What do the toys we all love have? Yes, they are fun, entertaining and can spark creativity in both young and old. Toys have a way of awakening special memories that evoke many emotions. Maybe the toys remind you of a time when life was simpler, without stress, where you were surrounded by friends and loved ones. For most, toys symbolize a moment of joy and laughter. Some are prized objects, while others would not mind parting ways. So if you have an attic full of toys and you’re about to throw out all that garbage … STOP! Expect.
A desirable 1939 tin toy plane, J. Chein’s “China Clipper,” just sold at auction for $ 300 on October 6, 2013. You don’t want to carelessly throw your money away, do you?
Did you know that toys from the 60s, 70s and 80s are becoming very collectible? Yes, it is true and this is a good time to start collecting nostalgic toys while prices remain reasonable. But don’t wait too long, because the values are sure to skyrocket “to infinity and beyond”!
Before giving away your treasured memories, you’ll want to check their values. Remember, anyone can order any quantity for an item, however, what really matters is the sale price. Keep in mind that toys in their original packaging, in perfect condition, with all original parts and from a major brand are the ones that charge the most money.
If you are unsure, a qualified appraiser can help you identify the treasures in your toy box. You can find a qualified appraiser by contacting an appraisal association such as the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), the American Association of Appraisers, or the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).
Take a look at these hot trends in toy collecting:
– Can you say “May the Force be with you”? A 1978 ‘Star Wars’ Kenner Luke Skywalker 12 Back (AFA 90) sold for $ 12,000 on June 16, 2013 on eBay.
– LEGOs are so beloved that even the games they are played with are collectible. A classic 1989 LEGO 6285 Black Seas Barracuda pirate ship sold on eBay for $ 155 on September 30, 2013. This complete set was already built and had the original box and instructions. I had 18 offers!
– An unopened 1984 Orange Blossom Strawberry Shortcake Doll with an orange berry in the original box sold for $ 300 on July 26, 2013 on eBay.
– Who didn’t love an Easy Bake Oven? A 1969 Betty Crocker Easy Bake oven from Kenner sold for $ 66 on August 1, 2013 on eBay.
– Rock ’em Sock’ em Robots anyone? An original 1960s set of boxed fighting robots sold for $ 102.50 on August 4, 2013 on eBay.
Do you have a passion for toys or maybe a feeling about the next big trend? Let yourself go, buy what you like the most … or maybe two (one to play and one to keep in perfect condition) but above all, have fun with your toys!