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What Are Some Examples of Popular Collectible Toys?

Vintage tin toys are often a popular collectible item.
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Examining the values of vintage and collectible toys is an amazing process. Toys are highly sought by collectors for many reasons, not the least of which is nostalgia. After all, who doesn’t remember a favorite childhood toy, either one you owned or one you coveted? In one form or another, collectible toys nearly always make the top 20 lists of items sought or sold at auctions and antique fairs. Many of the more popular collectible toys may bring back fond memories of your own childhood.

Wooden toys, especially trucks and cars, are always a big hit in antique malls – especially those that were handcrafted by well-known toy makers half a century or more ago. Similarly, diecast cars and trucks are also highly prized by many toy collectors. Franklin Mint diecast cars and trucks from the early 1900s are just one example.

Toys that commemorate a fictional character or a real personality are also popular collectibles. Space toys from the 1960s, Evel Knievel toys from the 1970s, Strawberry Shortcake, Holly Hobbie, Raggedy Ann and Andy, and Barbie dolls, along with Star Wars action figures and other collectible toys are just a few examples of vintage toys that garner a great deal of interest from collectors.

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In addition to actual toys, other vintage children’s items such as comic books and PEZ® dispensers are also considered collectible toys. There are many first-run edition comic books that have commanded prices well in excess of $1000 US Dollars. No small feat for something that would have cost a mere nickel brand new.

PEZ® dispensers, another hot collectible toy, surface as eBay listings by the thousands at any given time. Other items considered to be vintage or collectible toys are tin toys and lunch boxes. Many rare wind-up toys made from tin and tin lunch boxes are amongst the most highly regarded varieties of collectible toys.

While collectible toys are no different than any other form of collectible item in that their values are mostly seen only by the collectors themselves, vintage and collectible toys are nostalgic and thus often possess a value far beyond the monetary kind. The internet has a wealth of information about the value and rarity of various collectible toys and comprehensive price guides are available through online and brick and mortar book stores.

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surfNturf
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Bhutan-Oh I love to buy collectible toys. I collect dolls and teddy bears. My favorite teddy bears are the Muffy Vanderbear collection.

I love these bears and buy a variety of them whenever I can. I got lucky that when my child was a baby, a local toy store was going out of business and they generally sold a lot of high end toy collectables.

I think that investing in toy collectables is a fun hobby that may be lucrative. Collecting gives you always something fun to look forward to and the thrill of the hunt in finding just the right piece is also part of the appeal.

I would like to collect a few collectible antique toys. I would love to find an old Lionel train set. The problem with collecting toys that are collectibles is that you start to run out of room.

Bhutan
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My favorite collectable toys are dolls. I love collecting Gene dolls, Madame Alexander, and even the Precious Moments dolls.

I started collecting dolls for my daughter because I received a Precious Moments doll in a basket that was sent to me in the hospital when I gave birth to her.

That got me hooked and I have been collecting dolls ever since for her. She is going to be 10 now, so she can really appreciate the dolls and take care of them.

Many people that buy collectable toys usually buy two of the same item so that they can have the child play with one toy while the preserve the other one to build their collection.

This is what my sister did with her Stars Wars collectible toys for her son. She has all of the original toys with the boxes and some of the toys are so rare that she had to go to Canada to find them.

These types of toys are very valuable and can bring in large sums of money either on EBay or private auctions.

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