Need extra cash? Check your toy box for these 5 brands

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In an era of gadgets and high-tech gaming consoles, the 1980s and 1990s will always be remembered with technicolour fondness. It is a time where children found themselves enchanted and completely engrossed in some of the strangest, yet greatest crazes, TV shows and music of the past few decades. 

It was a memorable time whereby we saw the likes of the A-Team and Airwolf captivate the imaginations of boys around the world, just as much as the massively successful, Cabbage Patch Dolls and My Little Pony stole the hearts of little girls. It was a time where children would spend hours watching their favourite cartoons, all before recreating their heroes’ antics over the weekends with their friends, through playing outside and dressing up in homemade capes, using sticks as swords and the dirt as the stage.

The toys we owned were special in many ways, so much so that many, now Moms and Dads have an epic collection of memorabilia and toys from these wonder years.  Seeing most, holding onto to these prized items, dreaming of sharing their memories with their children one day or merely holding onto these toys as a collection of memories from their yesteryears.

We are quite sure you have heard how valuable old toys can be. But did you know there are toys from the past which are now worth a fortune, sought after by the most die-hard of collectors?

With the lockdown putting several South Africans under a substantial amount of financial stress, people are now looking at ways of making extra cash. But can financial relief be found in and among your old toy box?

The Newcastillian – Online Daily News looks at five vintage toys which are worth digging out the old toy box and selling.

Cabbage Patch Dolls

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Cabbage Patch Creator Xavier Roberts copyrighted his design in 1976, before selling the rights to a company named Giant Coleco in 1982. During the 80s, the doll market was huge, with the Cabbage Patch Dolls being a forerunner of the era. 

While their popularity has faded to a degree, Cabbage Patch dolls can bring in a substantial amount of cash.

Depending on whether you have the adoption papers or not, the Cabbage Patch Dolls can fetch a price of anything between R659 to well over R2000, per doll. This means that those girls, now woman, who had a collection of these 80’s classics, will be able to make some good money off of them.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

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And cue soundtrack in everyone’s minds. Who didn’t want to be like He-Man as a child? His adventures with She-Ra and their energy-charged battles against Skeletor are legendary. This new type of hero brought many different and empowering firsts to the then macho bravado of powerful men. He-Man cooked, cleaned and even sowed.

This top-selling brand from the ’80s and ’90s, due to its never-ending fanbase, has seen the value of He-Man toys, in good condition sell for large fistfuls of cash. Noting that if you have these toys in their original packaging, then brace yourself for some good earning potential.

He-Man toys can be sold for anything between R350 to over R12 000, however, the condition the collectables are in is of the utmost importance.

Care Bears

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The magical and love-filled world which the Care Bears brought into our lives will always be a treasured memory for all who sat glued to their TV sets as our colourful friends used their powers for good. Originally painted in 1981 by artist Elena Kucharik, the Care Bears were to be used on greeting cards from American Greetings in 1983, from there, the characters were turned into plush teddy bears.

The characters headlined their own television series from 1985 to 1988, seeing the show transform into three feature films. 

Getting down to brass tax, In mint condition and depending on the type of Care Bear, if you have one of these plush toys at home, you can bring in anything between R330 to R4565 per bear.

Star Wars

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The year was 1977 and a new era of geek had dawned with the release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. This new world of unique and bizarre characters gave rise to a brand which is still successfully running to this day. The Star Wars empire has seen many toys being sold for record prices. Just a small example would be a Lego Star Wars set selling for almost R40 000. 

Adding to this, the Boba Fett figurine, in mint condition with a gold coin in the box goes for approximately R43 500. 

It will take you time to go through your Star Wars toys, seeing which ones are high demand items, but if you have a few collectables in there, you will be able to inject some great money into your bank account. 


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Last but not least, Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday American comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which impressively ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000, seeing years of reruns thereafter. Peanuts is among the most popular and influential comics in the history of comic strips, with 17,897 strips published in all.

Therefore, one can only imagine how valuable a mint toy will be worth?!

Throughout the years, Charlie Brown, his dog Snoopy and their friends captivated the hearts of millions of people.

Vintage Peanuts toys can fetch for anything between R389 to R2884 if in mint condition and if the right collector is found. This means that after you dig up your old toy box and find some amazing items therein, only the first step is completed. As you need to use the amazing power of the internet to try and sell these items online, as trying to sell them to toy stores or pawnshops will see you losing buckets of money.

The above prices may vary. But do please note, selling collectable is a job in its own. As you need to qualify your buyer, just as much as they need to qualify you. But one thing is for sure, when you find the correct buyers, you can truly make some much needed extra money.


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