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2013-07-22 08:32:26 AM
33 of your childhood toys that delusional people are asking absurd amounts of money for on eBay.
 
2013-07-22 09:13:10 AM
Those aren't Micro-Machines, those are Hot Wheels.

But, hey, I have that Lego Pirate set!  It's buried in a box somewhere.  Unfortunately I know I'd never get that much for my set because it's buried in a box somewhere and was mixed with other sets, so it's never going to be "mint" or fetch that price.

Wonder what my old Blacktron set is supposedly worth.
 
2013-07-22 09:13:45 AM

nekom: 33 of your childhood toys that delusional people are asking absurd amounts of money for on eBay.


Not necessarily delusion. Maybe they had it growing up, really loved it, but had to get rid of it at some point for some reason. Ya know, going to college, family move, deal with the devil in order to get a sweet bike. Maybe it's something they always wanted, but their parents never let them have. Now that they're an adult, they can afford to get it.

Now, that doesn't mean that they won't spend an absurd amount of money on it. It just means that they aren't delusional.
 
2013-07-22 09:14:02 AM
Okay, some of those, yes that applies to.  But half the list the prices being asked for were under $100. That's hardly a lot. In some cases they're not even that much more expensive than they used to be.
 
2013-07-22 09:14:24 AM
eat me

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2013-07-22 09:14:58 AM
Not from my childhood, only toy we had was a metal hoop and a stick
 
2013-07-22 09:15:40 AM
If I would have known how much my Masters of the Universe toys would be worth someday....I still probably would have set off firecrackers taped to them. shiat was fun, man. Money was for the "grown ups" to worry about.
 
2013-07-22 09:15:55 AM
$1,900 for a Sega Genesis? Crap, I had two of those over the years. And I had a roommate who brought home a v1  GameBoy from the toy store he worked at. That would be a semester of my new tuition right there...
 
2013-07-22 09:16:10 AM
Also: I LOVE that Beanie Babies are at 99 cents, and still considered overpriced. I remember that fad. It amused me even then.
 
2013-07-22 09:16:21 AM
I was selling original Tamagotchis for $50 a pop NIB on their tenth anniversary. Lady at the garage sale thought it ironic she'd bought them and the kids never played with them. Had the freakin' receipt with them.
 
2013-07-22 09:17:05 AM

nekom: 33 of your childhood toys that delusional people are asking absurd amounts of money for on eBay.


This...some of them I'm sure are worth a bit, especially the new in box stuff, but just because you list it for a lot, doesn't mean it's worth a lot.
 
2013-07-22 09:17:50 AM
Those are listed prices, not what people are necessarily paying.

FWIW, kids who played with Cabbage Patch dolls weren't playing with originals. They were playing with the mass produced version. Original Cabbage Patch dolls were hand made and IIRC, in very small numbers. My grandmother had one. I think my Mom or sister has it now.
 
2013-07-22 09:18:02 AM

Cheron: Not from my childhood, only toy we had was a metal hoop and a stick


We had a rock and a stick, AND WE HAD TO SHARE THE ROCK.

/had half those toys
//can't believe how many people also had that castle
 
2013-07-22 09:18:10 AM

Mikey1969: $1,900 for a Sega Genesis? Crap, I had two of those over the years. And I had a roommate who brought home a v1  GameBoy from the toy store he worked at. That would be a semester of my new tuition right there...


I have a genesis with two working controllers, the CD, and the 32x plus games. Any takers for 1900?
x
 
2013-07-22 09:18:37 AM

nekom: 33 of your childhood toys that delusional people are asking absurd amounts of money for on eBay.


I had an agreement amongst neighborhood friends that we would buy sets of action figures - one bought all GI Joe, one bought Transformers.  I bought He-Man and still have just about everything - none in original boxes.  Not even worth the effort of carrying them when I moved...then moved again...then moved again.  Your post might have inspired me to have a toxic bonfire to end the summer.
 
