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 🙂
Ever wanted more vintage style Kenner Star Wars action figures? Or wondered what else they could have come up with in their 5 P.O.A. [five points of articulation] line? I’ve seen companies like Funko make their line of ReAction Figures of properties from the 70’s and 80’s, and hoping that Hasbro might release some throwback style figures is pointless.
I went on the Imperial Commissary group [a closed Facebook group] and asked the members if they would support such a retro line, and if so which ones would they like to see. The answers were interesting to be sure. More importantly, there were a few posts that told me what I was wishing for was a fact [from a certain point of view].
They told me about The Vintage Studio! While the site doesn’t host my desired Holiday Special characters, the spirit of this site is vast. Kenner would be proud. They even have a Kenner style product catalog… wonderful!
The craftsmanship looks to be quality, and I plan on saving up my Imperial Credits to pick up a few. Check out The Vintage Studio… You will NOT be disappointed.
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 😉
Who had this Big, Bad boy when they were kids? Not I, but I love this old advertisement 🙂