If You Own Any Of These Old Disney VHS Tapes, You Could Be Sitting on Hundreds

As appreciators of treasures and forgotten gems, we want to encourage everyone to check their attics, garages, and dusty closet corners for some Disney goods. Your childhood relics could be worth more than a few pennies.

A particular set of VHS tapes are fetching top dollar online, and if you have some, collectors may be willing to shell out hundreds of dollars for them. You want to look for those with a “Black Diamond” label on the case’s spine. “A Walt Disney Classic” will also be printed directly on the tape.

These were part of a classic collection that Disney released during a ten-year period from 1984 to 1994. Twenty films were included in the collection and depending on the condition of the VHS tapes, you could get upwards of $50 for one or more of these titles.

Here is a list of the movies included in the Black Diamond Collection:

  • Robin Hood (1984, 1991)
  • Cinderella
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Alice in Wonderland (1986, 1991)
  • Pinocchio (1985, 1993)
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Aladdin
  • Dumbo (1985 and 1991)
  • The Jungle Book
  • Fantasia
  • The Rescuers Down Under
  • The Sword in the Stone (1986, 1991)
  • The Rescuers
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • The Great Mouse Detective
  • Bambi
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Peter Pan

A number of sites have reported that these video tapes are selling for thousands of dollars, but we should caution you that this is not always the case. If you sort through your stash and find a tape with rare cover art, you may be in luck when it comes to four figures. For the others, the going prices on eBay are typically between $50 and $1,500.

According to an article on thegamer.com, the Black Diamond editions of Aladdin (and its sequel), 101 Dalmatians, and The Little Mermaid have a value of $1,000 or more. Before you go running to your Disney vault, be aware that these tapes should be in great condition. That means no unidentifiable stains or magic marker on the labels that say, “Property Of”.

But seriously, if you want to see real-life examples of what some of these titles are going for, visit eBay and check out their sold listings. Your eyes will pop out their sockets when you learn that some of these movies are going for $5,000, $7,000, or even $10,000! Many are still in shrink wrap.

They are not all Black Diamond versions, as films such as Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, and Cars look like favorites. Check your collection and their condition; if they’re mint, you may want to put them up for auction.

It all depends on how much a buyer is willing to pay. There is a theory floating around asserting that as Disney continues to move into the live action versions of their stories, the old tapes could become popular again. Don’t write them off just yet!

Do you have a stockpile of these tapes somewhere in your home (or does your mom)? Have you tried selling any of your old VHS tapes already? What old Disney tapes do you own that may not be on this list?