The 1990s was an exciting decade. For adults it was a time of war, financial exhilaration, and soapy White House drama. For kids, it was an exciting time filled with everything from Pogs to PlayStation. Many '90s kids remember growing up convinced that their toys and collectibles and trading cards would be worth a lot of money someday. This was mostly bad advice, as most '90s toys and collectibles have turned out to be worthless. You'd have been much better off hustling your local hospital for some kidney stones, hopefully a celebrity's, to resell.
Nonetheless, a few 90's collectibles have appreciated in value. You might be surprised to learn that while little cardboard discs aren't worth much, an old box of cereal can make you cold cash. And like all good fashion comebacks, those questionably hideous Troll dolls of the '90s are worth more vintage than their arguably cuter counterparts of today. Of course, basic economics says the value of anything is determined by what a person is willing to pay. Check out the list below to find out whether some of your old toys or collectibles are worth more than you expected, and vote up the products you're most surprised are worth a lot of money.
In 1993, you could purchase a VHS version of Disney's Aladdin for $16.99 at Toys-R-Us. Today, sellers are asking for up to $1,000 for a Black Diamond copy of Aladdin. More reasonable sellers are asking nearly $80. Either way, Aladdin's Black Diamond VHS has appreciated in value considering it was readily available at major retailers during the early '90s.
Nickelodeon was a hot brand in the 1990s, making bank on animated shows like The Rugrats and live-action shows like Legends of the Hidden Temple, starring real-live kids. Part of the reasons for its popularity may have been that it did such a good job capturing the mind of a child, like when it created the Gak Copier in the early '90s. Instead of paper, the toy xeroxed a goo-meets-silly-putty concoction called "gak" that served no apparent purpose other than to be a fun novelty. In 1993, a child could walk into Toys-R-Us (or peruse its catalog at home) and purchase the Nickelodeon Gak Copier for $8.99. Today, there are some originals retailing online for as much as $290.84.
Mattel purchased the Polly Pocket brand in 1998. As a result, the original, smaller version of the Polly Pocket toys have increased in value. In the '90s, a child could purchase Polly Pocket for $10-$20. Now, eBay claims that sellers may ask for up to $350 for the pre-Mattel Polly Pockets, including the Bluebird Polly Pocket line, but most retail for less than that price.