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    Wink When did Vintage prices get like this??

    I am relativley new on the vintage scene (only been collecting for 1 year). Scanning Ebay, conventions and comics stores some of prices for vintage are too say the least....high. Now talking to a few collectors here and there I keep hearing stories about people finding POTF Luke Stormtroopers, Han in carbonite and the harder find figures MOC at conventions, comics stores etc... for $60 and this was only like 7 years ago! Other people getting 12 backs for less than a $100. My question is when did the massive jump in prices really take place? was it gradual or did EP1 really cause a huge market stir?? or are these people simply lying to make me feel bad for what I keep doshing out now.....
    Last edited by muskrat; 08-29-2001 at 11:07 PM.
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    I'm sure that others no better than I, but when I started looking into completing my vintage collection around 5 years ago or so, the prices that you seem to be looking at were around then. I don't think the Ep I influenced things that much. For instance, I paid about $70 for a vintage Death Star Gunner loose at a show in Pasadena. I think I paid around $50 or so for the Death Star playset. Some guy had an incomplete Endor Tree thing and let it go (not to me, bummer) for $14. I look casually, but while high, the prices don't seem to be climbing too much.

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    Thumbs up

    I think that the prices for vintage figures have actually gone down. I remember when most stuff was untouchable, now things have calmed down because of all of the new products that come out.
    "It can't rain all the time."

    "Quote the Raven, Nevermore."

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    I think that all the new stuff is pulling down the prices at the convetions here (TX.) they are coming down abit. I sall twoo Amanamans go for $45.00 each a few months ago. I wish the Yaks and Snaggs would come down they are the last two I need and don't really feel like spending $100.00 each.
    "One day I will become the most powerful Jedi (Sith) ever." Anakin Skywalker, Epi.II

    Yoda is forever my hero now...

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    I completed my collection (minus some rare variants- Vinyl Jawa, wind-up R2, etc.) in 1993, with the only figures I paid over $50 for were Han in Carbonite ($95) and Yak Face ($64). I think the big jump in prices came the year before the Special Editions, as sellers prepared for the hype. That would make it about 1995-96 or so. I see many a place that drops its prices now because no one wants to pay inflated rates on merchandise that's been on display for years, only getting dusty and faded by the sun!
    "I went to Star Wars Celebration VII in Anaheim, and I didn't get even a lousy t-shirt."

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    I think Hasbro re-releasing old molds for vehicles has caused the value of vintage vehicles to drop. The A-Wing is a prime example, I remember seeing a loose one selling for $400 and boxed ones around $800; but when the POTF2 version came out the prices dropped to around $200 loose and $600 MISB. The same thing happened with the Falcon, TIE Fighter and X-Wing.
    "To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence… When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." - C.S. Lewis

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    Thats what i am saying. Only a few things have remaned high price, you can almost nything now, really cheap. Of course the stuff i need is still expensive. DAMN YOU VLIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    "It can't rain all the time."

    "Quote the Raven, Nevermore."

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    evenflow, I sense some emotions in you, if only I could determine what emotion that is. This is why I never decided to collect Droids or Ewoks figures, because they'd be too much, and cause my hair to fall out.
    "I went to Star Wars Celebration VII in Anaheim, and I didn't get even a lousy t-shirt."

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    Actually, I just picked up a MINT Carbonite Han complete with coin for around $50.00! Tight limbs and ZERO wear, it belonged to another collector and was only used for display.

    Prices are a little high, but patients...and LUCK...can pay off.

    I suggest checking out classified ads, like here on SSG, and talking to/ e-mailing other collectors. Trades are another option for reducing costs.

    I'm just happy that I don't collect CARDED vintage figures!!! My wife would probably leave me!
    May the force be with you.

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    Welcome back! It's about time you showed up!


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