1990s kids are grown-ups now, bidding on childhood faves

A 1999 Pokemon shadowless holographic uncut proof sheet containing seven Charizard cards achieved $234,171 including the buyer’s premium in June 2021. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
A 1999 Pokemon shadowless holographic uncut proof sheet containing seven Charizard cards achieved $234,171 including the buyer’s premium in June 2021. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK  — The 1990s was a heady decade: the Internet became available to the public, Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa, Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced and several nations joined forces to wage war in the Persian Gulf. In the realm of pop culture, Nirvana conquered the music charts with their anthem Smells Like Teen SpiritFriends debuted on TV, and the first Harry Potter book was published. Like every decade, the 1990s had its share of now-iconic toys, which ’90s kids — now adults — want to buy back. And that’s why 1990s toys are hot now.

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Once futuristic, now nostalgic, collectors love Lost in Space

A Sears version of Mattel’s Lost In Space Switch 'n Go set in its original color litho box made $6,490, including the buyer’s premium at Hake’s Auctions in September 2020. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
A Sears version of Mattel’s Lost In Space Switch 'n Go set in its original color litho box made $6,490, including the buyer’s premium at Hake’s Auctions in September 2020. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
A Sears version of Mattel’s Lost In Space Switch ‘n Go set in its original color litho box made $6,490, including the buyer’s premium at Hake’s Auctions in September 2020. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Created and produced by the so-called “master of disaster” Irwin Allen, known for his movies The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, Lost In Space debuted on television in September 1965. The show was a hit and ran for three seasons, tapping into a strong interest in outer space and science fiction. The Twilight Zone had already been on air for several years at that point, and NASA’s manned space flight program was going strong with Mercury and Gemini.

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