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Aziyade
04-10-2007, 01:51 PM
Hi all, Sorry if this is a really common (and stupid) question, but sorting through my parents' house revealed pretty much my entire toy collection as a child. (We were encouraged to be very neat and tidy children and most of the toys include the original box, accessories, and look as though they have never been played with.)

I've already found auction houses for some of the other things, but I'm hesitant to just dump all the Star Wars toys on a general auction house. I've been thumbing though price guides and it seems that some of my items have some actual value. I probably won't part with the small action figures, because those are easy enough to display at home, and those are the things I remember playing with and enjoying the most. :)

But for the stuff that doesn't really have sentimental value -- is there still enough interest in these toys to worry about trying to sell them in a specialist sale? I know people buy and sell these every day, but if I'm only looking at a couple of thousand dollars for everything, it's probably going to be more fun for me to just have the things in my home than have the money in the bank. Does that make sense?

I'm actually not sure what I'm asking here... Anyone else been in a similar situation?

Thank you for your help!

Dark Marble
04-10-2007, 02:20 PM
Hello Aziyade and welcome to the boards!

It really depends on what you have and what you are willing to part with. Toys that I really loved in the past have turned into eye sores or wastes of space in the present. I have sold and thrown/given away a lot of toys over the years and I only regret a few of them. If you are not saving them because they are special or have meaning for you, and you don't have anyone around to give them to that will get some enjoyment out of them I would conisder selling or donating them. Especially if space is a concern or you are looking to get new stuff. :yes:

sjd9299
04-10-2007, 10:20 PM
Hi all, Sorry if this is a really common (and stupid) question, but sorting through my parents' house revealed pretty much my entire toy collection as a child. (We were encouraged to be very neat and tidy children and most of the toys include the original box, accessories, and look as though they have never been played with.)
Not a stupid question at all. Original boxes in good shape can really increase the value of a toy. As can it being complete with all accessories.


I've already found auction houses for some of the other things, but I'm hesitant to just dump all the Star Wars toys on a general auction house. I've been thumbing though price guides and it seems that some of my items have some actual value. I probably won't part with the small action figures, because those are easy enough to display at home, and those are the things I remember playing with and enjoying the most. :)DO NOT DUMP THE STAR WARS on a general auction house unless it is Ebay. Toy collecting is pretty specialized and I do not think you will get as much if you use a general auction house. Depending on what you have you may have a great deal of value. But all Star Wars was not created equal. One thing I run into alot is people thinking just because they have old Star Wars toys that they are rich. Some stuff is not worth all that much. It is all about scarcity and condition.


But for the stuff that doesn't really have sentimental value -- is there still enough interest in these toys to worry about trying to sell them in a specialist sale? I know people buy and sell these every day, but if I'm only looking at a couple of thousand dollars for everything, it's probably going to be more fun for me to just have the things in my home than have the money in the bank. Does that make sense?There is a HUGE amount of interest in these toys. But like I said it has to be the right stuff. I doubt you would have more then a couple of thousand though. It is worth a look though. If you email me some pictures of what you have I can tell you what it is and what you should expect to get for it. I have almost everything so you would not have to worry about me trying to rip you off. The other thing you can do is check completed auctions on Ebay. That will show you current market value. Do not use price guides. I not found one yet that has been anywhere near acurate.


I'm actually not sure what I'm asking here... Anyone else been in a similar situation?I have never been in a situation like this. I keep EVERYTHING! I have a lot of toys.

In the end its all about who you are. What would mean more to you, some money or youe childhood toys. Most people I know go with money even if it is only a few dollars. Also, what would you do with them? If they are just going to get put away in an attic or something then sell them. Someone else will love them just as much as you have. If you plan to display them then keep them. Although be warned, this may cause you to have to buy more! I hope I have been a help to you.

Check out this thread for more about my collection
http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?t=34149

stillakid
04-10-2007, 11:33 PM
I tried selling some "extra" toys years ago on Ebay and got a little money from it, but really, unless you have something that is extremely rare, the effort it takes to photograph and list everything isn't really worth what you get back from it monetarily.

I remember selling all of my Micronauts stuff ...things that I couldn't live without when I was a kid... I didn't have any desire to keep it anymore and wound up selling to a huge Micronaut fan/collector, much like the way many of us horde Star Wars. I got some money out of it, but I got more satisfaction knowing that someone who really wanted it, got it.

On occasion, I find that I've bought extra recent figures that I already have and don't really want to keep doubles. "Scalping" common figures is a waste of time, so Toys For Tots is a great place to take those things that aren't rare.

For the old vintage stuff, it has more memory value than anything for most people. I have some holes in my vintage collection, but I'm not that heartbroken that I'll pay exhorbitant amounts of money to someone trying to exploit my nostalgia. If I find an old figure in reasonably nice shape, I'll drop up to twenty bucks on it, but that's about it. I'd say keep the stuff that you really want because you'll wind up with nothing but gas money otherwise.

