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Top-10 Tuesday: The Top-10 Most Valuable KAWS Figures

KAWS

Brian Donnelly began his career in the 90s creating figurative characters and motifs under the guise of KAWS. These figures often included repeated use of casts that were originally painted in 2D before being realized in 3D.

They range from a few inches tall to around 33 feet and were made from aluminum, bronze and fiberglass, as well as wood and a steel pontoon inflatable raft. You read that correctly.

With such a diverse catalog of items, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the Top-10 Most-Valuable KAWS figures currently on hobbyDB.

Remember, Estimated Values are always changing. Check here for a list of our constantly updated Most-Valuable KAWS items.

Top-10 Most Valuable KAWS Figures

10. Chum – White ($6,200)

KAWS

 

9.  Astro Boy Companion ($6,360)

KAWS

 

8. Boba Fett ($6,380)

KAWS

 

7. Stormtrooper Companion – White ($7,030)

KAWS

 

6. Darth Vader Companion with Cape ($7,750)

KAWS

 

5. Bearbrick Dissected 1,000% – Brown ($9,160)

KAWS

 

4. Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket ($10,450)

KAWS

 

3. Hajime Sorayama No Future Companion – Black Chrome ($12,030)

KAWS

 

2. Accomplice – Pink ($15,180)

KAWS

 

1. Karimiku Companion Wooden Figure – Brown ($22,280)

KAWS

 

Are you an expert when it comes to KAWS figures? We’re on the lookout for someone to share their knowledge with us by becoming the curator of KAWS figures on hobbyDB. If interested, let us know at support@hobbyDB.com.

Top-10 Most Valuable Tomica Diecast Models

Tomica

Tomica has been a driving force in the world of diecast for more than half a century.

Despite turning 50 years old in 2020, Tomica isn’t letting up on the gas, including its long-awaited return to North American retailers.

You’ll find more than 7,850 Tomica models listed in the hobbyDB database. And much of that credit belongs to hobbyDB Price Squad member and Champion Curator SydneyOne64.

Our good friend from down under in Australia is closing in on adding his 10,000th item to the hobbyDB database — which comes with a hearty thank you from all of us Tomica lovers.

With that in mind, we decided to take a look at the Top-10 Most Valuable Tomica models that can be currently found on hobbyDB.

10. Nissan Skyline 2000GT ($1,050)

Tomica

9. Nissan Gloria Van ($1,110)

Tomica

This model was created to celebrate 300,000 customers of Tokyo Gas Company and arrived with a rarity of just 700 produced.

8. Nissan Skyline Coupe GTS ($1,250)

Tomica

The Nissan Skyline Coupe GTS comes with 25 variants, but none as valuable as this Skyline R31.

7. London Bus ($1,300)

Tomica

Exclusive to the Suzuka Golden Trophy Race

6. Mitsubishi Galant GTO-MR ($1,350)

Tomica

Was produced from February 1972 to December of 1975.

5. Toyota EX-7 ($1,420)

Tomica

4. President’s Wedding Gift Set ($1,500)

Tomica

This set served as a gift for guests attending the wedding of Tomi Tomiyama.

3. Mini Racing Pick-up ($1,850)

Tomica

The Mini Racing Pick-up comes with a custom made resin body.

2. Nissan Cedric 2800GL Taxi ($2,150)

Tomica

1. Tomica Super Gift ($7,140)

Tomica

Tomica

Tomica

Tomica celebrated the 400th Anniversary of Osaka Castle by releasing its Super Gift set featuring all 80 of the models the company produced in 1983. Despite 3,000 sets created, the high price tag (25,000 yen) forced many sets to be broken down and sold individually.

Do you own any? We’d love to see all of your top Tomica models. Show in the comments or message them to support@hobbyDB.com and we might feature them on our blog!

National Guitar Day: Top 10 Most Valuable Hard Rock Café Pins on hobbyDB

Hard Rock Cafe

It’s National Guitar Day and we’re rocking out to one of the most popular and plentiful items found in the hobbyDB database…the Hard Rock Café Guitar Pin!!

On hobbyDB, you’ll find close to 35,000 HRC guitar-themed pins — 34,917 to be exact, or roughly a third of all pins on hobbyDB — dedicated to guitars, picks and music icons representing the Hard Rock Café from across the globe and the alien world beyond.

Here are the Top-10 most valuable Hard Rock Café Guitar pins currently found on hobbyDB –

 

10. Black and Gold Large Plastic Double Neck Guitar w/ ST ($650)

This Double-Guitar “Opening Staff” style pin was created in 1989 and only distributed to staff members, including those at the Hard Rock Acapulco. They came with a rarity of just 1,000 made.

