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Old 02-22-2019, 12:04 PM
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Default Collecting for profit? We're collecting the wrong stuff!

'Investing' in LEGO Sets Returns 11% Per Year, Outperforming the S&P500

https://www.realclearscience.com/qui...the_sp500.html
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:34 PM
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Great, just great.

Now people will post how the Lego market has no future, the collectors are dying off and nobody is there to replace them, our grown children have no interest, and so forth.

However, it will be helpful to know how other collectors store them, and if you have a safe ( what kind ), or if you prefer a safe deposit box at your bank.

Show us your displays!!!!

To take advantage of the burgeoning market though, I will be slabbing Lego's and issuing a publicly traded stock.

Time to corner the Lincoln Log market while prices are still low.
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:44 PM
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To take advantage of the burgeoning market though, I will be slabbing Lego's and issuing a publicly traded stock.
Don't plant that tongue to firmly. They are already slabbing and grading video games.
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Don't plant that tongue to firmly. They are already slabbing and grading video games.
THIS. And some of the prices for these games are quite robust.
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:53 PM
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As someone who has bought legos for my kids I can say that they should be ashamed for what they charge for little plastic blocks. Look at this garage play set.

https://shop.lego.com/en-US/product/Corner-Garage-10264
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THIS. And some of the prices for these games are quite robust.
and just to bring this back to cards a little bit, Heritage was just involved in buying a game for $100k https://nypost.com/2019/02/15/unopen...for-over-100k/
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Old 02-22-2019, 01:08 PM
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To take advantage of the burgeoning market though, I will be slabbing Lego's and issuing a publicly traded stock.
You're actually already a too late...
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Great, just great.

Now people will post how the Lego market has no future, the collectors are dying off and nobody is there to replace them, our grown children have no interest, and so forth.

However, it will be helpful to know how other collectors store them, and if you have a safe ( what kind ), or if you prefer a safe deposit box at your bank.

Show us your displays!!!!

To take advantage of the burgeoning market though, I will be slabbing Lego's and issuing a publicly traded stock.

Time to corner the Lincoln Log market while prices are still low.

We made a family trip to a lego show last year. It was really interesting, despite the poster sized disclaimers everywhere that it wasn't an official lego event. The people making custom minifigures in decent quantities seemed to do really well, and the vendors didn't seem to be doing all that bad either. especially some of the people doing lamps. https://www.etsy.com/listing/1993814...QaApsoEALw_wcB


It's fun stuff, and as long as they don't cross certain lines, there seems to be a lot of leeway allowed for people making compatible stuff. (Like actual wood blocks, and OYO? Sports minifigures, which I think fir the same bases as real lego ones. )
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Old 02-22-2019, 01:25 PM
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I always love these "(collectible) beats the market" stories.

So they use 1987 to 2015. What about 2016 -2018 if "data is robust" like they say in the article?

And they never seem to reinvest dividends. Why? Most mutual fund holders reinvest dividends and gains.

Yes, Legos beat the market, but it seems you better know what to buy. Who would think I should invest hundreds of thousands in the Star Wars mini-figure Darth Revan @ $5 each?

Any idiot with a few dollars can invest in an index fund and clear 10% annually over time.

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The returns were past tense. It's easy to make good investments when you have a time machine.
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I read about some unopened Nintendo games from the 80s going for big money. Who would buy a video game though and not open or play it though?
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You're actually already a too late...

That's par for the course for me.........
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I read about some unopened Nintendo games from the 80s going for big money. Who would buy a video game though and not open or play it though?

Stores that overstocked, or bought at the wrong time, or thought last years hot title was a bargain on clearance. Yes, distributors have end of year clearance sales too. I've bought closeout bicycle parts and done very well with them. (Percentage wise, total cash wasn't amazing, but 2-4x cost was a nice bit of extra money)


I knew a guy that made his living buying and selling high end bike parts bought as manufacturer overstocks.
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I bought this for nostalgia reasons. I harbor no illusions that it was a good investment.
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My family is big into lego's. Raising farms kids gives plenty of opportunity for me to apply physics to our daily duties. We design, fabricate, build and repair frequently. Lego's are great for the imagination and have been an excellent tool for teaching structural stability. I can't imagine leaving them in the box. Let alone encapsulate.
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Check bricklink.com. You can buy individual items etc. Great site.
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I have Legos signed by:

Ed Walsh
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I read about some unopened Nintendo games from the 80s going for big money. Who would buy a video game though and not open or play it though?
Who would buy a pack of cards and not open it?
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Who would buy a pack of cards and not open it?
Not me. I can see doing it now though. But I could never wait as a kid. Boxes from rookie seasons of guys like Trout, Brady, Lebron have to be worth a lot.

Nice one Sam. I remember playing that game for hours as a kid.
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