The First Item Created of 20 Popular Collectibles

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PlaygroundEquD04aR00aP01ZL-JeffersonMitch Barrick and the team at 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!

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  1. My comment is in ref to the Fads article and specifically, Monopoly.
    When I was about 9 hrs old, I pulled a book off my parents shelf called ‘Find a need & fill it’ This book was extremely interesting as every page had the story of how various items were invented and came to market. My recollection from this book regarding Monopoly, I cannot remember the name, was a person during the depression developed a version of real estate and money to take the place of what they did not have and make a family game of it. They then brought it to a local toy store who was not interested but the developer of the game was given the leeway to actually demonstrate the game in the toy shops window. It started to take off and I do not remember exactly who bought the rights to it, it may have been a Fisher Price.

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