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Just about everyone has heard of the Beatles. Considered one of the most successful rock and roll bands in history, the group gained worldwide fame during the 1960’s and is credited with launching the so-called British Invasion of music groups into the United States. As can be expected, popularity of this level quickly inspired a number of commercial items designed to cash in on the success of the group. Among those are a number of Beatles toys that are highly prized among collectors. As a result, many of those toys dating from the 1960’s have appreciated in worth, making them quite valuable.
The range of Beatles toys and other memorabilia covered just about every type of product one can imagine. There were Beatles wigs, Beatles love beads, and Beatles clothing designed to reel in the allowances of their teenage fans. Along with these items, other forms of collectibles also emerged, many of them designed for a pre-teen audience as well as a teenage and young adult constituency. Beatles toys fall into this group of collectible items.
However, not all forms of Beatles memorabilia and toys can command a high price. There are a few basic characteristics that will often impact the price that any given item command. One of the most important factors has to do with the condition of the toy and the packaging.
Beatles toys that gain the most attention and are likely to generate the highest price will be in mint condition. That is, the toy was never removed from the original packaging and still looks brand new. If the packaging itself is relatively free of the signs of wear and tear, that will only enhance the value of the toy. While finds that are in pristine condition are harder to find today than ever before, collectors hold to the dream of someone coming across mint condition Beatles toys that were placed in trunks, stored in attics, and promptly forgotten.
This does not mean that Beatles toys that do show signs of wear and tear cannot be sold at a profit. For example, Beatles dolls can still sell for an attractive sum, even if the hair is a little frayed and the ankle boots are missing. If a given toy is known to be somewhat rare, as is the case with Beatles Finger Ding dolls, they may earn a significant return even if they are in poor condition.
As with Beatles records, Beatles toys that were produced as limited editions are likely to sell for astronomical amounts. Owning an original limited edition that has been preserved in excellent to mint condition would be similar to owning a hallowed religious icon. On the rare occasions that these types of Beatles toys come on the market, the bidding is usually intense, which drives up the price and ultimately makes the original owner very happy indeed.
Today, Beatles toys can be found in private auctions at estate sales, online bidding sites, and even some antique stores. However, it is still possible to come across toys related to the Beatles in out of the way second hand shops and thrift stores. If you come across Beatles toys on sale for bargain prices, make it a point to buy them immediately. Chances are you will be able to earn back your investment plus a nice profit within a short period of time.
@Logicfest -- True, but there are still some modern Beatles items that should fetch a decent price one day. Limited editions of albums and compact discs, limited run books and some other stuff should be worth something if kept in good shape and held onto for a few decades.
That stuff might not be worth as much as the original items, but not all modern stuff will be worthless to collectors.
And don't go thinking that a modern Beatles toy will be worth a thing. People have cranked out Beatles merchandise for decades now and there are a lot of modern Beatles "collectibles" being made.
The reason why the original Beatles toys fetch so much cash is because there aren't a lot of those items remaining. People who bought them didn't regard them as valuable collectibles, so they were pulled out of their packages, played with and most of that stuff was destroyed years ago.
Contrast that to modern Beatles toys sold as collectibles. Because they are called "collectible," people will purchase them and never pull them out of the packaging. There will never be a shortage of that stuff.
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