Your old toys could be worth a lot of money at the Vintage Toy Show in MN

If you have old toys from your childhood in your basement, garage or attic, they could be worth a pretty penny at a Friday Vintage Toy Show here in Minnesota.

What was your favorite toy when you were a kid? I have to say mine was either one of our Lego sets or my Incredible Hulk minifigure. Alas, I no longer have any of these toys. But if YOU still have some of your old toys, they could be worth a lot of money at the Antique Toy Roadshow, a toy buying show hosted by The Toy Scout.

If that name sounds familiar, it might be because Joel Magee (the Toy Scout’s real name) has been making appearances all over the country for the past 20 years buying, selling and collecting vintage toys. According to his website, he “has a wealth of knowledge and experience in appraising collectibles, earning him the title of America’s Toy Scout.”

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Oh yeah – he’s also been featured on the History Channel’s ‘Pawn Stars’, as Disney’s Resident Expert and Appraiser. And he came here to Minnesota last week, appraising and, yes, even buying, vintage toys during his Antique Toy Roadshow stint at the Courtyard by Marriot – Bloomington, near the Mall of America.

This CBS-Minnesota story says he spends “millions of dollars” buying toys every year, which he then restores and sells to toy collectors. He says he uses three criteria to evaluate vintage toys:

  • Does the toy fit in a collection?
  • Does it have a memory aspect?
  • Who made the toy?

So what are the most popular toys he’s looking for right now? “What are the hot toys? Star Wars, GI Joes, Hot Wheels toy cars,” Magee told CBS-Minnesota in the story.

The Toy Scout’s stay here in the land of 10,000 lakes will continue until Friday, June 17. If you have any vintage toys that you think might be worth the money, you might want to head over to Courtyard by Marriot – Bloomington (located just 494 near the Mall of America.) Or, you can click HERE to a link for The Toy Scout to assess your toy and give you a quote remotely.

And speaking of vintage toys, do you remember what was the hot toy you had to have on vacation when you were a kid? Keep scrolling to see which toys were hot since the year you were born and when you were growing up!

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