For The Fun Of It
Dust off your toy bin and break out the Barbies… the value of that childhood keepsake you’ve been holding on to may be much more than simply sentimental. On the new original series Toy Hunter, premiering tonight on Travel Channel, toy dealer extraordinaire Jordan Hembrough scours the country to score sought-after vintage items. We caught up with the collectibles expert to get the inside scoop on some of our favorite nostalgic playthings.
Julie: My dad gave me a Barbie virtually every holiday growing up… which should I hold on to, and which should I slap a yard sale sticker on?
Jordan: Anything from the '80s is not going to be worth that much, because they really started churning Barbies out in the '80s. The '70s Barbies are worth some money, but the 1960s Barbies are where the true money is — you’re talking in the $100s.
Julie: At the risk of dashing our "my toy chest is really a treasure chest" dreams, do any of these nostalgic favs have value today?
Julie: Any other toys or collectibles people are surprised to discover are worth big bucks?
Jordan: Star Wars stuff is always worth a lot of money, as are some of the later edition Strawberry Shortcake dolls. A lot of the boys' toys — like Masters of the Universe figures — go for much more than girls' toys. I will say this though, Jem and the Holograms dolls by Hasbro are really getting up there in value right now… I've seen some sell for over $300.
Julie: In your line of work, I imagine you've amassed a pretty impressive collection. Are there any toys or collectibles tucked away in your home you'd trade your eyeteeth to protect?
Jordan: My own Star Wars figures I played with when I was a kid! A lot of collectors are holding on to their toys and giving them to their children… they want to feel closer to their kids, and toys are something they can share.
Don’t miss Toy Hunter's one-hour premiere tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT! The show will move to its regular time slot of 9 p.m. ET/PT starting August 22.
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