If you do have some "mint" blah blah blah things, then by all means, double pack them in bubble wrap and find some fool who is willing to hand ridiculous money to you for it. It'll make them happy that they finally have "it" and you have double satisfaction from knowing you helped someone and that you have $$ you didn't have before. :)

vader121
04-18-2007, 12:33 PM
I've also had pretty minimal success selling stuff on ebay but one thing I know to be a better thing to do is to sell in small batches rather than lumping a pile together. Definitely will get more buck for your bang (:lipsrsealed: ).

sjd9299
04-18-2007, 04:41 PM
I've also had pretty minimal success selling stuff on ebay but one thing I know to be a better thing to do is to sell in small batches rather than lumping a pile together. Definitely will get more buck for your bang (:lipsrsealed: ).

Sell exceptionally nice or rare pieces by themselves. Lumb decent items into small groups. Throw the rest of the crap in one big lot.

bigbarada
05-06-2007, 08:47 PM
Someone here might be able to give me some advice on this. I have a vintage A-Wing and A-Wing Pilot that I've been thinking about selling for about a year now.

The A-Wing is in really nice shape, the windshield is a little cloudy with no yellowing, but it has no stickers whatsoever. It looks like they were never applied. Plus the landing gear was broken when I bought it and I've opened it up and fixed it since then. Now the only way you would know it was ever broken would be because I'll mention it the item description if I ever put it on ebay.

The A-Wing Pilot is easily in C-9 to C-9+ condition and he has his pistol and his POTF coin (silver, because he came off the POTF card).

The downside is that I left these toys in storage with my parents and the last time they babysat my nephews (7 and 5 years old), my dad let them play with the A-Wing. :frus: My brother tells me that they were really careful; but I'll have to reevaluate it's condition once I get it sent to me.

Sooooo, I figured I could do one of three things:

1. sell it all at once for a $200 starting bid and call it a day.

2. sell the A-Wing in one auction and the A-Wing Pilot w/ coin in another auction.

3. sell the vehicle, figure and coin in three separate auctions.

Any recommendations?

Kidhuman
05-06-2007, 09:23 PM
Sel it to me for ten bucks and some more marvel comics. :D

bigbarada
05-06-2007, 09:59 PM
Sel it to me for ten bucks and some more marvel comics. :D

Nice try.:p I think I still have all those Star Brand comics.:thumbsup:

I hadn't thought of the trading route, I wonder if it would be considered a fair trade for a vintage AT-AT?

I guess another option would be just to keep it, but I've decided that I don't like having overly rare or valuable items in my collection. It just becomes too much of a hassle to take care of them and maintain them.

Kidhuman
05-06-2007, 10:30 PM
I think it would be a good trade for a vintage AT-AT. If I had an extra I would do it.

Gotta give me credit for trying though.

Bel-Cam Jos
05-07-2007, 07:21 PM
Gotta give me credit for trying though.I'll give you credit for a C-9+ Logray carded; that's a good trade. :p

Kidhuman
05-07-2007, 09:18 PM
Pm'd you my address BCJ. :p :beard:

sjd9299
05-07-2007, 10:49 PM
1. sell it all at once for a $200 starting bid and call it a day.

2. sell the A-Wing in one auction and the A-Wing Pilot w/ coin in another auction.

3. sell the vehicle, figure and coin in three separate auctions.

Any recommendations?

I think $200 is a bit high. It has no stickers and the pilot does not have his gun. I just bought an A-Wing mint with stickers and no broken landing gear with a mint pilot with coin for only $150. You might get lucky with a bid war or something, but I would say $120 for it.

bigbarada
05-07-2007, 10:58 PM
I kind of forget how much the overall value of these is going down. I remember the old days when an A-Wing would fetch over $600. I bought this one a couple years back for $150, and the A-Wing Pilot seperately for about $45.

He does have his gun, BTW (unless my nephews have lost it).

Maybe I'll just set a $100 starting bid or look into a trade of some kind.

sjd9299
05-08-2007, 07:47 PM
I kind of forget how much the overall value of these is going down. I remember the old days when an A-Wing would fetch over $600. I bought this one a couple years back for $150, and the A-Wing Pilot seperately for about $45.

He does have his gun, BTW (unless my nephews have lost it).

Maybe I'll just set a $100 starting bid or look into a trade of some kind.

Well, I hope you get what you want out of it. What are you looking for in trade?

bigbarada
05-09-2007, 12:34 AM
Well, I hope you get what you want out of it. What are you looking for in trade?

Well I was kind of hoping that the vehicle with it's pilot would be of equalent value to a vintage AT-AT. But I'm not sure if that's the case anymore. I've been out of this collecting game for too long, I guess.