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Surprising appreciation

AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,951
edited February 20 in Buying & Selling Topics
I’m sure many of us have been caught off guard with the prices being paid for relatively mundane sets on the second hand market during the pandemic. I just looked up #41340 Friendship House which I picked up two of at about $40, and now I see it listed as going for $150 new on BL. 

What sets have surprised you with their supposed value lately?
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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,557
    PF medium motors. 
  • CharmiefcbCharmiefcb SydneyMember Posts: 372
    Juniors/4+ X Wing. I think it's still available and some re sellers have more than doubled the price on it.
    Astrobricks
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,951
    Set numbers please :)
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 2,034
    Goat.
    Gibbo1959NateMN2020sklambFizyxpxchrisandhepreveregmonkey76
  • BrickByBrickBrickByBrick Massachusetts, USAMember Posts: 698
    Set #70626 Dawn of Iron Doom. Retail price was $60, last 6 month sales average $219 new. I can't believe the time twins minifigs seem to have become the most expensive Ninjago figs.
    AstrobricksReesesPieceseggshen
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 1,624
    #9525 Pre Vizsla’s Mandalorian Fighter. Was £50 retail when originally launched in 2012 but now averaging £150 bought price new on Bricklink. It’s not massively steep but quite a few similar sets of the same era have not gone up that much - likely due to renewed interest in the Mandalorian mythos and maybe a little more appreciation of the Clone Wars. Plus, Pre Vizsla is a fantastic Mandalorian minifig.

    Another step up in the same release year was #9526 Palpatine’s Arrest (AKA I AM the Senate set). Retail was £60, current new price average £215. I mean, it is the set that allows you to reenact all your meme fantasies though!
    Astrobricks
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,951
    ^ and ^^ It sure looks like it’s the minifigs driving those prices. I notice Huw has added the information of how many figs are unique to each set (thanks @Huw!). #9526 is 6 of 6, and #70626 is 5 of 6.
    560HeliportFizyx
  • 12651265 The Great State of TexasMember Posts: 987
    edited February 22
    Back in 2010, TRU discounted #2853590 Chrome Stormtrooper online for $0.99 each.  I purchased 80 of them.  I already had 2 from their in store promotion, but jumped on them when I saw them listed at that price online.
    560Heliportcody6268FizyxandheSumoLego7BSMynattPitfall69gmonkey76
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,951
    Personally, I’m not really minifig oriented, but while we’re on that theme, I (and 5674 other bricksetters) have the GWP #5002123 Darth Revan which is now going for anywhere from $75-110. 
    560HeliportMarshallmarioMynatt
  • HenkdeVriesHenkdeVries NetherlandsMember Posts: 84
    I'm always surprised to see GWPs being sold for way beyond the RRP like #30628 which I see on offer here in NL for at least €50.
     
    And #21310 also surprised me, prices are going above €300 easilt for MISB. But then again I am not a collector of modular buildings and those older ones are also crazy expensive...
  • MarshallmarioMarshallmario Madison WIMember Posts: 102
        #21310 Old Fishing Store seems to have really gone up in value rapidly. It was available thru Lego until Oct. 2018 and I remember it being on sale for $100.00 at the very end? (am I right on that?) It’s now at $350.00 and I’m not sure I can afford to open the one copy I have. 
          The designer had several other seaside sets that he submitted but were not chosen. Has anyone heard anything about instructions for these other sets being available after a certain waiting period?
    SumoLego
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,267
    CCC said:
    PF medium motors. 
    This didn't surprise me at all.  LEGO announced they were done with PF, but limited what people could buy.  A lot of people rely on those for various creations and the new system just doesn't work well for the "turn it on and let it go" type of function that the PF allowed so of course they are going to go up in price.  Its a shame because LEGO probably could just keep making them and make money on them even they don't want to put them in their own sets.
  • FizyxFizyx ColoradoMember Posts: 1,082

    graphite said:
    CCC said:
    PF medium motors. 
    This didn't surprise me at all.  LEGO announced they were done with PF, but limited what people could buy.  A lot of people rely on those for various creations and the new system just doesn't work well for the "turn it on and let it go" type of function that the PF allowed so of course they are going to go up in price.  Its a shame because LEGO probably could just keep making them and make money on them even they don't want to put them in their own sets.

