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Request Valuation of 1589 Townhouse (unopened)

mirsmirs Member Posts: 5
Hi all,

I have recently stumbled upon a 1589 townhouse set in my attic. It is unopened, plastic wrapping around box. In addition I have the original shipping box from lego with logo dated the 4-1-79. Address I can confirm as it was posted to the family home. Somebody forgot to give it to me one Christmas!!!

I was going to give it to my niece as a Christmas present as I Ioved lego as a kid but kinda figure this might be worth a little bit more than a present for a 5 year old. And maybe hold off till she is 21.

Anyway any advise would be much appreciated. I can post pictures to confirm it is authentic.

Thanks in advance.

Comments

  • EricEric Queensland, AustraliaMember Posts: 376
    Wow. What a find.
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290
    Is it this set? http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=1589-1

    If you attach sentimental value in having her play with LEGO similar to what you did in your era, there's certainly nothing wrong with that. But from my perspective as a collector, I would advise buying a vintage opened set instead and preserving the collectible value of the set you have. It would be a shame to open the set since it has survived in it's current state for 30+ years.
  • ryan498ryan498 Member Posts: 37
    Have a look on bricklink and see if there are any prices on there.
  • mirsmirs Member Posts: 5
    Hi Rocao,

    Yes that is the set I found and it does have the shipping box also. As a collector is this a valuable find.? I gather from your comment, it would be a shame to give it to my niece. I think I will definitely take your advise on that one.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,110
    no sales in last 6 months on Bricklink, but only 5 of these are listed for sale - all used - lowest one is listed at over $350. no idea of the true value, so no one has bought any, but that's a place to start
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,336
    mirs, the 1979 Weetabix "exclusive" UK set was not sold in large quantities... and as a promotional set for the UK Cereal, it enhances the value. Plus yours is MISB, and you still have the original cardboard outer mailing box as well... can't get any better...

    The value of that set easily exceeds $700. Ideally it would be best to sell it on EBAY... but if you don't have an account... a lot of buyers are leery of low (or zero) count sellers.

    I know of at least 2 old time buyers that would be interested in your set.

    But whatever you do... don't give it to your niece... you could buy some really nice LEGO for her with the amount you could get for that set... and still have many hundreds in $$ left over....

    I would consider your "forgotten" Christmas gift.... the best gift of all!! :-)
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