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Toys are not child’s play in online trading

Toys are not child’s play in online trading

Old toys are a surprisingly big category in the online trading market. What were once mere playthings have become collectors’ items around the world.

Claire Cobbledick, Head of Core Business at Gumtree SA, says the category is growing all the time in South Africa as more people discover the potential value of childhood items.

Classic board games from any era, if they are in immaculate condition, are worth selling, says Cobbledick, “especially if you have something like a Monopoly board from the time it was started in the 1930’s.”

She adds that “vintage sets of age-old favourites like Mechano, which has been around since 1901, and Lego, which first produced toys in the 1930’s, will find very willing buyers. As would a yo-yo from the 1920’s when it was first a craze.”

She says that if the toy was a big deal in its time then there is usually still considerable demand.

Here is Claire’s decade-by-decade guide to which toys you should be checking your attic, cupboards and old suitcases for.

1950s. Toys from the Fifties now in the Toy Hall of Fame (yes, there is such a thing, it’s based in Rochester, New York) include the Frisbee, Mr. Potato Head, Play-Doh, the Hula Hoop, the Skateboard, Tonka trucks and the Barbie doll. When Barbie first appeared in 1959, she cost R45. Today, a 1959 Barbie in fair condition (without the box) can rake in about R150,000.

1960s. The decade of the Game of Life board game, Etch-A-Sketch, the Easy Bake Oven, Hot Wheels vehicles and Twister.

1970’s. Standouts were the UNO card game, the Odyssey game system, Dungeons & Dragons and Star Wars action figures.

1980s. The era of Gameboy, Trivial Pursuit, Jenga, Transformer figures and My Little Pony figures and play sets. If you have any unboxed figurines, you can sell them for R500-R1500 on Gumtree.

1990s. The time of Tamagotchi, Tickle Me Elmo, Bratz dolls, Beanie Babies, the Super Soaker and the legendary Pokémon trading cards. So legendary that a Pikachu Illustrator card recently sold at an auction for R21-million.

2000s. Dominated by Sony PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo Wii but there were also Razor Scooters, Webkinz, Ugly Dolls and Monster High Dolls, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.


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