These Baseball Cards May Be More Valuable Than You Think

Published on 07/19/2020
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Children and adults have always loved collecting baseball cards. Did you know that some of the cards you own may be worth a fortune? You probably didn’t realize that rummaging through your attic may lead you to something extremely valuable. If you haven’t thought about this before then you should try it out, because you never know what you will find. Whether you care for baseball or not, everyone can enjoy these cards.

Check Your Attic For These Baseball Cards That Are Worth A Lot Of Money

Check Your Attic For These Baseball Cards That Are Worth A Lot Of Money

Mickey Mantle – 1952 Topps

Baby Boomers will get a kick out of finding a baseball player with Mickey Mantle. You could easily sell a 1952 Mantle card for around $3 million. This price reaches a new high for on-Honus Wagner T206 baseball cards. This card is so respected that even a 6 or 7 graded copy can bring in $700,000.

Mickey Mantle - 1952 Topps

Mickey Mantle – 1952 Topps

Derek Jeter – 1993 Upper Deck SP Foil

In the last 30 years, Derek Jeter has been a baseball icon as captain of the New York Yankees. He has so many cards just to show this. His card with the highest worth is from his minor league days in 1993. Its worth changes based on the condition of the card, but even a mid-grade card can sell for nearly $200 to $400. That just shows you that a perfect card can go for around $1,000.

Derek Jeter - 1993 Upper Deck SP Foil

Derek Jeter – 1993 Upper Deck SP Foil

Dwight Gooden – 1984 Fleer Update

In the early ’80s, Dwight Gooden came into the baseball word and he reached rookie heights. He was nicknamed Doctor K and was then featured in the 1985 card set with this Mets Uniform. If you happen to have this card lying around then you could sell it for $200.

Dwight Gooden - 1984 Fleer Update

Dwight Gooden – 1984 Fleer Update

Stan Musial – 1948 Bowman

The 1948 Bowman card of Stan Musial is one of the oldest cards that isn’t outrageously priced. The icon was honored with this set and its unlikely you’ll find it lying around. If you happen to find it, then good on you because of its worth over $1,000.

Stan Musial - 1948 Bowman

Stan Musial – 1948 Bowman

Babe Ruth – 1914 Baltimore News

Although it was just a grade 2 card, this 1914 Babe Ruth card sold for $575k in 2012. The reason that this card is worth so much is because of its rarity. Sources say that there are just 10 copies of this card around today, thus its more valued.

Babe Ruth - 1914 Baltimore News

Babe Ruth – 1914 Baltimore News

Pete Rose/Pedro Gonzalez/Ken McMullen/Al Weis – 1963 Topps

This 4-player rookie card was so successful because within it was Pete Rose, the man with record hits. A copy of the card sold for $717,700 in 2016. This is because this card was a grade 10 and is incredibly rare to find.

Pete Rose/Pedro Gonzalez/Ken McMullen/Al Weis - 1963 Topps

Pete Rose/Pedro Gonzalez/Ken McMullen/Al Weis – 1963 Topps

Albert Pujols – 2001 Bowman Autographed

In the early 2000s, baseball started to develop more of a rarity. One of the cards with the highest worth is the Albert Pujols autograph card from the 2001 Bowman set. Trust, having this card in perfect condition can get you a long way.

Albert Pujols - 2001 Bowman Autographed

Albert Pujols – 2001 Bowman Autographed

Cal Ripken Jr. – 1982 Topps Traded

While there are many worthy 1982 rookie cards, the one with the highest value is probably the Cal Ripken Jr. card from the Topps Traded expansion set. If it looks good, then this card can get you $200. You have to be cautious with this one because the back can chip off.

Cal Ripken Jr. - 1982 Topps Traded

Cal Ripken Jr. – 1982 Topps Traded

Honus Wagner – T206

The Honus Wagner card of the T206 set is probably the most valuable baseball card ever. Just like the other cards that were made at this time, it was created by a tobacco company, as a method to increase cigarette sales. However, Wagner was against this and stopped distribution. Today the card is very valuable and one sold for $3.3 million in 2016!

Honus Wagner - T206

Honus Wagner – T206

Chipper Jones – 1991 Desert Shield

In the ’90s Chipper Jones was better known as the third baseman of the Atlanta Braves. In 1991 he had his own base set of the season, which led to “Desert Sheild” holograms. This was only accessible to soldiers who participated in Operation Desert Storm and Jones’s rookie card was part of the list. A card with the hologram can sell for a few hundred dollars.

