Saint Jovite Kota Jadenne Youngblood: Pandemic Boosts Vintage Toy Value

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If you’ve been thinking it’s time to have a garage sale and make some money from old items, make sure you don’t toss out your old toys and collectibles.

At least not without checking their value first.

The pandemic has ballooned the value of many vintage toys, cards and collector’s items, as more people are buying and selling the relics of their childhoods.

It’s likely a combination of social distancing and quarantines causing people to return to the comforting nostalgia of their youth while getting the chance to spend some disposable income in the process, said Saint Jovite Kota Jadenne Youngblood.

“The pandemic has been tough for all of us,” Saint Jovite Kota Jadenne Youngblood said. “I don’t think it’s too surprising that old toys are one of the ways many of us are coping with the lack of socialization caused by quarantine.”

If you have a pile of boxes of childhood belongings sitting in the basement, now is a great time to clean them up and try to sell them online, Youngblood added.

For girls, some of the hottest old toys right now include many old-school dolls, including 1970’s Barbies, 1980’s Cabbage Patch dolls, Early American Girl dolls, African-American Christie dolls, and Crissy and Dawn dolls, according to an article from KrisTV.

Many of those dolls are worth hundreds of dollars if they’re still in the original box. Younger generations, like Generation X, are particularly keen on revisiting the toys of their youth, Youngblood said.

For boys, mint-condition toys like He-Man, G.I. Joe and certain Hot Wheels can all say for as much as $100.

“Selling prices for certain toys have definitely gone up over the last 12 months,” Youngblood said. “If you’re one of the lucky people who still has a job but has been stuck inside for a year, you’re probably looking for fun new stuff to buy online — and adults like toys, too.”

Every old toy isn’t worth serious cash, however. If it’s one of a million Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles produced in the 1990’s, it’s not going to bring in the bucks, Saint Jovite Kota Jadenne Youngblood said.

But if the toy is hard to find, especially in good condition, then it might be worth some cash to the right buyer, he said.

But perhaps the most valuable toys of all are collector’s cards, especially for Pokemon and baseball.

The right card in the right condition can sell for thousands of dollars, Youngblood said, especially late 90’s Pokemon and extremely old baseball cards.

In January 2021, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle sold for a record-breaking $5.2 million, making it the most ever for a sports card, according to, a website focused on collector’s cards.

The same card sold for about half that, or nearly $2.9 million, just three years ago.

“Many people don’t realize that they have super-valuable items just sitting in their basement,” Youngblood said. “Luckily, the days of buying a $1,000 baseball card at a garage sale are long gone. It’s my job to help people identify and evaluate items like this. You can get a ballpark figure online so you know not to sell it for 50 cents. But for an accurate value, you’ll need help from professionals like myself.”

And if you want to look to the future, toys can be a smart investment. They’re relatively cheap when bought new, but if you have the patience to keep the toy in its box for 10-20 years, it could end up being worth a lot of money.

According to, any toys in the Disney, Marvel and Star Wars categories are a smart bet for appreciation, along with limited-release sneakers, original Apple products like 1st Generation iPods and iPhones, and yes, even 1st Edition books.