Your old Pokémon cards, comic books, or Barbies could be worth more than a house

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The abandoned toy box in your garage could, just maybe, prove to be a gold mine. 

Business Insider South Africa investigated the potential value of now highly-collectable toys that could be waiting to be discovered in South Africa. The most expensive are literally the price of cars, houses, firepools – or equal to winning the Wimbledon tournament.

Toy Cars (Hot Wheels and Matchbox)

(1961) Magirus-Deutz Truck, Matchbox (tan/orange): R154,902. Photo: Neal Giordano/GoCompare

According to Neal Giordano, a toy car expert and author of "Hot Wheels Treasure Hunt Price Guide," Hot Wheels and Matchboxs are among the most sought-after in any dinky toy car collection. The most prized being the Magirus-Deutz Truck, now worth more than a 2017 Toyota Etios.

(1961) Magirus-Deutz Truck, Matchbox (tan/orange): R154,902

(1966) Opel Diplomat, Matchbox (sea-foam green): R87,554

(1965) Dodge Wreck Truck, Matchbox (green/yellow): R77,451 (1971)

Olds 442, Hot Wheels (purple): R61,348 (1969)

Custom AMX, Hot Wheels (blue): R57,089

Pokémon Cards 

Charizard (1st Edition, Base Set): R 720,660 Photo ebay

“No matter what Charizard card you have, even if it's one from five years ago, ten years ago, the latest set, it's gonna be worth money. Without a doubt. It's just because it's Charizard and people think like: 'This is the best monster, this is the boss monster.' Any edition of Charizard is worth something,” says Roy Raftery, a trading card expert and manager of Sneak Attack Games London. 

According to United States' Becketts Collectable, the 1st Edition version, the 1999 Charizard, is the most valuable. On went on auction on eBay in 2017 and sold for R720,000, more than a 2 bedroom cluster house in Fourways. 

These prices are from 2017 eBay listings. All cards are ones you could reasonably collect, no prize or error cards.

Charizard (1st Edition, Base Set): R720,660

Umbreon Gold Star (Pp Series 5): R133,650

Blastoise (1st Edition, Base Set): R117,926

Crystal Charizard (Skyridge Holo): R84,514

Rayquaza Gold Star (EX Deoxys): R83,859

Video Games 

"Gamma Attack" (Atari 2600): R660,000

Only one cartridge of Gamma Attack was produced by gaming company Gammation, and it currently is owned by collector Anthony DeNardo, according to RacketBoy. So sadly you will not find that, at a value of R660,000, in the garage. But these Atari and Nintendo games, just maybe.

"Birthday Mania" (Atari 2600): R463,293

Air Raid (Atari 2600): R442,114

1990 Nintendo World Championships (gold): R277,976

1991 Nintendo Campus Challenge (NES): R266,063

Barbie dolls 

Photo by Robert Gray/Getty Images.

The special edition Stefano Canturi Barbie was auctioned in 2010 to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It fetched R4 million, which is almost exactly what the special investigating unit found former President Jacob Zuma’s parking area and fire pool cost at Nkandla.  

Stefano Canturi Barbie: R4 million

Barbie and the Diamond Castle: R1.25 million

De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie: R1.1 million

Original Barbie (1959): R314,457

Lorraine Schwartz: R99,227

Lego sets

Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon. Photo: Brickpicker

The Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon, released in 2007 now has a resale price of R52,775. It is the most valuable Lego set of all time. It takes several days for the average builder to construct and weighs 10 kilograms.

Prices sourced from Brickpicker, a leading Lego price guide in the United States:

Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon: R52,775

Taj Mahal: R37,514

Grand Carousel: R29,010

Cafe Corner: R22,458

Statue of Liberty:R22,262

(See also: These are the 10 most expensive block sets Africa’s first official Lego store will sell – including a R14,000 Millennium Falcon)

Comic books

Action Comics #1 (1938): R 39,3 million. Photo DCWikia

The holy grail of toy collections is DC's Action Comics #1 (1938), valued at R39.3 million, almost equivalent to what Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber walked away with for winning Wimbledon.

It features the first appearance of Superman — and sold for just $0.10 in 1938. The most well-known superhero in the world only appeared on intermittent covers at first, as the publishers weren't sure he'd be successful.

Comic expert, Duncan McAlpine of Comic Price Guide UK lists these comics among the most expensive sold of all time.

Action Comics #1 (1938): R39,3 million

Detective Comics #27 (1939): R26,2 million

Superman #1 (1939): R13 million

All-American Comics #16 (1940): R9,7 million

Marvel Comics #1 (1939): R7,8 million.

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