Chipper Jones - 1991 Desert Shield

Chipper Jones – 1991 Desert Shield

Babe Ruth – 1916 Sporting News

At the height of his career, Babe Ruth was not only a famous singer but an incredibly famous man in the US. As an honor to his legacy, people are willing to pay the big bucks to get ahold of a 1916 card. One copy was sold for $717,000 in 2016, and another for $550,000.

Babe Ruth - 1916 Sporting News

Babe Ruth – 1916 Sporting News

Ken Griffey Jr. – 1989 Upper Deck Rookie

Throughout the ’90s, many assumed that the 1989 rookie card for Ken Girffer Jr. would later become one of the most valuable cards of all time. However, this is not exactly what happened. Regardless, it is still incredibly iconic and you can easily make $400 off a card with a good grade.

Ken Griffey Jr. - 1989 Upper Deck Rookie

Ken Griffey Jr. – 1989 Upper Deck Rookie

Willie Mays – 1952 Topps

In addition to the well known Mantle card, the New York center fielder Willie Mays also makes an appearance in the 1952 Topps set. The New York center fielder and Hall of Famer managed to sell for around $478,000 in a 2016 auction.

Willie Mays - 1952 Topps

Willie Mays – 1952 Topps

Kirby Puckett – 1984 Fleer Update

Another card from the 1984 Fleer Update set is of Kirby Pucket. A card of this Hall of Famer depends on the grade, but typically the Minnesota man sells for around $200 to $500 if it’s in perfect condition.

Kirby Puckett - 1984 Fleer Update

Kirby Puckett – 1984 Fleer Update

Shoeless Joe Jackson – 1909 American Caramel

Just like the Wagner card, The Joe Jackson 1909 card was created by the American Caramel to increase the sales of the cigarette brand. After being involved in a Chicago Blac Sox gambling controversy, Jackson earned a lifelong ban from the sport. Now his cards are so rare that someone paid nearly $660,000 just to get their hands on one.

Shoeless Joe Jackson - 1909 American Caramel

Shoeless Joe Jackson – 1909 American Caramel

Joe Doyle – 1911 ATC T206

Amongst the players on the list, a huge portion is Hall of Famers. However, Joe Doyle is excluded from this list. Doyle was not the best player, yet the tobacco companies card of him goes for $414,750. How can we explain this? Well, the first edition of this card put him as a member of the New York’s National League instead of the Yankees.

Joe Doyle - 1911 ATC T206

Joe Doyle – 1911 ATC T206

Hank Aaron – 1954 Topps

Hank Aaron, the previously known home run master has a card that will make any owner a fortune. He has one rookie card, which is the 1954 Topps card. The cards are in great condition, as printing during this time went through a high transition. In 2012, a perfect version card sold for about $357,000. Today it is probably worth even more.

Hank Aaron - 1954 Topps

Hank Aaron – 1954 Topps

Ty Cobb – 1909 T206 ‘Bat Off Shoulder’

Almost all cards from the 1909-1911 time T2016 set are usually worth something. However, compared to its neighbors, the Ty Cobb is a bit less successful. There are way more high-quality copies of the “Bat Off Shoulder,” and you can probably sell one for around 6 figures.

Ty Cobb - 1909 T206 'Bat Off Shoulder'

Ty Cobb – 1909 T206 ‘Bat Off Shoulder’

Mickey Mantle – 1951 Bowman

Mickey Mantle is on this list twice. Although the 951 Bowman is not as valuable as his Topps, it is his only official Rookie card. A perfect condition card can bring you around $500,000, especially amongst the baby boomer generation.

Mickey Mantle - 1951 Bowman

Mickey Mantle – 1951 Bowman

Eddie Plank – 1909 T209

Among the T209 set, this version of Eddie Plank is one of the rated and most valuable cards in the deck. Many people have theorized why this card is so valuable and many think because of its rarity. At the time, many of the cars were destroyed in the printing plate.

Eddie Plank - 1909 T209

Eddie Plank – 1909 T209

Cap Anson – 1887 Old Judge

Cap Anson from the 1887 Old Judge set is one of the oldest on the list and it is known as one of the most valued cards of the 19th century. Out of all the cards, the Cap Anson one in uniform is the most valuable.

