Your Old VHS Tapes Could be Worth a Fortune!
From 1970 to 1990 The VHS tape was the only way to go for instantaneous home entertainment. At that time, people would buy (or rent) VHS tapes for movies or television programs to enjoy an interruption-free homely flavoured entertainment, without any commercial break, warning shots, or irritating advertisements.
With the latest advances in entertainment technology bringing us ultra HD televisions, 3D smartphone screens and virtual reality, it is often easy to forget just how recently these breakthroughs have been made. It was not so long ago, as recently as the 90s, that the DVD was introduced to wow us with stunning clear images and serve as a replacement for the VHS cassette tape.
Whilst many people decided to move from VHS to digital format and dump their clunky VHS boxes, others couldn’t part with their beloved movies, and have them stored away for proper keeping and thought nothing of it.
Some of these rare VHS tapes are worth $10000, so let’s give you a rundown on which tapes to look out for.
101 Dalmatians - Estimated Value $700
A lot of the films in the list are big-budget Disney animated movies, which may seem odd due to how popular they were, but one of the first on the list to look out for has to be Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” - Black Diamond Edition. This 1996 animated classic was hugely popular at both the cinema and on home cassette tape, which is why many of you may already have the VHS – but do you have the Black Diamond Edition?
A Black Diamond Edition of 101 Dalmatians recently sold on eBay for $700!
"Good to know, the Black Diamond Edition comes in a clamshell case and has a logo in the shape of a black diamond that says 'The Classics' on its spine.The Black Diamond Edition of Disney’s VHS cassette tapes was labelled as such to denote the home video debut of the film. This is the reason why films which contain the Disney logo in a black diamond achieve such high prices"
The Fox and the Hound - Estimated Value $1495
Another "Black Diamond Edition" Disney’s film “The Fox and the Hound” here, and while this animated clip wouldn't be considered as famous or praised as its “101 Dalmatian” counterparts, this VHS on the whole valued at an astounding $1495!
The Little Mermaid – Estimated Value $999
Disney classic VHS tape to keep an eye out for is, once again, a Black Diamond Edition - "The Little Mermaid". This underwater animated adventure recently sold in an online auction for almost a thousand dollars. Isn’t that worth hunting around the loft for?
Hitch Hike to Hell – Estimated Value $400
Many VHS tapes that fetch a high price at auction or specialist traditional entertainment media stores are classic horror movies. Watch out for cheap looking, low budget B-movies with weird titles and a list of 10 or fewer actors, and you could be on to a winner!
"Hitch Hike to Hell" is revered in the grindhouse movie genre, and this bloodbath has an estimated value of $400. Not bad! The next horror film stars Vincente Parra and Emma Cohen in The Cannibal Man. A dreadful tale of a butcher turned bad and stopping off for a snack or two along the way. While this semi-horror semi-erotic flick may leave you a little disturbed after watching, with a value of $400 it may be worth keeping hold of.
Sisters of Blood – Estimated Value $800
Continuing in the horror genre, we have "Sisters of Blood", a film with the twist that it includes a warning bell in the soundtrack that alerts you to disturbing scenes. This allows even the most squeamish moviegoer to avoid the nasty bits and enjoy the storyline – if that is even possible. With a value of over $800 I think you can avoid watching the film at all – especially if the plastic seal isn’t damaged!
Farewell Africa – Estimated Value $600
Let's introduce another horror genre, "Farewell Africa" an Italian documentary film made in 1966 about the end of the first era in Africa. The film released under the names "Farewell Africa" in the UK and "Africa Blood and Guts" in the USA. It has an estimated value of $600. So you can easily find good value.
Frankenstein’s Castle of Freak – Estimated Value $1000
According to loveantiques.com "Frankenstein’s Castle of Freak" is one of the most worthwhile videotapes in the world. It's a cult Italian horror movie. It was released in 1974, and it's based on the Mary Shelley novel about a mad doctor and his monster.
As like a lot of cult horrors, Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks is tough to find and can easily fetch over $1,000 if found the right buyer!
The Black Decameron – Estimated Value $900
Here we have one African erotica. "The Black Decameron" is a 1972 Italian costume drama-comedy film. Also, it has an estimated value of $900. It can see why a VHS tape like Black Decameron movies tape was famous. Historically, black people have been neglected out of mainstream media channels, so guess, finding this VHS back in the day when you were craving for some African erotica?
Betrayed – Estimated Value $1200
A drama here name with "Betrayed" based on the movements of Robert Mathews, this film got a big release, even to compete at number 2 in the box office and going on to gross a highly estimable $25 million. Critically, the film received mixed reviews, but it acclaimed by many for its subject-matter and impassioned acting. Yet, getting a copy of this film on VHS will set you back $1200, meaning you’d want to be one of those who praised it upon release.
Beauty and the Beast – Estimated Value $5000
The last entry on this list garners the most money at auction, and maybe be a little bit surprising. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast black diamond edition is currently worth over $5,000! And as more and more copies are sold, the rarity increases resale value. You must feel sorry for those who owned this copy and decided to convert VHS to digital to save a little space.
Some online auctions have already sold copies of the film for $15,000, so you’d better check your loft, talk to that auntie who collects everything Disney and check the second-hand shops for copies. Maybe then you will be able to convert all of those home movies to digital – well worth a VHS value lookup!
It goes to show how valuable memories of a particular movie are, and how rare it is to be able to continue watching them. If you have precious moments caught on VHS tape, 8mm or even rarer, why not take time to transfer VHS to DVD? Tape often fades faster than memories, so you should preserve those memories to enjoy long into the future.