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Need help pricing a possible amazing loose lot find
Recently I went into a small thrift store and asked the guy if he had any Lego's, specifically Star Wars is that is all I collect. He informed me that he bought a big lot of them from a guy a few years ago. They are all loose in totes mixed together and have been sitting in a room upstairs since he bought them. He then said that the lot came with many build instruction manuals. I asked if I could see them and he pulls out instructions for the sets listed below. There are some serious holy grail Star Wars items that I want badly. The rest of the sets I don't care about but he wants to sell it all together. He was going to come up with a price and call me.
What I am hoping for is a rough estimate from people here on what they would pay for such a lot. Keep in mind there is no guarantee that all the pieces for these sets are in the totes. It is a fair assumption that they are but is not a guarantee so it is a risk. Any feedback would be appreciated.
P.S. If anyone would be interested in any of the non Star Wars sets let me know as I would be looking to sell them if I buy this lot. I would obviously first confirm all the pieces are present.
, 10030, 10179
Aqua Raiders: 7772
Indiana Jones: 7626
ExoForce: (Never even had heard of)8108
Thanks for any help
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Looking just at the price data on Brickset and Bricklink, Brickset gives an estimated value of $2274 for the SW sets, Bricklink $2875
Per Brickset, everything else sums up to about $650 for a total of $2900.
You got a better look at it than any of us, so it boils down to your confidence that the sets are complete. Are the UCS Falcon minifigs all there? That could be a huge blow to the value right away if they are missing.
I'd probably start with asking what the seller wants for the lot, knowing that its (potentially) worth upwards of $3000 if the big money items are complete.
10179 - From memory:
1 x 3456 Dark Red Plate 6 x 14
2 x 47966 - Light Bluish Gray Boat Mast Rigging Long 28 x 3
1 x 50990pb03 - Light Bluish Gray Dish 10 x 10 Inverted (Radar) Dish
60 x 4592c05 Light Bluish Gray Lever Small Base with Light Bluish Gray Lever
16 x 32555 - Yellow Technic, Brick 5 x 5 Right Angle (1 x 4 - 1 x 4)
10030 - From other comments I've seen:
28 x 73092 Black Magnet Cylindrical
14 x 2607 Black Magnet Holder 2 x 3
4 x 4424 Light Gray Container, Barrel Half Large
2 x 30208 Light Gray Cylinder Hemisphere 4 x 4 Multifaceted
2 x 30342Light Gray Rock Arctic Globe, Bottom
3 x 2573 Light Gray Wheel Hard Plastic Giant (71mm D. x 47mm)
14 x 30159 Tan Magnet Holder Plate 2 x 2 Bottom
3 x 44375a Trans-Light Blue Dish 6 x 6 Inverted (Radar) - Hollow Studs
Thank you very much. I am looking up these parts right now in order to be able to look for them.
Could you explain the bley varent.
@Chuckles21 - 'bley' refers to 'Bluish Gray'.......
10030 was in production during the transition between Grey colours:
'Dark Gray' became 'Dark Bluish Gray' and 'Light Gray' became 'Light Bluish Gray'
Apparently some of the sets actually included a combination of both old/new!
Personally, as a seller or buyer, if I ever get a whiff of dishonesty I'm out.
Per everyone else's suggestions, I would look up Ebay completed listings (make sure the description matches what is being offered to you), look through the lot to find the important pieces to make sure they are there, and also check condition of everything. Good luck!
Based on our discussions so far, I could see him going down to $1200. So I am asking others if they would take that deal if they were offered it?
Another bit of free advice specific to being honest in ALL dealings - ALWAYS assume the other party is being dishonest or deceptive or inaccurate (though not always deliberately). Less than 15% of deals are accurate and 100% honest.
Source - Statistical Analysis of nearly thirty years being a Realtor, Business Broker and Venture Capital investigation and assessment Advisor.
At $1200-$1500, and assuming that I could see that most of the rare elements (dish, rigging, hemispheres, globes, giant wheels and dishes) were there- I'd be all over it in a heartbeat!
In a worst case scenario it's hard to believe you wouldn't recoup your outlay on selling as a mixed lot.
Good luck and May the Force be with you!
I probably should not have used "thrift store" as a description. It is essentially a guys very disorganized business where he sells things second hand. He has a ton of records, glassware, old video games etc. It is all very disorganized and the "business" is run by him solely.
I'm torn what I'm going to do and am taking the weekend to think about it. If I can get it for a reasonable deal I'm going to pull the trigger after verifying certain key pieces are present. Ideally I'm hoping to get it for $1000 but more than likely see $1200. Either of those prices would be a deal give the Falcon and Star Destroyer.
Wanted to say thanks for the help and discussion. I went back after work yesterday with my list of key parts and a price in mind. I confirmed key pieces and UCS Stickers for both the Falcon and Star Destroyer were present and found additional sets, both SW and City, in the lot.
He started with a price of $1500. I told him I was comfortable at $800 due to the risk of all the parts not being there. I'm pretty certain they all are and I had seen most of the minifigs as well. He thought about it and offered $1000. I told him I was comfortable at $800. He asked if I would at least go $900 and I told him I would if he threw in a few city vehicles that he had built with manuals in his display case. We agreed and this is the whole list of manuals and sets I got (as long as all pieces are present).
10144, 8098, 8039, 7664, 7661, 7659, 7662, 10030, 10179
4995, 7642, 7733, 7633, 4210, 7213, 7738, 7239, 7631, 7744, 7245, 7236, 7945, 7208, 7991, 7726, 5621
7772, 7774, 7775
ExoForce: (Never even had heard of)
*Insert Alec Guiness "These are not the droids" meme here.
I'd love to see some pictures as well of what you manage to put together and any other sets that manage to find as well.
If you can, it would be great to see some pics of the haul and/or your sorting.
No where near as cool, but I found a Hagrid's Hut 4754 in a local charity shop for £5 this week!
@Chuckles21 - You're welcome, I'm glad it's worked out that sounds like an incredible deal if they're near complete and in decent condition. I'm looking forward to seeing your photos.
.... and how much do you want for Indiana Jones? ;-)
Here are all the bins as I am mid sort:
Here are the minifigs:
Here are the few city vehicles he had built that I brought into the deal:
Here are the non Star Wars manuals:
Here are the Star Wars manuals, with a few key pieces of the UCS sets on top of the books: