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Vintage Lego's... Worth anything?
Posted by: spacescape
Date: November 23, 2009 02:44PM
Planning on upgrading my sons Duplo's to regular lego's for Christmas this year. He's 4-1/2 and his occupational therapist said that he is ready (she worked with him for a few minutes last session to make sure they wouldn't frustrate him) however don't get him too many small pieces. It seems like most sets come with small pieces but we can just put those away for now.

Question... I have "all" my legos from the 80's... Most complete however most of them do not have the boxes. Thought about giving him some of my less than complete sets (misc. pieces) but mainly "roads" and "grass" and "trees"... Is this a "bad" idea? Seems like most of these sets aren't worth much. With the exception of my space lego sets which are staying in storage.

Anyone collect?
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Re: Vintage Lego's... Worth anything?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: November 23, 2009 02:48PM
My mom kept all the boxes for our sets and searching by the set numbers you could sell them all for about the same price as what they were purchased for back in the mid-80's to 90's. Without the box probably not so much. I would say let him go for it, most of the pieces are indestructible anyway.
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Re: Vintage Lego's... Worth anything?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 23, 2009 03:03PM
I agree. And keep the Duplo, too. They make awesome walls for big castles and suchlike !

We have legos from when I was a kid in the 60's. We even have some bricks from Playskool... they made plastic bricks in the early 60's for a while. Not fully plug compatible with Legos, but still really cool.
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Re: Vintage Lego's... Worth anything?
Posted by: billb
Date: November 23, 2009 03:10PM
As collectors items I think they have to be unused in an unopened box or otherwise intact still in the plastic bags they came in.
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Re: Vintage Lego's... Worth anything?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: November 23, 2009 03:25PM
>"Anyone collect?"

We have a few or should say we had a lot. We decided to keep quite a few of the Star Wars sets,
especially the Millennium Falcon. Most of the bulk is now sold off, sold most of Mini Figures
last night. We sold over $700 worth last night.

We have a couple of tubs full of our sons Lego that we kept plus all their Brio and Thomas
wooden track. Somethings we just couldn't let go of.

Here's small portion of what we bought at that auction. There's one shelf of Disney Monorail
stuff. There was about 4 or 5 more containers and a couple really big boxes full. There's a Mac
Cube box in the background too.









Grateful11
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Re: Vintage Lego's... Worth anything?
Posted by: spacescape
Date: November 23, 2009 03:27PM
Holy Cow!!!
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Re: Vintage Lego's... Worth anything?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: November 23, 2009 03:39PM
I've seen two TV clips on Legos on the news lately. It seems that even though we're in a
recession Lego sales have gone up 38% since the recession start here in the US.

Found the ABC clip, it's well worth watching:

[abcnews.go.com]

[blogs.abcnews.com]
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Re: Vintage Lego's... Worth anything?
Posted by: hal
Date: November 23, 2009 04:13PM
to me, legos were little plastic blocks that when fused together, make things.

I was grown up by the time that 'themed' legos were made.

The things I had were just squares and rectangles from the 60s. Surely those things couldn't be worth anything - right?
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Re: Vintage Lego's... Worth anything?
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: November 23, 2009 04:37PM
The Legos I had were old school. I had some specialized pieces like doors and windows. Green angled blocks and green cap blocks for making roofs. Otherwise, it was good old square and rectangular shaped blocks.

No themes, no Lego people. Just Legos and lots of imagination.

I think the vacuum cleaner got some of my Legos. I'm sure the trash got the rest. Parents get upset when the step on the bigger pieces.



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Re: Vintage Lego's... Worth anything?
Posted by: AAA
Date: November 23, 2009 05:42PM
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spacescape
Holy Cow!!!

what he said!
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Re: Vintage Lego's... Worth anything?
Posted by: Silencio
Date: November 23, 2009 10:13PM
Wow. Can I just move in to your basement, Grateful?



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Re: Vintage Lego's... Worth anything?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: November 24, 2009 08:22AM
Sure, why not. You know the sad thing was that the guy that had all these Legos had all the loose ones
built into a huge Lego town, he's sitting in a Federal prison right now, and no one with auction
company took a picture of it before dismantling it. I asked around the auction if anyone know
of a picture of it but no one could produce one. It took 2 pickup loads and 1 Tahoe load to get
it all home.

I hope he doesn't come searching for his Legos when he gets out winking smiley
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Re: Vintage Lego's... Worth anything?
Posted by: the_poochies
Date: November 24, 2009 10:04AM
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MacArtist
The Legos I had were old school. I had some specialized pieces like doors and windows. Green angled blocks and green cap blocks for making roofs. Otherwise, it was good old square and rectangular shaped blocks.

No themes, no Lego people. Just Legos and lots of imagination.

I think the vacuum cleaner got some of my Legos. I'm sure the trash got the rest. Parents get upset when the step on the bigger pieces.

I had thousands of Legos from the 1970s that I gave to a neighbor when I entered high school. They were much less complex than the specialized stuff that passes for Legos today and encouraged more imagination & creativity than the current line of products that seem more geared towards collectors than kids.

When Little Poochie was born in 2003, my neighbor returned my old Legos to me with a thank you note. This week Little Poochie and I are building an Egyptian temple with traps and pitfalls to ensnare his Indiana Jones Lego characters.

Like fiddling with iTunes playlists, a "brief" dig through Little Poochie's Lego box turns into an addictive 4 hour adventure finding just the "right" piece for the project.

eBay is generally a seller's market, and I'm amazed how much $$$$ loose piles of used Legos command.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/24/2009 10:05AM by the_poochies.
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