8 Toys From The ’90s That Are Worth a Lot of Money Today

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Being a kid during the 1990s was pretty darn fun, whether you were trying to keep your Tamagotchi alive or trading Beanie Babies with your friends. It was a carefree time, so it’s no surprise that there’s so much ’90s nostalgia going on.

People miss their ’90s toys so much, in fact, that they’re willing to pay a pretty penny to get their hands on some rare memorabilia.

If you’re looking to make some quick cash, you might want to check that box in the closet to see if you have anything of value. They might have been commonplace back then, but these eight ‘9os toys are worth a good deal of money today.

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Of course, the rarest items are the most valuable. The same goes for items that are still in their original packaging. Plus, many collectors are looking for mistakes—typos, misprints, etc. So we can’t promise you’ll get rich, but we can promise you’ll feel a little nostalgic as you scroll through this list.

1. Polly Pocket

Polly Pocket was discontinued in 2015, but back in the ’90s, she was all the rage. A number of Polly Pocket sets on eBay are selling for up to $900. Unsealed, box sets are worth the most, but even people with big lots of the product are selling packages for around $400-$500.

Vintage Polly Pocket sets have sold for as much as $850 online, and people are also selling huge numbers of Polly Pocket item together for several hundred dollars.


2. Tamagotchi

If you’ve got your hands on an original English Tamagotchi, you’re in luck. For a bundle of three, you can fetch about $2,250. Even if you’re not lucky enough to own an original, there are plenty of other Tamagotchi versions that are selling for hundreds of dollars. 


3. My Pretty Ballerina

Aspiring young dancers all around were obsessed with these twirling dolls, and if you still happen to have yours, dig it out from storage. A My Pretty Ballerina box can fetch over $100 on Ebay. 


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4. My Size Barbie

Owning a My Size Barbie was like having a real-life imaginary friend. If you’ve still got one of those jumbo dolls, you might want to say goodbye to your childhood partner. Many of the dolls fetch between $200 to $300 on Ebay.


5. Doodle Bear

If you were one of those kids who liked to take draw all over anything, your parents likely got you a Doodle Bear. They were ubiquitous in the 90’s, but now they’re in high demand. Doodle Bears still in their box listed for as much as $80. 

Of course, if you were as excited about getting your Doodle Bear as the rest of us, you immediately ripped it open and began, well, doodling!


6. Princess Diana Beanie Baby

Certain rare Beanie Babies are notorious for being valuable, and it should come as no surprise that the Princess Diana one is one of the most coveted toys out there. Although you’re not likely to have a first edition bear—those are selling for over $500,000—there are many other versions of the Princess Diana Beanie Baby that still sell for a few thousand.

And it’s not just Princess Diana bears that sell for a lot—other Beanie Babies have sold for up to $24,000. Of course, often these are rare bears or bears with errors (think typos). Our wise readers have pointed out that many Beanie Babies are practically worthless today. But still, it’s worth checking your collection!


7. Baby Alive

Taking care of your own child sounded fun as a kid, which is why so many loved the Baby Alive doll. Many of these Baby Alive Real Surprises Dolls are selling for over $2,000, as long as they’re still boxed and brand-new.

Remember this doll? You actually had to change her diaper so she was wearing a clean one! And who can forget mixing up her food to feed her?


8. Samantha American Girl Doll

American Girl dolls were at their peak popularity in the ’90s, and Samantha especially was a popular one. If you have a complete set, you might just find yourself making around $5,000. But even if you own just one Samantha doll, you can still pocket up to a grand or two, depending on the edition.


You should also go through all those old toy boxes in the basement for another reason: Barbies. Yep, you read that right. Select Barbies may actually be worth some money today, depending on their condition and rarity. Check out this list to learn more about the Barbies that might be worth money today.


Well, there you have it—who would’ve ever thought that all those super popular toys from the ’90s would actually be worth something today? It kind of makes you wonder about all the toys on the market today, doesn’t it? Time to stock up!


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