Cap Anson - 1887 Old Judge

Cap Anson – 1887 Old Judge

Jackie Robinson – 1948 Leaf

Throughout the 20th century, Jackie Robinson is probably the most well-known athlete from the US. He broke the racial divide in MLB, which changed sports history. He has been remembered with his 1948 Lead card. Concerning his other cards, this card is very rare and the price varies based on the grade. In 2019, one grade 8 cards sold for around $75,000.

Jackie Robinson - 1948 Leaf

Jackie Robinson – 1948 Leaf

Joe DiMaggio – Goudie 1948

This card certainly looks different compared to your normal baseball cards. This 1948 Goudie card of Joe DiMaggio has a cartoon drawing all over it. This card is one of the players’ first cards and was released two years into his career. While there is another DiMaggio card in the set, it is not as valuable. This specific once can go or a few thousand dollars.

Joe DiMaggio - Goudie 1948

Joe DiMaggio – Goudie 1948

Duke Snider – 1949 Bowman

While we have already talked about rookie cards for Mickey Mantle and Willie May, we had to mention the Duke of Flatbush. Towards the end of the ’40s and ’50s, Edwin Snider, nicknamed Duke, was the center fielder for the Dodgers. He was second to Jackie Robinson, and his rookie card came out in the 1949 series made by Bowman. If you have a good copy it can go for around $232,750.

Duke Snider - 1949 Bowman

Duke Snider – 1949 Bowman

Andy Pafko – 1952 Topps

Even though Pafko is not honored in the Hall of Fame, it seems that a grade 10 copy of his card went for around $250,000. The card had no errors, so why such a high price? His card was listed as #1 in the famous 1952 set, making it extremely famous with collectors.

Andy Pafko - 1952 Topps

Andy Pafko – 1952 Topps

1909 T206 Sherry Magee (Error)

Even though Sherry Magee led the National League in RBI around four times, this does not explain why his PSA 8 T206 sold for $660,000 in 2018. There was a mistake with the card. Before they managed to fix it, they spelled his name “Magie.” The corrected version a sprinted much more than the one with the error, which means it is very rare to get your hands on it.

1909 T206 Sherry Magee (Error)

1909 T206 Sherry Magee (Error)

1910 T210 Old Mill Joe Jackson

This card is one of the only ones that still exist in Joe Jackson’s career. Although 100 years have passed since the Black Sox scandal and 30 years since the “Field of Dreams,” people are still intrigued by Jackson. This card sold for $600,000 in 2019 due to its rarity.

1910 T210 Old Mill Joe Jackson

1910 T210 Old Mill Joe Jackson

1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb

For as long as baseball has been around, so has the molasses-flavored, caramel-coated snack, Cracker Jack. Fans still go crazy at baseball game singing the line “Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack.” Although he has been retired for nearly 90 years, his batting average of .366 is still the highest for all Major League Baseball players. in 2016, a SA 9 1915 Cracker Jack Cobb went for $432,000.

1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb

1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb

1948 Leaf Satchel Paige

It is not usually the case that a rookie card of a 42-year-old pitcher is in such high demand. Well, that may true for other players, but you don’t know Leroy “Satchel” Paige. Paige is just not your average pitcher. By 1948 he joined the game and took over. He went 6-1 for the world champion Cleveland Indians. His card was sold in 2018 for around $432,00.

1948 Leaf Satchel Paige

1948 Leaf Satchel Paige

1932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth

While we all are familiar with the name Babe Ruth, it is rather hard to find a version of this card in good condition. In April 2019, a PSA 9 copy of the 932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth sold for around $432,000. The cards were packaged with caramel during the period and were easily stained. However, if their fate did not land in caramel stains, then it would probably end up in the hands of eager children.

1932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth

1932 U.S. Caramel Babe Ruth

1909 T206 Ty Cobb (Ty Cobb Back)

In the legendary T206 set, there were just four Cobb cards. One of which is so rare that surpasses the T206 Wagner. This card is so hard to find and there have only been 19 Cobb-Cobb” variations graded by PSA, as opposed to 34 Wagner. This “Cobb-Cobb” sold for $408,000 in 2018.

