Furbys, Barbies, American Girl Dolls, And More: Things From The ’90s That Could Be Worth A Fortune Today
Hopefully, anyone who lived through the Furby, holographic Charizard, and Beanie Baby crazes of the ’90s didn’t sell all their merchandise at a garage sale because it could potentially be worth a fortune today.
From Sky Dancers being worth up to $200 to a limited edition Princess Diana Beanie Baby going for around $10,000, here are some toys, collectibles, and even video games that could be worth a fortune.
Special Furby Angel: $800
Yes, Furbys are very creepy, and no one is quite sure why they were invented. But that doesn’t detract from the fact that they are actually worth some money nowadays.
An unopened Kids Cuisine Furby is estimated to be worth around $500, while a Special Furby Angel is worth around $800. For the number of childhood nightmares and random bouts of electronic talking in the middle of the night, Furby owners deserve a nice payout.
A Holographic Charizard Pokémon Card: $311,800
Trading cards, board games, a television series, and even a few full-length films… pretty much, Pokémon was everywhere in the 1990s. But if there is one thing most kids wanted during that time, it was a holographic Charizard card.
Extremely rare, a single card from 1999 is worth more than $11,000 in mint condition. Amazingly, in 2021, someone decided to bite the bullet, purchasing a first-edition “Shadowless” Charizard, with a “PSA 10 Gem Mint” rating, for $311,8000.
Inspector Gadget Happy Meal Toy: Up To $750
McDonald’s still might be giving out toys in their Happy Meals but there is just something about the mini collectibles from the ’90s that hit differently. And now, those toys are worth a pretty penny!
While there were small Furbys and Beanie Babies, there was one specific Happy Meal toy people are going to wish they held on to throughout the years. An Inspector Gadget toy from 1995 can be worth up to $750.
Sky Dancers: Up To $300
Sky Dancer toys were as fun as they were hazardous. A doll was posted on a mount with a retractable string. Once that string is pulled, the doll’s wings flared out, and it went spinning very quickly into the air.
Well, any minor head and hand injuries are about to pay off for anyone who has a 1995 Galoob Sky Dancers Dream Bunny Elise Fairy Flyers lying around. This specific edition is selling for $300 on Poshmark.
A George Bush Baseball Card: $7,000
In the 1990s, more than one young kid would go to the store to pick up a pack of baseball cards. And while a lot of them are worth something today, like a number 156 Ken Griffey being worth up to $250, there is one card, in particular, that would give the seller a nice payday.
A near-mint-condition 1990 George Bush card is worth an estimated $7,000. Not too bad for a card that probably cost $0.50 in the ’90s.
A Valentino Beanie Baby: Valued At $43,000
Ty Beanie Babies were all the craze in the 1990s. Parents would wait in lines wrapping around the block just for a chance to grab the last Claude the Crab or Peace the Bear. They probably never imagined that some of those toys were going to be worth a pretty penny later in life.
While a commemorative purple Princess Diana Bear is worth an estimated $10,000, a rare Valentino bear is valued at an astonishing $43,000.
Collectible Barbies Can Range From $150-$1,000
First launched in 1959, Barbie was still a very popular brand by the time the 1990s rolled around. So much so that these collectibles were the dolls to have. And now, some of those Barbies are worth a nice chunk of change.
On eBay, the Barbie Loves Elvis set sold for $149, while the Jeweled Splendor Barbie is estimated at around $150. But those are pocket change compared to the Pink Splendor Barbie, which sells for around $1,000.
Transformers Action Figures: Up To $2,000
Before the movies made the robots from outer space super popular, toy store shelves were overrun with Transformer action figures. From Omega Supreme to Bumblebee, each toy now has its own price tag.
While single action figures can run for around $20 to $40 each, large collections can be worth up to $150. And that’s not even the highest. If it’s still in its original box and in mint condition, an Omega Supreme figure’s worth is estimated at around $2,000.
A Penny From 1992: $20,000
Typically, people throw pennies into tip jars, having no need to carry around the seemingly worthless piece of metal. Well, for those who lived through the ’90s, hopefully, there are still some pennies from 1992 lying around the house.
This part penny was printed with a close “AM” in the stamped “America.” Amazingly, just because the right foot of the “A” is touching the “M,” the penny can be worth up to $20,000 in like-new condition.
Action Figure Sets: Range From $20-$60
From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to X-Men, the ’90s were chock-full of action figure sets. Unfortunately, when sold individually, these toys aren’t exactly worth a lot of money. In fact, they’re pretty much worthless.
