I hear and read those words far too often. Next to the over used “RARE” attached to everything on eBay, the phrase “What’s it worth?” is my number two pet peeve of collecting. Over the years, I have collected, sold, re-bought, flipped, and re-re-bought so many things. People would ask me how much something they had was worth. The worth of an item is an arbitrary thing. It’s based on the individual who is willing to pay for it. Sure, there are other factors such as, how many were produced, how many still exist, and the most important… is it in demand? Just because something is old, or of a certain franchise, isn’t always a guarantee of big money
(I’m looking right at you “Star Wars” seller of “rare” vintage items. By “rare” I mean there are only 500 of them listed on ebay on any given day [I am wearing my sarcasm face while I typed that]. By “vintage”, I am referring to the seller who doesn’t understand the word and uses it for anything older than 5 years.)
It’s worth is what someone is willing to pay for it. Price guides are cool, but the market fluctuates so often that a guide could keep up. Like it or not, things do go down in value. Right now I am fortunate enough to have a decent paying job, in an industry that isn’t showing signs of slowing down. For the foreseeable future I won’t be needing to sell anything that I don’t want to sell, so the “worth” of my collection is much higher to me. If I am faced with having to ever sell again, I’ll figure out the market price and list items accordingly.
So in the end, the questions isn’t “What’s it worth?”, the most important question is, “What’s it worth to you?”. Collect what you like, and share your passion with others 🙂
This last week I finally picked up my very first Kenner X-Wing. This isn’t the 1978 version, it’s the one from 1979. It has the, what seems like the much maligned, “Battle Damage” stickers applied, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The cannons are a bit bent, and the cockpit will open but will fall off if you push it back too far. I had the Millennium Falcon, a TIE Interceptor, a Twin-Pod Cloud Car, the AT-AT (@@), and an AT-ST when I was a kid. I never owned an X-Wing. Later on I picked up a Micro Collection one, along with some Micro Machine versions. I sold them all, along with a great 2003 Dagobah version that I picked up just for resale (oh the regrets, but it was how I made a living for a while).
If you want to be biologically superior, then you better take care of your biology. Just saying 😉
There are a few great photos in the article linked to above. It is one of the few places that you can still find a few of these awesome images. The article links to a retired WordPress blog by Rather Childish. The owner took all of the photos down back in June of 2014. Originally, there were over 200 images hosted on his blog, I hope he decides to republish them somewhere.
As a digital image hoarder, I have an archive of them and they are brilliant. At the moment they are running in a loop on my Chromecast while I am not watching anything. I would repost them for posterity but there is a reason why Rather Childish pulled his images from public access and I won’t go against that.
When I was 14, DC Comics and Kenner teamed up to create the Super Powers line of action figures, vehicles and playsets. On my hunt to add to my Re-Collection, I found this guy on Etsy. I overpaid for the shipping and he was supposed to come with his original mini-comic. I only notice that he didn’t come with the comic this afternoon, and I sent a message to the seller about this. This guy is a unique addition to the vintage part of my new collection because I never had him when he was first released. He needs some cleaning but he looks pretty good, overall.
DC’s Hawkman as a concept, like many other characters to me, was better than most of the actual stories.
I would love to get a 1979 Vultan from the Flash Gordon line that Mattel put out to pair with Carter Hal.