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LEGO Set Investment

Posted in Collecting Bricks & Sets, Marketplace by lfanquestions on July 12, 2010

Sammy writes:


I used to play with Lego town sets in the late 80’s, early 90’s before entering the Lego dark ages. I have now fallen in love with Lego again and started purchasing the newer sets, but this time from an investment view. Also, I notice that the old Lego town sets have increased in value. Would it be wise investing in them at this point in time in the hope they will increase in value a further 10 years down the line?

For example, I recently picked up ‘6385: Fire House-I’ (a 1985 release) for around USD $250. Investment wise, is this a wise investment and will the value skyrocket 10 years go up down the line?

In terms of modern sets, apart from the modular and licensed sets, do other sets have value? For example, do you have foresee 7641: City Corner as a good investment?


Sorry for the many questions but I just want to make sure I am not investing around USD $1,000 a year in dead investments.

Dear Sammy,

Any investment carries the risk that you could lose most of your initial capital.  Collectors like rare sets in pristine mint condition.

Promotional sets with low production quantities will usually hold their value over the long term.  Recent examples include:

Certain licensed lines such as Batman increased in value after the line was discontinued.  Many fans purchased, built, and played with these sets.  Later, they sold the used sets for a large profit in order to buy other Lego sets.




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  1. will said, on July 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    can’t say about future value… they’re all a risk.

    if you’re looking to pick up the city corner, my local target had it on clearance for $41 and change, down from $60. maybe yours does too. it’s worth a look at least.

    if it’s going on clearance, maybe it’ll be out of production soon. and if so, that was a pretty short production run… so COULD be more valuable later on.

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