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The 309/1309 Church Sets of 1957-61 have a printed brick that matches one of these 6 different known examples....
But Daniel found this double sided printed brick.... (mirror image)...
This brick matches 2 of the 6 known print patterns, one used from circa 1958-59 (middle right of previous image), and the other side has the circa 1960-61 brick style (bottom right of previous image).
There are 2 known double sided printed bricks... the Belgian 308 Fire Station set with Dutch/French (BRANDWEER/POMPIERS), and the Swiss 308 Fire Station set with German/French (FEUERWEHR/POMPIERS).
Although I know of only one example of each of the double sided fire station bricks, there are others out there somewhere. With this double sided Church Set brick... the reason for it's double printing is probably related to the change in the box design, although there are 2 different bricks known for that design.
Here is the 1957-59 309/1309 Church Set box design....
Here is the 1960-62 309 Church Set box design...
So far this is the first know double sided printing for this set.
Just more things to add to my LEGO collectors guide next upgrade (free to current owners).
Those red, blue and black pencil thin printed bricks with AD 1762 on the left of the first image, those are for UK based 309 Church Sets where thin printing was the norm for printed bricks in the 1960s.
These very rare 309/1309 Church Sets could command up to a thousand dollars for a MIB older version.
One of my latest challenges in updating my Unofficial LEGO Collectors Guide download document is adding all the promotional sets in their original packaging to my chapter on LEGO Promotional Sets. Most online databases just show the polybags... but I like the challenge of including the packaging that these interesting sets came in. The Japanese Kabaya LEGO sets that came in candy containers are probably the most famous of the confectionary LEGO sets.... but still hard to find in their original packaging. For 2004 sets, these appear to be very rare....
Few words put more more dread in me than Kabaya. These are hard as heck to find and always expensive. After biting the bullet and buying the Castle and Ninja sets, I'm still looking for two of the Kabaya Adventure sets.
I should really look over my collection and update what I think my rarest items are.
The first set... the 001 Gear Set was introduced in 1965. My collectors guide shows the nearly dozen other Samsonite sets that were sold in retail stores, mail-order, educational or institutional programs that had these gears... mostly in the same gray plastic tray (often as part of larger sets)....
I think a lot of us are confusing rare, with personally value... Or something like that
The thought of these sitting around forgotten and collecting decades of dust in some villages of Nigeria... while they could fetch 1000 Euros each.... makes me want to cry!! :/
But it was first recent i figured out what it was watching video from @DadsAFOL and figured it was left overs from molding process. And know they are recycled today, and properly also back in day, got this between 60's lot, so not many survive I guess.
Happy digging :-)
Tonight I'll put all the old stuff aside as I'm washing things so hopefully I can ID some of this ancient stuff.
One recent find was a 1235 Garage Kit. Back in the 1955-70 era you could build a LEGO garage with counterweights to hold the door open. This was a 5 piece mechanism, including a garage baseplate, a garage door with a pair of counterweights attached, and a door frame. You had to just had to buy extra bricks and build the garage with windows and those waffle bottom plates just discussed here.
This set was sold under the 1235 number in Denmark, Norway and Sweden from 1955-58, and elsewhere it was sold under the 235 number until 1970.
Well it appears that in Norway alone, this Garage kit also came with a printed brick... with an "AUTO" decal with auto symbols. This is a very rare brick, since no other European country had an AUTO brick... but the artwork for such a brick was found in LEGO literature in the 1950s all over Europe!!
Another rarity was the garage baseplate... most of the time these were white, but red ones are extremely rare, and can command over 100 Euros each.
This particular example belongs to another Norwegian collector. As far as I can tell 1 is in the USA, 3 are in Norway, 1 in the Netherlands, 1 in Denmark, and 4 in Germany.
Even in their damaged state, these are worth thousands... only 4 of the 10 don't have problems with the roof/glass.
Another image for my LEGO Collectors Guide Prototypes Chapter.... :)
Here are two LEGO flags... the one on the left is a known flag, and possibly an error inverted Luxembourg flag. It was apparently produced by accident in 1957 when the LEGO country flags first came out, and produced in limited quantities. I figured that if this flag were the Luxembourg flag, rather than correct it, TLG may just have decided to stop producing it, since Luxembourg is such a small country.
Then this weekend my friend found this flag on the right. It looks like the same type error, but maybe it was the Dutch flag that was produced inverted.
So now we have 2 error flags... although it was also mentioned that this flag could possibly have been used as the State flag for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein... the northernmost German state on the Danish border, and the location of Hohenwestedt... the German LEGO HQ town form 1956-1999. But I don't see TLG making state or provincial flags... so I think these are error flags.... either both for the Netherlands... or for Luxembourg (left, discontinued) and Netherlands (right, corrected).
Early LEGO error flags are known for the USA as well.... such as this no star flag....
And then there's the rarest and most valuable LEGO flag of all... the Faroe Island flag. The Faroe Islands are a chain of islands midway between Iceland, Scotland and Norway. With a population of only 50,000... flags that were made exclusively for this Danish protectorate were only shipped to the island chain in Flag parts packs....
Images from my LEGO Collectors Guide chapter on Town Accessories.
I don't know about your "blaster pieces" without pics.
Jango Fett's Slave 1 isn't all that rare, but Jango is worth some money ;)