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Need an opinion on what to do with a water damaged sealed Imperial Flagship
OK. At the risk of running into a plethora of Memes of a wet Han Solo and whatnot, I need to pick the collective wisdom of the group for a moment. I am doing a large show in Chicago this weekend and went into my finished storage room last night to retrieve my last sealed IF to take with me only to find the carpet sopped and the box pretty much ruined because the condenser line of the AC unit behind the wall had sprung a leak and saturated the room. I am attaching pics to show the damage to the box. So, here is my question. I have a nice open box that I could put the sealed contents into and sell the set as new but unsealed, or, I can leave the set in the current box and sell it as sealed. Which do you think is more appealing to a buyer? Thoughts are welcome.
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Serious answer though might include the condition of the instructions and sails. If those have molded or something could be a huge loss of value. Might be worth breaking the seals to at least inspect that sort of thing. With the box like it is popping the seals wouldn't hurt much more. Anyone buying this set will be a builder not a sealed box keeper so verifying contents condition is probably the way to go.
It doesn't hit the MISB crowd anymore so I'm not sure you would lose much by breaking the seals to be honest.
In terms of the box, absolutely agreed with everyone above. Just careful slice it open and determine whats inside, if everything is pristine perhaps slap it all in the nice box and to your point, sell as new open box - and maybe give whoever buys it from you the water stained box?
Unfortunately that MISB marker is gone - but the fact that it is the IF and the bags are sealed and *fingers crossed* the sails and instructions are ok - should make up for it and not take away too much from the final $$$ price.
Let us know what you do and how it turns out!
If you want to know when bags for manuals became common, dig back through the posts here. There were grumbles about manuals for the more impressive sets getting mangled, but I don't think it was as long ago as 2010. And if "earlier" sets had bags, it might've been because they were around longer and later - although, as I said, manuals like these weren't in bags anyway.
This was also in the days when iconic sets weren't really iconic, sets were for kids, and books got screwed up at the bag of the toy cupboard.
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