20 Things from the ’90s That Are Worth a Fortune Today
You might want to check out your old baseball cards or sift through those boxes in your attic, because many toys, books, and collectibles from the ’90s could be worth a fortune today.
While some American Girl dolls or My Little Pony toys can be worth hundreds of dollars, a specific “Harry Potter” first edition could be worth around $55,000.
Here are 20 things from the ’90s that are worth a fortune today.
A “Harry Potter” first edition could be worth more than $50,000.
Original “Harry Potter” books from the 1990s could earn you a galleon or two. Hardcover first editions of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” that contain the print line “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1” are worth up to $55,000.
Though that sum is specifically for the British version of the book, American editions can also make you a nice sum of cash.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” – the American version – can be worth up to $6,500 if it has the print line “1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 8 9/9 0/0 01 02” located on the copyright page.
McDonald’s Happy Meal toys could be worth a nice bit of money.
McDonald’s Happy Meals have been beloved by children of all ages across generations – mainly for the small plastic toy found in each and every smiling red box.
However, old McDonald’s Happy Meal toys might just make you smile even wider as an adult.
Happy Meal Changeables toys have sold for between $20 to $140, depending on the condition and completeness of the set.
One of the most valuable Happy Meal toys, “Inspector Gadget” from 1995, could fetch you around $350.
Collectible Barbie dolls are some of the most valuable ’90s toys.
There are a number of collectible Barbie dolls from the ’90s that could earn you a nice chunk of change. This “Barbie Loves Elvis” collector’s doll set from 1997 is currently being sold for $149 on eBay.
A “Jeweled Splendor” Barbie usually goes for around $150, while a Pink Splendor Barbie has sold for a whopping $1,000.
Barbie accessories and playsets can also make you a fortune.
Barbie might be valuable, but some of her houses and other accessories could also make you money. Vintage Barbie items like the Barbie McDonald’s drive-through playset, Barbie “So Much To Do! Bedroom” set, and Barbie “Magic Moves Barbeque” accessories could earn you more than $100 each.
Beanie Babies are extremely collectible, and some are valued at tens of thousands of dollars.
Everyone who grew up in the 1990s probably owned a Ty Beanie Baby at one point or another. In today’s age, you may or may not be surprised to learn that some Beanie Babies could seriously pay off.
A rare “Valentino” Beanie Baby is currently being sold for $14,000 on eBay but could be valued at close to $43,000.
A “Princess Diana” commemorative Beanie Baby from 1997 has sold for $10,000. Countless other editions have also sold for thousands over the years, including “Claude the Crab,” “Gobbles the Turkey,” and “Peace the Bear.”
An original Furby could make you hundreds of dollars.
An original Furby might creep you out – does anyone else remember them suddenly speaking out of nowhere? – but they could also make you rich.
According to Today, a limited-edition “Special Furby Angel” recently sold for $800, while a rare “Kids Cuisine” Furby unopened in its original box sold for $520. Here’s hoping you can find one of these fuzzy creatures in your attic.
Rare Pokémon cards can sell for around $50,000.
Pokémon cards can potentially be worth thousands of dollars, depending on the card and condition. An extremely rare “Pikachu Illustrator” card sold for $54,970 in 2017, while a seller asked a whopping $100,000 for the same card, but in authenticated, perfect condition. A “Charizard” card from 1999 could also be worth more than $11,000.
Original Sky Dancers from Japan go for around $200.
Original Japanese models of the famous 1990s Sky Dancers toys are priced at around $200.
Action figure collections can make you a nice bit of cash.
While many ’90s action figures don’t tend to go for extremely high price tags when sold individually, complete sets of action figures can fetch around $20 to $60.
Rare copies of Super Mario Bros. 3 could potentially sell for around $30,000.
An extremely rare copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 for Nintendo has been sold for a whopping $30,000.
While most copies of the game sell for around $15 or $30, this particular edition was priced much higher due to the fact it was sold as an original game, rather than as a bundle with the Nintendo Entertainment System, as most editions of the game were.
Magic: The Gathering card sets can sell for thousands of dollars.
Brace yourself, because you may want to go back and look at some of your Magic: The Gathering cards. A complete set known as the “Power Nine” could be worth up to $27,000.
Yu-Gi-Oh! cards can also sell for thousands, depending on the card’s rarity.
While one rare Yu-Gi-Oh! card, the “Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon,” has been listed for a whopping $400,000, other cards have sold for more than $700.
A “Minerva, The Exalted Lightsworn” card has been sold for $1,900, while a “Black Luster Soldier” card awarded during the 1999 Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship in Japan reportedly fetched $2 million.
The card is printed on stainless steel rather than traditional card stock and is extremely rare.
Polly Pocket dolls and accessories can go for hundreds of dollars.
Some Polly Pocket sets have sold for a couple hundred dollars, including a bouncy castle playset and “Fairylight Wonderland,” which sold on eBay for $455.
Hot Wheels models have sold for $3,500.
Released in 1995, the Collector Number 271 is considered to be the rarest model Hot Wheels car from the ’90s and has been priced at around $3,500. Buyers beware, however – only seven in existence have ever been authenticated.
A Spice Girls doll set from 1997 is currently listed at an asking price of $150.
Spice Girls memorabilia like the original Spice Girls dolls or Polaroid camera could make you rich. A Spice Girls doll set from 1997 is currently listed at an asking price of $150, while the Spice Girls “Spice Cam” camera is being sold for $148.
One penny could be worth $20,000.
While most coins from the ’90s are virtually worthless – or simply worth their market value – a 1992 Close AM penny in like-new condition could be worth around $20,000, while one in used condition could sell for $2,000 or $3,000.
Simply look at your penny from 1992 and see if the right foot of the “A” in “AMERICA” is touching the left foot of the “M.”
This stamp set could get you around $100.
This set of stamps by Caricaturist Al Hirschfeld from the late 1990s is being sold for more than $100 online.
Disney VHS tapes aren’t as valuable as people think but once added up, they could get you a nice chunk of change.
Rumors have circulated over the past few years of “Black Diamond” Disney VHS sets fetching thousands of dollars, and some tapes have even been listed for tens of thousands.
However, even though one copy of “Beauty and the Beast” sold for $9,000 in 2016, experts say that most Disney VHS tapes are worth around $5 to $25.
Transformers action figures can sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
While most Transformers action figures from the 1990s can fetch around $20-$40 each, large collections like this one could sell for roughly $350.
Rare collectible Transformers can certainly make you rich, however. A mint condition “Omega Supreme” still in its original box is reportedly worth around $2,000.
Baseball cards can sell for hundreds of dollars, but one is reportedly worth $7,000.
You’ve probably wondered what some of your old baseball cards are worth. A number 156 Ken Griffey card from 1990 is worth anywhere from $150 to $250, while a near-mint George Bush baseball card from 1990 is worth about $7,000. This Frank Thomas 1990 card could also make you a pretty penny, to the tune of $300.