, ‘Meh, no one will read that.’
Well, up until now, people still go crazy over those books and can spend days or maybe even months on end re-reading them. If you were one of those lucky people who was able to buy a first edition of the book and still have it stacked on your bookcase, you could be holding on to more than $50,000 worth of hardbound. Now, that’s magic!
We all dreamed of becoming directors at some point in our childhood. We always wanted to set scenes for our toys, whether they would be at the salon, a bar, a toy store, or anywhere else. We always wanted to use our imaginations to the fullest extent possible to create that imaginary bad guy-good guy scene in our heads.
Playmobil was the best. They were originally from Germany and worked pretty much like make-believe movie sets. You could build a location based on the parts that came with the box you bought, then your other toys could join in on the fun. Since these are no longer available today, if you are lucky enough to find one, it can be sold for more than $800.
G.I. Joe Circa 1964
Like Spiderman, Superman, and Batman, G.I. Joe was the original action-man, and we know most of you had one as a kid. This toy is not totally phased out, though, there are still different versions of him on the market today, and with probably even better gadgets than what he had back then.
The original action man, G.I. Joe, was owned by every young boy in the ’60s, and, like his female counterpart Barbie, he is still with us today. He has had lots of different editions and appearances over the years, but his original 1964 version is worth the most money. If you (or your grandparents) have one of these in the attic, you could be looking at a cool $10,000. That is if it’s in mint condition and unopened.