It’s time to start dusting off your VCR and pulling out those old VHS tapes, because June 7 is National VCR Day.
While it might seem like a lifetime ago to some of us, VCRs and VHS tapes are still in partial circulation today and, for select films, could sell for quite a bit of money. For those in possession of limited-edition or unopened VHS tape collections, you could be holding onto a small fortune.
In December 2021, a sealed, mint-condition “Star Wars” VHS tape from 1977 was auctioned off for $57,600.
An original Star Wars VHS can be sold for around $3,500 if it’s still in a sealed package.
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Old Disney classics like Bambi, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, The Fox and the Hound, and Dumbo could go for an estimated price of $50-$1,000, depending on the film and the condition it’s in. But most fall within the range of $50-$300.
However, some have much steeper price tags. For example, Beauty and the Beast could be worth an estimated $2,000 if you happen to have a mint-condition diamond edition.
Other valuable non-Disney VHS tapes include 1986’s Back to the Future ($20,000), 1983’s Jaws ($10,500), and 1982’s First Blood ($12,000) — Prices here are based on Heritage Auctions’ current VHS tapes up for sale.
Maybe it’s time to look through that old VHS collection and see if you have anything that will make you some easy cash.