‘Your Old Toys Are Worth Big Bucks’ (2014)

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The Marx dinosaur play set. Mine was an earlier, simpler version. But look at all the dinosaurs and cavemen!

I have to think about this. The dinosaur play set my father said we couldn’t afford, back circa 1960, cost $5. It contained many toy dinosaurs. Now, just one of the smallest of those little plastic dinosaurs sells for $5. All the dinosaurs and cave men in the set, sold individually, would fetch several hundred dollars–several times what my father was earning per week at the Ford plant. And that was a good job!


I keep these toys because they remind me of the people who gave them to me: my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and my mother and father are all gone, but I can still feel their love. When I handle one of these, it calls up sunny days in the sandbox.

Besides which, I still think these were really cool toys.

6 comments on “‘Your Old Toys Are Worth Big Bucks’ (2014)

  1. One thing I really admire about you Lee, is that you have retained a Link to your childhood. I didn’t, and I regret it to this day. These are, indeed, reminders of the love and goodness of our families.

  2. I’m right with you on childhood toys. My buddies and I saved baseball cards. I had a bunch of Mickey Mantle & Roger Maris. Decades later my parents went through their cupboards and threw all the baseball cards into the trash. If they had only known!

    1. Yeah, my baseball cards got thrown out by my mother, too.
      Years later, my wife gave me a 1959 Mickey Mantle, which cost her $50 (which would by you 100 Full packs of baseball cards in 1959!). A few years later, to raise the money to buy my sword, I sold it for $500.
      The price has since come a long way down.

  3. I also collect baseball cards (Once in a while), and yes, some of the rarer ones can be worth a fortune. For example, a rare autographed rookie card of Shohei Ohtani (Japanese rookie) is worth… (Here goes, are you ready?)… 6,725 dollars!!! Just for a little piece of paper!
    I kind of wish I had that card…

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