Hard Rock Cafe9. USA 3-D Skyline Series Framed Set ($770)

This collection takes the HRC USA Skyline Guitar Series and re-imagines them in gold, rather than the original silver. This framed set is one of 60 Official Framed sets found on hobbyDB.

Hard Rock Cafe

8. 14K White Gold Flying V Guitar with Ruby ($930)

A part of the Hard Rock Online Exclusives series, only five of these pins were produced between 2004 and 2005. The classic Flying V style pin was packaged in a lacquered red maple box with a COA.

Hard Rock Cafe

7. 14K Gold Guitar ($1,000)

The 14K Gold Guitar featured white gold with a blue sapphire gemstone. The pin was originally given to select flight attendants as part of a Hard Rock Café program that sold meals aboard flights.

Hard Rock Cafe

6. No Name Les Paul – White Logo Prototype ($1,000)

The No Name Les Paul Guitar series were the first pins to be sold retail in the world. You’ll find close to 40 of them on hobbyDB, but none with an estimated value higher than the White Logo Prototype created by Gift Creations.

Read more about the history of their creation here.

No Name Les Paul

 

5. 14K Gold Flying V Guitar with Diamond ($1,000)

This pin was made of solid 14K gold with a 30-point diamond center stone and arrived with a rarity of just five produced. It was sold exclusively online and packaged in a lacquered Burley Maple box with a COA.

Hard Rock Cafe

 

4. Africa Shaped Guitar with “Live Aid” ($1,200)

This sterling silver pin is shaped like the African continent to commemorate the 1985 Live Aid concert. It most recently sold for $1,200 in February of 2018.

Hard Rock Cafe

 

3. Place Guitar Series Prototype ($1,400)

The Place Guitar Series Prototype is a rare set of six pins that’s exclusive to the Specialized Local Café Series, specifically Hard Rock Café Berlin.

With a $1,400 estimated value, this collection closely trails No. 2 on the list, which conveniently happens to be…

Hard Rock Cafe

 

2. Place Guitar Series 1 Prototype ($1,800)

Arriving a year later in 2014, this prototype set was released exclusively at an event at the Hard Rock Café Berlin.

Hard Rock Cafe

 

1. Jeweled – Breast Cancer Awareness Guitar ($5,125)

What’s the Hard Rock Café Guitar pin that’s laying down the sweetest riff? That would be the Jeweled – Breast Cancer Awareness Guitar.

The one-of-a-kind pin made its debut in September of 2018 at a Pinktober launch party hosted by Melissa Etheridge at the Hollywood Hard Rock Café. A month later its auction closed at $5,125 — with all of its proceeds going towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Hard Rock Cafe

 

Make sure to peruse hobbyDB’s entire Hard Rock Café database by following the highlighted link, as well as close to 380 Hard Rock Cafe subject pages.

Top 10 Rarest/Most Valuable NES Games

10. Peek-A-Boo Poker

Created by Hacker International in 1991, Peek-A-Boo Poker is one of their three adult titles made for the NES. The other two: Bubble Bath Babes and Hot Slots are unsurprisingly, also extremely rare.

One of the oldest adult video games ever released, it’s rare as the first distribution was limited to a few ‘select’ retailers.

Cartridge Price: £450.00 / $690.00

New / Boxed Price: £981.00 / $1,500.00

9. Flintstones Surprise at Dinosaur Peak

Released in 1994 by Taito, it’s rumoured that this was meant to be an exclusive Blockbuster Video rental game only. As many people had moved onto the 16-bit consoles by 94, demand was low. Due to its incarnation as a rental exclusive, obtaining the box and manual is extremely difficult.

Cartridge Price: £457.00 / $699.00

New / Boxed Price: £801.00 / $1,225.00

8. Cheetahmen 2

An ambitious group of characters created by Active Enterprises on their Action 52 NES compilation cartridge, The Cheetahmen was is known as being one of the worst video games ever made. Active expected Action 52 to be a massive hit, so Cheetahmen 2 came to being.

Never officially released or completed (only 6 of the 10 levels were finished), it looked set to disappear into the ether. But miracles do happen, 1500 copies of it were discovered in 1996 and promptly sold. Such a low figure obviously makes it a must for any retro game collector.

