What Sells: Vintage Toys

Many older toys are quite collectible; some are valued for their beauty or uniqueness, and others simply because they remind owners of their own childhoods.

What Sells

  • Board games
  • Cap guns
  • Fisher Price “Little People”
  • Models
  • Robots, spaceships and other science fiction toys
  • Tin toys
  • Toy soldiers
  • Toys from TV shows and movies (The Lone Ranger, Lost in Space, etc.)
  • Wind-up and battery-operated toys
Research Resources

The following websites have photos and historical information that can help you identify and describe vintage toys:







Online Marketplace Restrictions

Most marketplaces prohibit the sale of BB and air guns; cap guns and most other toy guns are allowed. Replicas must be clearly marked, usually with a bright orange plug inserted in the barrel.


Look for these signs of wear and tear:

  • Scratches and scuffs
  • Chipped or missing paint
  • Tears, holes and creases in cloth and paper
  • Rust on metal parts
  • Corrosion from leaking batteries
  • Dents
  • Dirt, stains and markings
  • Odors (smoke, musty smells from storage, etc.)
  • Broken or missing parts
  • Missing accessories
Key Details

Include these details in your listing:
  • Brand
  • Model name/number (if known)
  • Type of toy
  • Age (if known)
  • Other descriptive details
  • Packaging (e.g., New in Box)
Storage and Shipping

Keep vintage toys in their original packaging in a well-ventilated room, away from children, pets, smoke and cooking odors. Don’t place items in direct sunlight or next to heating vents or air conditioners either, since temperature and humidity changes can cause damage.

Wrap each item individually in plastic to protect it from moisture, bubble wrap it and place it in a sturdy box in a bed of packing peanuts for shipment to the buyer.

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