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Although this comment refers to the Emerald Night, a 2009 set, it was posted in 2012 so is probably accurate to sets that year. I'm sure the number of sets produced in BOTH categories has grown since then as the LEGO Group has grown, but no telling by how much. And "In the tens of thousands" could be anything from 20,000 to 90,000, so it's a really wide margin to begin with. Even accounting for growth, it's likely that the number of each Creator Expert set produced still falls somewhere within that margin.
One thing they do tell their retail and wholesale folks is that once the runs are done for the year, there is no new copis of that product!
With the investing side, I often wonder with the continuous production of CMFs, that other than Series 1, Series 2 and the licensed series, these will all hit a wall. I don't see a huge push to purchase the rest. Once one gets to S20, it's not as lucrative.
This is also a photo from a few feet away. If I squint, I can probably mistake the three of them for the Parliament Building in London, or a small fox.
Love the ghost, by the way!
I believe it is around 1200 USD. Green Grocer will go up still, but again I think the problem is that people assume that every set will rise like Market Street, UCS falcon, or Grand Carousel. People seem to forget those are 8 year old sets which contributes heavily to why those sets are pricey. Give TH the same timeline and price increases as a Cafe Corner and Im guessing those numbers will line up somewhat. I think you also cannot discount the economy as well. I know that the economy overall is somewhat better than say 2008, but how many people are worried about their jobs, lost their jobs, or are under-employed in the world? Also, LEGO is not getting any cheaper.