Cartridge Price: £471.00 / $721.00

New / Boxed Price: £841.00 / $1,286.00

7. Little Samson

The little known Samson (see what we did there) is a platformer in the mould of the popular Mega Man titles. Created by Takeru and published by Taito, it’s unique in the sense that there’s no game dialogue (spoken or written – unheard of these days!). It’s considered one of the best games ever released on the NES, featuring graphics that squeeze out the very best from the 8-bit. For reasons unknown, the game sold very badly when released – which seems odd as it was released in 1992 when decent platformers sold incredibly well. For this reason, there aren’t many copies around.

Cartridge Price: £497.00 / $760.00

New / Boxed Price: £497.00 / $760.00

6. Zelda Test Cartridge

Why was the yellow Zelda cartridge ever made? Most believe they were utilised by Nintendo Service Centres to check if the game worked on various hardware and third-party accessories. They contain the same Legend of Zelda game you’d normally find in the original grey or gold packaging. How many of them are out there? Not many, as it turns out.

Cartridge Price: £526.00 / $805.00

New / Boxed Price: N/A

5. Myriad 6-in-1

An exact copy of the Caltron 6-in-1 game, with a new sticker plastered over it, this collectable unlicensed game consists of: Cosmos Cop; Magic Carpet 1001; Balloon Monster; Adam & Eve; Porter and Bookyman which all received bad reviews at the time and when you look closely are poor imitations of other popular NES titles.

The Myriad version is extremely rare as it’s believed that less than 100 copies of the game exist.

Cartridge Price: £768.00 / $1,175.00

New / Boxed Price: £3,502.00 / $5,355.00

4. Family Fun Fitness Stadium Events (NTSC North American version)

Although the PAL version of the game is quite rare (achieves around £300.00), the NTSC version is the true jewel in the crown. Only 200 copies of it were ever released to the public for purchase.

Developed by Bandai, it worked alongside the Family Fun Fitness mat, a running accessory for the NES. And you thought the Wii was innovative…

Cartridge Price: £5,424.00 / $8,292.00

New / Boxed Price: £22,960.00 / $35,100.00

3. Nintendo World Championship

The inaugural Nintendo World Championships was set up due to the success of The Wizard (an eighties film based around a NES video game championship). Held in 1990, it toured 29 cities across the United States and featured three games – all packed in one extremely rare cartridge: Super Mario Bros; Rad Racer and Tetris.

Each finalist was given a copy of the custom grey NES cartridge (in addition to other prizes). Only 90 copies were ever made (our friends at VideoGamesNewYork have one if you want to see it in person) and awarded to the tournament winners. Each has a unique number which makes them easier to track.

Cartridge Price: £5,755.00 / $8799.00

New / Boxed Price: N/A

2. Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991

As with the original Nintendo World Championships, a similar tournament was held the following year around 60 college campuses in the US and Canada. Three different games featured this time: Super Mario Bros. 3; Pin Bot and Dr. Mario.

One 1991 Campus Challenge cartridge is known to exist which is quite frankly ridculous. It’s only due to the popularity of the next cartridge that this isn’t considered the rarest NES cart of all time. Discovered in a garage sale in 2006, it later went on to sell for over $20,000.

Cartridge Price: £13,148.00 / $20,100.00

New / Boxed Price: N/A

1. Nintendo World Championship Gold

Only 26 of these known to exist, the gold Nintendo World Championship cartridge is rightly considered the “holy grail” of any NES collector.

With no tournament involved and containing the same insides as the grey version, only those lucky enough to have won a competition run by the Nintendo Power magazine have it. I know what you’re thinking, yeah, I wish I’d paid more attention to those competitions too…

Cartridge Price: £17,450.00 / $26,677.00

New / Boxed Price: N/A

 

This article was originally written for Rareburg, a site that later merged with the hobbyDB project.

Top 10 Most Valuable NES Games

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-2-41-25-pm A Guest Blog Post by Dylan from ArcadeAttack.co.uk (Retro Gaming Blog)

This article was originally written for Rareburg, who in December, has joined forces with hobbyDB to provide an excellent source of collectible knowhow for the community. Dylan shares with you his thoughts on past favorites and unearthed ‘gems’ alike that are considered to be the top 10 most valuable NES games.

10. Peek-A-Boo Poker

Created by Hacker International in 1991, Peek-A-Boo Poker is one of their three adult titles made for the NES. The other two: Bubble Bath Babes and Hot Slots are unsurprisingly, also extremely rare.

One of the oldest adult video games ever released, it’s rare as the first distribution was limited to a few ‘select’ retailers.

Cartridge Price: £450.00 / $690.00

New / Boxed Price: £981.00 / $1,500.00

9. Flintstones Surprise at Dinosaur Peak

Released in 1994 by Taito, it’s rumored that this was meant to be an exclusive Blockbuster Video rental game only. As many people had moved onto the 16-bit consoles by 94, demand was low. Due to its incarnation as a rental exclusive, obtaining the box and manual is extremely difficult.

