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Selling my vast vintage Lego castle collection, best way to go about it?

jmoney001jmoney001 Member Posts: 13
edited January 2012 in Buying & Selling Topics
I’m going to be selling all of these castle related sets on eBay. What would be the best way to go about it? Bundle them, bundle only the smaller sets, or sell all individually? Is now a good time to sell? Should I wait until the holidays again? What would you do?

My parents purchased all of these for me when I was a child and young adult. I’ve kept them in sealed plastic storage bins in my closet for the past decade. The following sets are 100% complete with original instruction booklets (all built and verified). No boxes however. Instructions are all in good shape (no rips, tears, or fading). All pieces are in excellent to mint condition (no broken, missing, or work out pieces). I always took very good care of my things (still do).

6090 – Royal Knight’s Castle 1995
6086 – Black Knight’s Castle 1992
6085 – Black Monarch’s Castle 1988
6074 – Black Falcon’s Fortress 1986

6077 – Forestmen’s River Fortress 1989
6071 – Forestmen’s Crossing 1990
6066 – Camouflaged Outpost 1988
6054 – Forestmen’s Hideout 1988

1480 – King’s Catapult 1991
6018 – Battle Dragon 1990
6057 – Sea Serpent 1992
6038 – Wolfpack Renegades 1992
6044 – King’s Carriage 1995
6042 – Dungeon Hunters 1990
6049 – Viking Voyager 1987
6039 – Twin-Arm Launcher 1988

The following sets I believe are also mint and 100% complete with instruction booklets, but I still have to build them to verify this. I like to be 100% positive.

6094 – Guarded Treasure 2000
6032 – Catapult Crusher 2000
4806 – Axe Cart 2000
4817 – Dungeon 2000
6027 – Bat Lord’s Catapult 1997
4816 – Knight’s Catapult 2000
6062 – Battering Ram 1987
6059 – Knight’s Stronghold 1990
6067 – Guarded Inn 1990
6095 – Royal Joust 2000

Thanks in advance!

Comments

  • johnsbricksjohnsbricks Member Posts: 210
    I would be interested in buying and if you trade outside ebay - you'll save yourself an ebay fee (10% plus listing costs).

    I agree with Brent about how you describe the items though - mint can mean different things between a lego collector and a non lego collector. Sell an item you think is mint to a lego collector (when it is in very good condition) and you'll have a complaint on your hands!

  • jmoney001jmoney001 Member Posts: 13
    Very good advice. I'll list as excellent or very good condition (used, open, and no box).

    Thanks!
  • jmoney001jmoney001 Member Posts: 13
    If anyone seriously interested wants to see pics, just let me know. Pictures of everything, the instruction books, minifigs in a set, etc.. Just give me a few days as I'm going to build a few more sets and clear some room for display. I'm bringing these sets over from my old room at my parents house to my new house.

    Thanks again!
  • pcironepcirone Long Island, NYMember Posts: 346
    You'll be sorry...
  • brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
    I'm interested - let me know what you were thinking in terms of pricing. Thanks!
  • brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
    Sorry if I misunderstood the original post - if you merely want advice, not to find a buyer here. Selling them individually is more work on eBay, but you usually get higher prices. Do your research to identify which sets are really high demand, and which are super common. If you have a bunch that aren't worth much, and not worth your time, then maybe bundling that group would make sense.
  • jmoney001jmoney001 Member Posts: 13
    I wasn't expecting to find a buyer here, but if I do that would be great. I'm building more sets (completed a few more last night). Some sets could use a dusting, and I noticed that the Forestmen's Crossing baseplate has some worn paint where the foundation blocks go (can only be seen when taken apart). Will have more updates soon...
  • jmoney001jmoney001 Member Posts: 13
    I still have to build the Black Monarch's Castle, but here is what I have so far. All sets are 100% complete. I even have extra strings and a box full of extra castle minifigs (forestmen, wolfpack, falcon/dragon/lion knights, and all weapons).

    Updated List w/pictures:

    6090 – Royal Knight’s Castle 1995
    6086 – Black Knight’s Castle 1992
    6085 – Black Monarch’s Castle 1988
    6074 – Black Falcon’s Fortress 1986 (some grey bricks are slightly discolored)
    6077 – Forestmen’s River Fortress 1989
    6071 – Forestmen’s Crossing 1990 (base plate has some worn paint where base pieces attach. Can only be seen when disassembled)
    6066 – Camouflaged Outpost 1988
    6054 – Forestmen’s Hideout 1988
    1480 – King’s Catapult 1991
    6018 – Battle Dragon 1990
    6057 – Sea Serpent 1992
    6038 – Wolfpack Renegades 1992
    6044 – King’s Carriage 1995
    6042 – Dungeon Hunters 1990
    6049 – Viking Voyager 1987
    6039 – Twin-Arm Launcher 1988
    6032 – Castle Expander Pack (factory sealed)
    6094 – Guarded Treasure 2000
    6032 – Catapult Crusher 2000
    4806 – Axe Cart 2000
    4817 – Dungeon 2000
    6027 – Bat Lord’s Catapult 1997
    4816 – Knight’s Catapult 2000
    6062 – Battering Ram 1987
    6059 – Knight’s Stronghold 1990
    6067 – Guarded Inn 1990 (some grey bricks are slightly discolored)
    6095 – Royal Joust 2000
    6026 – King Leo (no instructions)
    6007 – Bat Lord (no instructions)
    6008 – Royal King (no instructions)
    1732 – Crossbow Cart (no instructions)

    Bin full of extra pieces from duplicate sets of 6059 and 6042 but not enough to complete a second set.

