Garbage Pail Kids were a totally 80s thing. Part parody of the adorable Cabbage Patch doll craze, Garbage Pail Kids took it to the other extreme. Instead of adorable, they were disgusting, naughty, and cringe-worthy. Treasure or trash?
There was an Adam Bomb and a Corroded Carl card. The Garbage Pail gang might hang with the kids on “South Park.” The trading cards, believe it or not, are highly valuable, in actual dollars. A first edition 1985 Adam Bomb trading card went for $10,000 on eBay. A first edition Corroded Carl, even though it was issued in 2013, went for $6,000.
British Royal Family Collectibles
British royalty memorabilia collectibles have been around for years and years. The Victorian era marked a change in production. It was so popular that collectible items were mass-produced for the first time. This move made lots of money for anyone involved in the production, but not much for anyone thinking of vintage value.
These mementos would seem to be historically valuable, but ever since the Victorian era, mass production caused value and interest to drop. Antique dealer Deric Blackler said that people bring in these types of items all the time and they are “quite surprised” to learn it is worthless.
Old College Pennants
University pennants used to be a common way for college students to cheer for their team and their alma mater. Attached to walls or even the ceiling, these pennants that are now vintage should be worth something. Right? Well, not exactly. In fact, not at all.
According to eBay, it is just not the case. But maybe in the future, the trend will turn back around. Now, we aren't saying you should get rid of this memento — what alum could toss out their college pennant anyway? However, don't hold your breath waiting for it to pay off your student loans.
Model train sets range from a single track going around and around on the floor to rooms full of tracks, trains, and miniature cities. It all really depends on the level of enthusiasm you had as a kid and your parents' willingness and ability to fund it. In some cases, the love of the toy turns into a full-on hobby as an adult.
Model train enthusiasts spend countless hours and as many dollars enjoying their collections. But are they worth anything? Nope. Not really, the money put into the hobby will never be recovered. Selling the locomotives does not return the investment.
Mattel introduced the beloved die-cast cars in 1968 and kids have been collecting them ever since. There’s a famous hot pink VW bus with surfboards hanging out the back worth $150,000. There are several others priced at jaw-dropping digits, but don’t dig out your Hot Wheels collection just yet.
Almost all Hot Wheels are worth nothing more than a buck or two. The VW bus is valuable because it came from the original 1969 lot, and it was a misfit. Mattel slammed the breaks on production after it crashed and burned on the trademark yellow Hot Wheels track. That made it rare.