Cartridge Price: £457.00 / $699.00

New / Boxed Price: £801.00 / $1,225.00

8. Cheetahmen 2

An ambitious group of characters created by Active Enterprises on their Action 52 NES compilation cartridge, The Cheetahmen was is known as being one of the worst video games ever made. Active expected Action 52 to be a massive hit, so Cheetahmen 2 came to being.

Never officially released or completed (only 6 of the 10 levels were finished), it looked set to disappear into the ether. But miracles do happen, 1500 copies of it were discovered in 1996 and promptly sold. Such a low figure obviously makes it a must for any retro game collector.

Cartridge Price: £471.00 / $721.00

New / Boxed Price: £841.00 / $1,286.00

7. Little Samson

The little known Samson (see what we did there) is a platformer in the mould of the popular Mega Man titles. Created by Takeru and published by Taito, it’s unique in the sense that there’s no game dialogue (spoken or written – unheard of these days!). It’s considered one of the best games ever released on the NES, featuring graphics that squeeze out the very best from the 8-bit. For reasons unknown, the game sold very badly when released – which seems odd as it was released in 1992 when decent platformers sold incredibly well. For this reason, there aren’t many copies around.

Cartridge Price: £497.00 / $760.00

New / Boxed Price: £497.00 / $760.00

6. Zelda Test Cartridge

Why was the yellow Zelda cartridge ever made? Most believe they were utilised by Nintendo Service Centres to check if the game worked on various hardware and third-party accessories. They contain the same Legend of Zelda game you’d normally find in the original grey or gold packaging. How many of them are out there? Not many, as it turns out.

Cartridge Price: £526.00 / $805.00

New / Boxed Price: N/A

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-3-20-31-pm

5. Myriad 6-in-1

An exact copy of the Caltron 6-in-1 game, with a new sticker plastered over it, this collectable unlicensed game consists of: Cosmos Cop; Magic Carpet 1001; Balloon Monster; Adam & Eve; Porter and Bookyman which all received bad reviews at the time and when you look closely are poor imitations of other popular NES titles.

The Myriad version is extremely rare as it’s believed that less than 100 copies of the game exist.

Cartridge Price: £768.00 / $1,175.00

New / Boxed Price: £3,502.00 / $5,355.00

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4. Family Fun Fitness Stadium Events (NTSC North American version)

Although the PAL version of the game is quite rare (achieves around £300.00), the NTSC version is the true jewel in the crown. Only 200 copies of it were ever released to the public for purchase.

Developed by Bandai, it worked alongside the Family Fun Fitness mat, a running accessory for the NES. And you thought the Wii was innovative…

Cartridge Price: £5,424.00 / $8,292.00

New / Boxed Price: £22,960.00 / $35,100.00

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3. Nintendo World Championship

The inaugural Nintendo World Championships was set up due to the success of The Wizard (an eighties film based around a NES video game championship). Held in 1990, it toured 29 cities across the United States and featured three games – all packed in one extremely rare cartridge: Super Mario Bros; Rad Racer and Tetris.

Each finalist was given a copy of the custom grey NES cartridge (in addition to other prizes). Only 90 copies were ever made (our friends at VideoGamesNewYork have one if you want to see it in person) and awarded to the tournament winners. Each has a unique number which makes them easier to track.

Cartridge Price: £5,755.00 / $8799.00

New / Boxed Price: N/A

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-11-38-50-am

2. Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991

As with the original Nintendo World Championships, a similar tournament was held the following year around 60 college campuses in the US and Canada. Three different games featured this time: Super Mario Bros. 3; Pin Bot and Dr. Mario.

One 1991 Campus Challenge cartridge is known to exist which is quite frankly ridiculous. It’s only due to the popularity of the next cartridge that this isn’t considered the rarest NES cart of all time. Discovered in a garage sale in 2006, it later went on to sell for over $20,000.

Cartridge Price: £13,148.00 / $20,100.00

New / Boxed Price: N/A

1. Nintendo World Championship Gold

Only 26 of these known to exist, the gold Nintendo World Championship cartridge is rightly considered the “holy grail” of any NES collector.

With no tournament involved and containing the same insides as the grey version, only those lucky enough to have won a competition run by the Nintendo Power magazine have it. I know what you’re thinking, yeah, I wish I’d paid more attention to those competitions too…

Cartridge Price: £17,450.00 / $26,677.00

New / Boxed Price: N/A

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