1909 T206 Ty Cobb (Ty Cobb Back)

1909 T206 Ty Cobb (Ty Cobb Back)

1956 Topps Mickey Mantle

Out of all of Mickey Mantle’s cards, this one is one of the most popular. You can Mantle smiling face and that is probably for a well-deserved reason. In 1956, he achieved the elusive Triple Crown, with a batting average of .353 and 52 home runs. That same year, he went on to become a baseball celebrity. One of his grade 10 cards sold for $382,400. in 1956.

1956 Topps Mickey Mantle

1956 Topps Mickey Mantle

1948 Leaf Stan Musial

Only two cards showcase this beloved hitter. This one ion particular is quite hard to find and people tend to appreciate the bright color, rather than the typical black and white. He was a seven-time championship and in 1969 was memorialized in the Hall of Fame. His grade 9 card sold in 2018 for $312,000.

1948 Leaf Stan Musial

1948 Leaf Stan Musial

1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig

Goudey Lou Gehrig retired in 1939 with a record for the most consecutive games played at 2,130. Ever since Cal Ripken Jr. broke the record but today a PSA 10 1933 Goudey Gehrig card in pristine condition goes for $33,000. In 2007 it was auctioned for $274,950 and this card, in particular, is the only PSA 10.

1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig

1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig

1911 General Baking Ty Cobb

Baseball cards used to be packed in any way, whether it was candy, gum, cigarettes, or more. Among many cards, this is an example of PSA 8 that was sold with loaves of bread. It sold for around $272,980 in September 2008 and its Cobbs highest graded card. Today it would earn you a fortune!

1911 General Baking Ty Cobb

1911 General Baking Ty Cobb

1910 E98 Ty Cobb

While we are already on the topic of Ty Cobb we can talk about that he is one of the most talented athletes of the early twentieth century. He was an outstanding hitter and an amazing base stealer. He was incredibly dominated within the Deadball Era. There was quite a bit of controversy over him throughout his career. This card, particularly in good condition will sell for a high amount. In 2019, it went for about $270,600.

1910 E98 Ty Cobb

1910 E98 Ty Cobb

1909 T206 Christy Mathewson

Mathewson has always been a respected player and his unique pitch. He was one of the original Hall of Fame members and on his plaque, it says, “Matty was master of them all.” This is quite an honor. Back in September of 2018, a grade 9 card went for $264,000.

1909 T206 Christy Mathewson

1909 T206 Christy Mathewson

1939 Play Ball Ted Williams

There are quite a lot of Williams to pick, but usually, people go for well-known ones. However, this is his rookie card. The card was produced in the ’30s and is not so hard to find. In November 2016, A PSA 9 card was auctioned for $239,000.

1939 Play Ball Ted Williams

1939 Play Ball Ted Williams

1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie

This Lajoie is one of the rarer ones. There are only around 100 in existence because it was not actually in the first produced set. At the time, collectors were required to get the card from the manufacturer itself to finish their set. Cards were sent out with a paper clip attached, leaving a mark on the card. In 2016, a grade 9 Goudey Lajoie sold for $228,000 in November 2016.

1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie

1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie

1910 Standard Caramel Honus Wagner

Even though Cobb was the best hitter of his era, Wagner joined the First Five Hall of Fame class in 1936. This was an honor alongside, Ruth, Cobb, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson. In 2018, a regular Caramel Wagner was sold in September 2018.

1910 Standard Caramel Honus Wagner

1910 Standard Caramel Honus Wagner

1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio

This is Joe DiMaggio’s most popular card and it is a beloved classic. Back in 1941, he hit a 56-straight game streak and his card was equally a hit. A grade 9 card sold for $216,000 and this card is the star of the entire set.

1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio

1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio

1955 Topps Sandy Koufax

Although his career, unfortunately, ended early because of injuries, Koufax was honored in the Hall of Fame in 9172. He was elected at age 36, making him the youngest player to be inducted. In August of 2018, a grade 9 card sold for $215,100. Ever since there have been just three PSA 10 1955 Topps Koufax cards.

1955 Topps Sandy Koufax

1955 Topps Sandy Koufax

1914 Boston Garter Joe Jackson

This card was initially intended to be on a clothing store window display. Today there are just around six in existence. in 2017, the 1914 Boston Garter Jackson PSA 5.5 sold for $204,000 and today it would go for much more. It is one of the best looking cards in history.

