The First Barbie — $8,000
Did you play with Barbies growing up? If so, you might want to check to see if this gal is still around. The first-ever Barbie, originally produced in 1959, sells for around $8,000 online, with some going for as high as $10,000.
Babe Ruth Figure — $13,600
Babe Ruth Figure by McFarlane
Based on previous ones sold on eBay, if you have one of the original McFarlane action figures of The Babe, you could get around $14,000 for it. But don't get too excited, make sure you have the one where he's wearing a blue hat (only five were produced).
1961 Matchbox No. 30 — $13,000
While most of the 27 variations of the No. 30 truck are valued at $25–$100, a rare version with a light brown body and a red crane is almost impossible to find. A No. 30 was sold in 2004 for $10,000 and was later sold to a collector for $13,000.
1952 Micky Mantle Baseball Card — $282,000
If you happen to have a mint-condition 1952 Topps baseball card lying around, now may be a good time to put it on the market. Experts currently value this card at around $282,000, making it one of the most valuable baseball cards in the world.
Where the Wild Things Are — $20,000
Whether you read "Wild Things" to your children or your parents read it to you, if you have a first edition of the Maurice Sendak classic, you could be seeing some serious cash. Originally selling for $3.50 in 1963, the 48-page, 300-word children's book has sold for over $20,000 at auction.
G.I. Joe Prototype — $200,000
The rarest of toys to find, series creator Don Levine hand-carved this G.I. Joe prototype in 1963 to look like Sean Connery. Don't waste your time poking around your garage looking for one, however, only one of these were made, and it sold at auction in 2008 for $200,000.
1969 Volkswagen Beach Bomb — $72,000
The 1969 Volkswagen Beach Bomb was discontinued because, unlike the other Hot Wheels, it couldn’t be used on the Mattel race tracks. Its bizarre design, with a surfboard hanging from the back, made it unattractive to designers but highly desirable to collectors. To put it in perspective, a Beach Bomber sold in 1999 for $72,000 (production version originally sold for $.69).
Mego Elastic Batman — $15,000
If you've never even heard of the Mego Elastic Batman action figure, don't feel bad — only two are known to exist in the world. The stretchy toy was created in 1979 in response to the waning interest in traditional 8" size figurines, but toy company Kenner thought it was too similar to their popular "Stretch Armstrong" product line. They successfully sued Mego, killing the elastic Batman (which fetched over $15,000 at auction in 2006).
1972 Blythe Doll — $2,000
Inspired by the popular '70s Keane paintings, Blythe dolls were introduced to an uninterested American public in 1972. Even with the cool function of being able to change the dolls' eye colors by pulling a string, the $20 price tag may have been too much for consumers at the time. These days, they're considered a collector's item, frequently netting over $2,000 a piece online and at auction.
Marklin Hand-Painted Beer Wagon — $9,000
The itty-bitty, 15-inch hand-painted toy beer wagon may not look like a barrel of laughs, but apparently it brought back a lot of memories for one anonymous buyer, who recently shelled out over $9,000 for one.
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