When we were young, we had no idea that the toys we played with might one day become valuable collectors items. Toys are very often played with until they’ve been pretty much destroyed, and that makes the ones that escape this fate so valuable. While the vast majority of 1970s Darth Vaders and Luke Skywalkers, for example, may have been played with until they were shadows of their former selves, the odd one here and there stayed tightly shut away in its box for decades to come, eventually emerging as a valuable commodity bought and sold by avid collectors who will spend huge sums to get their hands on these rare escapees of childhoods gone by. Here we present twenty everyday toys that are now worth an absolute fortune.


She’s been around since the late 1950s, and since her release, Mattel has sold over one billion Barbies. If you happen to be lucky enough to own a boxed original Barbie from 1959 in reasonably good condition, you could be looking at a resale value of $23,000. The only Barbies that top this extraordinary sum of money are the Stefani Canturi Barbie and the De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie, which sold for $302,500 and $85,000 respectively. Not bad!