Could Your Old Disney VHS Movies Be Worth A Fortune?

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Are Your Old Disney VHS Tapes Worth a Fortune?

Most older Disney fans will remember the joys of building their Disney VHS movie collection. The oversized plastic shells, the ads for Walt Disney World or Disneyland included inside, the trailers for upcoming Disney movies, all created a unique experience for collectors in the ’80s and ’90s. Some of us still have our VHS collections (or at least I do!), and there’s a possibility that they could be worth a lot more than you would think. But don’t go tearing up the attic looking for that old copy of The Rescuers so quickly, there’s a catch.

For a limited time between 1984 and 1994, Disney released a special series of their classic animated films called the “Black Diamond Collection”. These VHS releases were mostly older Disney films, and some new, that were given a black diamond marking on the upper spine of the iconic large plastic case. Currently, on eBay, there are users asking upwards of $1,000 for a Black Diamond edition of the Little Mermaid. Though in reality that’s quite a bit more than most listings are priced. Here’s a full list of all Disney Black Diamond Collection films that were released:

  • “Robin Hood”
  • “Pinocchio”
  • “Dumbo”
  • “Sword in the Stone”
  • “Alice in Wonderland”
  • “Sleeping Beauty”
  • “Lady and the Tramp”
  • “Cinderella”
  • “Bambi”
  • “The Little Mermaid”
  • “Peter Pan”
  • “The Jungle Book”
  • “Alice in Wonderland” (2nd release)
  • “Dumbo” (2nd release)
  • “Robin Hood” (2nd release)
  • “The Sword in the Stone” (2nd release)
  • “The Rescuers Down Under”
  • “Fantasia”
  • “101 Dalmatians”
  • “The Great Mouse Detective”
  • “The Rescuers”
  • “Beauty and the Beast”
  • “Aladdin”
  • “The Fox and the Hound”

While there may be online sellers out there asking for thousands of dollars for these special tapes, it doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what they’re worth. Searching eBay further turns up many other listings for Black Diamond Collection tapes with much lower price tags. The “Walt Disney Classics” label titles can sometimes be worth far more. The bottom line is that although these are considered “collectible” items by many Disney fans, always use caution and research when purchasing.

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