Recently, I've become interested in collecting early and rare LEGO items. Sometimes I would see items for sale that are in what I would consider "acceptable" condition. What I consider an example of "acceptable" may mean an early LEGO wooden truck with all the parts, but maybe 75% of the paint has been rubbed off due to age and play, including the LEGO logo. Or, an early LEGO set box that is ripped or missing flaps. You can still tell they are early LEGO items, but they're not really in a condition that can be proudly displayed.
Now, my question to the collectors in this forum is: what are your thoughts about buying these items in "acceptable" condition and then getting them professionally restored?
Sure, I know it's always better to get "mint", "near mint" or "very good" condition items, but those are in short supply, even when you're willing to pay a high price for them.
I'm quite new to collecting so am not sure if restoring an item would "ruin it" in other collectors' eyes. Are there certain types of restoration more "ok" than others? For example, I guess removing pen marks off a box would be more "acceptable" than recreating half a label that's missing? I actually think the types of restorations that they do in the TV show "American Restoration" is too much, but that's just me.
Thanks for your thoughts!!!
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