1914 Boston Garter Joe Jackson

1914 Boston Garter Joe Jackson

1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle is one of the most well-known players in the posts world. His cards are worth a ton, and very valuable today. During his career, he was added to the Baseball 100 years “Greatest Players” list. Given, his cards are worth a fortune today. If you don’t believe us, just take a look at the grade 9 1954 Bowman Mantle, which sold for $204,000. in 2017.

1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle

1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle

1914 Boston Garter Ty Cobb

This is one of Ty Cobbs rarest cards and it is so hard to find. It was displayed on the rare window displays. In 2018, A Sportscard Guaranty 50 1914 Boston Garter Cobb, which is a PSA 4 card went for $204,000. He is the first player who won a bronze plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1914 Boston Garter Ty Cobb

1914 Boston Garter Ty Cobb

1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams

Valued at $150,000 this 1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams card is arguable the most influential regional card that has ever been produced. The cards are rather hard to find in a good condition as they used to be sold in the packaging of hot dogs. The cards that have been found in good condition are believed to have in fact never been packaged but left the factory personally.

1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams

1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams

1961 Topps Dice Game Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle cards are extremely popular and sought after. This card in mint condition is estimated at $150,000. He was one of the most popular sports figures in sport history throughout his career and still seen as an icon after retiring. The players almost died in high school after sustaining an injury which progressed into a life threatening infection.

1961 Topps Dice Game Mickey Mantle

1961 Topps Dice Game Mickey Mantle

1909 Ramly Cigarettes T204 Walter Johnson

The 1909 Ramly Cigarette T204 set of baseball cards is known for their ornate decor and bordering, which is and was unusual for baseball cards. The cads are beautiful and extremely rare in nature. Valued at $130,000, Johnson is known as the best pitcher in history by many. The card is tough to preserve and find preserved especially due to the trimmings and gold aspects.

1909 Ramly Cigarettes T204 Walter Johnson

1909 Ramly Cigarettes T204 Walter Johnson

1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig

The mint value is estimated at $130,000 for this specific card. However, Gehrig appeared on multiple cards in the 1934 set. This is the less popular of the two but still widely desired. In 1934 he displayed skill as always, however, this time he hit .363 with 49 home runs and 166 RBI and went on to win the Triple Crown. Fans were said to be disappointed when he finished as the fifth MVP.

1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig

1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig

1953 Topps #244 Willie Mays

One of Willie Mays most influential cards shows a young Mays fielding in his New York Giants uniform. Estimated at $130,000 the card was not included b Bowman in the 1953 set which made it even more wanted and desired. The card is extremely hard to find in good quality and m,ay not be his most expensive but it is the best looking one.

1953 Topps #244 Willie Mays

1953 Topps #244 Willie Mays

1909-11 T206 White Border Christy Mathewson (Dark Cap)

The T206 set houses a trio of cards with Christy Mathewson on them, he is known as one of baseball’s most influential hurlers. The player had multiple poses to choose from and was known for his specialty pitch which was similar to a screwball. The Mathewson Portrait is one of the most difficult HOF portraits to find in the whole set. This specific card is valued at $125,000.

1909 11 T206 White Border Christy Mathewson (Dark Cap)

1909 11 T206 White Border Christy Mathewson (Dark Cap)

1909-11 T206 White Border Cy Young (Bare Hand)

Cy Young is known as one of the most powerful pitchers in the history of baseball. this card goes for roughly $125,ooo when in mint condition, of course. He had 511 career wins which is something that is totally mind-blowing. He has three cards to pick from in the T206 set and all are considered to be of the top you can get with regards to Hall of Famers.

1909 11 T206 White Border Cy Young (Bare Hand)

1909 11 T206 White Border Cy Young (Bare Hand)

1911 T205 Gold Border Ty Cobb

Collectors adore how pleasing this card is to the eye, the pre-war set is known for its different look perse. The gold borders of the T205 cards do leave them at fault and often chipping. Cobb had an incredible season in 1911 where he set his career highs. His card is known as the core and soul of this set and any set he features in. The card is valued at $125,000.

1911 T205 Gold Border Ty Cobb

1911 T205 Gold Border Ty Cobb

1912 Plow’s Candy E300 Ty Cobb

This is one of the rarest pre-WWI candy issues that was ever made, the 1912 Plow’s Boy Candy set included 69 baseball players. Only 7 of these Ty Cobb cards have ever been sent to PSA for evaluation, this is a pure depiction of just how limited they are. These are the cards to remember and be aware of when they come up for auction. This card is the definition of a giant in the hobby and is valued at $125,000.

