Could you be sitting on a potential gold mine?
Remember all of the toys, the ‘gadgets’, the records and more that you used to play with or listen to when you were younger?
It turns out that some of them could be extremely valuable. Many common household items from the 70s, 80s and 90s are now highly collectible – and are therefore worth a pretty penny if they’re in pristine condition.
Some much-loved technology from the 70s and 80s is worth a fair amount today:
Folding SLR Polaroid cameras – depending on the model – can fetch up to £700, despite only costing around £125 back when they were released. The NES games console and original gameboy can both fetch around £500, despite both costing £100 or less originally.
The Motorola DynaTac 8000X – more commonly known as ‘those huge mobile phones you see in old TV programs and movies’ – has decreased in value, but is still worth around £700.
Even some old toys are worth a relative fortune today – original barbie dolls, of which hundreds of thousands were made and released back in 1959, are now worth around £18,500. More commonly, original Furbys are worth up to £375! We see loads of people with these type of toys when moving house and using our storage units.
Trading cards can be extremely valuable: a 1st edition Charizard Pokemon card can fetch up to £200; not bad considering they’re relatively common. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Honus Wagner baseball card from way back in 1909 is worth just under £2m. Yes, for a trading card.
If you thought that was excessive, the original Superman comic – Action Comics #1 – originally cost 2p, and is now worth around £2.2m. Woah.