Over the past 6 months, we’ve all had a lot of extra time on our hands and have been using that time to clear out all the nooks and crannies in our homes that have been untouched for years.
These clear outs have filled our hearts with nostalgia, as we go through old photo albums, clothes we no longer fit in and childhood toys.
Although toys might not seem likely contenders for items to invest in, if you are able to come across the right ones and keep them in perfect condition, you may have hit the jackpot.
The experts at OnBuy’s Toy Department decided to look into some of the most valuable toys and games that could earn you a fortune.
|ITEM||NUMBER OF MONTHLY SEARCHES||HIGHEST RECORDED AMOUNT SOLD FOR ($/£)|
|Comic Book||284,200||$3.2m / £2.4m|
|Trading Cards||20,800||$3.8m / £2.9m|
|Toy Cars (Hot Wheels)||894,500||$175k / £134k|
|Dolls (Barbie)||675,000||$303k / £231k|
|Beanie Babies||153,800||$600k / £458k|
|Board Games||560,900||$147k / £112k|
|Disney VHS Tapes||6,500||$15k / £11k|
With a monthly search of 20,800, the highest amount recorded for the purchase of a Trading Card is said to be £2.9m ($3.8m) for a Honus Wagner 1909 card.
Other specific Trading Cards of value include Magic: The Gathering Alpha Black Lotus card, Yu-Gi-Oh Black Luster Soldier card and a Pokémon Holographic First Edition Charizard.
Having the fourth most monthly searches with 284,200, Comic Books are big in the investing game too. In 2014, a first edition of Action Comics from 1938 sold on Ebay for just over £2.4m ($3.2m) when the bidder had only put it up for 99 cents (76p). Other comics of similar value include Detective Comics, Amazing Fantasy and Marvel.
With 153,800 monthly searches, the most expensive sold bundle of Beanie Babies in the world, that went for £458,000 ($600,000), was a large Wallace, two regular sized Wallace’s, Cashew and Huggy.
Other valuable Beanie Babies include Rainbow, Valentino, Princess the Bear, Bubbles and Piccadilly Attic.
Having the second most monthly searches at 675,000, the most expensive Barbie doll ever sold was the Stefani Canturi doll, which went for £231,000 ($302,500) in 2010 due to the necklace the doll sported having been designed by Stefano Canturi and featured emerald-cut pink diamonds.
Other dolls worth value include Original Barbie (1959), Marie Antoinette Barbie and Pink Jubilee Barbie.
Hot Wheels cars have the highest number of monthly searches standing at 894,500 and one of the rarer finds is said to be worth £134,000 ($175,000) the 1969 Pink, Rear-Loading Beach Bomb.
Currently standing at 560,900 monthly searches, the original Monopoly game made in 1933 was sold at an auction for £112,000 ($146,500).
Lastly with the least amount of monthly searches, the most successful Disney VHS tape was sold on eBay for £11,478 ($15,000) and it was the Beauty and the Beast Black Diamond.