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I thought about buying on Bricklink when I made the list as a natural complement to selling, but I thought something in the form of a primer/tutorial would be sufficient since there aren't as many variables and tricks as there are on buying on eBay, for instance.
There are definitely some considerations though, so maybe it is warranted after all.
I'll do LDD too.
I have sold on E-bay and on Amazon.. I have stock piles of certain sets that I know will increase in value..
best idea...buy on bricklink and sell on ebay...
LEGO is a hobby I share with my partner.
: oops, just saw what Matt said ^
Please send me a private message if you qualify and are interested.
Maybe there needs to be a CAD forum (along side the Photography & Building Techniques forums)?
I'd like to get the discussion back on track, but I don't want to lose the valuable information you've provided. Can you please start a new discussion and copy and paste the text of your post? Once you do that, I'll delete it from here.
what type of creditably are you looking for?
Anyway... after that shameless plug (did I forget to say I'm selling them in my USA Bricklink Store "Gary Istok's Rare Bricks")... if you need any answers about old LEGO... I may be of service... :-)
Am I an "expert"? Hmm... probably? Most of the time when I see questions on various forums, I can either answer them or can answer them after doing a quick few minutes of research for specifics.
As for the whole "ask an expert" concept, how would this be envisioned functionally? A "sticky" thread with questions for a particular expert? I guess I can't promise (if selected as an expert) that I'd check in regularly and answer questions, or even that I'd want to if the volume were too high, but I DO have fun answering questions when I've got the time.
I had the folks at the Billund Collections/Archives help me with providing some images, and some bits of information. However, prior to 1970, the Billund Archives are rather skimpy, and most of my research was via mainly thru European collectors.
If a link doesn't work right away, try it again... all the PDF chapters should be available for your viewing pleasure.....
I'm working on finishing up the years 1980-93 shortly... and will produced a massive 3,000+ page (over 1/3 million words, and many thousands of images).... that covers the entire 1949-93 era. I picked 1993, because that was when TLG bought back the license from Courtauld's Corp. for British LEGO Ltd. of Wrexham Wales. Starting in 1993, TLG was the direct producer of LEGO sets worldwide. Also that was the end of the line for the 4.5V and 12V train systems.
Canada has had some rather unusual LEGO sets over the years. In 1973 all of Europe, Asia and Australia (and under different set numbers... the USA) introduced new basic sets 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (USA had 105, 115, 125, 135, 145).
These new 1973 sets had the new LEGO logo, which looks almost identical to the 1998 introduced current LEGO logo (the 1973-98 version has yellow coloring within and between some of the letters).
Well Canada was continuing to use the old Samsonite sets, and the new 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 sets weren't introduced there until late 1974.
But when you look at a copy of a 1975 Eaton's Catalog image (Eaton's was once Canada's largest department store)... it shows the larger sets... 7 and 8 with the old pre 1973 "Open O" LEGO logo (and the 1965-74 bilingual "Building Toy" writing).... while the smaller sets show the new 1973 logo (with no other writing).
Compare that with an image from a 1973 German catalog showing the new sets... all with the new (1973) LEGO logo.
Did someone at Samsonite of Canada make a box design mistake... a year after the logo change?? This is a very odd mystery. It doesn't seem likely that Samsonite of Canada would have produced the boxes for the new (future sets) before the logo design change, and just hold onto the boxes for over a year??