2013-07-22 09:18:38 AM
most of those i can kind of see.. yeah. Many of them its just a novelty that they still even work after all this time. BUT it takes a special kind of moron to buy a used lite brite for more than 10 bucks when hasbro is still actively making the things and selling them at Kmart...
 
2013-07-22 09:19:11 AM

Mikey1969: $1,900 for a Sega Genesis? Crap, I had two of those over the years. And I had a roommate who brought home a v1  GameBoy from the toy store he worked at. That would be a semester of my new tuition right there...


I've still got my v1 gameboy, along with the battery pack and a few games.
Wish I still had my genesis, I had the segacd and 32x as well.
 
2013-07-22 09:21:50 AM
My childhood toys.

Texaco Fire Truck

monster playset Godzilla robot

JAMES BOND THUNDERBALL Board Game

Hartland Figures: Lone Ranger, Wyatt Earp, Roy Rogers etc

I still have my  1950s VINTAGE LIONEL TRAIN SET 2046-10 ENGINE AND 2046W TENDER in the boxes they came in, too. Tracks, transformers, cars, buildings. Working street lights, phone poles to carry power to the buildings, etc.
 
2013-07-22 09:24:08 AM
Just asked my brother what happened to my Gameboy.  I had v1 with a carrying case and at least a dozen games.  Oh and that extra dorky magnifying glass that attached to it.  We think mom might have cleaned it out of the closet.  Too bad.
 
2013-07-22 09:27:46 AM

Carn: Oh and that extra dorky magnifying glass that attached to it.


Did you have the speakers that hooked into the bottom, too?
 
2013-07-22 09:32:17 AM
I have an old small Pac Man game looks like an arcade machine.
 
2013-07-22 09:34:10 AM
The most commonly-used word on eBay: "rare".
 
2013-07-22 09:37:03 AM
With the exception of the Lite-Brite (and an earliest-version Easy-Bake that belonged to my sister), none of those toys on the list were around during my childhood.

My lawn, get off it.
 
2013-07-22 09:38:09 AM

Vertdang: Mikey1969: $1,900 for a Sega Genesis? Crap, I had two of those over the years. And I had a roommate who brought home a v1  GameBoy from the toy store he worked at. That would be a semester of my new tuition right there...

I've still got my v1 gameboy, along with the battery pack and a few games.
Wish I still had my genesis, I had the segacd and 32x as well.


Never had any of the "extras".... Loved that thing, though.

What I really miss are my X-Wing Fighter and TIE fighter, along with Luke, Ben, Vader and C3PO, as well as my Star Wars Droid Factory. And I wish I had just 1 of my Stomper 4x4's, but those things got disassembled for the magnets and motor as soon as the gears wore out.
 
2013-07-22 09:41:49 AM

PizzaJedi81: Carn: Oh and that extra dorky magnifying glass that attached to it.

Did you have the speakers that hooked into the bottom, too?


Can't remember so I don't think so, but I might have.  I do remember that I had Faceball 2000
 
2013-07-22 09:42:51 AM
I've still got a few of those things like the genesis, storm shadow, and optimus prime. Of course they aren't new in the box so they arent worth much.
 
2013-07-22 09:44:18 AM
Not a single Barbie???? Kinda surprised.

Or were those never really considered "toys"

?
 
2013-07-22 09:44:41 AM
I thought the USS Flagg would be in that list.
 
2013-07-22 09:44:58 AM
Still has my original GameBoy, including the attachments, such as speakers, magnifying glass.  CLose to 50 games for it, most with the original boxes, but not the plastic holder (but do have the cases for the cartridges).

Still plays then... when I have time, which isn't often.

And still have my toy collection from my childhood.. most if fairly good shape, but not sure it I'd want to sell them.

And that Fisher Price castle, it's not even the original one anyways.
 
2013-07-22 09:47:02 AM

Igor Jakovsky: I thought the USS Flagg would be in that list.


Ah, but even at 2k, that wouldn't be overpriced...especially if it had all the bits and bobs.
 
