Princess Diana Beanie Babies which were developed to help the needy and vulnerable through the Princess's charity are being sold privately online for more than A$360,000 | Source: Express UK

Timeless Treasures: The Most Valuable Collectibles of the ’90s

Pokemon, Power Rangers, Hot Wheels, Harry Potter, Barbie the list goes on…

The 1990s was a wonderful decade for toys. While at the time hanging onto your favourite ’90’s items was probably triggered by nothing more than nostalgia, nowadays it seems it wasn’t such a bad idea. Many vintage toys, antiques, and comic books that still awaken an inner child are worth more than a tidy sum in today’s market.

In July this year an unopened, mint condition version of Super Mario 64 from 1996, sold for a staggering A$2.08 million at Heritage Auctions.

Collectors are in search of everything from these vintage games to first edition Pokemon cards to Princess Diana Beanie Baby’s and they’re prepared to pay top dollar. It’s time to clean out the closet and check the attic, that old toy you just couldn’t get rid of could be worth a pretty penny. Here’s a breakdown of the most valuable collectibles of the 1990s.

1st Edition Charizard Holo Card

Even when it was first released in 1999, a Charizard was a rare find. Nowadays a mint-condition Charizard Holo card, from the first edition Pokemon, commands a hefty price tag. In December 2020, a pristine condition 1st Edition Charizard, Holographic sold for A$505,000 at Goldin Auctions – reportedly a record price for any Pokémon card at the time.

Princess Diana Beanie Baby

Many Beanie Baby’s are collectables these days and the iteration of the iconic Princess of Wales is of course amongst them. A 1st edition Princess Diana purple bear released in 1997, to commemorate the Princess’s death, was put online in 2015 with a staggering opening bid of A$47,000. It’s reported the limited edition didn’t actually sell for that much with many online from anywhere between a few hundred dollars to over A$250,000.

1st Edition Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

It’s no surprise that one of the largest franchises in the world produces some revered collectables. Hardcover first editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone featuring the print line ’10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1′ fetch anywhere from A$48,000 to A$68,000. According to Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers, however, one of only 500 from the first print run published by Bloomsbury in 1997 sold for A$128,000 in 2020.

Super Mario 64 for Nintendo Entertainment System

While the popular game is available on newer Nintendo consoles, collectors are mainly interested in the game’s original versions for the Nintendo Entertainment System. In July this year an unknown bidder paid A$2.08 million for a mint condition Super Mario 64 from 1996 still in its original packaging. Breaking the previous record price for a video game, Heritage Auctions said it is the first game ever sold at auction to bring more than A$1.34 million.

G1 Jetfire

While you may think Optimus Prime leads the way, amazingly it’s G1 Jetfire who takes home the prize for most expensive Transformers action figure. The vintage toy is in a near immaculate 90+ AFA grade condition, selling for over A$34,000 in February 2021, at Hake’s Auctions.

Magic: The Gathering – Black Lotus Card

One of the most valuable collectables of the ’90s, only 1,100 of the Black Lotus Card were released in 1993. This particular piece is an extremely rare flawless card signed by the artist Christopher Rush. It sold for over A$697,000 in January 2021, three times more than a similar card in 2019.

Pink Rear Loading Beach Bomb

The rarest and most sacred Hot Wheels car, the Pink Rear Loading Beach Bomb, is worth more than most real cars. The Pink prototype is said to be only one of two that still exists and is worth an estimated A$204,000. This version was never released to the public and therefore is likely to only exist in the collections of past employees.

C-3PO Lego Minifigure 1999 Prototype

It might be surprising that such a small minifigure is worth over A$4,300, but then it is a collaboration between two extremely collectable franchises – Lego and Star Wars. This rare 1999 golden-hued C-3PO iteration was a prototype of the Lego figure created to coincide with the first prequel film, The Phantom Menace.

Spud’s Adventure on Game Boy

One of the rarest and most expensive games on Game Boy, the adventure game was released in Japan and North America in 1991. Collectors can find a used loose cartridge of Spud’s Adventure for around A$270, but a rare new and complete copy of the Game Boy game costs as much as A$4,700.

New Mutants Comic Book #98

Comic books are one of the most collectable items ever and Marvel is one of the worlds most popular franchises. It’s no surprise then that Deadpool’s debut comic, New Mutants #98, released in 1991, routinely sell for hundreds of dollars. In August 2021, a near-perfect condition copy even fetched as much as A$3,000.

De Beers Barbie 

Celebrating Barbie’s 40th anniversary, Mattel partnered with De Beers jewellery to design this rare toy. The 1999 doll features a waist belt with 160 diamonds and its top is made of 18K gold. It retailed for A$116,000 in 1999 and today would be worth around A$177,500.

1992-D Lincoln, Close AM Cent 

Rare coins command a premium price from collectors. One of the most valuable collectable coins from the ’90s is a rare 1992-D Lincoln, Close AM cent. One particular example of the transitional cent sold for A$28,270 at Heritage Auctions in 2012.

You can learn more about interesting collector’s items by reading rare Australian coins, rare Australian stamps and collector marbles.

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