If your 90s collection of Disney VHS tapes is still in good condition, a few might be worth a tidy sum.
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Published October 12, 2022
Disney kids have turned into Disney adults and their obsessive - bordering on manic - love of all things from the House of the Mouse is unparalleled. This includes the VHS tapes you probably learned your first Disney musical numbers from. Though largely defunct in our streaming age, since practically every Disney film is at your fingertips when you open up Disney+, some people long for the physical touchstones of their childhood, and that includes the often un-rewound VHS tapes of their favorite Disney films. Since enough time has past to turn these once common forms of entertainment into something novel, there are some of these early Disney titles you'll want to hunt down in the old electronics section of your local thrift store because of their secret high $$$ value.
Black Diamond Disney VHS Tapes Worth a Lot of Money
|Valuable Disney Black Diamond VHS Tapes||Recent Sales Price|
|Beauty and the Beast||$37,777.77|
|The Fox and the Hound||$17,500|
|Song of the South||$100|
Known as the Black Diamond collection because of the black diamond on the cases' spines, the first line of Disney VHS tapes sold from 1984 to 1994 included most of Disney's classic animated films including hits like Dumbo, Sleeping Beauty, and The Little Mermaid. Collectors love a first edition, and Black Diamond VHS's are as close as anyone'll get to 1980s and '90s gold. While not every copy of these tapes is worth a ton of money, a few just might have you rummaging through your dusty VHS collection for a quick cash turnaround.
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Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast might be a tale as old as time, but it hasn't always been a valuable collectible. The Oscar-winning animated film was released in 1991 to critical acclaim, with a killer soundtrack, a villain everyone could get on board with hating, and a digitally rendered ball sequence that blew little kids' minds. When it comes to Disney VHS, you can't beat Beauty and the Beast. In fact, one rare sealed Black Diamond copy of it, with the original sales barcode intact, recently sold on eBay for a pearl-clutching $37,777.77. Although this is far from the norm, where sealed copies usually sell for around $100, you just might luck out and get a very interested buyer.
The Fox and the Hound
A lesser-known Disney classic is The Fox and the Hound, a film that explores the unlikely friendship of a hunting dog named Copper and a wild fox named Tod. Released in 1981, it didn't leave as much of a lasting impact as later films from the decade, like The Little Mermaid, did. Yet, if you're a dedicated Disney collector, you absolutely need to add this less popular title to your collection. And one collector did just that by buying a near-mint VHS on eBay for an eye-watering amount - $17,500 to be exact.
Aladdin was a huge hit in the 1990s with its sprawling atmosphere and beautiful soundtrack (not to mention Robin Williams iconic performance as the Genie) and adults love to rewatch Genie and Aladdin's first meeting in the way it was originally intended - on a fuzzy wide screen tv. Open Black Diamond copies of this VHS can sell for around $200 each, but when the right collector finds your listing, they can go for more money. In one case, an eBay seller sold their lightly used copy for $3,000.
Song of the South
Although we're loathe to include a horribly racist film in this list, because it's been returned to the Disney vault never to be seen again on streaming or any other entertainment platform, the European VHS copies of Song of the South are worth a fair amount of money. Even by the 1990s, many people hadn't seen the film save for the catchy song "Zippa-Dee-Do-Da" on Disney sing-a-long videos. At the very least, if you happen to come across a copy of this in an attic somewhere, you can take the $100-$200 dollars you make off of it on eBay and donate it as a further kick in the rear to Disney for letting this one get made.
Disney Masterpiece Collection VHS Tapes With High Values
|Valuable Disney Masterpiece Collection VHS Tapes||Recent Sales Price|
|Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||$1,175|
The Masterpiece Collection was really similar to the Black Diamond series and included a plethora of Disney's greatest hits from the 1930s-1990s. Interestingly, this series focused on less-acclaimed titles from the mid-century, which explains why that '90s nostalgia for the Disney Renaissance that's driving so much of the market's resurgence hasn't made these older films big-ticket items at online auctions. However, you don't have to pass over every Masterpiece Collection tape you find, and a few of these titles speak to certain collector's sentimentality - and bank accounts.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
If you're going for retro Disney, you can't get much more vintage than 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A massive phenomenon unlike any animated film before it, this flagship film launched the Disney animated movie into the stratosphere. And while you probably aren't moved that much by the dated dialogue and vocals, some have a unique attachment to the film. One fan put their money where their mouth is and spent $1,175 on a near-mint VHS Masterpiece copy from 1994 with the hard shell case intact.
