CHILDHOOD memories could provide a financial windfall.
Toy expert Steve Fulford will be at Hansons Auctioneers’ next valuation day in Kenilworth on Thursday May 9
The 61-year-old – a collector for more than 40 years, said: “The vintage and antique toy market is booming. Now toys from the 1960s, 70s and 80s are growing in demand. For example, a 007 James Bond Scalextric set from 1967 still in mint condition with box and instructions can sell for £1,500 to £2,500.
“If you’re clearing the loft, never dismiss something as worthless. An old board game may be worth £30 to £40. Games like Totopoly, a horse racing game from the 1960s, can fetch that figure. Then there was Blast Off, a 1969 board game to coincide with the Moon landings. And who remembers Battle of The Little Bighorn or the Formula One games? These are the board games of value rather than Cluedo and Monopoly which are too commonplace.
“Tinplate toys from the 1940s or 50s, Dinky vehicles and train sets are collectable as are Steiff bears or Victorian dolls. But so are Tiny Tears doll from the 1960s, early Barbie and Pippa dolls and vintage Action Man toys.
“Moving into the 1970s and 80s, Hansons sold a 60-strong collection of vintage Star Wars toys for nearly £10,000 last year. A new collection of 1983 Star Wars toys just found includes a Jedi Yak Face toy worth £600-£800. Those 1980s wrestling figures or Ninja Turtles can be collectable too.”
The free valuation day takes place at St Francis of Assisi Church Hall on Warwick Road, from 10am to 4pm.
Visit hansonsauctioneers.co.uk for further details.