There aren’t many good things about getting older: you can’t drink as much as you used to, you start to ache in places you didn’t think you could ache before, and you start forgetting things. But, there is a silver lining to this depressingly gray cloud—your old crap might finally be worth something. If you’re the kind of person who happened to hang onto action figures, video games, or dolls for decades in their original wrapping, you might be sitting on hundreds of dollars worth of eBay auction returns.
Tread lightly, those of you who hope to strike it rich by selling the treasured keepsakes of your past. Just because you have a bunch of old shit in your basement doesn’t mean that you’ve struck it rich. Rarity, condition, and complete chance have to come together to create the perfect storm that raises the value of your childhood toys above what you paid for them, let alone returns the kind of haul that could pay off your student loans. Sometimes you see items listed for thousands on eBay:
Nintendo World Championships =$100,000
Likely one of the most complicated things to truly explain might very well be Nintendo and their tournaments that they would hold. In 1990, they held one that was known as the Nintendo World Championships, because they’re creative like that. The game was not really a game if we’re being honest. It included several games on timers, and it ran across 29 different cities. What makes this so valuable would indeed be the insane rarity of it. Only 26 were handed out, as they came from “gold cards.” Nintendo Magazine was giving 26 away, and if you were one of the lucky ones to get a card and eventually the World Championships from 1990, you’d be pretty rich today. The average one of these usually sold for a little over $20,000 in most any condition. However, one from 1990 sold for just over $100,000 back in early 2014. If that were to continue, the value of others could be extremely high as they are considered rarer than this one.