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You don't have to prick your finger on the spinning wheel to pay for this vintage VHS using a blood contract. Nowadays, there are every type of Disney princess out there, but in the 1950s and 1960s, choices were limited. If you loved medieval mythology, then Sleeping Beauty was right up your alley. With light and dark fairies, kings and queens, dashing princes, and a dragon, what more could you ask for? For around $10, you can stream the movie on Disney+, but you can't beat the authenticity of watching it on your old VHS tapes. Pass on your well-loved tapes to kids with a passion for the past, or if you've got the limited edition Masterpiece copy, list at an auction and you, too, might find a buyer who's willing to pay $700 for it.
Dumbo is an undeniably underrated Disney movie if only for the way Dumbo never speaks a word and yet makes you cry your eyes out. Although it does have the special Disney brand of racist background characters that movies from this period always had, laughing with friends over the "Elephants on Parade" scene while utterly sloshed makes it worth having an early VHS tape of it. While you've been drinking, you probably can't remember your Disney+ password, but you can trust that ingrained muscle memory for setting up a VHS to kick in. If you're finished enjoying that rediscovered Masterpiece copy of Dumbo, you can list it on eBay and try to get about $50 for it. At least it's enough to buy a mid-shelf bottle of your favorite adult juice.
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Honorable Mentions Worth Some Money
Beyond the standard collections of VHS tapes that Disney made in the '80s and '90s were a slew of unique tie-ins, straight-to-video sequels, and limited edition copies. Just like how people have niche favorite Disney movies, so too are their niche VHS tapes you can find littering online auctions. In their best condition, these Disney tapes can fetch $50-$150 - a nice chunk of change to add to your rainy day fund.
"Banned" Little Mermaid
Disney animators were no saints, and some of the things they got past the censors have become legend to naughty Disney adults. For instance, there are rumors about explicit words being written in the clouds in The Lion King and the priest marrying Prince Eric and Ariel seems a bit too...happy to be joining the two in holy matrimony. But, one of these that Disney caught was the noticeably phallic shape of the castle on The Little Mermaid's VHS case cover. This 'banned' VHS is collectible in its own right, with copies being listed on eBay and Etsy for around $50.
Disney Sing Alongs
If you were born in the early 1990s and were nursed on Disney VHS tapes, you probably remember learning all of the lyrics to the company's films with their bouncy sing-alongs. These compilation videos traveled from one hit song to the next, showing you a snippet of the scene from the movie and teaching you all about pace and lyrics using a bouncing ball across subtitles. These tapes are totally obsolete now, but some Millennial parents want to give their kids a 'proper' Disney education. In fact, one factory sealed three-pack of these sing-along VHS tapes recently sold for $129 on eBay. That's a huge amount for a VHS that doesn't include a single feature-length film in it.
Tips for Making Money off of Disney VHS Tapes
You don't have to have your own successful Etsy shop or booth in a local antiques store to make some money off of the House of the Mouse's vintage VHS tapes. In fact, this can be your first and only foray into selling collectibles online or otherwise. But, if this is your first time, you should consider a couple of things before gifting them to your '90s obsessed teenage neighbor.
- Factory sealed clamshells are the way to go - Disney adults have a hunger like no other, and they're ravenous to have every possible piece of Disney merch the mouse ever made in their collection. While VHS tapes aren't super high on their lists, they'll pay the big bucks for factory sealed clamshell cases with nary a fingerprint or rewound tape in sight.
- List where your audience is looking - You should always be discerning with where you list things you want to sell because you want the people who're interested in your products to actually find them. So, for vintage Disney products, you can stick to less hoity-toity places like eBay, Etsy, and Facebook Marketplace.
- Popular titles aren't the only coveted ones - Naturally, you know that popular titles like Beauty and the Beast and Lion King's VHS copies would draw some interest, but lesser known titles like Robin Hood and The Fox and the Hound have their own appeal because they can complete someone's collection. After all, wouldn't you dip into your saving to get the book or outfit you've been waiting for?
Declutter and Make Money the Disney Way
No one can deny the power of the '90s renaissance that's going on in social media and pop culture. Capitalize on all of the dusty boxes of your childhood knickknacks by seeing which Disney VHS tapes you can find. Most of these well-loved tapes won't bring in more than about $20, but there's the odd copy that sells to a fanatical Disney adult for thousands. Don't cheat yourself out of the possible big win by throwing away these mostly defunct tapes. Take a few minutes to browse through the pile and envision just what kind of fairy tale life you might be able to make for yourself.
