How some of your old childhood toys could secretly be worth THOUSANDS – here’s how to spot the most valuable treasures in your garage
- Vintage toys are in high demand, with collectors paying thousands of dollars
- 1950’s robots, Toy Story figurines and Pokemon cards could be worth a fortune
- Desire to purchase retro toys comes from a sense of nostalgia, collector claims
- Rare Pokemon card was sold for nearly $500,000 last December, making history
Old-school children’s toys are in high demand, with collectors willing to pay thousands of dollars to relive the nostalgia of their childhoods.
Vintage toys currently gathering dust in attics and garages could be worth a small fortune, according to expert auctioneer and valuer Matt McDonald.
Mr McDonald said the desire to purchase retro toys comes from a sense of nostalgia for the past.
Japanese and Taiwanese robots from the 1950’s (pictured, right) could be sold for up to $1500
‘You can remember that Christmas when you got your little robot and it was your favourite thing in the world. Now everyone has grown up they’re trying to recapture that’, he said.
The super rare Pokemon card (pictured) sold for almost $500,000 last December, making it the most expensive in history
Items don’t have to be vintage to be collectible, with Pokemon cards and Toy Story figurines in high demand.
‘What Pokemon do that’s clever. They will release millions and millions of cards then they will release 10 of one card. That’s what all the collectors chase’, he said.
Mr McDonald said the items in their original boxes will sell for more than those without, because genuine collectors are looking for the ‘complete unit’.
‘The boxes are very, very important to the items’, he said.
Mr McDonald said there was two main options to sell vintage toys, at local auction houses or online platforms.
Local auction houses have a extensive customer database, and will catalog the toys correctly, but selling online means you can gauge the market for each toy.
A rare Pokemon card ‘Charizard’ was sold last December for nearly $500,000, making it the most expensive in history, with another selling in 2019 for $165,000.
Old childhood toys could be worth a small fortune, says expert collector Matt McDonald