    I think there's likely a pretty good market for 3rd party PF-compatible motors and electronics.  I don't know if it would be worth the startup costs necessary to get initial designs/manufacturing, etc, but I think especially if you could come up with a wall-plug style system with a control panel like the 9v trains.  Personally I've been thinking of building out something that I could plug into the wall and then use to drive potentially all the Fairground sets at the same time off one control panel using like an Arduino or a Raspberry pi or something similar. I have to imagine that I'm not the only one that would be interested in such a system and the flexibility it would bring.  Not having to have battery packs for everything would be amazing, even if I have to run some wires to different places.

  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,557
    graphite said:
    CCC said:
    PF medium motors. 
    This didn't surprise me at all.  LEGO announced they were done with PF, but limited what people could buy.  A lot of people rely on those for various creations and the new system just doesn't work well for the "turn it on and let it go" type of function that the PF allowed so of course they are going to go up in price.  Its a shame because LEGO probably could just keep making them and make money on them even they don't want to put them in their own sets.
    That they appreciated doesn't surprise me. How much they did does though. The last ones I sold went for almost 4x cost price. Towards the end of the PF run, I was always adding a couple to orders to meet GWP thresholds and on a couple of occasions bought only m motors. Most sold for about 1.5x cost but they suddenly jumped in price. The last ones sold to a company that charges customers a fortune for online lessons with "free" genuine lego packs sent to them, so no doubt they needed genuine lego ones to go with their kits rather than the cheaper knock offs.
    Fizyx
  • nwr122nwr122 GlasgowMember Posts: 143
    Items in my collection for which I can see no reasonable explanation for the increase are: -

    #21027 - Berlin Skyline
    #21026 - Venice Skyline
    #8019 - Republic Attack Shuttle

    All were purchased for building but are sat in a backlog and I just look at them and think why???


    Astrobricks
  • The_RancorThe_Rancor Dorset, UKMember Posts: 1,624
    edited February 28
    Republic Attack Shuttle was heavily featured in Season 7 of the Clone Wars, particularly in the last episode or two.

    Not sure why the Skylines have gone up though - I can only hypothesise people wanting a metaphorical holiday escape in these times through a building experience?
    nwr122
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 731
    nwr122 said:
    Items in my collection for which I can see no reasonable explanation for the increase are: -

    #21027 - Berlin Skyline
    #21026 - Venice Skyline
    #8019 - Republic Attack Shuttle

    All were purchased for building but are sat in a backlog and I just look at them and think why???


    Once I receive the Dubai skyline that I ordered yesterday, I will have every skyline set but those 2. There were several times I almost bought them within a year of retirement. At that point, I would have paid no more than a $5 premium. I had no other skylines yet, but I was interested... Now the cheapest new Venice in the US on Bricklink is $170. Berlin is much worse at $180 for used and ~$250 for new. Most of that price jump occurred in 2020. As much as I'd like to complete my collection of the skylines, I just can't justify that price.
    nwr122Mynatt
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,951
    #21026, #21027, and #21032 Sydney (currently $110 new on BL) are the oldest retired skylines, so their appreciation kind of makes sense if people started collecting them late and want the full set.
    nwr122
  • nwr122nwr122 GlasgowMember Posts: 143
    edited February 28
    Republic Attack Shuttle was heavily featured in Season 7 of the Clone Wars, particularly in the last episode or two.