1912 Plow’s Candy E300 Ty Cobb

1912 Plow’s Candy E300 Ty Cobb

1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig Rookie Card

The record price for this card is $102,000 but the card has been valued at $120,000. They are rare, limited and demand is very high for these cards. There is supposedly only 50 of these cards in the world. This is one of those cards that people with they had foreseen his career and future when he was a rookie.

1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig Rookie Card

1925 Exhibits Lou Gehrig Rookie Card

1911 George Close Candy Co. E94 Ty Cobb

With a mint value of $120,000 the 1911 George Close Candy baseball set is not as popular as those cards made before WWI, however, they are still highly sought out after. The set is a compilation of 30 cards that feature an artists rendition of players ontop of a colored background.

1911 George Close Candy Co. E94 Ty Cobb

1911 George Close Candy Co. E94 Ty Cobb

1915 American Caramel E106 Ty Cobb

This Ty Cobb card was produced in 1915 by the American Caramel Company of York, Pennsylvania. The set has 48 cards and features of Ty Cobb twice. This specific card is valued at $120,000. This specific set is very sensitive to the conditions of the “E” class era, the era is seen in its font and design which is seen on other cards from the same time.

1915 American Caramel E106 Ty Cobb

1915 American Caramel E106 Ty Cobb

1909 Nadja Caramel E92 Ty Cobb

Nadja was an additional brand name of the Blake-Wenneker Candy Co. in St Louis and the set contained 62 cards. In comparison to tobacco cards, the caramel cards were way more scarce. These cards were sold to children not adults which naturally caused much more wear and tear on these cards and made them harder to come by. This specific card is worth $115,000.

1909 Nadja Caramel E92 Ty Cobb

1909 Nadja Caramel E92 Ty Cobb

1938 Goudey #250 Joe DiMaggio

This is the less expensive version in the 1938 set which is valued at $115,000. The difference between this card and the more expensive one is the background, here it is blank whereas the other features cartoons. The card is still strange looking but is a card collectors dream of having.

1938 Goudey #250 Joe DiMaggio

1938 Goudey #250 Joe DiMaggio

1954 Bowman #65 Mickey Mantle

Mint value goes for $115,000 in this Mickey Mantle card. The player was signed to Bowman indefinitely in 1954 and 1955 thus, in both sets he was not on any of the Topps’ cards. Bowman’s cards were known for incredible artwork and known to draw attention to them, this one is the perfect example.

1954 Bowman #65 Mickey Mantle

1954 Bowman #65 Mickey Mantle

We’ve seen a lot of vintage and rare baseball cards that cost a lot nowadays, and just like we have mentioned, finding one in your attic would certainly earn you a lot of bucks. However, let’s take a break from our beloved baseball cards and look at what other stuff we could find in our attics that could also earn you some big bucks! If you find some of these in your attic, consider yourself lucky!

Super Soaker

Nothing felt better than drenching your friend in water during a water fight. All of this was made possible by the Super Soaker. It was a huge hit when it was released in 1990. A Super Soaker could cost anywhere from $10 to $50 at the time. To get your hands on an original one today, however, you’d have to pay $600.



Toy Story Toys

Since the first film in the Toy Story franchise was released in 1995, the franchise has grown in popularity. Toys based on the characters from the films have been a must-have in every toy store since then. One of the toys used to cost around $30 when they were first released. To get your hands on one nowadays, you’d have to pay between $500 and $700! Surprisingly, the supporting characters are the most expensive.



Garbage Pail Kids Cards

How did we manage to play with these cards? That was a question our parents used to ask us all the time. We adored them despite their outlandishness! If you have any of these and they’re in good condition, you have a good chance of becoming wealthy. Someone recently sold a single card for $300 and an entire 1985 set for $4,000 on eBay! Talk about priceless trinkets!

Garbage Pail Kids

Garbage Pail Kids

Pokémon Cards

Yes, some children made fun of us for collecting Pokémon cards. However, since their release in 1996, they’ve become extremely popular among people of all ages. Do you have any of these left? Are they in good working order? You should see how much you can get for them; some people are claiming thousands of dollars!

Pokémon Cards

Pokémon Cards

1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figure

We should have never underestimated the importance and the potential of anything Star Wars! Since the 1970s, when the world was blessed with the magic of Star Wars, nearly every toy or piece of memorabilia has become a collector’s item. A true collector paid $25,000 in 2015 for the 1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figure.

1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figure

1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figure

PEZ Dispensers

Who didn’t have one of these before? Yeah, I’ll admit that my PEZ dispenser was usually empty, but at least it had Daffy Duck on it! These valuable toys can fetch a high price if they’re one-of-a-kind. On eBay, a one-of-a-kind 1982 PEZ dispenser known as “Astronaut B” sold for $32,000.

PEZ Dispensers

PEZ Dispensers

The Original Monopoly

There are many different versions of Monopoly, but one version stands out above the rest, regardless of which expensive properties are on the board. In 2011, the hand-drawn version created by Charles Darrow in 1933 brought in an incredible $146,500 (real money). If you have an older version of Monopoly, you will almost certainly find yourself in a pile of money… real money.

The Original Monopoly

The Original Monopoly

Game Boy

The Game Boy not only ate up thousands of batteries in our house, but it also ate up hours that I could have spent doing my homework. It was difficult to do anything else with games like Super Mario, Zelda, Tetris Attack, and Adventure Island. Limited edition Game Boys can now sell for over $1,500, making them one of our childhood’s most valuable toys.

Game Boy

Game Boy

Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels has been producing miniature versions of some of the most iconic automobile models of the last century. With over 4,000,000,000 models produced, there have to be a few that are worth more than a couple of dollars. The limited edition 1969 “Volkswagen Beach Bomb” prototype, for example, is worth $125,000.

Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels

First Edition Pound Puppies Plush

Since their inception in the 1980s, Pound Puppies have taken on a variety of forms, but the originals will always be remembered. You might be able to get $5,000 if you have the first edition of these cute guys in mint condition.

First Edition Pound Puppies Plush

First Edition Pound Puppies Plush

Cabbage Patch Dolls

Do you remember how much you enjoyed Cabbage Patch Dolls? Do you like them so much that you’d pay $360,000 for the entire collection? Pat and Joe Prosey, on the other hand, have over 5,000 of them in their own custom-built museum and are ready to sell their prized possessions.

Cabbage Patch Dolls

Cabbage Patch Dolls

Fisher Price Push Cart Pete

This very basic toy cost only 50 cents in 1936. This toy, on the other hand, has now become one of the most valuable toys available. A mint-condition toy like this can be worth $3,000 or more. Really makes you wonder how its value increases so much!

Fisher Price Push Cart Pete

Fisher Price Push Cart Pete

1982 Skeletor Action Figure

He-Man and Skeletor bring back the fondest memories of the Masters of the Universe World! You could be looking at a toy worth at least $2,000 if you still have a Skeletor action figure from 1982 that is in mint condition. This definitely tells you that you should have taken care of this toy if you had this as a kid!

1982 Skeletor Action Figure

1982 Skeletor Action Figure

Lite Brite

This one dates from before my time, in the 1960s and 1970s. The original Lite Brite can now be purchased for more than $100, and we can guarantee that it was a lot less back in the day.

Lite Brite

Lite Brite

Happy Meal Toys

Who’d have guessed that the freebies that come with your Happy Meal are actually worth something? Since their inception in 1979, Happy Meal toys have been a thing, and some of them are now quite valuable. Someone recently sold a Disney-themed toy from 2002 for $300 on eBay.

Happy Meal Toys

Happy Meal Toys

Furby

Only as an adult can you appreciate the true worth of a Furby in its original packaging. You would never have imagined leaving this toy unopened as a child; in fact, you would have wanted to play with it and show it off to your friends! You could have gotten $900 for it if you had kept it closed in its original packaging.

Furby

Furby

Talkboy

We were all scrambling to get our hands on a Talkboy thanks to Home Alone 2! It was a sleek tape recorder with the ability to slow or speed up your speech. Today, you could get more than $200 for yours! Consider yourself very lucky if you find one in your home!

Talkboy

Talkboy

Beanie Babies

Teddy bears and their variants, I suppose, never go out of style or popularity. Beanie Babies peaked in popularity in the early 1990s and then faded in popularity in the late 2000s, but not everyone gave up on them. Some Beanie Babies collectors are willing to pay thousands of dollars for them. The 1997 1st Edition Princess Diana Beanie Bear, for example, can fetch up to $12,000.

