Toys from our childhood that are worth a tonne now

Anna Allgaier

Oh hello, welcome to my article. While you’re browsing through my blog post and sitting on the edge of your seat hoping you’ve still got one of the toys below, please bear in mind that this article comes from me and not Wise. So if you have any questions or quibbles, hit me up. Now, happy reading.

Yes, at first glance this sounds like a cute article. A little dose of nostalgia to take us back to our childhood. A time where we had no responsibilities, we could nap during the day and you could get away with having tantrums in public or saying really inappropriate, honest things to people.

But I’m sorry to tell you that this article will fill you with rage. Rage that you didn't hold on to your childhood trinkets. Rage that you could have sold that Beanie Baby and gone on a holiday. Rage that you kept the Beanie Baby but ripped the tag off its ear so it’s now worth NOTHING.

Angry yet?

Same.

On the other side of the coin, some of you reading this may still have a toy or two packed away in the attic, storage unit or your Mom’s house. In which case, I’ve taken a look at what you could get for your toys in three common currencies.

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Don’t toy with excess fees, send money with ease

Beanie Babies

Who knew that so many 90s trends would still be in our lives? Flares, Friends, and Beanie Babies. These floppy little animals bought children around the world a lot of joy. Thes Ty toys are now worth heaps. The price that they go for does vary, but for context here’s what some of them have sold for:

Bubbles the fish

Dollars

$129,000

Euros

€127,106.92

Pounds

£110,054.42

Bones the dog

Dollars

$159,000

Euros

€156,649.18

Pounds

£135,648.46

Batty the bat

Dollars

$124.9K

Euros

€123,059.6

Pounds

£106,562.81

My Little Pony

My Little Pony is still going strong. The toys have had a makeover, there’s a TV show and of course, games. When it comes to horses, you either, really, really love them, or you find them slightly terrifying. But if kiddie you was a pony groupie, then here’s what some of the My Little Pony toys have sold for. Like our Beanie Baby buddies above, prices vary.

Princess Pristina

Dollars

$575.00

Euros

€566.29

Pounds

£490.91

Twice As Fancy “Yum Yum” Pegasus Pony

Dollars

$457.99

Euros

€450.89

Pounds

£390.93

“Twinkle-Eyed” Locket Pony

Dollars

$405.00

Euros

€398.72

Pounds

£345.70

Harry Potter books

Ok Harry Potter books may not be a toy, but they are top of the list when it comes to things we all loved as children, and Harry Potter has absolutely lived on. IT WILL NEVER DIE. WE WON’T LET THAT HAPPEN. As you may or may not know, we are big Harry Potter fans at Wise. We even put together our own HP money conversion guide for crying out loud. So naturally this was the next step.

The First Edition Harry Potter books also sell for a variety of prices, but here you go. For your viewing pleasure…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, First Edition

Dollars

$55,000

Euros

€54,160.42

Pounds

£46,958.72

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, First Edition

Dollars

$6,500

Euros

€6,403.57

Pounds

£5,550.19

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, First Edition

Dollars

$12,000

Euros

€11,824.26

Pounds

£10,246.14

Pokémon Cards

🎶I wanna be the very best
That no one ever was
To catch them is my real test
To train them is my 'cause🎶 - The Pokémon Theme Song, a true banger

We all got obsessed with Pokémon again with the release of Pokémon Go. Some people even got into fights over it. But in more wholesome times, children around the world watched the show and traded cards in the school yard. The cards were worth a lot to us all then, but now, oh now you can get A LOT of money for them.

Exhibit A:

Pikachu Illustrator Card

Dollars

$5,275,000

Euros

€5,192,710

Pounds

£4,503,979.62

1999 First Edition Shadowless Holographic Charizard #4

Dollars

$420,000

Euros

€413,448

Pounds

£358,610.7

Pokémon Blastoise #009/165R Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram

Dollars

$360,000

Euros

€354,384

Pounds

£307,380.6

The OG Monopoly games

And finally, we finish on the game that caused multiple arguments in family homes. The game that has absolutely been flipped off the table mid-play. The game we love to hate. Monopoly.

Oh Monopoly, what are you like?

Well the pain was all worth it in the end, because you can now sell your old Monopoly games for a pretty pen or two:

MENTION IT VARIES

1991 Last Edition

Dollars

$2,100

Euros

€2,066.05

Pounds

£1,792.78

The Original Hand-Made Darrow Game

Dollars

$146,500

Euros

€144,131.83

Pounds

£125,154.22

The TradeMark Edition Board

Dollars

$1,000

Euros

€983.94

Pounds

£854.30

Once you’re finished tearing apart your childhood boxes to see if you have any of these toys and trinkets in your possession, take a look at how you can get the most out of your moneywith our mid-market conversion rates and low fees.


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