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How do I find out how much my VHS tapes are worth? ›
- Search for it on eBay's completed sales to see what it's recently sold for.
- Check Amazon to see if it's listed there, and at what price.
Though these cassettes may not sell for as much as the Disney Black Diamond edition, some sold listings have ranged from $100 to even $500.
12 The Lion King (First Edition)
Feeling as if his father's demise is his own fault, Simba mysteriously disappears. The first edition of this VHS tape is approximately $1,500, which is a lot of money for one film.
Sell Your Old VHS Tapes
Just like vinyl records haven't gone away since the dawn of CDs / Digital music, there will always be a second hand market for them. In fact – some of the more unusual tapes have sold for thousands! including things like Star Wars or Disney movie special editions etc…
Answer: VHS tapes and audio tapes are not considered household hazardous waste and can be disposed of, if they can not be reused or recycled.What was the best selling VHS in the 90s? ›
1. The Lion King. Released on VHS in 1995, this film not only tops the list of best-selling VHS tapes, but also sits in the list of one of the best-selling DVDs of all time, too. With sales reaching 32 million copies with a revenue of $520 million, The Lion King is the most successful VHS release of all time.How much is Indiana Jones VHS worth? ›
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984
A sealed copy of the Temple of Doom sold for $7,600 in September 2021.
We know what you might be thinking: What VHS tape is worth the most? Well, according to thegamer.com, it's the black diamond version of "101 Dalmatians." This classic can be valued up to $6,000 -- again, you just have to find someone willing to pay the price.Is anyone buying VHS movies? ›
“There absolutely is a used VHS market,” says Tim Allen, a VHS enthusiast and collector who runs a pop culture blog called Video-Tron 2000. “There are enough people out there that enjoy buying video tapes that if you came across a box of old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, you could probably sell them.”What counts as a Disney classic? ›
These 15 animated feature films – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Rescuers and The Fox and the Hound – had only been shown at theaters, not ...
Which Beauty and the Beast VHS is rare? ›
Like with all other Disney VHS tapes, the most rare and valuable ones are from the Black Diamond Edition. This edition of Beauty and the Beast VHS tape was released in 1992 in limited quantities and it is very hard to find.What is Disney Masterpiece Collection VHS? ›
The Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection (Walt Disney Coleccion Maestra in Spanish and Collection Chefs-d'œuvre de Walt Disney in Canadian French) was a line of VHS tapes and Laserdiscs released by Walt Disney Home Video from 1994 to 1999.What is the most expensive Disney movie? ›
The Lion King (2019) - Most Expensive Ever, Tied
While it was a great movie, it only cost $45 million for Disney to make.
|Rare Disney Collectibles Worth Money||Recent Sales Price|
|Charlotte Clark Mickey Mouse Stuffed Animals||$1,400|
|Walt Disney's Personal Sketchbook||$75,000|
|1930s Animated Mickey Poster||$30,000|
|Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Animation Cel||$18,000|
eBay is an excellent place to sell VHS tapes whether they're rare or common. If they're common, you have people cruising for great deals that will snap them up and, if they're rare, you have collectors that are willing to pay top dollar for the rare or unusual.Do VHS tapes sell at garage sales? ›
Videotapes - VHS tapes tend to be popular at a garage sale and some shoppers like adding to their historic collection. 25-50 cents a piece is the going rate, and bulk deals such as 5 for a dollar will help sales.Does anyone want old VHS movies? ›
The best way to sell VHS tapes to local buyers is to use local selling marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. This is because this is where the largest pool of collectors and movie fans are on these platforms, and you can arrange local sales in cash.What should I do with my old VHS tapes? ›
- Thrift Stores. Most thrift stores will accept donations of VHS tapes.
- Green Disk. Green Disk will recycle your old VHS tapes for you.
- Freecycle. Offer your VHS tapes on Freecycle and hope somebody else wants them.
- Make Scarecrows. ...
- Knit With the Tape.
Yes, VHS tapes are recyclable. You can recycle them with specialist VHS tape recycling services like GreenCitizen, though there will normally be a fee. You could also choose to send them to a waste-to-energy incineration recycling plant where they will be burned to produce green energy.What is the life expectancy of a VHS tape? ›
On average, tapes degrade 10-20% over 10 to 25 years. If you've been holding on to home videos since the 1990s, there is a good chance some of the footage is already skewed due to aging. Kodak recommends converting your VHS tapes to CDs because disks last over four times longer than tapes.
