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Toying around: Anything but child's play

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Investing in vintage pleasures

Who didn't have a favorite plaything as a child? In fact, many investors carry their love of certain toys well into adulthood, continuing to collect examples for personal pleasure and, sometimes, profit. Rare, antique toys in mint condition are the best investment bet, but realizing returns from what's essentially a hobby takes patience, expertise and money to burn, say experts.

Here's a look at some of the most popular types of toys collected as investments, as well as some that, while popular, are losing propositions profit-wise.

—By Sarah O'Brien & Kenneth Kiesnoski, Specials to CNBC.com
Posted 12 April 2014

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