It’s still odd to consider that here, in my mid-20s, I can still remember a time when VHS tapes were how I watched children’s animated films. Yes, there was a time when Netflix and other various streaming sites did not exist. There was a time when the only way to watch any type of movie was not by putting a flat, shiny disc into a box; rather, it was more or less shoving a box within another box. Heck, I can still remember when skipping previews and sneak peeks wasn’t even an option.
Now, if you find yourself with a huge stack of Disney VHS tapes stored away in boxes or in your parents’ attic, then this is definitely a story for you. If you find yourself wondering where to take your old VHS tapes to dispose of them at, you might want to take a step back and reconsider that decision. And if you no longer own VHS tapes, particularly Disney Black Diamond editions, then you honestly might not want to read this article.
Obviously, since VHS tapes are no longer in production, there’s value within them. After all, once anything is no longer in production or there’s a limited quantity of the object in the first place, its price immediately skyrockets. Disney released Black Diamond Editions of several of its beloved animated classics, and those re-releases themselves are worth a pretty penny. So let’s focus in on the most valuable Disney VHS tapes that are worth a fortune today.
25 101 Dalmatians
101 Dalmatians is definitely one of Disney’s classic films. Sure, it might have a generic plot with a protagonist and antagonist, but it’s different from every other stereotypical, cute romance film. It’s about a Dalmatian couple named Pongo and Perdita, who end up raising 99 Dalmatian puppies together by the end of the film. Also, I have to say that Cruella is one of my favorite Disney villains because she’s so obsessed with material objects. Currently, the Black Diamond Edition of the “101 Dalmatians” VHS is valued at approximately $6,000.
24 The Fox And The Hound
Let’s just continue the discussion on adorable animals with The Fox and the Hound, a Disney film that is highly deserving of more appreciation. Tod, a young fox, befriends a bloodhound named Copper. However, as the two grow older, they soon realize that hounds help humans hunt foxes. It’s a great but tragic story that ends with a good moral. And if the film itself didn’t make you cry, then I am beyond shocked. Currently, the Black Diamond Edition of The Fox and the Hound VHS is valued at approximately $600.
To this day, I adore Aladdin for so many reasons. First, it’s my favorite Disney movie of all time, mainly because it kept with the theme of romance while making its female lead stronger and cooler than other Disney princesses. At least, that’s how I view Princess Jasmine. I just hope that the live-action remake doesn’t ruin my appreciation for the film. Currently, if you have the Black Diamond Edition of the original film and its sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, you’re looking at about $1,500.
22 Sleeping Beauty
Surprisingly, the Black Diamond Edition of the classic princess film Sleeping Beauty is only valued at about $50.
Regardless, for a VHS tape that’s collecting dust and taking up space, that’s not a bad asking price.
The film focuses on the fair Princess Aurora, a maiden who is cursed to fall into an eternal slumber at the age of 16 by Maleficent, a sinister fairy who’s just a tad salty about not being invited to a party that everyone else in the kingdom was invited to
21 The Lion King
The Lion King is an untimely classic that released around the same time that I was born. The film is a coming-of-age story about a young lion cub named Simba, who is destined to take over as king of the Pride Lands until tragedy strikes. 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 single film.
20 Alice In Wonderland
Surprisingly, it’s hard to place a value on the Black Diamond Edition of Alice in Wonderland. Apparently, this is a tape that potential buyers are far more particular with when it comes to what they’re willing to pay for it. In this film, a young girl named Alice falls down a rabbit hole into Wonderland, a magical, but curious world where oddities and strange experiences await her. It’s a fantastic film, but look away for one second and you’ll be confused as to where certain characters came from.
19 The Little Mermaid
There is one discussion about the rare cover of the 1990 VHS tape for The Little Mermaid that I would absolutely love to discuss, especially since it relates to the shape of Atlantica’s castle. But that’s for another time. The Black Diamond Edition of this princess movie is worth $1,000.
You know what’s sad about writing this?
The further I go, the more familiar each VHS cover looks. And I know that my parents don’t have any of these VHS tapes still.
I’ll admit that Bambi is a film that I should definitely re-watch at some point. It’s been way too long since I first watched one of the saddest character passings in cinematic history. Obviously, it doesn’t top Mufasa’s, but it’s still very sad nonetheless. Bambi is more or less the tamer, laid-back version of The Lion King, and a Black Diamond Edition of the VHS is only worth about $250. But that amount in itself is pretty impressive since back in the day, the tapes themselves cost about $10.
17 Beauty And The Beast
Yep, I can definitely remember holding this VHS tape at some point in my life, and my student loans are instantly regretting allowing my parents to decide what to do with said tapes. The Beauty and the Beast Black Diamond Edition VHS is worth approximately $600. This movie is also one of my favorites, breaking away from stereotypical romance by creating a female protagonist who doesn’t need to constantly rely on others for help. Belle is headstrong and defiant, which is what makes her one of my favorite Disney ladies.
In comparison to other movies on this list, Cinderella does not have as high of a value.
The Black Diamond Edition of a Cinderella VHS tape is worth approximately $100.
In this classic fairy tale, a young woman named Cinderella is forced to cook and clean all day. But one night, with the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball and falls in love with Prince Charming. And of course, like almost every other Disney ending, they live happily ever after.
15 Song Of The South
I honestly don’t remember ever watching Song of the South as a child, and I can completely understand the reason for that. From what I know of the film and its plot, it’s very controversial in how it discusses some subjects, and that just sounds like a movie I want to avoid. The VHS copy of the movie is valued at approximately $100, which is quite a bit for an old cassette. But yeah, I am not going to waste my time watching this movie.