How long can you keep VHS tapes? ›
VHS tape life expectancy varies from one VHS tape to the next. In general, VHS deterioration of 10–20% occurs over a period of 10 to 25 years. Better quality tapes have a slightly longer lifespan, as do VHS tapes that have been kept in a climate-controlled setting.Where should I store my VHS tapes? ›
Video tapes should be stored vertically and in their boxes. Don't stack tapes on top of one another. Store magnetic tapes away from anything that can create an electro-magnetic field. This includes loudspeakers and other articles containing magnets, and also high voltage lines and surge protectors.How much did a VHS cost in 1975? ›
Many folks are selling these old contraptions in hopes of making a quick buck. If you're feeling nostalgic, don't worry - these devices won't be gone any time soon. The VCR was sold for $1000-$1400 in 1975 when they were first introduced.Are old VCRs worth anything? ›
If you have an original copy, it can sell for anywhere between $40 – $100 – that's one valuable video tape right there! Where can I sell my VCR?What year was the last VHS? ›
The date was March 14, and the year 2006 was when the last film was released on a VHS tape. Viewers had been watching movies on DVD and Blu-Ray for so long that they were now going to be able to go without new VHS movies and still had plenty of a selection to choose from.What is the last Disney VHS? ›
Bambi II, which chronicled Bambi's relationship with his father, the Great Prince of the Forest, was the last Disney film to ever be released on VHS. It hit shelves on February 7, 2006.What is the most popular Disney classic? ›
|Classic Disney Animated Movie||Average Monthly Search Volume|
|The Lion King (1994)||94,000|
|Beauty and the Beast (1991)||36,000|
What's the conspiracy? As it turns out, 'A113' is the number of a classroom at the famed California Institute of Arts where the first generation of animators studied graphic design and character animation in the early 80s, proceeding to work at leading animation companies like as Disney and Pixar.What are the rarest Disney dvds? ›
- The Watcher in the Woods.
- Victory Through Airpower.
- The Spirit of Mickey.
- Something Wicked This Way Comes.
- So Dear to My Heart.
- Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue.
- Make Mine Music.
- The Happiest Millionaire.
Cinderella was released on VHS and LaserDisc on October 4, 1988, as part of the Walt Disney Classics collection.
What was the first movie sold on VHS? ›
1. FIRST FILM EVER RELEASED ON VHS: THE YOUNG TEACHER. The South Korean drama, The Young Teacher, was the first film to be released for home VHS consumption. Considering the first VCRs were released in 1976, it makes perfect sense that the first movies would also accompany it in the same year.Are any Disney DVDs worth anything? ›
The most valuable DVDs.
|Walt Disney's Cinderella: Special Edition||$40|
|Walt Disney's Aladdin: Platinum Edition||$38|
|Drop Dead Fred||$35|
The Walt Disney Diamond Editions were a line of DVDs and Blu-rays that began with the Blu-ray release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on October 6, 2009 and ended with Aladdin (1992) on October 13, 2015.Are Walt Disney DVD worth anything? ›
All Disney DVDs have some value to them and they will continue to have value until DVDs become entirely obsolete. With the release of the Disney+ streaming platform, Disney DVDs are certainly not in as much demand so the prices could fall considerably over time.What is the least expensive Disney? ›
The cheapest tickets at Disneyland cost slightly less than their Disney World counterparts. One-day, one-park tickets to Disneyland start at $104. The starting price is $109 at Disney World. Ticket prices fluctuate depending on time of year at both resorts.What is the #1 Disney movie of all time? ›
|Rank||Movie||Overall score /100|
|1.||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)||97.78|
|3.||101 Dalmatians (1961)||87.34|
|4.||The Lion King (1994)||85.64|
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JVC VHS to DVD Recorder
Well, in case you are looking for a premium and compact VHS to DVD Recorder VCR Combo, JVC is the right brand to go with as it's quite reputed and well-known. Talking about the design of this VHS to DVD Recorder VCR Combo from JVC, it's fairly slim which gives it an advantage in terms of looks.
Walt Disney Classics (also known as The Classics from Walt Disney Home Video) is a discontinued video line launched by Walt Disney Telecommunications and Non-Theatrical Company to release Disney animated features on home video. The last title in the Classics line was The Fox and the Hound.What was better than VHS? ›
Well, basically, Betamax was better than VHS at basically everything. It had higher resolution, the tapes were smaller, they had higher recording capacity, and Betamax even predates VHS by about two years.