2013-07-22 09:49:22 AM

Cheron: Not from my childhood, only toy we had was a metal hoop and a stick


Damn you were lucky.... I got to play with sand in the sandbox.... and every one in a while I'd find a treasure from a cat in there!

Good times those were.
 
2013-07-22 09:51:56 AM

sharphead: Cheron: Not from my childhood, only toy we had was a metal hoop and a stick

Damn you were lucky.... I got to play with sand in the sandbox.... and every one in a while I'd find a treasure from a cat in there!

Good times those were.


You had a sandbox? I just had the sand.
 
2013-07-22 09:54:13 AM

sharphead: Cheron: Not from my childhood, only toy we had was a metal hoop and a stick

Damn you were lucky.... I got to play with sand in the sandbox.... and every one in a while I'd find a treasure from a cat in there!

Good times those were.


Right.

We had to get up at dawn a half an hour before we went to bed, use a sharpened rock to whittle a stick down, and use that to get bugs out of a log. We'd then use THOSE to lure frogs over and then bash their heads in with the rocks. We would blow them up and tie a string to them as a balloon.

Then an eagle would swoop down and lift us up and then drop us about 500 yards in the air and we would die.
 
2013-07-22 09:56:40 AM
Digimons and tamagachis are actually worth money? We probably have a bunch of them in the basement in my kids stuff, we got a bunch of them when they first came out. I suppose I could look.
 
2013-07-22 10:02:45 AM

PizzaJedi81: Igor Jakovsky: I thought the USS Flagg would be in that list.

Ah, but even at 2k, that wouldn't be overpriced...especially if it had all the bits and bobs.


Good point. I need to read better. Overpriced
 
2013-07-22 10:03:42 AM
About 7 years ago I bought a Nintendo GBA from my neighbor's garage sale for $10.  Fire red, sealed in box.  Ebay has them listed for $250.  That's done better than any of my stocks ever have...Maybe I need to shift my investing strategy...
 
2013-07-22 10:07:52 AM
I still have my O-gauge electric train from Christmas 1959. I wish I still had my Kenner's girders building sets, wall walkers and Hot Wheels cars.
 
2013-07-22 10:08:10 AM

LoneCraneFullMoon: If I would have known how much my Masters of the Universe toys would be worth someday....I still probably would have set off firecrackers taped to them. shiat was fun, man. Money was for the "grown ups" to worry about.


I always played with bottlerockets.  Something about rocket powe was fun.  Somehow the horribly aerodynamically incorrect GI Joe plane got the best distance.

/I wonder how much it would cost to rocket-propell a turtle-van now.
 
2013-07-22 10:10:54 AM

Cheron: Not from my childhood, only toy we had was a metal hoop and a stick


Oh, you were a rich kid, huh? We played with potatoes.

/Original Mr. Potato Head, spud gun, stamp, battery, etc.
 
2013-07-22 10:13:07 AM

bighairyguy: I still have my O-gauge electric train from Christmas 1959. I wish I still had my Kenner's girders building sets, wall walkers and Hot Wheels cars.


Sell them NOW.  People playing with trains in 1959 are starting to retire and that is likely to be on someone's list of stuff they want to do when retired.  Seems like the perfect time to sell because anyone about to retire to play with toy trains might not have faced the reality of not having enough money yet.

My fiance's father just pulled down his lionell set and started dusting it and considering whether he'll build a big station in retirement.
 
2013-07-22 10:13:29 AM

Fubegra: With the exception of the Lite-Brite (and an earliest-version Easy-Bake that belonged to my sister), none of those toys on the list were around during my childhood.

My lawn, get off it.


You and me, both. I loved my Lite-Brite. It was my only friend and lit my lonely darkness.

The omission of Hasbro's original G.I. Joe, 12" All-American inches tall with molded in-regs hair and an arsenal of WWII, Korean, and Vietnam War-era weaponry is a glaring oversight which shall be neither forgiven nor forgotten.
 