14 The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
Unfortunately, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is not as valuable of a VHS copy in comparison to other films on this list. But regardless, if you have this old tape laying around, you could be looking at a quick cash grab of $20. This is one of my favorite Disney films because of the many issues it addresses, including race relations and judgment. Also, Esmeralda is a fantastically written character, and she’s one of my favorite leading ladies of Disney.
13 Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was one of the very first Disney films ever created. Back in the day, this classic tale of a princess needing saved by a prince wasn’t stereotypical, as it was still a fresh story at the time. Currently, the Black Diamond Edition of the movie is valued at almost $200.
Hopefully you just so happen to be a collector of old VHS tapes and have this gem laying around somewhere.
Thankfully, VHS cases are a lot more sturdier than DVD cases.
What’s interesting about a lot of the Black Diamond Editions of Disney films is the artwork. For example, let’s take a look at the artwork for Dumbo. It’s simplistic, but also is a cool design that wraps around the entire case. I just really like the overall look of cases that keep their artwork simplistic but cool. The VHS copy of this beloved tale about a young elephant who learns to fly is worth about $200, which, again, is a lot of money for a singular children’s movie.
11 Dalmatian Vacation
Okay, but I am beyond shocked. How did I not know this exists? First off, apparently there was a spin-off series for 101 Dalmatians. I grew up without cable, so my naivety is completely valid. To conclude the series, a three-part series finale titled “Dalmatian Vacation” released on VHS. I couldn’t even find it on any online retailer to give it an estimated value, which automatically makes it valuable in some way. After all, when there’s no set price online, there’s great mystery behind it.
10 The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh
In The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, Pooh and company embark on close-to-home shenanigans, all while spending time with Christopher Robin. Of course, since Pooh has been around for decades on end, it should come as no surprise that old VHS tapes for the movie are worth at least something. Unfortunately, they’re only worth about $20, which isn’t awful, but also isn’t as great in comparison to others on the majestic list of worth. Man, I’m really starting to regret not keeping these old VHS tapes.
9 Robin Hood
Now I don’t know whether or not I should be grateful that this VHS cover for Robin Hood is unrecognizable to me. The number of VHS covers I’ve seen thus far that do look familiar to me serve as a grim reminder of all the money and value I’m currently missing out on. Currently, this VHS about a young fox who steals from the rich and gives to the poor is only worth about $20, which is kind of ironic when you consider the film’s main plot.
Pinocchio is a classic tale about a little puppet who wants to become a real boy. In order for this to happen, Pinocchio must prove several characteristics in order to show that he’s qualified to be transformed from wood to flesh.
The VHS copy of Pinocchio is worth about $50, which is pretty good for a Disney VHS tape.
Again, it is just a matter of whether or not this item just so happens to be sitting in a box somewhere in your attic.
7 Sword In The Stone
When I searched The Sword In the Stone Black Diamond Edition on Ebay, one of the listings that popped up absolutely shocked me. One seller has the VHS tape of The Sword in the Stone available for $1,000. So either that VHS is worth a lot of money; or the seller is attempting to play the part of a trickster who scams people out of their money. Regardless, if you have this beauty laying around, you’re probably looking at a good pile of cash.
6 Lady And The Tramp
Well, if you thought that last announcement was surprising, let’s just take a second to talk about the romance story that is Lady and the Tramp. People must be desperately searching for this gem, because according to the first listing on Ebay, it might be worth about $2,500.
For me, that’s a good chunk of money that I could be using to pay off student loans. It’s too bad I don’t have a random copy just laying around somewhere in my apartment.
5 Peter Pan
Unfortunately, unlike Sword in the Stone and Lady and the Tramp, the VHS version of Peter Pan is only worth about $20. For some reason, there seem to be more copies of Peter Pan in comparison to other Black Diamond Editions. In Peter Pan, three siblings venture off to Never Land with Peter Pan and go on magical adventures, all while encountering mermaids, fairies, and pirates. It’s an epic classic, and I’m scared it’s going to be cringeworthy whenever that live-action remake happens.
4 The Jungle Book
Take everything I just said about Peter Pan and flip it on its head. If you have a copy of The Jungle Book lying around, now seems like a great time to attempt selling it if you’re in need of money.
I’m currently viewing one listing for the VHS Black Diamond at $1,200.
It absolutely blows my mind to think on just how much value some of these tapes have. But hey, that’s what age and rarity will do for some products.
3 The Rescuers Down Under
Personally, I feel that The Rescuers and its sequel, The Rescuers Down Under, are both under appreciated films that both deserve more attention. Together, both VHS tapes are valued at $2,500. Of course, this value only applies to Black Diamond Edition versions, so if you happen to have both of these together, now would be a good time to put them in a nice storage container where they won’t get ruined. Remember, folks. Protection is key to keeping items safe and valuable.
The Black Diamond Edition of Fantasia has a gorgeous cover. Centering the classic masterpiece is Mickey Mouse himself in his iconic sorcerer’s outfit. The VHS tape for Fantasia is valued at $500. You know, at this point, if you’re still reading this story, then that must mean there’s valuables here on this list that you own. Aren’t you lucky? Go check on the conditions of your tapes and keep them mint so that you can get a pretty penny out of them.
1 The Great Mouse Detective
To conclude this story on whether or not you’re a millionaire, let’s wrap this up with The Great Mouse Detective, a story that’s more or less Sherlock Holmes, but cuter. The VHS tape of this forgotten classic is valued at about $50, which isn’t as great in comparison to others on the list that are worth a couple thousand dollars. But regardless, that is pretty remarkable for a single tape. And with that, I hope there’s several on this list that you own and can now call a remarkable treasure.