Those who grew up in the 80s and 90s probably remember the Pogs craze. Made of cardboard, these small bottle caps featured a variety of designs and were sold in stores nationwide. Compared to other games at the time, they were also relatively cheap, which contributed to their popularity.
In terms of how to play, you would start by deciding whether or not you’re playing for keeps. In that case, whoever wins would get to keep the pogs that they win in the game. Once that’s out of the way, you would each make a stack of pogs of the same number.
A heavier disc made of a metal called a slammer would then be used to hit the stack. The pogs that land face-up would then be won by the player and taken out of the game. You would then continue until all of the discs are taken out of play.
While the game is no longer played nowadays, the pogs themselves do carry value- some more than others. In fact, some can fetch as much as $150+! Which are the most valuable in 2023? Let’s find out.
Top 10 Most Valuable Pogs in 2023
Without further delay, let’s take a look at the list of pogs.
10. Factory Errors
Like most collectibles, pogs with factory errors (e.g. incorrect colors) are worth more than their regular counterparts. For example, it’s not uncommon for a serious collector to pay a bit more for a misprinted pog.
While factory errors are far less common than regular pogs, many misprints and “defects” can be found on auction websites such as eBay. Just don’t be surprised if the prices are a bit higher than what you’d expect.
9. Stussy Pogs
Shawn Stüssy (named after the founder) was a brand of surfboards that started in the early 1980s. Known for their graffiti-like designs, they also sold t-shirts, shorts, and other apparel. At one point, they also released pogs that featured the company’s signature logo against a red, yellow, and green striped background.
While the pogs were never trademarked, they’re popular all the same. Nowadays, they usually go for $150 to $200 each, depending on the condition.
8. Promotional Pogs
Pogs that were only available for a short period are typically more sought after. For example, Mcdonald’s released a set of Power Ranger pogs as part of a special promotion in 1994.
Pogs that were given out as prizes in tournaments are also valued for rarity.
7. The Simpsons Pogs Set
The Simpsons pogs were sold in packs at the height of their popularity during the late 1990s. At one point, they were even mentioned on the show (Milhouse exchanged Bart’s soul for Alf-themed pogs in the episode).
While the actual Simpsons pogs don’t have Alf on them, they’re valuable regardless- especially if you have the entire set! Individually, they can go for up to $20 each.
6. Nintendo Power Earthbound Pogs
These rare pogs were sold in the now-defunct Nintendo Power magazine in 1995. Marketed to video game fans, they were available as a set of seven for a low price of $5.
According to the original ad, which was included in the magazine, some of them even smelled like pizza. In terms of the designs, they featured some of the key characters of the franchise such as Poo, the crown price of the land of Dalaam.
In 2009, a set of these pogs sold for a staggering $250.
5. The Lion King Pogs
The Lion King was one of the highest-grossing animated films of the 90s, having earned more than $763 million at the box office. Given its popularity, it’s not surprising to know that it spawned a variety of merchandise, including a series of pogs.
Available in packs of seven, they also came with a slammer, which is basically a metal disc that’s a little bigger than the pogs themselves.
4. NFL Hockey Pogs
NFL Hockey pogs were a huge thing back in the 90s. Some big names from that era include Patrick Roy, Wayne Gretzky, Peter Forsberg, Mario Lemieux, Eric Lindros, Steve Yzerman, Bret Hull, and Dominik Hasek.
While they’re not as valuable as some hockey cards per se, they are still worth some money, especially if you have some of the rarer ones. Depending on the players, you can potentially get up to $100 for a set.
3. The Pogman Mascot Pogs
The Pogman was the legendary mascot of the World Pog Federation. In the late 90s, he was featured in a set of pogs that was released by pogs manufacturer Random House Books, where he was seen wearing a patriotic top hat.
As it is, these pogs were given a limited release and for that reason, remain rare, even to this day. With that said, they can often be found on Etsy, eBay, and other similar sites- as long as you’re willing to pay for them.
2. Star Trek: The Next Generation Pogs
Star Trek was one of the most popular sci-fi shows of its time. At its peak, it was watched by more than 30 million people.
Given that, it’s not surprising to know that many of the iconic characters such as McCoy and Scotty from the series were featured in pogs. In fact, many came unpunched from their cards. Some of the pogs even had a super rare gold lining, which set them apart from others.
Seeing as how the franchise is still as popular as ever, we wouldn’t be surprised if their value continues to go up in the future.
1. Jurassic Park Pog Set
The original Jurassic Park film was a ground-breaking film when it was released in 1993. Not only did it gross over $914 million worldwide, but it was also the highest-grossing film at the time- until the release of Titanic three years later.
Unsurprisingly, the film also received its own set of pogs, most of which featured various species of dinosaurs- the same ones that appeared on the big screen. For those who are lucky enough to own an entire set, be sure to keep them safe as they tend to go for huge amounts on the collector’s market.