Mitch Barrick and the team at PlaygroundEquipment.com were kind enough to share with us this wonderful look back at some of the great pop collectible products of the last 125 years.
Do you have a sentimental collection of bygone toys hidden away in your attic that you cannot bring yourself to part with? This infographic is a walk down memory lane, presenting the first item created of 20 popular collectible items since 1904. Depending on the era of your childhood (or adulthood, we won’t judge!), you may covet DC or Marvel comics, Barbies, PEZ dispensers, Pogs, Pokémon cards, or NES cartridges.
Perhaps you have a basket full of Beanie Babies with their tags still attached and protected in little hearts of plastic. Beanie Babies took 1995 by storm, fueled by calculated scarcity, thematic launches (think Princess the Bear), staggered retirements, and sheer cuteness. If you have a royal blue Peanut the Elephant Beanie Baby, you are in luck! It is one of the most expensive, sought-after Beanie Babies. Experts believe that there are only 2,000 royal blue Peanuts in existence due to Ty Warner changing the manufacturing color to baby blue after only four months.
One toy fad that is still going strong are Pokémon cards, thanks in part to the wild success of mobile and console games like Pokémon Go!, Pokémon Diamond & Pearl, and many more. As of 2018, over 25.7 billion Pokémon cards have been sold worldwide! If you purchased Pokémon cards when they were first released, you may have been in possession of first-edition cards like the holographic Charizard. In 2017, a first-edition holographic Charizard in mint condition sold for $55,650 on eBay!