From Super Mario to Harry Potter, there are plenty of retro goods from yesteryear that could now be worth a fortune – some up to £1million if you sell to the right person
If you’ve got old books, video games and toys that are gathering dust in your loft, you may be surprised to know they could be worth a fortune.
Having a clear out of your unwanted belongings could be a great way to earn extra cash.
But you’ll want to make sure you know how much treasures from yesteryear are actually worth, so you don’t end up selling goods for below their value.
Keep in mind, products that are in their original packaging and without any damages will generally be worth more than items that aren’t in good condition.
It’s also never guarantee that you’ll get the price you’re after if you’re selling something on auction websites like eBay unless you set a reserve.
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We’ve rounded up some of the most valuable retro books, games and toys that could fetch you a tidy sum.
The study was carried out by experts at Money.co.uk.
A spokesperson said: “Investing in collectables is a worldwide hobby, and can earn you a lot of money if you know what and where to look for them.
“However, some people could be sitting on fortunes without realising as childhood toys become lucrative investments worldwide.”
Nintendo N64 Super Mario 64 game – £1.13million
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A copy of Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64 console became the most-expensive computer game ever sold after fetching £1.13million at auction in July this year.
It was considered more valuable than a typical version of this game as it had never been played and was still in its original packaging.
It was sold on Sunday by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, in the US.
Super Mario 64 was released in 1997 and was the first 3D game featuring Mario, an Italian plumber who featured in a range of Nintendo games.
Separately, a sealed cartridge of Super Mario Bros for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) sold at auction for £480,000 earlier this year.
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) The Legend of Zelda game – £625,000
Gamers will also want to keep an eye out for copies of The Legend of Zelda for the NES console after one sold for £625,000 at auction.
Like the Super Mario game we’ve mentioned above, this game was unopened and in mint condition – hence its high sale price.
The Legend of Zelda was released in 1987 and is a popular fantasy adventure game that follows the characters of Link and Princess Zelda.
This game was also sold by Heritage Auctions in Dallas in the US.
1999 Charizard Pokemon card – £226,761
Pokemon cards took the late 1990s and early 2000s by storm – but there popularly and collectability has only increased over time.
One of the rarest cards is the 1999 Holographic Shadow-less First Edition Charizard with a “PSA 10 Gem Mint” rating – one of these sold on eBay for £226,761 earlier this year.
However, more common cards like the Charizard Holo cards from the 1999 base set are still known to fetch £3,000 to £7,000 despite the fact that there are over 10,000 of them in circulation.
An easy way to check to see if your Pokemon collection may be a gold mine are the rarity indicators on the card.
Common cards are marked with a black circle, uncommon cards have a black diamond, and rare cards always have a black star.
My Little Pony Princess Rapunzel Pony – £1,090
Another childhood classic that could net you a profile is My Little Pony.
Some of the rarest that have been sold include a Princess Repunzel Pony which went for over £1,090 on eBay.
There was also a Princess Pristina Pony set, of the G1 Pegasus Pony collection, which sold for £418 along with her clip-on crown, star pick and dark pink wand.
The Windy Wing Pony collection, which features a set of ponies with butterfly wings, can sell for as much as £47 out of its box.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – £60,000
First edition Harry Potter books have been known to conjure up a healthy fortune for their lucky owners.
In 2020, a first edition Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s book from 1997 was valued at £30,000 but went on to sell at auction for £60,000.
The book had been brought for just £10.99 by a father to read to his children.
First edition paperback, hard copies or 1999 deluxe editions can also attract a healthy four-figure or even five-figure price tag depending on the condition of the book.