Beanie Babies

Beanie Babies

Lionel’s Pennsylvania “Trail Blazer” Train Set

Even if it wasn’t yours, there’s still a chance you have it somewhere. This train’s 1934 Standard Gauge version will set you back around $250,000. It’s worth going up to the attic once more. Although, you should hope that there aren’t any missing components, or else you wouldn’t be able to sell it for that much.

Lionel’s Pennsylvania “Trail Blazer” Train Set

Lionel’s Pennsylvania “Trail Blazer” Train Set

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1980’s Actions Figures

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a classic. Is pizza on the menu? It wasn’t just comic books and television shows; t-shirts, baseball caps, and action figures were also popular. Some of those action figures can fetch as much as $500 each, and a rare one can fetch as much as $5,000.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1980s Actions Figures

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1980’s Actions Figures

Vinyl Caped Jawa

Understand that this is a very specific model before getting your hopes up. The cape on the Caped Jawa was originally vinyl, but the creators felt it looked cheap and changed it to cloth. The vinyl version became a collectible and is now worth at least $5,000!

Vinyl Caped Jawa

Vinyl Caped Jawa

Transformers

Folks, we’re not talking about the movie. We’re referring to the original Transformers toy from the 1980s, which allowed us to transform robots into guns, cars, and fighter jets. More than $2,000 can be paid for a Transformer model that is still in its original packaging and in mint condition.

Transformers

Transformers

Jurassic Park Figures

We were enthralled by the film, and now the toys have the potential to make us wealthy. If you have a genuine dinosaur figurine at home, it could be worth up to $1,200! Again, just make sure that all of it (including the box) are all intact so that you could sell it for the said price.

Jurassic Park Figures

Jurassic Park Figures

Vintage Super Soaker Gun

Super Soakers were a summer hit, and a million more have been produced since Lonnie Johnson’s version hit the shelves. The 1982 water gun revolutionized the way we engaged in water fights, and an original version could revolutionize your wallet by up to $1,000.

Vintage Super Soaker Gun

Vintage Super Soaker Gun

Mario Cart 64

Super Mario has always been a favorite among children and adults of all ages. A mint-condition vintage cartridge can sell for up to $750. Seeing as Nintendo haven’t done any reissues, you can certainly tell why people are willing to pay so much for an original copy!

Mario Cart 64

Mario Cart 64

Roger Clemens – 1984 Fleer Update

Now, let’s get back to what we were originally talking about, baseball cards. Here’s another card from the 1984 Fleer Update Batch. This card honors Roger “The Rocket” Clemen. In the 80s he became one of the best pitchers, but this changed after rumors of steroid usage. H’s induction into the Hall of Fame was halted, but the card’s value stayed very high and today a good condition card can sell for around $200 to $400.

Roger Clemens - 1984 Fleer Update

Roger Clemens – 1984 Fleer Update

Roberto Clemente – 1955 Topps

The Pittsburg Pirates outfielder, Roberto Clemente was awarded his induction into the Hall Of Fame. Unfortunately, his career was ended short when he passed away in a horrific plane accident. Back in 2012, a perfection condition 1954 card of his sold for $432,690, and another grade 9 sold for $478,000, around 4 years afterward.

Roberto Clemente - 1955 Topps

Roberto Clemente – 1955 Topps

Nolan Ryan/Jerry Koosman – 1968 Topps Rookie

Similar to the Pete Rose rookie card, if you have a copy of the 1968 grade 10 duo card of Nolan Ryan and Jerry Koosman, then you are one lucky individual. This card is so unique as 8,000 weren’t sent for approval, but only one got a score like this. With such rarity, this card was auctioned off for $612, 359. If you have a grade 9 card it can also sell for around $20,000 to $30,000.

Nolan Ryan/Jerry Koosman - 1968 Topps Rookie

Nolan Ryan/Jerry Koosman – 1968 Topps Rookie

Frank Thomas – 1990 Topps Error

Back in the ’90s, the most valuable card to own would be the Frank Thomas card from the Topps set. This card has no name on the front and is the reason why it’s so special. Owning this card showcasing the Hall of Fame member Thomas could result in you earning something big, we’re talking four or five figures.

Frank Thomas - 1990 Topps Error

Frank Thomas – 1990 Topps Error

 

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