2013-07-22 10:14:23 AM
I threw away my gameboy.  The one that I got the first Christmas they came out.  Had I known what they were going for on ebay, I would have auctioned it.

I do, however, still have my original Pound Puppy as well as the auto-transforming Power Rangers (with weapons, Green Ranger dragon shield and temporary tattoos).  Though the last time I looked, the auto-transforming Power Rangers weren't work shiat.

As for things like the He-Man figures and G1 Transformers, I've been to enough rare toy stores to know that those toys aren't cheap.  A mint condition Millennium Falcon can be $400.  My step mom was given a bunch of classic G.I. Joe toys from the 1980s.  No figures, just vehicles including the U.S.S. Flagg.  She wants to give them to her grandsons (who are less than a year old).  I told her she easily had $1,000 in those boxes.
 
2013-07-22 10:15:30 AM
Son of a biatch! From that list, I had an Optimus Prime action figure, and for some inexplicable reason, I had a Pound Pup. I still have my original Millennium Falcon, Death Star, assorted figures, including a blue Snaggletooth.
 
GBB
2013-07-22 10:15:55 AM
I got $2K on ebay for my collection of used Transformers G1, so I'm getting a kick....
 
2013-07-22 10:16:11 AM

PizzaJedi81: nekom: 33 of your childhood toys that delusional people are asking absurd amounts of money for on eBay.

Not necessarily delusion. Maybe they had it growing up, really loved it, but had to get rid of it at some point for some reason. Ya know, going to college, family move, deal with the devil in order to get a sweet bike. Maybe it's something they always wanted, but their parents never let them have. Now that they're an adult, they can afford to get it.

Now, that doesn't mean that they won't spend an absurd amount of money on it. It just means that they aren't delusional.


I think we are talking about the people selling, not buying.  These sellers are absolutely delusional.  With the exception of the G.I. Joe MIB graded stuff and the Optimus Prime, all of this stuff can be found in seconds on eBay for a fraction of these prices.

I have a massive collection of toys from the '70s and '80s and people always assume that it's worth a small fortune.  I usually just smile and nod, because while much of it is worth more than the inflation-adjusted cost of the toy new, none of it is "rolling around the floor in a pile of cash" kind of valuable, which everyone seems to think it is.
 
2013-07-22 10:16:21 AM
I still have a Teddy Ruxpin. Don't have any books or cassettes for it, but I have the bear. You can actually put other tapes in and it will freak out.
 
2013-07-22 10:16:25 AM
So if I take an old toy that would normally go for $5, put it up on ebay for $500, does that make it cost a fortune?  No?  But BuzzFeed says it does!
 
2013-07-22 10:25:37 AM

dr.zaeus: I have a massive collection of toys from the '70s and '80s and people always assume that it's worth a small fortune. I usually just smile and nod, because while much of it is worth more than the inflation-adjusted cost of the toy new, none of it is "rolling around the floor in a pile of cash" kind of valuable, which everyone seems to think it is.


Nothing is worth anything.. it's how much someone is willing to pay for it that gives it value.

Sold one toy of mine, many years ago... still in box but not mint but it pretty good shape... someone bought it for over 1K.

The rest of my toys, I'd have no idea what they'd get.

/used the money to buy more toys, including a remake of the toy I sold because the remake was 100x better anyways.
 
2013-07-22 10:28:54 AM
Heck, just checked about that toy I sold if someone might be selling one... found two, going for much less than I sold mine for... guess I've did good selling it during the "craze".
 
2013-07-22 10:33:02 AM

imfallen_angel: Heck, just checked about that toy I sold if someone might be selling one... found two, going for much less than I sold mine for... guess I've did good selling it during the "craze".


What was the toy? Or at least what toyline was it from?

Anyways... yeah original (search for G1 on eBay) Transformers go for a ton of money in some cases, even without their boxes. I've spent more than $1,000 the past year alone on completing my collection. It's hilarious which figures have become the most expensive: it's usually the ones that were the least popular back in the day.
 
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