Well, my wife and I just moved into a new condo, and right now my Star Wars collection of 600+ figures and Lord knows how many vehicles and playsets (just about everything from POTF2 through ROTS) is sitting in the guest bedroom, individually-bagged in sandwich bags or packed carefully in large cardboard moving boxes respectively, all catalogued.
I am at a loss as to where I am going to put it all. We bought most of our furniture from IKEA, and they have a shelving line (Ivar) that I could use to probably put together adequate shelving into which I could store most everything I have, but it would cost upwards of a thousand dollars just to get all the cabinets and drawers I would need, and I am not even sure that would contain everything. I might still have to put the larger boxes up top and have to worry about sunlight and dust exposure.
I have recently begun collecting and painting a Warhammer 40K army, and I find myself attracted to the allure of a hobby that feels more mature to me, both because I actually have to assemble and paint it myself and because it involves using the pieces as part of a game rather than having them sit in boxes while I get more pieces, and also because unlike with Star Wars collecting, I can get what I want when I want it, whenever I want it, with no early morning toy runs or ordering online with shipping costs and waiting or through EBay and getting ripped off.
So...I am seriously considering calling it quits and selling the entire Star Wars collection. I have to have at least a couple thousand dollars' worth of stuff, if not more...but the final profit is going to depend a LOT on how I sell it.
I am hoping to get some advice from the fellow collectors whose advice has been so helpful in the past.
Now, some details for your consideration: first and foremost, I am an opener. I am fastidious about keeping boxes and directions for vehicles and playsets, but not so much for deluxe figures. That said, most of my figures are in Near Mint condition, with the rest in Good condition and very few Fair. I would pretty much write off the latter group, but there aren't many of them so no big whup.
I keep the figure cards, and for the red card figures I actually cut out the little "file cards" from the back. I kept all the slides from the green card POTF2 figures that came with them, all the CommTECH chips, etc. You get the idea.
My vehicles and playsets are in equally-good condition, with all parts and directions.
I have very little vintage stuff, just an old-school Imperial Shuttle, AT-AT, and Twin-Pod cloud car, all the Mini Rigs including the Droids Side Gunner, and maybe ten figures at best.
I've got one AFA-graded Nien Numb figure, some of the recent ROTS exclusives, the Celebration III Vader, but I think that is it for "special" stuff.
Now, I know that I have two basic options: sell it on EBay or sell it as a collection to a store. It is the latter option that I have more thoughts on.
I've sold collections on EBay piece by piece before, which garnered me the largest profit but which was also a pain in the patookus and took forever. My fear, though, is that if I sell the Star Wars collection as a single unit, I will get very, very ripped off.
So, first concrete question: how do I accurately price my collection?
Second concrete question: does anyone know of a store/place which offers reasonable prices for entire collections?
After that, the floor is open to whatever general guidance anyone can offer.
I haven't decided for sure what I am going to do, but spending $1,000 just to store the stuff is sounding more and more outrageous to me every day, especially when most of the joy of collecting has been ripped out of the hobby by scalpers and bad assortment choices by Hasbro, and when I could sell it all for at least a couple thousand dollars and pay off a credit card and purchase a Space Marine army for WH40K that would keep me modeling and painting for a year.
So...any thoughts, gentlemen and ladies?