    JMoney
  • yys4uyys4u USA SoCalMember Posts: 1,092
    Oh my lord. That's an awesome collection....I may have to make an offer on something... Need time to check it out
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,757
    Oh for the love of god why do you dream people come out and say that when I have no money.
  • jmoney001jmoney001 Member Posts: 13
    I forgot to mention, I have a bin FULL of extra trees, flags, poles, horses, saddles, yellow gold peices, cups and minifigs! These are extra pieces as the sets listed above already include the originals! At one point I made a huge lego castle world which is where the extra pieces are from. I included some better pics as well.

    JMoney
  • yys4uyys4u USA SoCalMember Posts: 1,092
    @jmoney001 I should probably ask this before I start throwing money around.. Where are you located? For shipping purposes...
  • jmoney001jmoney001 Member Posts: 13
    edited January 2012
    I live in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. It would be nice to find someone interested that lived in the area (but not necessary). No shipping, and I could even show everything to them.

    JMoney
  • jmoney001jmoney001 Member Posts: 13
    edited January 2012
    3732 - Castle Expander Pack (factory sealed)

    I listed it as 6032, but the bag shows: 3732

    JMoney
  • TheCoryJihadTheCoryJihad Member Posts: 26
    I live about an hour and a half east of you in York. I'd be VERY interested in a bunch of your sets, if the prices are right.
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,757
    Oh good you live no where near me. I feel better that I cant buy the sets even if I could :-D
  • jmoney001jmoney001 Member Posts: 13
    I was just saying it would be nice if someone lived close by to sell as it would make it easier, but odds are I will have to ship.

    I started taking a ton a pictures of each set as I'm taking them apart to put them back in their bins. I put the minifigs and small parts from each set in ziplocks within their own storage bin (something I didn't do before) to make things easier. I had the little sets all mixed together in one bin, but I'm going to separate them in ziplocks by set #. I still have to build Black Monarch's Castle and post some pics, and do an inventory on the extra minifigs, weapons, flags, poles, trees, and horses so I can post a total count. After that everything will be verified.

    I'd "prefer" to unload the entire collection together as it would be a lot easier. If anyone has any questions, fee to ask!

    JMoney
  • VegardFVegardF Member Posts: 1
    Nice collection :-)
    Can we make offer for some sets, or does you provide us with your ebay links?
    You have several sets I want for my son (as I had when I was a child) :-)

    What is your expected price range? Do you offer larger order ($300+) under the BL pricing?

    Best regards
    Vegard (Norway)
  • brickupdatebrickupdate Member Posts: 1,020
    Wow - nice collection. I am in New Jersey, so this is indeed tempting!
  • cloaked7cloaked7 Member Posts: 1,448
    A note about eBay fees. They are closer to 15% when you consider that you pretty much have to use PayPal for payment and they charge too. (And, eBay owns PayPal.) The normal eBay percentage is closer to 12%, with PalPal fees added to that.

    eBay fees used to be half of what they are today. (I have been selling on eBay for 10+ years.) It is A LOT different than it was 'back in the day'. :-)
  • jmoney001jmoney001 Member Posts: 13
    Nice collection :-)
    Can we make offer for some sets, or does you provide us with your ebay links?
    You have several sets I want for my son (as I had when I was a child) :-)

    What is your expected price range? Do you offer larger order ($300+) under the BL pricing?

    Best regards
    Vegard (Norway)
    Hello,

    I would like to sell the collection as a whole if possible because once I break it up it will be much harder to sell (and a lot more work on my part). I'd rather not ship 20+ packages to 20 different places if I could avoid it.

    I do have eBay (100% positive feedback as a buyer and seller), and a Paypal account, but nothing is listed yet. If I sell anything here, it will definitely go through Paypal (unless I arrange a local pickup with someone who lives in the area).

    I actually sold Lego 6098 / 6091 King Leo's Castle on 6/29/11 via Ebay (100% positive). Otherwise that set would have been part of this collection as well (oops!).

    I'm still taking pictures and bagging everything up nicely. Next up inventory on minifigs, horses, trees, etc.. and last to build Black Monarch's Castle w/pics.

    If anyone wants to make an offer, send me a message and let me know. I do not have a price in mind as I haven't worked anything out. I would just like to get a fair price with the least amount of hassle (that's my goal).

    Thanks,
    JMoney
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