    Not sure why the Skylines have gone up though - I can only hypothesise people wanting a metaphorical holiday escape in these times through a building experience?
    Thanks for the explanation @The_Rancor
  • nwr122nwr122 GlasgowMember Posts: 143
    #21026, #21027, and #21032 Sydney (currently $110 new on BL) are the oldest retired skylines, so their appreciation kind of makes sense if people started collecting them late and want the full set.
    That's helps, thanks @Astrobricks
    Astrobricks
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 589
    I actually thought #75098 was pretty decen... oh, wait. 
    Cymbeline
  • DB361DB361 UKMember Posts: 270
    Just been going through a couple of odd items I had that had fallen off eBay, and #70639 Ninjago Street Race of Snake Jaguar was one of them. £24.99 RRP, now going for anywhere between £60 and £90! I know retired Ninjago nearly always does well, but not being the biggest Ninjago expert out there, any reason why this one has skyrocketed?
    Bumblepants
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,763
    DB361 said:
    Just been going through a couple of odd items I had that had fallen off eBay, and #70639 Ninjago Street Race of Snake Jaguar was one of them. £24.99 RRP, now going for anywhere between £60 and £90! I know retired Ninjago nearly always does well, but not being the biggest Ninjago expert out there, any reason why this one has skyrocketed?
    that hung around on sale forever too. odd
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,407
    Oh! Okay. I was expecting discussion about Ed Sheeran or James Blunt or something. As you were.
    Bumblepantsbricktuary
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,951
    DB361 said:
    Just been going through a couple of odd items I had that had fallen off eBay, and #70639 Ninjago Street Race of Snake Jaguar was one of them. £24.99 RRP, now going for anywhere between £60 and £90! I know retired Ninjago nearly always does well, but not being the biggest Ninjago expert out there, any reason why this one has skyrocketed?
    that hung around on sale forever too. odd
    Reminds me of #21117 The Ender Dragon of which I saw dozens of copies sitting in Target at 50% off (I bought 3), and which BL says is now going for $150 new.
    Fizyx1265Bumblepants
  • veyniacveyniac Northwest MinnesotaMember Posts: 218
    Reminds me of #21117 The Ender Dragon of which I saw dozens of copies sitting in Target at 50% off (I bought 3), and which BL says is now going for $150 new.
    That was one of the first Minecraft sets ever, which makes it somewhat of a collectors item. Also, the wing parts are worth $20+ each.

    Astrobricks
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,001
    While not gangbusters, #31050 Corner Deli could been had for like 20-22 USD each and now are hitting about 70-80 USD each.
    #75881 Speed champion 2016 Ford GT and 1966 Ford GT could be gotten for about 25-30 USD and now is hitting 90-95 USD
    Bumblepants
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,557
    veyniac said:
    Reminds me of #21117 The Ender Dragon of which I saw dozens of copies sitting in Target at 50% off (I bought 3), and which BL says is now going for $150 new.
    That was one of the first Minecraft sets ever, which makes it somewhat of a collectors item. Also, the wing parts are worth $20+ each.

    And those wings were about £1.45 each on bricks and pieces. I bought 10 pairs for a project but never got round to using them. 
  • eggsheneggshen Middleton, WIMember Posts: 583
    edited March 12
    DB361 said:
    Just been going through a couple of odd items I had that had fallen off eBay, and #70639 Ninjago Street Race of Snake Jaguar was one of them. £24.99 RRP, now going for anywhere between £60 and £90! I know retired Ninjago nearly always does well, but not being the biggest Ninjago expert out there, any reason why this one has skyrocketed?
    that hung around on sale forever too. odd
    The only thing that I can think of is that the Zane minifigure only comes in two sets (the other set is #10765 but in that set he has a shoulder armor piece). It also is the only set that contains part MINI ARMOUR W/ ARMS, NO. 7, but that part only sells for $0.72 on bricklink. 
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 3,313
    There's often a weird thing where sets that were unpopular on release (so no-one bought them) end up being harder to find on the secondary market hence the inflated price.

    Surely no-one is paying $150 for a Minecraft set? Sometimes all this investment stuff feels like investors just buying stuff off each other than actual Lego fans wanting to buy or collect sets.
    MarshallmarioYellowcastle
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,951
    andhe said:
    There's often a weird thing where sets that were unpopular on release (so no-one bought them) end up being harder to find on the secondary market hence the inflated price.

    Surely no-one is paying $150 for a Minecraft set? Sometimes all this investment stuff feels like investors just buying stuff off each other than actual Lego fans wanting to buy or collect sets.
    At least Lego isn’t a NFT 🙄
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-fungible_token?wprov=sfti1
    Fizyxandhe
  • MarshallmarioMarshallmario Madison WIMember Posts: 102
    andhe said:
    There's often a weird thing where sets that were unpopular on release (so no-one bought them) end up being harder to find on the secondary market hence the inflated price.

    Surely no-one is paying $150 for a Minecraft set? Sometimes all this investment stuff feels like investors just buying stuff off each other than actual Lego fans wanting to buy or collect sets.
    Perfect example is Star Wars vinyl caped Jawa. Cloth cape fit well and looked great, sold well and now has no vintage value. Vinyl cape didn’t fit or hang well, looked terrible and no one bought. Vintage value thru the roof!
    KungFuKennyandhe
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 3,313
    I don't fully understand it but it slightly explains the ability of the creator of twitter recently selling the rights to his first ever tweet on the platform for millions of dollars.

    Feels like those companies that sell stars or plots on the moon. 
    gmonkey76Astrobricks
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