But if anyone happens to have a complete set on their hands, they can be sold for a decent amount of money. Depending on the set, they are worth anywhere between $20 and $60. That price will buy the seller a nice steak dinner!
Barbie Accessories Are Worth Up To $100 Each
Barbie dolls were nothing without their multiple accessories! Whether it was the Barbie Dream House or even a million different pairs of those tiny plastic shoes, accessories were a mandatory (not really) staple of owning a Barbie doll.
Thankfully, buying all of those accessories in the ’90s is about to pay off! Vintage pieces such as the Barbie So Much To Do! Bedroom set, the McDonald’s drive-thru playset, and the Magic Moves Barbecue set can all be worth up to $100 each.
Rare Copies Of Super Mario Bros. 3: $30,000
Released in the United States in 1990, Super Mario Bros. 3 was a hit for children and adults alike. Considered one of the greatest games of all time by critics, it’s no wonder a rare edition of the game sold on eBay for an outrageous amount of money.
While Super Mario Bros. 3 is really only worth around $30, a rare edition that wasn’t part of the Nintendo Entertainment System bundle sold for a little over $30,000.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Have Been Listed For Up To $400,000
While some people were Pokémon fans, others were wild about Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. And though each fandom’s trading cards were a big deal back in the day, the latter’s are worth a whole lot more.
For example, a specialty store in Tokyo is selling a one-of-a-kind Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon card for over $400,000. And a stainless steel Black Luster Soldier card, a prize given to the first-ever Yu-Gi-Oh tournament winner, was sold for a whopping $2 million.
Polly Pocket Fairy Light Wonderland: $455
With dolls an inch tall and portable homes that were the perfect size to fit in mom’s purse, Polly Pockets were the ultimate toy in the ’90s. Coming in various themes and colors, these toys went for around $20 back in the day. Now, they’re worth so much more.
Vintage Polly Pocket sets can be sold for more than $400. On eBay, an unopened Polly Pocket Fairy Light Wonderland set was sold for $455.
Hot Wheels Collector Number 271: $3,500
Since the ’60s, Hot Wheels have been a staple toy in more than one household. But like most toys, kids don’t really know the true value of what they’re playing with. Well, there is one particular Hot Wheel that ’90s babies are about to wish they held onto.
In 1995, Mattel released the Collector Number 271, arguably the rarest of all of the Hot Wheels. With only seven authenticated, this model is valued at around $3,500 today.
Spice Girls Memorabilia: Almost $200
In the ’90s, the Spice Girls were the international girl group, playing sold-out arenas, making movies, and selling a boatload of memorabilia to their fans. Well, for those who decided to hold onto their Spice Girl toys, a nice payday might be headed their way.
On eBay, a new-in-box set of Scary, Baby, Posh, Sporty, and Ginger Spice is priced at $198, while a new “Spice Cam” polaroid camera is being sold for $199.
Disney VHS Tapes: Up to $25
The ’90s was arguably one of the better decades for Disney classics. On VHS, kids were able to enjoy The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and even The Little Mermaid. And if those kids were smart enough to hold onto their VHS tapes, they’re looking at a few extra dollars in their bank account.
Experts say that Disney VHS tapes will likely sell between $5 and $25. Although, in one rare case, a Beauty and the Beast tape sold for $9,000!
The Uncanny X-Men #226 Comic: $450
While first editions and even early copies of comic books are worth a solid chunk of change, many of them that came through in the ’90s aren’t being sold for much. But readers are going to be interested to learn that there is one outlier: The Uncanny X-Men #226 comic.
As of May 2021, this particular edition is being sold for around $450. Not too bad for something that was worth a solid dollar upon its release!
American Girl Dolls And Accessories: $11,500
American Girl Dolls hit the ground running in the late ’80s, with their multiple outfits, accessories, and even books depicting their lives. Now, those who were lucky enough to keep their dolls and their many accessories around are looking at a nice payout.
On eBay, one seller is selling a set of three dolls, Samantha, Addy, and Molly, along with each doll’s accessories and even furniture, for the whopping price of $11,500.
Original Nintendo Game Boy: $700
For many kids, Christmas in the ’90s was full of Nintendo Game Boys. Finally, there was a hand-held gaming option for kids when their parents made them play outside, or if there was a long road trip or even a plane ride.
Hopefully, some people decided to hold on to their original Game Boy because they’re worth quite a lot of money. On eBay, some sellers are listing their original Nintendo Game Boys, with some games, for a solid $700.