What is it about toys that we all love? Yes they are fun, entertaining, and can bring out creativity in both young and old. Toys have a way of sparking special memories that evoke many emotions. Maybe toys remind you of a time when life was simpler, no stress, where you were surrounded by friends and loved ones. To most, toys symbolize a time of happiness and laughter. Some are treasured items, while others you wouldn’t mind parting with. So if you have an attic full of toys and you are about to toss away all that junk… STOP! Wait.

A desirable 1939 Tin Litho Toy airplane the “China Clipper” by J. Chein just sold in auction for $300 on October 6, 2013. You wouldn’t want to carelessly throw money away, would you?

Did you know that toys from the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s are becoming highly collectible? Yes, it is true and this is a great time to begin collecting nostalgic toys while prices are still reasonable. But don’t wait too long, for the values are sure to soar “to infinity and beyond”!

Before you give away your treasured memories you’ll want to check out their values.You will also want to be accurate in your evaluation so be aware to look at resale and not retail values. Remember, anyone can ask any amount for an item, however it is the sold price that really matters. Keep in mind toys in original packaging, mint condition, with all original parts and from a major brand command the most money.

If you are not sure, a qualified appraiser can help you identify the treasures in your toy box. You can find a qualified appraiser by contacting an appraisal association like The International Society of Appraisers (ISA), The American Appraisers Association or The American Society of Appraisers (ASA).

Check out these hot trends in toy collecting:

– Can you say “May The Force Be With You”? A 1978 Kenner ‘Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker 12 Back (AFA 90) sold for $12,000 on June 16, 2013 on eBay.

– LEGOs are so loved that even sets played with are collectible. A 1989 vintage Classic LEGO 6285 Black Seas Barracuda Pirate Ship sold on eBay for $155 on September 30, 2013. This complete set was already built and had the original box and instructions. It had 18 bids!

– An unopened 1984 Strawberry Shortcake Orange Blossom Doll with an Orange Berrykin in the original box sold for $300 on July 26, 2013 on eBay.

– Who didn’t love an Easy Bake Oven? A 1969 Betty Crocker Easy Bake Oven by Kenner was sold for $66 on August 1, 2013 on eBay.

– Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots anyone? An original 1960 set of fighting robots compete in box sold for $102.50 on August 4, 2013 on eBay.

Do you have a passion for toys or maybe a feeling about the next great trend? Go with your gut, buy what you like… or maybe two (one to play with and one to keep in ideal condition) but above all have fun with your toys!

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